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Mac prices come down

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South African pricing has been announced on the two new MacBook Air models and the new MacBook laptop computer announced last week, with the price of previous versions reduced.

The Core Group has announced prices for the new MacBook laptop computer announced last week, as well as for the two new MacBook Air models. It  also announced reduced pricing of some of the current range.

Partners will include Apple Premium Resellers (iStore and Digicape) and selected Apple Authorised Retailers and Resellers (Incredible Connection and DionWired). For where to buy, visit www.core.co.za.

The Recommended Retail Pricing* for the new Mac range is listed below:

Model RRP (Incl VAT)
MACBOOK AIR
MacBook Air 11-inch Core i5 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB/Iris HD 6000 R13 599
MacBook Air 11-inch Core i5 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB/Iris HD 6000 R16 499
MacBook Air 13-inch Core i5 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB/Iris HD 6000 R14 999
MacBook Air 13-inch Core i5 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB/Iris HD 6000 R18 499
MACBOOK PRO WITH RETINA
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Core i5 2.7GHz/4GB/128GB/Iris Graphics 6100 R18 999
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Core i5 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB/Iris Graphics 6100 R22 499
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Core i5 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB/Iris Graphics 6100 R26 999

 

The Recommended Retail Pricing* for the existing Mac range is listed below:

Model RRP (Incl VAT) Previous RRP (incl VAT)
MACBOOK AIR
MacBook Air 11-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB flash R10 899 R12 699
MacBook Air 11-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB flash R13 499 R15 699
MacBook Air 13-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB flash R11 999 R13 999
MacBook Air 13-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB flash R14 899 R17 599
MACBOOK PRO WITH RETINA
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina dual-core i5 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB/Iris Graphics R15 799 R17 499
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina dual-core i5 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB/Iris Graphics R17 999 R20 999
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina dual-core i5 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB/Iris Graphics R21 999 R24 999

 

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CES: Most useless gadgets of all

Choosing the best of show is a popular pastime, but the worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.

But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.

The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.

1. DUX voice-assisted bed

The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.

2. Smart Baby Dining Table 

Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.

Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.

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CES: Tech means no more “lost in translation”

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Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.

Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:

Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator

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The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication. 

It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.

It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.” 

Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.

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