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

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Minnie Mouse Received STAR On #Hollywood #WalkOfFame For Her 90th Anniversary @Disney #DisneyAfrica

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Disney’s Minnie Mouse today with an official star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Special guest speakers included Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and global pop icon and judge of ABC’s “American Idol,” Katy Perry. The star was dedicated to the category of Motion Pictures next to the El Capitan Theatre.

“Minnie Mouse has been a star and a fashion icon since she first burst onto the scene in the ground-breaking animated classic, Steamboat Willie,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “The star of more than 70 movies during her illustrious career, Minnie has entertained millions of people around the world, touching hearts and bringing joy wherever she goes. We’re thrilled to see her cultural influence and many achievements recognized with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Minnie Mouse Received STAR On #Hollywood #WalkOfFame For Her 90th Anniversary @Disney #DisneyAfrica
(L-R) Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Iger, Katy Perry, Leron Gubler, Jeff Zarrinnam, and Vin Di Bona attend ceremony for Minnie Mouse as she receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Celebration of her 90th Anniversary at El Capitan Theatre on January 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Disney)
A veteran of more than 70 films, Minnie Mouse is one of Hollywood’s most recognized global stars, delighting kids and families for generations. Loved for her infectious, upbeat personality, Minnie’s iconic style has also made her a muse for fashion designers, artists, and fans around the globe. Her classic polka dot look has been constantly reimagined by the fashion industry from her early pill-box flower hat, which influenced ladies’ hat trends, to her famous bow and ears.

“Minnie embodies iconic. Her style is the epitome of fun fashion,” said Katy Perry. “To this day, no one rocks a bow, the color red, or a polka dot quite like her. It is a special skill to bring joy to so many, and she does it with the effortless bat of an eyelash. I am delighted to be part of honoring Minnie and her magic with a star on the Walk of Fame.”

To celebrate Minnie’s milestone anniversary and National Polka Dot Day, a number of fashion collaborations are launching worldwide today, including a new special-edition Coach collection inspired by her iconic style. The 20-piece collection includes handbags, small leather goods, ready-to-wear and specialty items – all infusing signature Coach silhouettes reimagined with vintage-inspired Disney patches and Minnie Mouse’s favorite polka dots. Coach Creative Director, Stuart Vevers also designed a bespoke dress for Minnie, worn at a celebratory lunch immediately following the ceremony at Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont.

Additional collections from Disney Store and ShopDisney.com, New Balance, Torrid, Forever 21, New Era, Pandora, Macy’s, and more are now available.
Minnie Mouse Received STAR On #Hollywood #WalkOfFame For Her 90th Anniversary @Disney #DisneyAfrica
Minnie Mouse Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Celebration of her 90th Anniversary at El Capitan Theatre on January 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Disney)
ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24-star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies. It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $40,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com

For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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#NespressoOnIce Is The Hottest Way to Keep Cool This Summer #Jozi #CapeTown @Nespresso

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From January 24 onwards, the Nespresso on Ice Truck is hitting the streets of Joburg and Cape Town to serve up a sip of something special this summer. Following the launch of two Limited Edition coffees that have been specially crafted for iced coffee preparation, the Nespresso on Ice truck will be cooling down the city’s hot spots by delivering delicious iced coffee. What better way to enjoy a moment of perfect refreshment in the height of summer?

Intenso on Ice and Leggero on Ice are the first coffees Nespresso has crafted specifically to be enjoyed as iced coffees. Intenso on Ice is a bold coffee with cereal and cocoa notes and an intense, roasted finish. If prepared as an Intenso on Ice Macchiato, it reveals a smooth and creamy texture with biscuit notes. In contrast, when enjoyed as a black iced coffee, Leggero on Ice offers delicate fruity and lemon notes with lingering aromatics and a full-bodied, smooth texture. If paired with milk to create a Leggero on IceMacchiato, it develops toasted notes and a more milky and sweet flavor.

