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Apple TV Plus And The New Apple TV App, Explained.

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Here are some takeaways from today’s loaded, software-focused Apple event: Apple TV Plus is a subscription service with only Apple originals. Unlike Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, you don’t get access to a back catalog of licensed shows or movies.

Apple TV Plus is not a separate, standalone app. Instead, you’ll get to it using Apple’s TV app, which is expanding to many more devices over the coming months.

Starting in May, the Apple TV app will offer add-on paid subscriptions and will be able to stream some shows and movies from Apple’s partners like HBO without bouncing you out to a third-party video service.

All of this is separate from Apple TV the product, which is a streaming set-top box you can buy in stores today and important to Apple’s living room ambitions. The company would tell you that the Apple TV is the best way to experience all of this art and content.

Confused? It was easy to miss some of this or get mixed up, especially when Apple lumped these announcements together with a new credit card and magazine subscription service.

How does all the new TV stuff fit together? Let me do my best to lay it out in a way that makes sense.

WHAT IS APPLE TV PLUS?
Apple TV Plus is a video subscription service that will feature Apple’s growing list of original TV shows and movies. When it launches this fall, Apple TV Plus will be the exclusive way to watch that content. And Apple has poured money into forming a star-studded roster of talent working to produce programming that can hopefully stand equal with Netflix’s best shows. Even Oprah’s on board.

But Apple TV Plus is not its own app or a separate experience. It will actually be accessible through the Apple TV app on iOS, Mac, and other platforms. It will likely have its own dedicated tab or section of the TV app, but Apple didn’t go into the specifics on that at today’s event — and the website on Apple TV Plus is extremely light on details. The best we got was a short glimpse of an Apple TV Plus row with flashy animations during today’s keynote.

The service will be ad-free (since you’ll be paying for it) and Apple plans to launch in over 100 countries.

WHAT IS APPLE TV PLUS NOT?
A true Netflix or Amazon Prime Video competitor: As Peter Kafka correctly predicted at Recode, Apple is not (yet) building a full streaming service that mixes originals and licensed programming like its rivals. Instead, the Apple TV Plus service focuses exclusively on Apple’s own original programming. There’s no older stuff to endlessly scroll through as we tend to do on Netflix or Prime Video. No Hollywood movies or past TV hits to speak of. Not yet, anyway.

On Android or Windows: Though it announced a TV app for several platforms (even including Fire TV), Apple gave no indication that the service and its originals will be available on Android or Windows. That’s a huge hole if the company is hoping to make these high-profile shows accessible to as big of an audience as possible. Native apps for these platforms, at least right now, don’t seem to be in the cards.

On the web: Same goes for web browsers. Apple made no mention of a way to stream Apple TV Plus via popular desktop browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO WATCH APPLE TV PLUS?
Apple says it will share pricing and availability details for Apple TV Plus this fall, but didn’t get more specific than that. We have no idea how much Apple TV Plus will cost per month or whether you’ll be able to bundle it with the company’s other services at a discount.

WHAT IS THE APPLE TV APP?
The Apple TV app was first announced in October 2016 and launched on the fourth-generation Apple TV and iOS devices at the time. It is now a preinstalled app on all iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices.

Apple positioned the app as a modernized TV guide: it’s an all-in-one hub for finding recommendations on shows to watch. The “Watch Now” tab offers personalized picks suited to your own tastes and pulls from many different popular video subscription apps.

The Apple TV app also has a sports component, offering live scores and notifications for close games. And lastly, it provides easy access to your iTunes TV show and movie purchases or rentals. Beginning in May, the TV app will become the place to go for those same movie and TV show digital purchases on Apple TV.

DOES THE APPLE TV APP COST MONEY TO USE?
No. Unless you’re paying for Apple TV Plus or an Apple TV Channel subscription (and neither of those are available yet), the TV app itself is completely free to use.

SOON YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SUBSCRIBE TO NETWORKS LIKE HBO AND WATCH (SOME) SHOWS AND MOVIES RIGHT INSIDE THE TV APP
So the TV app is a helpful resource for finding something to watch. But until now, the Apple TV app has always directed users to third-party apps to actually stream something. You could search for an HBO show in the TV app, but when you hit play on Game of Thrones, you’d get switched over to HBO Go or HBO Now. This jumping between apps can be a little awkward and makes what Apple’s trying to do feel less seamless. That’s about to change — in some cases.

Apple now says that customers will be able to watch content directly inside the Apple TV app. But critically, this only applies to the Apple TV Channels that were announced today.

