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Nokia’s ReefShark chipsets for radio frequency (RF) units such as the radio used in antennas significantly improve their performance, thus resulting in halving the size of massive MIMO antennas. ReefShark chipsets also reduce power consumption in baseband units by 64%, compared to such units in use today.

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Nokia ReefShark chipset

Nokia’s ReefShark chipsets for radio frequency (RF) units such as the radio used in antennas significantly improve their performance, thus resulting in halving the size of massive MIMO antennas. ReefShark chipsets also reduce power consumption in baseband units by 64%, compared to such units in use today.

The ReefShark chipsets for compute capacity are delivered as plug-in units for the commercially available Nokia AirScale baseband module. AirScale is software upgradeable to full 5G functionality, and these plug-in units triple throughput from Nokia’s 28 Gbps today, to up to 84 Gbps per module. Additionally, AirScale baseband module chaining supports base station throughputs of up to 6 terabits per second, which will allow operators to meet the huge growing densification demands and support the massive enhanced mobile broadband needs of people and devices in megacities.

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Black Panther gets 6 Oscar chances

Black Panther has become the first superhero movie to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture and and Sciences. The film also received five other nominations on Tuesday. Released by Disney’s Marvel Films, it is recognised as the first superhero film to feature a predominantly black cast – and it has a strong South African connection..

The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordon, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Angela Basset – and a prominent cameo by South Africa’s John Kani – raked in $1,3 billion at the box office last year. Kani was also consultant to the movie, and was instrumental in isiXhosa being chosen as the language used by the people of the fictional African country of Wakanda.

Click through to see the film’s list of Oscar nominations, as well as the full list of nominees for the 2019 Oscars, to be presented on 24 February.

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The Marvel movie was nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Original Music Score
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Sound Editing

The full list of nominees is:

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director:

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Bao,” Domee Shi
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay

Cinematography:

“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film: 
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Costume Design:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

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Experian Ascend Analytics: Big data made easy

Experian Ascend Analytics on Demand is a fully integrated big data and analytics platform, and it comes at a time when emerging data sources, advanced analytics, insight and digital transformation are top-of-mind for many decision-makers.

A recent survey found just 30% of senior decision-makers are currently making use of the full potential of data analytics software, two in five say they still base their performance on subjective opinion and instinct and 78% plan to invest in advanced analytics capabilities within the next 12 months.

Click here to read more about how Ascend Analytics can strengthen businesses.

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The software is designed to meet these needs by offering businesses of all sizes access a wide range of anonymised Experian data in combination with industry-leading analytical tools and expert consultancy support, allowing users to identify the key insights that will best serve their customers and drive growth.

Francesco Nazzarri, MD of Commercial Strategy for Experian EMEA, says: “To effectively compete in today’s economy, businesses must be able to quickly use and understand a vast range of data assets, to move at speed with their market and consistently deliver outcomes that best serve their customers.

“Ascend does exactly that. It quickly converts vast quantities of data into smart, actionable insights by leveraging the latest analytical innovation, machine learning and artificial intelligence tools.  Ascend is an important part of our suite of market-leading products, all of which will accelerate the ability of business to harness big data’s full potential.  Better still, Ascend can seamlessly integrate with PowerCurve, our leading decisioning and workflow software solution.  We’re able to help move our customers from a world where planning and implementing new strategies takes many months, towards a space where the same activities could now take just days.

“We have successfully deployed Ascend with several global clients over the last 24 months, and it has proven an extremely powerful and versatile solution – our customers are effectively using it for new product development, benchmarking and performance tracking, market expansion and to make many more intelligent decisions.”

Customers can use Ascend to build their own predictive models and make decisions by applying machine learning and AI techniques to Experian’s anonymised credit, client and alternative data. This creates a rich ‘whole of market’ view.  Its analytical machine-learning tools mine layers of content to gain deep insights about business and consumers. Results are delivered in seconds, via flexible self-service tools and visualisations suitable for senior decision makers – ie, not too tech-savvy. Ascend’s launch marks the first time that this level of tailored self-service and instant analysis has been available to many in-house analytics teams in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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