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CloudGate Xs – Powerful, Energy-savvy Mini Computer

The palm-sized CloudGate Xs offers such a solution, weighing just 300g, draws less than 24W of power.

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With the ever present threat of power outages coupled with skyrocketing electricity bills, organisations across sectors are looking for energy efficient and power-saving computing solutions. As with its sister device, the CloudGate X, this mini computer is capable of running the Linux, Windows 10 and Chrome operating systems. However, the CloudGate Xs utilises the newest generation Intel Gemini Lake CPU – and thereby offers a critical performance increase of 25% over the CloudGate X. With its new, sleek design, this powerful device also benefits from improved heat dissipation.

“The CloudGate Xs is an ideal replacement for most desktop computers, at a fraction of the cost,” explains Xavier Nel, Head of Product at CloudGate. “It also comes in at the same price point as the CloudGate X, making it an extraordinarily accessible – yet sophisticated – computing solution. Simply plug in a screen, keyboard and mouse and you have a mini-PC for business or education use.”
This is an eco-friendly solution. By using less than 10 percent of the electricity a typical desktop requires, this user-friendly device lowers the energy footprint for an organisation considerably. With warnings of a fragile Eskom power station always nearby, embracing power-savvy technology – which translates into low running costs – has become increasingly important.

From a connectivity perspective, the computer has 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and 1Gig Ethernet. Despite its sleek form, the device boasts three USB 3.0 ports and several others that include VGA, HDMI, RJ45, one DC 12V 2A power input and one 3.5mm audio port. Users will benefit from 4GB DDR4 High-Speed RAM, 64 GB EMMC Solid-State Storage, and an SD card reader. Moreover, storage capacity can be upgraded with an extra 128GB or 256GB m.2 SSD.

The CloudGate Xs ships with a power adapter, VESA Screen Mount, HDMI cable and instruction booklet. Ranging in cost from between R3 499 and R5 199 (depending on the chosen configuration), the CloudGate Xs delivers on several use cases across industry sectors.

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Canon launches world’s lightest DSLR camera

Canon has announced the Canon EOS 250D, which it claims to be the world’s lightest DSLR camera.

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For a family looking to step up from smartphone photography or upgrade from their existing camera, the EOS 250D is a DSLR to consider, packed with the latest technology that provides users with a formidable introduction to interchangeable lens photography in a small and lightweight body.

The successor to Canon’s award-winning EOS 200D, the EOS 250D has a guided user interface for simplified operation, a large 24.1 Megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor, 4K movie capability, fast and responsive autofocus, and connectivity to smart devices. In addition, the camera features DIGIC 8, Canon’s latest image processor which powers many of its functions, including 4K movie recording, 4K time-lapse, and 4K frame grabs from 4K movies. 

With straightforward handling in a lightweight and compact body, the EOS 250D includes a guided user interface that shows on-screen hints and tips. It is also possible for users to capture images in imaginative ways with Canon’s Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustment tools to apply to photographs when composing an image or after it has been taken.  

Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor supports a variety of improvements in Live View autofocus precision and Eye Auto-Focus (AF), Auto Lighting Optimizer, Digital Lens Optimizer, and Highlight Tone Priority for sharp high-resolution images ready to share straight from the camera. The 24.1 Megapixel sensor performs well in low-light and facilitates a shallow depth of field, adding background bokeh to images.

The EOS 250D is a camera for many occasions. Its intuitive Vari-Angle touchscreen enables comfortable shooting from a variety of angles, making it possible to frame selfies or vlog videos. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology will also keep subjects in sharp focus when shooting stills and video via the touchscreen. Delivering a classic shooting experience, the EOS 250D features an optical viewfinder with a  responsive 9-point AF, so moments can be framed clearly and as they were seen with the naked eye. 

When images and videos are ready to be shared, the EOS 250D integrates with smart devices  via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi using the Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. From here, images and videos can be downloaded to a smart device, reviewed and posted on social media or shared. 

The Canon Camera Connect app also facilitates shooting remotely from a smart device, great for capturing group shots or a hands-free selfie. Images can then be sent to a paired smart device as soon as they are taken via the Automatic Image Transfer function, delivering peace of mind that images are safely backed-up. 

The EOS 250D is available in three sleek finishes: black, white and silver and is part of the Canon EOS ecosystem, comprising of over 80 world-class lenses, flashes and accessories, offering a level of choice as users look to expand the camera’s capabilities. The EOS 250D is available now in South Africa.

For more information about Canon, please visit www.canon.co.za or follow Canon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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Nokia 3.2 gets biggest screen

The new Nokia 3.2 handset combines a large HD+ display with Nokia’s signature two-day battery life and is powered by the latest Android 9 Pie experience.

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“The Nokia 3.2 will revolutionise the way you interact with your smartphone, ensuring that your experience keeps getting better,” says Shaun Durandt, general manager of HMD Global Southern Africa. “Premiering the dedicated Google Assistant button, you’ll be able to get directions, make calls, listen to music and get answers to your questions at the touch of a button.”

Industry-leading display, better performance, and two-day battery

Taking a holistic view of battery life, Nokia 3.2 combines a larger battery than many premium smartphones with efficient hardware and software. To squeeze every last drop out of the huge battery, the Adaptive Battery feature introduced in Android 9 Pie manages background applications using artificial intelligence (AI), learning from user behaviour to know when to throttle or increase power to specific apps or processes. It has enough power to go two days with one of the largest displays Nokia has put in a smartphone.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 mobile platform and available with 2/16GB memory configuration, the Nokia 3.2  is also among the first Nokia smartphones to include a notification light – the power button alerts users of notifications. Not quite BlackBerry, then.

Personalised experience: learns as it is used

It features the Google Assistant button, pioneered on the Nokia 4.2 (https://gadget.co.za/hmd-global-launches-nokia-4-2/), which enables instant access to the Google Assistant to get directions, make calls, listen to music, and get answers by using one’s voice. One can double press to receive a visual overview of one’s day from Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information, including transport info, bills that need paying and calendar updates via voice.

Many of the premium features on the device are powered by AI, including face unlock to give a hands-free way to unlock it, or exclusive Google Assistant actions to open apps quicker. The handset also allows access to Google Assistant without unlocking the phone, after opting-in through settings, and enables basic tasks like setting a timer, scheduling reminders, playing music, or asking it questions.

Pure, secure, and up-to-date, Android 9 Pie reinforced with Android One

It comes pre-installed with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the latest Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates. 

Android 9 Pie includes AI-powered features to make the device smarter, faster and adapts to how users use it, so their smartphone experiences get better with time, claims HMD. The Adaptive Battery feature limits battery usage from apps one doesn’t use often, and App Actions predicts what one is about to do so the smartphone can react faster.

The Nokia 3.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One program. In addition, Google Play Protect scans over 50 billion apps per day to prevent malware, making Nokia smartphones among the most secure phones on the market. 

Availability

The Nokia 3.2 with 2GB/16GB RAM/Memory is available in Black, from Vodacom stores and retail partners for an estimated R2,399.00 or R179/month for 24-months.

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