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Hisense expands Infinity range

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Hisense has added H11, F24 and E7 models to their Infinity line of affordable smartphones. The latest additions feature small bezels, with more than a 80% screen-to-body ratio, 2.5D glass displays and 5.99” screens with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Infinity H11’s design offers an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and accelerometer.  It allows for a ‘Double Tap Wake-up’, glove operation and wet-hand operation. The H11 has a 12MP Ultra pixel rear camera, and 16MP front camera – perfect for selfie taking. The fingerprint sensor helps with for quick unlock, call answering and one touch camera access. The large capacity 3400mAh battery allows for 315 hours of standby time or 10 hours of HD video. The device has 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM and allows for up to 128GB expandable memory.

Hisense Infinity F24 has a high proportion metal body that provides a comfortable grip experience formed by carefully selected micron-grade sand particles. It has a 5P lens, 13-megapixel rear camera and 8MP front camera. The F24’s 3400mAh battery charges based on intelligent dual-charge chip that spreads current and reduces heat to achieve 2A current while ensuring the safety. The enhanced fingerprint sensor supports all-dimensional identification and allows five group fingerprints inputting as well as fast unlocking the phone whether display is on or off. In terms of network and processing capabilities, the F24 has 4G LTE and a faster 1.5GHz Quad Core processor.

Both the F24 and H11 come with the Android Nougat (Android N) operating System. The Android N OS introduces the concept of “Doze” which improves battery life by 20% when on power-saving mode.  It also supports a bundled notifications application, as well as Unicode 9, which comes with over 70 emoji icons – making for a fun and easy user experience. Cameras for both come with multiple shooting modes including Baby, HDR and V-gesture. The F24 is also easily accessible through the use of the fingerprint sensor, which can be used as a camera key.

Hisense reveals the Infinity E7. The device is slightly smaller than the F24 and H11, at 5.5”, but has the same aspects and similar screen-to-body ratios. The display offers an immersive viewing experience that supports an HD resolution of 1440×640 pixels, presenting clear, crisp, and vivid images and is easy to read from all angles due to the adoption of IPS technology.

The Infinity E7 is trendy, stylish and practical. The E7 features a 16MP rear camera, perfectly adequate for any setting – night or day. It offers a speedy focus feature, as well as panorama, HDR and more modes. The 8MP front camera has built-in Face Beauty and Smile Cap functions, capturing natural colours and producing the best selfies. The Android smartphone comes with a MT6580, Quad-core 1.3GHz processor and offers a 1 Gb Ram and 16Gb expandable memory, as well as a 2450 mAh battery that lasts 245 hours when on stand-by.

“We’ve added these to our line-up to offer our consumers a variety of products to suit their needs, but more importantly to provide technology that not only makes their lives easier, but is also durable and available at an accessible price point,” says Ryan Curling, Hisense South Africa’s Marketing Deputy Executive.

He continues: “Our innovative range of mobile phones enables consumers to capture, share and celebrate meaningful life experiences, memories and moments, both big and small, all at the touch of a screen – allowing them to be the heroes of their own life story. For this reason, we have adopted the tagline ‘Do You. Do Life’, with ‘aim high’ being the underlying ethos. As a mobile brand designed to fit people’s lives, Hisense Mobile is utilising this strategy to encourage living life to the fullest, doing new things, stepping out of comfort zones and sharing experiences, because, at the end of the day, life is too short to do average.”

The Hisense Infinity series will be available from all mobile networks from March 2018. The recommended retail prices are: Infinity H11 – R4499, F24 at R3299 and Infinity E7 at R1799.

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Now download a bank account

Absa has introduced an end-to-end account opening for new customers, through the Absa Banking App, which can be downloaded from the Android and Apple app stores. This follows the launch of the world first ChatBanking on WhatsApp service.

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This “download your account” feature enables new customers to Absa, to open a Cheque account, order their card and start transacting on the Absa Banking App, all within minutes, from anywhere and at any time, by downloading it from the App stores.

