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Gadget and Kaspersky Lab are giving away three copies of Kaspersky’s Internet Security – multi-device 2017. To enter, follow Gadget and Kaspersky Africa and name the feature that encrypts data when connected to the Internet.

There is no denying the fact that we spend a large part of our time online these days. Whether it’s to shop, bank or socialise, the online world provides a convenience that we have quickly become accustomed to. In fact, think about how many of us can actually survive a day without our phones/tablets or laptops/PCs?

As convenient as the online world may seem, and while it does offer numerous benefits, the digital space is also used by cybercriminals, who are becoming more sophisticated by the day! And so, we all need to guard against digital dangers. They exist and no one can hide from them! In fact, every device you use could be compromising your security online, and could allow snoopers and phishers to steal your confidential information – and so all devices must be protected!

Kaspersky Lab have recently launched the latest version of Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device (2017), which is a security solution for the whole family, that can help you protect Windows, Mac, and Android devices against the dangers of the online world, including malware, dangerous websites, online tracking, fraud and money and data theft.

This solution is perfect for the individual who doesn’t have time getting to grips with complex security – but requires the protection of data from being intercepted during an unsafe Internet connection or the ability to patch potential “holes” in device security. This solution ensures that it easy for you to manage your security across all online platforms effectively.

In line with this, Kaspersky Lab and Gadget are offering readers a chance to win one of the 3 Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017 products.

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @KasperskyAfrica on Twitter

2. Answer the following question and don’t forget to mention the @GadgetZA and @KasperskyAfrica handles in your tweet.

Question: What’s the name of the security feature in the new Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017, which helps connect to the Internet safely, by encrypting all data sent and received.

Possible answers:
1)    Software Updater
2)    Private Browsing
3)    Secure Connection

3. Winners will be announced on Monday, 12 December 2016.

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CES: Most useless gadgets of all

Choosing the best of show is a popular pastime, but the worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.

But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.

The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.

1. DUX voice-assisted bed

The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.

2. Smart Baby Dining Table 

Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.

Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.

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CES: Tech means no more “lost in translation”

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Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.

Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:

Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator

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The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication. 

It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.

It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.” 

Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.

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