While the Nespresso on Ice truck is the coolest place to be, it couldn’t be easier to have your Nespressomoment on ice in the comfort of your own home. The Nespresso coffee experts have created a simple, three-step recipe for a perfectly proportioned and delicious iced coffee, with water or milk to create the perfect iced coffee treat. Follow the easy three-step method:

STEP 1 Add 3 extra-large ice cubes to a glass (90g or 7 regular sized ice cubes)
STEP 2 Top with an Espresso serving (40 ml) of Intenso on Ice or Leggero on Ice
STEP 3 Finish with 90 ml of cold water or cold milk froth (approx. 6 tablespoons) Voila!
#NespressoOnIce Is The Hottest Way to Keep Cool This Summer #Jozi #CapeTown @Nespresso
Catch the Nespresso on Ice truck at the following venues:

Johannesburg
Saturday, 27 January - Mall of Africa (10am-12pm)
Sunday 28 January - Fourways Farmer’s Market (9am-3pm)
Tuesday, 30 January - International Hotel School (8am-10am)
Thursday, 1 February - First Thursday @ Rosebank Art Mile (5pm-8pm)
Saturday, 3 February - Linden (12pm-2pm)
Saturday, 3 February - Cresta Shopping Centre (4pm-6pm)
Sunday, 4 February - Fourways Farmers Market (9am-3pm)
Wednesday, 7 February - Vega (8am-10am)
Wednesday, 7 February - AAA (12pm-2pm)
Saturday, 10 February - Braamfontein (10am-12pm)
Saturday, 10 February - Maboneng (2pm-4pm)
Sunday, 11 February - Cradle of Humankind (6am-9am)
Saturday, 17th February - East Gate Mall (9am - 11am)
Sunday, 18 February - Fourways Farmers Market (9am-3pm)

Cape Town
Saturday, 27 January - The Sun Met (9am-5pm)
Thursday, 1 February - First Thursday @ Cape Town City Bowl (5pm-8pm)
Saturday, 3 February - Blouberg Promenade (12pm-2pm)
Saturday, 3 February - Canal Walk (4pm-6pm)
Sunday, 4 February - Root 44 Market (9am-3pm)
Wednesday, 7 February - Vega (8am-10am)
Wednesday, 7 February - AAA (12pm-2pm)
Saturday, 10 February - V & A Waterfront (11am-1pm)
Sunday, 11 February - Muizenberg Beach (7am-9am)
Sunday, 11 February - Sea Point Promenade (12pm-2pm)
Saturday, 17 February - Tygervalley Mall (9am-11am)
Sunday, 18 February - Somerset Mall ( 12pm - 2pm_
Saturday, 24 February - Cape Town Coffee Festival (8am-4pm)
Sunday, 25 February - Cape Town Coffee Festival (8am-4pm)

Intenso on Ice and Leggero on Ice will be available for a limited period from Nespresso booths and boutiques nationwide, as well as through orders from the Nespresso Club on 0800 637773 and online at www.nespresso.com from 15 January 2018.

About Nestlé Nespresso SA
Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in almost 60 countries and has more than 9,500 employees. In 2013, it operated a global retail network of over 320 exclusive boutiques. For more information, visit the Nestlé Nespresso corporate website: www.nestle-nespresso.com.

You can now recycle your used Nespresso capsules. Nespresso Club Members and South African coffee lovers will now be able to easily return their used Nespresso capsules for recycling at the Nespresso Boutiques in Cape Town at the V & A Waterfront and in the Canal Walk Shopping Centre and in Johannesburg in Sandton City and Hyde Park Shopping Centre. In line with the company’s global approach, Nespresso has implemented a dedicated recycling system, tailored to the recycling processes and logistics in South Africa where Nespresso used capsules cannot be recycled via traditional waste collection and recycling systems. Once collected, used Nespresso capsules will be recycled by Oricol, a fully-integrated and highly certified environmental service company that has assumed a leading role in South Africa for the delivery of superior environmental and resource recovery solutions.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sony Mobile Unveils New Selfie Smartphones: #XperiaXA2 #XperiaXA2Ultra @SonyXperiaZA

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Sony Mobile Communications unveiled Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra - the latest additions to its popular super mid-range line, with Sony camera technology, elegant designs and powerful performance.

"Our super mid-range product strategy started out as an exciting new idea based on bringing bold technologies to this section of the market in the most accessible way possible," said Hideyuki Furumi, EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, at Sony Mobile Communications. "Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are no different, with leading front camera technology first seen in our flagship XZ line. We’re targeting 2018 as a breakthrough year, and look forward to showcasing further innovations across the entire Xperia portfolio over the coming months.”
Xperia XA2 - capture life’s beauty with sophisticated Sony camera technology in a sleek, borderless design
Xperia XA2 - capture life’s beauty with sophisticated Sony camera technology in a sleek, borderless design
Xperia XA2’s powerful 23MP rear camera packs Sony’s large 1/2.3” Exmor RSTM for mobile image sensor, with ISO 12800 sensitivity for clear low-light photography.