APPLE NOW HAS THREE DIFFERENT THINGS SHARING THE APPLE TV NAME
WHAT ARE APPLE TV CHANNELS?

Apple will soon offer optional add-on subscriptions similar to what Amazon does with its Prime Video Channels. You’ll be able to pay for HBO, Showtime, and other services using your Apple account. Now, you can already subscribe to those networks on iOS and from their respective Apple TV apps, but there are benefits to doing it through Apple’s new TV app method.

For one, you can share access to your Apple TV Channels with up to six family members. Second, instead of having to watch content from those Channels across several different apps, everything will be viewable right inside the TV app. And last, you’ll be able to download shows for offline viewing.

Apple showed a slide of Apple TV Channels that it plans to offer, and I’ve put the heavy hitters (for most people, anyway) in bold below:

Acorn TV
BritBox
CBS All Access
Cinemax
CollegeHumor’s Dropout
Epix
Eros Now
HBO
Lifetime Movie Club
Mubi
MTV Hits
Nickelodeon Hits
Noggin
PBS Living
Showtime
Shudder
Smithsonian Channel Plus
Starz
Sundance Now
Tastemade
Up Faith and Family
Urban Movie Channel

It’s a weird mix, but it at least puts Apple at par with Amazon. If you like TV shows from any of the services above, you’ll be able to watch that content directly inside the Apple TV app. And Apple says it will deliver top-tier picture and audio quality for all Apple TV Channels since it’s handling the streams for Channels directly instead of relying on HBO, CBS, Starz, etc. Combine that with the option to download content for offline viewing, and you can see why people might opt to start handling their subscriptions through Channels.

Pricing for the various Apple TV Channels hasn’t been disclosed. It’s been rumored that Apple will offer bundles of them at a discount, but the company didn’t delve into any of that today.

BUT YOU’LL STILL DO SOME HOPPING AROUND
Other apps — even those with shows featured in the TV app like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video — will still require you to move over to their own apps to watch something. Apple’s website is a bit misleading on this, hinting that users will be able to “easily watch” Hulu “inside the app.” A Hulu spokesperson has directly confirmed to The Verge that this is not the case.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE APPLE TV APP?
At present, the Apple TV app is available on Apple TV set-top boxes (fourth-generation and Apple TV 4K) and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. But at today’s event, Apple said the TV app will make its way to the Mac this fall. Additionally, the company confirmed it will bring the TV app to Samsung smart TVs this spring and TVs from Vizio, Sony, LG, and others “in the future.” Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV devices will also be getting the app sometime “in the future.”

Source: The Verge.

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Time To Light Up: TECNO Launches Upgraded SPARK 3 Series with AI Bright Camera

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Global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile ushered a new dawn into the smartphone ecosystem with the release of a new camera-centric smartphone series – SPARK 3 and SPARK 3 Pro.  As one of the most remarkable devices to “light up” your photos, the newly released have been upgraded by AI technology to furthermore advanced the camera features. 

The SPARK 3 is the third installment from the SPARK series, and as expected, the device embodies the impeccability of the smartphone brand while offering a sweet price but delivers optimum value.                           

Below are some of the Functions of the Spark 3 series.

AI Bright Camera

The SPARK 3 camera comes equipped with AI technologies and high configuration for brighter photos that results in high quality, bright and smooth pictures.

  • Skin——SPARK 3 can recognized different face features and tones and give the most suitable level of “re-touch” and “lighting” automatically to your photos, which including skin polish, dispel freckle, remove acne, remove pouch and black rim of the eye…
  • l  3D Face Fine-tuning ——SPARK 3 AI camera can cover 18 face dimensions to enable 3D face fine-tuning. Also help to enhance hair contrast and color saturation, highlight your forehead, nose, lips. It even smartly increases the eyelids to both left and right to extend the eye liner, you can get the beautiful photo just in one second without having make-up. 
  • Mix Flash 2.0 ——TECNO SPARK series always with ultra-bright front flash. The SPARK 3 comes with an 8MP front camera, F2.0 large aperture, 4P lens, 78° selfie angle and adjustable front flash, adding the front flash and brighter screen, SPARK 3 is sure to give the best experience while taking photos, doing video chat, playing games and watching videos.

Smart Voice AssistantTECNO SPARK 3 equipped a smart voice assistant. If you enable this function, your SPARK 3 can broadcast your messages, important news, your appointment on your agenda, your reminder… Especially when someone calls you when you are driving, the “driving mode” could be turned on to automatically text back to inform the other side that you are driving and will feedback soon. 

