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Liberty Life plans to launch a chatbot soon to make getting insured easier

Insurer and financial services provider Liberty Life plans to launch a chatbot in the third quarter of this year that’ll allow consumers to get quotes for Liberty short-term insurance for things like vehicles using a mobile app,WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or the Liberty website. The company is also introducing telematics to its mobile app to allow customers to complete a two-week driving te...[Read More]

Fitbit’s got two new devices, the Ace and Versa, and is adding menstrual tracking to its software

Wearables company Fitbit has announced two new devices, the Versa smartwatch and the Ace fitness tracker for children. The Versa is a pared-down version of the Ionic smartwatch while the Ace is a fitness tracking wristband that resembles the Alta, but is aimed at children. Fitbit has also announced a new version of its smartwatch operating system, Fitbit OS 2.0, that’ll bring new features li...[Read More]

10 tips to get the most out of Spotify

Apple Music and Deezer might have bigger catalogues, but by and large Swedish music streaming service Spotify is still considered the best in the game thanks to its superb recommendations algorithm, intuitive interface and wide-ranging support for third-party hardware like smart TVs and speakers. But there’s more to the service than usability. Here are our tips for getting the most out of Sp...[Read More]

Spotify is live in South Africa and it’ll cost you R60/month

Music streaming service Spotify goes live in South Africa today. Users can choose from the free or Premium packages. The free service is extremely limited, but users can try the Premium service for 30 days before they’ll be charged the R60/month subscription fee. That’s the same month fee Apple Music, Google Play Music and Deezer charge for their equivalent services. Spotify is also of...[Read More]

Spotify is launching in South Africa this month

We’ve been hearing rumours that the world’s largest streaming music service Spotify would launch in South Africa “any day now” for, well, about two years. Then, late last year, we spotted a job ad that suggested the latest batch of rumours were true. Now we’re convinced we’ll see the service before the end of March. Why? Because we’ve had an invitation to ...[Read More]

What ever happened to that Tesla Roadster?

If you have been following the journey of Elon Musk’s spaced-out Tesla Roadster, now is the time to check it out because within a few months it will be too far from Earth to track with telescopes. This is according to a website dedicated to showing the position of the Roadster, called ‘Where is Roadster’. The website was created by Ben Pearson, founder of Old Ham Media, who decided to create...[Read More]

Smartphones to be taxed in Gigaba’s budget

The 1% increase in VAT to 15% is not the only thing tech-savvy South African consumers should be worried about in Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s first (and hopefully last) budget speech. Gigaba also announced the that the definition of cellphones would be changed to include “smartphones” so that they can be taxed using ad valorem excise duties. “The digital economy brings about many technologica...[Read More]

A Spotify smart device might be in the pipeline

Apparently, Spotify has enough time on its hands to start working on its own smart speaker, and maybe its own AI voice assistant, but it doesn’t have the time to launch in South Africa (yes, we are still waiting). But you know… priorities! According to a job posting that has recently surfaced on the Spotify website, they are looking for a hardware operations manager (key word here being R...[Read More]

Gaming addiction as a mental disorder: it’s premature to pathologise players

Gaming addiction is expected to be classified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation (WHO) but – while concerns over the addictive properties of video games are reasonable – there is a lack of rigorous research to back it up. Video games played on smartphones, tablets, computers and consoles have been a popular form of leisure for some time now. In Europe, recent figures indicate th...[Read More]

How to use Youtube for all of your music streaming needs

We have all heard the statistics — like 300 hours worth of uploads per minute and other nigh-incomprehensible numbers — and its safe to say that no person will be able to watch all of the video content on YouTube in one lifetime. Or even several. A ridiculous amount of new video content is uploaded to the website daily, and we can’t keep up. It’s literally impossible and thatR...[Read More]

LG’s bringing its Signature TVs and appliances to SA

There was only one TV we wanted last year: The LG Signature W7 Wallpaper OLED. Sadly, we couldn’t have it. Not only because we couldn’t afford it, but because LG opted not to bring it to South Africa. This year, it looks like the only obstacle to buying LG’s premium TVs and appliances will be our bank balance. The Korean electronics giant announced on Wednesday it’ll be off...[Read More]

DJI Mavic Air: hands-on – Emphasis on ‘hand’

Have you ever wondered at the power that resides in your hands? Just lift up your hand. Yes, right there. Now watch as this drone follows your hand’s every move. Why? Because it is equipped with 3D tracking tech that allows the pilot to put down the controller and wave their hands in the air instead. We saw this tech demonstrated at the South African launch of DJI’s new drone, the Mavic Air. This ...[Read More]

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