It features 4K movie recording, allowing you to create with colour and clarity – 120fps slow motion video capture is also included for dramatizing action and movement. There’s a 120° super wide-angle 8MP camera up front, so you can fit more of your friends and surroundings into selfies.

The 5.2” Full HD display is brighter, sharper and more colourful – it sits within a beautiful borderless design, taking the screen right to the edge. And it’s built to last with strong and durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

Unlocking is made easy with the one-touch rear fingerprint sensor – integrated into the smooth metallic back panel. Xperia XA2 is composed of anodized aluminium on the sides, with a diamond-cut finish on the top and bottom, accentuating the industrial beauty of metal. It represents an evolution of the recognisable Xperia “loop surface” form, with smooth screen curvature and a symmetrical layout for a sleek look and comfortable feel.

The high-capacity 3,300 mAh battery and the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 630 Mobile Platform means you can do more of what you love for longer with smooth and speedy performance. And, even more Sony smart charging technologies; Smart Stamina extend usage during the day, with Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging ensuring the battery stays healthy over time. Quick charging is also supported to give you hours of power with just minutes of charging (requires Quick Charger UCH12W).

Xperia XA2 will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets, in four fresh colours: Silver, Black, Blue and Pink.
Xperia XA2 Ultra is the ultimate “dual selfie” camera smartphone
Xperia XA2 Ultra is the ultimate “dual selfie” camera smartphone
Engineered specifically for selfies, Xperia XA2 Ultra features 16MP with Optical Image Stabilisation and 8MP 120° super wide-angle dual front cameras, both with front flash, producing clear shots regardless of lighting or environment and for fitting more friends and surroundings into selfies.

With the same 23MP rear camera module as Xperia XA2, the large 1/2.3” Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor is capable of ISO 12800 sensitivity for better low-light photography – and the 4K movie recording and 120fps slow motion video capture features allow you to preserve memories and magnify moments.

It features Sony’s most vibrant 6” Full HD smartphone display yet, with a wide and accurate colour gamut – built with strong and durableCorning® Gorilla® Glass. It sits within a borderless design; hardware so immersive, the screen becomes indistinguishable from the experience.

Just as with Xperia XA2, unlocking is made easy with the one-touch rear fingerprint sensor. The “loop surface” design is also composed of anodized aluminium on the sides, with the same recognisable diamond-cut finish on the top and bottom.

The super-capacity 3,580 mAh battery means you can use the device for longer, and intuitive Sony smart charging technologies regulate and analyse power consumption and charging cycles, so it lasts and stays healthy over time - and the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 630 Mobile Platform ensures performance is seamless and multitasking is made easy. Quick charging is also supported for hours of power in just minutes of charging (requires Quick Charger UCH12W).

Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets, in four contemporary colours: Silver, Black, Blue and Gold.
Xperia L2 brings a large display, long-lasting battery and advanced selfie camera
Xperia L2 brings a large display, long-lasting battery and advanced selfie camera
Xperia L2’s expansive 5.5” HD screen is great for enjoying video, browsing and social networks on the go.

The 3,300 mAh battery means you can do more of what you love for longer, and intuitive Xperia smart charging technologies ensure the battery stays healthy during its lifespan.

The 120° super wide-angle 8MP front camera is built for selfies, with its 13MP F2.0 rear camera ensuring clear and crisp mobile photography.

Xperia L2 will launch in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets, in three colours: Black, Gold and Pink - each rendered with reflective surfaces, emphasizing the “loop surface” design, and unlocking is made easy with a single touch via the rear fingerprint sensor.

All-new fresh and imaginative Xperia accessories
New leather-look Style Cover Stands launch alongside Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra in Black and Silver, to complement each device’s colour style. Matching form with function, both are adjustable to stand independently for video playback, and will automatically pause or sleep the device when closed.

Mono Bluetooth® Headset MBH22 is a new in-ear Bluetooth headset combining subtle design features with a premium finish. With up to six hours talk time, you can use it alongside Google Assistant to control your music and get things done. Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will launch on Android 8.0 OreoTM and Xperia L2 on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
 
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@SamsungSA Unveils Wall-Mountable Lifestyle Soundbar #NW700 #CES2018

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Samsung Electronics unveiled a new premium lifestyle soundbar at CES 2018, the NW700 Sound+. The wall-mountable NW700 Sound+ soundbar succeeds the award-winning MS650 Sound+ model and incorporates sound-enhancing features, such as distortion-cancelling, wide-range tweeters and multi-speaker control, all technologies developed at the Samsung Audio Lab in Valencia, California.

