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PRESIDENT LUNGU ON THREE-DAY STATE VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is expected to arrive in South Africa on Wednesday 7th December 2016 for a three-day State Visit. The visit is being undertaken at the invitation of his South African counter-part, President Jacob Zuma. The President’s visit will be preceded by the signing of a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between Zambia and South Africa. This is the first time that the two countries will establish a permanent structured platform through which .

BREAKING NEWS : MAN ARRESTED FOR MASTURBATING AND EJACULATING BEHIND A WOMAN DURING WOMENS DAY CELEBRATIONS IN LIVINGSTONE

In the picture Mushaukwa being escorted by Police to Police .

In Southern Province during a Women’s Day Celebrations; Police in Livingstone have arrested a 38 year old curio trader for,Mushaukwa Siyanga for masturbating and ejaculating behind a 20 year old woman during the international women’s day celebrations.

The man was arrested after a quick action by Zambia Police women that were attending the international women’s day celebrations at civic centre grounds. Siyanga is believed to have been standing behind the woman who is believed to be in her 20s.

The woman raised alarm after discovering that her chitenge wrapper had been smeared with semen by the suspect. And when askes by police,Siyanga told police officers that he could not help it as they woman was pressing on his manhood. The visibly traumatized woman could not talk as she was accompanied by police officers to Livingstone Police station with Siyanga who lookd composed.

And commenting on the matter,Livingstone Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti praised the police for arresting Siyanga for the inhuman act against women.

NKHOSI YAMA KHOSI

Paramount Chief Mpezeni in his traditional regalia waves at his subjects from a BMW X6 as he shifted to his other palace in Mutenguleni in readiness for the N’cwala Ceremony.

The Ngoni’s trekked into what is modern Zambia in 1835 led by Zwangedaba Jere and their ceremony remains one of the country’s biggest tourist attraction.

ZAMBIAN MUSIC AWARDS SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT MONEY BUT RECOGNITION – SLAP DEE

One of Zambia’s most commercially successful musicians Slap Dee says he is not going to boycott the forth coming Zambian Music Awards because the event was about appreciating talent and not a money making venture.

Slap Dee says some musicians who have been in the fore front inciting other artists to abscond the prestigious event should concentrate on working hard instead of expecting to make a quick buck off the sponsors of the show.

“Truth is you can’t make money off an award show. It’s all for recognition and appreciation of hard work put in. Win or lose an award show motivates legendary, upcoming and persistent artists. And to involve the major sponsor in the name of ‘promoters’ is just BS.” a seemingly annoyed Slap Dee said.

And the 9 times Zambian Music Award winner has advised up coming artists not to be misled into doing something that can potentially draw back their careers, the Kuichaila hit maker says the sponsors for the ZMA’s had given the music fraternity something that has been absent in the Zambian entertainment circles.

“How many organisations in Zambia would pump in so much into music? They would rather sponsor sport regardless of how rubbish it is because of their professionalism.” he said.

And Australian based music act Crisis says there is no need to feel a sense of entitlement to the awards as it was more about recognition.

“We should be glad that sponsors are putting in money for the artists. This could be attributed to the fact that our industry is still a seed that needs much nurturing and support.” he said from his base in Australia.

The #GalaxyS7edge has arrived.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a phone that impresses the second you pick it up, evoking feelings similar to those we experienced the first time we fondled HTC’s One M8, one of the best-looking phones on the market.

Where the ‘normal’ Galaxy S7 is far too similar to the previous year’s model, the S7 Edge takes a surprisingly successful smartphone in the S6 Edge and adds in some decent changes to make it worthy of the upgrade.

The changes are almost entirely cosmetic (apart from some welcome changes to the camera and battery); but given you’ll be using this phone tens, if not hundreds, of times a day, the way it feels in the hand is hugely important.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

The main difference is on the back of the phone. The Galaxy Note 5 was the first Samsung phone to use the new curved back, and that’s been improved on the S7 Edge. The result is a smart, glossy phone that sits in the hand like a polished pebble, begging you to spin it around and enjoy the lack of sharp edges that were present on the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+.

The reason I’ve compared it to both of the above is that the S7 Edge sits somewhere in between them in terms of spec. The QHD Super AMOLED screen is back once again – not an upgrade, but then Samsung had already crammed in too many pixels, so the sharpness is excellent and capable of dealing with nearly any content on the web and rendering it well.

Check out our hands-on and first impressions Galaxy S7 video:

But the screen has been extended to 5.5 inches, up from the 5.1-inch display on the smaller screen on the S6 Edge, and slightly under the 5.7-inch choice on the Edge+. However, what’s impressive is that Samsung has managed to make the new S7 Edge not feel much larger than the smaller of the two devices mentioned, despite the big increase in screen area.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

Don’t go thinking that this is a small phone though, as it’s still rather large in the hand – we’re well into what would have been called phablet territory just a couple of years ago, and given that I’ve come to this right from using the Huawei Mate 8 for a couple of weeks (and could have tricked my hands into thinking massive phones are fine), there’s every chance you’ll pick it up and won’t be able to imagine using it every day.

The screen is also worth talking about here. Yes, it’s still the same curved display as last year, but the curves disappear further around the side of the S7 Edge, with less bezel to see, which gives an even more immersive feel to the phone than before.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

The effect is the same as on the S6 Edge – it’s a nice novelty to have, and makes the phone look wonderful when sat on its side, but in reality it doesn’t add a huge amount of functionality.

That said, it seems enough people were impressed with last year’s model to want to buy it, so improving this element seems like a smart move.

Thankfully, Samsung isn’t making a big deal of the edge display when the screen is turned off, as it was a completely useless feature of the S6 Edge – you needed to rub the screen almost erotically at the side when the screen was off, and hope that it might show you the time and weather.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

The edge display has been upgraded now though, with more features added to the interface to make it more useful.

You’ve now got double-width information when swiping in from the side of the screen, giving you updates on your friends, football scores, news and even a compass and torch option as well.

These features are coming to last year’s S6 Edge duo as well, so it’s not going to be a headline feature, but it’s easy to swipe into, and adds to the sheen of the curved display.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

Like the Galaxy S7, there’s another big feature coming to the Edge: an always-on display. The clue is in the name: the screen will be on permanently to show off the time, a calendar or just a general pattern to make the phone look more premium. It does do that, and it looks really slick, but in reality this feels like more of a gimmick.

Sure, having the phone on your desk means you can glance at the time without having to touch the phone, but it feels like a time-saving feature too far.

It’ll also come at the cost of about 15% battery life over an 18 hour day (according to Samsung, which has promised that the always-on display will consume less than 1% per hour), so it’s a feature you’ll need to really think about using.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

Battery life on the Galaxy S6 Edge was utterly confusing: it blitzed all of our tests, such as standby, gaming, movie watching and more, and yet would struggle to last a whole day in the pocket, performing rather terribly.

Where the S6 Edge had a 2600mAh battery, Samsung’s crammed a load more juice into the S7 Edge to boost it up to 3600mAh, giving it a very good chance of being much more usable. Combine that with Android 6 Marshmallow’s new Doze mode and this could finally be a Samsung phone with a decent battery life.

I’m not holding my breath – Samsung always makes the right noises about battery life and hasn’t really delivered in the past – but at least it’s massively upped the capacity this year.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

In terms of interface, the Galaxy S7 Edge is very similar to last year, but once again it’s refined the UI to make everything flatter, cleaner and, well, more Google-y. It’s taking the Marshmallow design language and used it to strip back Touchwiz (its proprietary overlay on top of Android) even more, which is going to please a lot of fans.

It skips around pleasingly under the finger, and while it still has the extra flourishes in places like the notification shade, it doesn’t get in the way.

Talking of things Galaxy fans will love: the microSD slot has returned. It’s located in the SIM tray at the top of the phone, so you’ll need a tool to get it in and out, but Samsung believes it’s finally got the performance to the point where a memory card won’t slow the phone right down.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

Confusingly, the S7 Edge doesn’t use Google’s new Adoptable Storage function, which enables you to integrate the microSD card into the internal storage. This in turn enables you to install apps to it, saving a load of space, but for some reason Samsung has dropped it here, which seems like a missed trick.

