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MTN Bushfire Announces Festival App

Posted by radio On April - 25 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is excited to announce the development of the official MTN Bushfire App, that has come about through a partnership between MTN Bushfire and Real Image, the festival’s IT partner.

 

The MTN Bushfire festival app is in line with MTN Bushfire’s #BringYourFire ‘green’ mandate, a commitment to environmental sustainability. This year, the festival embraces the #GreenYourFire theme through delivering a paperless festival.

 

Other ways in which the event will embrace the theme include; recycling, tree planting activities among others. The Festival’s commitment to environmental sustainability extends into the Marketplace and Global Food Village, with vendors required to use recyclable or biodegradable materials for their packaging within the Festival.

 

 

The festival App is scheduled to be released in the second week of May and is set to transform the way patrons communicate with our key customer touch points, with access to the following; Tickets, Line up, Festival Map, Park and ride schedule , Merchandise, Sponsor a Child, Explore and General Info.

The app will also allow the user to view the Bushfire Artist line-up, Artists’ bios, performance stage schedules with an exciting feature that will enable a user to create a custom schedule of their favourite artist and then receive real-time notifications of when the artist is about to go on stage.

 

 

Users will be able to receive zone-specific notifications when they step into a certain zone (e.g. Kids Zone, The Barn, Food Court area etc). Examples of such notifications to be received include Safety & Security Tips, Park & Ride Tips etc. Accessible via the app will also be up-to-date maps of the festival site and other important locations.

 

 

A real-time Lost & Found notification feature will also been added within the app’s interface. Any user of the app will receive notifications if and when an item has been lost and handed over to the Bushfire team. The app will also feature access to the Merchandise online store.

 

 

MTN Bushfire the is acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has recently confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa. The latest artist announcements reflect the diverse mix of styles, sounds and cultures that will be on display across the MTN Bushfire stages.

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If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume that you’ve watched episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 8 and that after all that pre-battle ruminating in the halls of Winterfell, you’re ready for some action!

Binge-watch Game of Thrones from the beginning on Showmax »

* Warning: spoilers ahead *

It felt like very little happened in episode 2. Until the last few minutes when Jon Snow – we mean, Aegon Targaryen and true heir to the Iron Throne – told Dany the truth about his parentage. She did not take it well.

The episode ended with some movement beyond the gates of Winterfell as the army of White Walkers arrived. And the battle was on!

Here’s what we can glean in the preview video to episode 3:

 

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

  • Everyone is gazing over the ramparts of Winterfell as the army of the undead approaches. (Sansa looks nervous and Arya looks fierce.)
  • Jon Snow shouts: “The Night King is coming!” and we are riled up!
  • We get a glimpse of a dragon in battle but it’s hard to tell if it’s Viserion (the new ice dragon) or siblings Drogon or Rhaegal.
  • Theon Greyjoy is in the thick of battle, shooting arrows and being courageous.
  • Dany has no time for Jon’s puppy dog eyes as she says, flatly, “The dead are already here.”
  • And Brienne leads the army of the North into battle on the left flank, shouting out orders. We’re assuming that Jaime Lannister is fighting under her command.

Want more? Watch Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (only) at 03:00, and later the same day on M-Net and Showmax at 22:00.

 

[Article originally published by:Showmax]

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DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network (AAN) will host the 3rd annual  Animation du Monde pitching competition next month and entries are now open.

As Africa’s animation industry continues to develop, and  in recognition of the challenges that creators face in being able to reach a market, there will be a strong focus on animated short film and series.

 

DISCOP Abidjan is the second of 5 preliminary rounds of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020. Through the DISCOMICS footprint– an initiative run by DISCOP Markets and AAN– and which includes partnerships with 3 of Africa’s longest running comic conventions, AAN will be hosting 4 regional prelims in Johannesburg (at ICON CGC), Abidjan (DISCOP Abidjan), Lagos (at Lagos Comic Con), and Nairobi (Nairobi Comic Con).  Because the partners are always looking to create new opportunities for creators across Africa, AAN has partnered with the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) to add a 5th regional preliminary round.

 

 

The MIFA Pitches are arguably the biggest animation focused pitching forum in the world and take place against the backdrop of the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA). A place where filmmakers can celebrate the craft while building relationships and a deeper understanding of the industry. Contestants have until the 17th of May to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.

