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Telegram keeps pesky groups at bay

Messaging app Telegram has added features to reduce notifications and sounds generated from the app – not only on the sender’s device but for the receiver as well.

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Telegram’s latest update is built to handle messages the way the sender would like them to be delivered. Users can now message friends freely when they know they are sleeping, studying or attending a meeting.

To enable a “silent notification”, a type of message that makes the receiver’s phone light up but does not make a sound, one needs to hold on the send button and select “Send without sound”.

The recipient will get a notification as usual, but their phone won’t make a sound – even if they forgot to enable the Do Not Disturb or Silent mode.

The message will show up with the bell with a line through it to show it did not make a notification sound.

This will also work for groups, should a user get an urgent idea at five in the morning – but not urgent enough to wake up everyone in the work chat.

Slow Mode has also been introduced to reduce the number of notifications received from spammers or double-texters. This enables admins to allow one message to be sent per person on an interval which they choose. A timer will show how group members have to wait before sending their next message.

The timer for slow mode.

Telegram says this feature can help group participants be more mindful of the messages which they send to groups, raising the value of each individual message, which can help create order in groups.

Custom admin titles have also been introduced to clarify a member’s role in the group, which may be Editor, Boss, Parent, or Meme Queen. This title will show up on messages sent from this person.

A full list of update features can be found here.

Telegram is available for download on Mac, PC, Android, and iOS.

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Nedbank to offer Mara phones to customers

Nedbank has partnered with Mara Phones to offer South African-made smartphones to its clients, along with finance options.

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Nedbank says it has partnered with Mara Phones to offer its South African-made Android smartphones to the bank’s clients, via flexible financing options. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the devices will be preloaded with the Nedbank Money App, suggesting that they will be heavily subsidised in order to drive app usage. Nedbank has apparently purchased several thousand of the handsets.

Mara Phones, a division of the Mara Corporation, recently launched what it claimed to be the first African-based smartphone-manufacturing factory in Kigali. President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the second factory in Durban on 17 October 2019. Each factory has a capacity to produce a few million smartphones units per year.

Ahuti Chug, chair of Mara Phones, said: “Our aim is to increase smartphone penetration on the continent by providing problem-solving, tailored solutions to for our customers and partners. This partnership strengthens our vision to change the narrative by demonstrating that Africans can produce high quality tech products. 

“The importance of quality and affordable smartphones cannot be overstated as they enable connectivity and efficiency.  It is part of Mara Phones vision and strategy to partner with financial institutions to offer solutions to consumers.” 

According to Ciko Thomas, Group Managing Executive for Nedbank Retail and Business Banking, the partnership resulted from Nedbank’s recognition of the close alignment of the Mara Phones philosophy with Nedbank’s purpose to use its financial expertise to do good. 

“Like Nedbank, Mara Phones is committed to leveraging technology to enable financial inclusion and enhanced education, healthcare and agriculture outcomes in South Africa and across Africa,” he says, “Through this transaction, the ability of both organisations to deliver on this vision will be significantly enhanced.”

The full details of Nedbank’s Mara Phones offer are still under wraps, but Thomas said the Nedbank offer would be a pre-packaged, high-value proposition, with the smartphones preloaded with the Nedbank Money App, and delivered via flexible finance options that make it easy for clients to pay for their devices.

Thomas says that Nedbank offer is unlikely to be network-specific. 

“We believe our clients should be able to use the mobile network of their own choosing, so we will be offering some, or all, of our Nedbank-bundled, dual-SIM Mara Phones devices without SIM cards, allowing the new phone owners to use prepaid voice and data packages from any cellular service provider.”

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Vox’s Green Week offers discounted fibre speeds

Vox is offering businesses the chance to double the speed – and pay the regular price – for fibre, in its Double Up promo.

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Vox, a leading integrated ICT and telecommunications company, is not joining in the Black Friday frenzy. It’s going one better, with a Green Week. From 25 November to 2 December it is running a Vox Fibre to the Business (FTTB) Double Up Promo.

FTTB orders signed between 18 November and 2 December 2019, will automatically receive double the speed for the duration of their contract with Vox ,at a 33% saving.

FTTB Promo Offer

FTTB BUNDLEPURCHASE PRICEWHAT YOU GET
20 MbpsR 2,49940 Mbps 
50 Mbps R 4,499100 Mbps 
100 Mbps R 8,999200 Mbps 
200 Mbps R 12,999400 Mbps 
500 Mbps R 16,9991 Gbps 

The promo is applicable to 20 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps and 500 Mbps packages on the Frogfoot Fibre network and applies to all new links and re-sign orders.
The Green Week sale includes limited specials ranging from mobile data to ADSL, satellite, indoor and outdoor camera and voice services.  The discounted deals are available for one week only until midnight on 2 December 2019.

Says Vera Romano, executive head of marketing at Vox: “Our Green Week is fast becoming a popular annual event and as always, we have something for everyone – be it for the consumer or business market. Our key focus has been to provide packages that add value to the customer. So, keep an eye out over the next few days – there is something to suit everyone.”

To find out more visit https://www.vox.co.za

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