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Telkom goes mobile with 8ta

first_img15 October 2010South Africans are set to benefit from increased competition in the local mobile telecommunications market, with fixed-line operator Telkom launching its own cellular offering, branded as 8ta (Heita!).The launch revealed who was behind the high-profile “Heita!” (a township slang greeting) advertising campaign, which has intrigued South Africans for the past few weeks.Addressing guests at the network’s launch in Johannesburg this week, Telkom Mobile executive Amith Maharaj said that 8ta products would offer more value than any other network provider, and that the new service would “get people to talk more”.“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the start of a new era in mobile phone communication in South Africa,” Maharaj said. “Consumers will at last have a real choice.”Free talk time, real-time usage infoAccording to 8ta, all prepaid customers will for the first time benefit from free talk time to any network every time they receive calls from a mobile phone – 1 free second of airtime for every 3 seconds of call received – a benefit that is available all day, every day.Calls from 8ta to fixed line will cost 60% less than typical market rates for similar calls, and there will be a flat rate of R2.50 per minute to over 100 international destinations.“Additionally, when you send five SMSs in a day, 8ta will give you 50 bonus SMS’s at no extra cost to use that same day,” the network operator said in a statement.The network will also provide prepaid internet customers with an out-of-bundle rate of R1 per megabyte, while prepaid data bundles can be purchased for as low as 25c per megabyte.The billing system ensures that both prepaid and contract customers have access to real-time usage information so that they can understand their consumption moment by moment, without receiving unexpectedly high bills at the end of the month.“We are able to mobilise the reliability of fixed-line and the agility of mobile to provide products that South African people really want,” said Telkom Group acting CEO Jeffrey Hedberg.National coverage, ‘top notch’ service8ta has constructed 800 base stations across the country, and plans to construct a further 3 200 base stations over time to improve coverage and connectivity. The services have been built on an end-to-end Internet Protocol based 2G and 3G network, which is easily upgradable to a Long Term Evolution (LTE), or “4G” network.“To ensure top notch customer service and quality of experience, a new call centre and new IT systems have also been implemented,” Telkom said.8ta has also entered into a national roaming agreement with MTN to extend its coverage reach to more than 96% of the South African population.The network will also offer a full international roaming service through another established and experienced international service provider when it launches post-paid services next month.8ta has created a countrywide sales network that includes the major consumer retailers and mobile wholesalers as well as 132 Telkom Direct outlets across South Africa.“We wanted to create a brand that builds upon Telkom’s heritage around quality and innovation,” said Telkom South Africa MD Pinky Moholi. “At the same time, we realised the need to be simple and to be authentically South African.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Geocaching country focus: Czechia

first_imgThe Czechia geocache that has earned the most Favorite points to date is Postovni schranka (GC5GTCM). Located near the main train station in Prague, this cache is perfect for leaving and exchanging wooden geocoins.Great Moravia 2017 was the first Giga Event in Czechia. It was also the first Giga Event ever hosted outside of Germany.A special icon and experience: The GPS Maze Europe was created by the Czech Geocaching Association (ČAGeo) in 2012. Ever since, the traveling educational exhibit has visited many events in Europe teaching geocachers old and new about geocaching and GPS technology.Students at the Czech Technical University in Prague can earn credits for geocaching. A geocaching class is part of an optional curriculum at their Institute of Physical Education and Sport.With so much geocaching history in Czechia it is no surprise that there are many fantastic geocaches to find. Here is a small selection of some favorites:This geocache at the Vyskov Air museum (GC13WC0) truly deserves the description large, as it doesn’t only fit SWAG but can hold a full grown geocacher (or two)! If you take one, make sure to replace with a geocacher of equal or higher value (just kidding).Kostnice / Ossuary (GCP0JT) is a Mystery cache that leads you to a medieval chapel in Sedlec that is entirely decorated in bones.One of the most favorited geocaches in Czechia requires some serious geo-gear as you will be going deep underground and wade through wet and dark tunnels to claim the Letterbox Hybrid Underground (GC28G7E).The sophisticated TB Hotel VITAJ (GC6TVHP) comes with working light fixtures, a rotating fan and model TV. Trackables can take a rest from their exhausting travels in one of the cozy rooms.This Virtual Cache leads you Katedrála sv. Víta || St. Vitus Cathedral (GC7B802) the largest and some say most beautiful cathedral in Prague.Have you geocached in Czechia? What are the best geocaches you’ve found?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!May 17, 2017In “Community”Phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community” All over the world, geocaching is leading people to places they’ve never adventured to before. To celebrate how geocaching is played differently all around the world, we’ll pick a country from time to time and share some interesting geocaching facts. Today, we focus on a location with geocaching history: Czechia.There are almost 60,000 active geocaches hidden in Czechia.The first cache, Tex-Czech (GCE50), was hidden in June 2001 and has been found more than 5,000 times. It is still active today.The most logged geocache in the entire world is Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague! The cache has gained nearly 35,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues and is absolutely stunning. The first wooden geocoins were created by two Czech geocachers Poník and JPAgeo in 2005 as signature items to leave in geocaches for the next geocacher to find. Since then, they have grown in popularity all over Europe! Presently, there are about 38,000 different designs of wooden coins in the world.last_img read more

