Lenovo, through its Subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, introduced two new and mobile devices at IFA in Berlin – the moto x4 and the moto z2 Force Edition along with the latest in Moto Mod, the new 360 Camera Moto Mod, for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The fourth generation moto x offers a great user experience, with smarter software, the latest camera technology, and a beautiful design. And the moto z family and compatible Moto Mods continues to grow with the introduction of the moto z2 Force Edition and 360 Camera Moto Mod – offering consumers even more possibilities.
moto x4: Bringing Style into Sharp Focus
The moto x has always incorporated the best software experiences, providing users with a uniquely intuitive, smarter, and easier to use device. The latest addition, the moto x4, features all the latest Moto Experiences, coupled with all-new software features.
A smarter camera
moto x4 features a smarter camera that does more than just capture photos. The new Landmark Detection1 feature on moto x4 lets the camera serve as an eye to the world, from scanning a business card to animating selfies with Face Filters.
The combined capabilities of dual 12MP and 8MP rear cameras, and advanced software with dual Autofocus Pixel technology, creates professional quality images, whilst the 16MP front-facing camera, with an adaptive low light mode3 and new Panoramic Selfie feature, provides a wider background that take selfies to the next level.
Powerful, protected, performance
Powered by a 3,000 mAh battery and equipped with powerful performance capabilities, the moto x4‘s is protected by IP68-rated water resistant design4 – offering protection from accidental spills, splashes, and even puddles – and a 3D rear contoured design, anodized aluminum frame and Corning® Gorilla® Glass that protects the front and back from scratches, making for a strong and beautiful device.
New and intuitive experiences
Even at the busiest moments, moto x4 is a genuinely smart smartphone. Amazon Alexa is integrated into moto x4 device – so there’s no need to unlock to get started9 – and the wireless sound system, allows users to connect up to four Bluetooth® audio devices at the same time7.
For even greater accessibility, the moto x4 is also equipped with Moto Key – allowing you to access your favorite password-secured websites on your phone or laptop with a simple touch of your finger, while strong encryption ensures data stays protected8.
moto z2 Force Edition: Protected, Polished and Powerful
The new moto z2 Force Edition shatters limitations with a screen that’s guaranteed not to crack or shatter, and a slim, all-metal design, dual 12MP cameras and the fastest possible data speeds.
Strength and performance
With a 5.5” Quad HD AMOLED display that’s guaranteed not to crack or shatter, the new moto z’s thin, polished design is reinforced with the strength of 7,000 series aluminium.
The all-day battery allows users to keep going without searching for a power outlet – and when it is time for a boost, add 8 hours of power in just minutes with TurboPower charging. The powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform features unbeatable performance, instant responsiveness, and the fastest possible data speeds that allow users to download large files and apps in no time, or stream music and videos effortlessly.
Professional shots made easy
Two cameras mean twice the focus. The dual 12MP cameras, one monochrome and one colour, work together to capture brilliant, top-quality photos which also allow users to add a blur effect to the background or foreground and capture true depth of field.
Just like moto z2 Play, the moto z2 Force Edition features the latest Moto Experiences including night display and instant queries in Moto Voice and the front fingerprint reader.
And because this new moto z is also compatible with Moto Mods, users can control their mobile experience – instantly transforming into a 360° camera, gaming console, powerful stereo speaker, video projector, battery powerhouse and more.
Moto 360 Camera: Capture Everything
Simply snap the new 360 Camera Moto Mod onto any moto z device and turn it into a 360-degree camera that captures everything. With the click of a button, users can record interactive 360-degree 4k video featuring immersive 3D audio that will follow the direction you’re viewing.
Advanced editing software allows users to adjust content to fit their unique needs, and once they’re ready to be viewed, photos and videos can be easily shared with friends and on social media right from the Google Photos app.
South Africans are searching in the dark, according to the latest Google Search trends.
With more 1 million search queries generated in the space of 76 hours, load-shedding was by far the top trending search on Google South Africa this week.
Valentine’s Day came a distant second.
