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MyKi watches out for your kids

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The new range of MyKi GPS watches is now available for parents to keep tabs on their kids. The GPS watch allows one to monitor the whereabouts of a child and should they wonder away, a notification is sent to the parent via the accompanying app.

Parents can close the communication gap with their children when they are out of sight with the new generation MyKi Watch. The MyKi Watch is GPS enabled and offers features that allow parents to monitor their kids and keep in contact wherever they might wonder. 

Using the MyKi Watch app, parents can access information about their children’s location at all times. The GPS/GSM enabled MyKi Watch allows parents to set secure zones in advance and should a child venture out of a secure zone, they will be alerted. Children can also make and receive calls using their MyKi Watch. For added protection, only numbers authorised by parents can be loaded onto the watch so there is no danger of receiving calls from or making calls to strangers. Parents can also input their number to speed dial and in the event of an emergency, the child simply has to press the SOS button for mom or dad to receive the coordinates of where they are. MyKi Watch can send voice messages to the parent, as well as receive text messages through the chat in the MyKi Watch application.

“In today’s world, parents want peace of mind of knowing where their children are and have the ability to communicate with them at all times. While there are mobile phones and an array of devices available which allow this, MyKi Watch differentiates in that it is practical, affordable, easy to use, reliable and unobtrusive to wear,” says Gary Tooch of Gammatek.

MyKi Watch’s awesome features:

GPS Receiver

Thanks to integrated GPS, parents receive location information about their kids. Location information is updated every five seconds.

GSM Module

MyKi Watches have a connection with a mobile operator so that calls can be made and received.

Touch Sensor

The integrated touch sensor alerts parents if the child has taken off the watch.

LCD Display

The screen is protected from scratches with funky rubber ornaments in the shape of a smile. The display shows date, time, new messages and prizes, which parents can send to their child.

Memory

MyKi remembers the child’s movements, and after an unexpected loss of connection with the serve, it renews and updates this data.

Speaker and Microphone

Through the microphone and speaker children can make calls and record voice messages.

Micro USB

The charging of the device can be done through a plug as well as a computer.

Integrated Battery

MyKi has an integrated battery, which is charged with a standard USB charger.

Accelerometer

The integrated accelerometer in the watch measures the steps and activity of the child throughout the whole day and displays them in the MyKi Watch application.

MyKi Watch will be available in Vodacom Shops , Vodacom 4U and Chatz Connect on a Flexi 110  contract for R129 PM X24 giving R110 of value in voice , data or SMS monthly. You can also get it on Prepaid for R2699.

 

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ConceptD: Creatives get a tech brand of their own

The unveiling of a new brand by Acer recognises the massive computing power needed in creative professions, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

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It’s a crisp Spring morning in Brooklyn. The regular water taxi from Manhattan pulls up at Duggal Greenhouse on the edge of the East River. It’s a building that symbolises the rejuvenation of Brooklyn as a hub of artistic and creative expression.

Inside the vast structure, global computer brand Acer is about to unveil its own tribute to creativity. Company CEO Jason Chen takes to the stage in faded blue jeans and brown t-shirt, underlining the connection of the event to the informality of the area.

“Brooklyn is become more and more diverse,” he tells a gathering of press from around the world, attending the Next@Acer media event. “It’s an area that is up and coming. It represents new lifestyles. And our theme today is turning a new chapter for creativity.”

Every year, Next@Acer is a parade of the cutting edge in gaming and educational laptops and computers. New devices from sub-brands like Predator, Helios and Nitro have gamers salivating. This year is no different, but there is a surprise in store, hinted in Chen’s introduction.

As a grand finale, he calls on stage Angelica Davila, whose day job is senior marketing manager for Acer Latin America. But she also happens to have a Masters degree in computer and electric engineering. A stint at Intel, where she joined a sales and marketing programme for engineers, set her on a new path.

Angelica Davila, marketing manager for Acer Latin America

For the last few months, she has been helping write Acer’s next chapter. She has shepherded into being nothing less than a new brand: ConceptD.

Click here to read more about ConceptD.

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Which voice assistant wins battle of translators?

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Take the most famous phrase from the Godfather – “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” – or “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” from the inaugural address of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and see just how the virtual assistants do in translating them using their newly introduced Neural Machine Translation (NMT) capabilities. One Hour Translation (OHT), the world’s largest online translation service, conducted a study to find out just how accurate these new services are.

OHT used 60 sentences from movies and famous people ranging from the Godfather and Wizard of Oz to Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, US presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy and historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Aesop. The sentences were translated by Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri from English to French, Spanish, Chinese and German and then given to five professional translators for their assessment on a scale of 1-6. 

Google Assistant scored highest in three of the four languages surveyed – English to French, English to German and English to Spanish and second in English to Chinese.  Amazon’s Alexa, whose translation engine is powered by Microsoft Translator, was tops in the English to Chinese category. Apple’s Siri was second place in English to French and English to Spanish and third place in English to German and English to Chinese.  (See chart). All three virtual assistants are compatible with mobile phones.

“The automated assistants’ translation quality was relatively high, which means that assistants are useful for handling simple translations automatically,” says Yaron Kaufman, chief marketing officer and co-founder of OHT. He predicts that “there is no doubt that the use of assistants is growing rapidly, is becoming a part of our lives and will make a huge contribution to the business world.” 

A lot will depend on further improvements in NMT technology, which has revolutionized the field of translation over the past two years.  All the companies active in the field are investing large sums as part of this effort. “OHT is working with several of the leading NMT providers to improve their engines through the use of its hybrid online translation service that combines NMT and human post-editing,” notes Kaufman. He adds that this will no doubt have a huge impact on the use of assistants for translation purposes.

OHT has made a name for itself in assessing the level of translations by NMT engines.  Its ONEs Evaluation Score is a unique human-based assessment of the leading NMT engines conducted on a quarterly basis and used as an industry standard. 

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