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March 29, 2018

How much Samsung’s flagship S9+ costs to make

Samsung Electronics’ latest flagship phone costs more to build than the previous model after the South Korean technology company upgraded the device’s camera, according to research firm TechInsights.

The new Galaxy S9+ smartphone costs US$379 to build, up from $343 for last year’s Galaxy S8+, TechInsights estimated. The S9+ has a more advanced camera system that includes a second rear camera. Those components cost $48 versus $32 on the S8+.

As smartphone cameras have improved enough to be the go-to picture-taking devices for most people, photo quality has become a major battleground between Apple, Samsung and other mobile technology companies.

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March 29, 2018

Hofmeyr vows that ‘show will go on’ after George municipality withdraws concert consent

Controversial Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr has vowed that the “show will go on”, after the George Municipality withdrew permission for him to lease out the local hall for his concert next week.

He confirmed to News24 on Thursday that he was consulting lawyers and that the municipality would have to explain their actions.

“The George town council first gives permission and then takes it away,” he said.

“That show will carry on. At the same venue. We are pursuing litigation.”

He said “being gagged by liberals” was “nothing new” for him.

He maintained his concerts were musical and had [...]

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March 29, 2018

Gold-and-silver bars rain down on airport runway

A handout picture provided by YakutiaMedia news agency shows precious metal ingots on the runway of the airport of Yakutsk on March 15 2018.  Image: HO / YakutiaMedia / AFP

A Russian plane loaded with precious metals lost its glittering cargo on take-off Thursday, scattering the runway with gold and silver.

The Antonov plane was taking off after refuelling in an airport at Yakutsk in Siberia when its cargo door flew open — and out tumbled nearly 200 bars from the Kupol gold mine in the remote Chukotka region, investigators said.

The cargo of bars of concentrated ore used to transport the precious metals weighed 9.3 tonnes.

“As it gathered height, the [...]

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March 29, 2018

Ghana is ‘about to have an oil boom’

Ghana’s economy is seen expanding by 8.3 percent this year, making it one of the world’s fastest growing. The rapid growth is due to new oil coming online. Meanwhile Ghana’s cocoa industry, for which it is world famous, could face headwinds due to climate change and urbanization. Ludovic Marin | AFP | Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R) and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra, Ghana, on November 30, 2017.

Ghana, the west African nation known as one of the world’s largest cocoa producers, is on course for skyrocketing economic growth this year thanks to an entirely different commodity.

Ghana is “about to have an [...]

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