Samsung to build TV factory in South Africa

first_img25 July 2014 South Korean electronics and technology giant Samsung is set to invest US$20-million (nearly R220-million) in a new television factory at the Dube TradePort in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, in order to take advantage of rising demand for consumer goods in Africa. “We plan to start construction of the TV plant in South Africa in the latter half of the year,” Samsung said in a statement cited by the Korea Times earlier this week. “The investment will be $20 million through 2018.” The Dube TradePort is an air-freight logistics hub located alongside King Shaka International Airport, 30 kilometres north of Durban. It is poised to become one of the special economic zones that South Africa is busy setting up in order to boost investment in the country. Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, in an interview with news agency Bloomberg last week, said Samsung had identified the Dube TradePort “as a space to operate from”. President Jacob Zuma “will launch the special economic zone within a month or so, and the first investment anchor will be Samsung,” October said. The South African factory will be Samsung’s second in Africa. The first, located in Beni Suef, Egypt, began production in September 2013. According to the Korea Times, “while demand for flat-screen TVs has flattened due to the rise of tablets and smartphones, Samsung believes it can awaken idling demand for premium TVs from affluent African consumers”. Korea Times quoted an official from market researchers DisplaySearch as saying: “As the TV markets in North America and Europe are heading towards full saturation, Samsung needs to explore new markets. The South African factory will mainly produce TVs with ultra high-definition (UHD) picture quality.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

MoveIdiot: Use the Web to Manage Your Move, Track Your Stuff

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… MoveIdiot further allows users to track their moving budget, with fields for each expenditure and category, such as travel, hotels and rentals. Finally, one of the most interesting aspects of MoveIdiot (and one that, if enhanced, we’d actually pay for) is the ability to track one’s belongings. The site lets users upload and organize data on all their possessions, so users know exactly where each item is packed. MoveIdiot has pre-fabricated lists of common household goods, and users can also input items themselves. The app allows users to print the packing details as well as box labels.Then, MoveIdiot’s box tracking feature lets users upload or e-mail tracking information from multiple shipping companies and then view real-time updates on an interactive map. If this feature also included RFID tags from MoveIdiot itself, that would provide an interesting value add for users making cross-town moves, as well, or using moving companies that don’t have thorough tracking systems. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to MoveIdiot, tens of millions of people move each year. The MoveIdiot application provides these folks with a central and intuitive application for managing this process. It speaks to the growing trend of using online and mobile tools to manage, simplify and expedite one’s day-to-day life. And with the right mix of features, such as the aforementioned RFID tags and a good mobile suite, we can see a freemium model going over very well. We also wonder if MoveIdiot has considered enterprise applications for corporate moves or the same kind of labeling and tracking for items in storage. What do you think, friends? Would you use a free web app to help manage your next move? And what features do you think would be worth paying for for such an application? Let us know what you think in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts jolie odell The Internet is becoming more and more a part of the world around us: our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities.Services such as BuildingBulletin and Neighborgoods allow us to be efficient and productive neighbors and homeowners. A new service we just found takes that one step further, allowing users to put their entire moving process online. Using online tools to streamline real-world processes is nothing new, but we think MoveIdiot is a particularly useful application.The app is a free web-based service set to launch this month. It allows users to manage their moving experience from a central location online. Users can track boxes, manage budgets, keep track of their belongings and manage to-do lists. With its pre-made moving checklists, MoveIdiot reminds users of every imaginable circumstance, need or errand, such as notifying one’s doctor or bank of a move, changing one’s address with the DMV or even planning a farewell party. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Privacy, Facebook and the Future of the Internet

