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In his latest gadget roundup, SEAN BACHER highlights the Powermonkey Explorer 2, a Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile, the Cougar 200K Gaming Keyboard, Western Digital’s My Passport Wireless and the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One.

Powermonkey Explorer 2

The Powermonkey Explorer 2 portable recharger houses a powerful, dual-core, 6000mAh lithium-ion battery, capable of recharging an iPhone 5 up to three times, a GoPro Hero3+ four times and a Garmin Edge 1000 four times.  It’s also compatible with a range of other 5V devices such as tablets (including iPad), iPods, digital cameras, satelite phones and more. The device is dust-, water- and shock-proof, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Expect to pay: R1 400

Stockists: Visit www.powertraveller.com for ordering information.

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Western Digital My Passport Wireless

The My Passport Wireless is a user-friendly Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows users to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with most smartphones, tables and computers. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection. The device is available in storage sizes ranging from 500GB to 2TB.

Expect to pay: R1 899 for 500GB, R2 499 for 1TB and R3 399 for 2TB

Stockists: Reputable electronics retail outlets nationwide.

Cougar 200K Gaming Keyboard

This keyboard is designed for high-end gamers, in that it features anti-ghosting technology for precise accuracy. It is also compact and durable, and features 19 programmable keys. The keyboard also offers users the ability to adjust the screen’s brightness and control media without having to reach for a mouse.

Expect to pay: R377

Stockists: Visit any of these online stores: www.evetech.co.zawww.landmarkpc.co.zawww.rebeltech.co.zawww.wootware.co.za

Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile

Creating the full laptop experience, the Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile features powerful magnets to connect quickly and efficiently to a tablet. Switch from tablet to notebook with a simple click and enhance the tablet experience with the ability to make use of a touchscreen or keyboard. The Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile is Windows 8 compliant and offers multi-angle viewing thanks to built-in hinges.

Expect to pay: R1 599

Stockists: Visit http://www.drivecon.net/ for ordering information.

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One

The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset, which was previously only available for PC gamers, is now available for the Xbox One. The header uses 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers that offer clear high and mid-ranges, as well as deep immersive bass for powerful lows. The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One has been ergonomically designed with padding that creates sound isolation.

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

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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