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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]

Why Rig Your Own Online Competition?

Whether we like it or not we live in the social media age. Brands try to capitalise on this by hiring social media experts* to interact with their clients.

These so called experts then decide to run online competitions to drum up some support. You know the ones where you have to follow everyone on Twitter and like everything on Facebook and then you never win? Yeah, those ones. The fact that you have heard of these competitions must mean that they are working?

Well now some of the more cunning so called experts have come up with an even better plan. What if you ran the competition but only people with a massive social media following won? What if those “winners” then tweeted about “winning” and showing off their cool new prizes? What we’ve got here is questionable at best but NOT illegal. (As far as I can tell)

This wonderful scheme gives a brand all the free promotion a competition normally creates as well as an extra boost of promotion when the “winners” post about it. With the same cost equalling more publicity, I don’t blame brands for going for this approach. I blame the social media experts who spinelessly suggest this idea to brands.

In the South African context these are the same people bitching and moaning about “Jobs for pals” in the government and then hitting up their socially savvy friends asking them to win prizes without even entering the competition.

That’s not okay.

* A social media expert is someone who is smart enough not to use the c-word or refer to blowing up cripples in Afghanistan. Looking at you FNB. Oh and they also know a few people with a big social following that are willing to win competitions.

Opinion: Uber, Good or Evil?

Of course foreigners steal your job. But maybe, if someone without contacts, money, or speaking the language steals your job, you’re shit.

Not Louis CK

That fake quote sums up a lot of how I feel about Uber. If someone can walk into your industry and do a much better job than you, can you really be upset when your business starts collapsing?

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