Friday 22 April 2016

@AcerAfrica Expands #Aspire #Notebook Range #NextatAcer @Acer

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Acer has announced new additions to its consumer notebook range at the next@acer press event at 4 World Trade Center in New York on 21 April 2016 with the convertible Aspire R 15, all new Aspire F Series with premium metal covers, and the stylishly Aspire E Series and Aspire ES 15 for everyday computing, all of which are powered by Windows 10.

“We have expanded our Aspire notebook line to provide stylish, and powerful options for everyday use,” said James Lin, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “From casual to serious users, design-conscious to budget-conscious, there’s an Acer notebook that suits any way of life and level of productivity required.” 
“With Windows 10, Acer’s newest additions to the Aspire notebook line will empower people to do great things,” said Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President, OEM Division, Microsoft Corp. “Windows 10 is the best version of Windows ever, and we are on track to reach our goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10. The next wave of Windows 10 innovations will help modernize the PC, with capabilities to help people be more secure, productive and personal.”

360-degree Versatility with the Aspire R 15
The Acer Aspire R 15 was awarded the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 for its excellent blend of design and usability. The metal top cover features a hairline-brushed finish, and the bottom cover is made of 40% glass fiber and silver particles, which improves rigidity while maintaining a thin profile. Diamond-cut edges complement the 360-degree versatility of the Aspire R 15, which can lay perfectly flat at 180-degrees, and with Acer’s patented soft-closing hinge design, converting between laptop, tablet, display and tent modes have never been so elegant.

The Aspire R 15 features 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, up to 12GB DDR4 memory with faster speed and lower power consumption, up to NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX graphics and a reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port. Acer ExoAmp Antenna technology allows for improved connectivity – with an optimized antenna position, it avoids system noise and provides a faster, smooth, and stable wireless experience through its metal cover. Users also benefit from rapid connectivity with 2x2 MU-MIMO wireless and extended battery life of up to 9 hours[1].

It delivers innovative Windows 10 features, including Cortana with Voice & Skype for Business Certification, making it more personal and secure. The Aspire R 15 also has Continuum capabilities, enabling any screen to have the power and ability to work like a PC. 

The Aspire R 15 boasts striking visual effects with its IPS display and new Acer Color Intelligence technology. Audio-wise, Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby® Audio™ provide a truly immersive experience, while automatically reversing audio channels according to the orientation and mode of the device.

Everyday Computing in Style with the Aspire F 15 and Aspire E Series
Acer has introduced premium-finish metal covers to its mainstream notebook line with its new Aspire F Series. Available in five colors (Sparkly Silver, Obsidian Black, Indigo Blue, Wine Red, and Marble White), the Aspire F Series is a perfect blend of style and performance for everyday use.

The 2016 Acer Aspire E Series is refreshed with seven color options, available in Marble White, Steel Grey, Twilight Purple, Red Copper, Obsidian Black, Rococo Red and Indigo Blue, each model features a metallic horizontal hairline-brush design with a premium textile pattern.

Equipped with 6th Generation Intel Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M graphics with GDDR5 VRAM, and DDR4 RAM, the Aspire F and Aspire E series provide ample power for everyday use. Wired connectivity includes a USB Type-C port in addition to other essentials, while 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology provides blazing fast wireless connectivity.

Both the Aspire F and Aspire E Series are powered by Windows 10 and feature Acer ExaColor technology, with meticulously, step-by-step tuned displays bringing out colorful and vivid details, while Acer BluelightShield technology allows people to adjust the screen’s blue-light emission for extended periods of use. Acer TrueHarmony provides immersive and pure sound for entertainment, and Skype for Business certification ensures crisp and clear communication.

Enhanced Productivity with the Aspire ES 15
Meanwhile, the Aspire ES 15 is refreshed with the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processors, and comes in three stylish colors: Midnight Black, Rosewood Red, and Cotton White. Its rounded corners, sleek highlights and modern textured pattern on the top cover and palm rest offer an attractive profile which is as eye-catching as it is fashionable.

Pricing and Availability 
The Acer Aspire R 15 will be available in South Africa with prices starting at R 8 999,99. 
The Acer Aspire F Series will be available in South Africa with prices starting R 8 499,99.
The Acer Aspire E Series will be available in South Africa with prices starting at R 8 499,99.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region.

The new Aspire notebooks were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at 4 World Trade Center in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for families, students and professionals. For more information, visit

[1] 9-hour battery life is based on MobileMark2014 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Actual battery life varies depending on device settings and usage.


