The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Turn Up The Heat participants start 2016 with a bang! @MonteCasinoZA

Hi Guys, 

Montecasino’s Turn Up The Heat promotion is off to a great start! Five lucky entrants this week have won several sizzling prizes! 

Nadaraja Sathian from Radiokop, Roodepoort turned up the heat as he drove away in his brand new BMW Sports Hatch! Giovanna Piper, who hails from Edenvale, is elated to have scooped R25 000 in cash while Visalatchee Naidoo from Midrand walked away with R20 000. John Blind from Springfield won R15 000 and Daisy Frere, all the way from Red Hill, Durban, left Montecasino R10 000 richer!



Exclusive to Montecasino cardholders from December 2015 to March 2016, Turn Up The Heat is offering finalists the opportunity to win their share of over R3.5 million in cars and cash! Six lucky winners in total will blaze new trails when they drive off in their own smoking hot BMW Sports Hatches and Convertibles! 

All it takes to get in on the scorching action is to use your card to earn points for draw entries on the Slots or Tables at Montecasino. 



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iCAPTCHA - A New Way Of Learning #Languages @Native #SouthAfrica

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In a multi-faceted country such as South Africa, language is still is a major barrier for deeper integration. Whilst our 11 official languages make us beautifully diverse, the majority of South Africans are still unable to speak more than one or two. 

It’s estimated that it takes the average person 10 seconds to complete a ‘CAPTCHA’ and that worldwide, each day, 200 million CAPTCHAs are typed. A CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a challenge-response test to determine whether or not a user is human. 

With the great volume of CAPTCHAs typed each day, NATIVE VML saw an opportunity to put CAPTCHA to better use and transform it to a teaching platform that incorporates South Africa’s 11 official languages. Partnering with Bilingo, a free multilingual online dictionary, NATIVE VML created iCAPTCHA: a simple teaching solution combining the power of CAPTCHA and Bilingo. 


iCAPTCHA makes learning a new word quick and easy: see the word, hear it, and type it back. And if people want to learn more, or know a word already, they can simply try another one. The core purpose of this new development is to begin to teach people in a way that is familiar and does not overwhelm them.

The software is open-source and is easy to install. Site developers can go to the iCAPTCHA site to learn how. 

And those without their own websites can share it, ensuring that iCAPTCHA becomes the number one CAPTCHA service in South Africa – bridging the gap between South Africans, one word at a time. This idea can change the way you learn things one letter at a time. Kudos to the team! 

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Telling Stories through #Tweets By Atiyya Karodia @NATIVE VML #SocialMedia Manager

Hi Guys, 

There was a time when fitting your thoughts into 140 characters seemed virtually impossible, especially if you wanted to squeeze in a hashtag or five. Slowly but surely we weren’t just able to fit fully formed thoughts into a tweet, but we were able to add images and links with ease. Our adaptation to Twitter as a user base has been remarkable, considering that we were once reveling in the freedom of ‘unlimited’ characters on Facebook- but what happens when what you want to share simply cannot fit into one tweet?

No social media platform can avoid user-driven change, and Twitter is no different. We’re experiencing a consumption shift away from condensed tweets and seeing a growing demand for long-form content in a landscape we thought was defined by the opposite. Twitter is entering an age of storytelling, and I’m captivated by the way users are fuelling the shift. 

While platforms like Facebook and Medium allow for long-form expression, they are somewhat less accommodating to conversation threads. This is where Twitter excels; being extremely conversational and making trending content accessible. However, this environment has always seemed impeding to users who feel restricted by the character limit. This has seen many users split their thoughts into one or two tweets, but of course, this split of content is hardly deserving of being called a ‘story’.

Storytelling on Twitter is not new- many journalists and reporters use the platform as a way to ‘live-tweet’ current events like we saw on the timelines of Barry Bateman and others during the Oscar Pistorius trial. As we all know, though, social media turns each and every one of us into content creators and finding ways to curate new content for your audience is at the top of our lists. 

Lately, I’ve seen some ‘tweeple’ trend by posting entertaining stories in a series of tweets; sometimes in as many as 30, and ranging from wild tales of nights on the town to sobering stories of heartbreak and betrayal. The interesting insight from the reaction to these stories is that communities we’ve labelled as being almost exclusively drawn to short-form content are spending between 10 to 20 minutes reading. Many of us have spent years perfecting how to condense what we want to say in a single tweet, but there are users who’ve worked around the restrictions to sharing their content fully- with amazing results. 

