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Lumia 532 dual SIM now in SA

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Microsoft has made the Lumia 532 dual SIM smartphone available in South Africa. The device is available exclusively from Cell C for R1 700 and runs Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft has announced the availability of the Lumia 532 dual SIM in South Africa. The device will be available exclusively at Cell C, from R1 699 or on a Smartchat 1GB contract starting at R149 per month for 24 months. Offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 capabilities at an incredible price, the Lumia 532 delivers a smartphone experience that help people do more on the go.

The Lumia 532 is a quad core smartphone with a premium layered design, glance screen, front facing camera and more memory.

It also offers:

·         Switch effortlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration and a front-facing camera.

·         Read, review, edit and share on the go with the full Microsoft Office suite pre-installed.

·         Keep your photos, videos and Office documents safely backed up with 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.

·         Easily manage work and personal correspondence with Microsoft Outlook

·         Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app.

·         Customize your Home Screen with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders.

·         Stay up-to-date with the best new features through regular Windows updates.

“Innovation is for everyone, and we’ve consistently worked to bring meaningful innovation to even more accessible price points,” said Shaun Durandt, general manager of Microsoft Mobile Devices, South Africa. “The Lumia 532 appeals particularly to those looking to buy a smartphone for the first time, with an operating system that is both intuitive and deeply personal.”

“With a powerful quad-core processor, smart dual SIM capability, a 5 MP camera, Microsoft’s leading services and such an accessible price makes the Lumia 532 a strong option for our more price conscious customers,” said Craig Kidson Executive Head Consumer Sales, Cell C.

The Lumia 532 will be available in black.

 

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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