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

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

@AcerAfrica Expands #Predator Gaming Arsenal with Powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor #NextAtAcer

Hi Guys,

Acer announced new additions to its premium Predator gaming line, which include the Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktops with Windows 10, its most powerful to date; and the Predator X35monitor leveraging NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ and Acer HDR Ultra™ technologies for ultra-smooth performance and stunning visuals. Acer is also offering a new Predator headset and mouse to enhance gaming enjoyment and control.
@AcerAfrica Expands #Predator Gaming Arsenal with Powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor #NextAtAcer

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Series: Power You Can See
Designed to intimidate enemies and inspire game play, the commanding aesthetics of the Predator Orion 9000 series feature a black-and-silver spacecraft-like exterior with customizable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel. A massive side window panel showcases the remarkably striking and powerful interior with a design that keeps electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check despite the size of the opening. Optional fans with customizable RGB lighting create a virtual light show for an even more arresting appearance. Outfitted with two handles and wheels covered with a carbon fiber pattern, the new rigs can be easily moved from one location to another. Tool-less side panels make component upgrades easy and the push-open top gives users a quick way to switch fans. A front-access headset cradle and cable management help keep the game area tidy.

“The Predator Orion 9000 is the most powerful PC we’ve ever made,” said Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Products Business, Acer. “With 4-way graphics and 18-core processors, it is a platform that takes gamers and intense graphic users beyond their dreams.”

Liquid Cooling and IceTunnel 2.0 Keeps it Cool Inside
The Predator Orion 9000 series feature liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down while the game heats up. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management solution that cleverly separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to expel heat. Huge metal mesh panels on the front and top allow more cold air in and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out, while up to five 120 mm fans in the front, top, and back channel cool air through the chassis. Part of the airflow is redirected towards the back of the motherboard tray to cool the storage devices. The graphic cards feature blower-style fans to drive the heat out from the back, while the PSU is self-contained to avoid thermal interference.

An Extreme Platform for Gaming and Content Creation
@AcerAfrica Expands #Predator Gaming Arsenal with Powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor #NextAtAcerAs one of the initial major OEMs to bring AMD’s latest Radeon™ RX Vega graphics to a gaming desktop, Acer raises the bar with the capability to support up to 4 Radeon RX Vega cards to deliver near-photorealistic imagery – in real-time at high resolutions in stereo and at high refresh rates. Gamers also have the option of two NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080Ti cards in SLI, which support virtual reality with ease.

“We are thrilled that Acer has chosen the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega graphics card for their highest performing PC ever made. RX Vega is a perfect complement to the Predator Orion in terms of both beauty and power. A single RX Vega enables ultra high resolutions and a tear-free, buttery smooth 60 frames per second. And with groundbreaking new features such as the High Bandwidth Cache Controller and Rapid Packed Math, gamers can only expect their system to perform better and better as new titles continue to emerge to take full advantage of them," said Scott Herkelman, VP and General Manager, Gaming, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.

The Predator Orion 9000 will offer up to a cutting-edge Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor and up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory, allowing it to handle compute-intensive tasks with ease while providing exceptional performance.

“The new Intel Core X-series processor family raises the bar for what’s possible with desktop computing, delivering up to 18 cores and 36 threads for incredible performance and extreme megatasking raw power,” said Anand Srivatsa, General Manager of the Desktop Platform Group, Intel. “This unprecedented level of power is on full display thanks to our strong partnership with Acer on the Predator Orion 900 featuring the Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor.”

One-punch overclocking enables battlers to select turbo performance with a single press of a button.
Excellent connectivity includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C and one Type-A), eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A) and two USB 2.0 ports (Type-A). The Predator Orion 9000 series support a total of three M.2 slots to extend the ability to increase the speed, power and capabilities of the PC, and four PCIe x16 slots provide ample expansion for video cards.

Acer Predator X35: Awe-Inspiring Visuals
@AcerAfrica Expands #Predator Gaming Arsenal with Powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor #NextAtAcer
This large 35-inch, 21:9 monitor sports an immersive 1800 curve and a brilliant (3440 x 1440) WQHD resolution. Featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC, Acer HDR Ultra and quantum dot technologies, it also provides the best possible contrast quality with high dynamic range. Advanced LED local dimming in 512 individually-controlled zones shine light only when and where it is required. The Predator X35 delivers a broader, more deeply saturated color gamut covering 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color standard, and a luminance range several times greater than that of traditional dynamic range monitors. The fast 4 ms response time and high 200 Hz refresh rate combined with NVIDIA G-SYNC, makes gameplay smooth and life-like with no tearing or visual artifacts.

Outfitted with Predator GameView, there are eight pre-set display modes to optimize visuals for different types of action. In addition to Standard, ECO, Graphic and Movie, there are three special game modes, including Action, Racing and Sports, which can be easily accessed through a hotkey or the On-Screen Display (OSD) menu. Gamers can also define their own custom profile and program each mode according to their preferences.

Acer BlueLightShield™ technology lets customers reduce blue light emissions by selecting from four different filter settings via the OSD menu. The premium VA panel enables wide viewing angles up to 178-degrees horizontally and vertically. In addition, Dark Boost technology allows fine details to be seen in dimly lit environments.

