MTN South Africa has launched the Alcatel One Touch Fire E, a Firefox OS enabled smartphone powered completely by Web technologies.
Available immediately, the Alcatel OneTouch Fire E smartphone represents the commitment of MTN to provide its customers with the widest range of smart devices designed to fit every budget and requirement.
“Having a smartphone based on the Firefox operating system means we can deliver numerous unique product innovations. For example, the phone can be easily set up for four of the 11 official languages, namely English, Afrikaans, isiZulu and Xhosa. MTN will incorporate other languages in future versions of the phone. This means that our customers can choose the language they are most comfortable with and get a more naturally appealing connected experience,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer: MTN South Africa.
Firefox OS is the first mobile operating system powered completely by Web technologies. Users get the performance, personalisation and price they want in a smartphone packaged in a beautiful, clean, intuitive, and easy-to-use experience. It is designed for the Web in mind, the Alcatel One Touch Fire E is the ideal device to use in the digital age where access to information and social networks from a mobile device has become a way of life for consumers.
“Mozilla Firefox is amongst the most trusted brands on the internet. By giving our valued customers a solution that is built on this innovative software, we ensure that they have an ideal smartphone that puts them in control of their digital experience using a fresh and dynamic user interface,” adds Annetts.
Li Gong, President of Mozilla, says that his organisation built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands. “We are excited to see MTN launching the first Firefox OS devices in South Africa, enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost.”
Adds Ernst Wittmann Southern Africa Country Manager for Alcatel OneTouch: “South Africa is a country of early adopters of the latest smartphone trends and I am convinced they are going to love the Alcatel OneTouch FIRE E smartphone now available from MTN.”
The Alcatel OneTouch Fire E smartphone brings design, performance and sleek styling to the Firefox OS and with its premium finishes like the brushed metal and diamond cut effects, it’s perfect for consumers looking for premium features at an affordable price.
With Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is driving an open mobile ecosystem. Firefox OS also delivers the exceptional security, privacy, customization and user control that people have come to expect from the Firefox Web browser.
The Alcatel One Touch Fire E is one of the most flexible and easy to use handsets in the market today.
It is available at selected MTN outlets on prepaid and contract for R89 per month on the MTN MyChoice 25 package.
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CES: And thanks for all the beer!
Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for making and enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER
From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.
Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:
LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home
LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine, debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules, a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation.
Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.
The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft
Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now:
- Hoppy American IPA
- Golden American Pale Ale
- Full-bodied English Stout
- Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
- Dry Czech Pilsner
The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.
“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”
Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.
CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary
At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.
Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.
Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.
“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”
Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops