LG and Samsung to supply screens for iPhone

South Korea’s LG Display and the panel-making unit of Samsung Electronics will supply organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for Apple’s iPhones, the Electronic Times reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

The report comes after years of speculation that Apple will start using the next-generation technology in its phones. OLED screens are thinner and offer better picture quality than the mainstay liquid crystal display screens.

Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported last month that Apple plans to start using OLED screens for iPhones starting in 2018.

 

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Cell C Blue Label offer approved

According to an article bt IT Web, Cell C’s proposed restructuring of the company’s capital, which would see JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms buying into the telco, has received board approval.

“The Boards of Cell C and 3C Telecommunications have accepted the offers received from Blue Label Telecoms and Cell C management and staff and will now proceed with the next steps of the transaction as proposed,” Cell C said in a statement today.

On 10 December South Africa’s third largest mobile network announced that it has received offers to recapitalise the company which will reduce net debt to R8 billion or less when implemented. The restructuring plan also includes a R4 billion capital injection from Blue Label, in return for a 35% stake in the mobile operator.

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  • Server side architectures and application frameworks (Zend, Yii)
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Huawei Mate S review

The Huawei Mate S offers a sleek package: it’s 7.2mm thick and weighs a mere 156g. With its 5.5-inch 2.5D AMOLED screen and full metal curved body, it is a thing of beauty.

Knuckle Control is one of its coolest features: you can use your knuckle to draw letters and open apps quickly or take a screen shot with a double knuckle tap.

With its three microphones, sound recording is crisp and clear and the 13MP camera’s professional mode will keep photography buffs happy.

Get it from R709 per month x 24 months if you want the latest tech in an attractive form.

When you order online from Vodacom you get FREE delivery, FREE SIM and FREE connection.

Source: Vodacom South Africa

How to get around this festive: Uber, Taxify , Ryda, SnappCab or Unicab

Get around this festive with either Uber, Taxify , Ryda, SnappCab or Unicab.

Uber

Uber has disrupted the taxi industry across the world, letting you order a taxi, private car or rideshare directly from your mobile phone. Once you’ve downloaded the Uber app to your phone and linked your credit card, you’ll never have to use cash to pay for a taxi again.

Through the app, you can request a taxi at the touch of a button. The nearest Uber taxi will respond and you’ll be picked up, usually within minutes. You can choose different types of cars: Uber X for ‘normal’ cars, Uber XL for larger cars, and Uber Black for luxury vehicles.

You can see exactly where the taxi is via the app, and there is also a photograph of the taxi driver so that you can easily identify him or her. It’s an extremely convenient service and is available in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and, most recently, Port Elizabeth. The app is available for Android and iOS.

One slightly irritating Uber feature is surge pricing, which is introduced when there is a shortage of cars on the road and demand is high. Expect to pay more during busy times like Saturday nights and especially on New Year’s eve.

Taxify

Launched this year in Johannesburg, international taxi app Taxify works very much like Uber, but the difference is that Taxify is merely a link between customers and licensed taxis.

‘Taxify is not a taxi company; we connect taxi users with taxis. We only do business with legally registered taxi companies and drivers who have valid PDP licenses, taxi permits and paying passenger insurance,’ said Trevor Joseph, CEO of Revnetek SA, on the launch of Taxify in South Africa.

Through the app, you can select your pick-up point and request the closest taxi. Unlike Uber, you can pay cash. The app is available for Android and iOS. It’s only available in Johannesburg at the moment.

Ryda

This locally developed mobile platform works in very much the same way as Uber and Taxify. But it has a few twists. As well as a taxi on demand service that connects you to a metered taxi, you can also choose a Cabs for Women and Take Me Home option.

With Cabs for Women, female passengers can request a female driver for added peace of mind, while Take Me Home lets you request a driver to fetch you and drive your car home if you’ve had too much to drink.

Ryda is currently only available in Joburg.

SnappCab

Currently only available in Johannesburg, SnappCab works with specific taxi organisations: Rainbow Cabs, Citycab SA and Zebra Cabs. Just like Uber and Taxify, you can set your pick-up location on the app or online and the closest taxi will respond.

You can create group accounts for family and friends or for your business. When you pay with a credit card you’ll earn SnappMiles, but you can also choose to pay with cash. The app is available for Android, BlackBerry and iOS.

Unicab 

For Capetonians, Unicab’s mobile app connects you to its registered fleet, catering for individuals and groups. The taxis are on call 24/7 and you have the option to pre-book a taxi or search for the closest taxi. You can pay via card or with cash.

 

Source: now.vodacom.co.za

HOW TO: Charge you iPhone wirelessly with a sticker

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. Simply stick the wireless charging sticker at the back of the iPhone and plug-in to the lightning port.

2. Place the iPhone on any QI charging dock.

Our sticker works with QI wireless technology which is the standard for all kinds of wireless charging. The sticker can work on any dock with QI wireless technology, even the latest IKEA wireless charging series.

