Huawei’s new smartphone warehouse in South Africa

Following its continued success in South Africa, Huawei is set to finalise the construction of its first dedicated warehouse for Africa.

The warehouse will be located in Johannesburg and is a major milestone in the company’s long-term plan for South Africa.

Huawei said it has seen rapid, continued growth in the country, with its smartphone market share now reaching almost 10%.

While its flagship smartphones compete squarely against other big names in the local market, it is the mid-range segment where Huawei pushes large volumes of devices.

Thanks to the attractive pricing and specifications of devices like the Huawei P20 Lite, the demand for Huawei smartphones has climbed steadily in recent years.

Huawei said the completed construction of a warehouse will allow for improved customer satisfaction and will help to meet the ever-increasing demand for Huawei devices in South Africa.

No more waiting

Huawei told MyBroadband it currently ships smartphones and other devices to customers directly from its warehouses in China.

This process can take weeks and in some cases can lead to serious local stock shortages.

“Currently, it takes Huawei around three weeks to deliver our stock from China to South African retail stores,” said Likun Zhao, Vice President of Huawei Consumer Business Group Southern Africa.

“With the construction of the new warehouse, delivering the stock from our local warehouse to retail stores will take only three days.”

“This means that the stores will not run out of stock of Huawei phones, and consumers won’t have to wait weeks for new devices.”

Customer satisfaction could also improve greatly as local buyers will no longer need to wait for international stock.

“Huawei SA will now have more flexibility in determining our stock strategy. This new warehouse will mean that the local launches of our flagship devices will occur much closer to the global launch date,” said Zhao.

“At the same time, we can reduce the pressure on our partners’ stock and increase their cash flow.”

Huawei’s new warehouse will be located in the free trade zone of OR Tambo International Airport, and the company said it is currently finalising construction specifics.

Zhao concluded by stating that they have focused on delivering improved customer service and support for South Africans, and building a dedicated local warehouse should improve its ability to deliver on this.

Pokemon Go Makes More Than $2m Each Day!

Pokemon Go Makes More Than $2m Each Day!

On June the 6th, Pokemon Go celebrated its 2nd birthday. Despite the age of the mobile app, it has still remained exceptionally popular. This, even despite several controversies over the years including being blamed for car accidents and for children wandering off to places they definitely shouldn’t go.

Despite all of this though, in a report via NintendoLife, Pokemon Go is making over $2m every single day pushing total revenue to $1.8bn.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

While user levels may have dropped since it’s launch, the mobile game is still incredibly popular. The amount of revenue it has earned and continues to earn is clearly incredible. The mobile app was, of course, massively helped when the game was finally allowed to launch in China. A country which has a clearly massive about of consumers.

Pokemon Go

Despite this though, America and Japan are the biggest spenders on Pokemon Go. These 2 countries alone represent about 55% of the total revenue made for the game to date. Germany, the UK and Taiwan round off the top five, but in those instances, the spending is much less with less than $100m spent per country. It seems that a lot of people out there in the world simply just ‘gotta catch ’em all!’

The Future Of Pokemon Go

Personally, while I’m not surprised that Pokemon Go has made a ton of money, I am a little surprised that 2 years after it’s launch it still continues to make money. Massive amounts of it too! While the cracks have started to show with user levels dropping it seems clear that the game is still exceptionally popular.

What do you think? Do you still play Pokemon Go? Did or have you ever spent money on the program? – Let us know in the comments!

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New Blood Test May Be Able To Predict Your Death

New Blood Test May Be Able To Predict Your Death

As we don’t live in the world of Logan’s Run, for most of us, the predictability of our death isn’t that clear. A new type of blood test, however, may have just made our planned mortality a little more clear to understand. Suddenly, like on Gattaca, we might be able to know everything about our lives from the moment we are born.

In a report via the Guardian, Yale University believes that they have developed a blood test that may be able to predict your lifespan. Well, your natural lifespan at any rate.

Your Natural Lifespan

Morgan Levine, a pathologist (blood person) at Yale, has said: “We showed that even among people who have no diseases, who are presumably healthy, we can still pick up differences in life expectancy. It’s capturing something preclinical before any diseases present themselves.” This there could prove to be a major advancement for medicine as the blood test. Particularly if a high chance exists of contracting a specific illness.

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Now there are, of course, limits to this. For example, such a test will not necessarily work if you smoke 40 a day. Neither will it predict if you’re about to get flattened by a bus. It may, however, be able to detect a genetic predilection to being prone to certain illnesses and particularly cancer.

Ageing Too Fast

The test may also detect if people are ageing quicker physically than their actual age. It could, therefore, help to preemptively move diagnosis for conditions more likely to occur when you get older.

