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South African rand slightly weaker ahead of budget speech

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Another alternative could have been raising personal income tax (particularly on the highest earners); increasing corporate income tax; and instituting an annual net wealth tax. For every 1% increase in the VAT rate, the fiscus should see tax collection increase by R22 billion. Environmental group Greenpeace Africa said Gigaba's budget speech to parliament failed to adequately address energy, current electricity investments in coal and nuclear having massive implications for the country's ... Read More »

KFC cock-up continues, leaving United Kingdom fried chicken fans craving a fix

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Many of those open are now operating with limited menus or have cut their opening hours. Nearly half of its stores in Britain remain closed due to the problem, sparked by a new delivery contract with DHL . About 80% of the brand's United Kingdom eateries are franchised. Some 450 of KFC'S 900 outlets in Britain remained close yesterday, following "operational issues" with new German delivery supplier DHL . Read More »

Samsung may reduce OLED production due to poor iPhone X sales

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The new target will reduce production at the plant to around 60% of the original plan. This week, Nikkei reported that Samsung is now set to make 20 million displays for the iPhone X, but that number could end up falling. Previously, it has been estimated that Samsung itself makes $110 off of each iPhone X sale. While there is no doubt that the South Korean company can use the Infinity Display for its mid-rangers, there's something else that can be the reason for this move. Read More »

Oxfam releases internal report over Haiti sex scandal, offers apology

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Mark Goldring said that the scandal had led to 7,000 people cancelling regular donations to the development charity while corporate sponsors appeared to be reserving judgement on whether to pull their support. Oxfam had on Monday formally apologised to Haiti over the prostitution scandal rocking the aid charity, expressing its "shame" and vowing to do better as it handed over a damning internal report into the allegations. Read More »

Nuance discontinues Swype Keyboard app for Android and iOS

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Bad news for anyone that's having issues with it on a new phone. We've reached out to Nuance for confirmation and more details, and we'll update this post when we hear back. Swype keyboard app for Android was already discontinued and now it seems that its iOS counterpart will be abandoned as well. If you're now a Swype user, what keyboard app will you be moving to? It was daily updated with a handful of nifty features and bug fixes. Read More »

Google App Beta Gets Tools To Edit And Share Screenshots

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Google has ambitious plans for the app, including universal support across all Google products, as well as global support with an (undisclosed) number of partners online and in stores around the world. The search giant has merged its Android Pay (for online payments) and Google Wallet (for peer-to-peer payments) and rebranded the result as Google Pay . Read More »

Samsung Unveils the World's Largest Solid State Drive on Tuesday

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Samsung has unveiled the world's largest solid state drive - an unassuming-looking bit of kit that boasts a whopping 30.72 terabytes of storage. Each one of these 32 packages is made from 16 layers of 512 GB V-NAND chips. Samsung is also offering a five-year warranty. Samsung already started manufacturing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSD model and is in plans to expand the entire enterprise SSD level later this year with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions. Read More »

Vodafone launches Rs 158 plan with 28GB data, unlimited calls

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This Vodafone prepaid recharge plan also offers Local + STD unlimited voice calls for 90 Days. You also get 1GB per day 4G/3G data quota for a validity of 28 days, which takes the total data benefit to 28GB. Reliance Jio Plan 98 offers unlimited calling without any restriction or limits. It should be kept in mind that calling is restricted to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week. Read More »

95 new exoplanets discovered during NASA's K2 mission

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Of the 275 candidates, 149 were deemed to be actual exoplanets, of which 95 were new discoveries. The research began in 2014 with the release of the Kepler data and was led by Andrew Mayo, then an undergraduate at Harvard University and now a postdoctoral student at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark . Read More »

'Annihilation' Criticized for "White-Washed Casting"

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Portman said in the same interview that Hollywood needs to get better at on-screen representation. of different ethnicities. Per Deadline , Portman and Leigh's characters were originally written as being of Asian descent and half-Native American/half-white, respectively. Read More »

Apple says HomePod's white stains 'not unusual,' suggests placing on 'different surface'

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Meanwhile, David Pogue of Yahoo has released a video comparing between Apple's HomePod and other available counterparts in the market like Google Home Max, Amazon Echo and Sonos One . The HomePod's design is no small part of its appeal. Yesterday it was discovered that HomePod can leave white rings on oiled wood finishes during normal use - something that is not obvious nor ideal. Read More »

New YouTube TV Channels Arrive Alongside Price Hike

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With the YouTube TV base package now offering over 50 channels, the company has chose to raise the price. YouTube announced that it will increase the price of its subscription TV service by Dollars 5 per month to USD 40 from 13 March. Read More »

