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Monday 14 October 2019

With 5G becoming popular right now, it may be in your best interest to stay in the loop and know what's going on. This is a video explaining what 5G does, what its' capabilities are and what its' donwfalls are. Check it out and educate yourself on the future of networking technology!

Our hands are one of the first body parts to give our age away. This isn’t because our hands age faster than the rest of us, it is simply because we do not take care of them as well as we should. That and because we use them a lot!

Wear Sunscreen to Your Next Gelish Appointment

We all love going for a gel manicure, don’t we? Gel lasts longer than regular nail polish (about two weeks) and it doesn’t chip, lift or peel as easily. Consider applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your hands 20 minutes before going for your next gel manicure, especially if your salon uses a UV lamp during your treatment. We recommend using Cetaphil Sun 50+ as it’s hypoallergenic, water-resistant and won’t block your pores.  This will prevent premature ageing to the hands, as well as prevent skin cancer. Applying sunscreen to your hands before a manicure protects your skin from the ultraviolet radiation used to seal gel nail polish to the nail.

Cleanliness is key

Make sure the nail salon you are visiting is reputable and clean. While we all love to pay less for pretty paws, cleanliness is always key. You can happily ask for your tools to be sterilized before they are used on you if you don’t see your nail technician doing this already. You are also welcome to bring along your own tools to your next mani appointment as this will ensure the ultimate peace of mind.

Mind your manners

Don’t be late for your appointment, in fact, show up 10 minutes early for your appointment. Try pay in advance so you aren’t fidgeting with money and cards once your paws are painted. Get comfortable, order a drink, pick your colour and maybe start your soak off.  

Time

Allow enough time for your treatment, including 20 minutes extra if you’re doing a soak off. Know what the different nail shapes look like and which one you would like for yourself that day. Don’t be too chatty with your manicurist. Most don’t mind a little small talk, however, you need to allow them to concentrate so they can do an efficient job, especially when shaping nails or doing nail art.

Moisturise, moisturise, and moisturise

Apply a moisturising product such as a cuticle oil or hand and cuticle cream several times a day, to keep your hands and nails in the best condition. This will also minimize brittleness and help prevent your nails from chipping.

Take it easy

If possible, take it easy for the rest of the day, after your mani. If you can avoid washing dishes or cooking that evening, that would be best and it’s a great excuse for a date night treat! Remember that certain foods and spices, like turmeric, can stain your nails. Just be conscious of what you are doing with your hands, post mani. Especially if you have gone for a white, pastel or nude colour.

The golden rule of manicures – you should never feel any pain.

If you do, something is wrong and you need to stop and assess. 


Article by Tamryn Sher | It's a Sher Thing 

The highly anticipated Galaxy Fold, a new foldable device creating a new mobile category, is clearly a hit with South Africans. The first batch released has already sold out with pre-order sales. Samsung South Africa is currently working on increasing stock levels to keep up with demand. Even after a delayed-release, there is clearly an appetite for this pioneering device.

The Galaxy Fold officially goes on sale in South Africa on 18 October 2019.

What are the Specs for the Galaxy Fold?

The phone features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display. Galaxy Fold offers a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more – bringing to life new experiences and possibilities years in the making.

“Samsung is proud to introduce a premium foldable device, that goes beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone,” said Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa. “The pre-order sales are indicative of the public’s affinity for technology that transcends the norm.”

A Smartphone. A Tablet. Folded into One.

Galaxy Fold is in a category of its own. It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone. Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display. Galaxy Fold brings together material, engineering and display innovations, developed over eight years following the debut of Samsung’s first flexible display prototype in 2011. 


For more information about Galaxy Fold, please visit https://www.samsung.com/za/

According to InfoTrends, there are now over 1 trillion pictures taken every year. That’s roughly 130 images for every one of the 7.7 billion people on the planet. Of course, many smartphone users take much more in just a month. Clearly, we’re capturing our surroundings and moments more than ever before.

When you consider the number of photos sent from others, apps, files, messages, work emails and shared files we also store, smartphone manufacturers, have to offer increased memory on an unprecedented level. Samsung clearly delivered with the Samsung Galaxy Note10 | Note10+.

Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa, says, “The Note10 | Note10+ has raised the bar for smartphones considerably. The power to do more is undoubtedly evident in the phone’s innovative memory capabilities. It is designed to hold on to precious moments and vital data on an immense scale.”


All the Space

With up to 256GB internal storage and expandable to an extra 1TB with an external microSD card on the Galaxy Note10+, you’ll have room for all your music, photography, movies and mails. Even the smaller Note10 offers a very welcome 256GB of storage. The Galaxy Note10 can be used with two SIM cards at once, meaning you can be twice as connected with the one device. The Galaxy Note10+ offers a Hybrid SIM port, so you can either add an extra SIM card or a microSD card, depending on your needs.