An ever-present challenge when sharing first-hand accounts on social media (or at least what may seem like one) is how quickly fictional content can spread as being an eyewitness account. This was glaringly evident with the most recent story trend on the hashtag “#RIPKamo”. Twitter user @JustKhuthi shared a story about a girl named Kamo who was abducted, raped and left for dead in a series of over 50 tweets which went viral. The Star subsequently published an article about the event only to find out that the story and victim were fictional- a revelation to the publication and the thousands of Twitter users who were shaken by the news. 

The consumption of long-form content packaged in 140 character snippets will increase steadily in 2016 but could change drastically if the rumours are true. Looming on the horizon is the potential Twitter character limit increase- which could be a ‘make or break’ feature addition. If executed well, it could cater more intensively to the demand for storytelling content that is so popular at the moment. This possible landmark moment could usher in a new wave of storytellers in 2016, uninhibited by character limits on a social media platform perfect for conversations, but if implemented in an obtrusive way, could affect the landscape and experience of tweeting away from the familiarity we’ve grown to love.

Note- This article has been written by Atiyya Karodia, Social Media Manager at Native VML. 

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Book Tickets #KevinHartSA Comedy Tour @SavannaCider 26-30 March #2016 #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys,

Time is coming near as The Kevin Hart What Now? Comedy Tour brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider will wow South African audiences from 26 – 30 March 2016 with performances in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. I am so much looking forward to the same. 

Meanwhile, Savanna Premium Cider is firing up the comedy scene by bringing this red hot name in international stand-up to the country. With a huge international fan base for his charismatic appeal and fast-talking style of comedy, Hart fits perfectly into the sharp-witted world of Savanna with its signature take on intelligent humour since the brand was launched in 1996. 

“Kevin Hart is the rock star of the international comedy scene. As an unconventional world-class entertainer, his off-centre, quick-witted maverick approach is perfectly aligned to Savanna. The Kevin Hart What Now? Comedy Tour is a game changer for the brand – and is huge news for both Savanna and South Africa as it is the first time he will grace African shores,” says Marcel Swain, Savanna SA Marketing Manager for Savanna.


Billed as the highest grossing comedy tour of all time, the Kevin Hart What Now? Comedy Tour has seen sell-out performances throughout the USA, Canada and Europe since April last year. In August Hart became the first comedian ever to sell out a football stadium performing to an audience of 53 000 fans in his home town of Philadelphia. The tour goes down under to Australia in February before culminating in South Africa in March. 

The Kevin Hart What Now? Comedy Tour promoted by Real Concerts with co-partners M-Net, 947, KFM and East Coast Radio, comes to the Grand Arena in Cape Town on 26 March 2016 followed by the Durban International Convention Centre on 28th and The TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg on the 30th. Tickets are available from Computicket. 

Catch #KevinHartSA on Twitter for the latest Kevin Hart What Now? Comedy Tour action and keep up to date on Savanna’s popular social feeds on facebook.com/savannacider, Twitter @SavannaCider, Instagram.com/savannacider and YouTube.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Spin The Wheel Of Chance @TsogoSun @MontecasinoZA @SilverstarZA @GoldReefCitySA #Roulette

Hi Guys,

Tsogo Sun’s big-prize Roulette Masters tournament is fast becoming a hot favourite among thrill-seekers, and launched for the third time on 11 January across the group’s 14 casinos – with total minimum prizes valued at a whopping R2.5 million and a guaranteed first prize of R1.5 million. 

“We’ve seen consistent growth in participation and enthusiasm for this tournament in all 14 of our casinos, with each year seeing an increase in the prize money as a result of unprecedented buy-ins by Roulette enthusiasts. The adrenalin-pumping semi-final and final stages make this a particularly exciting tournament, when so much rides on every spin of the wheel,” says Steve Hight, Tsogo Sun’s Director of Gaming. 

All prizes are funded by the buy-ins across all 14 properties which means the final Roulette Masters prize purse can increase as the number of buy-ins grows. Every buy-in for the full eight-week tournament is only R100, making this an affordable and entertaining tournament for everyone, and players can also enter as often as they like, coming back to the wheel again and again for a chance to become a millionaire. 

