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If you haven’t  as yet booked accommodation for your December getaway here are a few apps to help you get things done a little quicker.

Whether you’re looking for a local stay-cation, wanting to enjoy a white Christmas in Europe, or planning to relax on a sandy beach somewhere, there are some great smartphone apps to help you find the right place to stay. Alcatel recommends these handy apps for holidaymakers:

Booking.com Hotel Reservations

This highly rated travel app offers great accommodation deals across the globe. It makes the process simple for you, providing instant confirmation, paperless check-ins and offline maps.

Get it here: Booking.com Hotel Reservations

HomeToGo: Holiday Lettings & Apartments

HomeToGo is the world’s largest search engine for holiday rentals and apartments. HomeToGo will identify the best price available, according to your requirements, by comparing offers from hundreds of websites.

Get it here: HomeToGo: Holiday Lettings & Apartments

Airbnb

Find adventures in faraway places or in your hometown on the world’s most famous accommodation marketplace.  Airbnb connects people looking for accommodation with people who have second homes or spare rooms to rent out. Alternatively, you could become a host and start earning money through renting out your space or second home.

Get it here: Airbnb 

trivago – Compare Hotels & Save Money on Bookings
Compare prices, and search for the best deals and travel discounts. Trigavo has over a million hotels from more than 200 worldwide hotel booking site for you to find your perfect holiday.

Get it here: trivago

WhereToStay
If you choosing to stay close to home then WhereToStay is the app for you. This holiday accommodation directory lists over 4,000 commission-free lodgings across Southern Africa.

Get it here: WhereToStay

Kamp Is Lekker

Another great South African app is Kamp Is Lekker. Get inspiration for your next camping or glamping trip. This app will get you planning the next best outdoor adventure.

Get it here: Kamp Is Lekker

LodgeSA

LodgeSA is specifically South African with a focus on finding affordable, high-quality BnBs and lodges across South Africa for your next holiday.

Get it here: LodgeSA

TripAdvisor Hotels Restaurants

Choose your December break with TripAdvisor Hotels Restaurants app. With over 500 million reviews and opinions by travellers, TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go.

Get it here: TripAdvisor Hotels Restaurants

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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.”

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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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