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vivo Unveils Third Generation of The APEX Concept Smartphone

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vivo has unveiled the third generation of its APEX concept smartphone – APEX 2020. The device builds on the success of its previous generations to feature more cutting-edge technologies, while also showcasing vivo’s continuing pursuit of head-turning aesthetics.

APEX 2020 comes  120° FullView Edgeless Display that removes side edges and bezels from the front view. With the In-Display Camera and vivo Wireless Super FlashCharge 60W. APEX 2020 has a Super Unibody Design with no openings. 

This feature showcases Vivo’s latest achievements and future plans to offer extraordinary visual effects and enhanced future photography. And also displaying a major breakthrough in visual effects. 

 “APEX is never a mere ‘concept’ or a glimpse of ‘imagination’. It’s a creation that goes beyond any previous experience brought by mobile technology. Through APEX 2020, we are proud to see vivo’s vision come to life as a technology company. We continue to push the boundaries of mobile technology and explore what lies beyond the ordinary. The APX 2020 showcases our ambition to achieve our aspirations step-by-step. vivo will continue to put APEX’s innovative technologies into practice. The technology will give a chance to more consumers to be empowered.” said Harry Hong, General Manager of Product, vivo Kenya. 

The APEX 2020 carries on vivo’s pursuit of a truly FullView Display and Super Unibody design. A 6.45-inch curved display that bends up to 120° on both sides. This helps remove side edges and bezels from the front view and results in an ultra bezel-less display.

Physical buttons are replaced with a virtual pressure-sensing button for aesthetic and practical considerations. APEX 2020 is another perfect fusion of visual effect, natural touch and human-device interaction. 

vivo APEX 2020 specifications

The In-Display Camera of APEX 2020 unleashes the new possibility of a non-mechanical front camera. The “invisible” front camera presents a Super Unibody design with no openings and expands the internal space. 

Through innovation in screen pixel layout and circuit design, APEX 2020 has successfully increased the light transmittance of the screen right above the front camera to 6 times of the other part of the screen, and effectively reduces optical interference, diffraction and stray flashes. 

 The 16MP front camera features a 4-in-1 super-pixel photosensitive chip, realizing the innovation of capturing clear images with the In-Display Camera.

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. APEX 2020 comes with Continuous Optical Zoom, becoming the world’s first smartphone equipped with high-magnification continuous zoom. It can achieve continuous optical zoom under high magnifications between 5x-7.5x. It can as well produce images in high resolution and quality rather than filling focal lengths through digital magnification.

Users are able to preserve the clarity of all moments by effectively enhancing every detail.

It comes with a “4-group lens combination. Two fixed lenses and two movable lenses, which achieves high-magnification continuous zoom and real-time focus at one time. It supports a 6.2 mm periscope structure which makes it possible for the professional-grade lens to be incorporated into the APEX’s ultra-thin body.

To further enhance the image quality, vivo has incorporated a leading multi-frame algorithm so that scenery from afar can also be easily captured.

The gimbal-like structure into APEX 2020’s main camera. It achieves optical stabilization in the front-back and left-right inclined directions with enhanced performance. Its stabilization angle is 200% extended.

This feature greatly reduces the blurring caused by a shaky hand. Users can also enjoy videography with smoothness. It as well supports stable handheld shooting effectively extend the exposure time so that APEX 2020 also has a stronger capacity for night photography

The APEX 2020 features the revolutionary vivo Wireless Super FlashCharge 60W, which recharges a handset with a 2000mAh battery in only 20 minutes, offering a faster charging experience than conventional wired flash charging.

Other than that, APEX 2020 is also equipped with 3rd Generation Screen SoundCasting Technology, Instant Photobomb Removal and Voice Tracking Auto-Focus. Bringing an all-round user experience.  

 


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Nokia 4.2 receiving Android 10 update

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That German blogger was spot on!

The Nokia 4.2 has started receiving its Android 10 update.

News of the update hitting the device came just a day after another Nokia smartphone, the Nokia 3.2, started receiving its update.

Like the Nokia 3.2, the Nokia 4.2 has been available in Kenya since May last year when it arrived running on Android 9 Pie. Thus, like the 3.2, this is its first major update since launch and one more major update remains,

With both devices’ Android 10 updates underway around the world, the list of devices from HMD Global that are yet to receive their Android 10 upgrades has shrunk to just 4.