Of course, storing and using all this data is also well-considered. The powerful Note10 series handles your data in the blink of an eye. You can stream, game or download at unbelievable speeds even when multitasking. The intelligent processor also preloads frequently used apps for fast launch.

 With Galaxy Note10 | Note10+ Samsung has designed a mobile experience that’s like a computer, a gaming console and a professional camera, all in one device. It’s a powerhouse– a fortress for the data you want to keep. 


Shop our Samsung range here

Many people around the world are thrilled by supposedly haunted destinations and all things supernatural, with eyes firmly focused on finding ghosts, ghouls and anything else otherworldly.

Ghost hunters, horror movie fanatics, those looking to confront their fears head-on, or even sceptics interested in a good eye-rolling session, will go out of their way to stay in or near haunted places to see if they can survive the night.

Here are some top tips for places to visit if you want to experience that thrill down your spine - wherever you may be in the country.

Simon’s Town

“There is no shortage of local Cape Town destinations with ghostly tales behind them,” says Briony Brookes, the Communications and PR Manager of Cape Town Tourism. “You will find spooky locations with tales of hauntings and ethereal happenings at all hours of the day or night in a number of places.” 

Simon’s Town, a popular seaside suburb on the Cape Peninsula, for instance, is home to many ghosts. In fact, just about every building in this historic naval town claims to have a ghost or spirit of sorts, including the local pubs. One well-known ghost is the young woman whose face can be seen in a haunted painting found in the Simon’s Town Museum, but no photograph of her face can be developed. Try...if you dare.

Watch out for naval officers and women in old gab - especially late at night. There’s even a weekly Simonstown Ghost Walk on Friday and Saturday evenings for those who wish to get up close and personal with the local spooks. The two-hour, family-friendly walking tour starts at the statue of Just Nuisance on Jubilee Square and costs R100 per person.  

Just a short drive away, you can also visit Cape Point to try and spot the infamous Flying Dutchman ghost ship which was reported missing at sea in 1641 on its way back from a trading mission to Indonesia. It was caught in stormy weather while rounding the Cape and the ship and its entire crew were doomed to sail the seas around Cape Point – forever cursed. There have been countless sightings over the years, with all descriptions bearing striking similarities.

Grahamstown

Built-in 1824, the Old Gaol in Grahamstown was operational until 1975 though the last person publicly hanged at the gallows on-site supposedly never left. His name was Henry Nicholls and he was hanged by the authorities in 1862 following a rape charge - a crime not punishable by death at the time - and therefore the supposed reason his unsettled spirit remains on site. The jail was known for its brutal public beatings and hangings, with those sentenced to death shackled and paraded for all to see. It is believed that Nicholls is doomed to walk this undignified path for all eternity.

According to the book Ghosts of Grahamstown by Brian Jackson and Pat Hopkins, there are also many other eerie sightings to be found in the university town, including a crying baby near the Stone Crescent Hotel that has been heard but never seen when the crying is followed. Then there’s the spirit of a maid murdered by a soldier in Selwyn Castle in 1835, who is said to haunt what is now Rhodes University’s Anthropology Department. In fact, many university departments are said to have ghosts who reside in them.

Matjiesfontein

The Lord Milner Hotel in this tiny town, just off the N1 between Touws River and Laingsburg, is famously said to be home to a number of ghosts.

Listen carefully and you may hear ghostly laughter, loud sobs and the clacking of billiard balls, and watch out for slamming doors without a breeze to be felt, lamps sliding off bedside tables, and horses that can only be seen by small children.

If you hear a knock at your bedroom door during the night, it could be Lucy - who wanders the corridors crying at night. You can also still hear Kate, a Boer War nurse, shuffling her playing cards in her card room in the central spire of the hotel. There have also been sightings of British soldiers from the Boer War and both Matjiesfontein founder James Logan and former hotel owner, David Rawdon, are said to continue to live in the town. Rawdon is particularly protective over his prized vintage car collection, it seems.

With all of these stories, and more, it’s perhaps no surprise that the town is known as one of the most haunted locations in South Africa.

Prince Albert

Similarly, the Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert has many resident ghosts and even haunted paintings which apparently change directly in front of the eyes of guests so that the objects or faces in the images appear to be moving. There are also poltergeists in the hotel which move objects around and which have even thrown the odd vase on occasion. Staff have also reportedly seeing the ghost of a woman who hanged herself in one of the rooms in the early 1900s, though they won’t tell you which room it happened in - you have to take your chances. Many other old buildings in the town are also rumoured to have ghostly residents, and a ghost tour can be booked through the hotel.


