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Best 55-inch 4K TVs of 2017: the best medium-sized screens for any budget

Best 55-inch 4K TVs of 2017: the best medium-sized screens for any budget

Gizmos
Anyone who is shopping for the best 55-inch 4K TVs in 2017 should be looking for a set that successfully strikes a balance between price, size, and all the high-end tech that’s in vogue right now. Now that fall is here, and the summer temperatures are quickly fading away, we’re all going to be spending a lot more time indoors, and we’ll turn to our TVs more and more. If your current TV is starting to show its age, the more affordable cost of 4K HDR TVs may make today the best time to find a refresh your AV setup. TVs of this size are popular, and that means TV manufacturers pay plenty of attention, offering all the best features and display technology. That means there will almost always be a 55-inch TV that easily caters to all of your needs, especially if you think it’s time to
Best 32-inch TVs of 2017: the best secondary TVs for any budget

Best 32-inch TVs of 2017: the best secondary TVs for any budget

Gizmos
Snazzy 4K TVs are all the rage these days, being what most TV talk is about, and it’s the large ones too. Manufacturers like Samsung are even revealing that 55-inch screens have become the most popular screen size. The best 32-inch TVs used to be the pinnacle of AV enthusiasm, and while they’ve since fallen far from that title, the best 32-inch TVs are far from irrelevant.Quite the opposite, it continues to be one of the most popular segments of the TV market – and this really isn’t all that surprising when you think about it. If you’re thinking about putting TVs in second, third, and even fourth rooms, the best 32-inch TVs strike a perfect balance between affordability and utility: It’s big enough to be comfortably viewable even in typically large rooms such as kitchens and co
HTC U11 Plus release date, news and rumors

HTC U11 Plus release date, news and rumors

Gizmos
Update: Leaked renders have given us our first look at the HTC U11 Plus, while another rumor points to a massive battery. The HTC U11 is an impressive phone, receiving 4.5 stars in our review, but it seems HTC might be chasing that last half a star, as it’s rumored to be working on a bigger and better version of the phone. Known currently as the HTC U11 Plus and previously as the Ocean Master, this is a handset that we haven’t heard a huge amount about yet, but which we’re expecting to see soon, as HTC is holding a November 2 event which may well be dedicated to it. And there are some things we do know, all of which you’ll find below, along with our analysis and educated guesses as to what else the U11 Plus might offer. Cut to the chase What is it? A larger version of the HT
Vodafone Passes give you unlimited data for your favourite apps

Vodafone Passes give you unlimited data for your favourite apps

Applications, Telecomms
Are you always worried that your YouTube, Netflix or Spotify addiction will see you blast through your monthly data allowance? Well, Vodafone Passes have been unveiled to give unlimited data for key apps. There are four main passes available, grouped by type of app. There's the Video Pass, which is £9 per month (£7 initially as an intro offer) that includes Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, TV Player, Vevo and My5. That means you'll be able to watch (stream and download) as much movie, TV and video content you want from these apps, with no further cost each month. There's also the £5 per month Music Pass (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Soundcloud, Amazon Music) and Social Pass (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), plus the £3 per month Chat Pass (
Google Pixel 2 XL: A really impressive smartphone with an absolutely killer camera

Google Pixel 2 XL: A really impressive smartphone with an absolutely killer camera

Gizmos
 The Google Pixel 2 XL is a stunning fruit to bear from the company’s still-young focus on melding its software and hardware efforts. It’s refined, confidently serving as a showcase of how far Google’s design (and the stock Android experience powering it) have come in the past few years. Plus, it’s a launching point for a few interesting debuts, like the intelligent Google Lens feature and the slick, new Pixel Launcher. In many ways, this is Google’s best phone yet. Its impressive look and stellar, plus-sized screen go toe-to-toe with the fierce competition.The real kicker here are its cameras, which manage to outperform most, if not all, phones that have come before it. However, this is also the company’s most expensive phone yet. And for that stack of cash, you can e
Silicon Valley Fund Invests In South African Mobile Security Firm

Silicon Valley Fund Invests In South African Mobile Security Firm

Security
Silicon Valley-based investment firm Endeavor Catalyst has backed South African authentication and app security company Entersekt through a funding round that was realized in September. The successful funding round was a first for Endeavor Catalyst in South Africa, according to BusinessTech. The South African mobile security solutions firm is led by entrepreneurs Schalk and Dewald Nolte. They develop push-based authentication and app security technology to protect clients in several industries, including banking. Entersekt’s products include a platform called Transakt, which enables a one-touch user experience. Entersekt’s clients include First Bank of Colorado, Absa, Nedbank, Capitec, Investec, Swisscard, Equity Bank, Ecobank, and Pluscard, according to TechCentral.
M-Pesa Launches New Internet-Free Short-Range Payment Solution

M-Pesa Launches New Internet-Free Short-Range Payment Solution

Mobile Money
Near-Field Communication allows for payments to be made via short-range wireless connectivity to enable communication between devices when they’re touched together, or brought within a few centimeters of each other, without the need for an internet connection. The new system, which is called M-Pesa 1Tap, allows users to pay for goods from their mobile phones in a single step, rather than multiple steps that were previously required, according to Techweez. M-Pesa customers will use a wristband, phone sticker or card (which cost around $0.20) to be able to make faster payments using this new technology, before entering a PIN code on their phone in order to complete the transaction. M-Pesa 1Tap is now available in the Kenyan cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nye
Vodacom Rebranding Outside Of Mobile With Digital Future In Mind

Vodacom Rebranding Outside Of Mobile With Digital Future In Mind

Telecomms
South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”, according to ITNewsAfrica. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change, led by a selection of five key markets that includes South Africa. The red colour that has become synonymous with the brand remains unchanged, but the font used in the logo is updated. The new Vodacom logo as part of the company’s rebranding. Photo – MyBroadband Vod
Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

News, Security
 Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in northern Kenya in an impoverished home, she was surrounded by violence and loss. People regularly killed the wildlife she loved, and they killed each other. Tribal clashes stoked by resource scarcity and decades-long vendettas were the norm.   “The only thing I was seeing was death,” Ekiru recalls. “I grew up thinking, ‘One day, I’ll tell my people that conflict is not good, that it only takes us in a circle of poverty.’” Luckily in 2011, when Ekiru was 24 years old, she discovered the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organization composed of community conservancies in Kenya. Those animal conservancies reject violence in favor of peace, sustainability and responsible, shared management of land and wildlife. R
Senegalese Online Music Platforms Aim To Become Africa’s Spotify

Senegalese Online Music Platforms Aim To Become Africa’s Spotify

Entertainment, Start Ups
Senegalese start-ups are testing a fledgling market for online music platforms in French-speaking West Africa, where interest in digital entertainment is growing but a lack of credit cards has prevented big players from making inroads. Long celebrated in Europe for their contribution to “world” music – with Mali’s Salif Keita, Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour and Benin’s Angelique Kidjo household names in trendy bars – West African musicians have struggled to make money back home, where poverty is widespread and music piracy rampant. Online music providers such as Apple’s download store iTunes and streaming service Spotify are either unavailable – no one can sign up for Spotify in Africa yet – or require a credit card or bank account, which most West Africans lack. But smartph
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