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Techie Guy takes blog accolade again

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For the third year running, blogger and Gadget writer, LIRON SEGEV, aka TheTechieGuy has has won the Best Science and Technology Blog at the South African Blog awards.

TheTechieGuy has been named the Best Science and Technology Blog at the South African Blog Awards for the third year running.

The annual SA Blog Awards recognise the best South African blogs. Finalists are selected based on a public voting phase, which identifies he top bloggers, after which a panel of twenty judges selects a winner in each category.

“Blogging has grown exponentially over the last couple of years,” says Liron Segev, aka TheTechieGuy. “Bloggers offer a wide range of views and commentary on brands, news and trends. And, because they are largely independent, they are often viewed as more objective. This has led to blogs forming an integral part of people’s decision-making processes, and they lead to more customers, more traffic, and more conversions, which can offer a great deal of value to brands.”

“It is significant that, while the total number of blogs in South Africa has fallen sharply, the quality of the blogs that have survived has improved dramatically,” says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “Many blogs are becoming essential information destinations rather than mere soap-boxes for individual viewpoints. This indicates a maturing of the blogging landscape, as it begins to form an essential component of the broader media landscape.”

TheTechieGuy’s scope far exceeds blogging, and he is often called on for expert opinion and commentary in traditional media, including TV appearances on CNBC and eNCA, as well as radio channels like 702 and SAFM.

He also hosts a YouTube channel, which has recently passed half a million views.

“Technology can get complicated. YouTube is therefore an excellent medium, as it allows us to present technology visually in a way that anyone can understand and follow,” says Segev.

South Africans are continuing to embrace podcasts and online radio as a way to access content. Ensuring that all audiences are catered for, TheTechieGuy has a one hour weekly radio show, “Talking Tech with TheTechieGuy”. It is aired on CliffCentral network, which achieved over 2.5 million podcast downloads in its first year of operation.

“As a business focussed on the future, and one that is dependent on mobile, social and online innovation, Talking Tech is a great way for our audience to connect to Liron Segev, his guests and all the amazing developments in these fields,” says says CliffCentral founder Gareth Cliff. “Cliffcentral is committed to bringing the very best of tech talk to the world.”

TheTechieGuy is commanding attention not only in South Africa, but also across the African continent. In 2014, TheTechieGuy was named Best Advice blog at the African Blogger Awards, the only pan-African event that measures online and social influencers’ reach.

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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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