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The world is changing and urban areas are sprawling, which means more people in less space – how does this affect the way in which we approach the working day?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 27 February, 2018. The world is heading towards 70% urbanisation by 2050[i]. This means that cities the world over are growing at a rapid rate. With more and more people moving from rural and semi-urban areas to work and live in cities, the day-to-day movement of people becomes problematical – traffic gets worse and commuters are spending more and more time in their cars. But, increasingly, there is a trend towards working remotely – and with technology advancing almost daily, mobility becomes easier and more viable for businesses and staff.

Studies have shown that telecommuting increases efficiency. There are several reasons for this, including that employees get to retain more of the time in their day and don’t have to face the distractions of a traditional office, such as gossiping at the coffee or water machine.

Most people who are in the workforce have access to a device that allows them to work remotely, whether access to e-mails or simply the ability to use messaging apps that are used for business conversation. Because of this, solutions to ensure security of information have become imperative – after all, no business wants their secret formula hovering around in cyberspace to anyone to snatch. This is especially relevant when it comes to staff using personal devices to create and store information specific to their work.

Craige Fleischer, Vice President of Integrated Mobility, Samsung South Africa, says, “There is a growing reliance on mobile devices for business – most employees can easily sync their personal mobile device to their work e-mails, for example. Samsung understands that mobility is increasingly imperative and has ensured that all devices are embedded with high-end data security, from Knox to Secure Folder, where important data can be kept safe.”

Secure Folder creates a private, encrypted space on smartphones by leveraging the defence-grade Knox security platform. The Secure Folder allows users to keep your private files, images, and even apps in a separate secured folder. Content can be transferred in and out of the Secure Folder and a personalised lock type can be used for access. Cloud back-up and restore also greatly assists in managing information and files.

“Multiple accounts can be created and this is where the magic happens – you can keep your work and personal data separate, so when using your smartphone to present ideas or reports, you won’t run the risk of opening a private album or displaying personal information,” concludes Fleischer.

The future is remote and as urban centres become more populated, integrating great security and connectivity into mobile devices will become not only imperative, but the norm.

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Crypto mining can void your graphics card warranty

Cryptocurrency mining has become a popular investment for many South Africans.

It is also the main reason for the global shortage of high-end graphics cards, as these are the most popular GPUs among cryptocurrency miners.

Miners tend to buy multiple graphics cards at a time, which populate mining rigs that are constantly running at high loads.

While this may seem like a great option for gamers with GPUs sitting idle for most of the day, using a graphics card for cryptocurrency mining in South Africa may void the warranty of the GPU.

To find out more, MyBroadband spoke to Raru’s Colin van Zyl about the warranty process for graphics cards used for cryptocurrency mining.

South African suppliers

It is important to note that warranties are handled by suppliers and/or manufacturers, with local retailers functioning as a consumer-facing channel.

Van Zyl said many local graphics card suppliers have started testing graphics cards more rigorously, and if a gaming card is found to have been altered or used for mining, the card’s warranty will be rendered void.

While suppliers would have previously sent failed cards to manufacturers for replacement, manufacturers are now voiding the warranty of cards used in cryptocurrency mining, said van Zyl.

Manufacturers have comprehensive testing tools and check each component before physically rebuilding each graphics card, he added.

“A card that had its BIOS altered or been used outside of its specification or intended use will have the warranty voided.”

Mining workloads

If you want to avoid your graphics card warranty being voided, do not use a gaming card for cryptocurrency mining.

Users must also be careful when altering the BIOS or making other modifications to the product.

Cryptocurrency mining can dramatically shorten the lifespan of a GPU, due to the constant high workload placed on the chip, and additional cooling systems are often required for mining rigs.

Specialised cryptocurrency mining cards are also available from Nvidia and AMD, but these carry a shorter warranty period – due to their intended usage.

