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SA escrow in Dublin spotlight

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South African online escrow payment start up, TradeSafe, has been invited to exhibit at the Web Summit in Ireland from 3 to 5 November. 

Known as ‘Davos for geeks’, Web Summit attracts more than 5000 respected global speakers, around 1000 investors and more than 30 000 attendees from over 100 countries.

Being invited to exhibit underpins the confidence and appetite that exists in the international market for online platforms that can provide a safe escrow service for internet and mobile payments.  While anyone can pay to exhibit at the event, the invitation means that 90 per cent of the costs are covered by organisers.

TradeSafe is an independent online payment holding, or escrow, platform that provides protection for online traders by safeguarding the funds and the documentation in trust until both parties are satisfied that the terms of the transaction have been met.

The online platform was created to address an increasingly targeted online trading environment in South Africa.

“Increasingly, South African consumers and business are targeted by fraud, scams or theft and the online payment environment is not immune,” says Ivan Breet, head of operations for TradeSafe.

“Access to cheaper, faster internet connectivity on more technology platforms has increased online trade significantly, which has in turn increased the potential for online fraud or theft.  TradeSafe addresses this by providing a secure third party platform that collects both the payment and the documentation during a trade and releases it once both parties are satisfied that the terms of the transaction have been met,” continues Breet.

TradeSafe creates certainty for both small and medium businesses and the platform is already being used by both SMME and large corporates.  Its back end technology can be customised to suit almost any application.

“An example of the system’s adaptability and customisation is how a short term insurance client recently used our system to identify and remove the risk of insurance fraud,” concludes Breet.

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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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