Make Your Privacy Invisible

TECNO SPARK 3 has a special feature to protect consumers’ privacy. You can set up your personal APP (for example, Tinder) “invisible” from your mobile phone desktop, so you will be the only person who knows where your private APP are. 

The SPARK 3 (16GB RAM + 2GB ROM version) runs on HiOS 5.0 and the Android 9.0 Pie. Also, the device comes with the MTK 6761 processor and a 2.0GHz more powerful CPU that gives a more enjoyable experience when interacting with the device, coupled with a memory capacity of 16GB RAM + 2GB ROM that provides adequate storage space for users. (SPARK 3’s 16GM RAM + 1GB ROM version still run on Android O Go system)

The design of the SPARK 3 gives off a classy and trendy appearance. With a reduced visual thickness of 5.75mm, along with a composite back glass plate, the SPARK 3 is noticeably thinner and easier to grip. The model will be presented in four stylish colors - Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Bordeaux Red and Aqua Blue. 

TECNO SPARK 3 series is  available on the marketfor ¢525 cedis (16+1gb) ¢564 cedis (16+2gb) and ¢625 cedis (32+3gb)

About TECNO Mobile

TECNO Mobile is the premium mobile phone brand of TRANSSION Holdings with a comprehensive mobile device portfolio across feature phones, smartphones and tablets. As a brand, TECNO is dedicated to transforming state-of-art technologies into localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Established in 2006, TECNO has presence in more than 50 countries across the globe. It is now one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide.TECNO is alsothe Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: www.tecno-mobile.com

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Rigworld Training Centre Partner Up With Senegalese Polytechnic.

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Rigworld Training Center (RTC) has signed a partnership agreement with the « Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique » (ESP) of Senegal to improve the course content of the latter.

Under the partnership agreement, RTC will help raise the level of local skills of students in ESP to help them integrate well in the different industries in Senegal and across the world.

The signing of the agreement between the two educational institutions in West Africa here in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, is expected to offer African expertise to develop African competences to enable graduates take up emerging jobs in the oil and gas and mining industries.

“This model of partnership between African structures (Ghana and Senegal) comes at the right time to meet the challenge of vocational training adapted to new jobs emerging in oil & gas, mining etc.…,” a statement released by Daba DIENG, Rigworld Group West Africa Manager (French Territories) says.

Rigworld Training Center is a Ghanaian-owned, world-class, ISO 9001:2015 Oil and Gas accredited safety training center that excels in providing a range of client focused safety training services and products to the offshore and onshore oil and gas, maritime, underwater, construction, and general hazardous industries.

To extend its operations to other African countries, Rigworld Training Center recently opened a new branch in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

The « Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique » is a public institution with a regional vocation, attached to the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal.

The ESP's mission is to train both theoretically and practically which cover different technical and management fields.

It also offers training for people who want to improve themselves in their professional fields or learn new skills altogether.

By Roger A. Agana

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From Washing Cars To Pimping Luxury Cars; Gideon King Visits Ghana.

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The avid UK born but Nigerian who's passion took him away from the violent streets of east London to running a business pimping up sportscars for the super-rich in Qatar visits Ghana for a business seminar .

The father of three who got installed in the Middle East by a wealthy sheikh, now works for top musicians and business figures detailing their expensive vehicles.

After success Kings feels he can help youngsters battling the wave of drug-inspired violence around the world to make something of themselves - just as he has.

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YouTube Ambassador Guud Kelly To Embark on African Masterclass Tour

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Ghanaian Creative Director, Film Maker, Media and Tech Entrepreneur and YouTube Ghana Ambassador Keli Abiel otherwise known as Gudd Kelly has announced a YouTube Masterclass for Africa.

In an interview with with GeorgeBritton.com; Kelly said "I aim at helping individuals and businesses across the continent take advantage of technology platforms like YouTube and tools like video, storytelling to expand their market, build personal brands or create awareness about a special cause.

“We as Africans were not brought up to share our stories enough and I want to encourage as many as we can to start creating original content that describes the true Africa. If we don’t, the west will always be experts in African affairs.”

Guud Kelly has embarked on several campaigns especially in Ghana speaking to students and businesses on the importance of creating original video content and using YouTube to better enhance their businesses.

The Business of YouTube Masterclass in Abuja, Nigeria on April 30.

Check flyer below for other tour dates.

Kindly checkout this video on Guud Kelly's YouTube Page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY0PpRnjzAc&list=PLGBqHdyR0Me9o8AHtkWPN3VIU4WV3IkLh&index=4
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