These cards would be ideal for miners, but global stock shortages mean they are snapping up any GPUs they can get their hands on – gaming or otherwise.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X – Price and performance

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ ,which are set to arrive in South Africa on 9 March.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have received several new features compared to their predecessors, and are set to take on Apple’s iPhone X, and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Among these features is a new dual-aperture camera system, which lets the camera automatically adapt to various lighting conditions, said Samsung.

Samsung has also added a dual-camera setup to the Galaxy S9+, after introducing the feature with the Galaxy Note 8.

The camera innovations do not stop there, with super slow-motion video recording (960fps at 720p), Live Translation, and Intelligent Scan – a combination of iris and facial recognition – implemented.

Like the iPhone X and iPhone 8, the Galaxy S9 range also supports 1080p video recording at 240fps.

Animoji and AR Emoji

Following Apple’s introduction of Animojis with the iPhone X in 2017, Samsung has added augmented reality emoji stickers and videos called AR Emoji.

An initial hands-on of AR Emoji by Tom’s Hardware stated that “Samsung’s animated emoji are more lifelike than Apple’s”.

“Your face and voice are used to animate what is supposed to look like a three-dimensional cartoon version of yourself,” stated the publication.

The way the Apple and Samsung systems work is slightly different. Animoji reacts to a 3D wireframe of your face and overlays animated characters on top of that.

AR Emoji aims to create a cartoon 3D model of your face from which to generate animated GIFs, stickers, and videos.

Performance

Predicting device performance based on spec sheets is never a good idea, as the hardware and software combining in a smartphone is a complex experience.

AnandTech obtained a Samsung Galaxy S9 test device powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 chip, however, and put it through a few benchmarks.

It is worth noting that South Africa receives Exynos-based flagship smartphones from Samsung.

Results from Geekbench 4 indicate a significant performance boost between the Exynos 8890 processor in the Galaxy S8 compared to the Exynos 9810 in the S9 and S9+.

Specifications

The table below details the hardware and pricing of the Galaxy S9 range and the iPhone X.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available with various storage capacities, but South African retailers are predominantly selling the 64GB Galaxy S9 and 128GB Galaxy S9+.

Specifications Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9+ iPhone X
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
Weight 163g 189g 174g
OS Android 8 Android 8 iOS 11
Display 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 5.8″ Super Retina HD OLED HDR
Rear camera 12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 Dual 12MP: f/1.5 and f/2.4 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto Dual 12MP: f/1.8 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64GB, MicroSD 128GB, MicroSD 64GB
RAM 4GB 6GB 3GB*
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 A11 Bionic
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh 2,716mAh*
Cellular LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18 LTE-A Cat. 16*
SIM Nano (Single/Dual) Nano (Single/Dual) Nano
Durability IP68 IP68 IP67
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Fingerprint, iris, face Face ID
RRP R15,499 R17,999 R18,999
*Certain iPhone specifications are from third-party sources.

Galaxy S9
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Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8

The table below details the hardware and pricing of the Galaxy S9 range and the iPhone 8 range.

Specifications Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9+ iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
Weight 163g 189g 148g 202g
OS Android 8 Android 8 iOS 11 iOS 11
Display 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 4.7″ Retina HD 5.5″ Retina HD
Rear camera 12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 Dual 12MP: f/1.5 and f/2.4 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto 12MP f/1.8 Dual 12MP: f/1.8 wide-angle f/2.8 telephoto
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7 7MP f/2.2 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64GB, MicroSD 128GB, MicroSD 64GB 64GB
RAM 4GB 6GB 2GB* 2GB*
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 A11 Bionic A11 Bionic
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh 1,821 mAh* 2,691mAh*
Cellular LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18 LTE-A Cat. 16* LTE-A Cat. 16*
SIM Nano (Single/Dual) Nano (Single/Dual) Nano Nano
Durability IP68 IP68 IP67 IP67
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Fingerprint, iris, face Touch ID Touch ID
RRP R15,499 R17,999 R13,999 R15,999
*Certain iPhone specifications are from third-party sources.

