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Xperia Ear gets SA hearing

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The Sony Xperia Ear, an in ear personal assistant that works off voice commands and head gestures is now exclusively available from takealot.com

Sony Mobile Communications has released the Xperia Ear, an in-ear personal assistant, in South Africa. The gadget, which helps users communicate and get things done via conversational voice interaction and simple head gestures is available exclusively from takealot.com.

The Xperia Ear provides useful information such as a schedule, weather and the latest news to keep users up-to-date on the go. Powered by Sony Agent Technology, an adaptive platform, Xperia Ear responds to verbal commands, so one can ask it to make a call, perform an internet search, dictate a message or navigate to a certain location.

“We’ll always back cutting-edge technology that enriches the lives of our customers and it’s just the kind of exciting innovation we’re looking to offer on takealot.com,” says Julie-Anne Walsh, Chief Marketing Officer at Takealot. “Living increasingly interconnected lives, here’s a product that enables us to stay in touch, keep organised and plan our time, hands-free. By making the Xperia Ear available to buy online at Takealot, we’re giving customers all over South Africa a fast, simple and direct way to shop this technology first.”

Xperia Ear reads out incoming texts, WhatsApp or Facebook messages and allows one to initiate a response with a simple nod and then reply instantly with one’s voice. Xperia Ear has a full-day of battery life and doesn’t feel uncomfortable when it’s placed in your ear.

Christian Haghofer, Sony Mobile South Africa Country Manager said: “Xperia Ear enables you to be aware of and be in touch with the world around you. It gives you a liberating feeling of not being tied to a smartphone. We are delighted to be teaming up with Takealot to bring this innovative product to the South African market and look forward to the response.”

* The Recommended Retail Price is R2499, 00.

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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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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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