Qualifying rounds will take place at the respective casinos – Montecasino, Gold Reef City and Silverstar in Gauteng; SunCoast, Golden Horse and Blackrock in KZN; The Caledon, Garden Route and Mykonos in the Western Cape; Emnotweni and The Ridge in Mpumalanga; Hemingways and Queens Casino in the Eastern Cape; and Goldfields in the Free State – until 3 March. The tournament culminates in the unit finals will happen on 5 March, followed by the group semi-finals and grand finale at Silverstar on 19 March. 

At each casino, a maximum of five players at a time will constitute a heat and after buy-in, each player will receive their chips and be given three spins. At the end of the three spins the chips will be totalled and qualifying entries will be made onto the leader board, which will display the top 21 players. 

At the end of the qualifying period, the player with the highest chip winnings from a single buy-in will automatically win the unit first prize and qualify for a seat in the group semi-finals, by-passing the unit semi-finals or finals. The following 20 players will play in the unit semi-finals, from which the top six will take their seats at the unit finals. 

At the end of the qualifying period, a total of 40 players from all 14 casinos will have earned a place at the finals, and nail-biting spins at the semi-final on 19 March will bring the number of finalists down to seven. Each of these players will have seven spins and the overall winner will be the player with the highest total value in chips at the end of the seven spins. Each of the seven finalists will take home cash prizes of varying values, totalling a minimum of R1.9 million. In 2015, the initial guaranteed prize pool of R1.7 million increased by more than R100 000 to R2.82 million as a result of the record buy-ins throughout the tournament, with Neil Singh of Johannesburg walking away a second-time winner, having being crowned the previous year’s Roulette Masters winner as well. 

Says Hight, “It has been said that roulette tournaments can reward initiative, strategic thinking, and competitiveness. This may be true, but more than that, our Roulette Masters tournament is a chance for great entertainment and possibly an opportunity to meet Lady Luck! We once again look forward to welcoming our past loyal Roulette Masters players as well as a whole new group of players who have yet to enjoy the experience.” 

Interesting facts about Tsogo Sun’s Roulette Masters tournament: 
· The wheels at Tsogo Sun’s 14 casinos will spin a minimum of 64 000 times during the duration of the tournament. 
· The total prize money awarded for the previous two tournaments amounted to R6 19m. 
· The highest score ever achieved in a qualifying round is 86 400 – starting with 60 chips and over three spins. 
· Roulette Masters offers the highest prize money for a South African Roulette tournament with a buy-in of only R100. 

Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. For further information, visit tsogosun.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Platter’s for #Android #SouthAfrica Top #Wine Guide @Wineonaplatter #Platters2016

Hi Guys,

Platter’s recently announced its Android version of the Platter’s wine app. The Platter’s App lets wine lovers access Platter’s current edition's ratings of 8 000-plus wines, filtered by producer, grape variety, vintage and more. The App is also available on iOS. The App enables users to learn about wines produced in South Africa within minutes simply by using the App’s label-scanning technology. Wine enthusiasts can also read and share reviews, allowing them to track their ratings and keep a favourites list; share wine finds with friends on social media; access all producer information; and find nearby wineries and much more. 

The Platter’s App is an indispensable mobile tool, which is quick and easy to use for all wine lovers, whether you’re an expert (winemaker or sommelier) or a novice. The App is perfect to use in a wine or grocery store and in restaurants to help you decide which wine to buy. Additionally, the App contains bonus content – Platter’s wine ratings from its 2008 edition right up to the latest edition, which means wine aficionados will be able to access knowledge about a wide range of South African wines. 

Platter’s Wine Guide is South Africa’s local wine “bible” featuring around 900 producers and brands, and thousands of individual wines. Platter’s Five Star wines are considered to be South Africa’s finest and instantly gain international exposure and are in high demand. 

Features available on the app for Android - 
- All the new listings and ratings for edition 2016
- All content and ratings from Platter's 2008 to present
- Search for wines by label recognition or by detailed drop-down menus
- All producer information
- All the official reviews and the facility to rate the wines yourself
- Save your favourite wines in the app to keep your virtual collection
- Share wine discoveries on social media
- Easy access to Google maps
- Find wineries near you with built-in geo-location

Pricing 
The Platter’s App for Android and iPhone is a free download from the Play and iTunes app stores; thereafter users need to subscribe for R175 to receive a full year’s access to the data. Download the app at - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wineonaplatter.platters

For more information about Platter’s By Diners Club visit http://www.wineonaplatter.com/about. Diners Club is a resource where individuals, businesses of any size and merchants can access an invaluable array of financial tools, privileges and personalized service. Diners Club is a globally recognised brand with around 19 million merchants serving the payment needs of more than 50 million members in more than 200 countries. Visit www.dinerclub.co.za for more information.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Bula Deals: One Stop Online Shop www.buladeals.com #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys,

From gadgets to unique experiences, Bula Deals offers it all. Whether you’re looking for the latest mobile phone on the market, or an exciting safari package, this proudly South African company caters for all needs.


