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

Friday, 27 November 2015

BEEFY - #SirIanBotham Walking the Rainbow Nation #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys, 

How many times a charity event touches your heart? - Generally most of the times but sometimes it touches your soul also and you want to immediately become a part of the same. Sir Ian Botham needs no introduction and he has been a part of such an amazing charity initiative that the whole world is now covered by his feet across many countries. Check this out -
100% of the proceeds go to the charities Ian supports in SA - not a cent raised will leave the country. This will also be the last walk he will be doing, and marks the celebration of his 60th Birthday and the 30th anniversary of his first ever walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in Great Britain in 1985.

The program with the dates and places outlining exactly what is happening is below. You can sign up and for R200 you can join in the fun and walk with Sir Ian on any of the days at any of the locations countrywide (see the map below - CT, Stellenbosch, PE, Durban, Jhb, Soweto and Pretoria).

(the distance each day is available on the info icon and the walks start each day at 7.15 am. The walks will all take about 2.5 – 3 hours as Sir Ian walks at a constant 7.2km/h) or visit the Facebook page

The list of charities are:
• Nazareth House in CT
• Waitrose Foundation - marking it’s 10th anniversary this year, helps improve the lives of the workers and communities that supply Waitrose's products from South Africa
• Kliptown Youth Project
• Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF)

• 10 Dec – Day 1 - From The Table Bay Hotel to Llandudno beach. This will be a spectacular finish as it is on the beach and is stunning, Sir Ian walks through Camps Bay with the most amazing view of Table mountain. We are hoping for John Barnes to join in along with the British High Commissioner in SA on this day.
• 11 Dec – Day 2 - From Hout Bay to Tokai with Nazareth House. The walk goes over the back of the Mountain finishing at the Food Lovers Market in Tokai. 
• 12 Dec – Day 3 - From Kayamundi Primary School to Flagstone Winery. Starting at the primary school on top of a hill looking over Stellenbosch. The kids will be dancing and singing for the walkers who then walk to the winery where there will be a wine tasting and a few cheetahs roaming around …
• 13 Dec – Day 4 - Port Elizabeth - down the coast, finishing at the Boardwalk hotel – where the Nelson Mandela Film Festival will be finishing the same day. This day is Chipembere’s so the tracking dogs will be with the walkers, a fun day!
• 14 Dec – Day 5 - Durban - from the Springfield Food Lovers Market to the Umhlanga Pier.
• 15 Dec – Day 6 - Soweto - the walk starts at Kliptown Youth Project, one of the charities, through the historic pasts of Soweto and finishing at Jabulani Mall, this will be an awesome day.
• 16 Dec – Day 7 Johannesburg - Makaya Ntini is joining the walkers on this day and the walk finishes at the Mazlow hotel - this is The Waitrose Foundation day.
• 17 Dec – Day 8 Pretoria - the final day in the capital, the walkers finish in Church Square. 

After the walk finishes Sir Ian will be going to The Palace at Sun City for a Post Walk Party. 

On the 19th he flies to the bush for 24 hours for a bush walk organised with vehicles to highlight the Rhino and conservation side of the charities he is supporting.

I am looking forward to walk with him in one of these days and do my little bit for the charities. 


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Friday, 20 November 2015

Let's Play #StarWarsBattlefront @EAStarWars #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys,

From DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, and Lucasfilm Ltd. comes the highly anticipated video game, Star Wars™ Battlefront™. Winner of more than 50 awards worldwide including the Best of Show recognition at E3, gamescom, Eurogamer Expo and Tokyo Game Show, Star Wars Battlefront delivers the epic Star Wars battle fantasies fans have always dreamed of, while allowing them to create all new memories of their own. The game is available today in South Africa on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Origin™ for PC.

In Star Wars Battlefront, players will live out the battles between the Rebellion and the Empire in the time period of the original Star Wars trilogy. From large-scale multiplayer matches for up to 40 players to exciting Missions that can be played alone offline or with a friend, the game delivers a wide variety of the Star Wars experiences fans have been clamoring for. Drive speeder bikes at breakneck speeds through Endor, crush Rebel scum in an AT-ST or AT-AT, take to the skies in the Millennium Falcon or even become the ultimate boss of a multiplayer match as one of the Star Wars universe’s most iconic Heroes or Villains – Boba Fett, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and more.
Starting on December 1, 2015, fans that pre-ordered Star Wars Battlefront will be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™. All other players will get access to this content, for free, on December 8, 2015.