The NW700 Sound+ soundbar sports a slim and sleek external design optimized for wall mounting underneath Samsung’s super-thin televisions. The 53.5mm-width soundbar, which seamlessly works with a wall mount TV, is 41% narrower than the previous soundbar model, allowing users to achieve harmonious interior design. The monolithic soundbar adopts three channels and slim sound technology to deliver dynamic and targeted sound for an immersive listening experience. The body of the soundbar also has a built-in subwoofer, eliminating the need for an external subwoofer and contributing to a clean, slender design for a home entertainment space.
@SamsungSA Unveils Wall-Mountable Lifestyle Soundbar #NW700 #CES2018
“Samsung continues to invest in product development that fuses lifestyle and technology in a seamless, innovative manner,” said Mike van Lier, Director Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa. “With our NW700 Sound+ soundbar, we are not only committed to superior product design, but also to delivering unmatched sound quality to our consumers.”

The technology found in the NW700 Sound+ and its previous iterations has been routinely praised for its role in achieving powerful bass, cohesive soundstage, and impressive clarity. The distortion-cancelling technology has also been recognized for effectively syncing the drivers in the soundbar to produce a clear and powerful sound. The technology works by predicting distortion at the end of the speaker movement and making the necessary adjustments before the distortion takes place. This results in smooth, distortion-free bass tones.

The NW700 Sound+ also supports three sound modes including Standard Mode, Surround Mode, which is used to expand surround sound performance, and Smart Mode, which automatically adjusts volume and surround sound effects.

As one of Samsung’s newest lifestyle products, the NW700 Sound+ soundbar is well-suited to be seamlessly integrated into most home décor and home theatre systems.

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Your guide to Becoming A Pro-Rider - 8 #Uber Features You Didn't Know @Uber_RSA

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Whether you’re new to Uber, or an Uber VIP, there might be a few features that you don’t know about. We’re here to tell and remind you about some of Uber’s key features you may have missed, which will make each ride more reliable and convenient than the last.

Below are the 8 features you might have missed:
 
Multiple destinations - stops when you need them
Whether you’re heading out for a weekend away and want to grab your friend en route to the airport, or going home after dinner and need to drop off the party on the way, it’s easier than ever to pick up and drop off your friends while on a trip. Uber has introduced a feature that makes it easy for you to add multiple stops along your route, which means you no longer have to edit your destinations while on a trip.

To access the feature, choose your adventure, tap the “+” next to the “Where To” destination box to add a stop(s) at any point before or during your trips. You can also add, change or remove the destination from the on the trip screen accessible on the app.

Uber Gift cards - a gift that will never collect dust
Whether it’s a ride across the city or your favorite Uber Eats meal delivered at Uber speed, we’re making it even easier to get what you want, when you want it with Uber Gift cards.

Gift cards are available at Checkers, Shoprite and Pick n Pay stores nationwide and are available in R100 and R200 denominations and are directly redeemable through the app. How much easier could it get?
Your guide to Becoming A Pro-Rider - 8 #Uber Features You Didn't Know @Uber_RSA
In-app support - access to 24/7 support all over the world.
Did you know you can get a prompt response to your queries at the tip of your fingers? You have access to global network of support centres to provide 24/7 support all over the world.

Whether you are having a technical issue, you were charged an incorrect fee or left something in a vehicle, your issue can get resolved in the in-app help section, which can be accessed within your Uber app by tapping the menu icon (three bars) in the top left-hand corner of your app. You can then proceed to navigate and tap on the “help” icon, scroll down and report the issue at hand.

Compliments - Make someone’s day at the tap of a button!

We want to give you the opportunity to thank and recognize your driver for the things they do to make your experience more memorable and fun. When you leave a compliment ㄧ say, for your driver expertly navigating winding city streets, or for simply striking up a great conversation, a notification will show up on the driver’s home screen to let them know.

In-app chat - making connections easier

Every great ride starts with the pickup, which is why we have added a way for you and drivers to chat right in the Uber app.

To chat with your driver en route to collect you, go to the Uber feed and tap “contact” and then “chat.” When your driver receives a chat from you, it will be read aloud to them. Drivers can acknowledge receipt with one tap to their app to send a “thumbs up” to your app.

uberX VIP - we’re making your loyalty count

We believe that our top riders deserve a top Uber experience. This is why we launched uberX VIP, which allows a select few in South Africa to unlock a unique vehicle view!