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@AcerAfrica Expands #Predator #Gaming Line with #VR-Ready #Desktops #NextAtACER

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At Acer’s next@acer Global Press Conference in New York, the company announced new notebooks, desktops and monitors in its powerful and award-winning Predator gaming line. The new Predator 17 X notebook and compact Predator G1 desktops include top-of-the line computing technology and are NVIDIA GeForce VR-Ready(1), ready for virtual reality (VR) devices from Oculus, HTC Vive, OSVR and StarVR.

“The new Acer Predator gaming systems are designed to deliver the ultimate gaming and virtual reality experiences for our customers,” said Jerry Kao, president of IT products, Acer Inc. “Virtual reality offers unlimited new possibilities, not just in gaming, but across a wide variety of industries and applications in professional environments. As we showed today in our VR partner demos, Acer intends to give our customers the tools they need for both playing and working in this new digital world.”
Acer Predator Series #thelifesway #photoyatra

Predator 17 X Notebook - Conquer New Worlds with Desktop Grade Components and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® 4K UHD Display
Building on the success of Acer’s Predator gaming notebooks but ramping up the performance even further, the new Predator 17 X brings overclocking and desktop grade performance to mobile gaming(2). Powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 graphics, and a custom triple-fan cooling system, it delivers an uncompromising combination of power and portability(2). With overclocking, gamers will enjoy class-leading turbo speeds of up to 4.0GHz for the CPU; up to 1310MHz for the GPU; and up to 3.7GHz for VRAM . Fully ready to tackle virtual worlds, its top-end GPU makes it an ideal “VR-to-go” platform.

For the ultimate in game play, buttery smooth visuals are delivered on the notebook’s 17.3-inch G-SYNC panel. Available with either a FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) or UHD IPS (4K 3840 x 2160) display, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology matches the refresh rate of the screen with the powerful GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize stuttering.

All this muscle is enhanced with DDR4-2133 memory and enterprise level NVMe PCIe solid state drives in a three-SATA-SSD RAID 0 array for immense data transfer speeds(2). Killer DoubleShot Pro enables Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections to work together, so gamers can use Ethernet for gaming while at the same time using WiFi for watching, listening to music or Skyping with friends. A Thunderbolt 3 port adds expandability and delivers the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. It is up to 8X faster than USB 3.0 and 4X faster than USB 3.1.

The Predator 17 X also includes a new triple-fan cooling system that maximizes heat dissipation and ensures extreme overclocking performance. An Aeroblade fan located near the GPU uses the world’s thinnest metallic blades (0.1mm) to simulate aircraft wing flight behavior to enhance fan speed, reduce drag and nose. Together, the three fans optimize air flow while an efficient front intake system brings cool air into the laptop. A vapor chamber, most typically used in server environments for high-performance and cooling efficiency, also helps to dispatch the heat and enable better overclocking performance. The Predator 17 X also includes DustDefender and CoolBoost, which uses dual high-speed fans with reverse rotation to remove dust build-up and improve heat dissipation.

Predator 17 X Notebook #thelifesway #photoyatraAcer’s PredatorSense software offers advanced customization options for gaming features like overclock modes, keyboard macro profiles and programmable keys for favorite games and adjustable lighting configurations. In addition, the Predator 17 X’s backlit keyboard includes customizable RGB illumination, so gamers can change and personalize lighting zones colors for specific game or profile setups.

Predator G1 Desktop – Power and Portability Make it Perfect for LAN Parties and Gaming on-the-Go
The Predator G1 (G1-710) gaming desktop squeezes awe-inspiring power into a compact 16-litre body and is designed for gaming at home or on-the-go. This highly transportable gaming beast easily fits under an arm or in an optional carrying case, making it the ultimate war machine for serious gamers and LAN parties.

The perfect balance between compact size and great power, the Predator G1’s 16-liter chassis supports full size NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics (up to Titan X), 6th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 64GB DDR4 memory for supremely smooth gameplay(2). For gamers interested in virtual reality, just plug in a VR headset and get ready to explore new worlds with the Predator G1 leading the way.