Ultimately though, while the blood test can predict likely causes of your test, if you take it you’re not going to get a piece of paper with the exact date and time on it. So I’m sorry to say, you can’t have that final blow-out before you pop your clogs.

What do you think? Impressed with what this technology could bring to medicine? – Let us know in the comments!

Tokyo Ghoul Video Game Is Revealed By Bandai Namco

Tokyo Ghoul Video Game Is Revealed By Bandai Namco

You may not have heard of Toyko Ghoul, but fans of anime or manga almost certainly have. In terms of animation, it has been almost as popular in recent years as the excellent Attack on Titan. At present though, unlike Attack on Titan, it hasn’t been given the video game treatment. Well, that is all about to change!

In a report via DSOGaming, Tokyo Ghoul is getting a video game adaptation and better still we have an announcement trailer to go with it!

What Is Toyko Ghoul?

Tokyo Ghoul is set in a world where there are humans and vampire-like ‘ghoul’ creatures. The latter must eat humans to survive and obviously, humans are non-to-happy about that! The anime itself is fantastic and if you haven’t watched it yet, I would thoroughly recommend it. Albeit, it sadly only has 2 series at the moment so a binge watch will quickly get you up to speed.

What is known is that in the game you will be able to play both the hunter and the ghoul. This opens up a lot of possibilities and, of course, what weapons your character will employ. Kagune and Quinque’s are words you’re soon going to find yourself familiar with when you start playing.

When Is It Out?

This is only the announcement trailer so at present, it’s hard to say. It might be ready before the end of the year, but I suspect 2019 is far more likely. We do know that the game will release on the PS4 and PC, but sadly for Xbox fans, it looks like you’re going to miss out on this release.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Toyko Ghoul series? Looking forward to the game? – Let us know in the comments!Toyko Ghoul

Xiaomi plummets on trading debut

Xiaomi Corp. fell as much as 6 percent on its debut, as an escalating trade war and uncertainty about its valuation combined to dampen Hong Kong’s biggest coming-out party in two years.

The eight-year-old Chinese smartphone maker traded as low as HK$16.00 compared with its HK$17 initial public offering price. That puts the company co-founded by billionaire Lei Jun on pace to become the worst first-day performance for a $1 billion-plus Hong Kong IPO since 2011. Xiaomi’s market value is now in the neighborhood of $50 billion, becoming the world’s third largest listed maker of mobile devices but a far cry from the $100 billion touted last year.

Xiaomi’s high-profile stumble may have a chilling effect on a swathe of Chinese tech corporations keen on raising capital this year to fuel their ambitions, from Meituan Dianping in Hong Kong to Tencent Music in the U.S. It’s a lukewarm showing for an ambitious smartphone label with designs on expanding globally and transforming from a low-margin hardware company into an internet services player in the mold of Apple Inc.

Xiaomi priced its IPO at earnings multiples higher than more established tech giants, including Apple, Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Facebook Inc. It then suffered a number of setbacks, from being forced to jettison plans to sell Chinese depositary receipts in Shanghai to pricing its shares at the very bottom of the marketed range. It’s also a disappointment for Hong Kong, which this year revised regulations to allow tech companies with uneven voting structures like Xiaomi to float.

“Tech companies looking to list their shares will need to take a more conservative approach in pricing,” said Anthea Lai, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s “as investors get more cautious about where to put their money given the prevailing trade tensions and several IPO flops recently.”

In the longer term, Xiaomi’s proponents argue that dominance in key markets from India to China and a diversifying Internet of Things business will help it grow into its valuation. As Lei Jun struck the opening gong Monday, he continued his pitch of Xiaomi as an “internet company.” The IPO was designed to fuel its overseas expansion while also allowing earlier investors to cash in their stakes.

Xiaomi’s IPO was hailed as the biggest and most important Chinese technology debut in years. Instead, it began life as a public company on the defensive despite attracting a number of A-list investors to its IPO. George Soros joined fellow billionaires Li Ka-shing, Jack Ma and Pony Ma in endorsing the IPO. Institutional investors including Hillhouse Capital, Qualcomm Inc. and China Mobile Ltd. also chipped in.

On Monday, Lei made it a point to thank his deep-pocketed backers alongside his own employees and the 190 million monthly active users referred to as Mi Fans.

“At this critical moment in Sino-U.S. trade relations, the global capital markets are in constant flux,” Lei told a packed audience at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. “Although the macro-economic conditions are far from ideal, we believe a great company can still rise to the challenge and distinguish itself.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and CLSA Ltd. are leading Xiaomi’s IPO as joint sponsors.

Xiaomi’s tribulations began almost the moment it embarked on its IPO journey. It’d planned on raising about $10 billion and a valuation of as much as $100 billion by taking advantage of CDRs: a new instrument Beijing pushed to entice companies to list at home. But that fell apart when it couldn’t adequately address questions posed by regulators, including how a company that gets the vast majority of revenue from phones would pitch itself as an internet company.

