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February 21, 2018

Wikipedia is ending zero-cost data access

Wikipedia has announced the Wikipedia Zero program will end this year, effectively ending zero-cost data access to its service. Well, for the time being at least.

Wikipedia Zero was launched back in 2012 in order to enable users in regions with high data costs to access the service for free. Essentially it was a partnership between Wikipedia and mobile carrier providers, in which the latter waived costs for access to Wikipedia on mobile devices.

In a blog post, Wikipedia has announced that it will form no new carrier partnerships and will also allow existing alliances to expire. Apparently since 2016 Wikipedia has seen a significant drop in interest for the program and [...]

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February 15, 2018

Samsung’s mobile division continues to struggle

Samsung earned $14.13 billion in operating profit in the fourth quarter of last year but this stellar performance can’t really be attributed to the company’s mobile division. Samsung’s mobile business has been under pressure for quite a while now due to several factors such as increasing competition from Chinese rivals in key markets.

The company released its earnings results for Q4 2017 today and they reveal that the struggles of its mobile business are far from over.

It may get worse before it gets better.

Samsung’s mobile division posted 25.47 trillion won or $23.8 billion in consolidated revenue for the quarter with an operating profit of 2.42 trillion won or [...]

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February 12, 2018

Chile’s Pristine Skies Are Key To Astronomy’s Next Generation Of Telescopes

Long known for its copper, sea bass and merlot wine, Chile’s most profound export may be data that its astronomical observatories mine nightly from its pristine skies.

Credit: ESO Exoplanet hunters at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Because Chile’s ground-based window onto our Milky Way’s galactic center is arguably unmatched, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) first set up shop here more than a half century ago. Today, their 15 member states enjoy facilities at three major observatories.

“ESO spends 80 million euros [$100 million] a year for its operations in Chile and is the biggest astronomical operation here,” astrophysicist Fernando [...]

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February 12, 2018

Can we expect LG speakers with Google Assistant in SA this year?

Last year at LG Innofest, the company had a bit of a mixed message around, to say the least.

Now that the company has a few Google-powered devices, such as the CLOi robot and ThinQ speaker, you might be wondering about a local launch. Don’t count on it, unfortunately.

LG’s Tony Dos Santos confirmed that they’d be focusing on general portable speakers for the South African market for now.

“So this year we’ll launch portable speakers… where you’re able to stream, for example… But that product will be launched (in) the second half of this year…” Dos Santos told reporters at LG’s Innofest event yesterday.

“In terms of the smart intelligence (speakers)… that’s [...]

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