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  • Verified Twitter accounts post swastikas in Turkish hack

    Last week, the Netherlands barred two Turkish ministers from speaking to expatriates ahead of a national memorandum. On 16 April, Turkey will be voting whether or not to allow Turkish President Erdogan to stay in power until 2029. And the president did not take the slight well: according to Fortune.com, Turkey warned that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways." Apparently these ways include Twitter hacks. Last night, Turkish hackers targeted verified accounts to spew Erdogan propaganda across the platform. Rough translation: “#NaziGermany👌#NaziNetherlands, a little👋#OTTOMAN SLAP for you, see you on #April16th. Can’t read it🇹🇷LEARN Turkish #RT” — Alex Hern (@alexhern) March 15, 2017 Hundreds of accounts were...

  • The Matrix reboot is the nail in the coffin for original cinema

    All around the world, there are young filmmakers trying to raise the minimum amount of money to make their films. They receive little to no salary for their work, and often pay their team below minimum wage. They’re working other jobs, doing things they barely like -- all in the name of passionate creation. And when they finally make something they’re proud of? No one wants to distribute. So their films show at a few festivals (that all cost money to submit), and they win back maybe 1/20th of what they spent. And yet, here I am today to announce that...

  • Q&A: Google’s Bunmi Banjo chats Africa’s digital skills growth

    Google's African operations have had a week to celebrate, following the news that they've hit their goal of training one million Africans. The training sees citizens using Google's Digital Skills Programme, covering everything from social media marketing/strategy to analytics, advertising and online video. Bunmi Banjo has been at the forefront of the initiative, being Google's Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. We conducted a Q&A with Banjo, focusing on the programme, entrepreneurship in general and more. Memeburn: You recently held an AfricaCom talk titled, 'Why technology providers and OEMs should be the strongest contributors to initiating new start-up businesses in tech and...

  • Google hits one million mark in training Africans

    Google has announced that it has reached its goal of training one million Africans as part of its Digital Skills programme. The Mountain View company said it reached its goal a month early, having committed to training one million Africans within a year on 16 April 2016. The company has added that it's set a new target. The tech company also revealed that it will provide offline versions of its training materials to people and businesses in areas of low access where it's not possible to hold physical training sessions. "Additionally, Google will provide offline versions of the content in languages like Swahili,...

  • Netflix picks up Orson Welles’ last unfinished film

    Citizen Kane director Orson Welles died before he could complete his swan song The Other Side of the Wind. The film -- produced from 1970 to 1976 -- hit many obstacles during its creation. Welles incurred his first speed bump when the Iranian Shah who helped fund the film was overthrown. After his death in 1985, his daughter pushed for the rights to all his films, unfinished or otherwise. Battles waged for decades, but fans will finally be able to see The Other Side of the Wind -- thanks, in some part, to Netflix. In 2014, producers promised that they were going to screen the film the next...

  • Lancewood cheeses Facebook Messenger bots to bring you novel recipes

    Humans have been sending other humans emoji for thousands of years now, so it's only right that the system should be used by brands. Speaking of which, South African cheese brand Lancewood has announced a nifty little marketing campaign relating to its Ultimate Braai Master partnership. Dubbed Lancewood Emoji Meals, the company's using a Facebook Messenger bot and your choice of emoji to receive related recipes featuring one of the company's products. "By sending a food Emoji to LANCEWOOD®’s Facebook page via private message, the Bot instantly responds with a recipe or tip related to the Emoji. As an example, Clarissa...

  • South Africa’s box office: Kong is King

    Kong: Skull Island (review) has made itself known with bangs to the chest and a number one debut in South Africa's box office this weekend. The remake of the Hollywood classic may have received mediocre reviews from critics, but when has that ever stopped South Africans from going to watch the latest blockbuster (spoiler alert: never)? So how did the other films do this weekend (10 to 12 March 2017)? Kong's triumphant debut meant that Logan (review), Hugh Jackman's Wolverine swan song, was pushed down to second place after only one week at the top. Fifty Shades Darker, which dominated the top spot for three weeks before falling...