Group Messaging Service Convore Goes Mobile with iPhone App

first_imgConvore, the real-time, Web-based group message system, just went live in the iTunes App Store. Previously, Convore was available only as a Web-based messaging service and this was one of the things that set it apart – though perhaps not in a good way.“Basically, it’s a contemporary version of IRC,” said co-founder Leah Culver, when last we looked at the service. Now, the service has hit iOS and taken this new form of IRC on the road. Will an app change anything? Or does this just mean that all of you Convore addicts (and it seems like there are quite a few already) can get your fix from wherever you are?If you haven’t used Convore yet, it’s a bit of an amalgamation of online forum topic structuring with and IRC-esque real-time chat room. Sometimes, something can be so simple that it’s elegant and this is one of those times. Convore doesn’t cram in too much and relies on one simple thing – our desire to communicate, share thoughts and socialize.Before we go to far, I’ll admit it – I’ve become a bit hooked myself. Convore brings me back to the days of BBSes and chatrooms. So yes, I am one of these excited folks who can now obsessively check for new messages from wherever. But let’s get back to the task at hand – Convore’s iPhone app. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web Related Posts mike melanson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … So what does the iPhone app do? Just that. It’s Convore, but now on your iPhone. You can view and participate in real-time conversations, star messages that you like, send @reply messages to other users, see who’s online and search for new groups to join. I think that’s about everything I do on the basic website, as well.Will the app change anything for Convore, other than the level of addictiveness? So far, I’m using it the same, but it certainly means I can take the Convore experience and user-base and take it on the go. All that needs to happen to turn Convore into a mobile group messaging app like most any other now is to use it for that purpose. Create a private group and there you have it.Convore co-founder Leah Culver said it not only changed what it could be used for, but how she used it as well.“Before, we were just a website, but as a website and mobile, it makes Convore more of a service,” said Culver. “I’ll find myself checking it like I check other apps.”Convore has been lumped together with a slew of other group messaging and group chat apps, such as Beluga and GroupMe, but is inherently more like a public chat than a private messaging service. Yobongo has also been thrown in the same category, and while it is also inherently public, it organizes users not according to self-created groups and subtopics, but according to affinities, relevancy and location. A big distinction between Convore and these other services, however, is that Convore is more of a platform play.For now, Convore is available as an app on the iPhone. There is also a third-party Android app called Convorsation, and the Convore team is encouraging anyone who wants to to use the Convore API and build an app of their own.last_img read more

After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 3: Compositing, Keying & Rotoscoping

first_imgDevelop your skills in lesson 3 of our 10 part After Effects Fundamentals course. In this video tutorial we take a look at chroma keying, transfer modes and rotoscoping.Welcome to lesson 3 of our 10 part After Effects Fundamentals series. In this lesson we will take a look at a few techniques which utilize transparency features in After Effects.CompositingTransfer ModesChroma KeyRotoscopingMaskingTrack MattesThe ability to key out multiple layers is one of the reasons why After Effects is such a powerful program. If you are interested in taking your keying skills one step further check out our quick-tips for After Effects post.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 7 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks.What did you think of this lesson? Have any questions? Ask in the comments below.last_img read more

