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The fix for buying old iPhones

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Buying a second-hand iPhone can be very risky in South Africa as there are very good chances that it is stolen. iFix plans to change this with the launch of the i2 online store, where users are able to safely purchase second hand devices that come with a year’s warranty.

Many South Africans would be only too happy to own a quality, used iPhone.  But, typically, getting their hands on one can be risky and inconvenient, and still expensive. iFix, a company specialising in  smart device repairs, is changing that with their launch of i2.

It’s an easy way to own a properly reconditioned old iPhone. It comes with a one-year warranty because it has “done its time” in the iFix device clinic under the care of iFix’s experienced device repair team.

Buyers can shop online at www.i2.co.za knowing that the refurbished iPhones on offer at reduced prices have passed professional scrutiny, and are deemed trusty enough to get the second chance to keep going.

iFix was started by Alex Fourie, a 29-year old serial entrepreneur,  who last year was nominated by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 30 Young entrepreneurs in Africa, and also featured  on the Mail & Guardian’s Top 40 under-40 young South Africans list.  In 2010, the first walk-in stores were opened in Cape Town, the iFix team expanded and breathed life into more than 10 000 Apple devices.   Today, iFix has nearly 200 employees, and has done a half million repairs on Samsung, Huawei and Apple devices.  There are 27 iFix stores nationwide, so you have the advantage of dealing with a trusted, accessible retailer.

“The i2 solution flies in the face of our throw-away, always upgrading culture to give consumers cost-effective, more environmentally-friendly ways of owning the iPhone that they aspire to,” says Fourie. “At iFix we have certainly noticed the demand from clients who are looking to purchase quality, pre-loved devices from a reputable retailer. We’re so pleased to make that possible through i2. It’s a first for South Africa, and being the largest phone service centre in South Africa, it makes good sense on multiple levels to offer the i2 solution to meet the aspirations of our clients.”

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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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