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Pinnacle unveils LTE phone



Pinnacle Africa has unveiled its first LTE smartphone, the Proline XM-502, available to the market from 7 August at a recommended retail price of R1 699. The Proline XM-502 is one of a few to offer LTE connectivity under R2 000.|Pinnacle Africa has unveiled its first LTE smartphone, the Proline XM-502, available to the market from 7 August at a recommended retail price of R1 699. The Proline XM-502 is one of a few to offer LTE connectivity under R2 000

The Proline XM-502 delivers lightning-fast LTE connectivity up to 10 times faster than a typical 3G smartphone. Real-world testing shows download speeds exceeding 25Mbps, making the XM-502 even faster than the majority of broadband ADSL connections.

“LTE is fast becoming the standard on mobile phones,” says Max Stone, Brand Director at Pinnacle Africa. “We partnered with MediaTek to launch the first commercially available smartphone based on their new 64-bit LTE platform, delivering performance that has never been seen before in a sub-R2 000 smartphone.”

With four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processors, the XM-502 delivers supercharged performance right out the box. Applications load faster and respond faster. Games run better with smoother graphics. The XM-502 will always be able to keep up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle.

With an overall thickness less than 8mm and an edge that narrows down to 4mm, the XM-502 defines a new style that is both modern and functional. The non-slip rubberised back wraps elegantly around the XM-502, framing the large 5” display in an eye-catching red or white. The flush-mounted camera, colour-coded side buttons and hidden navigation buttons contribute further to a timeless design that is instantly recognisable.

Running Android 5.1, the XM-502 benefits from the very latest version of Lollipop. With major design improvements over KitKat (Android 4.4), Lollipop is better at managing RAM and storage and has an improved user interface with a vastly enhanced notification system. Security and connectivity is improved and new features, such as Smart Lock, Quick Settings, and on-screen navigation buttons are utilised.

The XM-502 can capture stunning pictures with the 13-megapixel rear camera, or snap better ‘selfies’ with the 5-megapixel front camera. With a sub-second launch time; users are never more than a heartbeat away from capturing their special moments. Be more creative with Live Photo, Panoramic and Multi-angle View modes. Anti-shake, motion tracking and face detection make it even easier to take better shots. The XM-502 also lets users press the volume button for the shutter, giving back the pleasure of using a real button to take pictures.

“We’re giving our customers an affordable phone that delivers real performance,” says Max Stone. “With the runaway pricing of many brands, the Proline XM-502 offers an alternative that delivers the highest performance-to-price ratio on the market.”

Key Specifications:

•             Display: 5.0” IPS qHD (960 x 540), 220ppi

•             Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop

•             CPU: MT6735M (64-bit quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, 1.0 GHz)

•             RAM/Storage: 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, expandable via MicroSD card slot (max. 32GB)

•             Cameras: 13MP primary (5MP hardware) with LED flash, 5MP secondary (2MP hardware)

•             Network: Dual SIM, Cat 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps)

•             Battery: 2,000mAh battery (user replaceable)

•             Dimensions: 144.4 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

•             Accessories (included): Charger, USB cable, earphones, screen protector, silicone cover

•             Available colours: Boston Red or Snow White


Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER



Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000



By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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