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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced PARANORMAL, its new original Middle Eastern series. Based on Paranormal the best selling books in the Arab world by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, that sold more than 15 million copies. PARANORMAL will be produced by both Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, who is also the showrunner and the director, PARANORMAL is Netflix’s first foray into Egyptian drama.

 

Set in the 1960s, the series, packed with mystery and suspense, depicts the adventures of PARANORMAL leading character Dr. Refaat Ismail, a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.

 

 

We are so excited to be investing in more Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed PARANORMAL series of novels into an exciting show. We’re also pleased to collaborate with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Amr Salama whose creative vision we look forward to bringing to our international audience” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals at Netflix.

 

 

This third Middle Eastern Netflix original show reflects the company’s commitment to exploring more stories and talents in the region. This will give filmmakers and audiences in the Middle East presence on a global platform to both tell and enjoy a variety of exciting new stories.

 

 

Show producer, Mohamed Hefzy, commented, “I’m proud to be working with Netflix on bringing to life the PARANORMAL series, which I hold dear to my heart. I’m also excited to be cooperating again with long time collaborator and friend, director Amr Salama. Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality and that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama.

 

 

I’m very excited about this project, It was my dream to adapt PARANORMAL of the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama since I ever wanted to be a filmmaker. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping the essence of PARANORMAL. I can’t wait to introduce these exciting stories to the Netflix public in 190 countries around the world” said producer, director, and showrunner Amr Salama.

 

 

Expected to be filmed in Egypt, PARANORMAL is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original show after Jinn, which features a cast of emerging Jordanian talents and is set to be released on June 13, 2019, and Al Rawabi School for Girls, which was announced last April. These productions reflect Netflix’s dedication to investment in Middle Eastern Arabic content.

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  • QLED Has Taken On Competing Technology in A Big Way.
  • 8K – Set to Change How We Experience Reality.
  • The Content Experience Has Given Consumers More Choice.
  • How Samsung is Different.

Samsung has been a pioneer in TV design for 50 years. Over that time, Samsung has researched what people love most about TV – the way it brings friends and families together and the many details that amplifies the viewing experience. This knowledge has led to innovation that has transformed how people watch TV and is one of the reasons it has been global number 1 for the 13 years. The 2019 QLED line-up builds on this legacy in a big way.

 

“Pictures that are as breath-taking as they are ground-breaking” is how Forbes Magazine described the Samsung QLED TV it reviewed in February this year. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by reviewers around the world. TechRader addressed the QLED versus OLED debate by citing the Samsung 65Q90R as ‘’Capable of competing with and often surpassing even the best OLED’s.” Powered by Samsung’s patented Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

 

QLED is Leading the Way

 

QLED TVs use quantum dots to enhance performance, delivering better brightness and a wider colour spectrum. That’s because the dots act like a filter when applied on top of an LED backlight. This produces a light purer than an LED can provide. Beyond TV viewing, QLED is also the best for gaming as it has the fastest refresh times, which could be the difference between victory and losing your last lifeline. QLED TVs are also far brighter than current OLED TVs. For example, the 65” Q90 can push out a peak measured light output (on a white HDR window filling 10% of the screen) of 2050 nits. That’s seriously impressive.

 

QLED Beats the Burn

 

And the innovation doesn’t stop at just the quality of the overall picture but on its impressive performance in another crucial area that requires everyone’s attention. Since QLED TVs don’t use organic elements, they are essentially immune to screen burn-in. This is a display issue in which certain facets of an image shown on a TV screen, such as a channel logo are either not shown properly, or fragments of that image remain on the screen. It then appears longer, as though it is embedded onto the display. This has been cited as one of the crucial flaws of OLED TV display technology. In fact, a quick search for “OLED Burn-in” on YouTube shows the high volume of criticism from those who have experienced the issue first-hand, as well as a number of burn-in tests, which compare Samsung’s QLED TV and OLED TV to demonstrate how the two displays differ on this very critical concern. Clearly, Samsung has mastered an area that can impact viewing in a big way.