Government launches probe into DDCA account books

first_imgS. KannanFormer India all-rounder Kirti Azad’s campaign against Delhi’s cricket administrators has turned out to be a fruitful one with the government on Thursday ordering an inspection of the “account books” of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).Azad, a BJP Member of Parliament, raised a question on September 6, alleging manipulation of financial and other records, improper conduct of AGMs, irregular purchases, injudicious fund spending and payment of honorariums against the provisions of the Articles of Association.In his written reply, the Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, RPN Singh, informed that the inspection of the account books and other records of the DDCA under Section 209 A of the Companies Act of 1956 has been ordered.Narinder Batra, treasurer, DDCA told Mail Today: “We have no objection to the inspection of our accounts by agencies concerned. Our accounts are properly audited and if any authority wants to see it, we have no objection at all.”It is learnt the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is expected to start its investigation next week. It will go through the accounts of the last eight years, when major construction activity was going on at the DDCA.Azad had moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against the false reply submitted by Ministry of Urban Development (MUD), which is at variance with its own RTI replies. It clearly admits that there is no valid lease executed between Ministry of Urban Development and the DDCA.It is learnt that the DDCA has so far spent over Rs 100 crore on construction of the Kotla stadium during this eight-year period. Azad and other DDCA pressure groups have been demanding a probe into the mismanagement of cricket affairs in the Capital.Azad also sat on a day-long dharna along with many other former India players just before the start of season five of the IPL.Subsequently, the one-time payment by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to Azad and other cricketers was stopped at the DDCA’s behest after the dharna.The payment was released only after three former cricketers – Maninder Singh, Surinder Khanna and Gursharan Singh -under pressure from the DDCA gave written apologies with an assurance that “they didn’t support Kirti Azad against DDCA”.However, Azad says that every single player from Delhi wants the cricket system to be cleaned up. “If confronted with a situation where people have to lose money ranging from Rs 35 to 70 lakh, only lion hearted or financially secure individuals will take a stand. Sadly, DDCA used pressure tactics to get these players to retract their stand. But be assured that all cricketers are with us in the battle against DDCA’s mismanagement and corrupt practices,” said the 1983 World Cup-winning team member.”This will be ‘Kotla Gate’. All the years of mismanagement of funds will be exposed. The personal worth of top DDCA officials has grown manifold in the period under review. Elections have become a farce with just four or five senior DDCA executive members registering and casting 700 to 2000 proxies each – collection of these proxies in 14 days is physically impossible for any one individual,” said Azad on Saturday.Asked if this means fighting fellow partyman and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, Azad said: “It has nothing to do with the party because the party itself has nothing to do with cricket. I have all regard for Mr Jaitley.”Former players, though, have welcomed the inquiry. “We were forced by the DDCA to give apologies. But we are one on the issue of cleansing cricket in Delhi,” two of the three players said.advertisementlast_img read more

October trial date set for Akayed

first_imgAkayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this handout photo received 11 December 2017. ReutersA US federal judge on Tuesday set a 29 October trial date for Akayed Ullah, the Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December.At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, US District Judge Richard Sullivan rejected a request by Ullah’s lawyers for a December trial date. Sullivan could still grant a later request to reschedule the trial.Amy Gallicchio, one of Ullah’s lawyers, disclosed at the hearing that Ullah had recently been in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan but was moved out of it on Friday. She declined to comment further after the hearing.Ullah, 28, was arrested on 11 December after trying to detonate a pipe bomb secured to his body in a pedestrian tunnel in New York’s subway system, according to federal prosecutors. The tunnel is in a station in Manhattan’s Times Square that is connected to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is used by commuters from New York’s suburbs.Ullah was hospitalised for injuries suffered after the bomb ignited but failed to detonate as intended, while three other people suffered minor injuries, according to prosecutors.The charges against him include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. Ullah faces life in prison if convicted.Ullah told police officers after the blast that he “did it for the Islamic State,” according to a criminal complaint filed on 13 December Gallicchio said at Tuesday’s hearing that Ullah’s lawyers planned to file a motion to keep Ullah’s post-arrest statements out of the trial.Prosecutors said Ullah, who has lived in the United States since 2011, began his self-radicalization in 2014 when he started viewing pro-Islamic State materials online. Inside Ullah’s passport, which was recovered from his home, was a handwritten note that read: “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” according to the complaint.Monirul Islam, head of the Bangladesh police’s counterterrorism unit, told Reuters shortly after the attack in December, that his country had found no evidence linking Ullah to militants in his home country.last_img read more

