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Thu, 23 May 2019
If you own a Huawei phone in South Africa, here is everything you need to k...

Chinese phone giant Huawei has run into some trouble with the government of the United States of America, which in turn caused trouble in its relationship with Google, which in turn could come to affect every one of what is estimated to be millions of Huawei users in South Africa.

Though we don’t yet know exactly how, or when, and we aren’t yet certain about some other things too.

The situation is complex, and fluid, and clouded by politics. That is particularly bad news for anyone who has just invested in a Huawei handset, or needs to decide whether to buy Huawei.

Here’s what you need to know about Huawei in South Africa, now that it is subject to American trade restrictions.

The South African government has no beef with Huawei, it told Business Insider. Despite America’s big diplomatic pull, SA is not alone in that: India reportedly refused to ditch Huawei in the face of US pressure, and even close US allies the UK said it still had an appetite for the 5G technology Huawei could deliver.

That means Huawei will be able to ship phones into South Africa without any extra hassle, and operate exactly as it did before, at least for the foreseeable future, with no new regulatory trouble.

Huawei’s most important customers in South Africa are the mobile phone operators MTN, Vodacom, Telkom, and Cell C. If they were to lose faith in Huawei, its South African handset sales could be massively affected, with a knock-on effect on the availability of support and repair services.

But like the SA government, SA’s network operators remain fans of Huawei, at least for now. And in a scenario where Huawei pushes hard to introduce its App Gallery marketplace as an alternative to the Google Play Store – and shares App Gallery revenues with the operators – its relationship with the mobile operators would only be strengthened.

Your South African Huawei device could end up running a slightly different version of Android in future, or an OS apparently named ‘Hong Meng’ – which could make some things tricky. If Huawei can’t do business with Google, then Huawei won’t have access to the full commercial version of Android, which requires a contractual relationship.

In that scenario Huawei has two options: switch to the open-source version of Android, which anyone can use without a contract, or switch to its own operating system (OS), which may or may not be based on that open-source version of Android.

Huawei has reportedly been developing its own OS, named “Hong Meng”, for some years, though details – including whether Hong Meng is actually ready for use – are still scarce.

To complicate matters further, Huawei (like many major manufacturers) runs its own interface on top of Android, giving its phones that distinctive Huawei look and feel. That interface is called EMUI, and could be adapted for use on top of open-source Android or on top of Hong Meng.

The effect would be that your Huawei phone would look very much like it always had, though with some key differences. The most notable would be [...]

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Fri, 10 May 2019
Nike’s new app feature helps customers find the perfect fit...

Nike has launched a new in-app scanning solution, called Nike Fit, that provides customers with their recommended shoe size in each of the company’s footwear products

The tool measures the full shape of both feet using a proprietary combination of computer vision, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and recommendation algorithms.

According to Nike, three out of every five people are likely wearing the wrong size shoe. That’s partly because the system the industry uses to determine shoe size is antiquated. It’s not just the equipment – essentially a foot ruler with a measurement scale based on a barley corn kernel – but the concept of sizing itself.

“Length and width don’t provide nearly enough data to get a shoe to fit comfortably. Sizing as we know it is a gross simplification of a complex problem,” says the company.

How to use Nike Fit

When a customer gets to the point in the Nike app when they need to input their shoe size, a new option asks whether they would like to try Nike Fit. Using a smartphone camera, Nike Fit can scan feet, collecting 13 data points to map foot morphology within a matter of seconds. Customers can store the scan of their unique feet dimensions in the NikePlus member profile and use it for future shopping online and in store.

Nike said customers might be recommended different sizes for different shoes, adding that there are often different sizing requirements depending on what the footwear will be used for.

The new tool has a ‘guest mode’ that allows for scanning other people’s feet in the event that a customer is buying a gift for friends or family.

Customers can also use the feature in a Nike retail store. This experience leverages a specially developed Nike Fit mat (rather than a wall) and allows store associates, or “athletes” as Nike calls them, to help recommend the best fit for any Nike shoe.


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Fri, 10 May 2019
Meet Kinshasa’s first artificial intelligence robot

He is the first artificial intelligent robot drawing in the masses at a shopping center in Kinshasa.

Fred who is offering the services of a mobile phone company to users, has been drawing a lot of attention as it toured public places across the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Many people visiting the robot are fascinated by the artificial intelligence rather than the sales services it offered.

“This robot, it’s incredible. I love him but only a few improvements are needed for him, that would be great. It means, for example, talking directly with people, greeting people. And this one has legs “, Ali, a visitor said.

The mobile phone company that owns the robot aims to reduce the number of agents currently providing the services of answering subscribers’ questions.

The robot was conceptualized in DR Congo but its operating system was created and assembled in Russia.

“ The particularity is that its content and personalization is the result of Congolese ingenuity. We have engineers here at Vodacom Congo who work every day on technological products that can improve subscribers’ present and help them build the future. They worked fundamentally on the content of the robot in order to personalize it “, said

Fred is the first robot to be named as a customer manager by the telephone company.

The title has sparked negative reactions on social media with many terming it a bad idea in a country where official unemployment rate was 43 percent as of 2014



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