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TECHNOBYTE: Vodacom launches new offferings

Earlier this month Vodacom launched a new premium range of smartphones, extending the range of branded devices on offer.

With the launch of the Vodacom Smart platinum 7 and Vodacom Smart ultra 7, the mobile giant now offers devices, not only in the entry-level smartphone and tablet category, but also in the premium mobile class as well.

Vodafone Smart platinum 7 LTE Smartphone costs R8500. Customers that purchase this model, get a Smart VR in box, plus free screen insurance, as well as a free 1-year Office 365 (Office 365 features 60 free Skype minutes, 1TB cloud storage per user, one license for three devices, worth up to R1299). The Vodafone Smart platinum 7 has a Qualcomm snapdragon chipset.

The Vodacom Smart ultra 7 LTE Smartphone costs R3500 and customers get free screen insurance as well as a free 1-year Office 365 (Office 365 features 60 free Skype minutes, 1TB cloud storage per user, one license for three devices, worth up to R1299).

now.vodacom.co.za

The Ricoh Theta S is ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device in one shot for unprecedented, fully spherical images. The device is synchronized with smartphones, where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi® and viewed with a dedicated free app. The app also allows images to be pinched, swiped or rotated to edit size, shape and composition. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks such as Facebook™, Twitter™ and Tumblr, as well as Microsoft®’s Photosynth®.

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Uber Technologies Inc. will merge its China business with Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing service in the country.

The valuation of the combined ride-hailing company is $35 billion, the people said. Investors in Uber China, an entity owned by San Francisco-based Uber, Baidu Inc. and others, will receive a 20 percent stake in the combined company.

Uber will continue to operate its own app in China for now. Didi is making a $1 billion investment in Uber at a $68 billion valuation.

Uber declined to comment, and Didi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

www.bloomberg.com

Disaster stories involving the Internet of Things are all the rage. They feature cars (both driven and driverless), the power grid, dams, and tunnel ventilation systems.

A particularly vivid and realistic one, near-future fiction published last month in New York Magazine, described a cyber-attack on New York that involved the hacking of cars, the water system, hospitals, elevators, and the power grid.

In these stories, thousands of people die and chaos ensues. While some of these scenarios over-hype the mass destruction, the individual risks are all real. And traditional computer and network security are not prepared to deal with them.

Classic information security is viewed as a triad: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. You’ll see it called “CIA,” which admittedly is confusing in the context of national security. But basically, the three things I can do with your data are steal it (confidentiality), modify it (integrity), or prevent you from getting it (availability).

motherboard.vice.com

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