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2016 habits to lose and innovations to expect

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It’s a brand new year, so why not start it off right by ditching the shackles of old habits and trying some new things to make your tech life easier? We know that old habits die hard and that’s why we’ve also narrowed down these habits to show you how to handle these common practices

Using the same passwords for multiple sites
Using the same password on multiple sites is trouble because if any one of those sites is hacked, that information could be used against you in many different places. Yes, it’s inconvenient to have multiple passwords if you are relying only on your memory. That’s why it’s a good idea to give a password manager like LastPass a chance.

If you’ve never tried a password manager, it can store your usernames and passwords for you it can generate new passwords for you, and is accessible online. There’s even a tutorial on http://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-protect-your-passwords-with-lastpass/ – how to use the app if you’re up for a change.

Not backing up your photos
Imagine the panic of almost losing hundreds of photos of your newborn or your wedding because you didn’t regularly sync your phone to your PC. Nowadays, that is a simple problem to overcome. If your phone is your primary camera (like it is for many), do yourself a favour and download an app that will automatically backup your photos and videos to the cloud.

There are plenty of options out there.
If you like Google, you can use either “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google+/id447119634?mt=8” \t “blank”_Google+_ on iOS or the Photos app on Android to set up auto backup. “http://dropbox.com/” \t “_blank”_Dropbox_ also offers the same functionality if you turn on the camera upload option. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you get unlimited storage of your photos as well with the “https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/home/” \t “_blank”_Amazon Cloud Drive_ app.

Not minding your Facebook settings
It’s easy to visit Facebook, see what your friends are up to, and post your own status updates. However, when was the last time you took a look to see what content you were posting and who could see it? Diving into those Facebook settings can seem like a nightmare, but its quiet important to know “http://www.cnet.com/news/secure-your-facebook-account-in-six-easy-steps/”_how to secure your Facebook account_.

Running Flash all the time on your laptop
We are all fans of running online videos on our computers, but sometimes Flash can cause your computers fans to spin up to try to cool down your PC. You should give up having Flash running all the time. If you’re on Google Chrome, try out “https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcontrol/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe” \t “_blank”_FlashControl_.

If you’re on Firefox, try out “https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/” \t “_blank”_FlashBlock_. By default, these plugins will not load Flash content on a page unless you put a site on a whitelist or if you click the Flash item to load it. You’d be surprised how much battery life you can save if you turn off Flash on a number of sites. Be warned that the web might look very different to you at first, but it’s definitely worth it.

If you want to squeeze more battery life out of your laptop or phones, check out our guide on “http://www.cnet.com/how-to/battery-life-how-to/”_battery life and how to preserve it_.

Bonus for Android users: Accepting your phone’s default interface.
If you’re like the majority of people who use Android smartphones, you may just enjoy all the great apps on your phone. But, did you know that you can change the entire way your phone presents your apps and widgets? Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and LG all put their spin on Android with their own customizations.

However, you can modify your phone by trying any number of launchers. If you’ve never heard of a launcher, there’s “http://www.cnet.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-android-launchers/”_everything you need to know about Android launchers_ online. Installing one is as easy as installing any other app and you can always go back to your phone’s default if you so choose.

2016 promises some amazing new releases, with Samsung already rumored to be cooking something in the form of a Galaxy S7. The rise of Virtual Reality in gaming will also dominate the headlines this year.

Have you heard of a 3D Printer? Of course you have. If you haven’t, this printer allows you to print 3D objects directly from a digital file! This means you can print 3D models immediately with no need to wait for your 3D prototypes or concept models to be delivered.

I have no reservations about 2016 and the jaw-dropping news and releases that will probably come out of Silicon Valley.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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