BNP rejects EC move for EVMs in polls

first_imgElection commission logo. File PhotoBNP on Friday turned down the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the national elections, saying such machines can easily be manipulated, reports UNB.“The Election Commission in which we’ve no confidence will control the EVMs. We reject their decision of introducing EVMs in the national elections,” said BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed.Speaking at a discussion, he also said BNP, which what he claims ‘represents most people of the country’, will not accept the use of EVMs in the polls.Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.Earlier on Thursday, the Election Commission at a meeting decided to send a proposal to the government for amending the electoral laws to pave the way for the use of EVMs in the general elections.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that the government is behind the decision. “I think there’s a big conspiracy behind the move to use the machines for taking votes just three months ahead of the parliamentary polls. The government is directly involved with the plot.”He said the EC’s hurried decision to use the voting machine has raised various questions in public mind.Referring to Bangladesh Bank’s reserve heist, the BNP leader said how people can keep confidence in the electronic voting system in a country where central bank’s reserve was plundered by hackers.“We would like to say voting machine manipulation is not a tough job in a country where central bank’s money can be looted by hacking,” he observed.Moudud said many countries, including Germany, Italy and Ireland, discarded the use of EVMs in the polls. “Even, 73 per cent people in India gave opinions against the use of EVM … there’s no country where election was fair and unquestionable using the EVMs.”He said the move to procure EVMs was taken to indulge in corruption and plunder public money. “Public money will only be wasted by buying the voting machines as those won’t be used in the polls.”The BNP leader said the government is now trying to keep confidence in machines instead of people as people’s minds cannot be manipulated like machines.About the efforts of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain to forge a national unity, Moudud said it will turn out to be a successful one as people want all to get united against the current government.Earlier, at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also opposed the EC’s decision describing EVMs as the magic boxes of vote rigging.“We think the unilateral decision of using EVMs was taken as part of a master plan to rig votes in the next parliamentary polls,” he observed.The BNP leader also warned that people with their united efforts will foil all ‘evil plans’ of the government to manipulate the next election.Read More: Commissioner Mahbub leaves EC meeting opposing EVMslast_img read more

How To See Mars At Its Brightest This Month

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /10:37 X center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonians who love observing the night sky can expect an exciting event later this month: Mars will be brighter than it’s been in 15 years. That’s because the Red Planet’s orbit will bring it to its closest point to Earth — a distance of 35.8 million miles.Mars will appear brightest July 27-July 30, with the planet’s closest approach occurring on July 31. It will reach its highest point around midnight — about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. Mars will be visible for much of the night.If you miss your chance to see it, the next Mars Close Approach is Oct. 6, 2020.In the audio above, James Wooten, the planetarium astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, joins Houston Matters to explain what to look for, and he answers listener questions about stargazing in general in Greater Houston. NASA/JPL-CaltechMars will be at its brightest in the night sky July 27-30.last_img read more

Verizon Celebrates Black History at Reginald Lewis Museum

first_imgVerizon will host a free statewide Black History Month open house, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. During the open house, visitors can explore the museum, visit vendor tables and participate in a full day of fun activities. There will be food, historical presentations, art and crafts, along with educational gifts for the first 200 children. Children also will have an opportunity to win a tablet during Verizon’s special program from noon to 1 p.m. The program will include entertainment, speakers and a special recognition of community leaders and innovators. Visit www. rflewismuseum.org for more information.last_img

People Two new marketing hires for the Anguilla Tourist Board

first_img Friday, February 9, 2018 Share [People] Two new marketing hires for the Anguilla Tourist Board ANGUILLA — The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) has announced two new appointments: Colwayne Pickering, its new Marketing Officer, and Jameel Rochester, who will serve the ATB as Assistant Manager, Destination Experience.In his new role, Pickering will assist in leading the development of an island-headquartered marketing department, which will include designing and executing new digitally-focused marketing strategies, supporting international efforts, and developing partnerships to increase tourism arrivals. He has also been tasked with overseeing the marketing efforts of the international representatives in North America, the U.K., Latin America, Germany and Italy.Prior to joining ATB, Pickering served as General Manager (Cable and Broadband) Operations of Wireless Ventures (Digicel) Anguilla Ltd., where he managed million-dollar budgets and targets, and supervised a team of over 50 staff members.“I have a strong background and experience in excess of 10 years directly relating to marketing and promotions, coupled with operational and people management. I am confident that I will be an excellent asset to the organization, with a full appreciation for time management and the ability to work autonomously and under pressure in achieving required objectives,” said Pickering.Rochester will be responsible for assisting in the development, promotion and management of the on-island experience, which includes engaging with stakeholders in relation to all elements of Anguilla’s Tourism Product. His key duties include assisting in managing Public and Private Sector Relations, organizing and promoting internal and external training in the elements of hospitality, and coordinating community outreach programs to highlight the role of communities in the visitor experience.Prior to joining ATB, Rochester was the Resort Assistant Manager at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla, and also held the position of Executive Assistant at Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa.“With my practical experience combined with my educational studies, I am confident that I can and will become an invaluable asset to the Anguilla Tourist Board,” said Rochester. “My long-term career goal is to continue to learn and develop my skills and abilities within the hospitality industry, whilst utilizing my experience, knowledge, and skills to the benefit of the organization.”Both Pickering and Rochester began their new roles on Feb. 1 and are based at ATB’s head office in Anguilla. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Anguilla, People Travelweek Group last_img read more