Galaxy S9

iPhone 8

Massive iPhone X Plus – Leaked photos

Photos reportedly of the 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus” have been posted on the Chinese-language MacX forums.

The first photo shows a digitiser, with the overall size appearing larger than the original iPhone X.

MacRumors also noted the part number on the flex cable attached to the bottom of the digitiser, which is similar to the format Apple uses.

According to the report, Apple is set to launch three new iPhones this year.

They are expected to be a second-generation iPhone X, the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

Apple typically announces its new iPhones around September.

iPhone X Plus digitiser

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Enabling IoT to Change Lives Across Africa

The Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting the lives of millions around the world – but none more so than those in Africa. SolarNow, a social business passionate about transforming lives by providing high quality solar energy, appliances and financing solutions in East Africa, has turned to IoT, while also integrating M2M cellular connectivity and AWS Cloud within its solutions to provide more and better services to SolarNow customers.

While the time, costs and risks involved in setting up IoT deployments can appear to be a daunting, SolarNow turned to IoT M2M connectivity specialist Eseye. The market leader offered a highly secure and reliable global cellular network data through the AnyNet Secure™ SIM, with seamless integration onto the AWS Cloud.

Jeremy Potgieter, SADC regional head, Eseye says that SolarNow’s requirement was to enhance access to and use of device data: “They wanted better oversight of remote equipment and to be able to communicate with clients, for example when payments are due or if there is an issue with their device.”

The SIM’s enhanced features also enable SolarNow to remotely and securely activate, provision, authenticate and certify deployed devices over-the-air, in up to 190 countries. Integration with AWS Cloud Services, further simplifies project set up and deployment by reducing the need for investment in specialist inhouse infrastructure and development resources. By adding AWS’ software tools and cloud, SolarNow establishes the means to simply and quickly analyse data and to scale instantly and securely, on demand.

Solar as an energy source is becoming increasingly vital and viable to off-grid populations in the East African region; in part to reduce the widespread use of polluting and dangerous kerosene lamps, but also to harness the significant economic, social and health benefits reliable power sources provide.

SolarNow addresses the unmet need for sustainable, quality solar energy in the region through the provision of solar powered equipment, appliances and services to remote or off-grid home, farm, school, health centre and business locations. To make a deployment achievable, the company offers affordable and flexible credit with every solution, a key feature in widening access to solar energy in the African market.

Working with developers at SolarNow, Eseye also created software and supplied a reference design, which the company could simply copy onto the circuit board of the microprocessor, which sits on a solar controller and manages SolarNow’s solutions.

Potgieter says that the capabilities provided to SolarNow have empowered the company to become completely self-reliant and secure in connecting and managing its growing product portfolio: “By taking a proven design and effectively copying it into its devices, has enabled SolarNow to move from a non-connected to a connected product offering, and to take full advantage of the capabilities of IoT. This not only provides the company with huge growth potential, but also adds a new level to its customer service offering.”

SolarNow has also been able to improve further key elements of its offering, for example, by analysing enhanced system data to communicate with the clients if there is an issue with their device, when payments are due, or to issue a warning. By building a wider picture of the customer and understanding how they use the system to develop product value and customer service the company has gained a new way of interacting with customers through its solar solutions.

“By turning to cellular connectivity, SolarNow can further credit provision, mostly through better insights into client behaviour; making solar more accessible through affordable finance. Using cellular connectivity also means the performance of the solar system can be remotely monitored, ensuring a much better service for customers,” says Peter Huisman, CTO at SolarNow

 

SolarNow believes that this new level of capability is another key step in its continued mission to build the best relationships with its customers. At the same time, global roaming capabilities alleviate any concerns over connectivity, so the company can continue to drive the growth of solar as a central energy source across East Africa.”

 

Potgieter says that SolarNow has fully exploited the tools to make IoT easy – a move which is not only pivotal for the company’s future growth, but also for the future of the customers it serves: “The power of connected technology to solve issues and truly change lives across Africa, by enabling service provision for even the most remote or disempowered members of its communities, cannot be underestimated.”

