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Microsoft ramps up Lumia range

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Microsoft has ramped up the former Nokia-owned Lumia range, releasing three new smartphones, the Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640XL and the ultra-affordable Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM, into the South African market.

Launched under the slogan #AchieveMore, the campaign and the products are intended to “inspire people to take action towards achieving their goals by doing more with their Lumia phones at work and at home”, said Shaun Durandt, Microsoft Mobile Devices’ South African sales lead.

The Lumia 640 and 640XL become the latest LTE / 4G devices to join the Lumia portfolio, with monthly contract prices starting from R219 for the dual SIM version, R199 for the single SIM version and R269 for the Lumia 640 XL with dual SIM.

“People are looking for a phone which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank,” said Durandt. “The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL prepares people for anything, with the full range of Microsoft experiences – including Office, OneDrive and Skype – that Lumia users have come to expect, fast 4G connectivity, a great screen and a long lasting battery.”

The Lumia 640 and 640XL offers more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences which come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, valued at R750, which includes free 1TB of OneDrive storage. Both devices will also be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year.

With the Lumia 640 and 640XL, one can quickly access important documents and run websites, apps and games, thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. One can view photos and videos on an HD display on both devices and capture detailed photos even in low light, thanks to a 13 MP camera on the Lumia 640 XL  and 8 MP on the Lumia 640. Both cameras incorporate LED flash.

The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM, built with Windows Phone 8.1 software and a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, is expected to sell for a cash retail price of R999. This makes it the first sub-R1000 Lumia phone.

The device comes preloaded with Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive. It also features a compact, durable design with a vivid 4-inch WVGA display that brings apps, games and videos to life.

“The Lumia 430 Dual SIM combines the right hardware, software, services and a growing ecosystem of local and international apps at an affordable price,” added Durandt.

Tech specs summary:

Lumia 640 XL / Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM  
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display 5.7” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 3000 mAh battery, removable
Processor 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 13 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 5 MP FF
Memory 8GB + free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm

171g

 

Lumia 640 / 640 Dual SIM  
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display 5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 2500 mAh battery, removable
Processor 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 8 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 1 MP FF
Memory 8GB + free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85mm

145 g

 

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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.”

Use the page links below to read about Tan’s vision of Soldiers and Health in 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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