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  • 9 deadly sins that are killing your computer

    The death of your PC or laptop may be closer than you think, especially if you're guilty of not taking proper care of your precious portal to the internet. Computers need loving care and bad user habits are the top reason they go to tech heaven. Are you guilty of these nine bad habits? 1. Always using sleep mode Many PCs and laptops have a sleep mode where after a set time limit, the screen goes dark and your machine seems peaceful and relaxed. Unfortunately, sleep mode still uses electricity so your computer isn't really "off." Rather follow the steps to...

  • Redditor apparently admits to murder, using the confession bear meme

    What do you get if you combine Quickmeme, confession bear and Reddit? Um, that would be a supposed murder confession. A Reddit user recently headed across to the advice animals subreddit and posted an image of confession bear made using the meme-generating tool, to claim that he killed his sister's boyfriend. Really. The post, titled 'Finally have the guts to say it', caused an uproar on the site, as users debated if it was just an odd joke or a serious confession. Some of his fellow Redditors commented on the thread claiming they had managed to track down his personal...

  • New Medium features enhance ‘open collaboration’ experience

    The nature of storytelling has evolved dramatically since the rise of the internet. Ev Williams, co-founder of big names such as Twitter, Blogger and now Medium, has contributed to this evolution and is continues to do so. New features were yesterday launched to enhance the collaboration experience of his newest publishing platform which Medium claims will drive the idea of open content forward. Medium users can now add to a whole new way of note-taking and commenting before final publishing. They can add ideas or point out typos easier than before by using the notes feature which includes highlighting text....

  • Socialbakers: reports of SA Facebook ‘decline’ a ‘massive misunderstanding’

    Socialbakers, a prominent social media analytics provider, has indicated that South African media's recent reports about a significant drop in Facebook users in the country is all a "massive misunderstanding." A number of reports have used statistics from Socialbakers to claim that Facebook use is on the decline, suggesting the country has 'lost' almost a million users of the social media site in the last six months. When Memeburn contacted Socialbakers spokesperson Maie Crumpton for comment, she said the company is "hoping to prepare an official statement" from senior execs to "clear up the confusion once and for...

  • Leadership lessons from the Iron Lady

    Vilified by some, loved by others – the leadership legacy of Margaret Thatcher is as varied as it is distinct. Said German chancellor Angela Merkel: "She was an extraordinary leader in global politics of her time. I will never forget her part in surmounting the division of Europe and at the end of the Cold War." Analysing Thatcher’s eleven and a half years in office, here are three primary leadership lessons that have characterised her style of leadership and are most applicable both to leadership in politics and business today. Read more Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Serious iFan? Perhaps you should take a trip to the Apple Pop-up Museum

    If you have an predilection towards tech and you’re a serial Apple fanatic, this will delight you. What used to be an Atlanta-area CompUSA store has now been transformed into the Apple Pop-up museum; 6 000 square feet of Apple gadgets and paraphernalia from the beginning in 1976 to the present. It will be showcasing an Apple I, the first disk II and controller card, an original Apple II, an original Lisa and a Xerox Alto, among other rare Apple artefacts and fun items that will take you down memory lane like an original iPod Shuffle and the clam-shelled...

  • EU competition commissioner to test antitrust complaint against Google

    The European Union's Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has received another complaint about Google -- this time with regards to how it runs its mobile software business and the Android operating system. The complaint claims that Google's mobile operating system (OS) promotes Google's own products and services on many Android-supported smartphones. The latest Smartphone Platform Market Share shows that Android controls 51.7% of the US market, indicating that its competitors would have ample reason to be upset if they felt Google was unfairly advertising its own products. The New York Times reported that the antitrust complaint was filed by a coalition...

