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Stuart abandoned what was beginning to look like a long, quiet career in academia for the frenetic world of tech journalism. Currently heading up the Memeburn team, he likes to run in in his downtime. He won an award once. It now sits on his desk.
What should we make of the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid hack?
What should we make of the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid hack?

Over the past few days, the motoring community has been abuzz with news that a team of hackers managed to wirelessly hack a Mitsubishi Outlander, taking control of its electric charging...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 9 Jun 2016

Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?
Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?

Smart, the Mercedes Benz-owned city car brand, has always set the mark pretty high when it comes to technology and innovation in small vehicles. But if one, relatively unknown, Russian carmaker has its way...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 13 May 2016

Panama Papers: 10 things you need to know about the world's biggest ever leak
Panama Papers: 10 things you need to know about the world's biggest ever leak

The term "Panama Papers" is about to become a major part of the global lexicon. That's because it represents something very big: the largest data leak in human history...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 4 Apr 2016

What's going on with M4JAM?
What's going on with M4JAM?

This is interesting. WeChat users signed up to microjobbing service M4JAM were on Monday greeted with a message telling them to cash out all the money from their wallets before 31 March...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 16 Mar 2016

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Could a smartphone app really help combat crime in SA?

South Africa has a brutal crime problem and it affects everyone. The rapes and murders of teenage girls in Khayelitsha (one of Cape Town's poorest areas)...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 15 Mar 2016

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Why is this SA radio legend betting big on personality-driven streaming apps?

Memeburn readers of a certain age might remember blasting their radios to the latest dance hits in preparation for a big night out. And if you were listening to one of those stations in particular, chances are the person mixing those tracks was Derek...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 14 Mar 2016

Ford teams up with drone maker for disaster relief concept
Ford teams up with drone maker for disaster relief concept

This is pretty cool. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Ford announced a partnership with drone maker DJI aimed at creating vehicle-to-drone technology...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 6 Jan 2016

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Mxit: how did Alan Knott-Craig Jr's R500m bet go so badly wrong?

Mxit as we know it is dead. The company announced on Friday that it had shut down its commercial operations and would be transferring its IP to the Reach Trust, its charitable arm...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 27 Oct 2015

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Mxit to shut down commercial operations, focus on Reach

Mxit on Friday confirmed that it would shutting down its commercial operations to focus on Reach, its charitable arm...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 23 Oct 2015

These are Africa's 10 most successful brands on social media
These are Africa's 10 most successful brands on social media

Africa is an increasingly social continent. In 2014, announced that it had more than 100-million African users, accounting for more than half the continent's internet users.

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 3 Sep 2015

This JMPD officer is on her way to becoming a viral star
This JMPD officer is on her way to becoming a viral star

When Clive Naidoo was pulled over by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and started filming, he would probably never have guessed that he'd turn one of the officers into a viral star.

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 2 Sep 2015

Cape Town restaurant shows the world how to deal with racist online reviews
Cape Town restaurant shows the world how to deal with racist online reviews

Online reviews can be a tricky business, especially in the restaurant trade. Things can get very messy, very quickly...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 28 Jul 2015

Publicis to acquire The Creative Counsel for a massive 'R1bn'
Publicis to acquire The Creative Counsel for a massive 'R1bn'

Memeburn has it on good authority that French mega agency Publicis is on the verge of securing a deal that will see it acquire The Creative Counsel for a rumoured R1-billion, making it one of South Africa's biggest ever agency acquisitions...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 16 Jul 2015

34 hilarious tweets from Mmusi Maimane's #AskMmusi Twitter town hall
34 hilarious tweets from Mmusi Maimane's #AskMmusi Twitter town hall

Opening yourself up to Twitter is a risky business at the best of times. But when you're a recently elected South African political leader dealing with one of the most cynical Twitter communities...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 14 May 2015

The internet and the earthquake: how the web reacted to Nepal's killer shock
The internet and the earthquake: how the web reacted to Nepal's killer shock

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend is how quickly we received the information...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 28 Apr 2015

ZANews' Game of Thrones parody is bang on the money
ZANews' Game of Thrones parody is bang on the money

With the latest season of Game of Thrones hitting screens around the world, it was almost inevitable that a fresh round of parodies would follow...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 17 Apr 2015

Drones, maps and social networks: how SA's media has used tech to report on the #CapeFire
Drones, maps and social networks: how SA's media has used tech to report on the #CapeFire

The fire sweeping across Cape Town's Southern peninsula dominated South African headlines. A number of factors saw the country's media houses bring together a number of technologies and tools in their reporting efforts...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 9 Mar 2015

Mxit: The rise and collapse of 'Africa's largest social network'
Mxit: The rise and collapse of 'Africa's largest social network'

Flashback to 2010. Naspers is still a majority shareholder in Mxit, at this stage Africa's largest social network and instant messaging client with 27-million registered users...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 2 Mar 2015

The twar that wasn't: how Zelda and Redi showed that Twitter can be sane
The twar that wasn't: how Zelda and Redi showed that Twitter can be sane

On Saturday, the South African Twittersphere was set into a fresh rage spiral following comments from Nelson Mandela's former PA and confidant Zelda la Grange that president Jacob Zuma made white people feel unwelcome in the country...

Stuart ThomasBy Stuart Thomas 19 Jan 2015

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