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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. 

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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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Oracle removes cloud roadblock

Oracle has announced the availability of the Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service, which provides customers with high levels of security, reliability, and control for various classes of database workload.

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Driven by strong customer demand, including more than 5,000 new Autonomous Database trials in Q2 alone, Oracle has expanded its Autonomous Database capabilities to help meet the needs of enterprise customers who want to move their most mission-critical workloads to the cloud. 

Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle says: “Autonomous Database Dedicated enables customers to easily transform from manually-managed independent databases on-premises to a fully-autonomous and isolated private database cloud within the Oracle Public Cloud. Our Autonomous Database Dedicated service eliminates the concerns enterprise customers previously had about security, isolation, and operational policies when moving to cloud.” 

The Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service provides customers with a customizable private database cloud running on dedicated Exadata Infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.  It provides a solid database as a service platform, enabling customers to run databases of almost any size, scale, and criticality.  This architecture delivers a very high degree of workload isolation, helping protect each database from both external threats and malicious internal users. The level of security and performance isolation can be easily tailored to the needs of each database. The Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service also features customisable operational policies, giving customers greater control over database provisioning, software updates, and availability.

The Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service is the latest offering within Oracle’s Autonomous Database portfolio.  Oracle Autonomous Database builds on 40 years of experience supporting the majority of the world’s most demanding applications.  The first of its kind, Oracle Autonomous Database uses advanced machine learning to provide self-driving, self-repairing, and self-securing capabilities that automate key management and security processes in database systems like patching, tuning and upgrading, while keeping the critical infrastructure constantly running for a modern cloud experience. 

“In e-commerce, today’s greatest challenge is meeting customer demands for order fulfilment. Speed is no longer a luxury – it is a requirement,” said Craig Wilensky, CEO, Jasci.  “With Oracle Autonomous Database, we have seen our performance increase by as much as 75x. Combine that with the elasticity and security offered by Oracle Cloud, and the possibilities are endless. With this database, Jasci is actively reshaping a new status-quo for our industry.”

In the June 2019 report: The Forrester Wave Database-As-A-Service, Q2 2019, Oracle was named a leader and ranked highest in data security criterion and the strategy category.  The report stated, “With an autonomous cloud database, Oracle not only automates general administration tasks, such as provisioning, backup, availability, and patching; it also automates the tuning of queries, indexing of tables, and upgrades.”  The authors also noted, “Enterprise customers like Oracle’s security, performance, automation, and pricing.”

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Passport 360 cuts safety process by 99%

All companies are obliged to compile Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) documentation.

Usually, the manual compilation and reporting can take up to 20 man hours. In the mining industry, it’s a constant process, and massively time-consuming.

Now smart solution Passport 360 has cut these 20 hours down to three minutes – a massive 99.75% time saving.

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The speed improvement is thanks to Passport 360’s built-in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which allows for custom documentation to be compiled in minutes. “It provides for a greater level of real-time intelligence and insight into SHEQ,” says Passport 360 director and co-founder Siobahn Whitehead.

The dashboard view feature consolidates all contractor SHEQ documentation into a high-level dashboard, again for real-time access of all data, which can be managed and interpreted accordingly – an enormous effort to undertake using paper-based systems.

This is because paper-based systems are impossible to monitor and audit effectively in real-time. For example, 200 paper files will take an average 400 days to conduct a comprehensive review, rendering it near impossible to ensure that all crucial SHEQ information is reviewed manually within the space of a single year.

Without consistent monitoring and review, SHEQ information quickly becomes outdated, thereby ramping up the risk considerably. Digitising these records and then applying Passport 360’s built-in RPA allows for mining operations to better pursue the industry’s ultimate goal of zero harm.

This also has significant implications for clients in terms of transparency and security. Whitehead says: “Passport 360 allows contractors to access client systems and information without exposing those internal systems.”

Passport 360 is equally capable of partnering with mining and resource companies in order to onboard their contractors more efficiently and quickly, thereby ensuring that they can be up and running in hardly any time at all.

“Our smart technology has a range of significant benefits for our mining clients, from real-time SHEQ monitoring and reporting, to highly-advanced onboarding,” said Whitehead. “It allows us to provide our mining clients with a complete solution that slashes their risk, allowing them to focus on their core business of mining.”

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