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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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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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