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SpaceX tests show Starlink reaching 100Mbps download speeds

SpaceX has revealed early performance information of its Starlink broadband satellite service. The details were shared during the broadcast of the launch of the latest batch of 60 Starlink low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites on Thursday. SpaceX senior program reliability engineer Kate Tice said the company has been carrying out early testing of the constellation with …

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New proposals to re-open the events industry in South Africa

The government met with business stakeholders on Thursday (3 September) to discuss conditions for the re-opening of the events sector in South Africa. Live events have been prohibited in the country for close to seven months, with events stopped before the country moved into a hard lockdown at the end of March. The Department of …

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More name changes planned for South Africa – including streets, places and new ‘apartheid theme parks’ for statues

Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa says that the government will look at removing statues linked to apartheid and colonialism, and could transfer them to a ‘theme park’ to be viewed as part of the country’s history. In a parliamentary presentation on Thursday (3 September), Mthethwa said that a governmental cluster had recommended an audit …

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Qualcomm to launch 5G chips for cheap smartphones in early 2021

Qualcomm has announced that it will launch Snapdragon 4-series chips with 5G support in early 2021. It noted that the 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 4-series chips will allow smartphone makers to offer 5G to a combined market of approximately 3.5 billion smartphone users. “Qualcomm continues to pave the way for 5G commercialization at scale,” said Qualcomm …

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There is only one way to stop load-shedding in South Africa – Analyst

The only way to stop load-shedding is to replace poor-performing coal-fires power stations with reliable and low-cost wind, solar PV, battery storage, and gas-to-power generation. This is the view of energy analyst Chris Yelland, who was speaking to ENCA about the recent spate of load-shedding across South Africa. South Africa is currently experiencing the worst …

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Upcoming features planned for WhatsApp

A number of new features are currently in development for the WhatsApp messaging service, according to insider information and official communications. Insider-website WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp has resumed development on its “Vacation Mode” feature for the Android version of its messaging app. The company submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Programme which …

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IDC says economic recovery needs tech partners that contribute to the bottom line

We are right now in the grips of an economic slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery from which will continue to see emerging technology play a vital and accelerated role. That was the thrust of the message from IDC at the webinar and panel discussion called Adjusting to the New Normal hosted …

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‘New’ power plants will help with South Africa’s load shedding: deputy president

Deputy President David Mabuza says that the introduction of the Medupi and Kusile power plants to South Africa’s electricity grid will help ease the country’s load shedding. Mabuza, who was answering oral question in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday (3 September), said that the latest round of load shedding was due to maintenance …

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Vivo launches X50 flagship smartphones in South Africa

Vivo has launched its new X50 and X50 Pro smartphones in South Africa, which offer professional-grade camera technologies. “X50 series is a professional photography flagship smartphone for consumers to record and share the best moments of their lives in a simple way,” said Vivo Head of Middle-East and Africa Business Jet Xu. “With stable-shooting capabilities, …

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WhatsApp working on “Vacation Mode” feature

WhatsApp has resumed development on its “Vacation Mode” feature for the Android version of its messaging app, according to a report by WABetaInfo. The company submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Programme which includes code related to a number of upcoming changes. Chief among these changes is the resumption of development on …

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