 

Animation du Monde’s mission is to give animation projects in developing animation industries from across the world the opportunity to participate at the highest level internationally during the MIFA Pitches.

 

Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at DISCOP Abidjan however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference.  The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

 

“The value of entering a pitch competition like Animation du Monde goes far beyond winning or losing. Through it you build relationships, your confidence to sell your project, and most of all the insight of industry professionals with years of experience with projects from around the world.” says Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN.

 

During the 2018 Animation du Monde finals in Annecy Ingrid Agbo, from Togo, secured a pre-sale for her project L’arbre à Palimpseste which is currently in pre-production.

 

Ingrid qualified with her project through the 2017 regionals run by AAN at DISCOP Abidjan and won one of two places to represent Africa at Annecy/MIFA 2018 via the Animation du Monde 2017 Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg Through her journey she was able to connect with other African animation filmmakers who were able to help her refine her project through to the 2018 finals in France.

 

Ingrid shared her Annecy experience with us,  “My Annecy experience was so unexpected. Winning the opportunity to pitch my project there was a huge pleasure but also a real challenge for me.  This festival was like a gauge for my project. There were so many and different, great projects coming from all around the world.”

 

Jerome Soffo Simo, President of Tous’Anime Association & Organizer of CANIMAF in Cameroon, had this to say about his about his experience, “Firstly, the Annecy Pitch Contest taught me that you have to write, draw, structure, and then put together your animation project and that story is the most important part, because, a successful animation is a well-told story. The story will guide you in choosing the style to adopt and the rest will follow.”

 

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Huawei Q1 results show strong revenue growth

Posted by radio On April - 22 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Huawei today announced its business results for the first quarter of 2019. In Q1 of this year, Huawei generated CNY179.7 billion in revenue, an increase of 39% year-on-year. The company’s net profit margin in Q1 2019 was about 8%, slightly higher than the same period last year.[1]

Huawei maintained its focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, and continued to boost the efficiency and quality of its operations, which has helped contribute to its solid performance in Q1 2019.

 

2019 will be a year of large-scale deployment of 5G around the world, meaning that Huawei’s Carrier Business Group has unprecedented opportunities for growth. By the end of March 2019, Huawei had signed 40 commercial contracts for 5G with leading global carriers, and had shipped more than 70,000 5G base stations to markets around the world.

 

 

Also in Q1 2019, Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group launched its Digital Platform and its new “Huawei Inside” strategy. Huawei is committed to building the foundations of a digital China and the core of a digital world by delivering the Digital Platform along with ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive intelligence. Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group also deployed the world’s first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi 6 access point. As of the end of Q1 2019, Huawei had shipped more Wi-Fi 6 products than any other company worldwide.

 

 

 

Huawei’s Consumer Business Group continues to create value for consumers with its innovative products. Its core strategy is to deliver an intelligent experience to consumers across all scenarios. In Q1 2019, Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones. In other business segments like PCs, wearables, and smart home, Huawei has been welcomed by global consumers for its leading, innovative products and superior user experiences.

 

 

 

HUAWEI CLOUD remains committed to innovation. It aims to build the best possible hybrid cloud, provide full-stack AI solutions for intelligent industries, and make inclusive AI a reality. More than one million enterprise users and developers have chosen to work with HUAWEI CLOUD. In Q1, HUAWEI CLOUD services were launched in Singapore, and HUAWEI CLOUD released its AI model market. HUAWEI CLOUD’s one-stop-shop AI development platform – ModelArts – came first in both image classification training and inference in the Stanford DAWNBench deep learning competition.

 

[1]The financial data disclosed here are unaudited figures compiled in compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standard; exchange rate at the end of March 2019: US$1 = CNY6.7112 (source: Reuters).
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At the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei and Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) held a media roundtable meeting with the theme of “Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value.” At the media roundtable, Huawei announced AirEngine as its new Wi-Fi brand, which will be applied to its full series of enterprise-class Wi-Fi 6 products. Additionally, with global media and analysts present onsite, Huawei highlighted that its Wi-Fi 6 products have been deployed on a large scale in five major regions worldwide.