UberX VIP matches loyal riders with top-rated driver-partners in your city, giving you the chance to enjoy premium service at no extra cost. To qualify as an uberX VIP rider all you need to do is take at least 20 trips a month and maintain a rating of 4.5 or more.
Your guide to Becoming A Pro-Rider - 8 #Uber Features You Didn't Know @Uber_RSA
Schedule a ride - plan ahead
Whether you’re catching an early morning flight, going to an appointment, or planning the perfect date, you’ll have one less thing to worry about. Schedule a ride up to 30 days in advance to 15 minutes ahead of time for the most important events in your calendar.

Here is how:
  • Tap the car icon to schedule a ride.
  • Set your pickup date, time, location, destination, ride type, and get a fare estimate.
  • Confirm the details of your upcoming trip and tap Schedule. Edit or cancel anytime before your ride.
  • Enjoy your ride - We’ll send you reminders the day of the trip and notify you when your ride is on the way. We’ll also let you know if pricing changes.
Request a ride for a loved one
We’ve all been there. Those moments when your grandmother needs a ride to the shopping mall while you’re stuck at work. Or, the last minute Friday night request from your friend for a ride home from the airport.

The good news? You can easily request a ride for a loved one directly through the app! When you set the pick-up location a fair distance away from your current location, we’ll automatically ask whether the ride is for a family member or friend. You can then select the rider from your address book, set their destination, and request the ride on their behalf.

Once the driver is on the way, the rider will receive a text message with the driver’s details and a link to track the driver’s route. They’ll even be able to contact the driver directly. The driver will see the rider’s name, and be able to contact the rider directly, too.
 
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Emtee Drops NEW #MusicVideo Featuring Chappies Fans @ChappiesSA #Plug

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After much anticipation, hip-hop artist, Emtee, has dropped his latest music video featuring the Chappies Collab winners. The music video for the single, “Plug”, was released on the Sound City music channel this morning and has been receiving positive reviews across social media.

In November 2017, Chappies joined forces with award-winning local rapper, Emtee, to create the Chappies Collab – an incredible opportunity for 60 lucky fans to live the dream by being part of Emtee’s new music video.
Emtee Drops NEW #MusicVideo Featuring Chappies Fans @ChappiesSA
Excitement ran wild as winners joined Emtee on set in Soweto, Johannesburg for a full day of shooting. Winners enjoyed a true glimpse into the world of showbiz as well as free time to chat and take photos with Emtee. The Collab winners can be seen in the music video wearing their limited edition Chappies T-shirts.

Nokuthula Nyembe, a student from KwaThema, said, “It was so exciting to see the final product. I’ve shown the video to all my family and friends - I love it from beginning to end!”

“The Chappies Collab winners were fantastic on set. We all had such fun creating this video and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do,” concludes Kerisha Govender, Mondelez Category Brand Manager for Gum SA

To view Emtee’s latest music video on the Chappies Facebook page click here
Twitter: @ChappiesSA
 
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An African Superhero Saves The World #BlackPanther @SterKinekor #Feb2018 #Marvel

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Join in on the action and feel like a genuine African superhero, battling the forces of evil to save the world from imminent destruction in IMAX, D-BOX, Cine Prestige, 3D or 2D this February.

Ster-Kinekor Theatres proudly brings you the much-anticipated, Marvel’s Black Panther, releasing in cinemas on 16 February. Don’t miss this Hollywood blockbuster about an African superhero is set in an imaginary technologically advanced African kingdom.

The world needs more African superheroes and Chadwick Boseman, who stars as T'Challa/Black Panther, represents - sparking your imagination and entering your dreams. The immersive IMAX, D-BOX or 3D experience, breath-taking sets and incredible costumes will transport you to Wakanda.

T’Challa is king of Wakanda and returns home to find his sovereignty challenged by two long-time adversaries. Their conflict reaches global proportions. The character of Black Panther was the first black superhero introduced into the mainstream comic world with his debut in an issue of Fantastic Four in July 1966. Chadwick Boseman first appeared as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and Black Panther as a stand-alone film is a landmark event.

Following on from the storyline in Captain America: Civil War, with King T’Challa’s return to Wakanda, he teams up, as the Black Panther, with CIA agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje - Wakanda's special forces - to combat his enemies and prevent a world war. In line with the month of love, T’Challa/Black Panther gains enhanced strength by ingesting a heart-shaped herb.
An African Superhero Saves The World – In Black Panther Movie @SterKinekor #Feb2018 #Marvel
Legendary South African actor, John Kani stars as T’Chaka, T’Challa’s father, and his son, Antandwa Kani, plays a young T’Chaka in the film in flashback scenes. Connie Chiume, best known for her role as Mamokete in Rhythm City, plays the role of Mining Tribe Elder. The film contains scenes in Wakandian, actuallyisiXhosa, taught to Chadwick Boseman by John Kani.

