If you’re stuck for inspirational gift ideas this Christmas, take a look at our Top 10 Tech gifts. From self-lacing trainers to pygmy Polaroid’s, this collection of geek-friendly must-haves has something for every member of the family
Polaroid Mint 2-In-1
Just when you think tech is too advanced for Polaroid, they pull this nifty device out of the bag. The Polaroid Mint 2-in1 camera with printer is as good as any smartphone picture but with the added sentiment of a physical memento. It’s a great accessory for any Christmas party and one of our favourite gift ideas.
The Barisieur Coffee & Tea Alarm Clock
If you hate mornings and you love coffee then this dream machine is for you!!! The Barisieur Coffee and Tea Alarm clock is a Barista in its own right and makes your morning complete with coffee from freshly ground beans or tea from loose leaves. A super classy and efficient way to enjoy your morning cuppa without having to run out the door with a sachet of instant.
Last week we wrote an article on the Internet of Senses…… and so here it begins ;). The Oculus quest is a completely wireless virtual reality headset and requires no connection to a PC to work. Just don the device like you’re Robocop and enter a new reality with some of the best VR games available.
After scrapping their electric car earlier this year, Dyson have gone back to doing what they do best…… the small, the simple and the genius. The Dyson Lightcycle is a really rather class lamp that adapts both its colour and temperature depending on what time of day it is. Perfect for your office at home this winter.
Supreme/BLU Burner Phone
This Supreme/BLU Burner phone takes us back to the old days when our batteries would last forever. Perfect for any festival – it’s an ingenious mix of retro with a modern twist.
Nike HyperAdapt Trainers
A little extra than your usual pair of Nike kicks, does what it says on the tin.
Cowboy electric bike
This electric bike is designed for any desert dreamer and can manage the most furious of terrains. It’s contains a removable and rechargeable battery, providing up to 43.5 miles of assisted cycling and a top speed of almost 16mph. The cowboy electric bike has the ability to adjust to inclines and is also wonderful for inner-city cyclists with its built-in GPS tracking and app-controlled lock.
We think this is one of the best mirrorless cameras. The Fujifilm X-T3 has all the features needed to take perfect picture and then some. It excels at 4K video, is extremely fast and has a near-peerless electronic viewfinder. Definitely the better alternative to a smartphone camera in 2020.
Nintendo Switch Lite
This is the switch but not as you know it (basically, it doesn’t connect to the TV). This handheld console has the same storied lineage as the Nintendo GameBoy and DS. It’s also lighter in price and comes at almost $120 less than the standard switch. It’s also a little bit more durable and responds well to those stressful blue shell moments in Mario Kart.
Amazon Kindle Oasis (Second Gen)
Otherwise dubbed the fancy Kindle. This latest model also as an adjustable warm light than makes it easier on your eyes.
Operator network sharing in emerging markets
The telecom industry is always looking for ways to improve the quality of services offered to customers and support present and future connectivity needs by expanding network broadband, adopting new technologies and exploring new telco partnerships.
As such, network sharing is also gaining popularity in emerging markets as part of a sustainable strategy to boost overall connectivity services.
Latest trial with MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile
More specifically, this concept has been implemented in Nigeria where local operators have been encouraged, by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to conduct network sharing. The NCC granted MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile the approval for the trial of a national roaming service.
What are the benefits?
Services such as calls, text and data or access of other services will be made possible when traveling outside a particular coverage area by making use of the network of another operator.
“The successful implementation of the trial will enable EMTS subscribers to access MTN network service within the National Roaming trial geographical area without the need for an MTN Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card,” said NCC Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Umar Garba Danbatta.
Moreover, the benefits of increased operator network sharing in Nigeria, will lead to operational expenditure optimization and capital expenditure efficiencies. It will also aim at freeing up resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities and improved quality of service delivery to subscribers, as well as connecting remote parts of Nigeria.
SK Telecom to rollout blockchain-powered wallet with ministry approval
South Korean telecom giant, SK Telecom, has announced the rollout of its first e-wallet aimed at digitally storing and managing government-issued documents, gaining approval from the country’s Ministry of Public Administration.