Predator Gadgets Enhance Gameplay
@AcerAfrica Expands #Predator Gaming Arsenal with Powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor #NextAtAcer
The Predator Galea 500 gaming headset puts you right inside the game, giving you the ability to hear and not just see the exact location of elements within the game. Acer TrueHarmony™ 3D Soundscape technology recreates the acoustic space based on the orientation of the player’s head, convincing the brain that sound is coming from a fixed direction. Featuring a driver diaphragm made from bio-cellulose with rubber surround, the Predator Galea 500 headset delivers clear highs with resounding lows, and responds quickly to precisely reproduce vocals and mid-high range notes, while a unique acoustic cavity helps deliver punchy rhythmic bass. The Predator Galea 500 is also customizable, letting customers select from three modes including EQ Music, Movie and Sport.

The new Predator Cestus 500 gaming mouse features a unique dual switch design, which allows gamers to adjust the click resistance according to the game type they are playing, such as a lighter resistance for FPS games that demand a more nimble reaction, or a heavier resistance for fine maneuvers in RTS games. It features 16.8 million RGB color lights, 8 lighting patterns, 5 on-board profile settings, 8 programmable buttons, and a gold-plated USB connector.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 series, The Acer Predator X35, The Predator Galea gaming headset and Predator Cestus will not be available in South Africa. The new Predator desktops, monitor and accessories were unveiled at the next@acer press event held at IFA 2017 in Germany, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions. For more information, visit
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@AcerAfrica Announces the New #AspireS24 Slimmest-Ever All-in-One Desktop PC #NextAtAcer

Hi Guys,

Acer expanded its iconic Aspire desktop series with the announcement of the new 23.8-inch Aspire S24 all-in-one desktop PC. Designed with elegance in mind and running Windows 10, the ultra-slim Aspire S24 is the perfect device for the modern consumer looking for both style and ability.

The new all-in-one desktop is Acer’s slimmest ever, featuring a display with a side profile of only 5.97 mm. The borderless display and black and matte gold color scheme ensure that the device will become a focal point of any home, adding a touch of functional elegance and luxury.

Built with a dual focus on design and premium functionality, the Aspire S24 delivers a vivid and crisp viewing experience from all angles with its 178-degree Full HD IPS screen, while its ultra-narrow 2.7 mm bezel provides a 90% screen-to-body ratio for more screen to see.
@AcerAfrica Announces the New #AspireS24, Its Slimmest-Ever All-in-One Desktop PC #NextAtAcer
Outstanding Performance and Responsiveness
All-new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors with optional Intel Optane™ memory enables the Aspire S24 to power through immersive entertainment and everyday tasks with ease, while delivering a smooth and responsive computing experience. Wireless connectivity powered by Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC (802.11ac 2x2 MIMO) technology provides fast and reliable network connections, and thanks to the 2.1 channel subwoofer coupled with Dolby Audio™ Premium and Acer TrueHarmony™ technology the desktop provides users with a powerfully-deep base audio experience bringing even the most subtle sounds in music and video to life.

Meeting the Needs of the Modern Lifestyle

The Aspire S24 provides new levels of functionality through Windows 10, featuring Cortana and Microsoft Edge. The wireless charging base allows users to seamlessly power their mobile device, supporting wireless charging for Qi-enabled devices, without the burden of cables.

Ergonomically designed to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort, the Aspire S24-880 features a -5 to 30 degree tiltable display combined with Acer ExaColor™ technology for accurate colors, and BluelightShield™ and Flickerless™ technologies that may help prevent eye fatigue.

The Aspire S24 comes with up to 256 GB SSD and 2TB HDD of storage space, making it the perfect device for editing and storing large video projects.

Pricing & Availability

The Acer Aspire S24 will not be available in South Africa. The Aspire S24 was unveiled at the next@acer press event at IFA 2017 in Germany, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions. For more information, visit
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Sleek Stylish Offerings @AcerAfrica Bring Functionality and Mobility to the Next Level #NextAtAcer

Hi Guys,
Acer expanded its popular portfolio of ultraslim convertible and detachable Windows 10 devices with the next generation of Swift, Spin and Switch models. The additions all incorporatethe new, exceptionally powerful 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, more secure biometric technology supporting Windows Hello, and versatile usability features necessary for immersive entertainment and professional productivity. Along with the performance and mobility of these notebooks, they also sport a new refreshing sense of style and design, providing an ideal balance of form and function.

Acer is constantly bringing the latest technology to its notebooks across the portfolio to give people the personal computing experience they demand in an always-on, digitally-driven world,” said Jerry Kao, President, IT Products Business of Acer Inc. “Whether for work, play or creating, in the office or on-the-go, Acer offers a wide range of products to meet diverse and unique needs of the modern user.”

“A PC with 8th Generation Intel Core processors inside is a reassurance it’s equipped with and optimized for the most outstanding performance and experiences,” said Chris Walker, Vice President of Client Computing Group, Intel Corp. “Acer’s new lineup of ultra slim PCs are distinctly unique but united by their dynamic design, and the immersive entertainment, simple convenience and incredible 40% performance boost 8th Gen Intel Core processors deliver.”

“The new generation of Swift, Spin and Switch notebooks from Acer intersect functionality and mobility with the power and performance of Windows 10,” said Peter Han, Vice President, Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft Corp. “Light, sleek and powerful, these notebooks are three great options for anyone that uses their PC for productivity or entertainment, at home, in the office, or on the road.”
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition #NextAtAcer #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Switch 7 Black Edition – World’s First Fanless 2-in-1 Notebook with Discrete Graphics
The pioneering Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is the world’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook equipped with discrete graphics, made possible by Acer’s innovative Dual LiquidLoop™ technology fanless cooling system. With a powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 graphics, it is an ideal companion for intensive tasks, creative production and content streaming. Designed for the mobility minded, the new Switch 7 Black Edition is incredibly versatile, weighing less than 1.15 kg (2.5 lbs.) with the keyboard detached. The Switch 7 Black Edition’s slender and lightweight design features a sturdy brushed-aluminum body that offers a robust feel and beautiful tactile touch.

