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  • 5 oddly fascinating and serene YouTube food channels

    No matter your hobby or obsession, you're bound to find a YouTube channel that caters to you. Me? I like ASMR and food. But what happens when you combine the two of them? Why, you might get these strangely fascinating and maybe even relaxing YouTube food channels. Food Surgeon One of the more popular channels on the list, the Food Surgeon, as the name implies, conducts surgery on... food. These procedures include transferring the insides of a peanut butter cup onto an Oreo, extracting seeds off a strawberry (and injecting Nutella into said fruit) and repairing a clogged liquorice artery. All of these videos...

  • Katy Perry hits 100m Twitter followers, but are they all human?

    It's taken a while, but a Twitter user has finally broken the 100-million followers barrier. And no, it's not Justin Bieber, Donald Trump or the Pope. It's Katy Perry. The recording artist, known for hits like Kissed A Girl and most recently Swish Swish, cracked the previously uncharted milestone this past weekend. It's been a long time coming though. Perry gained around 1.8-million followers in May 2017 alone, largely thanks to Backpack Kid no doubt. That swathe of new minions helped the star to break the 100-million ceiling, beating second placed Justin Bieber (96.8-million followers) and third placed Barack Obama (90.9-million) in...

  • YouTuber Austin Jones admits to soliciting child pornography from fans

    YouTuber Austin Jones, known for his acapella scene covers, has admitted to soliciting sexually explicit videos from underage fans. The 24-year-old has been released from a Chicago federal court on a US$100 000 bond. He has been ordered to stay in his mother's home at all times until his trial. According to a document released by CBS Chicago, Jones admitted to using Facebook to engage in sexually explicit conversations with some of his followers. "He directed them to make videos of themselves dancing in a sexually explicit way and instructed them on what to wear, say, and do in the videos, including...

  • 8 apps addressing some of South Africa’s pressing problems [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. South Africa is a unique country with unique challenges, but technology (and innovative solutions using technology) is attempting to solve these issues, or at least reduce their impact on society. With the commonality of smartphones across all income levels of society, running the likes of Android, iOS and Windows, apps have become one of the more essential change...

  • Last week in trailers: Flatliners sequel & a Groundhog Day horror

    It's the week of the psychological thrillers and comedies, because 2017 is nothing if not an emotional rollercoaster that never seems to end. Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Here's a few trailers that premiered last week. Welcome to the trip. Flatliners Last week brought us the much-anticipated sequel to the 1990 film Flatliners -- and while it doesn't star Kevin Bacon, it does see Kiefer Sutherland reprise his role, and welcomes newcomers Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, and Diego Luna. The psychological thriller tells of a group of medical students who stop their hearts to experience the afterlife, but when past tragedies come back...

  • Here’s how Facebook and Google plan to fight terrorism

    Both Facebook and Google have revealed how they are countering terrorist activity on their respective blogs this past week. These posts come after UK Prime Minister Theresa May criticised the internet for providing a safe space for terrorists to communicate -- and after Facebook itself dodged a lawsuit that claimed it was the reason Palestinian terrorists were able to kill numerous Israelis. Facebook revealed it is looking specifically at how artificial and human intelligence can work together, as well as partnering with other companies, NGOs and governments to bring an end to terror. The company is working on software that identifies when a user...

  • Kitten rescued from Tesla’s bumper, adorable viral videos emerge

    If you're a kitten living life to the fullest on the weekend, what do you do? This particular fluffball thought spending it inside a Tesla would be a great idea. A Tesla Model X owner woke Saturday to find faint meows coming from the car's rear bumper. Because the internet loves cats, he swiftly uploaded a video to YouTube. Adorable right? Tesla CEO Elon Musk also thought so. Probably picking up on the news from feline-loving staffers, he tweeted the video on Saturday which seemingly put the story on the map. Within minutes, the tweet accrued over 600 retweets and 2000 likes. Tesla service...

