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Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are the newest addition to the Sony 1000X family, with multiple key improvements to enhance listening and overall user experience.

These include a proprietary HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, which works not only for Noise Cancelling, but also enhances sound quality. This quality is achieved through 32-bit audio signal processing in combination with a Digital-Analogue Converter with Amplifier functionality. This offers exceptionally high sound quality, best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, and low distortion.

Click through to read about the features that make these how the headphones work in almost all conditions.

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The Adaptive Sound Control feature responds to the user’s environment, while the Quick Attention Mode feature lets users hear what’s going on around them without having to remove the headphones.

These headphones are made to fly, as their Atmospheric Pressure Optimising feature allows the Noise Cancelling performance to adapt specifically to high altitude. This is achieved by using sensors to detect air pressure and optimises the Noise Cancelling accordingly.

Customisable Automatic Power Off means the headphones can stay on in noise cancellation mode without being connected to a device.

The headphones have a thirty-hour battery life, along with a Quick Charging function which offers five hours of wireless playback after 10 minutes of charging.

It is available for R6,499 at Musica, Dionwired, and Incredible Connection stores across South Africa.

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Opera 54 builds blockchain into browser

Opera has announced that it is the first major browser to integrate a crypto wallet to enable access to a range of blockchain services.

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Opera has added cryptocurrency capabilities to its latest version of its Opera browser for Android – Opera for Android 54. This version of the browser integrates Bitcoin (BTC) and TRON payments to its crypto wallet, along with a refreshed user interface (UI) with ten new colour themes.

The Android version of Opera had supported Ethereum only, and has now added support for Bitcoin and TRON, enabling payments and transactions to be made directly in the browser without any extensions. By opening its Crypto Wallet to some of the world’s most popular cryptocurrencies, Opera is making it possible to send and receive these virtual currencies directly from the browser in the same way one would send or receive an image or music file.

Opera also now supports online payments with blockchain where merchant support exists. This means users can pay with their cryptocurrency that’s a built-in wallet, including sending person-to-person and interacting with websites to pay for goods or services.

Stefan Stjernelund, Product Manager of Opera for Android, says: “We realise that mobile browsers are no longer just a means to connect users to the internet – they have evolved into multipurpose tools that are actively removing the barriers to owning and transacting using cryptocurrencies.”

Now for ‘transition focus’

Opera has added a splash of colour to its user experience. The browser’s upgraded UI focuses on reducing unnecessary distractions by introducing a new concept called “transition focus”. 

“Transition focus is a beautiful interface that features a clean, bloat-free design to ensure features like a free unlimited VPN, a built-in ad blocker and the Crypto Wallet that can be accessed quickly and fluidly,” says Stjernelund.

Opera has added ten colour options that enable users to adjust the browser to their taste and preference. The browser’s colour themes can match the Android system’s dark or light mode or be set up independently.

Stjernelund says: “We want the Opera browser to set a new standard among browsers by providing the features that a modern browser should have. With this version, we are ushering in a series of design changes and digital tools that speak to the future of browsing, one that goes beyond just connecting users to the internet.”

Opera continues to provide an integrated news service – Opera News – that keeps users up to date with current affairs. It also includes a cleaner design with integrated night mode to put less strain on readers’ eyes.

Opera for Android 54 is available for download on the Google Play Store.

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Vodacom launches 4G smart feature phone

Vodacom has launched the Vibe 4G, which is a smart feature phone with 4G and sells for R299, packaged with a free data allocation.

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Today, Vodacom launched a 4G smart feature phone, the Vodacom Vibe 4G, at only R299. The mobile operator says the device is designed for customers who are looking at getting their hands on a smart yet affordable device, and to help them connect to social media platforms.

This smart feature phone runs on a proprietary operating system, but still runs WhatsApp like other smart feature phones.

The Vibe 4G follows the successful launch of Vodacom’s first smart feature phone, the Vodacom Vibe 3G. it includes a bumped up 2.8-inch display, familiar feature phone menu navigation, long-battery life and a 2MP rear camera.

Using 4G equates to a faster social media surfing and instant messaging experience, as well as enabling Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which ensures calls can be made in some cases when the 2G network is unavailable. The device also has Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) capability, which enables users to make calls using a Wi-Fi network for better-sounding voice calls.

“In the past six years, smartphone penetration has doubled from 30% to 60% as customers migrate from 2G devices to 3G and 4G smartphones,” says Davide Tacchino, terminals managing executive at Vodacom. “To further drive this transition and help bridge the digital divide, we have now introduced South Africa’s first 4G feature phone for just R299, having launched the country’s first smart feature phone with a traditional keypad during the course of last year.”

Vodacom says that its focus is not only on selling mobile devices, but it is also determined to create an ecosystem, enabling its customers to access educational content through Vodacom’s e-School as well as entertainment content, through Video Play.

Vodacom Vibe 4G retails at R299 at Vodacom stores and other participating outlets. Customers purchasing the device will also get 150MB of data, per month over 12 months. This will keep customers connected and, at the same time, allow them to experience the functionality of 4G connectivity.  

For more information, visit www.vodacom.co.za

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