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Vumatel spreads Joburg web

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Five additional suburbs have endorsed Vumatel to join the growing list of Vumatel ‘fibrehoods’ in South Africa.

The suburbs include Emmarentia, where construction begins this month. Installation in Forest Town, Parktown, Gallo Manor and Melrose will occur in the first quarter of next year joining Northcliff, Sharonlea, Hyde Park and Olivedale as suburbs who will all experience the benefits of Vumatel FTTH in 2016.

“Gallo Manor issued a ‘technology neutral’ RFP in order to ensure that the best solution to the broadband problem in Gallo Manor was addressed. It was primarily broadband linked, however other services such as OTT TV/Video and the connection of our guardhouses and CCTV infrastructure were critical elements too,” says Brian Seligmann, Head of Gallo Manor FTTH Project.

Gallo Manor has to date provided one of the most stringent discovery processes encountered by Vumatel with regards to broadband connectivity within a suburb. In the case of Gallo Manor, the evaluation was based on a broad range of 13 criteria, including price, community involvement/commitment, connectivity for religious institutions and schools and technical solutions among others.  “Vumatel was selected based on their having achieved the highest scores across all criteria, with a really strong showing on track record and reputation,” concludes Seligmann.

Currently, the Vuma network is live and services are available in Parkhurst, Parktown North, Greenside, Killarney, Riviera & Saxonwold and Parkwood.  In addition, Vumatel is currently on site building ‘fibrehoods’ in Blairgowrie, Victory Park, Linden, Hurlingham, Glenadrienne, Willowild, Riepen Park, Bryanston and Emmarentia.

Vumatel recently announced the conclusion of a deal with Investec in which the South African and International Specialist Bank and Asset Manager acquired a minority stake in the business. The sizeable investment ensures that Vumatel is well positioned to accelerate its roll-out of FTTH to any community in South Africa that requests it.

“This is an extremely exciting period for the company, and we continue to focus on our commitment to deploy affordable, high speed FTTH to 100 000 homes by the end of 2016” concludes Schoeman.

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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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