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About Eseye

Eseye is a leading global provider of M2M cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). We specialise in simplifying complex global device deployments for enterprises seeking to realise the efficiency driving, data-enhancing and product-innovating opportunities of over-the-air IoT. With 800+ customers, we deliver highly secure and resilient cellular data services through our revolutionary AnyNet Secure™ Subscriber Identity Module (SIM). The SIM offers a seamless data feed onto the AWS Cloud and provides unique zero-touch, device provisioning and certification, and true freedom to roam in more than 190 countries. Eseye is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner – IoT Competency, winner of the 2017 Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Awards; recognised in the 2017-18 Gartner Magic Quadrant for M2M managed services; and holds ISO 27001 accreditation

For further information, please contact the Eseye Marketing Department on 01483 802509

or visit: www.eseye.com

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy S9 and S9+ #Unpacked

Samsung has launched its flagship Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2018.

The company said the smartphones “reimagine the way people communicate, share, and experience the world”, and pack in an array of awesome features.

Many of these new features centre around the devices’ cameras, and Samsung said the Galaxy S9 and S9+ drive innovation with its advanced systems.

“Redesigned with a new Dual Aperture lens that powers an innovative low-light camera, super slow-mo video capabilities, and personalised AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ ensure users do not miss a moment.”

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also pack powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG, audio with Dolby Atmos, and a refined edge-to-edge Infinity Display.

Camera Reimagined

Samsung said the new cameras equipped on the S9 and S9+ feature a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with dedicated processing power and memory.

This lets the devices take:

  • Super slow-mo shots – dynamic, slow-motion video that captures 960 frames per second.
  • Motion detection – an intelligent feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record.
  • Low-light shots – similar to the way the iris of a human eye expands and contracts, Samsung’s Dual Aperture (F1.5/F2.4) automatically lets in more light when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright.
  • AR Emoji – create an emoji that looks, sounds, and acts like you.

Features

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also feature an array of software features, including Bixby – Samsung’s intelligence platform – and the SmartThings app, which “unites Samsung’s existing IoT services into one single, smart experience”.

Samsung DeX is also available for the new smartphones, in the form of the Dex Pad.

The docking system lets users connect the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Other standout features of the S9 and S9+ include:

  • IP68 water and dust resistance.
  • Wireless charging.
  • Expandable memory of up to 400GB with MicroSD.
  • Knox 3.1 security.
  • Iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting from 16 March, in Midnight Black, Titanium Grey, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple.

Galaxy S9 and S9+ Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Specifications Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9+
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (163g) 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (189g)
OS Android 8 Android 8
Display 5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED 6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED
CPU 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) / 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) / 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
RAM 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB + MicroSD 400GB 64GB/128GB/256GB + MicroSD 400GB
Main Camera Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4) Dual Camera with Dual OIS. Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4) / Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
Front Camera 8MP AF (F1.7) 8MP AF (F1.7)
IP Rating IP68 IP68
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Network Enhanced 4X4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18 Enhanced 4X4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
SIM Single SIM: Nano SIM/Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM): Nano SIM + Nano SIM or MicroSD Single SIM: Nano SIM/Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM): Nano SIM + Nano SIM or MicroSD

S9 Specs

Galaxy S9 and S9+

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9

Exclusive: the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is coming with Wireless Charging and Possibly an Iris Scanner

Back in December, a Chinese blog called CNMO reported that the Mi Max 3 would feature an enormous 5,500 mAh battery. The report also alleged that the device would feature a 7″ 18:9 display, have dual cameras, and have either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC depending on the model.

While we cannot confirm any information about the display size, the firmware files we have obtained allow us to confirm most of the other information, as well as a few new findings of our own.