The camera on the new Edge is in the same league as the one on the ‘regular’ S7 – a 12MP sensor with improved low light capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

This might look like a climb-down from the excellent 16MP camera we saw in the S6 duo last year, but in reality it’s a smart move. We don’t need that much sharpness, and by dropping the resolution Samsung can cram in even more functionality.

The first example of that extra functionality is something it seems even Samsung doesn’t even know the name of. The technology is called Dual Photo Diode, or Dual Pixel Sensor – Samsung described this as the same as having two eyes to work out the distance to an object and help focus to bring it into sharpness, a DLSR technology that’s been brought to smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

It’s hard to know whether this is making a real difference on the Galaxy S7 Edge based on the explanation of the technology, but it certainly delivers sharp images. Holding the phone steady for even a few milliseconds brings the picture in to sharp focus, and while it won’t manage to capture split-second moments in a hurricane, it’s pretty impressive.

The low light capabilities Samsung was extolling also seem to stack up, even on the early build we were playing with. The images look bright even with shadows all around, and with the addition of the Pro mode introduced with the S6 an S6 Edge, you’ll be able to play with your snaps to get them just how you like before taking the picture.

I’m looking forward to trying out the Galaxy S7 Edge in our full review, as that drop in megapixel count could harm the photos; but given that HTC managed to get great pics with a 4MP sensor, using that extra brightness, I’m hopeful that Samsung has got the mix right here.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

The other big feature being pushed here is Game Launcher, a separate area to store all your games on the phone to imbue them with special powers. For instance, add Real Racing 3 to the folder and you’ll get a small Game Tools icon that sits in the corner.

Tap this and you’ll be able to disable messages and calls, lock the buttons (to prevent annoying mis-pressing), minimize the game to check other parts of the phone, or record / screengrab your achievements to share online.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

It’s a pretty complete suite for improving the gaming experience on the Galaxy S7 Edge, and you can even lower the resolution and performance of the game to improve battery consumption on some of the less graphically-intensive titles you’ve got installed on the phone.

Early verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a phone that I didn’t expect to see from Samsung, a device that takes the special sauce from last year and improves on it in a number of ways.

It’s hard for phone brands to keep changing the way their handsets look year on year, but unfortunately that’s what consumers demand, showing them that they’re getting real value for money when spending a huge chunk of their paycheck to buy the latest smartphone.

To that end, making the Galaxy S7 Edge bigger while feeling better in the hand, and adding an improved camera and (hopefully) longer battery life makes a lot of sense, delivering a real upgrade on last year’s model.

Where the Galaxy S7 looks very similar to the S6, the Galaxy S7 Edge takes the DNA of the S6 Edge and refines it in a very attractive way.

 

The ‪#‎GalaxyS7‬ has arrived.

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, news and features

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is finally official, and while we’d gleaned a fair amount of information about it in the lead-up to the launch, there are still a few surprises on offer.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The new flagship phone in Samsung’s Galaxy S line.
  • When is it out? Launch: February 21 (with pre-orders live), release date: March 11
  • What will it cost? We’re still waiting for full pricing info, but we expect it to be the most expensive mainstream Samsung phone ever.

Release date

As you’ll have noticed above, the Samsung Galaxy S7 release date has been set for March 11, with pre-orders kicking off the second the new phone was announced.

Some retailers are promising to deliver the phone a little earlier if you pre-order, so it’s worth sticking your name on the list if you’re going to be buying it early doors anyway.

Check out our hands-on and first impressions Galaxy S7 video:

Price

Pricing information for the Samsung Galaxy S7 is all over the place, but we’re here to help. In the US, it’ll cost $199 on a two-year contract, but since carriers are phasing out these subsidized agreements, expect to pay about $27 a month for the handset over the course of 24 months.

AT&T has the Galaxy S7 for $23.17, but keep in mind that’s for 30 months. Verizon, the other top network in the US, hasn’t announced its pricing plan yet, but expect it to hover around the same monthly fee.

In the UK, the Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM-free price is £569. Carriers defray this through monthly fees, so EE is asking for £44.49 a month with just £49.99 up front, while Three wants £35 a month with £99 up front.