 

 

Emerging applications such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 4K require more bandwidth, higher concurrency, and lower latency, which poses challenges to traditional Wi-Fi networks. These challenges must be resolved as quickly as possible during enterprises’ digital transformation. That’s where Huawei’s AirEngine comes in. AirEngine is proof of Huawei’s commitment to high-quality Wi-Fi networks. It serves as a wireless connection engine that accelerates the digital transformation of enterprise services.

 

 

Three compelling benefits make AirEngine stand out: ultra-high performance, optimal user experience, and enablement of new business. AirEngine features the industry’s best performance, as verified by Tolly, an influential international testing organization. AirEngine builds on technical strengths originating from Huawei 5G smart antenna technology and intelligent application acceleration technologies, and achieves intelligent optimization for optimal user experience and service continuity. AirEngine can also accommodate new applications such as 4K and VR, and leverage in-depth cooperation with partners to achieve wireless transformation for teaching, research, manufacturing, and other mission-critical services, enabling new business.

 

 

Zhao Zhipeng, President of Campus Network Domain of Huawei Data Communication Product Line, shares his insightful ideas about AirEngine

 

 

“With unmatched technical strengths, Huawei AirEngine enables wireless networks to efficiently and reliably carry traditional wired network services. Typical benefits include smooth VR/AR teaching in education, 4K high-definition conferences and wireless offices for enterprises, as well as packet loss-free Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in industrial manufacturing environments. Huawei AirEngine will accelerate digital transformation of enterprises across various industries,” said Zhao Zhipeng, President of Campus Network Domain of Huawei Data Communication Product Line. “Huawei, a leading contributor to the Wi-Fi 6 standard, has been actively promoting the development of the entire industry. Huawei is the first vendor to release commercial Wi-Fi 6 products. Currently, our Wi-Fi 6 APs have been deployed in five major regions around the world.”

 

 

At the media roundtable, Kevin Robinson, Vice President of Marketing for WFA, shared the latest Wi-Fi 6 industry developments and forecasts and gave insightful ideas about the impact of Wi-Fi 6 on enterprises’ digital transformation. He stated: “We appreciate Huawei’s great contributions to the development of Wi-Fi 6, from standards and prototypes all the way to commercial use. WFA believes that 2019 will be the year of Wi-Fi 6 commercial use, and it will launch a Wi-Fi 6 certification program in the third quarter of 2019.”

 

 

AirEngine is specifically designed for the building of leading high-quality Wi-Fi networks that feature high-performance connections, optimal user experience, and enablement of new business. Huawei and partners will collaborate closely to provide ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive intelligence for government and enterprise customers. In addition, Huawei will continue to use the Digital Platform to integrate new ICT, helping customers to navigate digital transformation.

 

 

[Source: Huawei]

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.

 

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.

Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-african talent search.

 

Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups.

 

To join the creative team on the series, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish Animation studio and CAKE to launch a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.

 

Malenga grew up watching cartoons on TV and found herself asking why no heroes looked like her and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like her own. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” commented Malenga.

 

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.”

 

“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website, www.triggerfish.com.”

 

CEO & Creative Director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We are delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama K’s Team 4, a uniquely empowering, but most of all fun project, which brings a fresh perspective to a classic cartoon genre.”

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has finalised the process for developing a Findings Document and Position Paper on Digital Sound Broadcasting (DSB), following an inquiry into the use of DSB in South Africa.

 

In coming with the findings and positions, ICASA relied on extensive submissions from interested stakeholders, desktop research conducted on the proposed Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) and Digital Radio Mondial (DRM), digital sound broadcasting trials conducted by broadcasting service licensees as well as international study visits to Australia, Germany, Norway, USA and United Kingdom.

 

 

Having embarked on international study visits and research, ICASA found that there is clear evidence that DSB technologies are beneficial for South Africa and have proven to be successful in countries visited, such as Norway and Australia. ICASA further notes that even though analogue medium wave (AM) frequencies are ample, the sound quality is generally poor, with higher transmission costs.

 

 

ICASA notes that even though FM still offers good quality sound, spectrum scarcity and high transmission costs necessitate consideration for digital  sound broadcasting services. Therefore, DSB is necessary to keep up with technological developments and to encourage spectrum efficiency.

 

 

In keeping with international trends, and national imperatives, the findings further note that it will not be necessary for a total analogue switch-off, as analogue transmission can co-exist with digital services until such time that there is enough up-take of receivers and there is a policy pronouncement on analogue switch- off.