The new Predator desktop also includes another must-have gaming feature -- Killer DoubleShot™ Pro, which picks the fastest network connection (Ethernet or Wireless) and sends all high priority traffic over that interface, while standard traffic is sent over the other. This ensures the highest priority traffic is always delivered over the fastest and most reliable link.
NVIDIA G-SYNC #thelifesway #photoyatra

With support for G-SYNC and 4K2K Ultra High Definition visuals, the Predator G1 provides stunningly smooth high-quality images, delivering games and movies with unparalleled precision and clarity, while Creative Soundblaster X-Fi MB5 and 7.1 channel audio support provide immersive sound. The Predator G1 also offers massive storage, including up to a 4TB (7200 RPM) hard disk drive(3) or a 512GB solid state drive(3), while a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 port adds huge expandability and fast data transfer.

Acer’s PredatorSense software can be used to check and control system vitals, set up hotkeys and adjust the multicolored lighting on the customizable “growl lights” along the PC’s front chassis. For extra convenience, dual slide-out headset cradles on each side of the PC let gamers place the G1 against a wall and still have a cradle available for use. Acer also offers a range of optional accessories for the Predator G1 gaming desktop, including a mechanical keyboard, headset and wheeled carrying case.

Pricing and Availability
The Predator 17 X notebooks will be available at leading retailers with prices starting at R 45 999, 00. The Predator G1 desktops will be available at leading retailers R 18 999,00. The new Predator line up was unveiled at the next@acer press event at 4 World Trade Center in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for families, students and professionals. For more information, visit


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@AcerAfrica ASPIRE S13 #Notebook Fusion of #Performance, #Build and #Value

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Acer announced the latest addition to its ultra-slim S series notebooks, the Aspire S 13, a perfectly engineered thin and powerful Windows 10 notebook for design-conscious users. The angular, sleek chassis houses the best-valued laptops on the market today, packed with features for work and play.

“Demonstrating the equilibrium between form and function, the Aspire S 13’s powerful components come together to strike a perfect balance in size, weight and performance,” said James Lin, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Currently there is no other branded device on the market that can offer such design excellence at this desirable price.”

“The Windows device ecosystem offers something for everyone, with device options to fit customers’ needs,” said Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President, OEM Division, Microsoft Corp. “The ultra-slim Aspire S 13 brings Windows 10 to life with the best security, productivity and manageability only Windows 10 can deliver.”
Aspire to Do More
Running Windows 10 with the option of a 10-point touch display, the Aspire S 13 is powered by 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and up to 8 GB of LPDDR3 system memory, not only enabling faster performance and enhanced graphics, but also lower power consumption. The optional 54 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery lasts up to 13 hours, enabling users to get the most out of their machine every day. 

Wired connectivity comes in the form of a USB 3.1 Type-C reversible port which supports ultra-fast transfer of data (up to 5Gbps) and also a USB 3.0 port which supports power-off charging for mobile devices, even when the Aspire S 13 is switched off. Wirelessly, the laptop enables users to utilize 802.11ac to its maximum effect with 2x2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) for up to three times faster[2] performance over single-user MIMO 802.11ac. 

Meanwhile, the Precision Touchpad enables an accurate, smooth and responsive navigation experience, and supports Windows 10 Precision Touchpad gestures.
Aspire to Enjoy More
The Aspire S 13 offers the best of both worlds when it comes to work and entertainment capabilities. The Full HD touchscreen[3] display with wide-viewing angle IPS technology brings immersive experiences for both movies and presentations, while Acer BluelightShield can be enabled to reduce the blue-light emission from the LED backlit module. In low light, the two-stage adjustable backlit keyboard provides more options to suit the circumstances: first stage turns on the backlit keyboard, the second stage turns on the lighting to full luminance.

Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby® Audio™ lets this light-in-weight unit really punch above its category when it comes to audio performance with cinematic surround sound. The newest software user interface also enhances the consumer experience with a custom profile and intelligent audio and visual features.

Skype for Business Certification ensures people can communicate with crisp and lag-free quality, and also allows for clearer, higher quality audio and a great Cortana experience with Windows 10.
Aspire to Astonish
For those who deeply care about the appearance of their personal technology, the Aspire S 13 is ultra-thin and lightweight, measuring 327W x 228D x 14.58H mm (0.57 inches) and weighing 1.30 kg (2.86 pounds). Available in Obsidian Black or Pearl White, the unit is housed in an immaculate chassis featuring a sleek chamfer diamond-cut on the edges and the touchpad, with Acer nano-imprint patterning on the top cover and a blend of premium finishes. The glossy hinge and matte cover offer contrasting visual impressions, while the juxtaposition of soft-touch and hard materials provides distinct tactile experiences and gives the Aspire S 13 a dynamic look that separates it from the crowd.

