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Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation that aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa, says that citizen journalism using video news is rapidly growing in the City of Tshwane on the back of free Wi-Fi.

Citizen journalism is provided through Wi-Fi TV, a video-on-demand service of relevant and engaging video content distributed over the Tshwane Free Wi-Fi network that the City of Tshwane has provided for its citizens.

The Wi-Fi TV service offers 5 channels and hosts content created by young film makers living in the various areas of the City of Tshwane providing the local communities with a voice and informing them about what is happening within their communities.

Driven by the need to tell their stories, Wi-Fi TV in the City of Tshwane reached  306 000 unique views in January 2015, pushing total views to 640 000 since the service was launched on the 3rd of November 2014. On the “My City” channel alone, 320 000 views have been logged so far.

“It seems hard to believe that not too long ago, the general public in the City of Tshwane had no real access to free Wi-Fi. Today they are setting records with high-quality videos that are streamed via Wi-Fi TV to be viewed by everyone,” said Alan Knott-Craig Jr, Founder and CEO of Project Isizwe.

Wi-Fi TV is a hyper localized video-on-demand solution enabled for unlimited access to users of the Tshwane Free Wi-Fi service.

To continue to interact with all the stakeholders of the City of Tshwane, Wi-Fi TV through the “My City” channel will be asking the citizens of the city to put forward one question to the Executive Mayor, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. These questions will be answered by the Executive Mayor on Wi-Fi TV.

“We are proud of Wi-Fi TV and can only thank the City of Tshwane for making it easy for its citizens to access free Wi-Fi. We believe Wi-Fi TV is engaging, educating and empowering the citizens of the City of Tshwane. We  hope that this will contribute in bridging the digital divide and making the lives of  people better and  providing entertainment to  communities.” says Alan Knott-Craig Jr.

Wi-Fi TV enables the City of Tshwane to get further insight into the lives of its citizens and communicate directly with them via video without being restricted by the data costs traditionally involved in video delivery.

Access to the bouquet is zero-rated on the free Wi-Fi network developed by Project Isizwe and via the initiative’s Tobetsa online portal.

The Wi-Fi TV service was initially launched with 4 channels: Att’ville, CBD, Mams and Sosh. Later, a 5th channel, “My City” was included featuring news and information from the City. In the future, additional channels will be added to Wi-Fi TV offering additional relevant content to people.

“We believe Wi-Fi TV is adding more value to the citizens of Tshwane and we will continue to support them,” concludes Knott-Craig Jr.

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Street art goes electric

Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.

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The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.

The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.

D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.

D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.

“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”

As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”

Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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