 

“The written and oral submissions received did not advocate for a total switch-off, but rather suggested that a moratorium be imposed to allow incumbent licensees to establish themselves and the market for DSB; and only then would new players be licenced ,” says ICASA Councillor, Adv. Dimakatso Qocha.

 

The Authority’s position on the frequency network is that it will deploy a hybrid model (SFN and MFN) as this model caters for all three tiers of broadcasting categories. Furthermore, the commercial and public sound broadcasting services can be operated by one MUX operator on SFN, while  different MUX operators  could be considered for community broadcasting services on MFN basis.

 

Based on the findings and position, ICASA will develop the draft regulations on DSB in the current financial year (2019/20).

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Game of Thrones S8 episode 2 preview

Posted by radio On April - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The first episode of Game of Thrones S8 was relatively death-free and peaceful… we doubt that’s going to last.

*Spoilers ahead if you haven’t caught up with episode one*

Not even Jon’s epic first ride on a dragon could lighten up what was a very dark start to Season 8. Speaking of Jon, or rather we should say, Aegon Targaryen, what will happen between him and Queen Daenerys now that he finally knows he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?

And why isn’t he freaking out that she’s his aunt?

Thank goodness this preview for episode 2 is out, or the fan theories would drive us nuts.

We can’t wait for next week’s episode to drop – especially as each one is getting just a little bit longer.

  • Season 8, Episode 1 will be 54 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 2 will be 58 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 3 is one hour and 22 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 4 is one hour and 18 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 5 is one hour and 20 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 6, the finale is also one hour and 20 minutes.

What’s happening in episode 2?

The Kingslayer looks like he has bigger things to worry about than throwing Bran out of a window when he’s brought before Daenerys. She is not amused to meet her father’s killer. But we’re not sure that she’ll have time to mull over it because Winterfell is under attack! Has the army of white walkers arrived?

Watch Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (only) at 03:00, and later the same day on M-Net and Showmax at 22:00.

 

 

[Source: Showmax blog]

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At the 2019 International Auto Key Tech Forum, Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu delivered a keynote speech: Embrace the Convergence of Automotive & ICT Industries.

 

The automotive industry is increasingly turning to information and communication technology (ICT) as a new key technology. Xu noted, “Together with the deep convergence of automotive and ICT, intelligent connected electric vehicle emerges as a new revolutionary development engine of human society, with its impact goes far beyond the two industries themselves.”

In the face of evolutionary changes, Huawei has made its strategic choice. “Huawei does not make cars”, said Xu. “Focusing on ICT, Huawei aims to enable car OEMs to build better vehicles.” He stressed, “Based on ICT, Huawei aims to be a digital car oriented and new-added components provider.”

 

With over 30 years of experience in ICT and an ongoing focus on this area, Huawei will offer the following to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars:

  • MDC (Mobile Data Center) in-vehicle computing platform and intelligent driving subsystem solution

  • Octopus: Huawei Cloud based cloud service for autonomous driving (training, simulation, test)

  • 4G/5G in-vehicle communication module/T-Box, network solutions

  • HUAWEI HiCar people-car-home connectivity solution for all scenarios

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Samsung Science & Technology Foundation last week announced 44 research projects chosen for funding in the first half of 2019, which include pioneering research in physics and life sciences, new engineering solutions for the clean environment as well as breakthrough projects in artificial intelligence (AI).

The foundation was established in 2013 to help foster development of basic science, materials engineering and information technologies, with a total of KRW 1.5 trillion (R18.5 billion) in grants to be endowed on research projects for 10 years. It has so far provided about KRW 667 billion (R8.2 billion) in funding for 517 research projects from universities and public research institutes in Korea. The foundation will look to expand its support in the areas of future technologies, such as AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G, as well as projects that aim to improve local communities.

 

 

“Our goal is to support building the foundation for future science and technology,” said Seong-Keun Kim, Chairman of Samsung Science & Technology Foundation. “We hope to make a lasting contribution to the society by advancing basic science, bringing innovations and redefining the technology industry.”

Mr. Kim, Professor of Chemistry at Seoul National University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, was elected as the new chairman this week by the foundation’s Board of Directors.

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