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Revival of the Giants

by Andile Khumalo

So the previous week was awash with news of the return of the Nokia 3310.  People were losing their minds on twitter with nostalgic feelings of the time when 3310 was THE phone. How could we ever forget Snake Xenia the game synonymous with not just that model of phone but an era. It was what anyone was doing when they looked down their down on their screens.

Enough with the memory lane, what does the reboot of the 3310 really mean because it sure is not going to be the comeback story of the giant brand Nokia. You may remember that when the android “droid” era began, Nokia took a tangential route by adopting the windows software, as it turns it was one the biggest fiasco in corporate living memory. The Nokia lumeer their flagship phone of the that revolution made a bit of inroads but I for one with billions of people was not tempted into it by any shred.

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Realising its mistake Nokia has turned to Android and their latest ‘babies’ launched last week. As the laws of relevance would have it, the new pieces would not have made news in the absence of this 3310 gimmick. Welcome to the world where Samsung rules and the Chinese with Huawei and Xiaomi are strutting their stuff all for the throne of the mobile making business. With all this competition how does Nokia regain its relevance, simply they remind you how great they are and what better way to do that than with the world famous 3310.  So the remake is nothing but a reminder about how they are still able to deliver the trendy and the best. It doesn’t hurt for Nokia that Samsung is still leaking it wounds following the failed launch of the Note 7 with exploding batteries and the old giant wants to contrast and tell you that they always served quality guaranteed.  Pretty cutthroat right?

Whether this strategy will work is yet to be seen but one thing that’s for sure is that we are talking about them right now.

Other fallen giants are also seeking to sing Hello from the other side like Adele’s 2015 comeback into the pop scene with Blackberry and Motorola launching new models to rival the iPhones of this world. As I said this business is cutthroat and it is going to take way more than a ballad or a nostalgic flip phone (get it) to woo people back into buying these brands.

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A Technological Prisoner

By Linketsang Moyo

Dear Humans

On behalf of  all my family members, Internet and my grandchildren TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Skype among others I greet you.

I would start by appreciating the kind of friendship that I have with you all. I am writing this letter reminding you that my family and I have got your back always and would also like to remind you of the fundamental role that we play in your lives.

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Just come to think of it, most of you think about us soon as you wake up since we help you with a lot of chores. You are able to buy your groceries relaxed at home within a click of the mouse. To all the New Media students, your lecturer gave you an assignment yesterday, and all you can think of is searching answers from Internet. I am wondering whether you even bother to think for yourself before you consult her. Believe you me, I am not saying relying on me is bad but it comes with consequences because not all the information that you get from me is true. This is the entire human race’s fault because some of you are making money out of me by publishing wrong information to sell their products.

When you miss your friends in London we are the mediators. You also know that Beyoncé is pregnant and that there is someone called Donald Trump because of me. Not forgetting to mention that we know some your secrets and what is happening in your lives because we are your eyes and ears. Just a few minutes back, Cindy used me to book a ticket to Korea. I wonder if you humans can do without me but from my own observation most of you are technologically sired. We are just glad to know that our existence is appreciated.

Let me also remind you that, as much as I can offer you security within a click of a button, do not be too comfortable because as much as we can give we also have the ability to destroy you. I also come with consequences. Do not even think this is a joke; diseases such as ‘excessive individualism’ exist because of us. I also know most of you have heard rumors of my grandsons WhatsApp and Facebook who have been causing havoc in some people’s marriages and they are all true. Because of his barbaric nature that pops up at any-time, some have lost their lives.

The whole point of me writing this letter is to inform all of you about the merits and de-merits of using us. Let it stick in your minds.

Your loving friend

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