Australia is the one region that sees a price bump. Samsung announced the price as AU$1,149 unlocked. That’s the same premium people paid for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in Australia a year ago.

Design

The design of the Galaxy S7 looks pretty much like that of the Galaxy S6 – or so you’d think when you first lay eyes on it.

The phone, from the front, does have a very similar look, with the metal edges and rounded corners.

Galaxy S7

But the rear of the phone has been rounded away (think the S6 Edge’s front used on the back) in the same manner as on the Galaxy Note 5, and it feels completely different.

On top of that, Samsung’s brought back the IP68 rating (meaning you can dunk it in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes) that we last saw on the Galaxy S5 – but this time, with the more premium design of glass and metal.

It’s still a touch chunkier than other phones on the market, but it feels good in the hand, and the mix of glass and metal makes it feel like a phone worth spending a decent amount of cash on.

Screen

Samsung’s stuck with the same 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S7 as on the S6. It’s usually a bad thing when a brand doesn’t add anything to the mix for its phone from one year to the next (we’re talking to you, Apple…) but in this case, last year’s screen was so nifty that it couldn’t have been improved on much this year.

Super AMOLED tech means you’re already getting great color reproduction and brilliant differences between the light and dark elements of the screen – and the results always seem to impress friends.

Galaxy S7

The QHD resolution is pin-sharp too – at 1,440 x 2,560 pixels it’s closing in on a resolution that’s so sharp the eye can’t ever see the pixels.

It makes pictures and web pages, in particular, look smooth and clear, and as OLED technology is self-emitting, the display sits closer to the glass too. Side by side the two do actually look a little different, with the Galaxy S7 showing up as a little brighter – Samsung’s clearly optimised the tech while not changing the resolution.

Always on display

While the display technology in the Samsung Galaxy S7 hasn’t altered much, the way it’s being used has.

Samsung’s decided that it needs another headline feature, and the Always On Display seems to be it. You can pretty much guess what this is from the name: when the phone is in standby it’ll either show a clock, your calendar or some weird pattern.

Galaxy S7

In fairness to Samsung it does add a level of gloss to the look of the phone, but it does also draw power. The claim is that it’s less than 1% per hour, but that still adds up over the course of a day.

The claim here is that some users check their phones 150 times a day, mostly to check the time, and in doing so wake up the phone and start munching down on power. Whether many people look at the clock that many times a day is, well, less certain – but Samsung thinks this is a key way to actually save power by leaving the display on.

The screen API is also open for developers, meaning you’ll be seeing new display choices in the near future – imagine a WhatsApp message that stays on the front screen,for example.

Storage

We’re still waiting for conformation on the internal storage sizes Samsung will offer in the S7, but it seems that you’ll be looking at 32GB in most territories.

Considering that Samsung offered 64GB and 128GB variants in the past, that doesn’t seem like much of an offer. But in reality it’s more than enough, thanks to the addition of a microSD card slot in the SIM tray – something Samsung fans have been crying out for over the last 12 months.

However, while Samsung is claiming that the performance of this card will be good (in the Galaxy S5 it really slowed down the gallery when you had loads of photos on it, for instance) there’s a slight surprise here: it’s not adoptable.

Galaxy S7

What does that mean? Well, with Android Marshmallow on board the Galaxy S7, in theory Samsung could have used the new Adoptable Storage feature to take that card, encrypt it and make it part of the internal storage, enabling you to install apps and such on it as you would on the built-in storage – essentially giving you a 288GB phone for not a lot more cash.

Camera

This is an area where Samsung’s going to have to do a lot of work in terms of spending its marketing dollars: the Galaxy S7 has a 12MP camera, down from the 16MP in the Galaxy S6.

While that sounds like a downgrade, in reality it’s a big change for the better, thanks to the fact it’ll be letting in more light – 25% more, thanks to the 56% large pixels being used.

Galaxy S7

There’s also less strain on the processor, as it doesn’t have as large file sizes to work with – so taking pictures is faster, and images are sharper.

The autofocus has also been hugely improved, with Samsung’s new dual-pixel sensor technology offering lightning quick focusing – it seems to be on a par with what Sony’s put together in the Xperia range, so should result in clearer pics even with a shaky hand.

