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Sony goes for fun with E5

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Sony Mobile Communications has unveiled the  Xperia E5, described as “a fun, easy-to-use smartphone” with advanced Sony performance and camera technology, at an accessible price point.

“Xperia E5 is a no-compromise approach to smartphone capability at this section of the market,” said Tsutomu Sato, Director of Product Marketing, at Sony Mobile Communications. “It’s the perfect device for those seeking affordable access to the performance, camera technology and design more often associated with high-end mobile devices.”

Sony provided the following information: 

Underpinning the combination of performance and power is the MediaTek MT6735 processor – its advanced Quad-core platform and fast 4G LTE capability, provide an immersive and vibrant multimedia, gaming and mobile internet experience.

Downloading and storing content is also made simple, with a large 200GB memory expandable via microSD card, capable of securely housing essential apps, music, images and games.

Xperia E5’s battery is long-lasting so you can use it for up to two days between charges – downloading apps, streaming video and browsing social networks, all without regularly reaching for the plug socket.

Available in Graphite Black and White, this powerful feature set sits within a slim 8.2mm form factor, weighing only 147g – for a natural and comfortable hand fit.

Not only does Xperia E5 make smartphone photography easy, both the 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras recognize what and where you’re capturing. Auto Scene Recognition analyses the conditions and whether you’re shooting a nouvelle cuisine dish or a selfie, it adjusts the settings accordingly for high quality shots – and with the additional option of HDR, you can be sure images look sharp and striking on the 5” HD display.

The swipe control camera interface makes it easy to flick between modes, and the all-new “Share” button allows for instantaneous upload to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with a few simple taps.

“Smart Cleaner” works diligently in the background to ensure maximum power is available to your Xperia E5 at all times – automatically removing unused processes and cache data. The result: a fluid experience and longer-lasting device.

Introduced at the heart of the 2016 Xperia portfolio, “Xperia Tips” is your personal assistant – intelligently attuning to your preferences, providing relevant and timely on-screen advice to help you get the most from your Xperia E5.

And, the re-imagined “Introduction to Xperia” helps you get set up and started within minutes, with account sync, seamless content migration from previous devices and personalized app recommendations.

Xperia E5 launches locally in August 2016 with a recommended retail price of R3,999.

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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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