According to SKT, the wallet will be powered by blockchain technology, and will be compatible with Government24’s digital initiative program, which promotes and encourages certificate issuance and distributions electronically as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic hits worldwide.
“Blockchain is a vital technology in today’s rapidly changing environment. There is a dire need for virtual interactions and innovative processes for streamlining certificates and other government-issued documents,” SK Telecom’s head of Blockchain & Certification Division, Oh Se-Hyun, was quoted as saying.
Citizens will be able to receive and send documents such as immigration certificates, resident registration card copies, health insurance qualifications, among others through a blockchain-powered mobile app.
The SK e-wallet will work cohesively with Government24 app seamlessly sharing documents from one to another, while also allowing documents to be shared with financial institutions, public entities, and private organizations in electronic form.
According to SKT, the wallet will support 13 different types of documents and certifications but will later increase to 100 types as the year ends.
According to numbers from Statista, almost one million South Koreans have discarded of their physical drivers’ licenses in favor of blockchain-powered digital alternatives used in conjunction with the PASS smartphone app.
“One million represents more than 3 percent of the entire driving population in South Korea, which sat at 32.6 million licensed drivers in 2019 alone,” the report from Statista highlighted.
In the past few years, South Korea has been spearheading countrywide digitization efforts especially with blockchain technology. Seongnam, the country’s second largest city, has already rolled out several digital payment programs, with plans to adopt more.
In parallel, beachgoers in Busan will be able to pay for services with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH); while one of South Korea’s biggest banks KEB Hana Bank has partnered with the Korea Expressway Corporation to implement a blockchain-based toll system for the country’s highways.
Can 5G improve remote learning for all?
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of life including education; from the subsequent closure of educational institutions around the world to the rapid adoption of online learning.
However, the concept of students studying and learning online started before the spread of the virus with an annual study from the Learning House, a U.S.-based Edtech company, noting that, “the proportion of students studying and learning fully online has risen from under half to fully two-thirds.”
A fast internet connection is one of the main criteria for a successful remote learning experience, therefore, 5G will likely facilitate a more seamless learning experience for students across the world.
Benefits of 5G
Remote learning based on new technologies has convinced 80 percent of teachers that this new way empowers their teaching process, according to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s fourth annual Educator Confidence Report.
So how can 5G rollout help Edtech?
Facilitating learning through new techniques
Allowing students to tap into their imaginative and explorative qualities is an essential step for better learning experiences.
Thus, 5G will broaden the scope of technologies used while teaching students new curricula and learning material; for example, it will allow institutions to open availability for virtual and augmented reality with its low latency and peak download speeds, estimated to be as high as 20 gigabits-per-second.
“Virtual and augmented reality headsets will allow students to place themselves anywhere in the world and even within a story. These digital experiences will enliven current curricula and allow students to energize their imaginative and explorative qualities, which should be central to educational experiences,” Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D. and a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation said.
Closing distances with easy accessibility
While 5G offers faster data speeds and enhanced connectivity for many, it may not be accessible to students living in remote or secluded areas. Such a limitation may deepen the digital divide.
However, wireless devices are easier to put in place than traditional wired or fiber-based internet, making it a more practical solution.
Remote learning with 5G is an opportunity to help schools close the homework gap by boosting mobile learning.
“The advent of 5G on mobile devices can help close that gap as students can begin to use faster, more reliable mobile-based connections to complete an assignment, rather than a terrestrial connection,” says Erin Mote, Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools and Education Technology expert.
Tech will help special needs students:
Our new educational normal will help students and children with special needs. 5G can help by enabling robots to be responsive with students, offering them good learning experiences, as well as being full-time assistants and supporting teachers by responding instantly to the needs of the student with learning exercises.
However, a big dilemma is presented here: children from high-income families are spending 30 percent more time on distance learning platforms than those from low-income families.
In parallel, 64 percent of secondary pupils in state schools from the wealthiest households are being offered online teaching from schools, compared with 47 percent from poorer families, according to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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