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Educational tech to help save the planet

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Gammatek has brought Pai Technology educational games for children to South Africa in order to learn TJ’s Math Adventure, Stem Lab-Little Engineer, Ocean Pets and Cube Tastic.

“These educational games are designed to stimulate your children’s imagination and aid their development,” says Gammatek’s Zev Cherniak. “Pai Technology introduces a world of playful, fun and safe technology that encourages a love for learning that ultimately benefits children’s growth.”

TJ’s Math Adventure combines physical puzzles and augmented reality play to help children master basic math concepts in a fun and adventurous way. They join TJ as he leads an army on a mission to save the planet, learning to recognize shapes and solve math challenges along the way. The system utilizes an interactive app available from app stores, as well as a physical board game. Stem Lab-Little Engineer pairs toy blocks with augmented reality to create a unique experience for children to learning basic programming skills.

With Ocean Pets, children get to create their own virtual aquarium using augmented reality with a special lightweight putty. They can create fish and sea creatures with the mess free putty and then scan it with a device to see their Ocean Pets come to life in 3D. Thereafter they must care for their pets while learning fun facts about the ocean and its inhabitants. The more they take care of their pets, the more game features are unlocked. Cube Tastic is a throwback to the puzzle cube with a twist. The puzzle cube uses 3D augmented technology with an app to teach kids how to solve the cube. Once they master it, new combinations are unlocked for endless play.

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Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.

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In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend

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iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.

The AirPods are priced from R2 899 and the new iMac from R23 499. Customers can also order these new products from iStore’s website.

“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”

AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.

The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.

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