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Projectors are no longer a luxury but a must and Epson’s latest range are designed to offer effective solutions to many school environment and workplace challenges.

Projectors are no longer considered a luxury, but a crucial part of productive and efficient businesses and classrooms. Far from the bulky, archaic devices that many of us remember from our school days, devices like Epson’s recently launched EB-1400, EB-1700 and EB-2000 projector models offer an effective solution to many school environment and workplace challenges.

In a recent Epson study conducted to measure the readability of information displayed on various screen sizes, over 50 percent of respondents found it difficult to read and absorb information from a 70-inch TV screen. Illustrating the importance that large displays have on information retention and interest, the study found inaccuracies in more than half of respondents’ feedback when they were asked to read charts and text-based information from the TV-screen.

Larger displays also create a more interactive and collaborative experience for audiences. For examplem the Epson EB-1400 range allows users to save, share or print whiteboard content (depending on the model) with others. These features are particularly useful for sharing information with those who were not able to attend the class or meeting.

From an operational standpoint, projectors offer a level of efficiency and technological innovation that every meeting and lesson needs. The interactive Epson EB-1700 projector range features ‘Gesture Presenter’ which allows users to switch between slides by gesturing. In addition, Horizontal and Vertical Keystone Correction corrects the geometry of the projected image in both a vertical and horizontal direction, making the presentation venue less defined by space restrictions.

“Meetings and classes can easily become boring, time-wasting affairs unless more effort and investment is put into running them more effectively,” says Timothy Wilson, VI Product Manager at Epson South Africa. “With a projector in the room, people are instantly more attentive and receptive to the information being shared. There’s also a lot to be said for the easy setup process which allows you to spend less time stressing over technical difficulties.”

The high-end ultra-short-throw projectors feature Wi-Fi and LAN capability for wider connectivity, as well as HDBASE_T connectivity, which has proven beneficial when managing presentations in large auditoriums where signal cable length can be a problem.

In addition, the EB-1700 range offers wireless connectivity via NFC enabling projection using a smartphone or tablet, and MHL support makes it easy to show high-quality video and audio content from mobile devices, while charging them at the same time.

“Projectors are ideal for creating a modern, interactive and productive workplace and classroom, with many of the latest models currently available offering highly advanced features designed to add value to every kind of environment, from digital and design agencies, to Universities, to construction firms, schools and meeting spaces,” says Wilson.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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