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  • Last week in trailers: Pitch Perfect 3, Game of Thrones 7 & more

    It's been a bounteous week for trailer lovers everywhere, as big names like Pitch Perfect and Game of Thrones were promoted alongside smaller indie films and clear Oscar contenders. Let's get right to it. Pitch Perfect 3 The Pitch Perfect franchise is (probably) coming to an end, with Pitch Perfect 3 sending the Barden Bellas to their final competition in Europe hosted by the United Service Organisation to support the US military. Is anyone else feeling a mixture of nostalgia and relief? It's like saying goodbye to a loved one after spending way too much time with them on holiday. I love you, but please get out my face. Say maybe-goodbye...

  • #RTD2017: Rocking the Daisies announces lineup in annoying Twitter campaign

    There's nothing I hate more than a clever advertising campaign that forces me to tarnish my already messy social media brand. Local music festival Rocking the Daisies has just announced its 2017 lineup -- but on Twitter, it's forcing users to 'tweet to reveal.' All it reveals? A shortened link to RockingtheDaisies.com that disappears once you hit tweet. But don't worry: I took one for the team and tweeted against my better judgment so that no one else has to. Does this make me a martyr? Almost certainly. I'm about to see the @RockingtheDaisy line-up, and you can too! #RTD2017https://t.co/UJoN1KWxsr — Jules (@breakeypls) June 26,...

  • YouTube to launch comment topics so you can skip the boring stuff

    I'm a simple woman: I see YouTube is letting me filter out annoying, tired jokes and I click. YouTube announced Saturday that it is working on a feature dubbed 'comment topics' that will allow viewers to filter comments using popular phrases. Say you're watching a popular vlogger visit your hometown and you want to see what people are saying about it. Just above the comments section will be a list of popular phrases used in the comments -- all you have to do is click on your town's name and browse away. If you hate-watch YouTubers, though, the feature may not give you what...

  • Aaron Paul’s Instagram is creepy (and other surprising social media presences)

    Before yesterday, I had a fairly positive view of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Having only watched the pilot episode, I don't have much of an opinion on his acting, but I know a little about him from my days on Tumblr and various other social media platforms. For instance, I know that he was once on US game show The Price is Right, where he emphatically took to the stage to scream his excitement about losing. But my experience on Tumblr and YouTube never accounted for the disappointment I'd receive upon learning of Aaron Paul's Instagram. At first glance, Paul has...

  • Call for nominations: Digital All Stars’ top cryptocurrency personalities

    Here at Burn Media, we regularly feature the best South African people and companies as part of our Digital All Stars series. Now, for our latest addition to the series, we're looking at South Africans making waves in the cryptocurrency scene. Whether they've founded businesses that use cryptocurrency, exchanges or contributed in general, we're on the hunt for candidates. Know any South Africans that fit the bill? Now is your chance to nominate them! Simply email editor@memeburn.com with the subject "Digital All Stars cryptocurrency nomination". The email should include the full name of the nominee and a brief 'CV' outlining their accomplishments and...

  • Google will no longer scan your Gmail emails

    Great news for those vested in Google products. The company has announced it will no longer be creepy and scan consumers' Gmail email account content for its advertising purposes. "G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalisation, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service," Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud confirmed in a blog post. "Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalisation after this change." This move is to better align the consumer Gmail offering with the already scan-free business offering and other...

  • Uber employees sign petition to reinstate ex-CEO Travis Kalanick

    More than one thousand Uber employees have signed a petition calling for the reinstatement of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, according to a report by Axios. Kalanick was forced to resign on Wednesday after pressure from shareholders, and has not yet been replaced. The founder had tackled many a controversy in the past year, but it was a personal family tragedy that eventually led to his resignation. According to an email obtained by Recode, employees understand that he is a flawed leader, but believe he should be reinstated anyway. "Nobody is perfect, but I fundamentally believe he can evolve into the leader Uber needs today and...

