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Mecer Guru Pro & We Grow SA: Taking Online Learning to the Next Level
In the age of social distancing and online education, students need flexibility now more than ever with a combination of the right hardware, affordable data, and access to the best e-learning portals. With increasing rates of unemployment and school dropouts in South Africa, now is a crucial time to embrace alternative avenues to education and skills development while removing traditional barriers to entry. This is where the internet comes in. For adults, access to online learning can mean upskilling themselves into a better job or a new career path following a retrenchment or even just to fulfill their passions. For school kids and students, it can mean bridging the gap between a formal education and skills that translate to the real world, as well as keeping up to date with online lessons and curricula while the debate over school openings continues to rage on in South Africa. To open access to e-learning tools to as many South Africans as possible, Mondo has partnered with Vodacom to bring customers an affordable bundle that gives them everything they need to get going: Flexible Hardware: The Mecer Guru Pro 2-in-1 Laptop and Tablet The Mecer Guru 2-in-1 is a foldable laptop-tablet computer hybrid that runs on Windows 10 Pro. You get the power of a laptop PC and the portability of a tablet rolled into one, enabling students to access websites, email, video chats and e-learning materials on the go. The incredible 13.3” display with HD webcam is perfect for watching videos or word processing and jotting down handwritten notes is easy as pie with the free Microsoft Ink Active stylus included in the package. The Mecer Guru Pro runs on the powerful Intel Celeron Dual Core N3350 processor and features 64GB of onboard flash storage, expandable up to 128GB via the SD card slot, so you get plenty of memory to store documents, e-books, assignments and even your favourite music playlists and videos for when you need to take a break and chill out. You also get 4GB RAM for a smooth user experience, as well as a huge 5000mAh battery that gives users up to 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, so you won’t have to search for a power outlet every few hours. The Mecer Guru Pro 2-in-1 notebook delivers great performance in both laptop and tablet modes. At just 1.3kg, this slender powerhouse is light, durable and sleek enough to pack into any bag or backpack without taking up too much space or feeling like you’re carrying around a brick. We Grow South Africa: The Ultimate Online Learning Portal Included in this incredible offering is a We Grow South Africa's e-learning voucher valued at up to R40 000. We Grow SA offers on line subscription courses from renowned educational institutions such as WITS, Damelin, Red & Yellow, GIBS, GetSmarter and the University of Cape Town, so people can learn everything from photography to business management. Kids get access to e-learning subscriptions from platforms such as Purple Mash and Advantage Learn, where they can dive into the exciting worlds of coding, science and computing, just to name a few. We Grow South Africa is a virtual campus filled with exclusive discounted deals for over 2500 online courses and counting, and because it is a community-driven platform, it allows you to share your voucher code with your friends, your children and your family members so they can access courses too. It’s never been easier to access online education and take back control of your future. Are you ready to take the next step? For a limited time, you can get the Mecer Guru Pro with a FREE LTE modem and a We Grow SA e-learning voucher valued at up to R40 000 from just R399 PM on a Vodacom contract. Click here to view our incredible deals now.
What You Should Know About Huawei Mobile Services (HMS)
By now, you must have heard all the rumblings about HMS, or Huawei Mobile Services, but what exactly is it? Let’s break down the main things you should know about HMS, Huawei’s replacement for Google apps and services. In May 2019, the US placed an infamous trade ban on Huawei, the Chinese tech company that was well on its way to becoming the second largest smartphone maker in the world. The ban meant that Huawei couldn’t conduct business with certain US firms, including Google, so many of their phones have not been able to ship with Google Mobile Services (GMS) since last year as they run an open source version of Android OS. To solve this problem, they developed Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and the accompanying AppGallery to replace GMS and the Google Play Store on devices like the new Huawei P40 and Y7p . Google Mobile Services (GMS) vs Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Google Mobile Services (GMS) is the engine that runs most Android smartphones and is required for Google apps like Photos, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube and other APIs and cloud-based services. Huawei hinted that some of these apps may become available soon, but for now, there are workarounds such as Phone Clone, 3rd party App stores, Findorra app or through the phone’s browser. Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) offers services that aim to replace GMS, including the Huawei AppGallery, an alternative to Google Play Store, where user will be able to download apps for their new phones, including Snapchat, TikTok, Deezer, Amazon, and Amazon Prime Video. It also includes several popular mobile game titles. Can HMS replace GMS? In addition to the AppGallery, HMS offers alternatives for several of Google’s apps: Huawei ID replaces your Google account and lets you customise your Huawei devices as well as sync your personal data like contacts, messages and passwords. Huawei Assistant is Huawei’s replacement for the virtual Google Assistant and will be available on all devices running EMUI 10 or above. Huawei Mobile Cloud, as you can guess, is a cloud storage platform much like Google Drive. It lets you store photos, videos, contacts, notes and more, free for up to 5GB, with higher storage options available for a fee. Huawei Music and Huawei Video are music and video streaming services developed to replace Google Play Music and Google Play Video. The Huawei Browser is meant to replace Google Chrome and features an integrated newsfeed as well as other popular settings like Dark Mode. If you rely on your phone for navigation, there isn’t a solid replacement from Huawei for Google Maps, but a third-party app known as WeGo Maps, backed up by Here Technologies, is now available. Which Huawei phones have HMS in South Africa? The following list is subject to change, based on the release of new devices and updates to current devices on the local market: Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P40 Lite Huawei Y7p
Samsung Galaxy S20 Raises the Bar, Again!
The Samsung Galaxy S series has alwa ys been the contender for the iPhone’s crown. Even Apple fans have to admit that, in recent years, the S series has been ahead of the iPhone in many ways, and that is now truer than ever with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S20, named for the ye ar of release instead of following on numerically from the S10 series. Samsung is intent on making big strides with their annual releases, and the S20 is no different, offering users some great improvements and a lot of extras that the average person would never use, but they’re there just in case. OPERATING SYSTEM The Galaxy S20 features a powerful Octa-Core processor with Android 10 out of the box. DISPLAY 6.2-inch WQHD+ 20:9 Infinity-O display with a 3200×1440 resolution. HARDWARE Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is waterproof with an IP68 rating that claims it can be submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. BATTERY AND CHARGING It comes with a 15W wireless charger for fast charging. The S20 offers 10 days of standby, 59 hours of speaker use, 79 hours with headset use, and 28 hours of talk time. A single charge should last a day for the average user. CAMERAS The Samsung Galaxy S20 features a triple rear camera setup with one selfie camera on the front. The selfie camera is a 10-megapixel shooter with support for 4K video recording at 60fps. The rear camera setup includes a 12-megapixel primary camera coupled with a 64-megapixel 3x optical zoom telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The setup will be capable of up to 30x digital zoom and 8K video recording at 30fps. STORAGE AND SPACE The S20 offers a minimum of 128GB of internal storage with microSD support for external expansion up to 1TB. COMPARISON Samsung is clearly looking to the future, which is 5G connectivity. It’s not something that’s essential for most users right now, but it’s something you’re likely to appreciate as 5G networks become more ubiquitous. VERDICT If you’re looking for a flagship smartphone with a great camera, screen and all the bells and whistles you could need, then this is for you. But, if you already have the S10 or one of its variants, you could probably skip this one and wait for next year’s release. RELEASE DATE The Samsung Galaxy S20 was released on the 11th of February 2020 and is now available in South Africa. Check out our deals here.