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Samsung raises the bar on portable storage

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Samsung has recently released it SSD T5 external hard drive which comes in 1TB or 2TB options and offers USB–C to C and USB-C to A connection cables for enhanced compatibility.

It’s become a universal truth that we capture our lives digitally. Whether it’s our kid first step, our pets funniest moments or just our daily selfies. We need a reliable place to store these memories from where they can be easily retrieved.

To keep your smartphone functioning optimally you need to move your photos to a reliable storage device and that is exactly what the Samsung SSD T5 offers. This portable solid-state drive (PSSD) raises the bar and includes USB–C to C and USB-C to A connection cables for enhanced compatibility across numerous devices when transferring data such as high-resolution photos, 4K videos and huge project files.

The T5 comes in 1TB and 2TB  versions and features Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-NAND technology and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds with encrypted data security in a compact and durable design. The new device makes it easier than ever for consumers to access their most valuable data anywhere and anytime with complete peace of mind.

“Samsung continues to push the envelope with innovative technologies which cater to our consumers’ needs. We are confident that the T5 will exceed expectations for external storage by offering faster processing speed while remaining lightweight and conveniently pocket-sized. It is the ideal portable storage device for anyone who is looking for aa fast, durable and secure device,” says Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

Delivering speeds of up to 540 MB/s, which is 4.9 times faster than external HDD products, the T5 is designed to give instant, easy access to data. It is also smaller than an average business card at 74 x 57.3 x 10.5 millimeters and incredibly lightweight. Weighing a mere 51 grams, the T5 comfortably fits in the palm of your hand. It also has an exquisite aluminium exterior which comes in two distinct metal finishes of Deep Black (1TB and 2TB models) and Alluring Blue (250GB and 500GB models).

The T5 has no moving parts, it boasts a shock-resistant internal frame and can withstand accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet).

The Samsung Portable SSD Software is compatible with PCs and Macs, and with AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, configuring security settings and updating to the latest firmware and software. In addition, a mobile app is available for Android smartphones and tablets.

Fleischer says that Samsung has again demonstrated that it understands the daily challenges that their consumers face and giving them the solutions to live a better life. and the T range storage devices are a perfect example of this. It also gives you additional peace of mind because it adheres to the highest international security standards, through encrypted data security that requires a user password to access your data and protect it from prying eyes.

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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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