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Airbnb now in 13 000 SA homes

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Airbnb has announced that it has grown its home listings in South Africa to more than 13 000, a 38% increase since the end of July of this year.

Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, has announced that it has grown home listings in South Africa to more than 13,000, an increase of 163% over a year ago and a 38% rise since its last market update at the end of July 2015. South Africa remains Airbnb’s largest market in Africa, with strong performance from Cape Town in particular.

“South African tourism is enjoying impressive momentum, with visitors from around the world coming to enjoy its beauty and its diverse attractions,” said Nicola D’Elia, General Manager for Middle East & Africa (MEA). “Our vibrant community continues to expand, with international visitors reporting that the quality of the homes and hospitality in South Africa is outstanding. We look forward to growing our presence in this amazing market in the months to come.”

Some notable statistics reflecting Airbnb’s growth in the country over the last 12 months include:

·         Cape Town now has nearly 7,500 homes listed on Airbnb and is catching up fast with cities like Sydney (12,950), Tokyo (9,345) and Madrid (8,493)

·         South Africa is an increasingly popular travel destination with the number of people traveling to the country and booking on Airbnb increasing by 259% over the past year.

·         More South Africans are using the service too with a 183% increase in the number of South Africans booking through Airbnb in the past year.

In support of its growing South African community, Airbnb has announced that South African hosts now benefit from its Host Guarantee program. The Host Guarantee reimburses hosts at eligible homes for up to R14m in damages in the rare event of guest damages which are not resolved directly with the guest.

“It’s the latest example of Airbnb’s commitment to helping create a safe and trusted community around the world. The peace of mind of our hosts is priceless. Every eligible booking on Airbnb is protected by our Host Guarantee at no additional cost to the Host,” said D’Elia.

Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows travellers to connect with people who have spare space in their homes. For travellers, the chance to book and stay in someone’s home offers the chance to experience a destination like a local. For homeowners, Airbnb offers the potential to meet and host people from all around the world, as well as making some valuable extra money to help make ends meet.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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