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Talking NASA, Android Go & more on SABC 3's Expresso Show

I recently had the awesome opportunity to discuss NASA’s DART initiative, Android Go and much more with Katlego Maboe on SABC 3’s Expresso Show.

Throughout the course of my university and working career, I’ve usually been the guy behind the camera – photographing and filming product reviews, interviews, and personal projects. I recently had the opportunity to get in front of the camera on SABC 3’s Expresso Show, marking the first time I’ve ever been on television!

The experience was both an exciting and daunting one, and I was fortunate enough to have the chance to sit down with local presenter Katlego Maboe to discuss some topics that I feel are pertinent to the international technology stage.

NASA’s DART test aims to redirect an asteroid to prevent collision with Earth:

Somewhat similar to the plot of Armageddon, NASA has announced a new plan called “DART” that intends to fire a fridge-sized satellite at one of two sibling asteroids to determine whether it is possible to redirect such a body heading for Earth.

Read further: NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test aims to prevent Armageddon

Google prepares Android Go for launch in emerging markets:

Android is largely the go-to operating system for many consumers around the world, but now Google has developed a new, ‘lite’ version of the system that will use significantly less data have less performance requirements, equating to smartphones that could not only be cheaper to buy, but more affordable to use in future.

Read further: For emerging markets, the arrival of Android Go is huge

Three ways smartphone design could change in the next five years:

  • Bezel-less designs: Increasingly, we’ve seen that smartphones can be dominated by not just aluminum displays or plastic, but rather than by the display – as seen with the Galaxy S8. This may lead to smaller physical devices accommodating larger displays, putting an end to the ‘big versus small’ debate.
  • Dual-camera arrays: Single lens-smartphones are great, but dual-lens cameras offer unique trickery, such as the ability to zoom in or out at wide angles and refocus images after they’ve been captured. These have become increasingly popular in 2017, and we could see many more in the future.
  • Biometric security: Our security and privacy are fundamental concerns, and while using your fingerprint to secure your device is one option, future handsets might include novel options – for example, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 gives the option not only to enroll your iris pattern, but further your entire face as a unique form of registration.

You can tune in to full interview below. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter – tweet me @bryansmithSA!

A Look Back at the DA/Agang One Night Stand

South Africans endured a great deal this week; not only did we have to handle the immensely annoying Facebook birthday celebration through Look Back, we also navigated one of the opposition’s biggest political blunders yet: the one night stand (and subsequent fallout) between parties Agang SA and the DA.

In the spirit of all things in jest, here’s a combination of all of the above in a single video: A Look Back at the DA/Agang One Night Stand, produced by Think Dapper: Clear-cut Communication.