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  • Twitter reacts to first female Doctor Who

    Jodie Whittaker has been named the first female Doctor in popular British series Doctor Who, and people have opinions about it. From "this alien can't possibly morph into anything but a white man" to "women will ruin everything you love," these opinions highlight the greater need for everyone to step away from their screens and go for a walk in the crisp winter air. Meet the Thirteenth Doctor #DoctorWho #Doctor13 pic.twitter.com/txHGz9tJEe — Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017 Many (male) fans were upset that the new series wouldn't represent them, despite having 36 seasons they can return to should they feel the need. Imagine one...

  • Last week in trailers: A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark Tower & Mary Poppins Returns

    Disney's D23 expo last week meant a ton of content for convention-goers' eyes only (that included an Incredibles 2 teaser and Avengers: Infinity War footage). But patience is a virtue, and those of us unable to attend will have to sate our trailer appetites with what was released to the public this week. I know. Life sucks. A Wrinkle in Time We'll start with what was released at D23: the first trailer for Ava Duvernay's A Wrinkle in Time. The adaptation of classic 1963 novel features an all-star cast of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine. The much-anticipated trailer racked up over 2.5-million views in two days,...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #114: New YouTube #1, Netflix for indie games & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Stephen Timm and the newest Burn Media staffer, Daniel Mpala. First on the agenda is Psy's "Gangnam Style" losing its coveted most watched spot to Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again". The new leader is on its way to cracking three-billion views, but that means little for the artists who have earned more streaming on Spotify than on the video platform. Next up, Hadlee talks of an incident in the US that saw Google...

  • WhatsApp becomes a file sharing service with new feature

    WhatsApp is no longer just a messaging app: it's now a file sharing service too. A new feature added to the chat app this week allows users to send a bevy of file formats to any user including app files, music files, compressed zip files and even Windows executables. The latter might be quite helpful if you're using the Desktop version. Previously, users could only send PDFs to each other (because that's exactly what social media users send to one another on a daily basis). There's one caveat though: the file you intend to send will need to be smaller than 100MB. If that...

  • The Emmys consistently celebrates boring television: a 2017 list

    Every year I hold my breath, expecting the television academy -- those responsible for the Emmys -- to make right its errors of the past. Every year, I think that maybe this time they'll award clever, original shows with heart and life. And every year, I end up drowning my sorrows in red wine and Nik Naks. Let me refresh your memory: last year, Game of Thrones won best drama for the second year in a row. Sherlock won best TV movie. The Voice won best reality competition. All of those have been running for a really long time. Sure, there were some...

  • #BeyonceTwins: Bey breaks Instagram with first picture of Sir and Rumi

    Beyonce might've been in the news recently courtesy of her husband's new album, but the singer-songwriter-mega social media star today unveiled her one-month-old twins to the world. And yes, they are utterly adorable. The post hit the social network around 5am Friday in South Africa, and subsequently garnered 3.1-million likes, with 137 000 comments to boot. It's on its way to becoming the most-liked post on the network ever, a title held by Beyonce's pregnancy reveal posted in February 2017. "Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today," reads the post. Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾 A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on...

  • 7de Lol: We rank South Africa’s soapie extras

    The last time I watched 7de Laan was back in 2007 when I was trying to improve my Afrikaans. Felicity was paralysed, Neville was alive, and Errol had moved from grade eight to matric in a matter of months. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that not only were all of those characters gone, but that the latest story line saw a group of idiots suffering a plane crash in Mpumalanga. Naturally, I had to catch up. The drama was ridiculous -- as was to be expected. But the rewatch reminded me of one of my favourite parts of soap...

  • 4 tips for keeping your identity safe on the internet

    Over the course of the past decade, the brick-and-mortar institutions of yesteryear have rapidly been replaced by online counterparts, with South Africans now turning to the Internet to perform banking transactions, book flights and even shop for groceries. While this rapid surge in connectivity has undoubtedly made the world a more convenient place, it’s also made many South Africans vulnerable to the threat of online fraud and identity theft. According to recently released statistics from the South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS), identity theft has increased by over 200% in the past six years, with an estimated 8.8-million South Africans affected...