  • Everything you need to know about Bitcoin explained in three minutes

    Bitcoin is seriously hot right now. Yesterday one unit of the virtual currency went past the US$200 mark. Thing is, it can be a little difficult getting to grips with the phenomenon. It's a currency, but it doesn't work like conventional money systems. It has no central bank or trading system. Instead, it's open-source, peer-to-peer and in trading, it is subdivided into 100-million smaller units called satoshis, defined by eight decimal places. Confused? Don't worry, you're not alone. That's why this video, directed, designed and animated by Duncan Elms and written and voiced by Marc Fennell is so useful. It...

  • Absa launches its app, becoming the last big South African bank to do so

    Absa has officially launched its smartphone banking app, making it the last of South Africa's major banks with such an offering. The app, which is available on Android and iOS, includes a number of traditional online banking features, as well as a GPS-based ATM locator and branch locator and the ability to send airtime or cash to people using the phone's contacts. One feature that it didn't really go into much depth on was the image library. We can't find anything from Absa's official channels explaining why it might be useful either. Absa claims that the app's launch...

  • 5 signs your digital PR practices are outdated

    We’ve all heard that embracing social media is a vital part of the PR function of any business today – but what else is there to PR in today’s world? So, there’s Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and LinkedIn and Pinterest and Google+, and a host of other online platforms for engagement with audiences (if you’re using all of these, you’re also doing it wrong, by the way). But what about these platforms makes them good PR tools, and what other tools, tactics and tricks should the savvy PR professional be pulling out of their sleeves? Let’s look at...

  • 6 classic sci-fi gadgets that really exist [part 2]

    Yesterday there was this. Now, here are six more insanely cool sci-fi gadgets either ready to purchase, or available real soon. Star Trek -- flip communicator pre-runner to flip phones and mobile phone Star Trek is the scary precursor to most sci-fi technologies we currently employ in the real world, except for teleportation and warp speed. What we’re interested in is the flip-style Communicator used in the 23rd- century world of the Federation. From the first appearance of the communicator in 1964 until today, flip phones are still the default mobile phone of film and TV. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • 1 688 examples of people doing awesome stuff on the web

    The web is dead. Except it's not. It's just constantly changing. There's still tons of space for innovation in and around it. That's why the likes Medium, Tumblr, Mashable, Angry Birds Star Wars and Humans of New York are among those nominated for The 17th Annual Webby Awards. Nike leads all nominations with 17 nods, followed closely by Google, The New York Times and HBO with 12 nominations each. Established in 1996, the Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) and are colloquially referred to as the "Oscars of the internet". Famous...

  • Google kept all the social data when it sold travel guide Frommer’s

    This is interesting. When Google sold travel guide Frommer's earlier this month, people were left scratching their heads. After all it had only bought it nine months previously for US$22-million. The answer, it turns out, lies in social media. According to Skift, the internet giant handed back the naming rights to founder Arthur Frommer sans all the social media accounts. That means that Google now owns all the Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest followers Frommer's managed to accrue. As PaidContent points out, it didn't matter that Google no longer has the rights to use the Frommer's name,...

  • New Microsoft Scroogled ad has a go at Google Play store

    Wow, Microsoft's Scroogled advertising campaign is starting to take on the tone of a heavyweight US political campaign. The Redmond giant's latest ad in the series has a go at the freshly revamped Google Play store, attacking its policy of revealing the names, email addresses and neighborhoods of people who've bought apps on the store. The video shows a man and a woman sitting on the steps outside a terraced home, with the woman explaining that Google sends your personal details to an app maker once you've downloaded, before a whole load of creepy-looking app developers start surrounding the...

  • eNCA launches online presence

    Television news broadcaster eNCA (formerly the eNews channel) has announced the launch of its online presence, a little over a year after Memeburn revealed that it was cooking up a digital strategy. The organisation, part of the multi-billion rand terrestrial broadcasting company Sabido, is one of the biggest players in the African broadcast space, with a presence on South Africa’s fifth terrestrial channel and its own dedicated 24-hour satellite news channel which broadcasts to a number of countries across the continent. In 2012, it also started appearing on the TV sets of British viewers, with its own channel on...