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  • The end of Moore’s Law: where to next?

    In the second article of the series, Memeburn columnist Graeme Lipschitz discusses how technologists are innovating to take computer processing and storage forward. So we've run out of surface area and going all multi-core has only helped so much. What now? One way to go is up. Skyscraper chips Think of it this way: when humans had taken up too much of the "ground floor" they started making skyscrapers. A similar effect is envisioned for chips and storage - going "3D" - so to speak. The only problem at the moment is that these new chips can only be written on once - making...

  • Apple’s rules and your friends’ data: top tech stories you should read

    Waiting for a video to load. Finding friends on Facebook. Locating an internet connection. Playing a game. These may sound like simple activities, but there is often a lot more to them than you'd think. Those seconds you wait for a video to load are a challenge to YouTube's team, just as getting a game with potentially controversial content to users is for a number of developers. Even something like global internet access isn't a simple process. This week's round-up of some of the top tech stories on the web includes some of the back stories and behind-the-scenes insights...

  • 5 signs your business needs to start thinking about tech at enterprise level

    Owners of rapidly growing businesses often reach a point where the company consumes their every thought. Sleepless nights are spent fretting over growing complexities and constant worry of things potentially forgotten besieges all the waking hours. For business owners in this position, the time may have come to consider upgrading the accounting system to one which provides more control, more information and better insights into business performance. In short, it may be time to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. But how do you know that you are ready to invest in better business management software? Here are...

  • Netsurfer Dual Tablet review: thrifty Android goodness

    Change is a constant in the gadget world. Devices get larger and thinner, operating system become more user-friendly and our wallets become just a little lighter ever year. It’s the low-cost, high-concept gadgets that pique our interests the most though, like the new Netsurfer Dual Tablet from South African-based FutureMobileTechnology (FMT). For just under R2 000 (US$200), the Dual represents value for money in a lean 7-inch tablet that packs a lot of muscle under its belt. It’s not the fastest tablet ever made, or the best looking device you’ll ever see, but it’s inexpensive, has a decent screen and...

  • TED Ed’s new series shows why super powers wouldn’t work in real life

    Well, there goes that dream. TED Ed, the educational arm of the non-profit organisation, has used its storytelling powers to create a series of videos using logic, history and a dash of science to explain exactly why you can't (and wouldn't want) to be invisible, able to fly, have super strength or be live forever. Launched last year, TED Ed combines great animators and designers with amazing teachers to help explain often complex subjects in a way that you don't need a doctorate to understand. It also offers teachers the ability to remix and adapt videos and provides...

  • BlackBerry’s fruit falls despite healthy predictions

    After launching its new BlackBerry 10 series to take on the dominant players in the smartphone market, investors are unimpressed, with the company's shares dropping 20%. As Reuters reports, this came after the German mobile developer released its most recent quarterly financial report today. BlackBerry launched two phones at the beginning of this year -- the Z10 fancy pants touch screen and the Q10. The latter is sans touch screen but has one of those BlackBerry QWERTY keyboards many die-hard fans so firmly love. Well, apparently these two guys couldn't face up to the challenge of keeping up with the...

  • Check out Richard’s Dawkins’ trippy explanation of ‘memes’ [video]

    “I’d rather spread memes than genes,” says Richard Dawkins. Most popularly known for his outspoken atheistic views, watch this British biologist perform a visual slash audio feast at Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2013 in Cannes. Dawkins coined the term “meme” in his popular book, The Selfish Gene back in 1976. Since then, he has attacked religions across the globe and, apparently, honed the art of creating psychadelic performances. Although coining the term while debating and fueling intellectual religious debates, memes have since made their way from the once 4Chan corners of our internet to the Facebook news feeds...

