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IFA 2016: Alcatel Shines Light on budget smartphone

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At last week’s IFA 2016 expo in Berlin, Alcatel launched the Shine Lite, a feature-rich smartphone aimed at tech-savvy young consumers.

Alcatel says it created the Shine Lite “to meet the needs of price-conscious twenty-somethings with an eye for style and a need for functionality that’s intuitive, secure and fun”. It includes a fingerprint scanner and front flash, in a budget-priced device.

“Our aim was to develop a high-end product without a high-end price, and we’ve done just that,” says Nicolas Zibell, General Manager of International Business and President of TCL Communication. “Shine Lite has flagship-product design and relevant features, tailored  to meet the needs of our Gen Z consumers who look for a combination of style and substance, without a hefty price-tag.”

Alcatel provided the following information:

For young consumers who want to impress friends or make a statement in their first job, Shine Lite offers a sophisticated symmetrical design with 2.5D glass on both sides and stylish metal frame, while a fingerprint scanner on the back helps users to effortlessly access their phones.

Shine Lite comes with an exceptional 5-inch HD IPS display that provides vivid, true colour photos and graphics. The advanced technology offers enhanced security with a fingerprint scanner that unlocks users’ phones quickly and discreetly, and gives access to a private Safe-box, where users can store private photos, videos, music and documents. Users’ fingerprints can also be preprogrammed to launch up to five favourite apps directly from standby mode.

Offering a front flash, unusual at this price point, Shine Lite produces brightly lit selfies that can be easily accessed via a dedicated Selfie Album, where user can generate fun selfie videos called Face Show. A dual-tone flash for the 13 MP rear camera assures the most natural-looking, balanced light for photographs. Meanwhile, the Split Catcher app creates a multi-view collage, allowing users to capture the scene with both front and rear cameras.

Shine Lite is available in a range of colours – Pure White, Prime Black, Satin Gold, Gold Duo and Silver Duo – and offers affordable luxury in the smartphone market.

 

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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