The following information is based on firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei, the man behind the FunkyHuawei.club service, which allows users to updateunbrick, or rebrand Huawei and Honor phones for a fee. He has provided access to these firmware files exclusively to XDA-Developers.

First off, we’ll go over the most basic specifications. According to the various build properties, the device we are looking at will launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. There might be a Snapdragon 630 variant, but we haven’t seen that one yet. The battery capacity is indeed 5,500 mAh, which should please any person who is interested in a device with a long battery life. We can also confirm that it will have an 18:9 display, though we can’t confirm the display resolution.

What’s most interesting about this device, however, is the fact that it may have wireless charging. Xiaomi phones have never supported Qi wireless charging before, but Xiaomi finally joined the Wireless Power Consortium late last year. The Xiaomi Mi 7 is supposedly going to be the first Xiaomi device with wireless charging capabilities, but we haven’t found any direct evidence for that yet. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will very likely support wireless charging, though, as we found two pieces of direct evidence for that in its firmware.

Within the MIUI Keyguard APK, we discovered strings relating to wireless charging. There are strings that tell you if charging has stopped and if so, whether it is because the device’s position has been offset from the charger base.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Wireless Charging

Furthermore, we found a help video and graphic made by Xiaomi that shows the user how to place their device on the wireless charger. The phone shown in the graphic is likely not how the Mi Max 3 will look in person, because it’s possible that the graphic is just showing off a generic device for Xiaomi’s future broad range of smartphones with wireless charging capabilities.

 

Next up, we were able to find out exactly what camera sensors the device will be using, thanks to a configuration file. On the rear, the device will have either an IMX363 from Sony or an S5K217+S5K5E8 Samsung dual camera setup. On the front, there will be a lone S5K4H7 from Samsung. However, it appears that the front of the device may be joined by another imaging sensor: an iris scanner.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Iris Scanner

The front auxiliary module mentioned here is the OmniVision 2281 which “leverages a 1.12-micron pixel with PureCel technology to enable accurate, reliable iris recognition for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks” according to its official page. It appears that this sensor is still in-development for the device, as the lines pertaining to it have been commented out. I don’t know if the final model of the device will have an iris scanner, but it’s clear that this is in the works. Given that this device will support wireless charging and will have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, it makes sense for it to add iris scanning so you can quickly unlock the phone when it is sitting on a table.

Regarding the software, the firmware suggests the device is running Android 8.1 Oreo. Notably, the first API level set in the build properties was 25, which means this device started out running Android 7.1 Nougat. It’s possible that this device may launch with Android 8.1, but it’s also possible that the firmware we’re looking at is the developer ROM and that the stable release will be an older version of Android. Basically, don’t get your hopes up.

Other minor aspects we can reveal are that the device will have a dual SIM card slot, support dual SD cards, an IR blaster, LED light for notifications, audio tuned by Dirac, Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth audio codecs, but unfortunately no NFC. It will also possibly have dual speakers (though the firmware isn’t 100% clear on that), and something called a front “remosic” sensor.

If we learn more about the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, we’ll keep you updated on the XDA Portal. Until then, be sure to follow our new Exclusive tag for more posts like this!


Update: Snapdragon 636 vs. 660

It has come to our attention that the Mi Max 3 may feature the Snapdragon 636 rather than the 660, despite what the firmware says. There are two reasons for this:

  • The Snapdragon 636 is a down-clocked 660. The maximum frequency listed in the firmware is 1.8GHz, which is below the maximum frequency of the 660’s 2.2GHz.
  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features the Snapdragon 636 SoC, but within its firmware files it is listed as the Snapdragon 660.

Ultimately, the difference is very minor, but it’s worth mentioning in order to be accurate

Cell C to launch uncapped fibre, voice, and Black streaming bundle

Cell C will launch a triple-play offering which includes fibre, voice, and entertainment products this year.

During the presentation of its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2017, the company announced the bundled package will launch in the second quarter of 2018.