 

8K Pushes the Boundaries of Possibility

 

Samsung has declared 2019 the year of the ‘ultra-high definition 8K era’. With Samsung 8K QLED every scene is amazingly vivid and real. It’s like 3D without the glasses. With more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio you see, feel and hear as if the scene has come to life in front of you. Of course, because 8K is still new technology, Samsung’s intelligent Quantum Processor 8K can convert what you watching, depending on the source content, into an enhanced version with improved details and sharpened definition. This means more crystal clear and precise images with reduced noise and sharpened definition. It’s like an instant upgrade of everything you’ve seen before. Together with 8K resolution, Samsung’s HDR technology delivers maximum brightness to the scenes’ settings and conditions in the room you’re watching in. And with fewer visible pixels, you enjoy the feeling of pure immersion—even when you’re closer to the TV. This means everyone in the room has the same incredible experience at the same time.

 

Consumers Now Have Access to More Content Than Ever

 

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung has taken the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app is available on the QLED range. It works seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, the new Voice Command and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models. Additionally, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

 

Our 2019 QLED line is designed for users who want the best combination of picture quality, smart TV capabilities and design. This year’s line-up represents our largest screen size offering ever. It brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.

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Following the success of its 7th edition in Paris, Digital Woman’s Day (JFD, for Journée de la Femme Digitale) (www.LaJourneedelaFemmeDigitale.com) is unveiling the highlights of its first event in Africa, on the theme of ‘Women: World Changers’ which will take place on 13 and 14 June in Dakar, Senegal. A first on the African continent for this event founded in 2013 by Delphine REMY-BOUTANG, which places the spotlight on and helps network the women working to revolutionise the world through digital technology every year.

 

“We are honoured that the Senegalese capital has been chosen as the international platform to launch Digital Woman’s Day in Africa. Our country has great ambition when it comes to strengthening and developing ICT and creating a sustainable digital economy, which we support through a multitude of initiatives like the project ‘Dakar Digital City’,” explains Soham EL WARDINI, Mayor of Dakar.

After the Oscars and the Césars… the Margaret Awards!

The Margaret Awards pay tribute every year to Margaret Hamilton, the NASA computer scientist who worked to accomplish the first human step on the Moon. The award rewards one digital woman working to shape a better world.

 

For this event, the award will place the spotlight, for the first time in Africa, on the winner of the 1st edition of the JFD Margaret awards, Arielle KITIO, founder of Caysti, and the Margaret of Honour, Rebecca ENONCHONG, founder of AppsTech. These two African entrepreneurs will receive the congratulations of the Senegalese Minister of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Ndeye Tické NDIAYE DIOP, as well as Babacar KANE, General Manager for IBM Senegal & West African States.

 

The speakers announced for Digital Women’s Day in Dakar include a number of renowned female leaders and entrepreneurs in the digital sphere: Yacine BARRO-BOURGAULT, country manager for West and Central Africa at Microsoft, Diana BRONDEL, founder of Xaalys, Virginie DIAS-TAGNON, Human Resources Director for the L’Oréal Group in Africa, Nafissatou DIOUF, founder of SenVitale, Momar NGUER, President, Marketing & Services at Total, and Afua OSEI, co-founder of She Leads Africa.

 

Discover the full programme and the speakers attending on 13 June: LaJourneedelaFemmeDigitale.com/en/jfd-dakar-en/

On the agenda for this 1st edition, education, confidence and financing with the aim of accelerating diversity in the digital world.

 

“Because the Internet has no borders, we need to build bridges between continents, between these women entrepreneurs who are changing the world. We need to do this not only in Europe, but in Africa, which has the world’s highest number of women entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of collective strength, at both local and international level, in overcoming the challenge of better representation for women,” says Delphine REMY-BOUTANG, CEO of the bureau and co-founder of Digital Women’s Day.

 

14 June in Dakar: the JFD Learning Expedition

The 14 June will be dedicated to exploring the cutting-edge ecosystem of entrepreneurship and technological innovation in Dakar, in partnership with the telephone operator Orange-Sonatel.

