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Gadget and Alcatel are giving away a Pixi 3 4.5″ smartphone and an Alcatel 2004C feature phone. To enter, simply follow Gadget and Alcatel South Africa on Twitter and name three apps that are preloaded on the Pixi 3.

Earlier this year, Alcatel announced that the Pixi 3 (4.5) smartphone is available from Vodacom outlets across the country from the recommended retail price of R899 on prepaid and R179 per month on a uChooseFlexi 200 contract.

The Pixi 3 smartphone is selling like hotcakes in South Africa, from stores like Edgars, Game,and Ackermans. With 3G connectivity and running on the Android OS, the Pixi 3 smartphone offers affordability and accessibility, in one phone.

“Our vision focuses on ease, convenience and affordability for our customers and the Pixi 3 family has delivered just that,” says Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager Southern Africa at Alcatel. “Our new Pixi 3 smartphone makes mobile Internet available to everyone, while offering on innovation and style”.

With an 8 megapixel camera at the back and 2 Megapixel front camera, the Pixi 3 lets one capture crisp-looking photos. The Pixi 3 smartphone is available in volcano black, white and silver.

Pre-loaded with the most popular apps, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and graphic filters and photo editors, the Pixi 3 smartphone ensures fun for everyone. The Pixi 3 smartphone also permits its principal user to enable Guest Mode, which protects user privacy in certain applications, photos and videos.

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @AlcatelZA on Twitter

2. Name three of the apps that are preloaded on the Pixi 3 in a tweet – don’t forget to mention the @GadgetZA and @AlcatelZA handles in the tweet.

3. Winners will be selected at random and will be announced on Monday, 1 August 2016, when the competition closes.

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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 entires 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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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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