[2] To achieve the best performance, both the transmitter and receiver must support MU-MIMO. The product is based on an IEEE 802.11ac draft specification and multi user scenario. Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network, and other factors. The claim of up to 3x faster transmission speed is valid only under scenario when wireless AP supports 4 MU streams. 

[3] Optional touchscreen display


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Thursday 21 April 2016

FREE STATE Premiers in #SouthAfrica Starring Nicola Breytenbach and Andrew Govender @TimesMediaFilms

Hi Guys, 

Nicola Breytenbach and Andrew Govender who head up the cast of the new Sallas de Jager helmed feature film, Free State, are visiting South Africa ahead of the film’s release next week. They attended the film’s premiere in Johannesburg on Monday 18th and are now headed for Cape Town and Durban for special screenings in those cities.

Born and raised in Durban, South African-born beauty Nicola Breytenbach has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, Elle magazine, Vogue and American Marie Claire, to name a few. She’s walked the runways of Milan, Paris, London and New York for designers Chanel, Galliano and Dior. She’s done campaigns for Revlon, L’Oreal and Versace and mingled with the likes of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, David Blane and Giselle Bundchen and worked alongside international supermodels Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. She is now based in New York where she lives with her husband Ben Steiner and two daughters. Free State marks her feature film debut.

Andrew Govender hails from Johannesburg where he matriculated with six distinctions from Glenvista High School. He holds an Honours Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Witwatersrand. He has modelled since the age of sixteen and was crowned Mr South Africa in 2012. Andrew went on to represent South Africa at the Mr World Competition. Andrew is now based in Los Angeles where he works as an actuary while pursuing his acting career. Free State marks his feature film debut.
Free State is written and directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Sallas de Jager (Roepman, Stuur Groete vir Mannetjies Roux), and is a collaboration between de Jager’s Bosbok Ses Films and Rajiv Terwadkar’s Utkarsh Entertainment in association with Indian production company, Parnam Entertainment. 

Set in South Africa during the 1970s, Free State and tells the story of Jeanette (Breytenbach), a beautiful open minded law student. During a summer holiday spent with her father in the Free State, a random act of kindness by Ravi (Govender), an attractive Indian man, sparks an unexpected love affair. Despite being warned not to act on her feelings, Jeanette decides to pursue a secret relationship with Ravi. When their relationship is exposed, it leads to a very tragic turn of events. Free State is distributed by Times Media Films and will be released on circuit on 27 April 2016.

The movie has exceptional cinematography and you will definitely fall in love with the real Free State area in South Africa. The actors looks promising and movie brings back a new angle to look on the history of apartheid in Free State area. Go watch out a collaboration between Indian and South African Cinema on the big screens releasing on 27th April 2016. 

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Product Review - Jawbone Up24 @Jawbone #UP24 #SouthAfrica

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Fitness bands have captured the markets worldwide and so many companies are now making them but the difference remains in terms of how good and intelligent are their smartphones apps which can process the data collected through the fitness band. 

I fell in love with Jawbone bands when they launched it a few years ago and always wanted to own the same. The time came when had a discounted scheme on one of the old version bands names Jawbone Up24 whereas UP3 was the latest one in the market. I bought the same and thought of trying the same out. 

I reviewed Fitbit Charge HR and this was the moment to try out the other competitions in the fitness band market. I loved Fitbit Charge HR for it's abilities but then I fell in love with the Smart Coach which is a feature in Jawbone app for smartphones as it processes the data collected via the app and gives your personalized advises and motivational messages to carry on. 
Jawbone Up24 has a 2.5mm jack hidden underneath the Jawbone branded cover on one end of the band. The band can be worn simply by sliding on your wrist and is available in three sizes. The package contains the charging cable with a female jack and USB to charge it via your laptop etc. The battery life on UP24 was nearly 14 days which is the best part about this band as you have to charge it twice every month. 

Jawbone bands looks like a fashion band and no one will know that its measuring your steps, sleep and many other things. The data is synced automatically to the smartphone app as soon as you have internet and bluetooth both ON. The UP Coach will send some personalized notifications based on previous days data at the start of the day when you open the JawboneUP app on your smartphone. 

Jawbone UP24 is splash proof and can take a little bit of rain etc but can't be fully submerged in water as the main mechanism/technology hidden inside a thin sheet of rubber will rust. You do have to really take care of the band to not wet it. 
Being an old model, you have to press the power button to enable the sleep mode so as to track your sleep pattern. The app will then give you exact time when you slept and how many times you were awake along with light and sound sleep and many other splendid information about you. I missed the altimeter which can track as to how many stairs you have taken on this Jawbone UP24. 