Ever wanted to create your own computer, tailor-made to your own specific needs? Thanks to a unique offering by Bula Deals, South Africa’s latest E-commerce site, soon you’ll be able to purchase incredible deals like this. Bula Deals, a local online shop with an international footprint, has recently emerged into the market, offering consumers only the best deals and unbeatable prices.




Being able to create a bespoke computer by choosing the various components online, is only one of Bula Deals’ unique offerings. This E-commerce site offers two platforms, namely Group Buying and Online Shopping.


Group Buying allows for bigger discount deals on various products purchased online. Online Shopping offers a more unique product that cannot be purchased in group channels, due to its higher value.


Bula Deals was conceptualised by Yannick Bula, who saw the transformation of the global marketplace through E-commerce and the need for Africa to become part of this technological society. “We are excited to bring South African consumers a new online experience. With safety in online shopping, the best market prices, the latest products and friendly service at the core of our business structure, Bula Deals’ main priority is consumer satisfaction," says Bula. 


When asked about his vision for Bula Deals , he simply states: “To improve and streamline the overall image of online shopping in South Africa and on the African continent as well as to stimulate the growth of online shopping and group buying in all possible ways.”


Bula Deals caters for merchants, enterprises, and individuals. Individual customers can expect the widest and greatest selection of products at a price that cannot be beaten. Companies can expect a wide range of services and goods that are specific to their needs. Merchants can expect best business practice, suited to their profit line.


Bula Deals offers advertising, online marketing and the promotion of goods and services for businesses wanting to reach a wider market. Visit www.buladeals.com and let your shopping adventure begin.

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Acer TravelMate P648 - Commercial Notebook #CES2016 @AcerAfrica

Hi Guys,

Acer recently announced the TravelMate P648 series commercial notebooks at CES 2016, which runs on Windows 10, boasts powerful Intel® 6th generation Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors, industry-leading tri-band 802.11ad wireless, and Thunderbolt™ 3 for ultra-fast data transfer and 4K displays support. Combining a durable, ultra-slim chassis and speedy wireless technology, these notebooks are the ideal traveling companion for even the most active road warriors. 

This new series builds upon the Acer TravelMate P645, which earned Red Dot Awards in both 2015 and 2014, and an iF product design award in 2014. The powerful processors translate to faster wireless processing, long battery life of up to 8 hours, vivid, clear visuals and fast video conversion.

“Lightweight, durable and powerful, the TravelMate P648 commercial notebooks were designed to meet the demands of executives and other business travellers,” said Jerry Kao, President of Notebook Business Group, Acer Inc. “In addition, IT professionals will appreciate the stringent security for safeguarding the systems and valuable corporate data.”
Light Yet Durable Traveling Companion
The Acer TravelMate P648 is built to withstand the rigors of frequent travel. A high-strength carbon and glass fiber lid is light, yet strong, while the system weighs only 3.5 pounds (1.7 kg) and measures just 0.83 inches (2.12 cm) thin. The palm rest and bottom cover are made from magnesium-aluminum, allowing the notebook to handle extreme pressure and protect it from drops. To maintain its high performance, a fan keeps the system cool and Dust Defender technology safeguards it from dust. A full-sized chiclet keyboard provides comfortable typing with 1.4mm travel distance, and a spill-resistant design safeguards the keyboard from accidental spills. The keys are LED-backlit, so they can be seen in dimly-lit environments, such as red-eye flights.

Industry’s First Notebook With Tri-Band 802.11ad Wireless
Featuring the latest tri-band 802.11ad wireless technology from Qualcomm®, the TravelMate P648 can utilize the 60GHz band wireless spectrum to deliver speeds up to 4.6Gbps, which is up to 10 times faster than 802.11ac. The tri-band solution supports 802.11ac in parallel, for longer range data transfers in larger spaces, as 802.11ad is ideal for short range, high volume data transfers which works best in smaller spaces. With less latency, 802.11ad can reduce the time delay of projecting wireless content from the notebook to a mere 30 milliseconds.