The screenplay for this Marvel Studios work of genius is co-written by the director by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole. Black Panther also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. The film’s running time is 140 minutes. Watch the official trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDjIWPwcPU

Live out your African superhero fantasy at special Black Panther screening events, taking place on opening night, on Friday 16 February, at Eastgate (Johannesburg), the Mall of Africa (Johannesburg), Gateway (Durban) and Cape Gate (Cape Town), in both IMAX and D-BOX. Come dressed in your “traditional Wakanda gear” to join in the fun at the before and after party. Arrive at 7pm, the movie starts at 8pm, booking is essential.


Bookings are now open. Members of the various Ster-Kinekor loyalty programmes will enjoy all the benefits and discounts offered by the different programmes from SK Club, Discovery Vitality, and Edgars Club when booking tickets for this film.

For more information, and to book your tickets for the official launch of Black Panther, download the Ster-Kinekor App or visit www.sterkinekor.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi. Follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Ster- Ster-Kinekor Theatres on Facebook. For queries, call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437) or book at the box office.
 
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Krispy Kreme Starts The Year #2018 Off Right! @KrispyKreme_ZA #SharetheJoy #DelishDoughnish

Hi Friends, 
 
It’s a Doughnut! It’s a Danish! It’s a Doughnish! This exciting new product has just landed on South African shores and will be available in all Krispy Kreme stores from the 7th of January to the 31st of January 2018! The Doughnish will be available in one delicious flavour (for now) -Apple and Cinnamon. The Doughnish is a combination of the secret dough mix plaited with apples and sautéed in a light syrup and finished with cinnamon.
 
That’s not all in exciting news for Krispy Kreme this January. Krispy Kreme will be relaunching their Frozen Lemonade range which includes 6 refreshing flavours, that will keep you cool this summer. Watermelon, Kiwi, Classic Lemonade, Mixed Berries, Mango and Green Apple.  Krispy Kreme Starts The Year #2018 Off Right! @krispykreme_za #SharetheJoy #DelishDoughnish
For those fans that missed them the first time; Krispy Kreme South Africa will also be featuring 3 of the best doughnuts from 2017. Banoffee Pie, Chocolate Hazelnut Kreme and the Glazed Lemon Filled. These delicious treats will be available for the month of January. 
 
Share your Krispy Kreme Magic Moments with us on social media using the following handles @krispykreme_za and the #sharethejoy #delishdoughnish #Frozenlemonade #2017favourites
 
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Are You Ready For #ArijitSingh Melodious Voice #SouthAfrica 10-11 Feb @BluBloodSA #Contest


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Bringing Indian music to global fame, Arijit Singh, “the small town boy who made it big”, is undoubtedly one of Bollywood’s leading playback singers and he is set to woo audiences in South Africa in February 2018. Leading the playback pack, this will be Arijit’s first visit to Durban on 10 February at the Durban ICC Arena, and he returns to Johannesburg the following night on 11 February at the Sun Arena Time Square, Menlyn.

Blu Blood and Showtime Promotions, both synonymous with bringing world-class entertainment to South Africa, are excited to be bringing out one of Bollywood’s biggest driving forces who is continuously scaling new heights.

“Arijit is one of the most versatile and successful singers of Indian music and cinema and we are so proud to be able to bring him back to South Africa. In fact, it was Blu Blood that brought out Arijit for his first ever international show. This is going to be the biggest Bollywood musical extravaganza to hit African soil,” comments Blu Blood’s MD, Osman Osman.

Veesham Maharaj of Showtime Promotions adds: “Bollywood lovers have been patiently waiting for Arijit’s return to South Africa and we are excited to be able to add Durban to the tour this time. This is our biggest concert to date. Arijit’s team will be coming in a month earlier to ensure that all logistics and technical details are on track for the big show.”

