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AppDate: Get your game on with Rugby 2015

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In this AppDate edition, SEAN BACHER highlights the Official Rugby 2015 app, loveLife mobile site, Boomerang Pet Photo Booth, Leawo iOS Data Recovery, Elmedia Player media player for Mac OS X, Revamped Opera Mini for Android, infltr camera filter app and Pac-Man 256.

Official Rugby 2015 app

All rugby fanatics need to do to get started with this this app is select the team they are supporting. The app will then automatically organise content according to that team, displaying fixtures, scores, news and analysis. Reminders can be set for upcoming games that that team is playing and if you are in the area, tickets can be booked. The app also offers the opportunity to live-stream commentary from games as and when they are broadcast, and it lets users test their rugby knowledge through the trivia section.

Platform: Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS 10 and above and Windows Phone 8.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

loveLife mobile site

The recently launched loveLife mobi site, iloveLife.mobi, is aimed at South Africans aged from 15 to 24 in urban and rural areas. The concept is to reward them for making healthy choices and therefore encourage responsible behaviour as adolescents. By registering, participants can partake in educational quizzes, complete self-assessments, check into clinics or sporting events and be rewarded through points and prizes. A USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) service has been enabled for youth living in rural areas without access to smartphones. They simply key in *120*2121# and the service provides instant access to all the content on the mobi site.

Platform: Any cellphone with compatible browser.

Stockists: Visit iloveLife.mobi or SMS*120*2121# to access the site.

Expect to pay: A free service.

 

Boomerang Pet Photo Booth

Boomerang Pet Photo Booth is a content creation app that allows users to upload images of their household pet, which they can then edit and manipulate with visual content from Boomerang. Options include the ability to place a Scooby Doo collar on their pet dog or even give their rabbit a Bugs Bunny signature toothy smile. Various props and stickers are available. The app then allows for images to be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – not recommended though, as there are enough weird-looking animals plaguing social networks as it is.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Leawo iOS Data Recovery

Leawo iOS Data Recovery helps Apple users recover deleted data even without an iTunes device backup. The dedicated iOS data recovery utility can recover multiple deleted data files by scanning the device’s memory. When using this utility, users can recover six data types, including Contacts, Messages (MMS/SMS/iMessages), Call History, Calendars, Reminders and Notes. When the app is run in normal mode, data can be extracted from an iTunes backup, where files can be pinpointed and exported to a computer for restoration.

Platform: All new and older Apple devices are supported. A PC or Apple Mac is also needed for restoration.

Expect to pay: R840

Stockists: http://www.leawo.org

 

Elmedia Player media player for Mac OS X

Elmedia Player media player for Mac OS X supports a wide range of video formats and even some that are hardly used anymore. Installation is as easy as dragging the downloaded app into the Apps folder. The free version of the player only allows users to watch downloaded videos, but the Pro version offers the ability to watch and download online videos from YouTube and similar video streaming sites. Pro users can also take screen shots of their videos.

Platform: Mac OS X and above.

Expect to pay: Free but with limited functionality. The Pro version costs R245.

Stockists: www.mac.eltima.com

 

Revamped Opera Mini for Android

The latest version of Opera Mini for Android allows users to switch between two compression modes: high and extreme. The high compression mode compresses web pages without affecting the page display, making it great for surfing the web on 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi networks. When in extreme mode, web pages are compressed at a much higher rate, giving users a high-speed Internet experience, but displaying content at a lower resolution.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Google Play Store.

 

infltr camera filter app

infltr is a camera filter app that lets users add any one of five million pre-set filters to their images before they take a picture. Filters are changed by the user in real-time by searching through the various categories until a suitable one is found. Once applied, tweaks can be made to the filter before the photo is taken.

Platform: iOS with Android version coming out soon.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Apple App store.

 

Pac-Man 256

To celebrate Pac-Man’s recent 35th anniversary, Pac-Man 256 has been announced for tablets and smartphones. Much like the original, players need to navigate Pac-Man through various mazes while avoiding ghosts and collecting fruits and chomping away at Pac-Dots. In addition to the standard Power-Pellets that let Pac-Man eat ghosts, power-ups like stealth mode, tornados and laser beams can be collected.

Platform: iOS and Android.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Apple App Store, Amazon Store or Google Play Store for free.

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

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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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