“Partnering with the first edition of Digital Women’s Day in Africa is a symbol for us, it sends a strong message. It confirms our commitments to the issues of diversity and parity in the digital sphere on the continent, and to allow the general public to discover this teeming ecosystem of groundbreaking talent and innovative initiatives led by women in the digital ecosystem,” says Rokhaya Solange NDIR, Head of Division, Digital Ecosystem Relations, Sonatel.

 

Sonatel Academy, the first free coding school in Senegal, is one of the key actors in the sector that is opening its doors for the JFD Learning Expedition, organised with the generous participation of several influential digital women in the sub-region.

 

Jokkolabs, the first collaborative work space in West Africa, the Société Générale Innovation Lab and the CTIC, one of the most powerful incubators in the sub-region, the Kinaya Lab platform, Festic which focuses on ICT and stakeholders in development and the Fodem Development Fund and Municipal Solidarity, will also be opening their doors.

 

 

In addition to these visits, the JFD Learning Expedition will enable participants to try out the latest innovations and to discuss with local investors and entrepreneurs.

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Netflix to produce HELLO, Universe movie

Posted by radio On May - 22 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Produced By Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions

 

 

  • Netflix today announced it will produce a live action family movie, Hello, Universe, based on the 2018 Newbery Award winning, New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Erin Entrada Kelly.

  • Playwright and screenwriter Michael Golamco (Always Be My Maybe) will adapt the book and Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Roxanne Roxanne) of Significant Productions will produce.

  • Logline: When a bully’s antics land a timid boy in the bottom of a well, his self-proclaimed psychic friend and unknowing crush team up to find him.

  • Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view — two boys and two girls — the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). It is published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

  • Hello, Universe joins Netflix’s growing slate of live action movies featuring kids and teens and made for families, which includes the upcoming comedy Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things), written by Sam Wolfson (Andi Mack, Finding Carter), and produced by Wonderland’s McG, Mary Viola, and Corey Marsh. Also on the movie slate is A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, directed by Rachel Talalay (Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Riverdale) and based on author Joe Ballarini’s novel of the same name.

     

 

[Issued by: Netflix]

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Huawei Mobile Services held the first Developer Day in Europe, celebrating the existing and new partnerships by showcasing the common vision of the future, and the unstoppable growth of our jointly built consumer services, including top quality content discovery through user-centric storytelling, improved technical capabilities for developers, AI-powered tools, and much more. Huawei also announced HUAWEI Ability Gallery, bringing next generation intelligent connection between developers and users.

 

“Huawei Mobile Services are designed to enhance our users’ experience by connecting them with the most suitable content for every moment of their daily lives. This is achieved thanks to our intelligent, contextual distribution ecosystem. Partners gain access to Huawei’s fast-growing user base, whilst Huawei manages the editorial and technical optimization of our services.” said Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Europe Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

 

 

Huawei offeres a full-range apps distribution solution to developers such as OOBE (Out-of-box experience), AppGallery, AppAdvisor, etc. Huawei covers the entire application experience life cycle, and supports the story-telling of each unique content provider to a broad user group.

In line with the rapid growth of its Consumer Business and Device Groups, Huawei continues to expand its partner system to immerse and enrich each user’s mobile life with premium services.

The HUAWEI Ability Gallery is now one of the most important parts in Mobile Services’ ecosystem, serving as a platform that directly promotes services to users by assessing the users intent and actively recommending the matching “abilities”. Once integrated, developers’ services can reach multiple touch points across Huawei’s intelligent devices and a wide, global audience, helping them achieve their own growth goals in a lower integration cost.

“We provide a global intelligent distribution platform with a range of open capabilities and one-stop services for partners, to foster innovations.”, said Jervis Su, Vice President of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei Ability Gallery provides enormous value to users by intelligently offering faster and more convenient services, and we are looking forward to working with our premium partners to provide best-in-class content and services to our users.”

 

 

Huawei Mobile Services already gathers more than 500 million global users, including more than 38 million in Europe, with its business covering more than 170 countries. It provides a trusted, device-centric and inter-connected ecosystem that makes life easier for users, helping them to discover quality content while ensuring security and privacy.

Huawei also provides its partners with open capabilities including HMS core, HiAI, AR and Camera Kit, etc. to engage their digital innovations based on Mobile Services platform, provide intelligent one-stop services for developers and partners.