Arijit is more than just a singer, a jack of all trades, he is a musician and live performer, composer, producer, recordist, and music programmer and he has an impressive string of credits behind his name. He has sung over 150 tracks, won more than 50 popular awards and his global fan base continues to grow every year, he has over 17 million Facebook followers alone.
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His music career began when he participated in the reality show ‘Fame Gurukul’ in 2005. Although he only made it to 6th position, the filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recognized his talent and brought Singh on to sing Yun Shabnami for an upcoming film. The song was never released. Similarly, he was signed for an album, again, the album was never released. But this did not stop Arijit, he would soon become one of the most celebrated artists in the Indian music industry.

He participated shortly after in another reality show, ’10 ke 10 Le Gaye Dil’, which he won. He invested the prize money in building his own recording studio, where he started composing music for adverts and news and music channels. He spent the early part of his musical career as a producer, the only for him to survive in a city like Mumbai.

On his early career struggles, Singh has been quoted as saying: “One has to suffer pain to reach their destination, those days when I failed to get work, I thought about quitting and going back to my hometown, but I realised that one should concentrate on one’s work no matter what happens.”

His break came in 2010/2011 when he started working on the films. His debut as a singer in the film industry came with the film ‘Kedi’ with the song Neeve Na Neeve Na. In 2011, he made his Bollywood music debut with the Mithoon-composition Phir Mohabbat from ‘Murder 2’. He also lent his vocals for Vishal-Shekhar’s composition Duaa in ‘Shanghai’ where the song fetched him the Mirchi Music Award for Upcoming Male Playback Singer.

His major breakthrough came in 2013 as lead and key vocalist in ‘Aashiqui 2’ where his song Tum Hi Ho which fetched him several awards and nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. In 2015, he made his Tamil debut with the song Neeye Vaazhkai Enbena from the film ‘Pugazh’.

2017 has seen Singh lend his voice to the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and rendered a romantic song duet with Harshdeep Kaur, Zaalima for the movie ‘Raees’. He provided his vocals for the Salim-Sulaiman’s compositions Kuch Parbat Hilayein and Babul Mora for the film ‘Poorna’, to name a few.

Arijit Singh – Live In Concert will be an unforgettable musical journey with Arijit’s biggest chart-toppers, fan favorites, and classics. His shows are renowned worldwide and this show will be no different.

Saturday, 10 February 2018 - Durban ICC Arena, Durban - 20h00
Sunday, 11 February 2017 - Sun Arena Times Square, Menlyn, Pretoria - 18h00

Tickets for both shows start from R300 and now available through Computicket online (https://online.computicket.com/web/event/arijit_singh_live_in_concert/1199527267/0/0) or Computicket outlets.

Another Bollywood extravaganza brought to you by Blu Blood and Showtime Promotions in association with Glow TV, Aucor, Dadas Motors, IBV Gold, Serendipity Travel, Tilley Doors and Rising Sun. 

My Personal Favourite Songs amongst his many are -
1. Rang de tu mohe Gerua and Janam Janam - Dilwale
2. Channa Mereya and Title Track - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
3. Suno na Sangemarmar - Youngistaan
4. Phir Le Aaya Dil - Barfi
5. Tum hi ho - Aashiqui 2 
6. Kabira - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
7. Jiya - Gunday
8. Naina - Dangal
9. Main Rang Sharbaton Ka - Phata Poster Nikla Hero
10. Manwa Lage - Happy New Year
11. Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara - Murder 2

If you too want to attend his show in Pretoria, then participate in the contest to win tickets to his show Courtesy Blu Blood SA. Follow @BluBloodSA and @TheLifesWay on twitter and facebook and answer which is your favorite song of Arijit Singh and why? You can also leave a comment on this blog post after following both the handles with your name, twitter id and email id. Contest closes on 30th Jan 2018 and only for Johannesburg and Pretoria readers.
 
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Rise And Rise Of The #Smartphone @SamsungMobileSA #SmartphoneApps

Hi Friends,

Can you even imagine your life without your smartphone? It hasn’t taken long for these must-have devices to become an essential and integral part of daily life. It’s estimated that as much as 58.7% of the world use smartphones.[i] But how have they changed the way we do things?

Well, just 10 years ago, most people couldn’t conceive having an actual conversation with a mobile device. Now it’s common to have an intricate chat with your very own built-in personal assistant, like Bixby. From getting directions and restaurant recommendations to dictating e-mails or ordering flowers online for your mom, smartphones and their assistants can do just about anything.

Today most people simply can’t imagine life without one – smartphones have evolved to such an extent that they’ve moved way beyond mere communication to being a constant companion that’s geared to learn your unique needs and make your life easier to navigate. The millions of apps that can be downloaded and used can help you track your health, control your connected appliances, give you directions, remind you of appointment and even edit videos or build websites.