The Switch 7 Black Edition is Acer’s first to feature Acer AutoStand™, a patented kickstand that can be auto-deployed and auto-retracted, providing single-handed operation as simple as opening and adjusting the display on a clamshell notebook.

With a large 13.5-inch IPS display with 2256x1504 resolution, the Switch 7 Black Edition offers a crisp, vibrant visual experience from wide viewing angles. The latest reincarnation of the Switch has an embedded stylus powered by Wacom EMR technology that features 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and pen tilt support to control the angle, width or shading of the stroke. This stylus is now battery-free, and cased in the sleek outer shell designed to provide users with a more authentic writing and sketching experience when using Windows Ink.

Supporting Windows Hello, the Swift 7 Black Edition features an optical-based under-glass fingerprint sensor design with POA (Power on Authentication) that allows users to power on the device and login instantly with just one touch.
Acer Swift 5 #NextAtAcer #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Swift 5 – Extreme Portability without Compromising on Power
The new Swift 5 is designed for users who want superb portability, solid performance, and a touch of style. The elegant chassis weighs less than 1 kg making it ideal for people always on the go. A sophisticated selection of materials include ultra-light magnesium-lithium alloys for the top and bottom cover, and magnesium-aluminum alloys for extra sturdiness on the palm rest area.

Utilizing the power of 8th Generation Intel Core processors, the Swift 5 offers a exceptionally fast and responsive experience with 8-hour battery life. With Windows 10 and 2x2 802.11ac wireless, it allows users to work effectively on the go all day – even at night thanks to the backlit keyboard.

The interactive multi-touch Full HD IPS2 touchscreen and narrow bezel design maximizes the viewing experience. Acer TrueHarmony™ with Dolby Audio™ Premium technology provides powerful and clear audio, while Skype for Business certification ensures crisp videoconferencing and a great experience with Cortana.
Acer Spin 5 #NextAtAcer #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Spin 5
Lightweight, portable, and enclosed in a head turning metal casing, the Spin 5 is the style-conscious professional’s go-to device for all types of work and fun. The device’s versatile, convertible form factor allows users to interchange seamlessly between laptop, tablet, display and tent modes making the Spin 5 a perfect platform to create and share content.

Easy to carry around, the 13-inch model of the Spin 5 weighs in at 1.5 kg and measures in a 15.9 mm thin, while its 15-inch sibling is just over 2 kg in weight and 17.9 mm thin. While this device is portable, it’s engineered to pack a punch with new 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, up to 13 hours of battery life, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics option for the 15-inch model. This allows the Spin 5 to handle intensive creative production, such as graphic design and video editing. It also helps to offer premium entertainment with crisp, true-to-life colors that come alive in Full HD.

Delivering a great touch experience, the sharp 13- or 15-inch display also works with an optional Acer Active Stylus for incredible precision, offering greater control during work and increased usability through Windows Ink. Acer’s omni-directional ExoAmp Antenna optimizes the Spin 5’s antenna position to ensure a stable wireless signal, regardless of the antenna being located beneath the notebook’s metal cover and the direction the device is facing.

With Acer TrueHarmony, Dolby Audio Premium technology and two front-facing speakers cleverly placed so they won’t be blocked in any mode, the Spin 5 delivers a crystal clear and immersive audio experience. Skype for Business-certified, the Spin 5 integrates four array microphones combined with far-field voice-recognition technology that allow users to access Cortana from up to four meters away. This enables them to get quick, hands-free answers, check the weather or traffic, set a reminder, get an overview of their daily schedule, and more—all just by using their voice..

Pricing & Availability
The Acer Switch 7 will not be available in South Africa.
The Acer Swift 5 will be available in South Africa in March 2018 starting from R13 999.00 onwards.
The Acer Spin 5 is currently available in South Africa at Incredible Connection starting from R15 999.00.

The new products were unveiled at the next@acer press event at IFA in Germany, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions. For more information, visit


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Sunday, 27 August 2017

A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Aug 2016 #TheLifesWay

Hi Guys, 

August is the month which sees a lot of new smartphones getting launched and last year too there was some of the new technology was launched. Also it brings in a lot of Indian festivals along with the Independence Day of India on 15th August. This was the first time I attended the flag hosting ceremony at the Consulate General Office in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

1. @SamsungSA Unveils New #GalaxyNote7 Intelligent #Smartphone that Thinks Big - - It was unfortunate that the smartphone I love the most was not able to work last year. I was also not able to attend the launch event last year due to the office meetings. This year too, Note 8 launch I was not able to make it to the event but hope the best for this amazing phablet. I would love to own one of the Note series smartphone as my primary phone.

2. @HuaweiZA Outperforms The #Smartphone Industry #Financial Results #HY2016 - - Huawei as a brand has grown at an extremely amazing pace and they brought some great smartphones to the market in the last 2-3 years. I have never used the latest P9 to P10 to Mate 9 somehow but I like the Leica dual lens monochromatic lens as it can really gives your creativity an edge to capture some great moments. 
A Memoir - This Month Last Year - August 2016 #TheLifesWay
3. #BeoVision14 Picture Perfect HD TV @BangOlufsenSA #LikeNoOneElse #Craftsmanship - - Bang and Olufsen is an experience which brings your senses to fall in love with the technology. I attended a demonstration of the TV at the Melrose Arch store and was totally amazed to see this latest technology. Only thing is the price of the product is way above my affordability range. 