Jawbone App can be linked to several other famous apps and also IFTTT has some recipes for the same to post your notifications across your social media channels. Using the app, you can also track several other features like food intake, water intake etc. 

Jawbone UP24 remained on my left hand for nearly 3 months, in which it gave me enough insights into my lifestyle. Though during that time, it developed an air bubble on the bottom part of the band and the only button it has fell off by itself. Considering those I had to ask for returns from Takealot and they gladly did the same.

But as I am using the other brand's fitness band, I am missing the "Smart Coach" which is simply the best across all the apps I have used or come across. It really makes it interesting and gives your real insights into your lifestyle. I would love to have a UP3 or UP4 to get the same insights and with several new features including Pay feature in latest band UP4.

Note: The images are taken from as the images I took I am unable to find them at the moment. 

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@BangOlufsenSA Launched #BeoplayA1 #Bluetooth Speaker #CecilieManz

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Bang and Olufsen PLAY announced the smallest and most adventurous member in its family of portable Bluetooth speakers, Beoplay A1. Designed for life on the go, the Beoplay A1 combines beautiful Danish design by award-winning Cecilie Manz, signature sound by Bang and Olufsen, a speakerphone for taking calls out loud and up to 24 hours of battery life that keeps the music playing long after most competitors have gone silent.

“People today seek elegance, simplicity and flexibility in the way they live with music. They want their speaker to deliver a rich and beautiful soundscape for their home as well as seamless portability for life on the go”, says Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Corporate VP of B/O PLAY. “With the Beoplay A1 we have pushed the boundaries of the ultra-portable speaker category and empowered people to take powerful sound and beautiful design anywhere they choose”. 
@BangOlufsenSA #BeoPlayA1 Bluetooth #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Designed for everyday adventures
Beoplay A1 comes with a beautifully contoured aluminium dome, which gives it a light and elegant appearance and forms a strong protective housing for the technologies within. The dome conforms seamlessly to the double moulded polymer base presenting a completely smooth and continuous surface. 

As part of the design, there are no protruding buttons or legs to snag, and the surface of Beoplay A1 is completely smooth and robust enough to handle the bumps and scrapes of everyday use. It comes with a soft leather strap inviting you to carry it everywhere, attach it to a rucksack on the go, or to hang it anywhere in your home.
@BangOlufsenSA #BeoPlayA1 Cycle #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
“We wanted to make a portable speaker that people would not leave at home. The size and shape of the speaker invites you to pick it up and bring it with you as the most natural thing. The combination of premium materials, cool aluminium, soft polymer and the warm touch of leather makes it almost desirable to hold. I like the fact that the rounded, circular shape very clearly indicates the sharing of sound while lying on the table”, says designer Cecilie Manz.

Signature sound by Bang and Olufsen 
Building on more than 90 years of sound expertise, the Beoplay A1 sets new standards for portable Bluetooth speakers on sound dispersion, volume and bass characteristics. Using a unique dedicated DSP algorithm with advanced high slope filtering, Beoplay A1 is able to create a spacious 360-degree soundscape. This provides listeners with the same beautiful sound experience wherever they are located. Despite its compact footprint, measuring just 133mm x 48mm (5.2” x 1.9”) with a weight of only 600g (1.3 pounds), the speaker’s fully active, two way design using an aluminium cone mid woofer, a silk dome ¾” tweeter and advanced DSP filtering will wow you with crisp, loud and clear audio. Thanks to a new aluminium Cone Mid-Woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system and high peak power amps, the Beoplay A1 delivers a full range deep bass to as low as 40hz and enough stamina to keep the music playing for hours on end. 
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24 hours of portable playtime
Beoplay A1 comes with a rechargeable 2200mAh Li-Ion battery that provides up to 24 hours portable playtime during everyday use. This industry-leading standard is delivered by the inventive amp control. The Adaptive Power Management makes it possible to feed the exact amount of power needed by the amplifiers - and only when they need it. This means the power supply changes dynamically for increased battery life. 

@BangOlufsenSA #BeoPlayA1 White #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Speakerphone for business and pleasure
Beoplay A1 has a built-in speakerphone for taking calls out loud, and the patent-pending rimmed design on the speaker’s bottom edge enables the microphone to provide uniform 360 speech sensitivity. This enables the person listening to recognize voices perfectly, no matter where people are speaking in proximity to the microphone. 