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When Xiaomi finalized its offer, it did so just as the Hong Kong bourse went into a tailspin. Escalating tensions with the U.S. exacerbated growing concerns about the fallout from a slowing Chinese economy, fueling a climate of uncertainty. Compounding the challenge: traders can short-sell the stock from day one and Xiaomi won’t be considered for inclusion in benchmark MSCI gauges.

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Telkom workers go on strike

Employees affiliated with CWU, DEPACU, and SACU have “shut down” the South African Post Office.

The striking workers, who are also from Telkom, have embarked on their strike over a pay increase for communications workers.

The workers embarked on joint strike action on 6 July 2018, resulting in Post Office branches around the country closing their doors and being unable to service grant beneficiaries.

Workers from Telkom and the Post Office are gathering at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg and are demanding a 12% wage increase from Telkom and SAPO.

The union workers will also march through Johannesburg.

The Post Office has advised grant recipients queuing outside branches to instead draw their cash at ATMs.

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Communication Workers Union, DEPACU & SACU will join forces tomorrow; the 6th of July 2018 as they shut down The South African Post Office and Telkom. They will be gathering at the Mary Fitzgerald Square at 9am in Johannesburg. @Fin24 @MorningLiveSABC @eNCA @JacaNews

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Post office workers embarked on a strike as thousands of grant beneficiaries continue to queue for their payments

Big toll-free number fight in South Africa

MTN said there is no instance where a client should be billed for make a toll-free call.

This is thanks to number plan regulations ICASA published in 2016.

When the regulations were released, it caused a fight amongst telecoms providers, with smaller operators warning that mobile networks were killing the toll-free market.

Switch Telecom told MyBroadband at the time that Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom were dragging their feet on the matter.

For a call to be toll-free, the receiving party pays the originating network for the cost of the call. Switch Telecom said mobile operators were charging high tariffs to reverse-bill toll-free calls, however.

The regulations called for the operators to negotiate origination rates with one another and file interconnect agreements with ICASA, but Switch Telecom said the big players didn’t do that – they just set their price.

Telkom also stopped routing calls from its cellular customers to toll-free numbers operated by other companies.

Switch Telecom lodged a dispute against Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom with ICASA, while Vodacom lodged a dispute against Telkom.

Toll-free fight

Since then, the mobile operators have all zero-rated toll-free numbers and Telkom has started routing calls from its mobile subscribers to all toll-free numbers.

Telkom said it has been doing this for some time, and emphasised that this applies to any toll-free number in the country – but excludes Sharecall number ranges like 0860 and 0861.

While toll-free calls are free on mobile networks, and Telkom is routing all calls, Cell C said there are disputes that were lodged with ICASA regarding toll-free services which have yet to be resolved.

Vodacom said its dispute with Telkom is on its toll-free origination rate of R1.00 (per minute), and that it is awaiting feedback from ICASA on the way forward.

Cell C said it also notified the industry about its reverse-billing rate of R1.32.

Telkom and MTN, on the other hand, said they have negotiated toll-free agreements with operators – which is what Switch Telecom said was required from the regulations.

MTN conceded it has not concluded agreements with all operators, saying that an agreed-upon origination fee has not been finalised.

Regarding its reverse-billing tariff, MTN said its origination fee has not changed since the introduction of toll-free services.

Telkom declined to provide its origination fee.

“This rate is confidential and negotiated individually between each wholesale partner,” said Telkom.

Pricing

A major point of contention is that mobile operators are asking significantly more to connect toll-free calls than they are allowed to charge for normal calls.

ICASA regulates the wholesale termination rate of calls to networks.

Vodacom and MTN are allowed to charge other operators R0.13 for connecting calls to their networks, while Cell C and Telkom may charge R0.19.

However, the mobile networks would argue their toll-free origination fee can’t be compared to a wholesale rate. It must instead be compared to their retail rates.

As they are unable to bill what the customer would have paid to call the toll-free number, they choose an average per-minute calling rate across the various packages they offer and set that as their origination fee.

The table below summarises the origination fees for toll-free calls (excluding VAT), wholesale tariffs (excluding VAT), and the lowest retail ad-hoc call rates the mobile networks offer.

It should be noted that contracts, bundles, and specials can offer lower retail calling prices than those listed below.

