3 July 2017

Our Banner of the Week pays tribute to South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk.  This remarkable athlete is the world - and Olympic champion in the 400m, and also holds the world record over the distance.  Last week he  broke the world record over the unusual 300m distance, a record that had endured for 17 years. He is the only sprinter in history to have run the 100 m in under 10 seconds, the 200 m in under 20 seconds and the 400 m in under 44 seconds.

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Nokia is of course as iconic a  once-great name in any industry as you're likely to come across. There was a time when Nokia could do no wrong, and traders back in the day regarded a steady supply of Nokia phones as not far removed from a money printing press in the garage. Sadly, time marches on relentlessly, and the brand went into unfortunate nuptials with Microsoft and then more or less dropped of the horizon. News of their comeback was met with great enthusiasm, and Nokia opted to hit the market with a remake of the 3310 icon, an entry-level Android, and something a but higher up the ladder. On the Nokia 3 falls the entry-level duties, but of course, this market segment has become mightily crowded nowadays, with some offerings that would have been more than decent flagships not too long ago. GSM took Nokia's offering to hand, and came away a tad less than fully bowled over.

The simplicity of the phones of yore had its charms, of course, and there are hordes of people to whom "old school" sounds just about right. One of those is European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, who roundly admits that he has not yet made the huge leap towards acquiring a smartphone. An old Nokia serves him just fine, thank you very much.  He jokingly said that he used postcards as his means of communication when launching the EU presidency of tech-savvy Estonia.
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Back to what's new. Now that everyone else has their  new flagships out in the open, all eyes are focused on Apple with their traditional later-in-the year launch of the iPhone 8. Like all their models in pre-launch phase, the newcomer has been the subject of unrelenting speculation, and now a secret-not-secret video has surfaced of just what it would look like.
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Anyone that has a few kids in the house or a semi-pack of rambunctious dogs in the yard knows ho challenging it can be to keep matters from spiralling out of control.  How much more so for a behemoth like Facebook, where the users able to create online havoc are north of a billion in count. There is also a fine line to tread, for Facebook subscribes to the principle of freedom of speech, but not where such is damaging or potentially harmful.  Keeping on top of it all, of course, requires an effort even beyond the capabilities of our Supersecretary, Mrs. Cholmondely-Smythe.  The company has some automated filters and a phalanx of moderations, and here is an idea of how they determine what is hate speech and what not. It is a huge job, as anyone who has ever posted something mildly contentious in any online forum would quickly have discovered.
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Facebook is more about positive experiences that negative ones, of course, and the company is policy driven to ensure that everyone across the globe gets connected. Their own orbit-based service provision will of course go a long way towards achieving this, but  their first effort went up in a puff of Space-X smoke during a mysterious explosion on the launch pad. There are more immediate things they can do, though, and one of these is to point users to the nearest free wi-fi. There are other similar apps of course, but Facebook's all -encompassing reach will in all probability make their offering all the more useful.
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Everyone has a tough day now and then, and a hug (and a cup of tea) at the right time can go a long way towards restoring  a sense of belonging and some motivation.  Our Winner of the Week segment shows some heartwarming hugs from furry- and feathered friends.
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