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Samsung has launched a School-in-a-Box, an educational tool designed around the Samsung Tablet. The solution comprises a Galaxy Tablet, a keyboard cover, microSD card, headphones, screen protector and in some packages, a solar charging panel.

Samsung Electronics South Africa has launch a School-in-a-Box (SIB) solution, an educational tool designed around a Samsung tablet. Bundled packages include the hardware needed to assist students and schools that are transitioning their teaching and learning methods to be more digitally focused.

The SIB includes a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (T116 7” or T561 9.6” or P555 9.7”), a universal keyboard cover, a 16GB microSD card, in-ear earphones, a screen protector and a tablet carry case. Certain limited edition bundles also comprise of a solar panel charger for power on-the-go. The SIB transforms the packaging into a stand for the tablet and stationery. The SIB is lightweight, tough and highly functional and backed by a one-year Tech Insurance Policy, which delivers 12 months accidental damage insurance and one free screen replacement.

“This concept is Samsung’s latest innovation designed to support parents, schools and learners while making the selection and combination of the correct technology simple and enjoyable,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Samsung has been investing and supporting individual schools and learning initiatives for many years. The Solar Powered Internet Schools is a Samsung innovation that enables and empowers learners to get the best education possible. It is through this experience that Samsung was able to develop the SIB in order to provide the most effective tools to help bridge the digital education divide,” continues Ferreira.

The Samsung SIB will be available in three different bundle options based on the individual’s or institution’s requirements and budget:

  • Essential: A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (T116), a Universal Keyboard Cover, 16GB microSD card, in-ear earphones, screen protector, Diamond World Solar Panel and a tablet carry case RRP (R2,999).
  • Classic: A Samsung Tab E (T561), a keyboard cover, Samsung 16GB microSD card, Rocka Elite Vanilla in-ear headphones from Danny K, screen protector, Diamond World Solar Panel and tablet carry case RRP (R4,999).
  • Advanced: A Samsung Tab A (P555), a keyboard cover, Samsung 16GB microSD card, Rocka Elite Vanilla in-ear headphones from Danny K, screen protector and tablet carry case RRP (R5,999).

“Until now, it has been difficult for schools to make use of standardised tools, since they refer parents to retail stores to purchase tablets for their children. In store, many parents discover that it is not always a simple matter to choose the right tablet and peripherals for effective digital learning. By bundling all the tools into a practical package, we have made it easy for schools to recommend an appropriate bundle and for parents to support their children’s e-learning with a single purchase,” concludes Ferreira.

Samsung’s SIB is now available through Waltons, Glocell, Matrix Warehouse online retailers such as Loot, eBucks, Shop & Ship and Eduloan.

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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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 entries 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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