Epson has added 12 new models to its consumer projector range, offering customers expanded features at accessible prices.
For home cinema and entertainment enthusiasts, the Epson EH-TW610, EH-TW650, EH-TW5400, EH-TW5600 and EH-TW5650 offer some standout features included within the range: the addition of lens shift (EH-TW5600 and EH-TW5650), miracast and screen-mirroring (EH-TW5650) and built-in Wi-Fi (EH-TW610, EH-TW650). For an immersive experience, movie lovers will appreciate detail enhancement and frame interpolation (EH-TW5400, EH-TW5600 and EH-TW5650), providing more fluid action and reducing motion blur in fast moving screens, resulting in smoother and sharper images.
The latest models also offer a balance of home and work needs, with the Epson EB-S05, EB-X05, EB-W05, EB-U05, EB-S41, EB-X41 and EB-W41. These projectors offer a range of resolutions, optional Wi-Fi and extras like a compact carry case (EB-S41, EB-X41, EB-W41).
The projectors retail at between R11 999 and R12 999, depending on the model,
“From family and friends to business colleagues and clients, the latest range of projectors is sure to get everyone’s attention,” says Timothy Thomas, Epson South Africa’s consumer sales manager. “With expansive displays reaching up to 3000 inches, the large screen size is matched by its quality with Epson’s 3LCD technology making the display up to three times brighter than competitor products.”
Producing an equally high White and Colour Light Output from 2,500 to 3,600 lumens, 3LCD technology ensures a well-balanced image, delivering exceptionally bright yet colourful images, with clear details, even in sunny rooms. The high contrast ratio produces defined shadows and deep blacks.
All models are easy to set up and offer keystone correction to position the image. The EH-TW5600 and EH-TW5650 also come with a 1.6x zoom and vertical lens shift, for an ever faster and more refined set up. Accessing content is fuss free with a single (EB-S05, EB-X05, EB-W05, EBS41, EB-X41, EB-W41) or double HDMI input (EH-TW610, EH-TW650, EH-TW5400, EH-TW5600, EHTW5650, EB-U05) for connecting DVD players, games consoles and more.
“Thanks to the incredibly long lamp life, the projectors offer up to 15 years’ worth of entertainment,” says Thomas. “This means they’re a long-term, affordable and hassle-free solution for anyone’s projection needs.”
The Epson EH-TW610, EH-TW650, EH-TW5400, EH-TW5600, EH-TW5650, EB-S05, EB-S05, EB-X05, EB-W05, EBS41, EB-X41 and EB-W41 will be available in South Africa at leading retailers from May 2018.
Opera launches built-in VPN on Android browser
Opera has released a new version of its mobile browser, which features a built-in virtual private network service.
Opera has released a new version of its mobile browser, Opera for Android 51, which features a built-in VPN (virtual private network) service.
A VPN allows users to create a secure connection to a public network, and is particularly useful if users are unsure of the security levels of the public networks that they use often.
The new VPN in Opera for Android 51 is free, unlimited and easy to use. When enabled, it gives users greater control of their online privacy and improves online security, especially when connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots such as coffee shops, airports and hotels. The VPN will encrypt Internet traffic into and out of their mobile devices, which reduces the risk of malicious third parties collecting sensitive information.
“There are already more than 650 million people using VPN services globally. With Opera, any Android user can now enjoy a free and no-log service that enhances online privacy and improves security,” said Peter Wallman, SVP Opera Browser for Android.
When users enable the VPN included in Opera for Android 51, they create a private and encrypted connection between their mobile device and a remote VPN server, using strong 256-bit encryption algorithms. When enabled, the VPN hides the user’s physical location, making it difficult to track their activities on the internet.
The browser VPN service is also a no-log service, which means that the VPN servers do not log and retain any activity data, all to protect users privacy.
“Users are exposed to so many security risks when they connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots without a VPN,” said Wallman. “Enabling Opera VPN means that users makes it difficult for third parties to steal information, and users can avoid being tracked. Users no longer need to question if or how they can protect their personal information in these situations.”
According to a report by the Global World Index in 2018, the use of VPNs on mobile devices is rising. More than 42 percent of VPN users on mobile devices use VPN on a daily basis, and 35 percent of VPN users on computers use VPN daily.
The report also shows that South African VPN users said that their main reason for using a VPN service is to remain anonymous while they are online.
“Young people in particular are concerned about their online privacy as they increasingly live their lives online,” said Wallman. “Opera for Android 51 makes it easy to benefit from the security and anonymity of VPN , especially for those may not be aware of how to set these up.”
Setting up the Opera VPN is simple. Users just tap on the browser settings, go to VPN and enable the feature according to their preference. They can also select the region of their choice.
The built-in VPN is free, which means that users don’t need to download additional apps on their smartphones or pay additional fees as they would for other private VPN services. With no sign-in process, users don’t need to log in every time they want to use it.
Opera for Android is available for download in Google Play. The rollout of the new version of Opera for Android 51 will be done gradually per region.
Future of the car is here
Three new cars, with vastly different price-tags, reveal the arrival of the future of wheels, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK
Just a few months ago, it was easy to argue that the car of the future was still a long way off, at least in South Africa. But a series of recent car launches have brought the high-tech vehicle to the fore in startling ways.
The Jaguar i-Pace electric vehicle (EV), BMW 330i and the Datsun Go have little in common, aside from representing an almost complete spectrum of car prices on the local market. Their tags start, respectively, at R1.7-million, R650 000 and R150 000.
Such a widely disparate trio of vehicles do not exactly come together to point to the future. Rather, they represent different futures for different segments of the market. But they also reveal what we can expect to become standard in most vehicles produced in the 2020s.
The i-Pace may be out of reach of most South Africans, but it ushers in two advances that will resonate throughout the EV market as it welcomes new and more affordable cars. It is the first electric vehicle in South Africa to beat the bugbear of range anxiety.
Unlike the pioneering “old” Nissan Leaf, which had a range of up to about 150km, and did not lend itself to long distance travel, the i-Pace has a 470km range, bringing it within shouting distance of fuel-powered vehicles. A trip from Johannesburg to Durban, for example, would need just one recharge along the way.
And that brings in the other major advance: the i-Pace is the first EV launched in South Africa together with a rapid public charging network on major routes. It also comes with a home charging kit, which means the end of filling up at petrol stations.
The Jaguar i-Pace dispels one further myth about EVs: that they don’t have much power under the hood. A test drive around Gauteng revealed not only a gutsy engine, but acceleration on a par with anything in its class, and enough horsepower to enhance the safety of almost any overtaking situation.
Specs for the Jaguar i-Pace include:
- All-wheel drive
- Twin motors with a combined 294kW and 696Nm
- 0-100km/h in 4.8s
- 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, delivering up to 470km range
- Eight-year/160 000km battery warranty
- Two-year/34 000km service intervals
Click here to read about BMW’s self-driving technology, and how Datsun makes smart technology affordable.