Ideal Office Mate
The TravelMate P648 is ideal for travel as well as life at the office. In addition to a card reader and HDMI for connecting to an external display, it’s conveniently outfitted with a super-fast Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1 Type-C) port and three USB 3.0 ports with one supporting power-off charging. The optional Acer ProDock features a full gamut of ports for connecting a vast array of digital devices and peripherals, including two USB 3.0, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, VGA, and Gigabit Ethernet.

The new Acer TravelMate P648 models were designed to fulfill the rigorous requirements of commercial customers with 14-inch displays, offering choices up to Full HD with IPS technology and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® 940M graphics with 2GB VRAM. They also boast 4GB DDR4 memory upgradable to 20GB and ample storage space with up to 1TB hard drives or up to 512GB solid state drives (SSD). Optional RAID 0 SSD configurations provide fast boot times up to twice the performance than traditional SSD. The LED-backlit displays leverage ComfyView™ anti-glare technology to protect the eyes from blue light emissions and decrease eye fatigue. 

Optimized for conference calls, the TravelMate P648 comes with a HDR HD webcam with wide view support, dual microphones and two speakers, a mute key, high-definition audio and Acer Purified.Voice for enhancing voice sound and reducing background noise and keystrokes. Near Field Communication (NFC) supports paperless payments and tickets.

Tight Security and Time-Saving Management Tools
The TravelMate P648 is outfitted with powerful security software and hardware as well as time-saving management features to simplify the service and upgrade of many of its internal components. 

Acer ProShield Manager, a suite of both security and management tools, safeguards valuable data. It uses pre-boot authentication to protect the notebook from the BIOS to the application level. Users can create a Personal Secure Drive (PSD) to seamlessly store and encrypt all critical files, preventing data from being accessed if the notebook is lost or stolen. In addition, it provides an automated solution for managing IT assets remotely.

An integrated biometric fingerprint reader paired with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) reader protects the system from unauthorized access and a Kensington lock enables it to be secured to a desk.

Acer Office Manager (AOM), a manageability solution, lets IT professionals deploy security policies, monitor IT assets, and schedule maintenance tasks. Plus, Intel vPro with Active Management Technology enables them to administrate software and hardware computing assets.

The Acer TravelMate P648 commercial notebook line will be available to customers with Windows 10 Pro.

“The new Acer TravelMate P648 series provides the latest in design and portability, as well as serious horsepower under the hood through the newest 6th Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor, designed for the modern workforce,” said Tom Garrison, vice president and general manager for the Intel Business Client division. “Once again, Acer validates an understanding of what businesses need with a sophisticated, secure and manageable system that can keep up with increasing demands on power and performance.”
Pricing, Eco-Compliance and Warranty
The Acer TravelMate P648 series commercial notebooks will be available in South Africa from Q2 2016 at the suggested RRP of R20 999

Acer professional notebooks are submitted to a series of reliability tests and are compliant with strict industry standards. The TravelMate P648 series commercial notebook models are Energy Star® qualified and meet the criteria to be titled as EPEAT Gold. They also come with a standard two-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years of Acer Advantage service. Select models have longer warranties via specific channel partners. All Acer notebooks are backed by toll-free service and support.

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Acer's Liquid Jade Primo #Smartphone #Windows #CES2016 @AcerAfrica

Hi Guys,

Acer announced the new Liquid Jade Primo, a 5.5-inch premium smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. The Liquid Jade Primo provides ultimate productivity for professionals through Continuum, allowing Windows 10 universal apps to provide a PC-like experience when the smartphone is connected with a secondary display.

Award-winning Sleek Design
The Acer Liquid Jade Primo features Acer’s award-winning Liquid Jade design language, with a sleek and slim profile, curved back cover that fits comfortably in the hand, and ergonomic 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen. The rear and front covers feature a fine hairline-brushed finish, while a sharp diamond-cut band wraps the chassis and gives the smartphone an even more polished look. The cohesive circular-shaped receiver, rear camera, and speaker inherited from the Jade family adds a touch of elegance.