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Today is the 3rd annual international Data Privacy Day and a whole bunch of companies are listed on the organization’s website as participants. Google, Microsoft, even Walmart. Facebook is not listed as a participant and has stirred up a lot of controversy with changes to its privacy policy lately.Why are these corporations singing out loud about protecting our personal privacy? According to the website, “Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.” More than dignity, this is about building trust with consumers so that these companies can do things with our personal data. Some of those are things we might like, a lot. Aggregate data analysis and personal recommendation could be the foundation of the next step of the internet. Unfortunately, Facebook’s recent privacy policy changes put that future at risk by burning the trust of hundreds of millions of mainstream users.Facebook’s privacy changes were bad for two reasons: because they violated the trust of hundreds of millions of users, putting many of them at risk where they had felt safe before, and because by burning that trust in the first major social network online, the next generation of online innovation built on top of social network user data is put at risk. Had Facebook opened up access to user data through users’ consent – then access to that data would be a whole different story. As is, the privacy change was unclear and pushed-through without user choice concerning some key data, putting the whole concept of users sharing their data at risk.See also: Facebook’s round-up of other peoples’ statements about privacy today on its blog.How Facebook ChangedThis past December, Facebook did an about-face on privacy. (Here’s our extensive coverage of the changes and why they were made.) For years the company had based its core relationship with users on protecting their privacy, making sure the information they posted could only be viewed by trusted friends. Privacy control “is the vector around which Facebook operates,” Zuckerberg told me in an interview two years ago. 350 million people around the world signed up for that system. Facebook’s obsession with privacy slowed down the work of people who wanted to build cool new features or find important social patterns on top of all the connections we users make between people, places and things on the site. (Marshall shared a link to The San Francisco Giants with Alex, for example.)Those geeky cries in the wilderness to set the data free, for users to be allowed to take their data with them (“data portability”) from one website to another? Not going to happen at Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg said, due to privacy concerns. Aggregate data analysis? Facebook as a living census unlike any the world has ever seen? Back off, sociologists, you can’t access aggregate Facebook user data due to…privacy concerns, the company said. Facebook staff did team with a few outside academics they knew and studied that Facebook data themselves. They published some charts about racial demographics on Facebook, concluding that everything was peachy-keen and only getting better on the social network. But if you thought an army of independent analysts could glean some objective insights into the contemporary human condition out of Facebook, you were wrong. Then in December, things changed. Facebook began prompting users to re-evaluate their privacy settings. Public was the new default and some fields on a user’s profile were suddenly and irrevocably made visible to the web at large. Your photo, your list of friends and your interests as expressed through fan page subscriptions could no longer be set to private. Sorry, 350 million people who signed up for the old system. When Facebook said in the fine print that it reserved the right to change its policies, the company really meant it.The changes were responded to with an international wave of confusion and indignation. News stories were written all around the world about Facebook’s privacy changes – they’re still being written today. Yesterday the Canadian government announced it was launching its second investigation in six months into Facebook’s privacy policies.Did Facebook Break the Future of the Internet?Is it naive to think that things you post on the internet are really “private?” Many people say it is, but that was core to the value proposition that Facebook grew up on.Presumably the companies working together on International Data Privacy Day don’t believe that privacy online is a lost cause.In fact, trusting that your private data will remain private could be a key requirement for everyday, mainstream users to be willing to input all the more of their personal data into systems that would build value on top of that data. Facebook is the first system ever that allowed hundreds of millions of people around the world to input information about their most personal interests, no matter how minor.Will that information serve as a platform for developers to build applications and for social observers to tell us things about ourselves that we never could have seen without a bird’s eye view? That would be far more likely if more people trusted the systems they input their data into.Think of Mint’s analysis of your spending habits over time. Think of Amazon’s product recommendations. Think of Facebook’s friend recommender. Think of the mashup between US census data and mortgage loan data that exposed the racist practice of real-estate Redlining in the last century.Personal recommendations and the other side of that same coin – large-scale understanding of social patterns – could be the trend that defines the next era of the internet just like easy publishing of content has defined this era.Imagine this kind of future: You say: “Dear iPad (or whatever), I’m considering inviting Jane to lunch at The Observatory on Thursday, what can you tell me about that? Give me the widest scope of information possible.”Then your Web 3.0-enabled iPad (or whatever) says to you: “Jane has not eaten Sushi in the past 6 weeks but has 2 times in the year so far. [Location data] The average calorie count of a lunch meal at that location is 250 calories, which would put you below your daily goal. [Nutrition data online.] Please note that there is a landmark within 100 yards of The Observatory for which the Wikipedia page is tagged with 3 keywords that match your recent newspaper reading interest-list and 4 of Jane’s. Furthermore…“People who like sushi and that landmark also tend to like the movie showing at a theatre down the street. Since you have race and class demographics turned on, though, I can also tell you that college-educated black people tend to give that director’s movies unusually bad reviews. Click here to learn more.”That’s what the future of the internet could look like. That sounds great to me. Think that vision of the future sounds crazy? How long ago was it that it sounded crazy to think a day would come when you typed little notes into your computer about how you felt and all your friends and family saw them? But how many people will trust this new class of systems enough to contribute meaningfully to them, now that they’ve been burned by Facebook?On International Data Privacy Day, it’s good to consider the possible implications of Facebook’s actions not just on users in the short term, but on the larger ecosystem of online development and innovation over time.Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, by Andrew Feinberg Tags:#Analysis#NYT#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Complete Internet Blackout in Egypt (Updated)