Doing business on a mobile device has gone beyond sitting in a coffee shop making endless phone calls. E-mails, internet research, design and invoicing are all now possible. Capturing images and videos on the go has never been easier and in-built security features like Knox make it entirely safe to conduct business wherever you are. When it comes to education, learners not only have access to the internet but also to the world’s best teachers and experts, through their devices.

According to a survey, almost half of Smartphone users use their phone for access health-related services.[ii] Whether it’s to use an app to monitor glucose levels or verify a prescription, a fitness tracker or healthy recipe finder, smartphones have impacted the way people interact with their own health and wellness.
The Rise And Rise Of The #Smartphone @SamsungMobileSA
Social media accounts for almost two hours each day, with the top apps being YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter.[iii]

In 2012, editor of the website The Next Web, cataloged devices that were made obsolete by smartphone. His list included MP3 players, point-and-shoot digital cameras, GPS, alarm clocks, flashlights, handheld gaming systems, e-readers, voice recorders, dictionaries, infrared remotes and web-conferencing devices. This is a lot longer now.

A recent British poll indicated that using a smartphone to make phone calls doesn’t even reach the top 10 reasons for owning one. The majority of people cited the following regarding their smartphone use: texting – 88%; e-mail – 70%, Facebook – 62%, camera – 61%, reading news – 58%, online shopping - 56%, checking the weather – 54%, WhatsApp – 51%, Banking – 45%, watching videos on YouTube – 42%.[iv]

Craige Fleischer, Vice President of Integrated Mobility say, “Most people don’t realize that as early as 2001, Samsung was already building smartphones – the SPH-1300 came out in October that year. And that was just the beginning of the smartphone rise. From the BlackJack line to the Instinct, which was before Android, to the Omnia with TouchWiz and then the current star of the smartphone show – the Galaxy S line.”

Even with all the incredible tech now in the palm of your hand, the evolution of the smartphone is still in its infancy – technological innovation is consistently moving ahead of the curve, with giants like Samsung leading the race to intuitively address user’s future needs and desires.
 
[i] https://deviceatlas.com/blog/17-mobile-market-statistics-you-should-know-2017
[ii] https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2c28/0b6a690442a97a571e09b2404e2d21720db4.pdf
[iii] http://mediakix.com/2016/12/how-much-time-is-spent-on-social-media-lifetime/#gs.C5SGcjM
[iv] https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/778572/Smartphone-phone-common-reason-use-call


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Monday, 15 January 2018

17 Days To www.TheLifesWay.com 5th Birthday Celebrations #5YearsofTheLifesWay #27Dec2017 #Patience

Hi Friends,

Though it's way beyond the 5th birthday of The Life's Way (27th December in 2017), as there was no internet connection available for more than a month, I could not do any of the blog posts for so long. Patience is a virtue which is definitely needed by all. I have waited long enough for everything in my life. Unless and until I deserved the same, I was never granted the same by the universe, but things changed with The Life's Way bringing great luck in my life. My first big win was a laptop from HP for a post which I wrote with all my heart. When my friends read it before I posted the same, they were cracking jokes about me but I knew that post has winner written all over as those were the songs I loved. 

The Life's Way has patiently waited for all the great things in life to come and pampered a lot of PR companies by posting for free and some has used the same to their advantages. It's ok to be getting used but once or twice they shall realize that we all need money to run the day to day business. If I am not getting sponsored posts and campaigns, I won't be doing free posts too. Even posting press releases takes a lot of time along with photos and captions and handles to be shared etc like I share. It takes me at least 1 hour per post even when all the content is written in the press release as you need to read it and then check for images and then post labels, twitter links, website URLs etc. I am sacrificing important parts of my life to post something on my social media channels so I need to get Return on my time in terms of money or kind. 
17 Days To www.TheLifesWay.com 5th Birthday Celebrations #5YearsofTheLifesWay #27Dec2017 #Patience
But it's good in the end, once you realize that the other person is taking advantage of you and then you stop doing his/her work, then after a while they will realize the importance you bring to the table. I am waiting for those right moment patiently. Even if it happens in a long long time, it's fine by me and if it happens sooner that I will be happy. Also, another change is that I will stop asking for gadgets to be sponsored as I will buy what is the best in the market as compared to used/old/reviewed units sent to keep rather I will ask directly for money to be paid into my bank account. Why waste time on things I don't want in my life and spend my energy keeping them unused at my home?

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