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By: Kieran Frost, Research Manager for Software focused on sub-Saharan Africa for International Data Corporation

 

One of the questions that we at the International Data Corporation are asked is what impact technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have on jobs. Where are there likely to be job opportunities in the future? Which jobs (or job functions) are most ripe for automation? What sectors are likely to be impacted first? The problem with these questions is that they misunderstand the size of the barriers in the way of system-wide automation: the question isn’t only about what’s technically feasible. It’s just as much a question of what’s legally, ethically, financially and politically possible.

 

That said, there are some guidelines that can be put in place. An obvious career path exists in being on the ‘other side of the code’, as it were – being the one who writes the code, who trains the machine, who cleans the data. But no serious commentator can leave the discussion there – too many people are simply not able to or have the desire to code. Put another way: where do the legal, financial, ethical, political and technical constraints on AI leave the most opportunity?

 

 

Firstly, AI (driven by machine learning techniques) is getting better at accomplishing a whole range of things – from recognising (and even creating) images, to processing and communicating natural language, completing forms and automating processes, fighting parking tickets, being better than the best Dota 2 players in the world and aiding in diagnosing diseases. Machines are exceptionally good at completing tasks in a repeatable manner, given enough data and/or enough training. Adding more tasks to the process or attempting system-wide automation requires more data and more training. This creates two constraints on the ability of machines to perform work: 1) machine learning requires large amounts of (quality) data and 2) training machines requires a lot of time and effort (and therefore cost). Let’s look at each of these in turn – and we’ll discuss how other considerations come into play along the way.

 

 

Speaking in the broadest possible terms, machines require large amounts of data to be trained to a level to meet or exceed human performance in a given task. This data enables the bot to learn how best to perform that task. Essentially, the data pool determines the output.

 

 

However, there are certain job categories which require knowledge of, and then subversion of, the data set – jobs where producing the same ‘best’ outcome would not be optimal. Particularly, these are jobs that are typically referred to as creative pursuits – design, brand, look and feel. To use a simple example: if pre-Apple, we trained a machine to design a computer, we would not have arrived at the iMac, and the look and feel of iOS would not become the predominant mobile interface.

 

 

This is not to say that machines cannot create things. We’ve recently seen several ML-trained machines on the internet that produce pictures of people (that don’t exist) – that is undoubtedly creation (of a particularly unnerving variety). The same is true of the AI that can produce music. But those models are trained to produce more of what we recognise as good. Because art is no science, a machine would likely have no better chance of producing a masterpiece than a human. And true innovation, in many instances, requires subverting the data set, not conforming to it.

 

 

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, training AI requires time and money. Some actions are simply too expensive to automate. These tasks are either incredibly specialised, and therefore do not have enough data to support the development of a model, or very broad, which would require so much data that it will render the training of the machine economically unviable. There are also other challenges which may arise. At the IDC, we refer to the Scope of AI-Based Automation. In this scope:

 

 

  • A task is the smallest possible unit of work performed on behalf of an activity.

  • An activity is a collection of related tasks to be completed to achieve the objective.

  • A process is a series of related activities that produce a specific output.

  • A system (or an ecosystem) is a set of connected processes.

 

As we move up the stack from task to system, we find different obstacles. Let’s use the medical industry as an example to show how these constraints interact. Medical image interpretation bots, powered by neural networks, exhibit exceptionally high levels of accuracy in interpreting medical images. This is used to inform decisions which are ultimately made by a human – an outcome that is dictated by regulation.

Here, even if we removed the regulation, those machines cannot automate the entire process of treating the patient. Activity reminders (such as when a patient should return for a check-up, or reminders to follow a drug schedule) can in part be automated, with ML applications checking patient past adherence patterns, but with ultimate decision-making by a doctor. Diagnosis and treatment are a process that is ultimately still the purview of humans. Doctors are expected to synthesize information from a variety of sources – from image interpretation machines to the patient’s adherence to the drug schedule – in order to deliver a diagnosis. This relationship is not only a result of a technicality – there are ethical, legal and trust reasons that dictate this outcome.