4. Mythos Launches Bespoke #Restaurant: #Nostimo Waterfall Estate #Johannesburg - - Mythos launched this property and PR company said they will call me at the launch event but I was not. Many times it has happened that I get nothing in return for many of my posts which is a sad state of affairs. Brand shall never forget that there is nothing free as it takes a lot of time to post the posts and share it across all social media channels. 

5. If ‘Gandhi’ Was Made In #2016 @ZeeClassic #Movies #Remakes - - This is a good comparison of who will be the Cast if Gandhi movie is being directed again. Though this post is one from the Indiblogger IndiOne marketing campaigns but I really loved the same. 

In the end, I would simply like to state that the brand shall respect the time and efforts it goes in the social influence but I do respect the money and efforts they also do to call the influencers to their launch events. It's a simple give and take exercise and I always work towards creating more ROI for the brand when they invest in me. 

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

A Memoir - This Month Last Year - July 2016 #TheLifesWay

Hi Guys, 

July is my birthday month and it's always a pleasure to celebrate this day with your family and friends. My life has been a never ending struggle as 22/7 is a pi number and you can keep dividing the same to get the next number after the decimals.

1. Aarya Restaurant Adds New #Taste #AaryaNewMenu @TsogoSun @MontecasinoZA - - Aarya Restaurant in Montecasino is one of the best restaurants catering to the needs to everyone looking for amazing snacks and food. Deena Naidoo is the first MasterChef South Africa winner and being an Electrical Engineer named the restaurant after her daugher Aarya.

2. Why Are We Hungrier In #Winters? @KelloggsZA #KelloggsBFBD - - Kelloggs last year had an amazing initiative for the kids in several schools all over in South Africa which was named Breakfast For Better Days. I attended one of the events last year in one of the schools in Soweto and it was great smiles when children got their stomach full by Kelloggs breakfast to focus on studies afterwards.

A Memoir - This Month Last Year - July 2016 #TheLifesWay
3. A Memoir - This Month Last Year - July 2015 #TheLifesWay - - I simply love my own memoirs as it brings back a lot of memories and events which I was part of. Life goes on at full throttle and you sometimes totally forgot about the amazing life you are living so these memories keeps you grounded and grateful.

4. @BangOlufsenSA Launches #BeoplayH5 #Wireless #Bluetooth Earphones - - Bang and Olufsen is known to bring the divine experience to your senses. With the latest technology in audio devices, the key to next experience is wireless designs as more and more smartphones are going against the 3.5mm jack these days. I simply adore their products and looking forward to own them one day.

5. Modular Design Linked To "Play" Theme #LgG5 @LGMobileSA #LGPlayMore - - LG was way ahead in terms of bringing the modular design to the market but it didn't worked out very well for them. But sincerely, I loved the phone a lot and the camera on the same was awesome. I was not invited to LG G6 launch and have not seen the phone till now so LG G5 remains my best pick from the house of LG.

It will be awesome time to create new opportunities and work towards writing a lot of posts as I have waited enough already. Let's post a lot of posts daily and then sponsorship will come automatically. Let's rock #TheLifesWay and #PhotoYatra hashtags.


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#DoBiggerThings with the New @SamsungMobileSA Galaxy Note8 Android Smartphone

Hi Guys,

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd introduces the Galaxy Note8 as the next level in the Note series. Billed as a device for people on the move and who want to “do Bigger things”, the Galaxy Note8 has a bigger Infinity Display that fits comfortably in one hand, an S Pen to communicate in more personal ways and Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera – which is built to capture life’s precious moments.

“We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note with their needs and wants in mind,” said Justin Hume, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Samsung first introduced the Note series in 2011. Since then, a community of enthusiasts have emerged, bonded in their affinity for break-through technological innovation that enriches their lives and powers their success.”

According to Samsung’s internal market insights, 85 percent of these Note users say they’re proud to show off their Note and recommend it to friends, while 75 percent say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had. Here’s what you can do with the great Galaxy Note8.
#DoBiggerThings with the New @SamsungMobileSA Galaxy Note8 Phablet
Enjoy and Do More on the Infinity Display
The Galaxy Note8 has the biggest screen ever seen on a Note device, yet its narrow body makes it comfortable to hold. The 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display lets you see more and scroll less. The Galaxy Note8 gives the user more room to watch, read and draw, thereby making it the ultimate multitasking smartphone.

Note users have long been able to do more with Multi Window. With the Galaxy Note8, the new App Pair feature further lets you create a custom pair of apps on the Edge panel and simultaneously launch two apps with ease. This enables you to do things such as watching a video while messaging your friends or dialing into a conference call with the number and agenda in front of you.
#DoBiggerThings with the New @SamsungMobileSA Galaxy Note8 Phablet
A New Way to Communicate with the S Pen
Since its introduction, the S Pen has been one of the Note’s defining features. With the Galaxy Note8, the enhanced S Pen unlocks entirely new ways to write, draw, and interact with the phone as well as communicate with friends, family and associates. It has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity3 and features that enable users to express themselves in ways that no other stylus or smartphone ever has.

When communicating through text isn’t enough, Live Message allows you to reveal your unique personality and tell expressive stories. With the Galaxy Note8, you can now share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated GIFs (AGIF). It’s a whole new way of communicating with the S Pen – adding lively and emotional connections that bring your messages to life.

