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e-Libraries offer digital content at resource centres

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To help advance literacy development, Vodacom and Huawei together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme.

The e-Libraries programme is an educational content application, which is freely available on Huawei tablets at the 61 Vodacom Information and Communication Technology(ICT) resource centres situated across the country.

The 400 Huawei sponsored tablets have been loaded with an exciting collection of e-book content and include a variety of  genres  including:  African literature, history, business/entrepreneurship and fiction. The exciting collection, which is available in all eleven official languages is made accessible by publishing partners Via Afrika, Oxford University Press, Shuter & Shooter, FunDza and is complemented with content from the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Vodacom Group Chief Executive Office, Shameel Joosub says: “Our aim is to use our technology to help make a difference in the communities where our customers live. Through this initiative, Vodacom seeks to enable learners and community members to read e-books at the centres for free”.

Joosub adds that, “access to reading material is a major challenge in South Africa. As many learners do not have access to libraries and reading material, Vodacom together with its partners believe that we can help address this challenge by broadening access to literacy in this way.”

Huawei Vice President of East and Southern Africa Region, You Jiangtao says: “Huawei has been continuously partnering with Vodacom to provide ubiquitous telecom network services to build a better connected world.  We share much appreciation to our valued partners for the collaborated efforts to improve educational platforms in South Africa. At Huawei we strive to bridge the digital divide and hope the beneficiaries will capitalise on this opportunity.”

Nelson Mandela Foundation, Chief Executive Officer, Sello Hatang says that Madiba once appropriately said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Hatang says: “Nelson Mandela’s legacy has created the opportunity for us to achieve a bright future.”

The initiative forms part of Vodacom’s broader  teacher development initiative, the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme.  The programme has seven components – the Vodacom Mobile Education ICT Resource Centres, the web-based Vodacom Digital Classroom education portal, the Vodacom Mobile Education Virtual Private Network, the Vodacom Mobile Education Training Programme, Vodacom e-school and Vodacom Millionaires.

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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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