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WBS makes Internet Rain

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The fixed mobile broadband service Wireless Business Solutions, which operated a 4G network under the iBurst brand, has been rebranded Rain, in anticipation of a massive expansion.

“We are determined to provide competition in the market to provide consumers with increased connectivity at affordable prices,” said chairman and shareholder, Paul Harris, formerly CEO and co-founder of FirstRand. “The industry is under-supplied and we want to step into the breach.

“We welcome the clarity on the future broadband strategy that Minister Cwele has provided in recent announcements; it provides us with confidence that our decision to make such a large investment in South Africa at this time, is a good one.”

Michael Jordaan, director and shareholder of Rain, says ira key objective is to establish a cutting-edge LTE-Advanced fixed and mobile network, designed to meet growing consumer demand.

“Driven by innovative thinking and the very latest technology, Rain will provide simple, easy and transparent access to data, connecting the people of South Africa to the limitless possibilities of the digital world,” he said. “The aim is to eventually create an environment where open access to the Internet becomes a reality in this country, with the best possible quality and speeds we can deliver, at affordable rates for all.”

Rain CEO Duncan Simpson-Craib says the company has so far rolled out about 750 Sites and is on track to meet a target of 2 000 by the end of the year.

“Our coverage is increasing daily,” he said. “Very shortly we will be announcing details of a fixed wireless broadband service, ‘Rain to the Home’ (RttH) as a Fibre or DSL alternative. It will be delivered on what we call ‘fibre to the sky’ using our state of the art LTE-A network. In future we will be launching a full mobile data service.”

Rain also offers mobile operators and other service providers access to its network.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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