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MP3 players are on the fast track to becoming the most convenient way to listen to your favourite music. The M.ANY DUAL-Play pushes the envelope in versatility, and Adam Megens has the paper-cuts to prove it!

You have to charge the battery and install the software (included) on your PC. Other than that, simply plug in the USB cable to the port on your PC and you’ll be off and running.

Dead-easy. The unit has a total of six buttons: two for volume, two for track selection, one for on/play, and the last for stop/off. Just plug your earphones into the side of the unit. Then press and hold the On/Play button for a second or two and the indicator light flashes to let you know the power is on. Hit play again and you’re pumping. If you press stop and play again, it will start off where you left off. Press and hold Off/Stop to switch off. To use the voice-recorder, just flip the switch on the top of the casing from play to record and magic! The software is simple and user-friendly and you don’t have to be a fundi to perform any function. Downloading songs onto the unit’s memory is as simple as dragging a file on your monitor from one window to another. You can also select whether you want to download onto the unit’s built-in memory or the memory card. It really is a pleasure.

And then some! It definitely plays MP3’s, as well as recording MP3’s, and doubling up as a digital Dictaphone and USB flash-ROM. I must say that I was impressed by this little number, it isn’t very often you get more that you bargained for.

Unlike any other MP3-player I’ve seen, simply slip it into the tape-deck and you’re laughing ‚ stereo, crisp sound pumping through your sound system or car stereo, so definitely affirmative. Not many other devices on the market can offer all of the above in one efficient little package like this, which is small enough to glide unnoticed into any pocket. I think the fact that it records any source directly into MP3 format is something special. I think its innovativeness is only surpassed by its convenience. You can make your own mixed tapes without the disadvantages and hassles of lining up tracks and stretching tapes. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas and I’d like to add one to my list.

The 64MB model is recommended to retail around R2 200 and the 128MB model around R3 000. Compared to its competition and considering all that you’re getting I would have to say yes. If you had to take into account what you would be paying separately for an MP3 player, digital Dictaphone and a flash-ROM, I think most people would agree.

For more information contact Dual-Play SA on 082-509-5099 or 084-585-2001.

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MWC: Cars begin talking to each other via V2X

Vehicle-to-everything communication is ready to roll out globally, says the 5G Automotive Association

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At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) announced that ‘Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything’ (C-V2X) communication technology was about to see its first commercial standard: LTE-V2X. In effect the 4G version of C-V2X, the initial version allows vehicles to communicate with each other and their surroundings. Together with 5G enhancements, it will facilitate broad scale improvements in road safety.

“These end-to-end integrated solutions bring enhanced safety, sustainability, and convenience to all road users,” said Thierry Klein, 5GAA vice chair and Head of the Disruptive Innovation Program at Nokia Bell Labs. “5GAA is very excited to be pioneering the revolution towards a smarter and more connected mobility world.”

C-V2X communication is the state-of-the-art, high-speed cellular communications platform that enables vehicles to communicate with one another, with roadside infrastructure, with other road users (such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists) using either direct short-range communications or cellular networks. While C-V2X network-based solutions are already widely deployed, direct communication solutions will be commercially available as of this year. As such the C-V2X platform delivers safety, mobility, traffic efficiency, and environmental benefits. C-V2X is designed with an evolutionary path to 5G and supports safe and efficient operations of autonomous vehicles.

Click here to read about 5GAA members spearheading C-V2X.

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MWC: How Huawei claims the lead in foldable handsets

The new Huawei Mate X, which unfolds into a tablet, is an attempt to claim the future, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

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When Huawei announced its answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona on Sunday, it invoked the language of science fiction and space travel to emphasise the futuristic approach of the new Mate X.

The handset is a two-in one smartphone and tablet, using 5G connectivity for speed, a foldable screen for versatility, artificial intelligence for anticipating user needs, and a new mode of interfacing for an enhanced user experience.

Bruce Lee, VP of Handset Business at Huawei Consumer Business Group, with the Mate X unfolded.
Pic by Arthur Goldstuck.

The key to the foldable screen is a Mechanical Hinge called the Falcon Wing, simultaneously invoking the iconic Millennium Falcon and X-Wing spacecraft from Star Wars. The very colour of the device was invented for Huawei, which describes it as an “Interstellar Blue colour wave”. It says it “epitomises the beauty of technology and sets a higher bar for future smartphones”.

And then there is the positioning of the phone: It represents a voyage into the uncharted,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, at the launch, echoing the classic Star Trek slogan, “to boldly go where no phone has gone before”.

Can it be all that? Star Wars, Star Trek and the very future of space travel, all in one device? Of course not, but then this is not science fiction. It is the practical reality of flexible and foldable displays finally entering the mainstream.  The challenge is to convince the public to pay a premium price and, as with the Galaxy Fold, that is unlikely with the first generation of foldables.

What it does do, however, is confirm that Samsung has not been able to take a clear lead in foldables, having beaten Huawei by a mere four days with its announcement, and with a format more clunky than that of the Mate X.

The Samsung Fold has a 4.6-inch front display, and opens up to a 7.3-inch mini-tablet. In dramatic contrast, the Mate X has a massive front display measuring 6.6-inches, folding out into a 8-inch tablet. The fundamental difference is that the Fold display is on the inside of the device, separate from the cover display, while the Mate X is on the outside, allowing the cover screen to transform directly into the tablet display.

This has also allowed the Mate X to follow a more elegant design, with the two halves clipping neatly into the frame of the device. The Fold looks like two phones on top of each other. The result is that the Mate X is two thirds the thickness of the Fold, at 11cm compared to 17cm, when folded. That makes for a far bigger device in fact being far more compact.

Click here to watch the Gadget exclusive Huawei Mate X demo, recorded by Arthur Goldstuck.

Click here to see where Samsung leads, and pricing of the foldable handsets.

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