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FNB connects 100 000 SIMs

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FNB has announced that over 100 000 active SIMs have been distributed for its mobile network since its launch in June of the year.

“We didn’t expect to exceed the 100 000 active SIMs mark before the end of the year but the strong organic uptake by customers is an indication that there’s a strong need for a transparent and flexible mobile service. 75% of the new SIMS are prepaid and 25% are post paid, while 40% of customers fall within the 26 – 35 age group.  This is a demographic that values flexibility and prefers to take control of how they spend on mobile services,” says Ravesh Ramlakan, CEO of FNB Connect.

“We are naturally activating approximately 1 000 SIMs daily and we are pleased to see that a number of customers have taken up the FNB Connect Flexi product without a device,” adds Ramlakan.

The FNB Connect Flexi is an innovative product in the market; it’s a month-to-month offering that can be tailored to each individual’s needs by using sliders to choose your data, voice and SMS needs.

“The Flexi product has had a very positive response, with all customers on this plan adjusting their package at least once before settling on a combination that suits their lifestyles,” says Ramlakan.

FNB Connect is integrated into Online Banking, the Banking App and Cellphone Banking using a single login and customers can manage their SIM while manage their banking. Customers are able to check the activity on each of their SIM cards with details of each transaction made in real time.

Any actions required for SIM management such as changing limits, switching international roaming on and off, blocking the SIM or ordering a new one can easily be performed from these digital banking platforms.

FNB Connect’s Auto Top-Up has also proven to be a success in the initial months. Customers have an option to automatically top up their airtime or data which means that they will never run out of airtime or be out of bundle when it comes to data.

“We are expecting the strong growth to continue as customers are seeing value in the flexibility, transparency, control and rewards associated with our products,” says Ramlakan.

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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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