The 4 are: Nokia 2.3, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 6.2 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The Android 10 update for the Nokia 4.2 arrives with the March 2020 security patch.

The update clocks in at 1.38 gigabytes.

As was the case with the Nokia 3.2, the update is rolling out first to a number of first-wave markets in Europe and Asia and should be available to users in Kenya in coming days.

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Drones Are Officially Legal In Kenya

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The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2019 Act has been approved, which means Kenyans have won the legal right to own and operate drones. Previously it was technically illegal for anyone but the military to have a drone in the country.

This win helps businesses and individuals who require the devices for photography or content creation, mapping or rescue missions among other things. For a long time, the law derailed drone programs from major players including Facebook, Uber Google, and the Kenya Red Cross. There has been an extensive history of getting drones approved for public use.

In 2016, drone enthusiasts insisted on a licensing system so they could use them in the country. This was easily granted, and in February 2017, Kenya became the second African country after Rwanda to approve the use of non-military drones. Regardless, the rules were still relatively strict, limiting the times and even models that could be flown.

Things took a turn in June 2018 when the Kenyan Parliament invalidated drone regulations from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). Flying a drone became punishable by a prison sentence of up to 12 months. These were due to several concerns, including a lack of public participation, insufficient attention to personal privacy, and inconsistencies in the application of fines.

However, in 2019 progress was made when Parliament considered revised rules, that have since been approved on the 30th of March 2020.

In determining whether to register a drone or issue any authorization licence, the Authority shall consider the following:

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  • The national security of Kenya,
  • Terrorism or organized criminal activities;
  • Preservation of regional peace, security and stability;
  • Risk of diversion of UAS to unauthorized end user or end
    use;
  • Risk to public safety;
  • If applicant is subject of investigations in ongoing criminal
    or civil proceedings related to national security; or
  • If applicant is subject to administrative investigations by the
    Authority.

A person shall be eligible to own a drone if that person is –

  • A Kenyan Citizen or resident in Kenya of minimum age of
    eighteen years;
  • A company registered in Kenya: or
  • The national government or County government

A certificate issued by the Authority shall be valid for 12 months.

Exporting and Importing 

  • A person shall not import a drone or a component thereof without a permit issued by the Authority. Before issuing a permit , the Authority shall seek and obtain the necessary security clearance and approval from the Ministry for the time being responsible for matters relating to defense.
  • A person who intends to export a Kenyan registered drone shall notify the Authority in writing and obtain a deregistration certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Hummingbird is raising $24M to back impactful tech ventures in Africa

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Hummingbird Impact, a for-profit and impact-driven tech venture fund launched recently by the Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB Canada) at its Global xChange 2020 Conference, is raising $24m for startups in Africa.

Hummingbird Impact, banking on EWB Canada’s nearly a decade experience delivering talent and seed capital to early-stage, for-profit social ventures in Africa with a track record of 11 investments, will operate autonomously though it’s supported by and affiliated with EWB Canada.

The fund is $20M blended-finance impact fund to invest in scalable, tech-enabled social ventures at the pre-Seed, Seed and Series A stages. The $4M will be a technical assistance facility to accelerate the growth and impact performance of its portfolio. 

According to Boris Martin, CEO of EWB Canada, “Spinning off a business unit has precedence at EWB. We do it when it allows us to reach sustainable impact at scale. In this case, Hummingbird will allow us to catalyse both philanthropic and commercial capital towards a shared mission.”

Hummingbird, a gender-lens investor, will focus on bringing a holistic approach to business practices that promotes women’s economic participation, leadership and entrepreneurship. The fund will contribute to the sustainable development of the continent by leapfrogging growth obstacles. By proving the financial and impact potential of investing in diverse teams, Hummingbird will be working both private and public investors to address inequality and promote empowerment by dedicating capital towards women-led and locally founded African startups. 

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“Gender equality and women’s empowerment are key to reducing global poverty. Research also shows that gender and ethnically diverse teams are positively correlated with higher impact and profitability than their peers. Hummingbird will therefore commit 100% of its proceeds towards these underserved, undervalued and undercapitalised ventures,” says Muthoni Wachira, Founding Partner for Hummingbird. “It is my personal ambition to even out the funding landscape and see more gender and ethnic representation at the investor and investee levels. It is not only our moral imperative, it is smart economics,” she concludes.


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