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

Friday, 30 August 2019

Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction

Hi Friends, 

'Going for the goal! He shoots, he scores!!!' - Imagine hearing the commentator shouting this at a live Premier League game! Image the euphoria and celebrations with friends and strangers alike, as your favourite football team wins the game! This dream could become a reality for a few lucky Cadbury fans, with the "Cadbury FC, Taste the Action" competition. 
Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Game Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction
Cadbury is excited to be partnering with the top level of the English Football league system- the Premier League to offer our loyal fans the experience of a lifetime. The competition kicks off on the 01st of August and ends on the 30th of September 2019 and consumers can stand a chance to win one of thee GRAND prizes, each consisting of a trip for two, to watch a Premier League game LIVE in the UK! What's more, consumers can stand a chance to win weekly instant prizes too.


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To enter, simply buy any two of your favorite participating Cadbury chocolate bars*, dial *120*101112#, enter the unique code that can be found inside the pack and follow the prompts! It's as easy as 1, 2 , 3! USSD costs 20c per 20 seconds. T's and C's apply**.

In addition to this, South Africa's favorite football player Lucas Radebe will be the face of the campaign to represent Cadbury FC, encouraging all fans to enter and be part of this exciting competition. 
Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Game Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction
We are an excited to announce the 'Cadbury FC, Taste the Action' competition and offer our Cadbury fans such a thrilling and unique, once in a lifetime experience to watch a Premier League game LIVE with their chosen travel partner! This phenomenal prize also includes flights, accommodation, merchandise, spending money, and another add ons to ensure the winners have a complete and truly memorable experience. Says Lara Sidersky, Mondelez SA Category Director for Chocolate. " We are extremely proud to have Lucas Radebe, a football legend and a humble man, on our Cadbury FC team for this competition. - Lara Sidersky, Mondelez SA Category Lead for Chocolate

From a young age, I loved two things, Cadbury and Football. Says Lucas Radebe. " I am delighted to be on board for the 'Cadbury FC, Taste the Action' competition because it means I get to enjoy both my passions at the same time! I am really looking forward to watching things unfold; especially being a part of the happy moment when the lucky winner finds out that he's won the BIG prize to watch a Premier League game, live in the UK, and experience what it feels like to be in the middle of that exhilarating crowd" - Lucas Radebe, Football Legend 
Score a Once in a Lifetime Experience with @Cadbury_SA @PremierLeague Game Live in UK #CadburyTasteTheAction
To give our fans more to talk about, from the 01st of November, until the 31st of December 2019, consumers can collect the LIMITED edition Cadbury FC, Premier League card pack, just by purchasing their favorite Cadbury bar. 

Don't miss out on this striking competition and join the conversation on Facebook @LunchBarSA, @CadburyPS or @Cadbury5StarSA or on Twitter @LunchBar_SA, @CadburyPSBar and @CadburyChocoBar #CadburyTasteTheAction 
*Participating Cadbury chocolate bars: Lunch Bar (46g), Lunch Bar Dream (46g), P.S Milk Chocolate (46g), P.S Caramilk (46g), 5Star (48,5g) and Cadbury Crunchie (40g)
**T&C's apply.

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Ready #COSPLAYER? #Vodacom4U is Putting The ‘Loot’ Back in Loot Box @rAgeExpo #rAgeExpo2019

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Vodacom 4U has revealed not only why the brand is on board, but also what awesome prizes will be up for grabs at the Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition run by GES at the Vodacom rAge Gaming expo taking place from 27 through to 29 September at the Ticketpro Dome.

“At Vodacom 4U, gaming and esports are one of the key strategic pillars of our brand strategy. We see our brand, Vodacom’s Youth branded Franchise Channel, to be the best suited to ‘speak gaming’ and offer the best in class connectivity solutions, like our Vodacom Fibre offerings, as well as any gaming peripherals that any serious or casual gaming customers require. 
READY #COSPLAYER? #Vodacom4U is Putting The ‘Loot’ Back in Loot Box @rAgeExpo #rAgeExpo2019
Following on from our deep involvement within the esports sector in South Africa during the past few years, we’ve decided to connect the dots to include the passionate Cosplay community and have partnered with Samsung Mobile South Africa to sponsor the tournament at Vodacom rAge happening in September this year. The Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition will see the largest single event cash prize purse to date and we are excited to see who will walk away with bragging rights of being crowned the 2019 winners,” says Ulanova Visser, Marketing Director of Vodacom 4U.

The prizes
For the prizes, Vodacom 4U and Samsung Mobile South Africa have also has teamed up with My Mini-Me, a 3D printing company from Gauteng. My Mini-Me has a unique business, where they scan and print 3D models of real people to be used as gifts, 3D selfies, and ornaments.

The prizes up for grabs:
  • Best in Show - R15 000 plus 3D printed figurine (Large)
  • Master's Division Winner - R5000 plus 3D printed figurine (Medium)
  • Armour's Division Winner - R5000 plus 3D printed figurine (Small)
  • Needlework's Division Winner - R5000 plus 3D printed figurine (Small)
The 3D figurines will be of the winners in their winning cosplays, scanned and printed. The winner of Best in Show will also take home the Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition floating trophy… and a year's worth of bragging rights!
READY #COSPLAYER? #Vodacom4U is Putting The ‘Loot’ Back in Loot Box @rAgeExpo #rAgeExpo2019
Some background
Every year at Vodacom rAge, there is a Cosplay Competition; which is effectively a platform for cosplayers to show off their amazing outfits. If you are unsure of what Cosplay is – it is a contraction of "costume play" – is an increasingly popular and professional hobby where fans wear costumes and accessories to represent fictional characters. The term was coined in Japan, where the trend kicked off in the 1980s with people dressing up as video game characters. It has since grown globally, with fans recreating their favorite sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book characters down to the finest details. Costumes are often planned and handmade months in advance of events. “We wish all the participants best of luck and can’t wait to see all your amazing costumes!” says Ulanova Visser.

#rAgeExpo2019 #comeandplay #17yearsofawesome #agalaxyofgeek #Vodacom4U #connected #SamsungMobileSA #MyMiniMe 
READY #COSPLAYER? #Vodacom4U is Putting The ‘Loot’ Back in Loot Box @rAgeExpo #rAgeExpo2019
Vodacom rAge Event Details:
Dates: 27 September – 29 September 2019
Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 09:00-16:00
Day ticket: R160 per person (tickets available at the door or via TicketPro outlets)
Weekend ticket: R320 per person (tickets available at the door or via TicketPro outlets)
Kids under 6: Free
Venue: Ticketpro Dome | Cnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road | Northriding, Johannesburg | GPS: 26 03’48.39”S / 27 56’35.54”E

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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Action Packed #MARVEL Universe Live! Heads to #SouthAfrica @showtime_sa #MarvelSA @MarvelOnTour

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Calling all Marvel fans! Assemble for the live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this spectacular arena stunt show.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is a live performance, unlike anything fans, have ever seen before. Performing in South Africa only in the Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria from Friday, 24 January through Sunday, 09 Feb 2020, this epic arena stunt show has become the adventure no one wants to miss. General public tickets go on sale at 09h00 on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 only at Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorized local ticketing agent.
Action Packed #MARVEL Universe Live! Heads to #SouthAfrica @showtime_sa #MarvelSA @MarvelOnTour
FNB customers can enjoy an exclusive 10% discount during the FNB preferential pre-sale ticket purchasing period from 22 August to 5 September at Computicket. Furthermore, eBucks members can use their eBucks, FNB card or a combination of both to purchase the Marvel Universe LIVE! tickets. For more information visit eBucks.com.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! is presented by local promoter Showtime Management and brought to you by FNB in association with SuperSport. “This unique live arena show brings twenty-five favorite Marvel characters to life at Sun Arena early next year,” says Showtime Management’s Tony Feldman. “We are excited to bring this incredible sensory overload of non-stop Super Hero action from all over the Marvel Universe to South Africa for the first time.” 

Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax make their live production debut bringing their courage and misfit wit to Marvel Universe LIVE! Alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, Wasp, and Iron Fist, the Guardians of the Galaxy help fight the scheming, menacing and loathsome villains Loki, Yondu and Green Goblin. Audiences will join in the quest that sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.
Action Packed #MARVEL Universe Live! Heads to #SouthAfrica @showtime_sa #MarvelSA @MarvelOnTour
Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection in this completely new thrilling adventure. The floor show is enhanced with strobe lighting, lasers, fire and smoke along with substantial sound effects to set the location and heighten the excitement. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!

Make a date! Booking opens at 9am on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 only at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000 or visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service center. FNB preferential pre-sale ticket purchasing period from 22 August to 5 September at Computicket. Patrons are asked to please note that owing to safety regulations each person, irrespective of age (including babes in arms and children under two years) must have a purchased ticket. Fans are encouraged to only book through the official authorized ticketing agent for Marvel Universe LIVE! There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to Marvel Universe LIVE! is not guaranteed. To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to www.marveluniverselive.com.
Action Packed #MARVEL Universe Live! Heads to #SouthAfrica @showtime_sa #MarvelSA @MarvelOnTour

IMPORTANT
Strobe lighting, lasers, pyrotechnics, fire and smoke along with substantial sound effects are used in this production
ONLINE #MarvelSA
To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to www.marveluniverselive.com,
or visit our social media channels:
Twitter: @MarvelOnTour
Instagram: @MarvelOnTour
SHOW INFORMATION
VENUE: Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria
SHOW DATES AND TIMES: Friday, 24 January 2020 to Sunday, 09 Feb 2020
Tuesdays – 5pm
Wednesdays, Thursdays – 7pm
Fridays - 8pm
Saturdays – 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Sundays – 10am, 2pm, 6pm

TICKET PRICES:
Midweek: Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays, 6pm: R195, R295, R395, R495 per person inclusive
Weekend: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10am and 2pm: R295, R395, R495, R595 per person inclusive
Babies in arms and children under 24 months sitting on a parent’s lap require a Babes in Arms ticket: R50.
FAMILY PACKAGES – R30 DISCOUNT PER TICKET
Save between R120 to R180 on midweek and weekend family packages available on the top three price categories only valid for purchases of 4 tickets, 5 tickets, and 6 tickets

BOOKINGS:
Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest
Computicket service center.
eBucks members can use their eBucks, FNB card or a combination of both to purchase the Marvel Universe LIVE! tickets. For more information visit eBucks.com.
GROUP BOOKINGS
15% Discount on groups of 20 and more – midweek performances and Sunday 6pm only
Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm only. To make a group booking only, contact Jill Somers, 079 218 1658, sales@showtime.co.za

About Marvel
Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2019 MARVEL

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#TheLifesWayReviews - Sacred Games Season 2 @NetflixSA TV Series #Mystery #Drama #SacredGames2

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Sacred Games Season 1 really made the Indian TV Series market look great and worthy of making an investment by many of the producers, directors and OTT content providers and Video On Demand services. People came to know about the series via word of mouth and social media channels were flooded with clips and memes. I was not aware of the series last year and didn't have Netflix connection at that time so watched the same a little later when everyone around me has already watched it. 

This time the story was different as I had a working Netflix connection gratefully provided by the brand for 6 months which will end soon and on the Independence Day of India 15th August 12am IST, the show's 8 episodes were made available to the subscribed public. I only started watching the season on Thursday evening after work and watched the first 5 episodes till my eyes got closed. I downloaded the rest 3 episodes in the Netflix app to watch on Friday evening and finished the same till dinner time. 

I really loved that the Croatia Ashram is none other than the Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa which is visible from the National Highway whenever I drive towards the city. Now I will definitely make a visit to this historical museum. Also, I could relate as my neighbors met the cast esp Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj, and Kalki when they were traveling by Ethiopian Airlines on their way to Pretoria and Pankaj Tripathi was sitting in the general category airplane seats only whereas others were in Business Class. 
#TheLifesWayReviews - Sacred Games Season 2 @NetflixSA TV Series #Mystery #Drama
Season 2 starts with the same mystery which kept us hanging at the end of Season 1 and all the episodes throughout out the series. Now with the 16 episodes, you can actually binge the whole series once again to check out what happened when. The second season is more ruthless in terms of killings and actions showcased on the series. Some scenes are really disturbing and I had to make my way through them without any judgments and thoughts.

Season 2 brings in some new characters as the show brings in the twists and turns provided by Guruji and a brief into his life too. Also, Kenya is the new platform to work for Gaitonde as he leaves Bombay in the last season after attacked by Issa. This season is full of new characters and many of them live a short life of 2-3 episodes in this season. The scientist in the last scene was the funniest as she kept using the random pattern as if the bomb is her mobile phone pattern without any knowledge. Do watch the Sacred Games Season 2 and I hope that you won't want to see the next seasons as it's not as great as the first one and it's going on the path of LOST TV series.

Acting-wise, this is fully Pankaj Tripathi's show along with Nawazuddin performances and Kalki has some dialogues in between in broken Hindi. The best new characters in Season 2 is Saxena Ji from Bhabhi Ji Ghar pe hai fame (Saanand Verma) who played a Kenyan Gujrati trader whom Gaitonde made into a local don on the ask of Kusum Devi Yadav an Indian Intelligence Agent played by Amruta Subhash in search of Shahid Khan played by Ranvir Shorey. Malcolm doesn't look so dangerous as in Season 1 and Surveen Chawla played her character of Jojo nicely. Overall, Sacred Games Season 2 can also be called as Once Upon A Time in The Life of - - - and they give you stories of each character introduced in this as well as the previous season. 

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@VMware IT Academy: Virtualize #Africa Programme Expands to Enhance #DigitalSkills in Africa

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VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the expansion of the VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa program. As part of this expansion, it shared details of a Memorandum of Understanding with Strathmore University - @iLabAfrica Centre, Kenya. The overarching goal is to empower the fast-growing, young African population to enter the digital workforce with confidence and expertise, helping to address the skills gap and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent.

The African labor market is experiencing significant disruption due to fast-paced technological advances. With the emergence of new fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, business models have radically changed and so have the skill sets required by individuals to thrive in this new environment. Through the VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa program, VMware is collaborating with key stakeholders across academia, government and industry to equip African students with the technical skills and certifications required to succeed in the digital economy.

Strathmore University in Kenya has built an international reputation for its world-class academic teaching, professional training, and research in technology. Working with VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa, the University has already begun integrating a range of VMware developed courses into its curricula that cover topics such as virtualization, cloud computing, AI and IoT. This is facilitated through subsidized software licenses and certification vouchers from VMware.

@iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology at the University, is spearheading the rollout with 20 trainers and over 100 students at the University participating. The students will be able to benefit from access to high-quality learning online resources, hands-on lab experiences to develop technical skills, and the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized VMware certification to complement their chosen fields of study.

“We are delighted to be part of VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa. It provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain technical skills and industry-recognized VMware certifications, helping to jumpstart their careers with the best knowledge and skills of international standards. Our shared goal with VMware is to become the VMware IT Academy regional lead for East Africa, training lecturers and students from Strathmore and other universities plus facilitating their participation in the program. Increased access to this type of education and training for students is a critical part of Africa realizing the potential of its youth and a prosperous Africa,” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University.
@VMware IT Academy: Virtualize #Africa Programme Expands to Enhance #DigitalSkills in Africa
“Skills development is recognized as a key component for economic growth and prosperity. VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa helps educational institutions align curricula with the skills needed for the labor market, thereby building talent for Africa’s jobs of today and tomorrow. Our discussions to form a strategic collaboration with Strathmore University is a significant milestone in this program, and will bring new skills and opportunities to its students, and in the future to many more young people in East Africa,” said Thomas MacKay, Senior Director for Global Strategic Programs, VMware.

Hear more about VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa and VMware’s engagement with Strathmore University at the Innovating Education in Africa Expo, Gaborone, Botswana. Thomas MacKay, Senior Director for Global Strategic Programs, VMware will share more details Tuesday 20th August, at 17.00, during Plenary Session 3: Exploring Innovative Pathways and Technologies for the Provision of Lifelong and Life-wide Education.

About @iLabAfrica Centre
@iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation and Development at Strathmore University. The center spearheads Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology for the Development (ICT4D) of ecosystems towards the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to contribute toward Kenya’s Vision 2030. The research center is involved in interdisciplinary research, students’ engagement and has partnered with over 800 institutions (Universities, NGOs, foundations, and government) worldwide and other funding agencies. For more information, please visit www.ilabafrica.ac.ke

About VMware IT Academy
VMware IT Academy works with a global network of educational institutions to provide students access to high-quality learning certification opportunities and hands-on lab experiences with VMware technologies. VMware provides free curriculum and materials, with the goal of helping students jump-start their software careers. In 2018, VMware IT Academy worked with 2,400 institutions in 79 countries and provided 1.3 million free software downloads for educational purposes.

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact. For more information, please visit https://www.vmware.com/company.html. VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

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@Vodacom Makes a Big Play & Backs SA #Gaming #eSports Scene @rAgeExpo #rAgeExpo2019

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Telecoms stalwart, Vodacom, has just announced a partnership with rAge – South Africa’s longest running gaming, technology and geek culture expo which will take place from 27-29 September 2019. Vodacom’s involvement and investment into the South African gaming and esports scene will be one of the biggest to date, by any brand.

Vodacom has long been a long-standing supporter of sports in South Africa and has already made a substantial investment in driving funding and growth in local sports. This move into the South African gaming and esports scene is a natural progression for the future of the brand. 

“We have been following the South African gaming and esports scene intently over the past few years. Gaming and esports is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world and South Africa is home to many gamers with an intense passion for it. From casual gamers who enjoy indulging in their passion from the comfort of their own home or on their mobile handset allowing them to participate in their passion anywhere, anytime, to those who compete in esports at a competitive level – and everyone in between – Vodacom’s vision is to become the Gamers Network of Choice. “This partnership with rAge is just the beginning as it allows us to participate in a large entertainment market,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer Vodacom Consumer Business. As part of our long term commitment to the gaming and esports scene, Vodacom World, our Flagship Digital Mall will also play host to a variety of gaming events and experiences providing gamers with an opportunity to experience our network speeds and capability first hand.”
@Vodacom Makes a Big Play and Backs SA #Gaming and #eSports Scene @rAgeExpo #rAgeExpo2019
Globally, gaming is big business. Out of 7.6 billion people on the planet, there are approximately 2.2 billion gamers. This includes social gaming, mobile gaming, as well as free-to-play and pay-to-play multiplayer gaming. Of these players, globally, there are about 380 million esports viewer fans – 165 million of them regular viewers and 215 million occasional viewers. While these numbers are impressive, the South African gaming and esports industry is still in its infancy and will take some time to establish these kinds of figures locally. That said, it is starting to come into its own and it is during this time that backing and support from established and trusted brands such as Vodacom is vital.

rAge has always been about the gaming. Although it has grown exponentially over the last 17 years, the event has always stuck to the core values of bringing the ultimate gaming experience and the very best of immersive geek culture straight to the audience with bigger and better gaming, gadgets, esports, cosplay, show specials and competitions.

This annual event is 100% proudly South African, which is another reason that Vodacom is the perfect partner for it. It’s about South African gamers having access to global platforms; and now that it’s backed by a South African icon, those platforms are sure to just get bigger, better and faster.

rAge has grown from an embryonic event for a small gaming community into a thriving fun-filled three-day feast of all that is gaming - catering to thousands of fans, both young and old. “This partnership with Vodacom is a significant surge forward for the gaming industry in South Africa, and particularly for rAge. It is another leap forward for the future of gaming in South Africa and I look forward to where this will eventually take us all. And now the Future is Exciting with Vodacom rAge” said Michael James, Senior Project Manager rAge.

Globally, gaming is big business. Just shy of three weeks ago, a 16 year old captured the world’s attention by winning a $3 million Dollar prize pool at the Fortnite World Cup. The finals of this tournament, held at the end of July, followed ten weeks of competition involving more than 40m competitors and a total prize pot of over US$30m. The tournament packed out the 23,771-seat Arthur Ashe stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York’s largest tennis arena. Fortnite is but one gaming title among many that is rising to prominence in an increasingly lucrative market. The crazy thing to note is that this is not even the biggest esports event in the world. 18 teams recently competed in The International – the biggest DOTA tournament in the world – in Shanghai, China. The International’s prize pool, which is entirely crowd-funded, closed off just over $33 million.

Facebook: rAgeExpo Twitter: @rAgeExpo Instagram: rage_expo Vodacom website: www.vodacom.co.za rAge website: www.rageexpo.co.za #rAgeExpo2019 #agalaxyofgeek #escapetoplanetrAge #comeandplay #17yearsofawesome #NAGLAN

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Monday, 19 August 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact #Camera #vLogging

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Only sometimes in your life, you come across gadgets which will take your breath away with their innovative products or the technology to touch your heart. I have seen in my lifetime a lot many products which have made me fallen in love with them. It's a different matter that those love me back or not! Sony is always one company which always touches your heart and my association with Sony goes a long back as I bought my first pair of earphones with my first savings ever for Rs 250 which is equal to R50 and it was the biggest purchase for me. From that time I have been able to buy and collect stuff from Sony Handycam to iPod dock, from ebook-reader to noise-canceling headphones I had it all and so much that Sony Electronics - India Country Manager wanted to come to visit my place to see the collection. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
Coming back to the topic of this review is this awesome, little yet powerful camera to carry easily for vLoggers like me in the making and other enthusiasts alike -  
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • CON - 4k Video shooting capability with the limitation of 5 minutes at a single stretch. It's a really big feature on a small camera of this size. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - The screen can be twisted and turned towards the front which the shooter or vLogger takes the videos. This makes it easy to watch yourself as you shoot and talk to the camera. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - The amazing picture captured quality with 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor fitted with ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm zoom lens. The photos are very clear and focussed in auto mode as I didn't have much time to experiment with any other modes. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - Amazing video quality in such a compact size camera which can be easily carried in your pockets. You can shoot anywhere anytime using this compact camera. This is one is the best feature that can enable you to shoot and share your videos immediately on your social media channels if you are an influencer or YouTuber
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • Neutral - Price of the product is equivalent to mid-level DSLR camera so it's not for everyone and works in a niche market segment. The only thing is that this camera is a little bit expensive and you need to have a defined purpose for the same. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • CON - There is no water and dust resistant in the camera so you have to take special care of the gadget. You need to be careful of where you are shooting. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • Neutral - You need a special card to capture 4k videos and that's an additional investment from your end after buying an expensive niche camera. If you have that card already, then you shall make the best use of the same. I didn't have that card and it was only a review unit for 2 weeks it didn't make any sense for me to invest in the same. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
Taken using the @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera 
  • CON - Battery life is not in favor of the camera. You definitely need to invest in another spare battery. But the best part is that's the camera can be charged with any smartphone battery pack you must be already carrying in your backpack or car or bag. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera
  • PRO - Life is always different and innovative with Sony and it will continue to be so as this camera. Once you have this camera in your life, you will be able to do everything under the blue and starry skies. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @SonyElectronics RX100 VI Premium Compact Camera #vLogging
I have fallen in love with this camera and really wanted to drop my DSLR and buy the Alpha range of Sony camera but the price is way too much for my budget. I will continue to use whatever I have now and may be in future, I might be invested in the new versions of the Sony mirrorless cameras. 
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#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest #HealthyLiving

Hi Friends, 

As mentioned in my earlier post about the Xiaomi products, they are not only innovative but also value for money. It goes for all the products, I have seen or used till date. The product which people fell in love with was the first Mi Band which gave a possibility to measure your steps at the cheapest price linked to your smartphone via an app and then when the second Mi Band 2 came with Heart Rate monitoring, it was an instant hit. I remember not getting it on Amazon.in when I tried to order for the same. It was always out of stock and same is the case with the new version of the device called Mi Band 3.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
GearBest was able to send me the Mi Band 2 fast enough but the custom took some time to clear in South Africa but finally the band reached me within a week and I started using the same immediately. It's definitely one of the online stores which can give competition to the likes of Alibaba, Amazon, takealot.com, Flipkart and many others around the world. The device packaging consists of a silicone band, a charger base and the main unit itself. The main unit can be easily clipped into the silicon band after charged from the charging base. The charging base is USB and can be inserted into your laptop or any of the smartphone chargers.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
The main features of the Smartband are Bluetooth 4.0 which help to connect to the smartphone apps immediately and pushes the data collected to the app. The OLED 0.46 inch touch screen displays time, distance, calories, and heart rate with a single gentle touch on the circular button.
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Heart Rate monitoring now is far more advanced with accurate measurements which can be tracked to check the kind of exercises routine you can follow. Also, the Mi Band 2 measures your sleep and also gives you the notification if you have been sitting on your desk for long without any movement. It helps you to relax your body and also complete your daily goal of 7000 steps.
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The overall weight of the device is less than 20 grams and you won't even fell the Smartband to be on your wrists. The device is powered with Li-Polymer battery capacity of 70mAh which will last you for at least 5 days and with notifications switched ON it will be around 3 days. The company claims a standby time of 20 days. The device can be charged fully in around 3 hours.
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
The biggest problem I faced with Silicon bands in Fitbit is that they start itching on my hand wrist after a while. This was not the case with this one but over time, you might face some itching. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @Xiaomi Mi Band 2 #SmartBand @TheGearbest
Buy the device from here. Currently, my 10 years old daughter is really enjoying this smart band and soon I am sure she will want to have a colored screen smartwatch and by that time Xiaomi will definitely bring something new to the market! Till that time...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek

Hi Friends, 

I love earphones and I attract them in my life more than anything else. If I participate in any contest the prize will be earphones or headphones and if I get a goodies bag there it will be some kind of earphones and headphones. If I go to some event or expo, there also I will get a lot of cheap earphones at the various stalls. My life it seems is revolving around all kinds of earphones - cheaps ones to the expensive ones for review. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
I received these Body Glove Mini Bluetooth Earbuds from Gammatek as a replacement for my Airstream earphones which was not working perfectly. And man these ones are on my ears since the day it arrived. I wear it all the time, in office, during my practice walks for 25kms and in the actual 25km walk. These are really some great earphones in a small package when I first saw them, I didn't think them to become so close to my heart. 
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Let's see these earphones in a detailed review on my blog and all the photos are taken using the Canon 77D Camera on my desk at home. The first thing to observe is the small charging case which can also keep the earphones inside while you travel or to carry with you and to recharge in case the battery dies on them after use. The charging case has built-in 300mAh Li-Polymer battery which can easily charge the 48mAh earbuds max 3 times fully in around 1 and half hour. The charging case is charged using the MicroUSB cable and a red light shows the same. There are also holes at the top of the charging case to show that earbuds are also getting charged. Once earbuds are fully charged, the light on the top turns itself off.
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These Body Glove earbuds are Bluetooth v4.2 enabled with HSP, HFP, A2DP and AVRCP profiles supported. The operating range for these earbuds is only 10 meters as compared to others where it's marked at 30 meters. But I think it's kept small to keep the earbuds close to your devices. The music playback time which I could get on these earbuds is around 2 hours 30 minutes on a full charge. My 15km walk generally takes me around 3 hours to complete and in one charge I can easily come back on this BodyGlove Earbuds. You can accept the calls also on this device and on my earbuds, I can only listen on the right side earbuds and nothing comes on the left side. I am not sure if this is the defective piece or these are built that way. 
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Using Body Glove Mini Bluetooth Earbuds is easy as it will turn automatically ON when taken out from the charging case and also turns themselves OFF when inserted back into the charging case and closing the lid. The earbuds are equipped with Multi-function buttons (MFB) and you can do several operations using the same. Switch them ON and OFF by pressing them for 2 seconds. The right and left earbuds always play a voice prompt to tell that they are ready to be connected to your smartphones or whatever Bluetooth enabled gadget you are using. You can use these earbuds to answer or reject a call, increase volume up and down, skipping to previous and next songs, pausing and playing the music along with resetting all pairing records to start afresh. These earbuds are only 4.6 grams each and total weight will be 41 grams.
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
In the last let's come down to the audio performance as that's the main thing these earbuds are built for. The earbuds are powered using 6mm drivers with impedence of 16 Ohms and sensitivity of 90+-3dB. The driver frequency range will be 20-20kHz as generally mentioned for all these earbuds and headphones. The earbuds have a balanced sound and really gives a solid impact on your ears. It's not bass boosted but has a little bit of the same in the right amount. It's like a surround sound effect using both the earbuds positioned rightly into your ears. In this small package, the audio effects on these earbuds are amazingly great. I totally fell in love with these and these are my carryable earbuds in my pockets all the time. Thanks to Body Glove and Gammatek for sending the same. 
#TheLifesWayReviews @BodyGlove Mini Earbuds #Bluetooth @Gammatek #bodyglove #GammaTek
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Exploring Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA

Hi Friends, 

Mattel South Africa has launched the first series of Crystal Creatures, a range of buildable creatures with slime and sparkle surprise. 
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
Open 1 of the 5 shimmering crystals to reveal a glitter slime surprise, then gather all the pieces to build your very own creation! Which new friend will you discover? There are 5 fantastical, dazzling and enchanted creatures to collect and 3 colors of slime to find. 
Unfolding Mega Construx™ Crystal Creatures™ Series 1 @MegaConstrux @Mattel #CrystalCreaturesSA
You can mix the pieces and try different stylish combinations to create your own unique and mesmerizing creature. With Frostwhite™, Aquagem™, Nightsky™, Rubywing™, and Rosestone™ to set free, hours of fun await. 
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Display your creature inside or on top of the egg or use the display rod to create mystical poses. 

When you’re done with the slime, you can put it back into the egg as you open and assemble the next Crystal Creature. Collect them all! 
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Crystal Creatures are ideal for ages 5 and up. For more information about Crystal Creatures, please click here: https://play.megaconstrux.com/en-us/worlds/crystal-creatures
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About Mattel 
Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends™, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit www.mattel.com for more information.

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Friday, 16 August 2019

#ROGInvitational Launches #SA Richest Short Form CS:GO Tournament @Asus_ZA @rAgeExpo #BeUnstoppable #JOINTHEREPUBLIC

Hi Friends, 

Today ASUS South Africa, the company behind the Republic of Gamers, the world’s leading gaming hardware brand announced the inaugural ROG Invitation which will place as South Africa’s richest short-form Counter-Strike tournament. With a prize pool of R150,000, the one-month tournament will host its finals live at rAge Expo on the 27th to 29th of September at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. 

Four of South Africa’s elite CS:GO teams, BIG 5 ESPORTS, ENERGY ESPORTS, GOLIATH GAMING and SINISTER5 CS:GO will compete for the glory, the honor and the cash against the top four ranked challengers from the qualification rounds. 

Registration for the online qualifiers opens today through www.mettlestate.com, a leading esports league and tournament operator on the African continent. The round-robin group stage will advance the leaders of each group to the LAN finals in late September where the final eight will compete in a double-elimination bracket at rAge Expo. 
#ROGINVITATIONAL Launches South Africa’s Richest Short Form CS:GO Tournament @rAgeExpo #BEUNSTOPPABLE #JOINTHEREPUBLIC
The need for Esports Investment 
“ROG has invested in esports since 2006, and was the first hardware manufacturer to see the importance of being a part of the community through the creation of an inclusive ecosystem and investment in gamers and their community,” says Azin Alikhani, MEA Regional Marketing Head. 

The last decade has seen a spark of change in this inclusive ecosystem from casual gaming as a community to the development of a serious sub-culture of professionalism in esports that is driving a new a generation of sporting professionals. 

“The similarities in the skills required to be a competitive gamer aren’t dissimilar to conventional professional sports. Aside from great aim and strategy, a championship esports team requires a stone-cold winning mentality, serious consistency, a lot of commitment and flawless co-ordination and communication, says Juan Mouton, Asus, and Republic of Gamers South Africa Marketing Manager

Juan goes on to state, “As the world’s leading gaming hardware brand, we see it as our responsibility within South Africa to assist where we can to strengthen the credibility of esports through showcasing not only the exceptional talent and skill that exists in our country but to deliver an experience that really underlines the entertainment value of the sport. That’s the purpose of the inaugural ROG invitational and we expect the showcase to grow exponentially as we continue with this mission.” 

The rAge Experience 
The ROG invitational will host the finals in a live three-day showdown at the Tickepro Dome during the rAge Expo - South Africa’s largest gathering of gaming enthusiasts. With more than 35,000 attendees and 17 years in existence, rAge has become synonymous with the most awesome weekend of gaming on the local events calendar. This annual gaming event promises a mind-blowing weekend filled with immersive fun for family and friends.


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Healthy Happy #Microwave Meals for Winter @SamsungSA #Cooking

Hi Friends, 

Some call it winter and others call it the season of comfort food. There are a few combinations that work well together and of course the guilt that goes with it. However, this winter you can effortlessly satisfy your craving for tasty dishes but choose a healthier twist. And because you’d rather spend time under a blanket on the couch or under a duvet you can harness the power of the microwave to whip up healthy, delicious meals in no time.

“The microwave is an incredible example of human-centered technology and it makes everyone’s life a little tranquil. The Samsung Hotblast™ for example, has revolutionary functions, which are tailor-made to help you do what you can’t, “says Tracy Gordon, Head of Product Marketing – Home Appliances at Samsung South Africa.

Here are a few examples of wholesome, healthy food made to be enjoyed in no time:

Microwave Butternut Squash Risotto | Serves 4
This easy risotto is a good source of vitamin C, counts as one of your 5-a-day and it’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Ingredients
250g risotto rice
700ml hot vegetable stock
1 medium butternut squash
Big handful grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
Extra handful sage leaves, roughly chopped

Method
Tip the rice into a large bowl, then add 500ml of the hot vegetable stock. Cover with cling film and microwave on High for 5 mins. Meanwhile, peel and cut the squash into medium chunks. Stir the rice, then add the squash and the rest of the stock. Re-cover with cling film, then microwave for another 15 mins, stirring halfway, until almost all the stock is absorbed and the rice and squash are tender. Leave the risotto to sit for 2 mins, then stir in the parmesan and sage. Serve topped with more grated cheese.
Healthy Happy Microwave Meals for Winter @SamsungSA
Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken | Serves 4
This easy sweet and sour chicken will be a hit with everyone and whipped up in half an hour.
Ingredients
9 tbsp tomato ketchup
3 tbsp malt vinegar
4 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
227g 8oz can pineapple pieces in juice, drained
100g sugar snap peas, roughly sliced
Handful salted, roasted cashew nuts (optional)

Method
In a large microwaveable dish, mix the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and garlic thoroughly with the chicken, onion, and peppers. Microwave, uncovered, on High for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is starting to cook and the sauce is sizzling. Stir in the pineapple pieces and sugar snap peas and return to the microwave for another 3-5 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked. Leave to stand for a few minutes, then stir in the cashews, if you’re using it and serve.

Microwave Banana Pudding | Serves 4-6
This dessert is tasty, filled with the goodness of bananas and only takes 20 minutes to make.
Ingredients
100g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
2 ripe bananas
100g light muscovado sugar
100g self-rising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
Icing sugar, toffee sauce, and ice cream, to serve

Method
Put the butter in a 1-liter baking dish and microwave on High for 30 secs-1 min until melted. Add 1½ bananas, mash into the melted butter, then add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, eggs, and milk. Mix together well. Slice the remaining banana over the top, then return to the microwave and cook on High for 8 mins until cooked through and risen. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, if you like, with a drizzle of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream.

There you have it. A few good reasons to embrace winter and your microwave and if you’re looking for a microwave that does the job even better than you expect to trust the Samsung Hotblast™. It’s simple to cook entire meals deliciously and in no time. The HotBlast™ has multiple air holes blowing out powerful hot air, which reduces cooking time. The SLIM FRY™ technology ensures that your food is perfectly crisp on the outside and delicious and juicy on the inside. Additionally, this versatile microwave has a wider grill, making it easier to brown food fast and evenly. The turntable is wider, measuring 345mm, making it easier to prepare bigger portions of food. And with its ECO Mode power, it significantly reduces energy consumption with its low standby power. The HotBlast™ is a must-have for every kitchen. Its intelligent features and stylish design makes it indispensable, no matter which way you use it or what season.

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