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AppDate: Quickly design a reliable wireless network

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In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights NetSpot’s Network Analyser, Qlik European Championships, Google Play Music Concierge, BlackBerry’s BBM Everyday competition, and Rush courier’s updated website.

NetSpot Network Analyser

Having a Wi-Fi connection at home is exceptionally convenient but, no matter where the router is installed, there will always be those dead spots – or places where the router’s Wi-Fi signal does not reach. In the past it was a matter of trial and error when looking for the ideal

spot for a router. With the NetSpot Network Analyser ,however, one is able to load a house plan and find the best spot for the router without difficulty. The app also displays a network’s noise and security levels.

Platform: Mac and Windows.

Expect to pay: Three packages are available,:a free version with a very basic network scan function, a pro version that allows one to add additional zones, and an enterprise version that can be used by up to 10 users and retailing for around R7 500.

Stockists: Visit www.netspot.com

 

Qlik European Championships App

Did you know that 579 goals have been scored since the first Euro championship in 1960? Or that Bulgaria is the country to have received the most red and yellow cards so far? All these facts and more are instantly available in the Qlik European Championships App. In addition, soccer fans can access details on every player and team since the beginning of the championship and have the option to pit one team against the other to see what the chances are of their chosen team winning.

Platform: Most modern, desktop-based Internet browsers

Expect to pay: Free to use.

Stockists: Visit www.webapps.qlik.com/Euro2016/Euro2016

 

Google launches Google Play Music Concierge in South Africa

Google Play Music Concierge gives Play Music subscribers access to a large set of playlists targeted to specific contexts – what users are doing or how they’re feeling. Next time a user opens Google Music Player, they will be prompted to say whether they would like to listen to music according to mood or time of day. Google will then search for music in that category and begin streaming it.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free upgrade.

Stockists: Visit the Play Music store from an Android device.

 

BBM Everyday competition

BlackBerry has launched a BBM Everyday competition that is designed to cast light on South Africa’s lesser-known treasures. The competition is open to anyone using BBM and invites everyday photographers to enter the #BBMEveryday competition by sharing their photographs. Each week, for the next month, photographers simply need to submit images

of everyday South Africa to www.bbmeveryday.com, according to the weekly clues that will be revealed through the #BBMEveryday BBM channel (Pin: C0022F31B). Prizes range from an all-expenses trip for two to Zanzibar to one of five BlackBerry Priv smartphones.

Platform: Any platform running BlackBerry Messenger

Expect to pay: Free to enter.

Stockists: Visit www.bbmeveryday.com for more information.

Rush courier service upgrades

Since its launch late last year, the Rush courier service is making waves in the courier industry. In addition to being operated via WeChat, the company has recently launched its new website, which now allows users to easily find quotes, place orders and track their

parcels in real-time. The site also offers the functionality to book bulk deliveries around South Africa and includes an address book for recently used addresses.

Platform: Most modern, desktop-based Internet browsers

Expect to pay: Registration is free, courier costs depend on the package and its destination.

Stockists: Visit www.rush.co.za

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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