  • Happy birthday to the GIF: 30 iconic GIFs for 30 years

    It's difficult to imagine a world of communication without the wonder of GIFs, but that's how people had to live just 30 years ago. Today, 15 June, is the 30th birthday of the GIF and we thought it an apt time to pool together some of the most iconic looped images in celebration. It's party time. Dancing Banana Dancing banana came from web classic Peanut Butter Jelly Time and we owe so much of "random xD" culture to it. A blessing and a curse, but today we love you, banana. Perfectly looped rap battle This beautiful GIF feels like its been around since the world's existence, but somehow...

  • Twitter’s huge UI update ditches old reply button, adds realtime stats

    Twitter has today unveiled its brand new user interface for mobile devices and desktop. The subtle update comes after the company refreshed its brand and mission statement back in July 2016. So fresh. So clean. So live. Check out our new look. 👀👇https://t.co/ClWbwi8CEH pic.twitter.com/nR27POQkEi — Twitter (@Twitter) June 15, 2017 "Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love. And for the things you didn’t, we took a new approach to fix and make better," notes Grace Kim, Twitter's VP of...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #110: E3, young millionaires & SuzelleDIY

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Stephen Timm as they detail the week's top news from the Burn Media family of sites. Hadlee opens the floor with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3). All the major gaming studios like Sony, Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft gathered to talk about their upcoming projects, but what stood out to Andy was the Xbox One X. Over on Venturburn, Stephen talks about a young man from Pretoria who became a millionaire at 22. Albert Van...

  • #TaxiStrike: Johannesburg, Pretoria traffic disrupted by striking taxi operators

    If you're in Johannesburg, Pretoria or surrounds today, you might want to stay at home. Or at the very least, avoid major highways. Santaco (South African National Taxi Council) members have hit the roads with strike action in mind. From as early as 3.30am Thursday morning, members parked their vehicles in key intersections on major arterial routes across the province. The strike's reportedly in response to high interest rates and steep repayments taxi operators are required to pay to the SA Taxi Finance company. Some of the routes most affected includes the N1 in Midrand and the R21 in Kempton Park leading...

  • Donald Trump’s birthday on Twitter is surreal hell

    If you were interested in reading the US President's statements on a shooting involving US Congressmen yesterday, chances are you went to Twitter first. Of course, you likely got just what you'd expected: a half-hearted tweet by Donald Trump that promised only 'thoughts and prayers' followed by a barrage of partisan views chucking useless words at a brick wall. This activity -- of checking, of regretting, of burying your phone beside an old oak tree -- has become near routine. It's like a recurring nightmare or a stint in a hell -- except this time, Satan has upped the ante. Because yesterday...

  • Twitter cracks down on bots, but not ‘fake news’

    Twitter has announced that it is deepening its efforts to eradicate bots on its platform, but is letting its users figure out what is or isn't "fake news." The company is expanding its team and resources when it comes to spam so that bots can no longer clutter the search feature or manipulate trending topics. It is also building new tools and processes to help counter their efforts. VP of Public Policy Colin Crowell writes that it is necessary to detect "spammy behaviours" at the source. This includes looking for accounts who post numerous tweets at once. Accounts that are put under investigation have their visibility reduced, and are...

  • South Africa’s box office: Wonder Woman is mummified

    Despite its record-breaking opening weekend, Wonder Woman has been ousted from number one by none other than critic-underdog The Mummy. The DC blockbuster was only allowed one short week at the top before the Mummy franchise rose from the dead to declare itself pharaoh -- proving that if anyone is living in the Dark Universe, it's us. But were any other successes as ominous this week? (9 to 11 June) Yes, yes, they were. Much like how the youth vote changed the outcome of the UK general election last week, so did it at South Africa's box office. Ozzy, the animated film in which a dog is...

  • Cape Town dam levels rise after storm, but nowhere near enough

    Great news, Cape Town. Your major dam levels have finally seen an increase week-over-week, albeit a tiny one. After Wednesday's punchy cold front and the weekend's steady rainfall experienced across the city, water levels in all six major dams have seen a slight buff. The Theewaterskloof Dam for instance -- the city's biggest reservoir -- is now at 15.3% capacity, up from last week's 13.6%. The Berg River Dam is up from 30.4% to 32.2%. Additionally, the Voelvlei Dam's level showed an increase too, but only by 0.4% to 16.6%. Image: City of Cape Town Weekly Water Dashboard report, 12 June 2017 Both Steenbras reservoirs...