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FNB offers free WhatsApp

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As from the beginning of this month all Connect subscribers have been able to use WhatsApp messaging for free on any FNB Connect SIM.

The growing demand for data usage and a large portion of Connect customers using the WhatsApp service on a daily basis has prompted FNB Connect to provide the service for free as an added benefit to all customers.  Additionally, FNB Connect sees this as a valuable addition for customers who also benefit from up to 40% back in eBucks on their Connect SIM spend.

The free WhatsApp promotion runs until the 31st of July 2016. During this period customers will be able to use the WhatsApp Messenger service free from any data costs. This means that customers are not required to have any data, to use WhatsApp.

“We are continuously looking at the needs of customers to offer products and services that add value to their lives and enhance the experience they have with our services. Testament to this is the recent recognition of Connect as the Most Innovative MVNO at the 15th Annual World MVNO Congress 2016, held in Amsterdam last month,” says Shadrack Palmer, Chief Commercial Officer of FNB Connect.

“This proves customers are on the lookout for innovative products and services to suit their everyday needs,” says Palmer

The award adds to the 3 internationally recognized awards received since launching in June 2015. Connect received recognition for being the ‘Most Innovative MVNO’ in the Telecoms.com Awards in November last year, and scooped 2 further awards at the AfricaCom Awards for the ‘Most Innovative Service’ and ‘Excellence in Customer Experience Management’ shortly following this.

Customers with a Connect SIM can also access FNB’s electronic banking platforms such as Online Banking, FNB App, Cell phone Banking and eWallet without incurring any data charges, thus ensuring banking is convenient and always accessible, even if you do not have data. LTE has also been enabled on all Connect SIMs. Customers with LTE devices can now enjoy faster data speeds with coverage in Gauteng, Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal.

“Enhancing our customers’ communication needs by offering services that are relevant and innovative is a key objective for us,” says Palmer.

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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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