Battery

Power-hungry users will be pleased to learn that Samsung seems to have put a lot more effort into the battery pack with the Galaxy S7 – boosting it up from 2550mAh in the S6 (which was actually a reduction from the S5) to 3000mAh.

While Samsung doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to power management in its phones, the combination of the improved power management in Android 6 Marshmallow and more mAh to work with could mean we’ve finally got a long-lasting Galaxy flagship.

OS and power

The Galaxy S7 is one of the first Samsung phones to jump to Android 6, which comes pre-installed on the handset.

That’s running on top of two different chipsets: the Qualcomm 820 CPU and Samsung’s own Exynos unit plus 4GB of RAM, which means the S7 is able to handle really meaty tasks like stitching together 360-degree video on the fly from the new Gear 360 camera.

Both engines offer a huge amount of power and graphical grunt to make the stuff on the phone’s display shine – with the Exynos nipping ahead in the benchmarks. Samsung has told techradar that the intention is to use the Snapdragon 820 in US markets, and the Exynos for Europe and most other parts of the world.

Galaxy S7

Is it too much power? Probably – and here’s hoping the new Qualcomm chipset doesn’t suffer from the same thermal issues as its predecessor.

Game launcher

The other big feature on show here is the Game Launcher, a sandboxed area where you can store the latest gaming titles you’ve downloaded, and access a suite of tools to improve your gaming experience.

Galaxy S7

For the lower-power games you can shed framerate and processing to save battery, and while in-game you can lock the buttons, disable alerts and even record footage of your gaming experience.

It’s a neat idea and one that, combined with the Vulkan API under the surface should yield a really powerful gaming experience, although just chucking in all that power doesn’t mean gaming will instantly get better – that’s going to be a good test.

 

MACKY II’S NIGHT CLUB LOOTED, I CREATED PARADISE IN HELL HE COMPLAINS

Copperbelt based music maestro Macky II has expressed disappointment after his newly opened Ghetto Fabulous nightclub was vandalised in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township.

The Night spot was officially opened on Friday night and was filled to capacity as revellers jostled to gain entry but security at the entrance turned them away as they had to pay.

All hell broke loose however when information spread that entry had been relaxed and people could go in for free.

Excited fans could not spare a moment of thought and rushed for whatever they could lay their hands on as scuffles broke out. Some motor vehicles had their windscreens shattered.

Macky II has however expressed disappointment over the incident.

“I decided to create paradise in hell, I decided to bring a place where artists can perform so that we appreciate their work. I worked on the project for six month. I cant even express how much time, money and energy I put in this project. Had already paid rent and we opened on Friday. I am not sure if it is competitors around.

I don’t know. I don’t know what to think anymore. That’s why I called it ghetto fabulous; we wanted a fabulous place in the ghetto. So it is heartbreaking. This is just the beginning, I don’t believe in quitting,” he said on what had become of his club aptly called ‘Ghetto Fabulous Night Club.

Source: The Post

B-FLOW KEEPS THE ZAMBIAN FLAG FLYING HIGH

Barely a week after shooting to international fame when US President Barack Obama mentioned him in his speech, Zambian music act B-Flow will get to stick around in the City that never sleeps after being awarded yet another stint in the U.S Department of State sponsored program, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Bwembya was not part of the contingent of the Mandela fellows that returned back home on friday after 6 weeks in .

KAINGU SENDS PEOPLE IN LAUGHTER, YOU PEOPLE ONLY LIKE MY DAUGHTER’S PICTURES

Education Minister Micheal Kaingu this afternoon sent government officials that had gathered to see off President Lungu, into fits of laughter when he suggested people were only interested in his daughters picture

As photo-journalist’s gathered to take pictures of him, the Mwandi Member of Parliament quipped ‘imwe mukonda chabe ma pictures ya Iris’, a comment that left everyone amused.

Iris, Kaingu’s daughter has become arguably one of the most famous and talked about socialite in Zambia from featuring in a steamy sex video to having pics of her voluptuous body splashed on the front pages and the internet.

The Education Minister later allowed the press to have quick shots before he moved away at City Airport where President Lungu left for the Northern Province.