  • AI-powered service wants to make manual transcription a thing of the past

    Baidu Research Labs announced yesterday that it is launching SwiftScribe, its first AI-powered transcription software. SwiftScribe aims to make the job easier for professional transcribers who spend hours manually transcribing audio. By pairing speech recognition software with a simple editing suite, the service claims to increase productivity and streamline workflow. The software takes Baidu's speech recognition engine, Deep Speech 2, and joins it with editing features that tackle the "biggest obstacles users face when transcribing". "We designed intuitive shortcut keys and innovative human-computer interaction to solve the problem of discontinuity," writes Tian Wu, SwiftScribe's project manager. The software's biggest asset is its ability to link text with audio,...

  • Ster-Kinekor website leaked millions of users’ private data

    Ster-Kinekor's old website allowed anyone with know-how to retrieve the profile details of every user on the site. This information included phone numbers, addresses and plaintext passwords. Software developer Matt Cavanagh revealed the bug in a blog post on Thursday, after disclosing it to Ster Kinekor last year. "They took the high-road of admitting they were at fault, and didn't try pass the blame off. I appreciate that," Cavanagh told Memeburn of their response to his report. According to the developer, the bug in the backend API was found via the website's Flash bits. He admits he didn't have substantial knowledge of Flash, but...

  • Intel to buy Mobileye in $15bn deal

    Intel has announced that it will be acquiring Israeli automotive tech firm Mobileye in a deal worth just over US$15.3-billion. Thhe company produces smart vision technology for cars, being used for collision avoidance and other driver assistance functions. "Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of Intel will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash, representing a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $15.3 billion and an enterprise value of $14.7 billion," Intel wrote in a press statement. The move signals Intel's strong intention to position itself within the...

  • Kong: Skull Island movie review: you won’t go bananas for it

    Kong: Skull Island, the latest movie to feature the giant gorilla, sees a group of scientists driven to discover the untouched island of Primal Eden. Escorted by badass tracker James Conrad (played by Tom Hiddleston) and "anti-war" photographer Mason Weaver (played by Brie Larson), the group wakes an ancient enemy... something fiercer than a big ape. When you first meet Kong you're introduced to the primate's incredible presence with a gorgeous overlooking shot of his kingdom. The movie does well to make you feel the immense difference in size between humans and him. Kong has come a long way from his 1933...

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events scores sorrowful season two

    You've got to admire this franchise's dedication to the aesthetic. Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events has announced its "frightening decision" to renew the show after a successful first season with an announcement filled with hidden clues and a message from Lemony Snicket himself, no less. The teaser "A Miserable Message" reveals a not-so-subtle hidden one: the URL www.vastlyfrighteningdecision.com. The link takes directs viewers to a page that showcases a letter by Lemony Snicket. "It has come to my attention that, despite my repeated warnings, you have viewed the Netflix adaptation of my distressing work, known collectively as A Series of Unfortunate Events," he writes. "To my...

  • Last week in trailers: Wonder women and wheels

    It's South by Southwest time and the world of trailers is booming. It doesn't matter if you like Charlize Theron, action or Charlize Theron action -- there's something in this list for everybody. So sit back, relax, and let's get stoked for the future of cinema. Baby Driver Critics have been raving about Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, a film that premiered this weekend at South by Southwest. "A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to...

  • Imizamo Yethu: Uber will ferry your donations to fire victims

    The Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu fires have seen numerous organisations and citizens step up to deliver goods and services. Now,Uber has joined the party, launching a two-day initiative that sees Uber drivers serving as couriers for donations. "Uber is working with the Cape Town Disaster Management Team and has created a temporary vehicle view called UberCOMMUNITY, that will allow Cape Town riders to request a vehicle, at no cost, that will collect donations," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. The service will be available on Tuesday (14 March) and Wednesday (15 March), between 10am and 3pm. Users can't...

  • 15% of Twitter users are actually bots, study claims

    It's common knowledge that Twitter is home to more than a few bot accounts, be it for spam, promotions or political purposes. Now, a new study (via CBS) has found that up to 15% of Twitter accounts are actually bots. If one of the more recent Twitter statistics of 319 million active users is taken into account, then that means that over 47-million users are bots. The study, by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Southern California, saw a framework for bot detection being created. The result? "Our models yield high accuracy and agreement with each other and can detect bots of...