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Weekly Tech Roundup

I must apologise for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been very busy making an app called Hey Jude get up and running. Now, on to the tech news roundup.

Cell C offers the best Apple iPhone 7 deals in South Africa – Cellphone bill optimisation company Tariffic has released its list of the best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus contract deals in South Africa. [mybroadband]

Samsung is adding some of the Note 7’s software features to the Galaxy S7 – Like it or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is gone for good. However, you’re getting a small treat if you switched from the Note 7 to another Samsung phone. [engadget]

Samsung expects to lose $3.1 billion in profits over Note 7 recall – Samsung has already revised its earnings forecast for the current quarter, estimating that it will lost $2.3 billion in profits over the discontinuation of the Note 7. [android central]

The iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack has turned out just fine – Remember when Apple’s decision to ship the iPhone 7 without a standard headphone jack was a big controversy? [recode]

It is now a federal crime to bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane – The Federal Aviation Administration officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being brought onto airplanes earlier this week, and under a new Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it’s now a federal crime to fly with the device. [the verge]

Uber’s Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic – Drivers stuck in traffic in Mexico City lately have found themselves being buzzed by a fleet of sign-toting drones. [mit technology review]

Instagram arrives on Windows 10 PCs and tablets, still not on iPad – Facebook is expanding the availability of its Instagram Windows 10 app to both PC and tablets. While Instagram first debuted on Windows 10 Mobile back in April, the app was restricted to Microsoft’s mobile phones. [the verge]

BMW’s motorcycle concept is so smart you won’t need a helmet to ride it – Motorcycles aren’t exactly safe, but BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for drivers to use them without protective clothing. [tech crunch]

Here’s a first look at Microsoft’s new Paint app for Windows 10 – Microsoft is completely overhauling its Paint app, and the new version is designed to be a Universal Windows app with pen- and touch-friendly features. [the verge]

A new device approved by the FDA could radically change the lives of diabetics – The life of a type-1 diabetes patient is not easy. The disease affects every minute of your existence, and can reduce your life expectancy by as much as 15 years. [qz]

Ditching the office to work in paradise as a “digital nomad” has a hidden dark side – After launching NomadList and RemoteOk, Pieter Levels became something of a common name in the burgeoning digital nomad community. Online he could be seen posting photos from Hong Kong one day, and tweeting from Thailand the next. [qz]

Two Undiscovered Dark Moons Appear to Be Hiding Near Uranus – Best. Headline. Ever. [gizmodo]

Android Devices That Contain Foxconn Firmware May Have a Secret Backdoor – Some Android devices that contain firmware created by Foxconn may be vulnerable via a debugging feature left inside the OS bootloader, which acts as a backdoor and bypasses authentication procedures for any intruder with USB access to a vulnerable phone. [softpedia]

South African online shops on credit card skimming list – An investigation by Dutch developer Willem de Groot revealed that thousands of online stores, including numerous South African websites, have been compromised and are stealing users’ credit card details. [mybroadband]

The iPhone 7 is out in South Africa – here are every major network’s contract deals – Want an iPhone 7 with 150MB of data per month? Cell C has your back. [bwthblog]

2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan to be first car with wireless CarPlay built-in, coming in February – The 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan will be the first car to hit market and support wireless CarPlay. [9to5mac]

How to watch porn on PlayStation VR [NSFW] – Playstation VR has finally arrived, and so of course you might be asking the important questions. Like whether it’s possible to access porn while using it. [vrheads]

Google Pixel: Why controlling both software and hardware matters – Cough, iPhone, Cough! [android central]

Cool Shit: Extreme-Smartphone 9500 V2

This post is a little different from other Cool Shit posts. The good folks at Extreme-Smartphone.com reached out to me and told me they were launching the second version of their X-Tel 9500 phone in South Africa.

Now, I’ll admit that name doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue. But it doesn’t really need to as this phone is more about getting things done than showing off.

Recently the likes of Sony and Samsung have been water and dust-proofing their phones. That’s cute if you accidentally drop your phone in a puddle. This phone wants to still be ready to go if a truck drives over it.

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The company that makes this phone (X-Systems) makes everything from dump-phones to tablets, all ruggedised for the harshest conditions. They also have a focus on mobile security. That should make for a pretty good combo.

As for the X-Tel 9500 V2 we have some specs:

  • Gorilla Glass 3.0
  • IP68 Waterproof
  • Physical Answer + Reject buttons
  • Physical SOS side button
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Upgradeable battery (4500 mAh)
  • 4G, Dual Sim
  • Bluetooth LE
  • Range Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • 8MP Sony Camera
  • 4″ FHD Screen
  • Quad-Core 1.4GHz CPU
  • Android 5.1
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage

Now for the fun stuff: They claim this phone is “hexa-proof”, that means it is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, freeze-proof, tempe-proof, and oil-proof. That is a little bit more than the average smartphone will handle in its lifetime.

Local pricing is yet to be announced but in Europe it goes for 430EUR so it should be inline with similar spec Android smartphones.

It seems like there is quite a powerful phone hidden under that though exterior.

I’m waiting to get my hands on a review model and when I do, I’ll put this phone through its paces and see if it lives up to what it claims.

A Complete List of All the Shows and Movies on Netflix in South Africa

A lot has been said about how good or bad the South African Netflix library is. Wondering what movies and shows are available?

Well have a look here for movies and here for series. (Nice searchable lists too)

Well, no point in me keeping you any longer then, go forth and Netflix and chill.

Cool Shit: Netflix has Launched in SA

In what was the most chilled launch in history, Netflix kind of just appeared in South Africa. I would imagine some techie just got an email and flicked a switch and that was that.

The time for Netflix and Chill is NOW! You get a 1 Month free trial to see if it actually works.

Compared to the US version, some shows are missing, but do you really care? ShowMax is the bastard child of DStv so we can give that one a skip.

Oh, one note, you’ll be charged in US Dollars because our currency is about as stable as your mother in law.

Cool Shit: Keurig Kold

When I was growing up we had a Soda-stream machine and I thought that was pretty cool. The Keurig Kold takes that concept to a whole new level!

Just like a Nespresso machine (Or Keurig Coffee Machine) you buy capsules. You insert the capsule and out comes your drink. It is as simple as that. Except this time, the drinks are cold and possibly carbonated.

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What sets the Keurig Kold apart is actually their licensing agreements. (Something I never thought I’d say) They have deals in place with brands of drink so that you can create your own Coke Zero or obscure iced tea.

At almost US$400 this thing isn’t cheap but just like the Nespresso machines, I doubt that is their target market anyway.

If Keurig is listening, I’d love a test device thrown my way. I promise I’ll give it back.

Check out a video of it in action below:

[Keurig]

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