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Gadget and Kaspersky Lab are giving away three copies of Kaspersky’s Internet Security – multi-device 2017. To enter, follow Gadget and Kaspersky Africa and name the feature that encrypts data when connected to the Internet.

There is no denying the fact that we spend a large part of our time online these days. Whether it’s to shop, bank or socialise, the online world provides a convenience that we have quickly become accustomed to. In fact, think about how many of us can actually survive a day without our phones/tablets or laptops/PCs?

As convenient as the online world may seem, and while it does offer numerous benefits, the digital space is also used by cybercriminals, who are becoming more sophisticated by the day! And so, we all need to guard against digital dangers. They exist and no one can hide from them! In fact, every device you use could be compromising your security online, and could allow snoopers and phishers to steal your confidential information – and so all devices must be protected!

Kaspersky Lab have recently launched the latest version of Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device (2017), which is a security solution for the whole family, that can help you protect Windows, Mac, and Android devices against the dangers of the online world, including malware, dangerous websites, online tracking, fraud and money and data theft.

This solution is perfect for the individual who doesn’t have time getting to grips with complex security – but requires the protection of data from being intercepted during an unsafe Internet connection or the ability to patch potential “holes” in device security. This solution ensures that it easy for you to manage your security across all online platforms effectively.

In line with this, Kaspersky Lab and Gadget are offering readers a chance to win one of the 3 Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017 products.

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @KasperskyAfrica on Twitter

2. Answer the following question and don’t forget to mention the @GadgetZA and @KasperskyAfrica handles in your tweet.

Question: What’s the name of the security feature in the new Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017, which helps connect to the Internet safely, by encrypting all data sent and received.

Possible answers:
1)    Software Updater
2)    Private Browsing
3)    Secure Connection

3. Winners will be announced on Monday, 12 December 2016.

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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