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2016 habits to lose and innovations to expect



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 – 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 “” \t “blank”_Google+_ on iOS or the Photos app on Android to set up auto backup. “” \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 “” \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 “”_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 “” \t “_blank”_FlashControl_.

If you’re on Firefox, try out “” \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 “”_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 “”_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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Motlha to finally release debut album



Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

Irene Shone



TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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