Latest TENNA leak hints of a single rear camera on the next Redmi Note

After hitting record sales in its segment, the Redmi Note series has become a prominent name under the sub 15k price category. Because of its popularity, the upcoming Redmi Note 5 has been grabbing a lot of attention soon after its first leak popped up. Earlier we saw a Redmi Note 5 render that hinted at a 18:9 display and a dual camera setup.

However, we’ve been hearing of two new Xiaomi smartphones that were recently spotted on China’s telecommunication certification authority, TENNA. Both the phones are said to be the successors to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note line-up.

According to the leak, the appeared devices MET7 and MEE7 continue the ongoing trend of minimal bezel around the display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The leaked images hint at a similar back panel as the Redmi Note 4 with a round camera lens and a fingerprint sensor right below it.

The main difference in the appearance resides on the front where the phone where it has a 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio with curved corners. The LCD panel has a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels and looks something like we have seen on LG Q6.

The TENNA listing further shows that the smartphone will run a 2.0GHz octa-core processor which we expect to be either Snapdragon 660 or the Snapdragon 636. Both the phones will run Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top. On the camera front, both the phones will have a 12-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front camera.

The phones will come in three RAM and storage variants of 3GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB.

Matric exam printing delayed as much as possible to prevent leaks

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has wished all matriculants all the best for their final exams, which get underway today.

“I wish the best of luck to all the candidates sitting for the examinations this year. Keep your head down, study hard, stay focused and I am confident you will make us proud.

“After at least 12 years in the education system, you owe it to yourself to put your all into these examinations so that you are able to take advantage of post schooling opportunities. The world is your oyster. Good luck to all of you,” said Minister Motshekga.

In a statement on Sunday, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said it is ready to administer the exams. Final preparations are in place for the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

A total of 634 527 full-time and 168 109 part-time candidates have been registered. KwaZulu-Natal has once again presented the highest number of full-time candidates with 153 624 candidates.

Gauteng, with 41 952 candidates, has contributed the most part-time candidates in the 2017 NSC examination.

The DBE has made provision for 3 805 full-time and 544 part-time special needs candidates with barriers to learning such as dyslexia, blindness and deafness.

“DBE, together with provincial Education Departments, has been hard at work ensuring an appropriate and enabling environment is set to enable seamless administration of the 2017 NSC examinations,” the department said.

The examination system will, however, be fully tested on Tuesday when more than 630 000 candidates will sit at 9am for English Paper 1 at Home Language and First Additional Language levels.

Interventions

Having experienced challenges in the better part of the year, an intervention plan was put in place to support the 1 657 matric learners in secondary schools in Vuwani, Limpopo.

The department concluded intensive final state of readiness visits to the nine provinces that concluded on 6 October.

The visits also included scheduled engagements with school principals led by Director-General Mathanzima Mweli.

The department said it has done work to mitigate risks associated with the storage and movement of examination scripts.

“Security and the protection of the integrity of the NSC examinations has remained a priority. The department has therefore continued to put significant focus on ensuring that it mitigates risks associated with the storage and movement of examination scripts employing the ‘Just in Time’ printing approach. The approach allows for examination scripts to be printed as close as logistically possible to the writing of the examination.”

In KwaZulu-Natal, the recent bad weather has not put a damper on the province’s examination preparations and all centres across the province have been audited by provincial Education Department officials.

Enrolment subjects

Mathematics Literacy with 356 016, Life Sciences with 356 149, Mathematics with 279 144 and Physical Sciences with 199 874 candidates present some of the highest enrolment subjects for 2017.

The department encouraged learners to continue to be diligent in their studies and take advantage of the various catch-up and revision lessons available across various platforms.

Candidates are encouraged to visit the department’s website, www.education.gov.za, the department’s Facebook page, DBE SA, or follow the Twitter handle, @DBE_SA for links, podcasts and revision lesson times. 

Examination results

Minister Motshekga will release the examination results on the evening of 4 January 2018.

Candidates will be able to access their results from Friday 5 January 2018 through the DBE website and through the various media outlets through which the results will be made available.

Apple stopped selling iPhone 7 256GB

Apple has stopped selling the 256GB version of the iPhone 7 in its online store.

As reported by Mashable, the move came after the launch of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

The 256GB model was taken off the site just after the new iPhone launch event, in the middle of September, and has not been available since, stated the report.

Customers can still buy the device from mobile operators and retailers which have stock, however.

The discontinuation is reportedly aimed at boosting sales of the iPhone 8, as many consumers would rather wait for the more-powerful iPhone X to launch.

The iPhone X is set to be available on 3 November in the US.

South Africa’s data leak contains IDs of 12.5 million children

database reportedly leaked from the web servers of Jigsaw Holdings contains the ID numbers of 12.5 million children.

Security researcher Troy Hunt – who runs Have I Been Pwned? – revealed the database leak earlier this week, and has started to analyse the data.

Figures provided by Hunt suggest the database contains the ID numbers of 60 million South Africans – including deceased citizens.

New data released by Hunt shows that the database may in fact contain the private details of every living South African – up to 2014.

Hunt found the following in the database:

  • Number of records – 66,360,837
  • Records flagged “alive” – 57,035,248
  • Records flagged “deceased” – 9,325,585

Hunt then classified the data by age group, and found records for millions of children.

“Why on earth would you want little kids in this database? There are no names or other personal data on those records, but why?” said Hunt.

Hunt said that while he sympathises with the company which supplied the data to Jigsaw Holdings, questions must be asked about where they got the data and why they had it.

Hunt summarised the data as follows:

Age Group Count Percentage
Child 12,497,835 18.8%
Teenager 6,846,237 10.3%
Twenties 9,924,186 15.0%
Thirties 8,808,888 13.3%
Fourties 7,914,161 11.9%
Fifties 7,225,028 10.9%
Sixties 5,255,083 7.9%
Old age 7,206,909 10.9%
Unknown 682,506 1.0%