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IFA 2019: Segway-Ninebot launches long-distance e-scooter

At IFA in Berlin this weekend, Segway-Ninebot launched the Max G30, which boasts the longest battery life in its new range.

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Within a rapidly growing market, many e-scooters face the challenge of offering limited mileage and battery life on a single charge. The Ninebot KickScooter Max G30 changes this with a battery capacity of 551 Wh, offering a maximum range of up to about 65km, currently the longest range within its class of electric scooters. The KickScooter comes equipped with a built-in fast charging A/C power adapter for less wait time between rides.

To reduce vibration and maximise shock absorption, the model includes new tubeless pneumatic tyres with a 10-inch diameter on the front and rear wheels to make the ride smoother and more stable. The risk of punctures has been reduced with a special protective coating inside the tyres.

The 350W of power provides the Max G30 with sustainable propulsion on various road conditions. It can climb shallow slopes, while the rear-wheel drive offers a better solution to acceleration, stability, and braking.

Further product specifications, prices and retail availability of the Ninebot KickScooter MAX G30 to Europe, Middle East, and Africa markets may differ slightly by region.

Segway-Ninebot is exhibiting in Hall 26, stand 222, at IFA 2019 in Berlin.

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Netflix expands to France, over 20 titles for 2020

In a move to expand its European presence, but with major implications for Francophone Africa, Netflix has entered France and now employs 40 staff at its France office.

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Netflix has opened its new Paris office, in the heart of the 9th arrondissement. This new office is set to boost Netflix’s presence among France’s creative community, and it promises over 20 French productions in 2020.

Netflix France now employs 40 people, across films and series, partnerships and marketing.

“It is a real honour to be in France, with its rich culture and history of storytelling,” said Reed Hastings, founding chairman and CEO of Netflix. “This office is a sign of our long-term commitment to the country, and will enable us to work even more closely with the French creative community on great shows and films that are made in France and watched all around the world.”

Netflix has, since launching in France in 2014, developed 24 French titles, including 6 films, 9 series, 5 stand-up shows, 3 documentaries and 1 unscripted series. This is not only to serve France, but also the Francophone countries of the world, which include Belgium, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Canada.

2019 was a year of great success for original stories in France, with the horror and young adult sci-fi series Marianne and Mortel, comedies Plan Coeur and Family Business, the film Banlieusards, and Grégory, the documentary series about a case that touched France.

The French content executives have unveiled several original shows to be produced by Netflix over the coming years, as well as a range of series and films made by production partners for Netflix.

“We are incredibly proud of the productions we’re currently filming, the ones we are developing and the ones we’ve unveiled today,” says Damien Couvreur, Netflix’s director of series in France. “The establishment of a new French creative hub brings new opportunities for us to work with the best and most exciting creative talent in France and to bring diverse genres and content to everyone who loves French storytelling.”

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Leak reveals Huawei P40 Pro

A high-resolution render of the Huawei P40 Pro, released by Evan ‘Evleaks’ Blass, shows that it will probably include five rear lenses, two front lenses, and a ceramic build. BRYAN TURNER investigates

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The highly-anticipated Huawei P40 Pro is set to be unveiled in Paris in late-March. Many rumours surround its hardware build as well as its software capabilities since Huawei lost the rights to preload Google Apps on the phone.

From the leak, it seems the P40 Pro will feature a near-bezelless screen, like the Mate 30 Pro, which debuted late last year. The screen drops the notch, in favour of a dual-camera cut-out, similar to the Samsung Note 10+. The leak also shows there are small buttons on the side of the device for volume control and locking the device. This is an interesting step back from the buttonless Mate 30 Pro.

The most impressive aspect is the seven cameras which this device will house, five on the back and two on the front. The rear camera system seems to showcase a slight bump, and features a new type of periscope-style telephoto camera. This is expected to provide an 18-240mm equivalence between ultrawide and telephoto. The device is also expected to provide a whopping 13x optical zoom, thanks to the periscope camera.

The build is expected to be glass on the front and back, both of which are curved for ergonomics. From the render, it showcases classy design using ceramics. On the bottom, there’s a USB Type-C port with a speaker grill. And there’s no surprises about the absence of a headphone jack, which hasn’t featured for a while now.

The only real question-mark hanging over this device is: what about Google apps? Huawei is currently touring Europe, showing off the power its smartphones still have without having Google apps installed. Hopefully, they will fill that education gap before the release date of the P40 Pro, less than two months away.

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