  • Tinder gifts two people who have barely talked a trip to Maui

    Josh Avsec and Michelle Arendas liked each other so much that they never bothered to communicate -- and now they're being rewarded. After matching on Tinder in September 2014, the pair apologised back and forth for being too busy to chat. Hahahaha one day I'm going to meet this girl and it's going to be epic. Look at the dates of our tinder texts. pic.twitter.com/DASQK4c5cX — Josh Avsec (@Wes_03) July 8, 2017 Every month or two, one of the pair would check in to say that they were "in the shower" or "the middle of class". The gag ran on three years, with...

  • Worldwide IT expenditure set to increase by 4.5% in 2017

    Yesterday Memeburn reported positive news for the South African IT space, an industry predicted to experience solid growth in 2017. Today research firm IDC has published its findings on global IT expenditure. This year's worldwide IT spend is set to increase to US$2.1-trillion, an increase of 4.5% over 2016. This after 2016 experienced a year-on-year growth spurt of 2.5%. IDC suggests that infrastructure hardware, mobile hardware and enterprise software are leading the gains. Expenditure on data centres and server hardware is set to balloon by 4% in 2017, while Infrastructure-as-a-Service spending is set to exceed US$25-billion. This increase, IDC claims, is due to...

  • Here’s a hot dog meme compilation so that we can finally let him die

    I could write a think piece on the Hot Dog meme that's dominated the last few weeks on social media, but I value myself -- and you -- too highly for that. So here's a roundup of some of the best memes, accompanied by some facts. pic.twitter.com/l2wKu0hysc — ♡brittany♡ (@brittany_melone) July 4, 2017 Hot Dog is a filter on Snapchat that can be added to any photo and video. Its earliest appearance was on 23 June, when someone filmed their friend getting a nose piercing accompanied by the mascot. The ten second video has over 42 000 views on YouTube. Hot Dog then started harassing sleeping...

  • PhishNet sends mock-phishing emails to employees for the greater good

    Telecommunications company Internet Solutions (IS) has debuted a new service that allows security teams in companies to launch authentic phishing attacks on their colleagues, scaring them stiff and teaching them valuable lessons about cyber security. Dubbed PhishNet, the service aims to educate staffers about the nature, mechanics and calling cards of a phishing attack while providing the companies with data on their security practices and infrastructure. PhishNet's debut comes at a time when cyber security is paramount in media and mainstream conversation, following the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks. WannaCry in particular -- which infected more than 250 000 computers...

  • South Africa’s IT spend to total R266bn in 2017

    According to a report by research giant Gartner, South Africa's total IT spend is set to hit R266.1-billion by year-end -- a 2.4% increase over 2016. "South Africa has traditionally underinvested in IT," Gartner's VP John-David Lovelock notes, but did suggest that expenditure is slowly rising due to a keen focus on specific areas. "South African organisations continue to prioritise investments in software, as software spending is the means by which they will catch up with the rest of the world." Notably, there is a vast spending differential between hardware, software and services. Gartner suggests that software is the sector experiencing the biggest growth...

  • Amazon, WhatsApp score poorly in EFF’s annual privacy report

    When you sign up for the world's biggest services/apps, you're giving loads of information to these firms. But who can be trusted with your data? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its annual "Who Has Your Back" report to answer this very question. The report grades some of the biggest companies in five categories, namely whether they follow best practices, tell users about government data requests, have a pro-user public policy, stand up to gag orders and promise not to sell out users. The worst offenders? US networks AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon all scored one star out of five -- a...

  • Donald Trump Jr posts emails of Russian collusion to Twitter

    Donald Trump Jr took to Twitter Tuesday to post a series of emails proving he had met with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. The emails show correspondence with British-born entertainment publicist Rob Goldstone, who wrote on behalf of mutual friend and Russian popstar Emin Agalarov. Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017 "Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and the Russian government attorney ," Goldstone wrote. He stated that the meeting was to "provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her...