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PaySpace plugs into Xero

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PaySpace, provider of online payroll and human capital management (HCM) software, has announced its integration with Xero, a global cloud-based accounting software company.

Founded in New Zealand, Xero is one of the fastest growing Software as a Service companies worldwide. It has over 700 000 subscribers, works with over 16 000 accounting and bookkeeping firms and employs over 1 400 people across 20 of international offices.

PaySpace currently provides services to more than 4 100 companies in over 37 countries in Africa and 10 countries in Europe. PaySpace’s partnership with Xero will afford users the option to map the chart of accounts data from Xero into PaySpace when configuring their setup. This kind of mapping streamlines the data flow and increases efficiency as users are no longer required to input account numbers manually, thereby eradicating any potential for human error.

Users will also be able to publish general ledgers directly from PaySpace into the corresponding ledger in Xero.  This functionality removes the need for downloading any files, eliminating any security concerns of files lying around on personal laptops and speeds up the publishing of general ledgers with real-time results.

“To be able to integrate with an International organisation like Xero who are not only likeminded thinkers, but are passionate about cloud-based solutions and products, brings significant growth opportunity for ourselves and Xero across the continent and beyond,” says Clyde van Wyk, PaySpace Director and lead on the project.

“With our level of African-based client expansion and benchmark successes in HCM, plus Xero’s intelligent cloud-based accounting solutions, managing and running a company from anywhere in the world, off any device and at any time, will be how we will help shift the way people do business.”

“Having PaySpace join Xero’s Add-On Marketplace will empower and support small business customers who want a seamless experience when it comes to managing payroll,” says Gary Turner, Xero co-founder and managing director for Xero in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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CES: And thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for making and 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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