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New superzoom from Canon

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Canon has refreshed its PowerShot SX travel series with a slim superzoom camera – the PowerShot SX730 HS.  It combines a 20.3 MP CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 processing power and shoots continuously at 5.9 fps. 

“Whether it’s spontaneous street performances and bustling souks in cities you’re exploring for the first time, or stunning sunsets and landscapes, the PowerShot SX730 HS is the perfect travel companion for all your adventures,” Canon said in its announcement.

The company provided the following information:

Featuring a wide angle, 40x optical zoom lens and 80x ZoomPlus, the PowerShot SX730 HS is perfect for versatile shooting both near and far. At just 39.9 mm thick, the camera can easily slip in the side of a backpack or pocket of your jeans, making it ideal for photography on the go. With fast AF speeds of 0.12 seconds and 8 mode Intelligent IS, plus 5-axis advanced Dynamic IS when shooting video, your images and Full HD movies remain perfectly focused and steady, even when your surroundings or hand cause some shake.

Creativity made easy

Unleash your creativity with the PowerShot SX730 HS’s Creative Shot Mode – quick and easy to use on the move, the camera automatically creates five additional versions of your image with a variety of filters and effects, presenting you with new and unexpected ways of capturing your subject. Add creative flair to your Instagram™ Story with Short Clip Movie mode, which captures four or five second Full HD clips with a variety of playback options, including slow and fast motion. Featuring a large, tilting, 7.5 cm LCD screen, you’ll be able to shoot from even the most difficult of angles, helping you get creative with your compositions, while the date stamp feature lets you accurately document every part of your explorations across the globe.

Capture, share and remember                                                                                               

Wi-Fi connectivity lets you instantly connect to your smartphone and share the moments that matter most with friends and family, whether you’re visiting a temple in a far off country or on a weekend city break closer to home. A constant connection between your camera and smartphone can also be maintained via Bluetooth connectivity, so you can view your photos while your camera is safely tucked away in your bag. Bluetooth connectivity also gives you control for wireless remote shooting, perfect for capturing group selfies so you never forget the new friends you meet. And using the Camera Connect App, you can easily synchronise the location of all your photos with GPS data via your smartphone, to accurately pinpoint your adventures, wherever they take you.

PowerShot SX730 HS key benefits:

·       Travel light and zoom in to every moment

·       Perfect for your proudest moments – day or night

·       Effortlessly record excellent Full HD movies

·       As simple or as advanced as you want

·       Seamless connections for easy sharing

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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