There are many different types of wireless charging cases for iPhones, but our wireless charger is not an add on bulky plastic case. It’s just a sticker. IT’S THE WORLD’S THINNEST WIRELESS CHARGER and comes in numerous STYLISH DESIGNS.

The STICKER

The removable sticker is printed on material of the highest quality. Each sticker contains QI wireless charging chips. You can stick it easily on the back of your iPhone. Currently the stickers come in different sizes for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

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 As a backer, you will receive everything necessary to charge your iPhone wirelessly. You can choose between the following three:

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Technology in 2016: some highly accurate predictions

Another year dawns and the fast paced world of technology continues to wait for no man. What will transpire in 2016’s 366 days? Who will change the world? What will flop? Who will fold? Whose data breaches will be the worst? Let’s take a look into the crystal ball app I just installed and see.

In January, the world’s technology industry descends on Nevada for another CES. The big trends are car tech and virtual reality. Robotic dogs make an unexpected comeback for some reason, and will.i.am announces the first 4G-enabled cake slice with a retail price of $899.99. It is only compatible with the iPhone. TVs are bigger, thinner and more curved than ever before. Literally hundreds of new smartwatches are launched, including one with a built in defibrillator that has to be prescribed by a doctor.

Rihanna plays the Samsung party at CES and announces that every Samsung user can listen to an exclusive garbled snippet of her new album for three hours on January 16. TIDAL one-ups Rihanna by releasing the Frank Ocean album exclusively in high resolution audio. People who don’t subscribe to TIDAL or use a Samsung phone are generally quite annoyed. Daniel Ek, in particular.

Apple riles everyone at CES off by announcing an iPad event right in the middle of press day. The event is scheduled for February 3 and comes with the infuriating, grammatically questionable tagline: “Size isn’t everything. Or is it?”

Later in the month, a rumour breaks that Apple is about to launch a TV-sized iPad, also known as the Apple Television.

UEFA decides that it will use goal line tech during Euro 2016.

Twitter Updates Rules to Combat Abusive Behavior, Hateful Conduct

Twitter is once again revising its rules to rein in what it deems abusive behavior after updating its user rules to tackle revenge porn postings earlier this year.

Though the San Francisco-based social media site said in a blog post that it will always “embrace and encourage” different opinions, it will not “tolerate behavior intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice.”

The change comes during a time when radical terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have gained a strong presence on Twitter and uses the site to spread its messages and communicate with followers. And despite ongoing efforts to combat online abuse and harassment (an issue Twitter itself is aware of), tech companies like Twitter and Facebook are still seen as not doing enough.

Twitter’s Abusive Behavior Policy already bans messages that threaten or promote violence and terrorism. But its rules now include new language for what’s considered abusive behavior (new text is highlighted by CNET):

You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.

In addition to allowing users to block or mute other accounts that are abusive, Twitter can also ask offending users to delete their tweets if they are found violating the company’s rules. If users do not comply, the company can lock a user out of their account altogether.

Source: Yahoo Tech

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• 3 + years of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX development ( jQuery, HTML5, CSS3 )

• 2+ years of eCommerce websites and web applications development (Portfolio would be advantageous) Desired

• Zend Certification a bonus

• Experience using JavaScript frameworks and AJAX techniques

• Experience in mobile development

• Web development experience working with ASP.NET (Frameworks 4 and 3.5) and C#

 

• Proven development experience using PHP, MySQL, Linux and other open-source technologies

• Expertise with WordPress & Magento including Magento/Zend Framework, Magento Themes, and Magento Module Development

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• Ability to work well in a team and independently with a Can-Do attitude

• Flexible about working with new methodologies and technologies

• Ability to be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of responsibility are completed in a timely manner

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Xiaomi’s 64GB Mi Pad 2 tablet sold out in just a minute

While Xiaomi has been offering the 16GB model of the Mi Pad 2 in China for quite some time now, the company released the 64GB Windows 10 model in the region only this week.

A new revelation by the company now tells us that the device sold out in just under 1 minute since it was made available for purchase, speaking volumes about the demand for the company’s new Windows 10 tablet.

It must be noted that the 16GB Android model also sold out on the very same day, so the demand was not just limited to the 64GB variant of the Mi Pad 2.

The tablet is yet to make its way to other Asian markets, although an Indian launch should commence soon. The Mi Pad 2 features the same display as the predecessor but carries some significant upgrades underneath which make it a worthwhile upgrade for the customers.

The key attraction with the Mi Pad 2 however is the presence of a standalone Windows 10 variant. Xiaomi’s partnership with Microsoft was established some time ago when the two companies struck a deal to offer an official Windows 10 ROM for users of the Mi 4 flagship. So the launch of a standalone Windows 10 product by Xiaomi was barely a surprise.

Hardware specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2:

· 7.9-inch (2048×1536) display
· 7mm thickness
· 322 grams
· Quad-core 2.24 GHz Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor
· 8MP rear camera (f/2.0 sensor)
· 5MP front camera
· 2GB RAM
· 16/64GB storage
· Android Lollipop/Windows 10 OS
· 6,190 mAh battery
· Reversible USB Type-C port