Easy access to your favourite music
Pressing the circular connect button on the side of the speaker will reconnect the speaker to the last used device and instantly play the last song you heard. Going forward the connect button will receive updates to add even more functionality to the speaker. 
@BangOlufsenSA #BeoPlayA1 Green #Thelifesway #photoyatra
Price and availability
Beoplay A1 launches in moss green and natural and is available for a suggested retail price at R 4 999. Both colours will be available in B/O stores, on and in selected third party retailers from April 21 2016.

About The Designer 
Cecilie Manz (1972) is a Danish industrial designer considered to be one of the leading Danish industrial designers of her generation. In September 2014, she won the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award for her contribution to design. Her work includes furniture, jewellery, lamps and sculptures and her Mikado table has been included in MOMA’s design collection. Cecilie Manz has designed the Beoplay A2 (2014) and the Beolit 15 (2015) for B/O PLAY.

I have fallen in love with the brand as I reviewed H7 earlier and H2 currently in headphones series but unable to find words to define the awesome audio experience these headphones produces. 

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Friday 15 April 2016

LG G5 #Grandular #Gorgeous #Gallant #Galactic #Gainly @LGMobileSA #LGPlayMore

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LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its highly anticipated LG G5 smartphone in South Africa. A brand new design with not only a sleek, metal unibody featuring a Slide-out battery but also a Modular Type design that gives a greater smartphone experience. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more. Encased in a sleek metal aluminium body and slide-out battery to easily swap out a depleted battery for a fully charged one in seconds, the LG G5 surpasses the visual experience of its predecessor, the LG G4. 

First, the G5’s 135-degree wide angle lens lets you choose between a standard or wide angle lens to get more in the shot. Second, the Always-on Display makes notifications just a glance away with the time, date and more available anytime without waking the G5. Third, the 3D Arc Glass featured in the smartphone’s 5.3-inch display creates a gentle curve and a smooth colourful metal surface through an advanced micronizing pro-cess which takes anodized aluminium to a whole new level. 
Furthermore, the insulated antenna is invisibly integrated into the body without disrupting the seamless look of the metal unibody. LG designers took the metal body concept one step further by adding a Shiny Cut edge for added contrast and a more comfortable grip. 

LG’s First Modular Type Smartphone 
LG’s innovative Modular Type design gives the LG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery in a full metal unibody design for the first time ever. 

LG CAM Plus 
The LG CAM Plus is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator and comfortable grip. It also offers intuitive auto focus and exposure lock, features usually found on standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting times for more fun and enjoyment. 

LG Hi-Fi Plus with Bang and Olufsen PLAY 
The LG Hi-Fi Plus with B/O PLAY is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B/O PLAY to meet the needs of those who seek to enjoy top-notch sounds that have traditionally only been available through high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B/O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design as well as premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC up sampling technology first introduced on the LG V10, LG Hi-Fi Plus with B/O PLAY also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B/O PLAY can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC. 

Extreme Wide Angle Lens and Advanced UX 
Reflecting LG’s longstanding reputation as a leader in smartphone cameras, the LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. The wide angle lens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject. 

The LG G5 features a collection of powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine different film emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically captures the perfect selfie shot when a face is recognized. 

Always-on Display for Enhanced Convenience 
The 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display on the LG G5 offers an Always-on feature, the first on a main smartphone display. The concept of the Always-on Display was first introduced in the LG V10 as the Second Screen and now that feature has evolved on to the main display to show the time and date continuously even when the G5 is in sleep mode. This means that you can always see the time at a glance, even during important meetings or when your hands are full. 

To minimize power consumption, LG redesigned the display driver IC memory and power management function so that the display’s backlight only illuminates one small part of the overall display. Thanks to this technology, the Always-on Display requires only 0.8 percent of the battery’s full capacity per hour to operate. With consumers turning on their smartphones up to 150 times a day mostly to just check the time, the G5’s Always-on Display will make a notable difference in the life of the battery over the course of the day. 

Another advanced display feature in the LG G5 is Daylight Mode, which gives the G5 exceptional outdoor visibility beyond that of current auto brightness technology. Day-light Mode detects surrounding light conditions and instantaneously increases or decreases the brightness of the display, up to 850 nits. Even before your eyes have adjusted to the different lighting conditions, the G5 will be ready. 

