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Microsoft ramps up Lumia range

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Microsoft has ramped up the former Nokia-owned Lumia range, releasing three new smartphones, the Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640XL and the ultra-affordable Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM, into the South African market.

Launched under the slogan #AchieveMore, the campaign and the products are intended to “inspire people to take action towards achieving their goals by doing more with their Lumia phones at work and at home”, said Shaun Durandt, Microsoft Mobile Devices’ South African sales lead.

The Lumia 640 and 640XL become the latest LTE / 4G devices to join the Lumia portfolio, with monthly contract prices starting from R219 for the dual SIM version, R199 for the single SIM version and R269 for the Lumia 640 XL with dual SIM.

“People are looking for a phone which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank,” said Durandt. “The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL prepares people for anything, with the full range of Microsoft experiences – including Office, OneDrive and Skype – that Lumia users have come to expect, fast 4G connectivity, a great screen and a long lasting battery.”

The Lumia 640 and 640XL offers more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences which come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, valued at R750, which includes free 1TB of OneDrive storage. Both devices will also be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year.

With the Lumia 640 and 640XL, one can quickly access important documents and run websites, apps and games, thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. One can view photos and videos on an HD display on both devices and capture detailed photos even in low light, thanks to a 13 MP camera on the Lumia 640 XL  and 8 MP on the Lumia 640. Both cameras incorporate LED flash.

The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM, built with Windows Phone 8.1 software and a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, is expected to sell for a cash retail price of R999. This makes it the first sub-R1000 Lumia phone.

The device comes preloaded with Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive. It also features a compact, durable design with a vivid 4-inch WVGA display that brings apps, games and videos to life.

“The Lumia 430 Dual SIM combines the right hardware, software, services and a growing ecosystem of local and international apps at an affordable price,” added Durandt.

Tech specs summary:

Lumia 640 XL / Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM  
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display 5.7” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 3000 mAh battery, removable
Processor 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 13 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 5 MP FF
Memory 8GB + free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm

171g

 

Lumia 640 / 640 Dual SIM  
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display 5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 2500 mAh battery, removable
Processor 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 8 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 1 MP FF
Memory 8GB + free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85mm

145 g

 

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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Sports streaming takes off

Live streaming of sports is coming of age as a mainstream method of viewing big games, as the latest FIFA World Cup figures from the UK show. Africa isn’t yet at the same level when it comes to the adoption of sports streaming, but usage is clearly moving in the right direction.

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England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden was watched by just under 20 million viewers in the UK via BBC One. While this traditional broadcast audience was huge, it was streaming that broke records: the game was the BBC’s most popular online-viewed live programme ever, with 3.8 million views. In Africa, the absolute numbers are lower but the trend towards streaming major sports events on the continent is also well under way.

According to DStv, live streaming of sports dominates the usage figures for its live and recorded TV streaming app, DStv Now. The number of people using the app in June was five times higher than a year ago, with concurrent views peaking during major football and rugby games.

Since the start of the World Cup, average weekday usage of DStv Now is up 60%. The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game. The app’s biggest ever test was on 16 June with both Springbok Rugby and World Cup Football under way at the same time, resulting in concurrent in-app views seven times higher than the peaks seen in June last year.

The World Cup has also been a major reason for new users to download and try out the app. First-time app user volumes have tripled on Android and doubled on iOS since the start of the tournament.

“While we expected live sports streaming to take off, it’s also been pleasing to see that the app is really popular for watching shows on Catch Up,” says MultiChoice South Africa Chief Operating Officer Mark Rayner. “Interestingly, some of the most popular Catch Up shows are local, with Isibaya, Binnelanders, The Queen and The River all getting a significant number of views.”

With respect to app usage, the web and Android apps are the most popular way to watch DStv Now, with Android outpacing iOS by a factor of 2:1.

“We’re continuing to develop DStv Now, with 4k streaming in testing and smart TV and Apple TV apps on their way shortly,” says Rayner. “The other key priority for us is working with the telcos to deliver mobile data propositions that make watching online painless and worry-free for our customers.”

The DStv Now app is free to all 10 million DStv customers in Africa. The app streams DStv live channels as well as supplying an extended Catch Up library. Two separate streams can be watched on different devices simultaneously, and content can also be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. The content available on the app varies according to the DStv package subscribed to.

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