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Fitbit Surge arrives in SA

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Fitbit today announced the launch of the Fitbit Surge. The Fitbit Surge will be available in iStore and DionWired from today, and within a broader range of Authorised Retailer stores in the coming months for R3 999.

Fitbit provided the following information on the device:

Fitbit’s Fitness Super Watch – Fitbit Surge – includes all the below powerful features:

  • Built-in GPS delivers stats like pace, distance, elevation and split times. Fitbit Surge seamlessly syncs with mobile devices to show route history and workout summaries, leading to smarter training
  • Multiple Sport Mode, to classify workouts and view detailed summaries of exercises completed—including heart rate and calories burned
  • Smart combination of desirable smartwatch features including customisable watch faces, Caller ID, text alerts and mobile music control
  • Advanced eight-sensor technology – GPS, 3-axis accelerometers, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, optical heart rate monitor, altimeter, ambient light sensor and a touchscreen
  • Backlit LCD touchscreen display for easy viewing and navigation through real-time stats, workout apps and alarms
  • Battery life up to 7 days, to track everything from the work week to a full marathon on one charge

Together with the above, Fitbit Surge will soon be able to track sport activities like road biking and mountain biking, and capture your activity data in one place with easy to read historical charts and graphs. Fitbit Surge bike-tracking will be available to all Fitbit Surge users in North America by next month, on iOS and Android, with global availability coming soon.

What to expect from the soon-to-be-available Multi-sport mode

Multi-sport mode allow users to easily record running, cross training, cardio and now biking workouts – which automatically sync wirelessly to users’ accounts where they can easily view their exercise summaries.

  • Multiple Sport Mode – Track and view workout summaries for activities with up to seven exercises that can be added to a device for easy tracking, including Bike (new), Run, Hike, Weights, Yoga, Bootcamp and more
  • Superior Heart Rate Tracking Technology – Continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking with Fitbit’s PurePulse optical heart rate technology to motivate users to maintain workout intensity, more accurately track calorie-burn, as well as hit fat burn, cardio and peak intensity with simplified heart rate zones and track resting heart rate over time. All this is done without wearing an uncomfortable chest strap
  • Real-time comprehensive bike stats – Swipe through distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned right on the wrist to stay on track
  • Bike exercise summaries on the app – Map preview of route, distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned, active minutes and ride impact on daily stats on the Fitbit app or web dashboard
  • Additional bike stat details on web dashboard – Thorough map and graphs with a by-the-second view into speed, heart rate, heart rate zones and calorie burn for each ride; elevation profile gives insight into intensity of ride
  • Bike exercise historical progress – Cyclists can challenge themselves to improve their stats by monitoring frequency, distance, duration, time in heart rate zones and calories burned for past rides

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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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