Network Toll-free Origination Fee Wholesale Termination Rate Lowest Prepaid Call Rate
Vodacom R1.00 R0.13 R0.79
MTN R1.00 R0.13 R0.99
Cell C R1.32 R0.19 R0.66
Telkom Mobile Confidential R0.19 R0.29

AOC Announces New V2 Series Super-Slim Monitors

AOC V2 Series Announced

AOC is launching a new line of monitors under the V2 series banner. Three models are initially launching in 21.5″, 23.8″ and 27″ display sizes. All three feature elegant, super-slim 3-slide-frameless designs. Furthermore, even their side profiles are extra slim. In fact, the 21.5″ and 23.6″ models are only 7.7mm thick. Meanwhile, the 27″ version measures 7.9mm.

The V2 series also comes with innovative AOC technolgoies , such as Flicker-Free technology, which regulates brightness with Direct Current (DC) instead of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), or the Low Blue Mode which reduces potentially harmful blue wavelengths. The innovation continues with “Clear Vision”, which increases clarity, sharpness and vividness of Standard Definition (SD) content. For more productivity, the V2 series supports easily manageable multi-monitor setups with the AOC Screen+ software.

AOC Announces New V2 Series Super-Slim Monitors

What Panel Does the AOC V2 Series Use?

These monitors offer full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution on IPS panels, providing wide viewing angles (178°/178°) and accurate colours (72% NTSC gamut coverage). The V2 series also comes with quick 5ms response time, a 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support.

How Much Are These Monitors?

The 21.5″ 22V2Q model starts at just £119, while the 23.8″ 24V2Q costs £129. The 27″ model 27V2Q understandably costs more, but still quite affordable relative to other displays at £179. All three come with a 3-year warranty and will go on sale starting July 2018.

AOC Announces New V2 Series Super-Slim Monitors

Dell launches world’s most powerful laptop

Dell has launched the Precision 7730 Mobile Workstation Developer Edition laptop.

The device, which ships with Windows 10 or Ubuntu Linux 16.04, is called the world’s most powerful mobile workstation by Dell.

Hardware options for the the laptop include:

  • Intel Core Xeon E-2186M 6-Core CPU
  • Nvidia Quadro P5200 16GB GPU
  • ECC – 64GB DDR4 2,400MHz RAM
  • Non-ECC – 32GB DDR4 2,666MHz RAM
  • 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (x4 – optional RAID 0,1, 5)
  • 6-Cell 97Wh Battery
  • 17.3-inch FHD IPS Display

“Experience unrestrained innovation with the new thinner and lighter, premium-built Precision mobile workstations,” said Dell.

“Designed with premium materials, the new 17″ Precision 7730 is 15% smaller than previous generations. And by implementing smaller and lighter AC adapters, we’ve also made it 15% lighter for a workday that’s more mobile than ever.”

Ports on the laptop include a headphone jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, and an SD Card slot.

A Dell Precision 7730 fitted with the top hardware options will set users back around $11,500 (R155,000)

Mobile networks heading to court over out-of-bundle regulations fight

ICASA is not discussing the possibility of an out-of-court settlement in the dispute over the implementation deadline for new data regulations.

This follows an urgent application from Cell C to interdict ICASA from enforcing its amended End-User and Subscriber Services Charter in June 2018.

Under the new regulations, service providers are prohibited from charging subscribers for out-of-bundle usage without consent.

They also require networks to offer the ability to roll over unused data, and allow the transfer of data to another subscriber on the same network.

Cell C, MTN, Telkom, and Vodacom requested an extension on the implementation deadline of the new rules, and said they needed more time to make the necessary technical changes.

ICASA declined to grant the extension, however, stating it was not in the public’s interest.

Cell C then approached the High Court, and it subsequently blocked ICASA from enforcing the regulations until the matter could be resolved.

It gave mobile network operators and ICASA 10 days to file answering affidavits to Cell C’s interdict against the mobile data regulations. Cell C would then be given five days to respond.

ICASA, MTN, and Telkom responded by the 10-day deadline.

No settlement

Cell C told MyBroadband it extended an invitation to ICASA to inspect the technical requirements for the new End-User regulations, but it did not take up the offer.

MTN also confirmed there have been no discussions to settle the matter before it goes to court.

“ICASA has indicated that they will oppose MTN’s counter application,” said an MTN spokesperson.

A date for the hearing has yet to be set.

What will happen?

Asked what the outcome would be if they win or lose, MTN’s head of corporate affairs Jacqui O’Sullivan said they would prefer not to speculate.

However, MTN and Cell C emphasised they are not looking to have the regulations scrapped. They are both committed to fully complying with the regulations, they stated.

All the networks want is for the deadline to be extended, and Cell C said it has asked for a six-month extension for all operators.

As an alternative, it also asked the court to direct ICASA to engage with service providers within 30 days of the court order to determine a reasonable period within which to comply with the obligations in the amended regulations.

In the event they lose, Cell C said ICASA will have to undertake the necessary process in terms of the regulations to assess non-compliance.

Rain Mobile is not currently affected by the regulations, as it does not offer data bundles on its network.