More Performance, More Efficiency 
The LG G5 offers many other innovations designed to revolutionize today’s mobile lifestyle, such as: 

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor 
The LG G5 is equipped with the powerful yet energy-efficient Snapdragon 820 processor which offers advanced features such as 64-bit performance, Adreno 530 graphics and lower-power Qualcomm® HexagonTM DSP as well as Qualcomm Spectra™ 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) designed to deliver high resolution DSLR-quality images and additional power savings. The Snapdragon 820 processor also has an inte-grated X12 LTE modem that supports Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps. 

Compared to the previous generation Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced CPU architecture offers double the speed and power savings. Adreno 530 graphics demonstrate up to 40 percent faster graphics performance and up to 40 percent more power efficiency compared to the previous generation. The Snapdragon 820 processor also supports 4K capture and playback at four times more than the resolution of 1080p, enabling users to watch and capture their daily moments in stunning de-tail and clarity. The processor is also optimized for VR, generating quality pixels and life-like colours to deliver the ultimate VR experience to G5 users. 

aptX™ HD: 24-bit Hi-Fi Wireless Audio 
The LG G5 is equipped with aptX HD, an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth, delivering rich and clear sound over wireless connections without any loss. When paired with the LG TONE Platinum, users can experience superb quality Hi-Fi audio that sounds amazingly close to the original source. 

Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 
The LG G5 offers Quick Charge 3.0 for incredibly fast charging. By employing an intelligent algorithm, Quick Charge 3.0 is 27 percent faster and 45 percent more efficient than the previous generation. 

Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology 
The LG G5 has excellent battery life, thanks to the Low Power Location Estimation technology. This solution enhances the battery efficiency by as much as 41.9 percent by improving the power consumption related to location-based apps. 

“The new LG G5 will encourage owners to rediscover the true joy of a mobile life,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G5 and LG Friends are the result of many experts inside LG asking themselves if it was still possible to be innovative and unique in the smartphone space. I think once customers spend a little time with the LG G5, their answer will be a resounding yes.”

I am looking forward to review the device as well as accessories that are launched with the phone. 


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Thursday 14 April 2016

LG Friends - #Smartphone Ecosystem #LGPlayMore @LGMobileSA @LGSouthAfrica

Hi Guys,

With the G5, LG is introducing a paradigm-shifting smartphone ecosystem — the LG Playground. With this, LG aims to strengthen the ties with its partners and introduce various devices and supporting programs to fully maximize the LG Playground

As part of the ecosystem, LG is introducing a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries 

LG 360 VR 
The LG 360 VR is a VR goggle that can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable and works exclusively with the G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish design that is foldable so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require a smartphones to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weighs only 118g (4.16 ounces) and is just one-third as heavy as competing VR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639 ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content. 

LG 360 CAM 
The LG 360 CAM is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. The LG 360 CAM can be easily connected to the LG G5 allowing users to create 360-degree content. The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative contents with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other smartphones or devices that are capable of 360-degree content. 

LG Rolling Bot 
The LG Rolling Bot is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. Not just a toy, the LG Rolling Bot can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming. 
LG Tone Platinum
The LG TONE Platinum (model HBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon® Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG Tone Platinum delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. What’s more, it is the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX™ HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivalled in a wireless device. 

H3 by B&O PLAY 
H3 by B&O PLAY is a set of high-end earphones that is compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Designed for audiophiles as well as anyone who considers audio performance a top-priority in a smartphone, H3 by B&O PLAY works with all Android smartphones. 

LG Smart Controller 
The LG Smart Controller allows users to easily control certain drones. With the LG Smart Controller, users can check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real time and control the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick. 

LG Friends Manager 
Only available in the LG G5, Friends Manager is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices. 

With these amazing companions, the efficiency of LG G5 has increased multiple fold and it will be great to harness the immense potential of the market full of photographers and instagrammers on the go! 


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TONE Platinum @LGSouthAfrica brings @HarmonKardon #Bluetooth #Audio #Experience (700th Post)

Hi Guys,

LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its most premium addition to the TONE Series of Bluetooth headsets at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain on the 22-25 February 2016. In addition to its good looks, the new TONE Platinum delivers unrivalled style and superior audio quality through a partnership with Harmon Kardon®. 