Facebook's Onavo VPN is Causing Serious 'Spy Issues' for FB Users

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The feature is now tucked into the Facebook app's menu as "Protect", and could let Facebook monitor user activity even outside its social media app. The app, Onavo Protect, has been sitting there, not doing a whole lot. Like all VPNs, it's a private platform that acts as a portal to connect you to the larger internet, tunneling your data through an encrypted path to reduce the risk of eavesdropping. Read More »

Project Fi now supports 170 countries for worldwide travel

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Prior to today, Project Fi was already available in 135 countries. Google's recent changes to data billing, which includes capping your monthly data charges at $60 but letting you continue to use data after that, also apply to global data usage, which is a nice little bonus. Read More »

Nokia sold more smartphones than Google, HTC, and Sony over the holidays

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Sarah Edge, general manager, United Kingdom and Ireland, HMD Global , said: "Making sure your charger is in your bag has become part of many people's keys, wallet, phone check when they leave the house". Like many manufacturers, HMD Global should take advantage of MWC to introduce its new products. As of now, there is no detailed information about the Nokia 1. Read More »

Facebook lost more users below 25 in 2017-eMarketer reports

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Facebook's "cool" factor has always been eroding, as competitors offer users new , more ephemeral ways to document their day-to-day lives online. A 9.3 percent drop for Facebook users under 11-years-old. The number of Instagram users will rise 13.1 percent year-over-year to 104.7 million while Snapchat will grow to 86.5 million, up 9.3 percent. Both Instagram and Snapchat will see a massive increase in users this year, though Instagram is expected to win out in the end. Read More »

Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster spotted 'zooming' in space

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Once A Shortfall of Gravitas joins Of Course I Still Love You , SpaceX can handle increased launch operations efficiently and can also land as many boosters as possible so as to make rocket launch cheaper. "Fix is pretty obvious". This ship will be called " A Shortfall of Gravitas ". All the three drone ships are named after the spacecraft that featured in Scottish author Iain M. Read More »

3.8 billion miles! New Horizons spacecraft sends pictures from farthest vantage point

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In taking these images, New Horizon broke a record that had stood for almost three decades. For comparison, Voyager 1 was 3.75 billion miles from Earth when it captured the " Pale Blue Dot " image. It finished its primary mission with the Pluto flyby in 2015 and is now on an extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt, helping the USA to complete its reconnaissance of our solar system . Read More »

Facebook Tests Downvote Button to Hide Offensive Content

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The button is being tested by a small number of USA users only. Facebook is trialling a new comments interaction called " downvote " which will allow users to provide negative feedback on the social media platform. "That doesn't seem like the kind of community we want to create", said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Q&A session in 2015. That Facebook wants to make clear. Read More »

Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) Stake Boosted by SG Americas Securities LLC

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During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.13 earnings per share. Analysts have also given a consensus recommendation on the stock of 3.10. Shares of Twitter closed the previous trading session at 34.89 up +7.97 29.61% with 25.829999923706055 shares trading hands. 146,732,709 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 32,007,105. Read More »

Apple Diversifying True Depth Camera Suppliers for 2018 iPhone Lineup

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Just in case you have one of these phones and you still haven't replaced the battery , Apple has reduced the price from $79 to $29. In my example, the full charge capacity is well above 80 percent of the design capacity , but I have three hundred additional recharge cycles, which means the battery is getting on a bit. Read More »

Google reportedly working on gaming hardware and streaming service

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Alphabet Inc's Google is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on its Chromecast or a Google-made console, which is still being developed, the Information website reported on Wednesday. Back in 2015, Google expanded its presence in the video game market from Android-based Google Play Games to YouTube gaming - a spinoff that streams live and recorded gameplay videos for free. Read More »

SpaceX's big new rocket puts sports car in space

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So in a bit of cross-marketing, he put his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster on the Heavy's inaugural flight with a space-suited dummy at the wheel. "It didn't have enough propellant", Musk said , adding that it plunged into the ocean about 100 meters (yards) away from its landing point. Read More »

Here's every single new emoji coming to iPhone and Android this year

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Is there an emoji missing that you want? "Great news for ME - we're getting a lobster emoji!" wrote the 73-year-old senator, cleverly signing off his tweet with cow and crown emoji (Get it?). For more details, take a look at Emojipedia's rundown on Emoji 11.0 and check out the video below. "Not only is the lobster of substantial cultural relevance", he argued, but according to online data, it also garners public interest that is at least equal to that of the crab, which already has ... Read More »