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IFA 2015: Acer gets a refresh

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At this year’s IFA conference in Berlin, Acer announced refreshes to its Aspire V Nitro Series notebooks and the Aspire V 13 notebook, all of which incorporate 6th generation Intel Core processors.

The refreshed Aspire V Nitro Series notebooks and Aspire V 13 support the latest USB 3.1 Type-C port, while “Black Edition” Aspire V Nitro models support Thunderbolt 3, which brings Thunderbolt to USB Type-C at speeds up to 40Gbpup. All models include Qualcomm VIVE 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology, allowing up to three times faster downloads compared to other 802.11ac products. MU-MIMO networks serve multiple devices simultaneously, so that higher efficacy can be achieved with multiple devices.

“Sophisticated consumers want the most powerful and efficient notebooks for applications such as gaming, 4k video streaming, downloading, and more,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With the inclusion of Qualcomm MU-MIMO technology, Acer’s V Nitro Series has the top-notch Wi-Fi connectivity option to ensure performance.”

Aspire V Nitro Series- Life in the Fast Lane

The Aspire V Nitro Series notebooks are designed for those seeking an immersive sensory experience and serious computing power. Powered by 6th generation Intel Core processors, the 2015 Aspire V Nitro Series support up to 32GB DDR4 system memory, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and SATA III SSD/SSHD/HDD storage options. “Black Edition” models support NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M graphics with up to 4GB GDDR5 graphics RAM, and lightning-fast NVMe PCIe SSDs which are typically only available in enterprise servers.

“The Acer Aspire notebook series powered by the new 6th Gen Intel Core processors provides consumers with powerful performance and a long battery life for the best computing experience today,” said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group.  “Intel and Acer have a long history of innovation together, bringing new technologies to market that delight consumers.”

The 2015 refreshes for both the 17-inch and 15-inch Aspire V Nitro models include a neat-cut corner design and a breakthrough slot-antenna design. The antenna is discretely positioned on one corner of the display ensuring 360-degree WiFi coverage with no dead zones. Acer TrueHarmony Plus with Dolby Audio technology help the four built-in speakers pump out powerful surround sound for gaming, film, and music playback. The premium “Black Edition” models include a distinctive light bar alongside the hinge, 4K 100% Adobe RGB options, and hand-assembled Acer DustDefender thermal exhausts with the world’s thinnest metallic blades of just 0.1mm thin, which are stronger and quieter.

Aspire V 13 Series – A Blend of Style and Performance

The new Aspire V 13 notebooks are powered by 6th generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD graphics, and up to 16GB DDR3L system memory. The notebooks come in two stylish colors – Steel Black and Platinum White.At just 19.65 mm thin and 1.5 kg light, they are designed to slip into a bag easily, while 8 hours of battery life lets users stay unplugged for a full workday.

The Aspire V 13 feature Acer CrystalEye HD webcams, and are Skype for Business certified for smooth audio and visuals without gaps or lags, while also allowing a smooth experience for Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant. Four USB ports provide plentiful connectivity, while two powerful speakers with Dolby Audio technology provide cinematic sound on the go, and thanks to the built-in Precision Touchpad (PTP), the Aspire V 13 enables accurate navigation and full support of Windows 10 gestures across touch and non-touch models.

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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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