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New, safer Samsung Note 7 due in SA next month

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Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy Note7 smartphone will be available in South Africa on 11 November, after being released in South Korea on 1 October.

The device replaces the original Note 7, released in September, which was recalled globally following reports that a few dozen units had exploded while being charged. The device had not yet been released in South Africa, and none had been sold here. According to Samsung, the global replacement program in regions where the smartphone was already in the market is well underway

“Consumers will be able to purchase the new Galaxy Note7 on 11 November in South Africa,” says Craige Fleischer, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices are completely safe to use and present no battery cell issues.”

Samsung says that, to assist users in putting their minds at ease to enjoy their Galaxy Note7 with complete confidence, it has implemented three specific software changes affecting the battery indication.

The new Galaxy Note7 features a green battery icon that’s visible on the Status Bar, the Always On Display screen and the Power Off prompt screen — accessed by long-pressing the power key. Additionally, users can verify that they’re using the latest Galaxy Note7 by looking for a square symbol on the label of the phone’s packaging.

Green battery icon

Samsung said in a statement: “Users will welcome the new Galaxy Note7 that will allow them to do more than they ever thought possible with a smartphone. The 5.7-inch curved QHD Super AMOLED display is perfect for both productivity and entertainment and the ever-versatile S Pen is much more than just a writing tool. The new iris-scanning technology, backed by Samsung’s defence-grade Knox platform, introduces a new standard in mobile security, while IP68 water and dust resistance affords users more freedom to use their phones almost anywhere without fear of water and dirt damage.”

Fleischer added: “Samsung would also like to take this opportunity to thank its loyal customers for their patience and understanding during the past couple of weeks. Your loyalty and support for the brand is valued.”

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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