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MWC: Cubroid Coding Blocks

Coding gets physical with Cubroid’s coding blocks, which work with programmable sensor blocks that are triggered by sound, light, or touch.

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The notion of children learning to code in the 21st century has become a major trend, and the skill is a type of literacy that should be explored in a child’s development. Thanks to the hype around the 4th industrial revolution, new skills and competencies are now the foundation for  solving problems in order to thrive in this ever-changing digital world.

Knowing how to code fosters logical reasoning, critical thinking and expands creativity and problem-solving skills and abilities in our digital worlds today. 

Due to this, Cubroid is making efforts to support STEM education. It also claims to contribute to the world of Robotics and AI by emphasising learning by doing and through play by using already existing technologies.

With its coding blocks, children can enjoy building robots and code them in order to bring their ideas to life. “There is no limitation. Your imagination is your limit,” says Anita Emefa Hato, customer success manager at Cubroid.

The Coding Blocks, which was fully supported through a Kickstarter Campaign, consist of 7 sensors that can be coded and connected with other building blocks wirelessly. Cubroid claims it is user-friendly and that children who do not have any knowledge about coding can learn it through play. The blocks introduce 7 sensors to children. They come in the form of the sound block, light and touch sensor block, 2 DC motor blocks, an LED block, a proximity sensor block, and a “Master Block”. Children who want to take their coding to the next level can use it with Scratch.

Cubroid is showcasing its technologies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

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Nokia 3.2 gets biggest screen

The new Nokia 3.2 handset combines a large HD+ display with Nokia’s signature two-day battery life and is powered by the latest Android 9 Pie experience.

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“The Nokia 3.2 will revolutionise the way you interact with your smartphone, ensuring that your experience keeps getting better,” says Shaun Durandt, general manager of HMD Global Southern Africa. “Premiering the dedicated Google Assistant button, you’ll be able to get directions, make calls, listen to music and get answers to your questions at the touch of a button.”

Industry-leading display, better performance, and two-day battery

Taking a holistic view of battery life, Nokia 3.2 combines a larger battery than many premium smartphones with efficient hardware and software. To squeeze every last drop out of the huge battery, the Adaptive Battery feature introduced in Android 9 Pie manages background applications using artificial intelligence (AI), learning from user behaviour to know when to throttle or increase power to specific apps or processes. It has enough power to go two days with one of the largest displays Nokia has put in a smartphone.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 mobile platform and available with 2/16GB memory configuration, the Nokia 3.2  is also among the first Nokia smartphones to include a notification light – the power button alerts users of notifications. Not quite BlackBerry, then.

Personalised experience: learns as it is used

It features the Google Assistant button, pioneered on the Nokia 4.2 (https://gadget.co.za/hmd-global-launches-nokia-4-2/), which enables instant access to the Google Assistant to get directions, make calls, listen to music, and get answers by using one’s voice. One can double press to receive a visual overview of one’s day from Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information, including transport info, bills that need paying and calendar updates via voice.

Many of the premium features on the device are powered by AI, including face unlock to give a hands-free way to unlock it, or exclusive Google Assistant actions to open apps quicker. The handset also allows access to Google Assistant without unlocking the phone, after opting-in through settings, and enables basic tasks like setting a timer, scheduling reminders, playing music, or asking it questions.

Pure, secure, and up-to-date, Android 9 Pie reinforced with Android One

It comes pre-installed with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the latest Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates. 

Android 9 Pie includes AI-powered features to make the device smarter, faster and adapts to how users use it, so their smartphone experiences get better with time, claims HMD. The Adaptive Battery feature limits battery usage from apps one doesn’t use often, and App Actions predicts what one is about to do so the smartphone can react faster.

The Nokia 3.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One program. In addition, Google Play Protect scans over 50 billion apps per day to prevent malware, making Nokia smartphones among the most secure phones on the market. 

Availability

The Nokia 3.2 with 2GB/16GB RAM/Memory is available in Black, from Vodacom stores and retail partners for an estimated R2,399.00 or R179/month for 24-months.

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Samsung introduces 240Hz G-Sync compatible curved gaming monitor

Samsung has added a new 27-inch gaming monitor, the CRG5, which boasts an incredible 240Hz (240 frames per second) refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility.

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Samsung has announced its new 27-inch CRG5(C27RG5) gaming monitor, the latest in Samsung’s line of curved gaming monitors. The CRG5 delivers innovative new gaming features including a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility — providing a powerful combination of excellent picture quality and speed for intense gameplay.
“Samsung’s delivering next-level gaming experiences with innovative curved displays using the latest graphics technology to immerse gamers like never before,” said Reggie Nxumalo, Head of B2B at Samsung South Africa. “Combining a 240Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-Synccompatibility in Samsung’s new CRG5 curved gaming monitor gives gamers advanced performance for the most graphic-intense games.”

The display delivers a 1500R display curvature combined with a fast refresh rate through 240Hz RapidCurve technology, eliminating screen lag time while displaying ultra-smooth scenes for a truly immersive experience. The monitor has been validated by Nvidia to meet the performance and image quality requirements for G-Sync compatibility and delivers smooth, tear-free, low-latency gameplay during most scenes, all in full HD resolution (1920×1080). The monitor has deeper blacks and brighter whites with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, providing superfine detail even in the brightest and darkest parts of a game. It has a curved vertical alignment (VA) panel display, providing an immersive gaming experience with a wide viewing angle. The gaming monitor’s minimal bezel design offers near edge-to-edge screen on three sides and a sturdy, ergonomic stand to help gamers stay comfortably immersed in gameplay. Gamers can also select pre-set display options for any genre of game with an on-screen digital menu, and for more advanced customisation users can create up to three separate display profiles to easily switch between.

The new curved gaming monitor joins Samsung’s full line of innovative curved gaming displays, including the company’s new gaming monitor that immerses gamers in detail and colour with a high-resolution super ultra-wide gaming monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, dramatic 1800R curved screen and HDR1000. The Dual QHD display (5120×1440) leverages Samsung’s revolutionary Quantum dot technology for an exceptionally wide range of accurate colour reproduction, so every game feels true to life.

The CRG5 will be available globally in Q3 2019. For additional information on Samsung’s curved gaming monitors, please visit DisplaySolutions.com.

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