The Always On Display on the Galaxy Note8 is even more powerful as it allows users to stay on top of their notifications without unlocking the device. The Screen off Memo function is activated as soon as you remove the S Pen and allows you to take up to 100 pages of notes, pin notes to the Always On Display and make edits directly from the Always On Display.

The improved S Pen Translate feature lets you hover over text to quickly translate individual words as well as entire sentences, in up to 71 languages. It also instantly converts units and foreign currencies. This is convenient for when you’re traveling overseas or when you come across a website in a foreign language,

Better Pictures with Galaxy Note8’s Best-in-Class Camera
For most consumers, one of the things they look forward to when purchasing a new device is the camera. Samsung smartphone cameras are known as the industry benchmark and the Galaxy Note8 delivers the most powerful smartphone camera yet.

Equipped with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens, the Galaxy Note8 enables you to capture sharper images – whether you’re exploring a new city or running around your backyard.

For more advanced photography, the Galaxy Note8’s Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode as well as after you take the photo.

In Dual Capture mode, the two rear cameras take pictures simultaneously and allow you to save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.

The wide-angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid Auto Focus, so you can capture sharper, clearer shots even in low-light environments. The Galaxy Note8 is also equipped with an industry-leading 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats.
#DoBiggerThings with the New @SamsungMobileSA Galaxy Note8 Phablet
A smarter way to interact with your phone through Bixby
The Note8 is enabled to utilise the command application, Bixby, which launched in South Africa yesterday and is already assisting S8 and S8+ device users to get things done faster and easier. It is an intelligent interface which will support almost every task that your device application can perform through use of voice, touch or text.

Bixby enhances productivity through personalisation of your smartphone. One such way is through use of Quick Commands, which is a feature that allows you to easily create a custom voice command to use in place of a sequence of one or more commands. For instance, you can use the command “good night” as a shortcut for ‘Turn on Do-not-disturb mode, set an alarm for 6:00 AM and turn on blue light filter.’

The interface also understands the way you ‘actually’ speak, ask questions and make requests and uses this insight when actioning cross-application commands. Let’s say that you take a photo and then tell Bixby to “send the picture just taken to mom,” Bixby will know which photo you are referring to and will text it to your mom. Thus, making interactions with your smartphone easier and more intuitive.

Most impressively, Bixby’s deep integration is built into the device settings to enable users to change phone options, such as setting the screen timeout or showing all notifications without interrupting what you are currently doing.

Galaxy of Features and Services
The Galaxy Note8 is built on the Galaxy legacy – a collection of unique features and capabilities that, together, have redefined the mobile experience: 
  • Water and Dust Resistance: Four years ago, Samsung introduced the first Galaxy device with water resistance. And today, you can take your Note almost anywhere you want with water and dust resistance (IP684) on the device and the S Pen. You can write, even when the display is wet.
  • Fast Wireless Charging: Two years ago, we introduced the first Galaxy device with wireless charging. The Galaxy Note8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities yet, so you can get a quick, convenient charge5 without concerns about ports or wires.
  • Security: The Galaxy Note8 offers a choice of biometric authentication options, including iris and fingerprint scanning, while Samsung Knox6 provides defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers with Secure Folder, which keeps your personal and professional data separate.
  • Powerful Performance: With 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor, and expandable memory (up to 256GB), you have the power you need to browse, stream, play games and multitask.
  • Innovative Mobile Experiences: Samsung DeX enables a desktop experience, powered by your phone. You can keep your files on your device, conduct work on the go, and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen.
Our Continued Commitment to Safety
Samsung continues to uphold its commitment to lead the industry in battery safety. The Galaxy Note8’s battery has undergone Samsung’s 8-Point Battery Safety Check, which is the most stringent in the industry.

"We have been closely working with Samsung to make meaningful advancements in the science of smartphone quality and safety evaluation. As a result, the Galaxy Note8 has successfully completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols. We look forward to maintaining our strategic relationship with Samsung and helping ensure device safety for all consumers,” said Sajeev Jesudas, President, UL International.

The Galaxy Note8 will be available starting in mid-September and will be offered in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey and Maple Gold. 
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

How to Use Communication to Energize Your Business?

Hi Guys,

Whether your sales figures are not growing in the right direction quickly enough, or you just want to inject some more energy into your business, your business occasionally needs a boost to reinvigorate, motivate and advance.

Consider the following aspects of communication in relation to your business and see how they can promote new opportunities, improve efficiencies and revitalize your business.

Customers and Clients
Ask your customers what they want from you. Never just assume you know what they want. By asking them directly on areas that your business can improve on, you can get valuable information that money just can’t buy. The chances are high that since your business started, the customers’ needs and expectations will have evolved.

If several clients comment on the same area, you know that by refining it, you will be improving client satisfaction, client retention and your profit margin.

The regular changes in website algorithms, keeping on top of your website SEO and social media platforms can feel like a full-time job, and has prompted a resurgence in the success of e-mailed newsletters to get your company’s message out there. You already have a database of past customers’ and clients’ e-mail addresses, so use them to your advantage. You will need to be content savvy, and be able to engage your customers to keep them engaged. Think about what you want your newsletter to achieve, what calls to action are going to be included, and the frequency of your newsletter.
How to Use Communication to Energize Your Business?
While your customers are key, you also need to find out from your employee’s areas that they think can be improved upon from an internal point of view. Happy employees equal increased productivity, efficiency and loyalty. You may find that your current information technology hinders certain processes. By upgrading your system to allow easier collaboration between teams and departments and easier access to documents, you are enabling your staff to work to the best of their ability.