The offering integrates a number of Cell C’s products into a simple package, and will include the following:

  • Uncapped fibre
  • Uncapped mobile voice calls
  • Black streaming subscription

The uncapped voice offering applies to calls made on Cell C’s network, with calls to other networks capped at a certain number of minutes.

Mobile data will not be bundled with the package, and Cell C customers will have to purchase data to consume Black content when not connected to their uncapped fibre.

However, Cell C customers can purchase Black data bundles, which allow customers to consume 1GB of the platform’s content for R30.

Pricing

There is currently no pricing or official release date for the bundled offering, but Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos confirmed the package will launch in Q2.

Cell C’s Black entertainment platform offers everything from video and music streaming, to concert tickets and sports betting.

The company said the service has seen impressive mobile growth since its launch in November 2017, gaining over 100,000 mobile app downloads on Android and 9,000 on iOS.

Black has also grown popular across other devices, including laptops and the service’s dedicated BlackBOX set-top box.

Trump takes aim at violent video games

US President Donald Trump has suggested the level of violence in video games and movies should be addressed, reported CNN.

Trump said something has to be done about what kids are seeing and how they are seeing it.

“And also video games – I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” said Trump.

Trump added that the current movie age rating system does not adequately take violence into account, focusing instead on sexual content.

Trump said a rating system which focuses on violence and killing for movies may have to be implemented.

Samsung Announces World’s First Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) 1.3 Certified System-on-Module

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 22 February, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) 1.3 certification for the Samsung ARTIK™ 05x series of modules, the first system-on-module family to be certified using new OCF standards for trust and connectivity for IoT. With the ARTIK™ 05x series, companies can quickly build Wi-Fi™ enabled edge products that meet OCF standards for interoperability, and take advantage of the ARTIK™ platform’s built-in hardware and software solutions to ensure reliability, safety and privacy for connected products.

The OCF certification program ensures companies can create products that work seamlessly with other OCF certified IoT devices regardless of their form factor, operating system or service providers. OCF 1.3 certification assures interoperability with OCF specific testing and certification, improving time-to-market, and enhancing the customer experience.

“This is a big win for our customers,” said James Stansberry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ARTIK™ IoT, Samsung Electronics. “Not only can they get to market faster with our production-ready, secure system-on-modules, but they can leverage ARTIK™ OCF and radio certifications to ensure that their products will work together.”

“Samsung has been a major contributor to the OCF effort to drive standards for IoT,” said John Park, Executive Director, OCF. “We’re delighted that the company is not only adopting the standards themselves, but helping provide products that contribute to the goal of building devices that ‘just work’ with each other.”

The high-performance, pre-certified Samsung ARTIK™ 05x series system-on-modules include processors, memory, communications, hardened security, and software to jump start development for a broad range of IoT applications. From simple edge nodes like sensors and controllers, to home appliances, healthcare monitors and smart factory gateways, the Samsung ARTIK™ IoT platform provides a complete end-to-end software, hardware and cloud solution for companies to easily link and more safely operate their products in a world that is increasingly connected.

Products are available for order today through worldwide distribution partners, including Arrow Electronics, Inc., Digi-Key, Mouser Electronics Inc., and Mujin.

More information about the Samsung ARTIK™ platform and development tools can be found at artik.io.  

The Open Connectivity Foundation

Billions of connected devices (phones, computers and sensors) should be able to communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or physical transport. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is creating a specification and sponsoring an open source project to make this possible. OCF will unlock the massive opportunity in the IoT market, accelerate industry innovation and help developers and companies create solutions that map to a single open specification to help ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry. For more information, please visit http://www.openconnectivity.org/.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at https://news.samsung.com/za/

 

For further information, please contact:

Noma Mbatha                                                               Phathutshedzo Nepfumbada

PR Worx                                                                       Samsung Electronics South Africa

011 896 1818                                                                 011 549 1646

061 258 2723                                                                 078 213 4975

noma@prworx.co.za                                                      p.nepfumbaba@samsung.com