first_imgAfter blocking Twitter on Tuesday and, intermittently, Facebook and Google on Wednesday, the Egyptian government has upped the ante, throwing a complete Internet access block across the whole of the country. Additionally blocked are Blackberry service and SMS.Reports are pouring in, many to Twitterers via landline, that the country has been “cut off” and is now a “black hole.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Breaking#international#news#NYT#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Reports from Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere in the country indicate the block is wholesale and countrywide. CNN’s Ben Wedeman commented, “No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability” and asked “Will #Egypt totally cut communications with the outside world?”That depends, I think, on whether the idea now is to disrupt communications between groups of protesters or to lay a blackout curtain across Egypt to mask a total crackdown. As many as eight protesters, three in Cairo and five in Suez, have been killed, along with one policeman. I think if landlines and mobile go, the question must become, is the Egyptian government planning a wholesale massacre? (AP has raw footage of security forces converging, then killing a protester. Please be warned. This is some vicious shit.)Those in and outside of Egypt have pledged to keep as much in connection to one another using whichever avenues remain. This is one of those times, however, in which the presence of functioning traditional journalists will pick up from the citizens who had been reporting on the ground. UPDATESSome reports indicate landlines are down. Further reports indicate Vodafone will be shutting down mobile service and Facebook videos uploaded by those who retain Internet connection are getting deleted. Can anyone confirm? Egyptian interior ministry’s “decisive measures” may be code for “massacre” now that the Internet’s largely dark. Egyptian Internet cut-off documented by Rensys. Big four Egyptian ISPs, on which the majority of Egyptians, and Egyptian businesses and organizations, rely are offline.As of 12:35 p.m. (PST), all communications seem to be cut off “except landlines from 5 star hotels & Nour ISP” according to a source in the region (but not in the country). When rumors hit the protesters that the Egyptian Museum was going to be looted due to abrupt police abandonment, they ringed it with their own bodies to protect it. Another source, a journalist said:“Latest I’ve read/heard confirmed: 1) 93 percent of ‘net traffic blocked. Only one ISP, Noor, is still up and running.2) Cell service cut off, per government order, in various places — may be countrywide now, but what I read suggested that they asked it to be selective (probably not in tourist destinations, for example). 3) Some landlines, particularly in Cairo, are reported down as well.” Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Alysa Liu takes women’s title at nationals at age 13

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The women’s competition was without several big names, with Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu and Gracie Gold all missing it for various reasons. Now Liu looks like she could provide a boost for American figure skating. The U.S. hasn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s figure skating since 2006.“To handle the pressure like she did, and to push the technical envelope as far as she’s pushing it, at such a young age, is truly mind blowing,” Lipinski said. “I think she’s the future of U.S. ladies’ figure skating.”The U.S. nationals are being held in Detroit for the first time in 25 years. The 1994 event is best remembered for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan after a practice, but there was a 13-year-old who shined that year too — Michelle Kwan, who finished second.The 4-foot, 7-inch Liu had already turned heads in August, when she became the youngest woman to land a triple axel in international competition. On Friday, she showed poise and ability on a big stage, although international stardom may have to wait a bit. Under the current age restriction, she’s not even eligible to compete at worlds until 2022.“I’m not too worried about that part,” Liu said. “Because I get more time to work on my jumps, skating skills, spins, and just trying to learn more.”Liu received a score of 217.51. Tennell finished second at 213.59, and Mariah Bell was third. Bell was the only skater left after Liu, and she fell during her routine.Tennell stepped out of a triple loop in a combination early in her program, and she fell attempting a triple lutz.“Obviously, it wasn’t my best skate, and I’m disappointed,” Tennell said. “There’s always something to be learned from skates like this, so I’m excited to get back home and work harder than ever to fix what I made mistakes on.” Alysa Liu reacts after her score was announced in the women’s free skate during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Detroit. Liu won the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Alysa Liu was already a phenom. Now she’s a national champion at age 13.Liu stole the show Friday night, breezing through a free skate that included two triple axels and dethroning 2018 winner Bradie Tennell at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Liu became the youngest winner of an individual title at this event, and after her score was posted, she put her hands over her face, overcome with emotion .ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘The matches you live for’: Greatest rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal square off Earlier Friday, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue took a step toward defending their ice dancing title, finishing atop the standings after the rhythm dance. Hubbell and Donohue will compete for their second straight national championship in the free dance Saturday.Madison Chock and Evan Bates were second after the rhythm dance, followed by Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.The ice dancing competition was one of the most anticipated events of the week, in part because the top teams have plenty of ties to Michigan. Hubbell was born in Michigan, and she and Donohue used to train there. Chock and Bates are from Michigan as well.Those two teams now train in Montreal under the same coaches — with Hawayek and Baker there as well.“We’re pretty lucky that we get to train with the best in the world,” Donohue said. “We’re pushing each other. … We’ve got such a unique, incredible atmosphere where we all love each other, we all want to beat each other.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program,” Liu said.Liu had already landed a triple axel in the short program Thursday, and she was in second place behind Tennell entering Friday. Tennell fell during her long program, and Liu, skating immediately after, seized the opportunity. Her first triple axel was in combination with a double toe loop. Then she landed another triple axel, and by the time she finished her performance — set to “Witches of Eastwick” by John Williams — she was beaming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTara Lipinski was the youngest women’s champion at nationals after winning at age 14 in 1997, and Scott Allen also was 14 when he won in 1964. Now a commentator with NBC, Lipinski was there Friday when her record fell.“Records are made to be broken,” Lipinski said afterward. “It is quite an honor that she is the one to do it. What a phenomenal talent.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more