  • VidCon: YouTube launches VR180 video format, cheap VR cameras in tow

    YouTube intends to make VR content creation and consumption easier with the launch of VR180, CEO Susan Wojcicki announced yesterday at VidCon. VR180 is a new video format that is intended to be easier for creators to work with, as well as visually appealing for viewers. "VR180 video focuses on what’s in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile," Product Manager Frank Rodriguez writes in a blog post. The videos can be viewed using Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR. They also allow for livestreaming. Rodriguez writes that creators will be able to set up and film their videos like they normally would, but...

  • WannaCry ransomware now affecting Australia’s traffic cameras

    Remember WannaCry? The fearsome ransomware package that infected over 250 000 computers in 150 countries earlier this year? Well, it's back, but not in the way you might've been expecting. According to a report by The Guardian, around 55 traffic cameras in the Australian state of Victoria have been affected by the virus. While the cameras have been operating normally, notes the Victorian department of justice, those found to have been handed incorrect fines, they will be scratched from the system. How nice. In May 2017, WannaCry ripped through the world's unpatched Windows machines, locking users out of their devices and forcing them to...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #111: Spur CEO speaks out & #SocialMediaBlackout

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Andy Walker hosts Stephen Timm, Julia Breakey and Matthew Alexander. Stephen opens the floor with a Ventureburn story about how the Spur founder, Allen Ambor, did not sell his shares despite reports to the contrary. Ambor also refused to make a firm statement on that allegedly racist incident in March. Over on Gearburn, Andy talks of the claim that Steve Jobs created the iPhone in response to a Microsoft executive who he hated. Finally, Andy talks us through the attempted #SocialMediaBlackout...

  • This Google Doodle lets you create calming musical animations

    Today would have been Oskar Fischinger's 117th birthday, and Google is using its latest doodle to celebrate his abstract animations. The German-American was notable for his abstract musical animations long before computer graphics and the concept of music videos came into play. In 1936, Fischinger and his wife fled Germany when it became clear he could not pursue his art under Hitler's regime. When he arrived in the US, Paramount Pictures offered him a job. He went on to animate sequences for Disney's Fantasia and Pinocchio. The artist's work was largely created between the 1920s and 1940s -- and the lack of digital technology meant he often spent...

  • South Africa’s politicians react to Secret Ballot ruling with subtweets

    The Secret Ballot (or #SecretBallot) ruling has come and gone but the reaction from politicians are only now filtering through social media. To clarify, Chief Justice Mogoeng has ruled that Baleka Mbete does in fact have power to declare a secret ballot during the motion of no confidence against President Zuma. Previously she cited the law as a limiting factor. For some, this is a clear win for South Africa's justice system, but it also now puts emphasis on Mbete -- she can now declare a secret ballot, or choose not to. As for South Africa's other politicians, the ruling was a...

  • #SecretBallot: SA’s ConCourt ruling becomes a worldwide Twitter trend

    Yesterday might've been the darkest, longest night of the year for South Africans, but today is surely one of the brightest. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng today ruled that the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete does have the power to declare a secret ballot during the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma. Previously, Mbete stated that she did not have the power to declare a secret ballot. #SecretBallot began trending Thursday prior to Justice Mogoeng's ruling, and hit Twitter's worldwide trend list too In the ruling passed at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, the Chief Justice also stated that members are Parliament...

  • Snapchat now makes it easier to stalk friends using ‘Snap Map’

    Snapchat has added a new feature that allows you to see where your friends -- and other featured stories -- are on a map. The Snap Map is accessed by pinching the screen to zoom out, and adds another layer to Snap's already complex interface. Once on the map, the user can choose who can see their location, with the options of all friends, select friends and Ghost Mode (no one but them.) If their friends have chosen to make themselves visible, users can view where they are and the stories that go along with that location. Along with their friends are other...

  • Everything, Everything movie review: a serious Bubble Boy

    Everything, Everything is every bit your typical teen romance about a sick girl and the boy who loves her. The film is cheesy. It loves love and rejects reality. In other words: it's exactly what you expect it to be. But what sets Everything, Everything apart from other teen romances is that the film is also somehow Bubble Boy (2001). Nearly every beat it hits mirrors that of the ridiculous sixteen-year-old comedy. In Everything, Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is an 18-year-old suffering from SCID, an immunodeficiency that keeps her locked up in her stringently sterilised house. In Bubble Boy, Jimmy is born without an...