Office 365 provides a complete software solution that promotes fluidity across businesses; it uses Office programs so there is no need for mass time-consuming retraining as they are already familiar. The benefits for your business and the features involved with Office 365 are explained by the Bytes Office 365 FAQ, and provides all the information you need to consider. The improved technology will assist your staff by improving their working practices, and your customers will benefit from an improved service.

The feedback from your employees may require you to do something as simple as changing the way they book annual leave, or introduce incentives such as flextime or remote working to motivate employees. People will readily tell you what they want to improve their working day, you just need to listen.

You know what you want your business needs to say to its existing and potential customers and clients: you have the logo, the brand, and the website. Communication is a two-way street, and you need to look at the other side of the coin, and not only hear what they say back to you, but listen. Your employees know your business just as well, and in some areas, better than you do, and they are key to your success.


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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Zuko Discovers True Meaning of Sharing Not On #SocialMedia #ShareGenerous @Mugg_and_Bean

Hi Guys,

While double-tapping a perfect photo, placing a flattering filter over a moment and securing an admirable number of ‘likes’ online is certainly gratifying, can it really compare to the warmth and generosity of human interaction in the real world? Experts agree that while social media may have its place, it is no substitute for the joy of sharing generously of one’s time and attention.

Mugg & Bean is a brand known for giving more, evidenced by their giant muffins and slices of cake, their bottomless coffee and hot chocolate and unhurried, relaxed atmosphere. This season, they are on a mission to bring the real meaning of sharing and generosity back to our everyday lives. “In today’s digital era, the very definition of sharing is becoming lost in the clutter of ‘likes’, filters and perfect camera angles,” says Mugg & Bean Marketing Executive, Jacquie Schultz.

As patrons of Mugg & Bean well know, the simple act of meeting over a bottomless cup of coffee or an indulgent meal invites meaningful conversation, whether it’s between friends, family or business associates – people being generous with their time, sharing real face-to-face connection. This generosity is something aspiring musician Zuko discovered first-hand, when the brand’s marketing team staged a birthday surprise, which realised the true sentiment of birthday wishes her friends sent her for her birthday.
Zuko Discovers True Meaning of Sharing And It's Not On #SocialMedia #ShareGenerous @Mugg_and_Bean
By secretly bringing her family and friends together so they could surprise her and wish her in person while she was on, what she thought was, a normal Mugg & Bean commercial shoot, Zuko experienced the power of true generosity of spirit and sharing. “The rush of warmth I felt when my family arrived in-person to wish me happy birthday cannot be described. I hadn’t seen them for many months and I had to pinch myself to believe this experience was real,” says Zuko.

“When we engage with social media it’s very easy to think that we are maintaining our connection with our loved ones, but the fact of the matter remains that we are simply keeping tabs on them. By ‘liking’ or even ‘loving’ their posts we are not actually engaging with our friends. For me there is nothing like face-to-face human interaction,” adds Zuko.

The poignant moment was captured and turned into a television commercial to convey the importance of reconnecting people in the real world. To further support the local flavour of the advertisement, local award-winning artists, Majozi and Tresor’s latest track The Woods was used as the catchy tune.

“At Mugg & Bean we’re passionate about bringing back the kind of sharing that shows the real meaning of sharing and generosity, which leaves the world feeling more wonderful,” concludes Schultz.

It would seem that Mugg & Bean certainly has a point. Perhaps it is time to welcome a touch of real sharing back into our daily lives. Be part of the movement and #ShareGenerous, so that together with Mugg & Bean, we bring back the true meaning of sharing!


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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

GSMA fully-certified The Secure eSIM Subscription Management @Gemalto

Hi Guys,

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces that its On-Demand Connectivity Service has become the first in the world to demonstrate full compliance with the stringent security requirements of the GSMA’s Security Accreditation Scheme for embedded SIM (eSIM) remote provisioning. As a result, OEMs, mobile operators, and service providers worldwide can be assured that Gemalto implements appropriate security measures for storage and handling of all sensitive user profile data. These measures extend from initial eSIM production through to management of mobile subscriptions over the entire service lifecycle. The accreditations apply to industrial IoT applications, automotive solutions and consumer electronics.

Unlike a conventional SIM, an eSIM is soldered into a device during production and must be remotely managed during its entire lifecycle. This simplifies manufacturing and logistics, prevents tampering, and eliminates the need to fit and replace SIMs at a later stage.

With more than 50 references, Gemalto On-Demand Connectivity service- a subscription management platform - provides customers with a GSMA-certified environment to support their commercial launches.
GSMA fully-certified The Secure eSIM Subscription Management @Gemalto
“These new certifications demonstrate Gemalto’s leadership and commitment to implementing rigorous security measures that extend from the core to the very edge. “Mobile operators and OEMs can now fully benefit from the combined promises of the eSIM and remote SIM provisioning services for industrial, enterprise and consumer applications” said David Buhan, Senior Vice President Mobile and IoT Services for Gemalto.

About Gemalto
Gemalto is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world. From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries. For more information visit, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.


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@Feastfox App Launches in #CapeTown #FoodiesCPT #Smartphones #Android #iOS

Hi Guys,

Feastfox, a spontaneous eating-out app, has launched in Cape Town, South Africa. Feastfox has been designed for those last minute, “let’s eat out” moments. The app includes a great lineup of top eating and drinking spots in Cape Town. Discover new spots on the slick map and image view and make your choice without the hassle of phoning around or waiting for booking confirmation. Making last minute reservations has never been easier.

