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MWC: Cubroid Coding Blocks

Coding gets physical with Cubroid’s coding blocks, which work with programmable sensor blocks that are triggered by sound, light, or touch.

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The notion of children learning to code in the 21st century has become a major trend, and the skill is a type of literacy that should be explored in a child’s development. Thanks to the hype around the 4th industrial revolution, new skills and competencies are now the foundation for  solving problems in order to thrive in this ever-changing digital world.

Knowing how to code fosters logical reasoning, critical thinking and expands creativity and problem-solving skills and abilities in our digital worlds today. 

Due to this, Cubroid is making efforts to support STEM education. It also claims to contribute to the world of Robotics and AI by emphasising learning by doing and through play by using already existing technologies.

With its coding blocks, children can enjoy building robots and code them in order to bring their ideas to life. “There is no limitation. Your imagination is your limit,” says Anita Emefa Hato, customer success manager at Cubroid.

The Coding Blocks, which was fully supported through a Kickstarter Campaign, consist of 7 sensors that can be coded and connected with other building blocks wirelessly. Cubroid claims it is user-friendly and that children who do not have any knowledge about coding can learn it through play. The blocks introduce 7 sensors to children. They come in the form of the sound block, light and touch sensor block, 2 DC motor blocks, an LED block, a proximity sensor block, and a “Master Block”. Children who want to take their coding to the next level can use it with Scratch.

Cubroid is showcasing its technologies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

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Acer TravelMate X5

Acer’s latest addition to its TravelMate series brings a full 14” IPS panel to a notebook weighing under 1kg.

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Acer has unveiled its TravelMate X514-51 commercial notebook series for small and medium business users. It’s designed for professionals requiring a durable, yet sleek device that can support heavy workloads and frequent business travel.  

The TravelMate X5 sports a premium quality magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis for holding up to the rigours of life on the go. These materials are two to four times stronger than standard aluminium alloys at the same thickness, yet weigh between 20-35 percent less. This blend of materials makes the notebook thin and light while also being resistant to bending and twisting.

Highly portable, the notebook computer weighs just 980 grams and measures 15 mm thin making it easier to hold and fit in a briefcase, bag or backpack. Acer claims the computer has up to 10 hours of battery life to support a full day’s work on a single charge. Primed for excellent performance, the new notebooks are powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and up to fast and responsive two 512GB solid-state drives for viewing and editing large spreadsheets, presentations and videos. Outfitted with Windows 10 Pro, the notebook provides powerful security and productivity essentials.

“We’re confident our professional customers will appreciate our thinnest and lightest professional notebooks to date,” says Belinda Marais from Acer Africa. “Sleek, yet robust, they’re built for the rigours of frequent travel with a sturdy chassis and strong security features to keep data safe at home and abroad.”

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Tesla Model Y electric compact SUV

Tesla yesterday announced its latest electric compact SUV with impressive sport-like performance. The SUV claims a range of around 480 km on a single charge.

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The Model Y is Tesla’s fifth car to market and marks the company’s second attempt at producing a mass-market electric vehicle.

“An SUV that will ride like a sports car,” said Elon Musk at the Model Y launch event. The South African-born CEO was referring to the performance version of the SUV, which is claimed to reach 100kph in 3.5 seconds from stationary.

Models expected to be released in the second half of 2020 include a long-range ($47 000/R680 000), all-wheel drive ($51 000/R740 000), and performance model ($60 000/~R870 000). A cheaper commercial model is expected to launch in 2021.

The seven-passenger vehicle’s interior will feature a touchscreen control panel on the dashboard, similar to the Model 3. It will also sport a panoramic sunroof.

“The cool thing is, it’s ‘feature complete,’” said Musk, with reference to the fitted sensors. “It will be able to do basically anything just with software upgrades.”

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