Multitasking Multiplied
With a USB Type-C monitor, wireless display accessories, or the Display Dock, the Liquid Jade Primo can provide a PC-like experience on an external display with Windows 10 universal apps. It can be used as a touchpad and virtual keyboard, or a keyboard and mouse can be connected for multitasking on both the screen and on the external display; this unlocks use-cases such as:
  • Connecting the smartphone to a TV or monitor at hotels or anywhere on the go for productivity-intensive applications, so that the heavier laptop can be left at home.
  • Projecting presentation decks to a projector or large screen, while displaying the “Presenter View” on the smartphone.
  • Playing videos on the TV while using other apps on the smartphone simultaneously.
The Liquid Jade Primo features a stunning 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display that supports 100% of the NTSC color gamut, with 10000:1 contrast, and 176-degree wide-viewing angles. A hexa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, along with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory provides powerful performance needed for multitasking, while LTE Cat. 6 and 802.11ac MIMO connectivity options makes downloads a snap. The 21MP f/2.2 auto-focus rear camera has dual LED flash and supports up to 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording, and the 8MP f/2.2 front-facing camera boasts a wide-angle of up to 84-degrees while supporting up to Full HD 1080p video recording.

Engineering Excellence
To reduce the heat that resource-intensive multitasking brings, the Liquid Jade Primo features an advanced cooling system that efficiently dissipates the heat from the processor, while also reducing the overall rear surface temperature.

For a slimmer chassis, the Liquid Jade Primo’s antenna is formed by laser direct structuring (LDS) technology, allowing integration of the antenna and back cover. Also contributing to the slimmer profile is on-cell touch technology, which moves the touch layer onto the outer glass surface of the screen, eliminating the touch substrate layer.

Enterprise-Grade Security and Device Management
With BitLocker technology on Windows 10 Mobile, the Liquid Jade Primo allows for full encryption of all user data stored on internal memory, protecting the device from offline hardware-level attacks. For corporate users, the Liquid Jade Primo also supports device management solutions such as Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) v1.2 and Microsoft Intune, so that IT personnel can help users be productive while safeguarding company information.

Pricing and Availability
The Acer Liquid Jade Primo will be available in South Africa in Q1 2016 for the suggested retail price of R 10 999, 00. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.co.za It will a great device to review being Windows operating system with some cool specs under the hood! 

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Huawei and Swarovski Brings #SMARTWATCH Jewel and Elegant #CES2016 @HuaweiZA

Hi Guys,

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled Jewel and Elegant versions of 2015’s premium smartwatch. In collaboration with Swarovski’s Gemstone Business, the HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant mark a new female focus for the company.

Timeless beauty, for any occasion
Joining the Classic, Active and Elite smartwatches released last year to critical acclaim, the new Jewel and Elegant editions offer two stylish options aimed at women. Featuring 68 Swarovski Zirconia dotted around the rose gold-plated case, each measuring 1.5mm in size, the Jewel glistens and shines like nothing else available on the smartwatch market today. A more understated option, the Elegant edition has a knurled pattern effect around its rose gold-plated case. Complemented beautifully by the two genuine Italian leather watch straps, available in pearl white and sapphire blue, the HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant comes pre-loaded with over 40 watch faces as on the original model, including 10 exclusive feminine designs.
Huawei Watch Jewel with Ruby Blue Strap

Huawei Watch, where fashion and technology embrace

With the same best-in-class specs of the original Huawei Watch, the Jewel and Elegant’s classic designs, inspired by Swiss watch manufacturers, sees scratch-proof sapphire crystal (the favoured choice amongst high-end Swiss brands) coating their fully circular 44mm faces. Cold-forged stainless steel, plated in rose gold, cements both models’ strength thanks to its durable nature.

Powered by Android Wear™ and both Android and iOS compatible, the Huawei Watch displays alerts for calls, texts, instant messages and emails. The Watch also features Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones usage, meaning you can listen to offline music downloads while you work out. With voice commands capable of controlling music as well as navigation, it’s the perfect running device. A heart rate sensor accurately measures heart rates, and the 6-Axis motion sensor can track activities including walking, running and mountain climbing.

A premium watch inspired by classic timepiece design, it truly embodies the space where fashion meets technology.
 
Huawei Watch Elegant with White Strap
Availability and Accessories
The standard models of the Huawei Watch are available in more than 20 countries and regions, including: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant will be on sale in the same countries and regions, from March 2016. 

Here in South Africa, I still need to try the Men version out as soon as review devices are available. Looking forward to the same. 

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Acer’s New 11.6-inch #Chromebook @AcerAfrica #CES2016 #Portable

Hi Guys,

Acer has rolled out the newest model in its Chromebook 11 line, now with a more durable design that features a premium nano-imprinted cover matched by solid everyday performance and a portable design that makes it an excellent computing device for anyone on-the-go.