Most meals are spontaneous events that occur when the need arises. Whether it be the craving of a morning flat white, a healthy and scrumptious lunch between meetings or an incredible fine dining experience; with two taps on the app Feastfox has you covered!

Feastfox launches in collaboration with over 60 of Cape Town’s top restaurants, bars and cafés including: Reuben’s, Kyoto Gardens Sushi, La Boheme, Nobu, Culture Club Cheese, Clarke’s, Hokey Poke, Scheckter's Raw and Shio.
@Feastfox App Launches in #CapeTown #FoodiesCPT #Smartphones #Android #iOS
Co-founder and Cape Town local, Stuart Murless explains, “with a busy lifestyle, I never had time to plan ahead and make bookings. I wanted something which fits into the way I eat out, which is generally on impulse. With Feastfox, we are moving from the traditional “book now, eat later” concept to “book now, eat now”. This way you can go from craving to feasting with the click of a button.”
@Feastfox App Launches in #CapeTown #FoodiesCPT #Smartphones #Android #iOS
The launch area includes the CBD, V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant, Green Point, Sea Point, Gardens, Vredehoek & Tamboerskloof. Downloading the app is just as easy as using the app: Just one click!
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Take Back Your Living Room @SamsungSA #TheFrameTV @DecorexSA #DecorexJHB17

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Almost 10.7 million South African homes, out of a population total of 55.5 million, own a television (TV) set. Traditionally, the TV is the first thing you see when walking into most living rooms. It sits there like a king taking its rightful place on a throne, in what is essentially meant to be a space which is aesthetically expressive of your personal tastes and interests, which are reflected in every piece of furniture, every work of art on the wall and every ornamentation object. Whether large or small, the TV should be no exception to this rule, and as visitors to Decorex Johannesburg 2017 recently found out, the days of it boasting a strong visual presence as a black square taking up valuable wall space once its switched off are numbered.

Market leaders in cutting edge innovations which are tailored to challenge norms and enrich people’s lives through fulfilling needs and desires, Samsung, continues to wow South African audiences as it officially unveils The Frame TV to the local market. In regular TV mode, this device is a majestic and bold 4K UHD TV, but turn it off and it enters Art Mode and becomes an elegant picture frame for stunning gallery-quality art and showcases great family moments through photographs.

The illusion of The Frame TV being a regular artwork is achieved because it sits flat to the wall, thanks to the no gap wall mount matched by a recessed area on the back of the TV. This is partly possible because there it has no HDMI or other connectors on the back of the screen, only a thin power cable and a bespoke connector to a thin optical cable, which is almost 'invisible'. This links the TV to a box where the regular cable connections are found.
Take Back Your Living Room @SamsungSA #TheFrameTV @DecorexSA #DecorexJHB17

“The unsightly TV box has evolved over time to slicker smarter designs but still remained the unwelcome ‘centre piece’ in your living room. Fortunately, that is now a thing of the past and there was no better space, timing and fit for Samsung to introduce The Frame TV than at South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex - with an estimated 50 000 followers,” said Justin Hume, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung South Africa. “Essentially this ground-breaking marvel of a TV will enable consumers to decorate their homes with an impressive digital collection of internationally renowned works of art which include architectural photography by Todd Eberle and Nacho Alegre, works from Tobias Rehberger’s 2016 series Screensavers and mixed-media collages by Barry McGee, at a small fraction of the market value.”

This exclusive, professionally-curated Samsung Collection includes 100 works of art from 37 famous artists across 10 genres which include photography, paintings, drawings, and digital works. What’s more, a visit to the online Art Store allows viewing and purchasing of internationally famous artists, either on a permanent or monthly basis to ensure each personal art collection stays fresh. It also has a number of bezel frame options, so whether it’s a Picasso or a family photograph, the right frame can be chosen to match.

But it’s not just the discreet design that makes The Frame an innovative entertainment tool. When not displaying your favourite art or photos, The Frame TV offers exceptional picture quality boasting 4K Ultra HD resolution, 4K HDR, and over 1 billion colours, so you get both beautiful art and a beautiful television. Further, forget multiple remotes all over the place as with Samsung’s OneRemote you can control all your favourite shows, works of art and connected devices without requiring setup.

“To experience the future of TV today as well as the many wonderful features of The Frame TV which led to it winning the ‘Best of Innovation’ Award at CES this year, make your way to Decorex Johannesburg which runs from 9 to 13 August 2017. It’s sure to put you in a new frame of mind about television forever,” concludes Hume.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

How to Get A Little More #Hygge in Your Heart? #Danish #Lifestyle

Hi Guys,

If you think about all the little things that bring you joy, you’ll probably find that they range from curling up with a book next to a fire, drinking tea in bed before you start your day, and even calmly sorting out your car insurance online. There’s no telling what lights up a person’s world, but what is sure is that happiness is a lifestyle. One of the best approaches to living a happier life is take a page out of the hygge (pronounced hue-gah, kind of like ‘sugar’) book.

This Danish lifestyle philosophy has no direct English translation, but simply, it can be described as an atmosphere in which you feel at home and at your most comfortable. It focuses on being comfortable and content as you go about your daily life. To help you get a little more hygge in your heart, here are a few tips.

Generally speaking, hygge is about feeling cozy, which you can achieve by creating stress-free atmospheres in your living spaces. For some, this means placing candles around the house and infusing their homes with the smell of Christmas. Mostly, though, it means decluttering things that don’t bring you joy and filling your home with comfy-cozy textures, like fluffy pillows, different kinds of blankets, softer light bulbs to reduce the strain of a harsher white light, as well as drinking copious mugs of tea and hot chocolate.

