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MTN, Telkom, offer best deals for Samsung S8

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Tariffic Tracker a company that helps South Africans manage their phone bills has identified the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals available in the market. This is based on finding the perfect handset deals based on a few cellphone users, looking at each users’ specific cellphone usage.

Samsung have just launched their new Galaxy S8 flagship handset, with its beautiful curved screen, impressive camera, and new AI assistant.  But how much will you be able to get this Android Angel for on a contract?  Tariffic, a South African company that helps businesses and individuals manage & minimise their cellphone bills, has just released its quarterly ‘’Tariffic Tracker’’ focusing on the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals available in the market.  This is based on finding the perfect handset deals based on a few cellphone users, looking at each users’ specific cellphone usage.

Tariffic identified the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals for three different hypothetical users – Susanne who uses 200 minutes and 1GB of data; Dineo who uses 350 minutes and 2.5GB of data; and Tshepo who uses 500 minutes and 5GB of data.  Tariffic’s analyses calculated the optimal all-in price that each user would pay every month, which includes their subscription (with any additional handset installment), add-on bundles, and out-of-bundle spend.  The company listed the promotional extras that the mobile network operators are offering as well.

The results show that in all three cases MTN’s My MTNChoice+ deals offered either the best or the second-best deals.  This is followed by Telkom, whose FreeMe packages came in second-best on two occasions and third-best for the heavy cellphone user.  It is also interesting to note that the best deals on the cheapest network are, on average, 40% cheaper than the best deals on the most expensive network.

Antony Seeff, Tariffic’s CEO, says, “Many people look for the cheapest deal they can find when purchasing a new contract with the phone they want”.  He continues, “but they’ll land up paying for it down the line when they go out-of-bundle because the contract they chose wasn’t right for them”.  Seeff recommends that people looking for the latest Galaxy S8 handset find the best contract for them, based on the phone they want but also based on their unique behavior.  “This may cost more upfront, but will be much cheaper in the long term”, he adds.  Seeff encourages consumers to use Tariffic’s free contract optimisation tool, available at http://www.tariffic.com, to find the perfect handset deals for them based on their lifestyle

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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