“Acer’s position in the Chromebook market is unparalleled because we offer the range of Chromebook products that our customers want –including larger 15-inch displays and convertible models,” said Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group. “We know what our customers want most in a Chromebook are the attributes that complement the mobile lifestyle – great performance and a portable design at an excellent value – all this can be found in the Chromebook 11.” 

According to data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 34% market share for the first three quarters of 2015.

Portability with a premium, durable design
The Chromebook 11’s cover is made with a nano-imprinted pattern which gives it a premium look and feel while also boosting durability. The Chromebook 11 has been reinforced like Acer’s models for commercial and educational customers to handle extra-stressful environments. It can handle up to 60kg of downward force on the top cover, while the corners can tolerate up to 60cm drops without damage. The reinforced case results in greater resistance to twisting and stress.

The slim and portable form factor makes the Acer Chromebook 11 ideal for use anywhere – at home, school, work and on-the-go. It measures only 0.73 inches (18.6mm) thin and weighs only 2.42 pounds (1.1kg).

The Acer Chromebook 11 has an 11.6-inch display that features non-glare Acer ComfyView, so it limits eye-strain even after long hours of use. The display has a 1366x768 resolution that ensures sharp and legible text as well as vivid, clear videos and photos.

Customers will enjoy video chats on Google Hangouts and capturing crisp, clear photos with the high-dynamic range (HDR) camera. The webcam experience is further enhanced by the two stereo speakers and integrated microphone for top-notch audio and video capabilities.

Solid Performance and All-Day Battery Life
The Acer Chromebook 11 delivers solid everyday performance using Intel® Celeron® quad-core processors. Further contributing to responsiveness and a fast boot time, the Chromebook 11 features 2GB or 4GB of memory and a 16GB or 32GB eMMC storage. Customers on the go will be able to experience all-day productivity and fun since it provides up to 9 hours of battery life.

Keeps Customers Connected on the Go
With the fast dual-band 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi on the Acer Chromebook 11, customers can stay connected and in touch with up to three times faster wireless connectivity compared to 802.11n. The device connects easily to peripherals via Bluetooth 4.0, or the USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports. Customers can transfer files to or from the Acer Chromebook 11 and access media on SD cards with the SD reader.

Acer Chromebook 11 Simplifies Security and Collaboration
Chromebooks are simple to use and ideal for sharing by multiple users. Customers simply log into their own Google account to accessGmail, Google Docs, favorite bookmarks, and other information. Plus, the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131 can be used by customers tocreate, edit and collaborate both on-line and off-line in programs, such as Office documents.

Security is a key benefit of the Chrome OS, as it’s automatically updated to guard against ever-changing online threats. Every time Chrome OS boots, it checks the integrity and validity of system files. In addition, user files stored on the device are in a separate partition to keep data secure. Many customers prefer to keep all their files on Google Drive which protects files, documents, and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version of the file or document is always available and safe, even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen. In addition, the Supervised Users feature helps get children online in a safe, controlled way.

Models, Availability and Pricing
The Acer Chromebook 11 line (CB3-131) will be available in South Africa from Q2 2016 at the suggested retail price of R 4 499. A lot has been happening in this price range and this year there will be a lot for the customers to buy and cherish! 

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Huawei Introduces the Mate 8 Globally @HuaweiZA #Smartphone #CES2016

Hi Guys, 


At CES 2016, the Huawei Consumer Business Group globally launched the Huawei Mate 8 smartphone, a productivity-driven device with significantly enhanced power, efficiency and battery life. The Mate 8 continues Huawei’s track record of delivering high-end devices that reflect global consumer demand and inspire loyalty in their users. 


Featuring the most powerful chipset, a high-capacity battery and stylish design – including a unique mocha brown color option – the Huawei Mate 8 is the ideal smartphone for today’s on-the-go professional. The Mate 8 is designed from the ground-up for productivity and its hardware and software have been fine-tuned to provide an elegant, efficient experience. 

“With the Mate 8, we have delivered a device that meets the needs of a new style of business. With this fast, impeccably designed smartphone, users can work more efficiently and free up valuable time to spend with friends, family and on personal pursuits,” said Kevin Ho, President, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG. “The Mate 8 is the ultimate high-end smartphone. It strikes the perfect balance between high performance and long battery life, enabling people to stay connected and be more productive in every facet of their lives.”