  • Burning Hot: Where in the world is Edward Snowden? Plus BRCK, Feedly

    In the fifth edition of the hottest show on the internet, Mich Atagana asks where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Edward Snowden? The former NSA-contractor gone whistleblower is rumoured to have traveled across continents, yet there have been no confirmed sightings of the man yet. Burn Media visually tracks his potential journey. On Ventureburn, Erik Hersman tells the story of BRCK: a back-up generator for the internet. This beautifully designed brick-sized router-esque device can run for eight hours without electricity, can provide internet to up to 20 people, and cleverly switches between available networks, making this potentially the world's...

  • As Reader gets buried, who will it join in the Google Graveyard? [Infographic]

    Google Reader dies 1 July. Even though we've known about its imminent demise for a while, it's still going to be sad for fans of the RSS reader to see it go. Sure there are alternatives but saying goodbye to something you've used for years and years is never easy. It's not like Google kills its products infrequently either. In line with Larry Page's "more wood behind fewer arrows" ideas, the company has been on a serious mission to streamline its offerings. And while it's understandable -- in a company as innovative and with as many products as Google...

  • Take a creepy Street View tour through abandoned Japanese island

    Fans of James Bond's most recent outing Skyfall might feel a creeping sense of familiarity if they decide to take a look at the latest Street View project. That's because the abandoned Japanese island of Hashima served as the location for Raoul Silva's "Dead City" retreat in the film. Also known as the "Battleship Island" because of its resemblance to a warship when seen in battle, Hashima was once a thriving coal-mining settlement. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from undersea mines. As petrol began replacing coal however,...

  • We Love and Thank You, Madiba page gains rapid Facebook traction

    There are bound to be a ton of tributes to former South African president and globally renowned statesman Nelson Mandela popping up in the next few days, but one Facebook page has already grabbed our attention. The page, which has been liked by nearly 14 000 people (up from 6 000 a few hours ago), is called "We Love and Thank You Madiba" as promises that messages posted on it "will be published in a book that will be available for purchase" before encouraging people to "go ahead and say a few words to our amazing, Madiba". Update: The page...

  • LinkedIn lets you know who’s seen your updates, who you’ve been creeping

    LinkedIn has long offered the ability to see who has been viewing your profile, but what about your individual posts? Personalised insights seem to be the professional network site's next way to provide you information on exactly how well (or poorly) your updates are being received. In a bid to drive engagement, LinkedIn's launched a 'Who's viewed your updates?' feature which shows you not only how many users have seen your posts, but also whether they're direct connections or in your extended networks, and whether they liked or commented on it. The box will occupy a spot on your...

  • Stallman, Andreessen, Swartz among Internet Hall of Fame’s latest inductees

    It's easy to forget that there was a time before the internet, but everything we take for granted now: instant and affordable chat and video between people separated by the length of the planet, phones that can track our runs and the ability to get instant news updates from around the world comes off the back of seriously pioneering work. The Internet Society has honoured 32 of those pioneers, including Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Reddit co-founder online activist Aaron Swartz and software freedom activist Richard Stallman by inducting them into the Internet Hall of Fame. “This year’s inductees represent...

  • 7 reasons your brand sucks at social media

    Do your social media accounts stand dormant for weeks on end? Can’t get any more followers regardless of what you do? Are your competitors seeing positive results from their social media accounts, but you can’t even get a single “like”? It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you can relate to these situations and want to improve your digital presence, you need to admit that your company sucks at social media and start making amends. There is no reason to throw in the towel just yet. Here are some of the most likely reasons for your poor social...

  • Control matters: why Xbox One’s gamepad trumps PS4’s

    In the world of online gaming your enemy is a faceless entity halfway across the world. They're unseen, often unheard. But in the heat of battle you might as well both be in the ring, gloves laced and tied. You see, online gaming is war and any the soldier needs to choose their armaments carefully. Your console is your engine room; your game is your vehicle; your controller is your gun. The game that whisks me into this world of vitriol and l33t speak is Fifa 13, while my weapon of choice is Microsoft’s Xbox 360 controller. Read more on Gearburn....