The US online paid-for streaming service of TV shows and movies, Netflix, has launched in 130 countries, including South Africa. It’ll now be easier for signed-up members to watch what they want, when they want, where they want, on any internet enabled device.Co-founder and chief executive Co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix) launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix)Priya PitamberThe days of being restricted to a television set to watch your favourite show are dwindling. Online streaming of series and movies is a fast-growing industry and one if its leaders, Netflix, expanded its reach to an additional 130 countries, including South Africa, on 6 January.The paid for service, which started in 2007 in the US, has since expanded across the world.“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global internet TV network,” said co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings at the launch in Las Vegas.“With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting. With the help of the internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”How it worksUsers first sign up and then can choose packages starting from $7.99 (about R134 at the current exchange rate). Internet costs are separate and depend on individual packages and service providers.Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and gaming consoles. It automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth.Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound; and some are available in Ultra HD.What you can watchOnce signed up, members around the world can watch Netflix original series, including Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies.“In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series – available at the same time to members everywhere,” the company said.Continued expansionWhile largely available in English, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”The service is not available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria because of American government restrictions on American companies.South African social media users took to Twitter to express their excitement about the launch.Welcome to South Africa @netflix Our bodies are ready! pic.twitter.com/7f1jppsahl— Anne Hirsch (@Anne_Hirsch) January 6, 2016Okay now that @netflix is officially in South Africa, I suggest we all celebrate by watching @JessicaJones — Caryn Welby-Solomon (@carrieanne07) January 6, 2016The competitionNaspers, the international media company based in South Africa, launched the local online streaming service, Showmax, in 2015. It charges a R99 a month subscription fee. Showmax offers a seven-day free trial, while Netflix offers a month trial period.Source: NetflixWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped the Union Water Resources Ministry over its notification pertaining to groundwater extraction.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel came down heavily on the Ministry and said that the notification, issued on December 12, was against “national interest”.No-objection certificateIn the notification, the Ministry had said that industries extracting groundwater and those that use the same for packaged drinking water, would need to apply for a no-objection certificate from the government. However, the agriculture sector will be exempt from the fees, the notification had said.The Ministry informed the Bench that a Water Conservation Fee has also been introduced in the revised guidelines.Water Conservation Fee “The WCF payable varies with the category of the area, type of industry and the quantum of groundwater extraction and is designed to progressively increase from over-exploited areas and from low to high water consuming industries as well as with increasing quantum of groundwater extraction,” read the affidavit submitted by the Ministry before the NGT.However, stating that merely imposing a cost was not enough to curb groundwater extraction, the green panel has asked other parties, including the petitioners, to put forth their suggestions and objections to the guidelines.While asking the petitioners to file their responses to the notification by January 2, the Tribunal added that a detailed order including the directions will be uploaded by the NGT by January 11.Earlier, the NGT had rapped the Central Ground Water Authority for failing to curb illegal extraction of groundwater and directed the Ministry to notify a policy by December 18.
Pluto: forever a planet in our hearts. NASA / Getty Images Fans of Pluto have had a hard time letting go of the fact that it’s no longer a planet. Even though the cosmic body was demoted more than a decade ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine apparently isn’t ready to give up the fight.”Just so you know, in my view, Pluto is a planet, and you can write that the NASA administrator declared Pluto a planet once again,” Bridenstine said in a video posted to Twitter on Friday. “I’m sticking by that. “It’s the way I learned it and I’m committed to it.” Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sci-Tech TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 The Cheapskate Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo NASA,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review Tags $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags NASA’s Mars helicopter passes flight tests The International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its planetary status in 2006 because it’s “smaller than our moon, not of planetary size.” It was deemed a “dwarf planet” instead.Efforts to restore Pluto’s planetary status have been ongoing. Last year, University of Central Florida planetary scientist Philip Metzger argued in a study that Pluto qualifies for the title. He suggested planets should be classified based on being big enough that their gravity allows them to be spherical. In 2017, NASA’s New Horizons team, which guided the spacecraft in a close-up study of Pluto, proposed a new definition for planets that would allow Pluto to qualify. Some moons and other solar system objects would also be deemed planets.For now, we can just reminisce about the good old days when Pluto held equal weight as the other eight “planets.” Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the AirPods review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the Rylo camera preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 4 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET 1:40 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: See It See at Amazon Apple iPhone XS $210 at Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See It $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsMore to come! Note: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $155 at Google Express See it Comments $6 at Tidal Sprint Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won’t make it to TV. It came from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. As a Pluto Supporter, I really appreciated this. #9wx #PlutoLoversRejoice @JimBridenstine pic.twitter.com/NdfQWW5PSZ— Cory Reppenhagen (@CReppWx) August 23, 2019 Turo Best Buy See It $59 at eBay CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments Angela Lang/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 6 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Chris Monroe/CNET
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina delivers a speech while laying the foundation of Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant at a function in a city hotel on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that the existing slums in the city would be replaced by multi-storey buildings to allow the inhabitants to live in a healthy and better condition.She said this while laying the foundation of Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant at a function at Hotel Sonargaon on Sunday.“There would have no slums in the city, rather 20 storey buildings would be constructed for slum people where they would live by giving rent on daily, weekly and monthly basis,” she said.“Poor people come to cities for many reasons and live in shanties… we need them every day in our daily work. So, they need a better atmosphere to live,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said slum people will be able to live in flats in exchange for the same amount they now pay for living in slums and we have to give attention to proving them with a standard life as country’s economy is getting better.
Jackeline Vieira de Souza, 26, holds her four-month-old son Daniel who was born with microcephaly in front of their house in Olinda, near Recife, Brazil on 11 February 2016. Photo: ReutersIndia has reported an outbreak of the Zika virus with 80 confirmed cases since last month including 22 pregnant women in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said Wednesday.India, where the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries Zika and other viruses is widely prevalent, reported its first Zika cases in January 2017 in neighbouring Gujarat.Since Zika erupted on a large scale in 2015, more than 1.5 million people in more than 70 countries have been infected, with most in South America.In rare cases, if pregnant women contract the virus their babies can develop brain defects.In Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur, 330 special teams have been spraying and fumigating houses and almost 440,000 people are under surveillance.“Awareness is key in controlling vector borne diseases. No stone should be left unturned to reach out to the people,” Indian Health Minister J P Nadda said in a statement.Zika was also detected in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu in July 2017. The World Health Organization has said no vaccine is likely to be available until 2020.
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