“Professional smart phone users have a lack of choice when it comes to devices that meet their requirements. We have tried to keep this in mind when positioning the Mate 8. It is perfectly suited to business users with its large battery, super efficient rapid charging, large screen and additional security features. In the New Year, work life balance and increased productivity is what we wish for all our mate users,” added Charlene Munilall, General Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group SA.

Designed for Performance and Efficiency
With new groundbreaking hardware, the Mate 8 is the first smartphone to run the Kirin 950 chipset, with CPU boosting power up 100 percent, GPU performance up 125 percent, and power efficiency up 70 percent compared to the Kirin 925. The device’s architecture balances energy efficiency with high-end performance through 4 x A72 2.3 GHz processors and 4 x A53 1.8 GHz processors. 

Equipped with a 4000mAh high-density battery, the Mate 8 delivers industry-leading power efficiency offering over two days of normal usage. And with rapid charging technology, the phone is able to charge a day’s worth of power in just 30 minutes. In fact, regular users can go without charging their phone for 2.36 days, and heavy users can go without charging for 1.65 days. The Mate 8 also features advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation, leading to an excellent handling experience and lower power consumption.

Built for Productivity
Running on Huawei’s EMUI 4.0, based on Android Marshmallow 6.0, the Huawei Mate 8 offers hundreds of user experience tweaks and improvements, including a built-in automatic defragmentation service that continues optimizing system performance. Additionally, the Mate 8 features a split-screen mode that enables enhanced multitasking between apps.

Smart and Secure 

The Huawei Mate 8 introduces a new generation of fingerprint security with enhanced protection technology. The circular fingerprint sensor improves the effective identification area by 10 percent. In addition, the fingerprint friction ridge matching has three levels of security, providing a higher level of protection for users. The new sensor design also increases the unlock speed by 100 percent.

The Mate 8 maintains two sets of fingerprint interface standards to improve smartphone payment experiences—the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) and Android M standards. The strong CPU also supports real-time encryption of full storage for better data protection. The Mate 8 provides a microSD card lock, preventing anyone from accessing content in the card without a password. If a phone is stolen, user data cannot be obtained.

Stunning Photography
Huawei invested $98 million over three years to develop the first proprietary image sensor processor for faster focusing, higher clarity, and more accurate color shading. A leading research team was assembled in France to increase the processing speed of the camera, resulting in increasing the process bandwidth by four times with 14-bit precision. 

In addition, the Mate 8 adopts the revolutionary, all-new Sony 16MP IMX298, increasing the sensor size by 23 percent for breathtaking images. The Mate 8 also features an 8 MP front camera with a new beauty algorithm for taking the perfect selfie.

Efficient Conferencing
The Huawei Mate 8 features “Super Hands-Free 3.0” technology that enables hands-free operations in a variety of environments. Whether you’re in a car, a conference room or at a crowded party, users can enjoy clear conversations from up to 3 meters away. With a 120 degree range of audio pick up and directional noise reduction mode, conference calls are crisper and clearer than ever before, no matter where they take place. 

The Mate 8 features omnidirectional recording and directional playback. Three microphones automatically detect sound sources and record voices from all directions. During playback, people can choose any direction of the sound source they want to hear. Additionally, the Mate 8 provides document readjustment camera mode, which automatically straightens images that are captured at an angle for better viewing.

Globally Connected
The Mate 8 supports global connectivity and more bands than any other dual-SIM phone, including four 2G bands, nine 3G bands and 18 4G bands in 217 countries and regions with 1,334 operator settings. This makes it the perfect device for the global business traveler. 

Beautifully Crafted 
The Mate 8 features a refined, elegant design that highlights its beautiful 6-inch high contrast display. With a leading 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, the phone is able to stay sleek and compact without sacrificing a large display. The 2.5D curved diamond cut glass and aerospace grade aluminum metal are joined seamlessly, giving the device a blend of beauty and practicality.

The Huawei Mate 8 will be initially available in 30 countries including: Spain, Germany, France, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Australia. The device will cost 599 euros for 3GB +32GB and 699 euros for 4GB + 64GB. It is available in four elegant colors: champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray and mocha brown. 

“We’re delighted to also announce that from an ESA point of view we’re planning to launch the Mate 8 in March this year, at the same time across nearly 20 of all our main African markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, Zambia, Mauritius and many more. Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch,” concluded Munilall.


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