Having secured the Harmon Kardon Platinum grade, the newest TONE Platinum is de-signed for both professionals and avid music lovers. LG has adopted the Balanced Armature design as the sound module for the latest TONE Platinum model to minimize distortion. The design usually reserved for high-end wired earphones. In addition, its aluminium earphone housing helps deliver a more sophisticated sound performance.
LG TONE Platinum Earphones #thelifesway #photoyatra
The headset features aptX™ HD Audio Codec to deliver CD-like quality audio over Bluetooth that faithfully reproduces the full audio bandwidth and minimizes latency by significantly reducing the bit rate without affecting sound quality. The premium headset also offers noise cancelling dual microphones for clearer calls even in the noisiest environments.

The TONE Platinum’s sleek aluminium finish adds a premium look and feel to the device, while its ergonomic design allows users to wear the headset for hours without dis-comfort. To further enhance convenience, LG added Voice Command to handle incoming calls just by voice while the Tone & Talk app has been enhanced to support Voice Memo and Find Me via any Android smartphone (version 4.1and higher).

LG TONE Platinum Earphones 2 #thelifesway #photoyatra
“The LG TONE Platinum is a showcase of innovative technologies that aims to deliver premium sound quality in a form-factor that millions of customers have come to em-brace,” said Michael Park, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices Business Division at LG Electronics. “LG’s TONE offerings are second to none in the wireless Bluetooth world which is a key growth area for our mobile business.”

“We are excited to collaborate with LG on the LG TONE Platinum,” said Michael Mau-ser, executive vice president and president of Harman’s Lifestyle Division. “Harman Kardon has over sixty years of experience creating premium audio and ground-breaking sound technologies. When a product like the LG TONE Platinum carries the Harman Kardon name, it is confirmation that the device will offer class-leading audio quality and outstanding design.”

LG has already rolled out the latest premium Bluetooth headset in the United States, followed by other key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America. I have used HBS-700 headsets and found them to be totally amazing and looking forward to review these amazing bluetooth earphones. 


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Tuesday 12 April 2016

A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Apr 2015

Hi Guys,

April is the first month of the new financial year in India and you have redefine all your Income Tax related documentations along with several new tax saving schemes that you make. The implementation of those schemes is the main agenda for the rest of the year. But last year, my agenda was not tax-saving but was waiting for the Samsung's #MissionSamsung Final challenge to begin. 

1. Product Review - @AramexSA Global Shopper - Part 1 - - Last year I got to try this amazing services to shop for online products around the world and then got it couriered back to you in South Africa. The amazing part is that in each of the serviced countries, you will have a local address and can get it shipped there for free from the online companies and then Aramex will collect the whole products and bring it here. Checkout the second part of the series also -

2. MERCEDES-BENZ #BOKEH Fashion Film Festival, Cape Town - - Mercedes Benz Fashion Film Festival always launches in April firstly in Cape Town and around 1-2 months later in Johannesburg. I am thankful to brands to always invite me to the launch event in Johannesburg and I got to click some amazing photographs which I generally share on my instagram channel. 

3. Last year, for the first time on my blog I tried regular posts on my blog with scheduling content for the whole week and it really saw some increase in the pageviews. The content was mainly for Disney movies as Avengers - Age of Ultron was scheduled to release in South Africa - 

#StarWars - Everywhere the Force will be with you! -

#AvengersJozi #Smile #Joburg - Hollywood came looking! -

#StarWars I - The Phantom Menace - Facts #DisneyAfrica

#StarWars II - Attack Of The Clones - Facts #DisneyAfrica

#StarWars III - Revenge of the Sith - Facts #DisneyAfrica

#StarWars IV - A New Hope - Facts #DisneyAfrica

#StarWars V - The Empire Strikes Back - Facts #DisneyAfrica

#StarWars VI - Return of the Jedi - Facts #DisneyAfrica

Aashish Rai - #thelifesway #photoyatra #Blogger #Editor

4. Mad Stuff with Rob - Youtube Channel - My daughter used to watch and love Rob tricks to change stuff lying around home into something useful and that can be decorated at home. So when he launched the Youtube channel, I was instantly glued to the amazing content he shared online around the world. I have subscribed to Mad Stuff with Rob Channel on Youtube and try to do the activities he shows with my daughter and family from time to time. 

5. @TanishqJewelry - The Modern Sindoor is for Grooms too! - - I tried out a new bloggers community and got to write a sponsored post for one brand which took a lot of time to confirm on my post. It was a bad service on the community platform so I changed my post for a free publicity for Tanishq which doesn't required any but atleast I was happy that I used my written content.

My blog started to pick up in pageviews due to the regular posts and saw record #15926 pageviews for the first time ever which was subsequently broken next month. 


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