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TECHNOBYTE for 20 November 2015

South Africa welcomes the Chinese cell phone manufacturer Xiaomi into the country and the continent. They are the world’s 4th biggest smartphone maker and second biggest in China behind Huawei. They are a very interesting company because of the way they do business. Their focus is on innovation, value and quality. The respected MIT Technology Review magazine this year ranked Xiaomi number 2 in the list of 50 Smartest Companies of 2015. They launch into South Africa with two devices the Mi 4 and the Redmi 2. I have been playing with the Mi 4 and have been impressed with the build quality. It is made

The Xiaomi Mi 4 is a 5 inch smartphone that runs Android. It features an impressive build quality with a steel band around the body making it feel solid in your hands. It has a 13 MP camera at the back, a front facing 8 MP camera and 16 GB of storage. The processor is a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and has a very decent battery life. This a great phone that offers good value but the lack of a microSD card slot might put people off if they need additional storage space.

It is available online for R3 799.

http://mia.africa.com/za

In the wake of the multi-pronged terror attacks on Paris last Friday, social media was awash with emotion; from concern and outrage to offers of support to those in need. Unfortunately, social media was also the site of a litany of misinformation. A Sikh man was Photoshopped wearing a suicide bomb vest and holding up the Quran when he was really just holding an iPad. Rumors spread that the Eiffel Tower had gone dark in memory of the victims, when it really just goes dark every night at 1 am. Uber was accused of charging surge prices in Paris when it didn't. A Donald Trump tweet from January about the Charlie Hebdo attacks was retweeted and spread around as if it was new. But what exactly causes this? What about Twitter and Facebook makes people so gullible and willing to believe anything? Why do we feel the need to share information so rapidly without checking if it's true?

http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/19/paris-and-the-trail-of-social-media-misinformation/

Breaking up is now a little easier to do, at least on Facebook, thanks to a new feature that lets people untangle themselves from a relationship without cutting ties altogether. The operator of the world's biggest social network introduced a tool on Thursday for users to "take a break" after changing the status of a relationship with another person, letting them see less of an ex's posts without blocking or unfriending them. People can also tell Facebook to show an ex less information.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-19/facebook-makes-it-easier-to-move-on-after-a-breakup


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