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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

• A ro­bot built out of Lego and a smart­phone has bro­ken the world record for solv­ing a Ru­bik’s Cube puzzle. In an achieve­ment that brings to­gether two child­hood icons for most read­ers, a duo of Bri­tish en­gi­neers de­signed and built the Cubestormer 3 ro­bot that set the new world record at 3.253 sec­onds. The ro­bot record, that is. The hu­man record is a con­sid­er­ably slower 5.5 sec­onds. • South African Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Yunus Car­rim has la­belled Naspers* com­pany Mul­tiChoice a ‘mo­nop­oly’ and said that the firm and its part­ners have re­sorted to trot­ting out the “same old, tired is­sues” over dig­i­tal ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion. Car­rim made these state­ments in an in­ter­view with tech­nol­ogy news site TechCen­tral fol­low­ing a full-page Sun­day news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ments in which Mul­tiChoice ac­cused him of ad­vanc­ing the “nar­row commercial in­ter­ests” of other in­dus­try play­ers, in a clear ref­er­ence to e.tv. Mul­tiChoice and e.tv are at war over whether the set-top boxes that con­sumers will need to watch dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion when the coun­try switches off ana­logue broad­casts should con­tain a con­trol sys­tem. ■

* Fin­week is a Me­dia24 pub­li­ca­tion, which is a sub­sidiary of Naspers.

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