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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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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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