Fans looking to enhance their Star Wars Battlefront experience can do so with the Star Wars Battlefront Companion. Available on web and in the App StoreSM and Google Play™ store, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion features the tactical, card-based game Base Command which allows players to earn in-game credits that can be used in Star Wars Battlefront. The Companion also lets you connect with friends, track your career, and more. The Star Wars Battlefront Companion is available now on web at, as well as in the App Store and Google Play store. 

Players looking to expand their experience can with the Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass, which includes 4 epic digital expansion packs coming post-launch, including new weapons, vehicles, Star Cards, iconic heroes and villains, new maps and new modes. Season Pass also gives players two-week early access to each expansion pack and an exclusive “Shoot First” emote. Learn more about the Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass, including release dates and additional info, at

Star Wars Battlefront is available now in South Africa at retail and digitally for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and on Origin for PC. EA Access members can save 10% when they buy the digital version of Star Wars Battlefront on Xbox One. For more information on the game, visit and see the Star Wars Battlefront Launch Gameplay trailer here. Join the Star Wars Battlefront conversation on Facebook®, Twitter®, and Instagram®.


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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Disney Infinity 3.0 - What Is It? #DisneyAfrica #StarWars

Hi Guys,

What’s in store for gaming fans of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits? Let's get the lowdown on the intergalactic reboot…

Disney Infinity 3.0 is the only game where players can experience the characters from Disney, DisneyŸPixar, Marvel and Star Wars – and play with them together. Want to see Luke Skywalker in a race with Cars Lightning McQueen from Cars? Want to find out who is stronger: Darth Vader or Marvel’s Hulkbuster? Discover the answers by playing Disney Infinity 3.0 !

“The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack gets you up and running with the game and two figures,” explains Producer Mat Solie. Battle against evil with Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack, which includes Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.

“At the start of Star Wars Twilight Of The Republic Play Set, you have to get through the Droid Factory on the planet of Geonosis,” reveals Mat Solie. “But you get to see many more iconic Star Wars locations throughout the Play Set. You travel to planets including Naboo, Tatooine and Coruscant – and a whole lot more!”

“Each of the four big planets – Naboo, Coruscant, Tatooine and Geonosis – are giant open worlds that you can explore,” admits Mat Solie. “When you get to Coruscant, the Jedi temple is the main centerpiece – but you can also visit locations like the restaurant Obi-Wan Kenobi went to in Star Wars Episode II. There’s a lot to see!”

Ready for combat, gamers? “You can battle with lightsabers, blasters and Chewbacca’s iconic crossbow in the new Play Sets,” reveals Disney Infinity Senior Producer Mobile, Sean Patton.

“We did an entire re-haul of the combat system in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, so all of the characters have combo moves, as well as unique special moves based on the character,” admits Sean Patton. “Obi-Wan is a little more tactical and defensive, whereas Anakin will be more about brute force and power.”

Not only do fans get the opportunity to play with lightsabers in the game, but they also get the chance to fly around the galaxy in iconic Star Wars vehicles. “You get to fly the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set,” admits Sean Patton. “It’s awesome! You can also bring it into the Toy Box 3.0 and play with it there.” 

The Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set comes with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia figures, but you can also add Han Solo, Chewbacca and many more to the game. The action is set within the timeline of the original movie trilogy, so there are tons of iconic locations to visit, including Hoth, Endor and Tatooine.

Not a fan of Star Wars? Don’t worry! Disney Infinity 3.0 has other games and iconic Disney characters for you to play around with. For starters, there’s a Play Set based on the popular DisneyŸPixar film, Inside Out.

“The DisneyŸPixar Inside Out Play Set is a completely different type of game,” admits Mat Solie. “The Star Wars games are more about combat, both on foot and in vehicles. Inside Out is more of a classic platform game where you can play with the five emotions from the movie: Fear, Disgust, Sadness, Anger and Joy.”

“The Disney Pixar Inside Out Play Set is a cooperative puzzle-solving platformer set after the events of the newest Disney•Pixar film,” continues Mat Solie. “The emotions are all hanging out at Headquarters and Riley is about to go to sleep. She’s watching a funny cartoon on TV, but just as she falls asleep, the controller falls and switches the channel to a scary swamp monster movie. That’s where the fun begins!”

“While Riley sleeps, there’s a lot of scary stuff going on inside her head,” adds Mat Solie. “It’s up to the five emotions to fix this! This means you get to head into Riley’s subconscious and sort out her scary thoughts.”

“Each of the five emotions has a unique ability to help you through the game,” explains Mat Solie. “Anger can run on lava. Joy can hover. Fear is the fastest character, because he’s scared of everything. And Disgust can bounce around higher than everyone else because everything disgusts her. Last but not least, there’s Sadness. The clouds don’t dissolve when she’s on them, but they do when anyone else steps on them.”