“Overall, this new capability is not only expected to enhance the customer’s digital experience, but we expect to leverage this in our branches, bringing digital experiences to the branch environment and making it easier for our customers to join and bank with us regardless of where they may be,” says Aupa Monyatsi, Managing Executive for Virtual Channels at Absa Retail & Business Banking.

“With this innovation comes the need to ensure that the security of our customers is at the heart of our digital experience, this is why the digital onboarding experience for this feature includes a high-quality facial matching check with the Department of Home Affairs to verify the customer’s identity, ensuring that we have the most up to date information of our clients. Security is supremely important for us.”

The new version of the Absa Banking App is now available in the Apple and Android App stores, and anyone with a South African ID can become an Absa customer, by following these simple steps:

  1. Download the Absa App
  2. Choose the account you would like to open
  3. Tell us who you are
  4. To keep you safe, we will verify your cell phone number
  5. Take a selfie, and we will do facial matching with the Department of Home Affairs to confirm you are who you say you are
  6. Tell us where you live
  7. Let us know what you do for a living and your income
  8. Click Apply.

 

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How we use phones to avoid human contact

A recent study by Kaspersky Lab has found that 75% of people pick up their connected device to avoid conversing with another human being.

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Connected devices are becoming essential to keeping people in contact with each other, but for many they are also a much-needed comfort blanket in a variety of social situations when they do not want to interact with others. A recent survey from Kaspersky Lab has confirmed this trend in behaviour after three-quarters of people (75%) admitted they use a device to pretend to be busy when they don’t want to talk to someone else, showing the importance of keeping connected devices protected under all circumstances. 

Imagine you’ve arrived at a bar and you’re waiting for your date. The bar is busy, and people are chatting all around you. What do you do now? Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know? Grab your phone from your pocket or handbag until your date arrives to keep yourself busy? Why talk to humans or even make eye-contact with someone else when you can stare at your connected device instead?

The truth is, our use of devices is making it much easier to avoid small talk or even be polite to those around us, and new Kaspersky Lab research has found that 72% of people use one when they do not know what to do in a social situation. They are also the ‘go-to’ distraction for people even when they aren’t trying to look busy or avoid someone’s eye. 46% of people admit to using a device just to kill time every day and 44% use it as a daily distraction.

In addition to just being a distraction, devices are also a lifeline to those who would rather not talk directly to another person in day-to-day situations, to complete essential tasks. In fact, nearly a third (31%) of people would prefer to carry out tasks such as ordering a taxi or finding directions to where they need to go via a website and an app, because they find it an easier experience than speaking with another person.

Whether they are helping us avoid direct contact or filling a void in our daily lives, our constant reliance on devices has become a cause for panic when they become unusable. A third (34%) of people worry that they will not be able to entertain themselves if they cannot access a connected device. 12% are even concerned that they won’t be able to pretend to be busy if their device is out of action.

Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab said, “The reliance on connected devices is impacting us in more ways than we could have ever expected. There is no doubt that being connected gives us the freedom to make modern life easier, but devices are also vital to help people get through different and difficult social situations. No matter what your ‘connection crutch’ is, it is essential to make sure your device is online and available when you need it most.”

To ensure your device lifeline is always there and in top health – no matter what the reason or situation – Kaspersky Security Cloud keeps your connection safe and secure:

·         I want to use my device while waiting for a friend – is it secure to access the bar’s Wi-Fi?

With Kaspersky Security Cloud, devices are protected against network threats, even if the user needs to use insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is done through transferring data via an encrypted channel to ensure personal data safety, so users’ devices are protected on any connection.

·         Oh no! I’m bored but my phone’s battery is getting low – what am I going to do?

Users can track their battery level thanks to a countdown of how many minutes are left until their device shuts down in the Kaspersky Security Cloud interface. There is also a wide-range of portable power supplies available to keep device batteries charged while on-the-go.

·         I’ve lost my phone! How will I keep myself entertained now?

Should the unthinkable happen and you lose or have your phone stolen, Kaspersky Security Cloud can track and protect your device from data breaches, for complete peace of mind. Remote lock and locate features ensure your device remains secure until you are reunited.

 

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