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Huawei P Smart arrives in SA

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The new Huawei P smart phone, which combines great features from some of the brand’s high-end phones is now available in South Africa at an affordable price.

Huawei South Africa Consumer Business Group (CBG) introduced the phone, which features a full view display and a dual camera setup, in Johannesburg this week.

Huawei says that the P smart continues the design language of the P Series, “characterised by simplicity and elegance – a slim metallic body, flat smooth rear surface, with striking aesthetics”. It will be available in black and gold colors.

“It’s the first time the industry will see both a dual camera and FullView display at this price range and we are excited to introduce this to the South African market,” said Likun Zhao GM, Huawei Consumer Business.

Huawei P smart’s FullView display brings an immersive viewing experience, while the enhanced camera qualities provide advanced bokeh effects and photography functions like the beauty camera and gesture shot.  The smartphone also introduces four intelligent sensing functions: facial recognition, gender recognition, 10-level skin improvement, and automatic perception.

The P Smart hides three antennas in the upper and lower parts of the metallic body to avoid the traditional three-section design’s impact on body aesthetics. With a 2.5D curved screen design, HUAWEI P smart feels more compact and comfortable in the hand. It also features a one-touch split-screen mode supporting the simultaneous running of two apps.

Combining 13MP + 2MP rear dual cameras and 16-level dual shot blurring, Huawei P smart can makes photos stereoscopic. Along with high-precision camera sensors, high-density phase detection pixels, a 13Mp HD camera focuses on real time, accuracy and speed. In order to improve photography at night, Huawei P smart features five groups of precision lenses, for cleaner, purer photos in low light.

Huawei P smart also includes the new EMUI 8.0 operating system, based on Android 8.0, taking usability to new levels for fast and intuitive feature use. P smart features a Kirin 659 processor made with a process for mid-range and high-end chips characterised by better energy performance. EMUI 8.0 uses an enhanced file processing system that reduces and cleans system fragmentation while reducing file fragmentation, allowing the smartphone to run faster and more smoothly.

It is equipped with fingerprint recognition, combined with other functions to develop ground-breaking apps such as fingerprint navigation, fingerprint shot and alarm clock deactivation with fingerprint.

Additionally, with Huawei’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Huawei P smart offers more high-quality, convenient scenario experiences, such as Wifi bridge, Phone Clone, Huawei Share and Dual Bluetooth Connections.

In order to enhance the battery life of smartphones with a full view, it features a 3 000-mAh battery in combination with the Intelligent Power-saving technology 6.0, which supports background real-time detection of power-hungry apps, comprehensive power consumption test and one-key optimisation to save power significantly.

Price and Availability

The Huawei P smart is available for purchase at all operators in South Africa at a recommended retail price of R 3999.

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Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER

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Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000

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By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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