Ahhhh yes, so much better.
How to Get A Little More #Hygge in Your Heart
It’s not possible to change everything at once. Who has the time, let alone the cash to just update their life in a whirlwind? Not only is it not possible, it’s not healthy and can lead to feeling like a failure if things don’t look and feel how you want them to straight away.

So, aim for continual changes that build on each other, like:
  • Holding hands and snuggle. Walking, reading, sitting on the bus… you can do this anywhere, anytime.
  • Stocking up on candles. Choose different cozy scents for each room of the house and revel in the atmosphere that fragrance creates.
  • Unplugging and writing. Put your phone down, pick up a pen, and write letters to your loved ones – or start a diary, Bridget Jones-style.
  • Investing in soft, cuddly blankets and pillows. And not just for your bedroom, because you can be comfy in any room of the house that has surface on which to sit.
  • Going on nature walks. Nature brings out the hygge, so bundle up in your snuggliest clothes and embrace the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.
  • Choosing not to shower. Showers are functional, so unless you’re in a hurry to get clean, rather have a bath with candles, bubbles, a good book, and some relaxing music.
One of the best ways to make sure that your hygge doesn’t stop at home is to make sure that you follow this philosophy at work, too. For instance, it’s highly recommended that you stop multitasking. Instead, slow down and focus your energy onto one thing at a time. You’ll find that you’ll be calmer, more intentional about each project, and more efficient.

Other ways to hygge-ify your work life:
  • Write down your notes. Choosing a notepad over your iPad gives your eyes a break from screens and helps you remember what you’ve jotted down more sharply.
  • Bring a little outdoors into your indoors. A few plants, even fake plants (of the better quality), can trigger relaxed emotions, not to mention brighten up the office.
  • Don’t drink your usual cuppa at your desk. Take a proper break in whatever comfy corner you can find.
  • Personalise your space. Without adding clutter, do up your desk with photos of family and friends (in beautiful frames to delight the soul) and update your stationary to add a splash of style and colour.
And how do you know if you’ve brought hygge into your heart? Well, that altogether depends on you, but if you start to feel a sense of familiarity, warmth, and contentment wherever you are, then you know that you’re on the right track. If you’re still curious, then there are a few books on the subject, including How to Hygge by Helena Olsen; Hygge, The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg; and The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell.


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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

#Bollywood Hunks in Relationship Drama and Changing Society @SterKinekor #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys, 

Three stories, three memorable movies, all searching for the meaning of love and life. The search for an engagement ring, lovers torn apart by a toilet and mistaken identity will release on the big screen at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas this month, promising laughter and tears that will take Bollywood audiences on an emotional rollercoaster.

First to launch on 4 August is Jab Harry Met Sejal that tells the story of a Punjabi tour guide working in Europe and young lady who loses her engagement ring. This is followed by Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which launches on11 August, which is a story about the sanitation issues in India while A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel,Risky, which launches on 25 August, tells the story of a girlfriend who wishes the man wanting to woo her, wasn’t so perfect.
This romantic comedy revolves around Harry (played by Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan) and Sejal Zaveri (played by Bollywood sweetheart, Anushka Sharma), who journey across Europe together in search of Sejal's engagement ring. On the journey, Harry begins to understand love and his relationships better. Sejal experiences new found freedom, security and solace in Harry's company and in between all of this, there is love, life, lies, thrill, fantasy and the search for a voice within. This is the third-time Khan and Sharma have teamed up for the big screen.

The film is written and directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Khan’s wife, Gauri Khan. Jab Harry Met Sejal screens at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban; The Zone in Rosebank; Carnival City on the East Rand; Cavendish in Cape Town; Forest Hill in Centurion; Sandton, Newtown and Greenstone in Johannesburg.

View the trailer for Jab Harry Met Sejal here:
The film tells the story of Keshav, a young man who has one dream, to be married. When he does, his marital bliss is short-lived when his wife leaves him because there is no toilet. This is a satirical comedy film in support of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s government campaign to improve the sanitation conditions in India, with emphasis on the eradication of open defecation in public areas, especially in the rural areas of India. The film stars Bollywood veteran Akshay Kumar, who plays Keshav and Bhumi Pednekar, who plays Jaya, in the lead roles. Anupam Kher and Sana Khan play supporting roles.

The film is directed by Shree Narayan Singh and co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey. It is written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha screens at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban; The Zone in Rosebank and Forest Hill in Centurion.

View the trailer here for Toilet: Ek Prem Katha here:
This action comedy sees Bollywood heart throb Sidharth Malhotra playing a dual role, that of Gaurav and Rishi. Gaurav is content with his simple and ‘safe’ everyday life, and dreams about settling down with the girl of his dreams, Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez) and having his ‘happily ever after’.

Kavya, on the other hand, prefers a man who is takes risks and is more adventurous — perhaps someone more like Rishi! When a case of mistaken identity rocks Gaurav’s life, he stands to lose everything he has worked so hard for. What follows is a roller-coaster ride, complete with action, romance and laughter, taking the viewers on an unpredictable and hilarious, thrill ride.

The film is written and directed by Raj and D. A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky screens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Gateway in Durban, The Zone in Rosebank; Forest Hill in Pretoria; Carnival City on the East Rand and Cavendish in Cape Town.

View the trailer here for A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky here:

For more information on Jab Hari Met Sejal, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky releasing at Ster-Kinekor cinemas during the month of August, and to book tickets, visit or download the SK App on your smartphone. You can also book at the box office. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).
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