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Peep into 2050

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Kaspersky Lab’s multimedia project, Earth 2050, has now been updated to include visionary panoramas of Dubai, New York City and Moscow, and provides a futuristic image of what the world will look like in over 30 years’ time.

Initially driven by content from researchers, this next stage of the project is inviting anyone to share their vision of the future, and has launched simple upload and sharing functions on its website to help. Due to its popularity, in the past nine months, the project has received 1m page views.

Several new panoramas are now available for users – allowing them to look at what futurologists think Moscow and Dubai might look like in 10, 20 and 30 years from now. There is also a new panorama for New York.

The project also now includes a feature that allows users to rate futurologist predictions on the site, and help others understand which predictions might be more realistic than others. Single predictions, panoramas, graphical works or author profiles can now be shared through social channels to make it easier for users to exchange ideas with each other.

“We are trying to get a better understanding of what users actually think is a positive and realistic vision of the future. With these new changes to the project, we are encouraging much more feedback than before, and in recent months we’ve seen that people are really interested in sharing their visions and opinions”, said Vladislav Biryukov, Head of Consumer Social Media at Kaspersky Lab.

When visiting the 2050.earth website, users will also be able to see tags showing predictions of interest. This will make the search process easier and smoother. All graphical works are also collected on a special subpage entitled Art. So, the more you vote, the more information is available to you and other users. Together, this will make the vision of the Earth of the future even more interesting!

The Earth 2050 project has also been awarded the Red Dot Best of the Best award. “We are proud that this project has not only got the attention of futurologists, but also the design community. We always believed that the future is much easier to understand through images than text, so we’ve opted for a visually ambitious design concept – and it is very rewarding to see that the community endorses this approach”, continues Vladislav Biryukov. “The site is designed to make people think about what the future might be like and what we can do today to make it better. Of course, we realise that predicting a long way ahead is hard – like forecasting the weather one year ahead. Still, we hope that looking to the future might help us to avoid some of the potential global challenges we face.”

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Low-cost wireless sport earphones get a kickstart

Wireless earphone brands are common, but not crowdfunded brands. BRYAN TURNER takes the K Sport Wireless for a run.

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As wireless technology becomes better, Bluetooth earphones have become popular in the consumer market. KuaiFit aspires to make them even more accessible to more people through a cheaper, quality product, by selling the K Sport Wireless Earphones directly from its Kickstarter page

KuaiFit has an app by the same name which offers voice-guided personal training services in almost every type of exercise, from cardio to weight-lifting. A vast range of connectivity to third-party sensors is available, like heart rate sensors and GPS devices, which work well with guided coaching. 

The app starts off with selecting a fitness level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Thereafter, one has the ability to connect with real personal trainers via a subscription to its paid service. The subscription comes free for 6 months with the earphones, and R30 per month thereafter. 

The box includes a manual, a USB to two USB Type B connectors, different sized soft plastic eartips and the two earphone units. Each earphone is wireless and connects to the other independently of wires. This puts the K Sport Wireless in the realm of the Apple Earpods in terms of connection style. 

The earphones are just over 2cm wide and 2cm high. The set is black with a light blue KuaiFit logo on the earphone’s button. 

The button functions as an on/off switch when long-pressed and a play/pause button when quick-pressed. The dual-button set-up is convenient in everyday use, allowing for playback control depending on which hand is free. Two connectivity modes are available, single earphone mode or dual earphone mode. The dual earphone mode intelligently connects the second earphone and syncs stereo audio a few seconds after powering on. 

In terms of connectivity, the earphones are Bluetooth 4.1 with a massive 10-meter range, provided there are no obstacles between the device and the earphones. While it’s not Bluetooth 5, it still falls into the Bluetooth Low Energy connection category, meaning that the smartphone’s battery won’t be drastically affected by a consistent connection to the earphones. The batteries within the earphones aren’t specifically listed but last anywhere between 3 and 6 hours, depending on the mode. 

Audio quality is surprisingly good for earphones at this price point. The headset style is restricted to in-ear due to its small design and probable usage in movement-intensive activities. As a result, one has to be very careful how one puts these earphones, in because bass has the potential of getting reduced from an incorrect in-ear placement. In-ear earphones are usually notorious for ear discomfort and suction pain after extended usage. These earphones are one of the very few in this price range that are comfortable and don’t cause discomfort. The good quality of the soft plastic ear tip is definitely a factor in the high level of comfort of the in-ear earphone experience.

Overall, the K Sport Wireless earphones are great considering the sound quality and the low price: US$30 on Kickstarter.

Find them on Kickstarter here.

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Taxify enters Google Maps

A recent update to Taxify now uses Google Maps which allows users to identify their drivers, find public transport and search for billing options.

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People planning their travel routes using Google Maps will now see a Taxify icon in the app, in addition to the familiar car, public transport, walking and billing options.

Taxify started operating in South Africa in 2016 and as of October 2018 operates in seven South African cities – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane.

Once riders have searched for their destination and asked the app for directions, Google Maps shares the proximity of cars on the Taxify platform, as well as an estimated fare for the trip.

If users see that taking the Taxify option is their best bet, they can simply tap on the ‘Open app’ icon, to complete the process of booking the ride. Customers without the app on their device will be prompted to install Taxify first.

This integration makes it possible for users to evaluate which of the private, public or e-hailing modes of transport are most time-efficient and cost-effective.

“This integration with Google Maps makes it so much easier for users to choose the best way to move around their city,” says Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa. “They’ll have quick comparisons between estimated arrival times for the different modes of transport, as well as fares they can expect to pay, which will help save both time and money,” he added.

Taxify rides in Google Maps are rolling out globally today and will be available in more than 15 countries, with South Africa being one of the first countries to benefit from this convenient service.

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