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Garmin Approach G80 merges golf and GPS

Garmin has launched a combination GPS golf device, the Approach G80. It merges GPS technology with functionality to monitor and calculate advanced swing metrics. The integrated radar capabilities allow golfers to analyse and fine-tune their performances, during course play or in the backyard, by tracking their club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and estimated distance.

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The Garmin Approach G80 sports a 3.5-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen and a battery that lasts up to 15 hours. A quick access button brings up integrated radar features during play. A sleek rear case divot allows the device to sit on a golf ball for better screen display viewing.

By introducing a variety of new practice and game modes, the G80 lets golfers test their skills on the driving range, with the option to partake in virtual rounds on more than 41,000 preloaded, full-colour courses around the world.

Providing golfers with the opportunity to test and improve skill sets, it comes equipped with practice and game modes— Warm-Up, Tempo Training, Virtual Round, and Target Practice. It uses a built-in launch monitor during warm-ups and tempo training to determine ball speed, club head speed, smash factor, estimated distance, and backswing/downswing timings to evaluate tempo.

Virtual Tournament mode allows golfers to raise the stakes by competing on famous courses with other users of the device, and Target Practice gives golfers challenges to zero in on their drives, irons, and short game, by receiving points for hitting specific targets in a one or two player challenge mode.

Golfers can download the Garmin Golf app to take advantage of all the connected features, including the virtual connected modes (mentioned abovel. Players are also able to connect with other golfers by posting and reviewing stats and rankings, saving scorecards, and keeping competition alive by taking part in weekly leaderboards.

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Acer TravelMate X5

Acer’s latest addition to its TravelMate series brings a full 14” IPS panel to a notebook weighing under 1kg.

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Acer has unveiled its TravelMate X514-51 commercial notebook series for small and medium business users. It’s designed for professionals requiring a durable, yet sleek device that can support heavy workloads and frequent business travel.  

The TravelMate X5 sports a premium quality magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis for holding up to the rigours of life on the go. These materials are two to four times stronger than standard aluminium alloys at the same thickness, yet weigh between 20-35 percent less. This blend of materials makes the notebook thin and light while also being resistant to bending and twisting.

Highly portable, the notebook computer weighs just 980 grams and measures 15 mm thin making it easier to hold and fit in a briefcase, bag or backpack. Acer claims the computer has up to 10 hours of battery life to support a full day’s work on a single charge. Primed for excellent performance, the new notebooks are powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and up to fast and responsive two 512GB solid-state drives for viewing and editing large spreadsheets, presentations and videos. Outfitted with Windows 10 Pro, the notebook provides powerful security and productivity essentials.

“We’re confident our professional customers will appreciate our thinnest and lightest professional notebooks to date,” says Belinda Marais from Acer Africa. “Sleek, yet robust, they’re built for the rigours of frequent travel with a sturdy chassis and strong security features to keep data safe at home and abroad.”

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Tesla Model Y electric compact SUV

Tesla yesterday announced its latest electric compact SUV with impressive sport-like performance. The SUV claims a range of around 480 km on a single charge.

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The Model Y is Tesla’s fifth car to market and marks the company’s second attempt at producing a mass-market electric vehicle.

“An SUV that will ride like a sports car,” said Elon Musk at the Model Y launch event. The South African-born CEO was referring to the performance version of the SUV, which is claimed to reach 100kph in 3.5 seconds from stationary.

Models expected to be released in the second half of 2020 include a long-range ($47 000/R680 000), all-wheel drive ($51 000/R740 000), and performance model ($60 000/~R870 000). A cheaper commercial model is expected to launch in 2021.

The seven-passenger vehicle’s interior will feature a touchscreen control panel on the dashboard, similar to the Model 3. It will also sport a panoramic sunroof.

“The cool thing is, it’s ‘feature complete,’” said Musk, with reference to the fitted sensors. “It will be able to do basically anything just with software upgrades.”

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