After news emerged last Sunday of the impending stage 3 load shedding, South Africans had generated more than 1-million load-shedding search queries by the time Tuesday came around:
- “Loadshedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
- “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
- “Eskom load shedding” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
- “Load shedding Cape Town” – generated more than 50k searches on Sunday
- “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 400k on Monday
- “Load shedding Johannesburg” – generated more than 20k searches on Monday
- “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 200k search queries on Tuesday
Leading up to Valentine’s Day, South Africans generated close to 300k search queries related to the romantic festival, including searches for quotes and gift ideas:
- “Valentines Day” generated more than 100k search queries on Thursday
- “Happy Valentines Day Images” and “Valentines Day Images” generated more than 10k search queries each on Thursday, with “Happy Valentines Day 2019” generating more than 20k search queries on Wednesday
- “Valentines Day Specials 2019” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
- “Love quotes” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
- “Valentines Day quotes” generated more than 100k search queries and “Valentine messages” generated more than 50 000 search queries on Wednesday
Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40
Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s a new opportunity to help kickstart the careers of local filmmakers.
Numerous Hollywood blockbusters (District 9, Tomb Raider 2018, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron to name a few) have featured substantial shoots in Johannesburg and Cape Town. While providing great opportunities for SA’s production talent, aspiring writers and directors don’t get the same benefit.
So where can local creatives showcase their work? Broadcast TV isn’t a natural home for unknown short films, and while self-publishing platforms are readily available hosting options, it’s tough to get noticed and get traffic when competing with videos from across the planet.
But with the emergence of video-on-demand services into the mainstream, there’s now a solution. The African film school AFDA has teamed up with the streaming service Showmax to give local talent a much larger platform than ever before. From 18 February, eighteen of the best recent short films made by AFDA students from their Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses will be live on Showmax. Drama, documentary, fantasy, and animation are all represented, in pieces running from under eight minutes to almost half-an-hour long. The full list of movies is included below.
Teresa Passchier, CEO of AFDA, said: “AFDA, Africa’s number-one school for the Creative Economy, is proud to kickstart this exciting and meaningful journey with Showmax and AFDA students, ensuring emerging young African filmmakers’ voices are heard and given a platform. It’s ground-breaking to share young, local, culturally relevant content on the same platform as Hollywood blockbusters. I am certain that this unique initiative will serve to boost and develop the African film industry and the careers of many young South African and African students alike.”
Included in the short films coming to Showmax are the award winners Junior and O-Puncha. Junior, directed by Bert Dijkstra, picked up the Audience Award in the Made in South Africa Competition at the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival Awards 2017. O-Puncha, directed by Adam Hansen, won two awards at the 5th annual Eldorado Film Festival: Best Student Made Short, and Best Editing – Alexander La Cock.
Another celebrated film is Sicela Amanzi directed by Mlu Godola, which talks to the subject of water shortage. The film’s heroine Zoleka is a mild-mannered young woman forced to go to extreme lengths when a small community’s only source of water unexpectedly collapses. The power of films like this is they shine a light on critical topical issues in new ways.
Speaking about working with the film school, Candice Fangueiro, Head of Content for Showmax, said: “There’s
AFDA is an Academy Award-winning institution, founded in 1994, and the first and only African film school to win an Oscar – for the Best Foreign Student film in 2006, the postgraduate film Elalini, directed by Tristan Holmes.
The full list of AFDA short films coming to Showmax is as follows:
|Lullaby from the Crypt||Keenan Lott & Raven Davids||Animation|
|Ko Ga Cherenyane||Sibonokuhle Myataza||Documentary|
|Mallemeule||Jaco Van Bosch||Drama|
|Canal Street||Brodie Muirhead||Drama|
|On the Fence||Warrick Bews||Drama|
|The Righteous Few||Lindo Langa||Drama|
|Hlogoma Peak||Luke Ahrens||Drama|
|Frozen Flame||Cameron Heathman||Animation|
|Wolf||Brett van Dort||Fantasy|
|The Walk Home||Sisanda Dyantyi||Drama|
|Doreen||Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose||Drama|
|Sicela Amanzi||Mlu Godola||Drama|