There are tons of new Disney Infinity 3.0 figures to tie in with the launch. Alongside 15 Star Wars figures and five Inside Out figures, there will be Mulan, Hulkbuster, as well as Frozen fave, Olaf. You can even add classic Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse to your collection, too!

“Olaf really cracks me up in Disney Infinity 3.0,” admits Senior Producer Michael Schneider. “He’s really funny and it’s a completely different experience to having a Jedi or a Sith. Olaf’s got some really funny animations when he defeats enemies. For his special power, he goes into summer mode. The sun comes out, so he flips out his beach chair and lies down while his enemies fry under the sun!”

“Mickey’s has cool boxing moves in Disney Infinity 3.0, so he can punch and block,” explains MichaelSchneider. “For his special attack move, he summons his friends to come and fight for him, so expect to see characters like Goofy, Pluto and Oswald pop up every now and then!” 

“Minnie is a lot of fun, too,” reveals MichaelScheider. “She can throw her purse around and it comes back to her, just like a boomerang! Minnie can charm her enemies into doing her fighting for her, so they will turn on each other and leave her out of harm’s way.”

Want more fun? You got it! There are two terrific Toy Box Expansion Games for Disney Infinity 3.0. “The first is Toy Box Speedway,” reveals Mat Solie. “Toy Box Speedway is a kart-racing game with different modes of play. The second is Toy Box Takeover, an action-adventure game that features multiplayer gameplay allowing players to use all of their favorite Disney, Star Wars™, Marvel, and Disney•Pixar characters. It’s a lot of fun!”

There are also two exclusive Star Wars Power Disc Packs to add to the adventure. In the Star Wars Twilight Of The Republic Power Disc Pack, you will find General Grievous’ bike, two new terrains and the ability to team up with Mace Windu. In the Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Power Disc Pack, you will find a Y-Wing Fighter, as well as Bobba Fett’s Slave I ship. You’ll also nab cool disguises for Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Whoop!


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8 Things To Do With Your Old #Smartphone #HTCOneLifeSA #MoreYou

Hi Guys, 

With the HTC Desire 626 now available at MTN stores nationwide, here are a few ideas from HTC on non-wasteful ways to get rid of your old mobile device:

1. Sell it to a buyback service
If you want to get some cash for your old phone, but without the hassle of advertising it in the classifieds, you could sell it to Zwipit. This company will pay you for your smartphone, refurbish it, and sell it to someone else. The online process is relatively simple and painless - Zwipit will arrange the courier and pay you once it has assessed your device. 

2. Trade it in
Some stores and networks offer great trade-in deals – offering you a discount on your new device in exchange for old phone. Phone around to find out what options are on offer. 

3. Advertise it on an online classified service 
You’ll probably get a better price for your smartphone, if you sell it to another individual than if you sell it to a buyback service or trade it in. You can advertise the device on a site such Gumtree or OLX and if you follow these common sense tips (Gumtree), dealing through an online classifieds site can be safe and profitable. 
4. Use it as a hotspot
If you often need mobile internet access, it can be handy to keep an old smartphone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. You’ll have internet access wherever you go, without running down the battery on your new, primary smartphone. I was doing the same with my old Nexus One phone till Telkom mobile SIM didn't worked on the same and I now use it to post my photographs on Instagram. 

5. Turn it into a mobile gaming console
Provided that it’s not too old to run the newer games, an old smartphone can be an ideal mobile games machine for your child. And if you’re a gaming enthusiast yourself, why not turn it into a retro game arcade? Download those NES emulators and relive all the ages old games or the current games till they are supported by the old android operating system on your mobile device.

6. Play some music
Plug your smartphone into a loudspeaker, and then use an apps such as MixRadio or TuneIn Radio to turn it into a makeshift radio. You could also listen to some podcasts or load your own music onto the smartphone. Can also be used as a car stereo by plugging via aux cable and playing all your favourite songs while you drive or can be used to listen to audio-books or podcasts also. 

7. Give it away
You could also pass your smartphone on to someone else - one of your children, a parent, house helper, or a charity - if you don’t want to sell it. You probably know someone who could use your phone, even if it’s really old and basic. 

8. Recycle it
If your smartphone is broken beyond repair, you should dispose it off in an environmentally friendly manner. Take it to one of the many e-waste disposal sites around the country rather than simply chucking it in the bin. This will ensure that as many components are salvaged for reuse as possible and prevent some of the nastier chemicals that go into a phone from ending up in a landfill. 

