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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

• Telkom an­nounced last week that it would be phas­ing out the 8ta brand it spent mil­lions on cre­at­ing over the last cou­ple of years, re­plac­ing it with the ‘ Telkom Mo­bile’ brand that it uses for cor­po­rate cus­tomers. • Ap­ple no longer owns the ru­mour lime­light ahead of new prod­uct an­nounce­ments – Korea’s Sam­sung is ex- pected to an­nounce its new Galaxy S4 smart­phone soon, which has seen wild pre­dic­tions in the press this week. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the new phone is ex­pected to be lighter and faster, with a bet­ter cam­era. Not much of a ru­mour. • An am­bi­tious project plans to send two peo­ple off to Mars in 2018. The duo won’t ac­tu­ally land on the red planet, but will rather sling­shot around it and then head home, coming about as close to the sur­face as the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion is to earth. The trip will also last 501 days and the two will share a com­part­ment the size of a bath­room dur­ing this time. With no pri­vacy. But it is pos­si­ble, we’re told.

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