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If you haven’t  as yet booked accommodation for your December getaway here are a few apps to help you get things done a little quicker.

Whether you’re looking for a local stay-cation, wanting to enjoy a white Christmas in Europe, or planning to relax on a sandy beach somewhere, there are some great smartphone apps to help you find the right place to stay. Alcatel recommends these handy apps for holidaymakers:

Booking.com Hotel Reservations

This highly rated travel app offers great accommodation deals across the globe. It makes the process simple for you, providing instant confirmation, paperless check-ins and offline maps.

Get it here: Booking.com Hotel Reservations

HomeToGo: Holiday Lettings & Apartments

HomeToGo is the world’s largest search engine for holiday rentals and apartments. HomeToGo will identify the best price available, according to your requirements, by comparing offers from hundreds of websites.

Get it here: HomeToGo: Holiday Lettings & Apartments

Airbnb

Find adventures in faraway places or in your hometown on the world’s most famous accommodation marketplace.  Airbnb connects people looking for accommodation with people who have second homes or spare rooms to rent out. Alternatively, you could become a host and start earning money through renting out your space or second home.

Get it here: Airbnb 

trivago – Compare Hotels & Save Money on Bookings
Compare prices, and search for the best deals and travel discounts. Trigavo has over a million hotels from more than 200 worldwide hotel booking site for you to find your perfect holiday.

Get it here: trivago

WhereToStay
If you choosing to stay close to home then WhereToStay is the app for you. This holiday accommodation directory lists over 4,000 commission-free lodgings across Southern Africa.

Get it here: WhereToStay

Kamp Is Lekker

Another great South African app is Kamp Is Lekker. Get inspiration for your next camping or glamping trip. This app will get you planning the next best outdoor adventure.

Get it here: Kamp Is Lekker

LodgeSA

LodgeSA is specifically South African with a focus on finding affordable, high-quality BnBs and lodges across South Africa for your next holiday.

Get it here: LodgeSA

TripAdvisor Hotels Restaurants

Choose your December break with TripAdvisor Hotels Restaurants app. With over 500 million reviews and opinions by travellers, TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go.

Get it here: TripAdvisor Hotels Restaurants

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

Click here or on the page link below to read on: Page 2: Soldiers and Health in 2099.

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Street art goes electric

Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.

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The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.

The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.

D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.

D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.

“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”

As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”

Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”

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