The HTC Desire 626 is available at MTN stores nationwide and for R269 per month over 24 months and includes 30GB data once off. 


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Monday, 2 November 2015

@Gammatek brings #iFrogz latest #headphones to #SouthAfrica

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Sure to be on music lovers’ wish lists this festive season is a set of nifty yet powerful iFrogz headphones made available in South Africa by Gammatek. Gammatek was established in South Africa in 1999 and strives to be the leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa. There are three innovative, on the go headphones available from iFrogz: the iFrogz Toxix Plus, iFrogz Luxe Air and iFrogz FreeRein.
iFrogz FreeRein Reflect headphone is the leader of the pack for discerning music enthusiasts. These wireless, Bluetooth enabled headphones deliver up to 13 hours of blissful sound, without bothersome wires. 40mm Drivers ensure a balanced sound that is ideal for any type of music at any volume. The rotational cups allow the wearer to listen comfortably for hours and then neatly fold up for easy portability. The iFrogz FreeRein Reflect comes with a 3.5mm jack for wired connections as well. The built in mic and onboard controls mean that the user can conveniently manage their calls and music. iFrogz FreeRein Reflect headphones are priced at R999.

iFrogz Luxe Air headphones are ultra light and feature rotational speakers that fold in for easy storage. 40mm Drivers deliver solid sound without annoying vibrations while the padded ear cups provide the perfect, comfortable fit. The headphones feature a Storage Clip cable management system, complete with an in-line, single button remote / microphone, to stop cables from getting in the way during activities and offer the convenience of managing calls and music with one button. Sleek and light weight, the iFrogz Luxe Air come in a range of metallic colours. iFrogz Luxe Air headphones are priced at R699.

The latest iFrogz earphone is the Ear Pollution Toxix Plus Earphone. These fashionable audio headphones feature a built in mic to allow the wearer to easily manage their music and voice calls. These iFrogz earphones feature a booming 30mm driver whichdelivers pounding bass and robust stereo sound. The built in mic is located on a flat, 1.2 metre, tangle-resistant cable for easy access. The cable ends in an angled jack that helps prevent accidental dislocation from media devices. The Ear Pollution Toxix Plus earphones are lightweight for utmost comfort and come in a range of modern metallic, ultra glossy colours, priced at R299. I  bought the previous version of Ear Pollution last year at sale from GAME store for R112 and it's simply amazing headphones at that price range with good sound quality.

These must-have iFrogz earphones are available at leading retail outlets. For information on your nearest stockist please contact Gammatek on 011-201 0800. The company also distributes products that offer an added value proposition in terms of brand value and range and is currently the sole distributors of Body Glove, Boostcase, Cookoo, Cogito, Dotz, Element Case, Fitbug, Golla, Happy Plugs, iFrogz, Jarre technologies, Luci, MyKronoz, Mpowered, Native Union, Nitho, Ozaki, Plantronics, Ridata, Speck, Photofast Iflashdrive, SMS Audio, Snug, Swiss Mobility, Tiesto, Tylt , Unplug, Wicked, White Diamonds and Zagg. For more information on Gammatek’s product range please visit or follow them on Twitter @gammatek and Facebook.


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Refreshing @Countryclub_CB Retro-Classics for #Summer #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys,

The summers are going to be hot this year in South Africa. There are somethings we like about summers and somethings we dislike. Beverages and the fun it brings when you are with friends and family in summers is great. Country Club is the chic alcohol-free alternative for everyday refreshment, sun-downers and cocktail hour this summer. It's the new range of sparkling classics tailored to express your individuality.

There is nothing run of the mill about new Country Club. Available in three retro-cool, time-honored flavour combinations, Rock Shandy, Lime & Soda and Passion Fruit & Lemonade, Country Club is the perfect accessory. Classic in style and classic in taste, make Country Club your summer fashion statement. 

Country Club Rock Shandy is a firm favorite with hints of lemon complemented by the spicy taste of ginger and bitters. If you are after crisp, tangy refreshment, Country Club Lime & Soda will hit the spot. Country Club Passion Fruit & Lemonade tastes like a tropical vacation for the ultimate escape and relaxation.

Whether lounging poolside, dining al fresco or taking in the sunset, Country Club is the ideal alcohol-free thirst quenching alternative you can enjoy all summer. Country Club is available in vibrant 330ml slim cans at leading outlets country-wide selling at around R7.99. I am always on the lookout to try new non-alcoholic beverages and this one looks very promising. My cans are already in the cooler bag just waiting for the right moment to celebrate my life!

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