 

There is also an economic reason that dictates this outcome. The investment required to train a bot to synthesize all the required data for proper diagnosis and treatment is considerable. On the other end of the spectrum, when a patient’s circumstance requires a largely new, highly specialised or experimental surgery, a bot will unlikely have the data required to be sufficiently trained to perform the operation and even then, it would certainly require human oversight.

 

 

The economic point is a particularly important one. To automate the activity in a mine, for example, would require massive investment into what would conceivably be an army of robots. While this may be technically feasible, the costs of such automation likely outweigh the benefits, with replacement costs of robots running into the billions. As such, these jobs are unlikely to disappear in the medium term.

 

 

Thus, based on technical feasibility alone our medium-term jobs market seems to hold opportunity in the following areas: the hyper-specialised (for whom not enough data exists to automate), the jack-of-all-trades (for whom the data set is too large to economically automate), the true creative (who exists to subvert the data set) and finally, those whose job it is to use the data. However, it is not only technical feasibility that we should consider. Too often, the rhetoric would have you believe that the only thing stopping large scale automation is the sophistication of the models we have at our disposal, when in fact financial, regulatory, ethical, legal and political barriers are of equal if not greater importance. Understanding the interplay of each of these for a role in a company is the only way to divine the future of that role.

 

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The Ole! Media Group has re-launched its service offering as a single business entity named OLE!CONNECT. Amalgamating the cornerstone companies of the group – MobiMedia (mobile content and digital publishing) and HoneyKome (creative and performance marketing) – with newly acquired Shinka data and technology consultancy, OLE!CONNECT brings together some of the most advanced digital media and marketing solutions in the country under one label.

More than a simple rebranding, the group has also consolidated all management and administrative functions, a direct response to the market’s requirement for faster, leaner, more effective and agile service providers.

 

The next generation marketing and media solution for marketers and brands is here – whether you work in marketing or media, the path to success is now the same: finding your most valuable customer or audience prospects cost-effectively wherever they may be, delivering valuable and engaging content or service experiences to them, and monetizing them through sales, subscriptions or advertising.

 

“We have been building digital and mobile expertise since 2009, when MobiMedia launched as one of the pioneering ‘mobile-first’ agencies in the country. After acquiring the well-established online publisher, TEAMtalk media in 2012, we then added 2 more companies to the group in 2013 (AddSuite – programmatic media & performance marketing) and 2014 (HoneyKome – digital creative agency).  Since becoming an Oracle Gold Partner in 2015, we’ve been growing our team’s data science competence in collaboration with Shinka.” explains Tim Legg, co-founder and group CEO.

 

Having transitioned from a loose collaboration of four group-owned companies within the digital media and marketing arena to an integrated digital media and marketing solutions provider operating under a single brand, OLE!CONNECT combines all the skills that brands and publishers need to succeed in the interactive world of digital media and marketing today, including the much sought after trinity of content, data and technology.

 

In a digital environment where the worlds of media and marketing are rapidly converging, the company touts its solutions, services and skills as having the ability to help its clients master the convergence.

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How Galaxy A is Connecting with Mothers

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Galaxy A series has a surprisingly perfect market in South African moms

 

 

Mum’s have less time than ever before
• Technology needs to adapt to different mum’s needs
• Galaxy provides caters to specific needs and budgets

 

As any mum will tell you, when a woman becomes a mum she has to squeeze a dozen more hours into her day. The trade-off is fewer hours for herself. Whether she’s a helicopter mum, BFF mummy or career mum, smartphones have at least helped to ease the burden of ticking off the impossible number of tasks on her to-do list. And if saving money is on her list, the Galaxy A Series offers the unique opportunity to own a phone that has the flagship features she wants, while still staying on top of her home’s budget. The Galaxy A Series includes immersive viewing experiences, longer lasting performance and ground-breaking cameras.

 

“Galaxy A is designed to provide an option for everyone, whether for first-time mobile users or value-seekers,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.” We focussed on the needs of the local market and have researched the unique preferences to bring the flagship experience to more people, in more ways.”

 

While the A Series now has wide appeal to everyone, it really makes a difference to mums. Whether at home, out and about or at the office, the Galaxy A really delivers. Of course not all mums have the same needs. Some are struggling to get a few minutes sleep as they grapple with their new-born’s sleeping cycle. Others spent hours teaching their little learner about subjects even they’re unsure about. And some find themselves staring at a moody teen wondering what happened to their cute bundle of joy.

The A Series caters to all these needs; the pixel perfect pictures needed to capture the precious moments, vivid, immersive screens to enjoy any downtime that’s available and long lasting battery to keep going despite having a million things to do. All you need to do is choose the A Series device that best suits your specific needs. It’s all about amazing value. Whether you choose the entry level A2 Core with its 5-inch screen and surprisingly strong processor or the power packed performances of the rest of Galaxy A, the whole series is a mum’s best friend.

 

Designed for those on-the-go, the A20 and A30 are both equipped with a powerful 4,000mAh, fast charging battery. They are also a visual feast. The edge-to-edge 6.4”, Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays are ideal for watching videos, messaging, gaming and browsing the endless stream of ‘How to’ videos. Created for a more seamless mobile experience, they include advanced camera features such as a dual camera, including an amazing Ultra Wide-angle lens, that can see more than your own eyes can. Yes, even wider than the most eagle-eyed mum’s eyes. And to keep your precious pics safe, there’s the simple, secure access with intuitive Face Unlock.

 

Ultimately, the entire A series is power-packed with innovations and upgrades to do so much. When compared to competitors in its price category, the A series is an all-round winner for every type of mum.

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The Game of Thrones finale is upon us

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

We take a look at what’s happening in the teaser video that’s been released ahead of the last episode.

 

* Warning: Spoilers *

King’s Landing lies crumbling as Tyrion emerges from the ruin and rubble after the battle of the two queens. The Red Keep has been destroyed, the Unsullied stand proud and the Dothraki victorious, ready to watch their fair-haired leader ascend to the Iron Throne.

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

But Arya lurks hidden in the crowd of survivors. Will she allow Daenerys to assume rulership of the Seven Kingdoms? And what will Jon, the rightful ruler of Westeros, do now that his beloved queen is showing signs of the famed Targaryen madness?

Watch the final episode of Game of Thrones S8 on Monday 20 May on M-Net (101) at 03:00 and again at 22:00 on M-Net and Showmax.

 

 

[Source: Dstv.com]

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Apple TV App Brings Together Favourite Shows and Movies from Apple TV Channels, iTunes and Over 150 Video Apps

 

The all-new Apple TV app, which brings together all the ways to watch TV into one app, is available starting today in over 100 countries across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs.

 

 

With the free iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 software update, customers around the world can now subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app — paying for only the ones they want — and watch on demand directly in the app. In the US, Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.1

 

 

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password. Subscribers can watch and download shows and movies both online and offline, making the Apple TV app the first and only place where HBO subscribers can download movies and shows such as “Game of Thrones” for offline viewing.

 

 

Also starting today, users worldwide can enjoy personalised recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles available to browse, buy or rent — all within the new Apple TV app. The Watch Now section features Up Next, where users can quickly find and watch their favourites with activity synced across devices, as well as explore expertly curated collections based on a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests.

 

 

Customers can also enjoy a new, dedicated Kids section, highlighting editorially handpicked shows and movies for kids of all ages, alongside the breakthrough Sports section that makes it easy to find games and receive notifications about favourite teams and leagues. Additionally, customers can find their purchased movies and shows from iTunes in the redesigned Library tab, now organised by Recently Added, Downloaded, Genres and more.

 

 

Availability

  • The all-new Apple TV app is available today for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV customers in over 100 countries with iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3, and will be available on Mac this fall.

  • Starting today, the Apple TV app offering Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows will also be available on all 2019 Samsung smart TVs and select 2018 models.
  • Also starting today, customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung smart TVs can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their smart TVs. Customers must update to iOS 12.3 or macOS 10.14.5 to play or mirror to AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs.
  • Customers with eligible VIZIO, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.
  • This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app.

 

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