Featured image - Matjiesfontein

JBL is back with a new wireless headphone series to take your listening experience to the next level. Designed for urban life, the new LIVE series provides JBL Signature Sound in a comfortable and stylish package that’s ready for the streets. Prepare to enjoy an innovative listening experience in any surroundings, powered by the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The ideal combination of style and substance, JBL’s new LIVE range is perfect for music lovers everywhere. The LIVE 650BTNC and 500BT bring over-ear comfort, LIVE 400BT features an on-ear design and LIVE 220BT is for those who prefer in-ear headphones. The entire range features Bluetooth connectivity and LIVE 300BT will be released later in the year to provide a True Wireless solution.

Coolest features

JBL LIVE headphones are packed with handy features to allow listeners to enjoy incredible sound quality in even the busiest of places. The LIVE 400BT, LIVE 500BT and LIVE 220BT headphones all feature Urban Noise Control technologies TalkThru and Ambient Aware, allowing listeners to tune in and out when needed. With TalkThru, the music volume is lowered and outward-facing microphones are activated, amplifying the voices and sounds around you to make it easy to chat with friends without removing your headphones. In Ambient Aware mode, you can control the level of background noise to stay tuned in to your surroundings when it’s needed most. The flagship model, the JBL LIVE 650BTNC, has built-in Active Noise Cancelling technology, which blocks out ambient sounds so nothing disturbs your music.

In addition to Urban Noise Control, the entire LIVE range has built-in voice assistance to allow for hands-free help anywhere. Whether you’re looking for your favourite artist’s latest song or directions to your next meeting, a simple tap to the left earcup delivers a seamless headphone listening experience, with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa on hand to get your answers straight into your ears.

View the JBL Live range here

We all spend loads of time on our computer. Whether for work, studies or for play, computers are in every home and office. One of the most important aspects of a computer is that it can perform quickly. When a computer is new, it is usually fast. But as you use it and install more programs, software and apps, they tend to slow down. Here are some simple ways you can make your computer faster, without having to buy a new one:

Uninstall unused software

Without software, our computers would be useless. But having too much software installed can slow down our computers. If you have software that you no longer use, apps that you haven't opened or games that you no longer play, simply uninstalling them can help speed up your computer.

Limit startup apps

When your computer starts up, there is software & programs that load. For example, you will want your anti-virus software to be running when your computer starts up, to ensure you are protected from the get-go. Often, other software loads as well which you may not need running. If you have too much running at startup, this can slow your computer down. You can limit what runs at startup in the settings of each program or you can use a program such as "Glary Utilities" to do so.

Remove unnecessary data

As we use different programs on our computer, files are created or downloaded. These files may be necessary for the task at hand but afterwards, they become useless and simply take up space. On Windows, the Disk Cleanup tool allows you to remove unnecessary files which help not only make your computer faster, it also freezes up space!

Keep things up to date

Software developers continuously tweak and provide updates to our programs, to add new features and also keep the programs running smoothly. Our Operating System (OS) also receives updates to keep them running correctly. It is important to keep all software, programs and our OS up to date to ensure our computers perform at their best. When an update is available you should receive a notification to perform the update or you can tell your OS to update automatically at a specific time.

Keep your computer protected

If you get a virus on your computer, it will perform tasks in the background which uses up processing power. This will cause your computer to slow down. It is important to have anti-virus software running to ensure that your computer stays clean!

Upgrade your hardware

Above we have mentioned ways to make your computer faster without changing hardware, but there is so much you can do on the software side. To make your computer faster, simply adding in some more RAM (Random Access Memory) should do the trick. The more RAM, the more processes you can run at a time. Programs read and write to your hard drive continuously. By getting an SSD, which has really fast read and write speeds, your programs will perform much faster. I do really suggest changing your hard drive to an SSD. Both my desktop PC and laptop have SSDs and they startup and perform really quickly!

There are many ways to make your computer faster. Some are really simple such as uninstalling apps and removing unused data. Others such as changing your hardware takes more time (and money) but will be worth it in the end.

 

Article by Ariel Katzen | The Cape Town Guy 

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

If you are a huge Pokemon fan you probably know that Pokemon Go has been out for a while now. Have you grabbed it? If not? why haven’t you?

As a teenager, nothing beat the thrill of going back home after school to watch Pokemon the animated TV series.  Watching the adventures of Ash and Pikachu were on one of my favourite things to do. I’ll just put it out there that I am not the biggest Pokemon fan but the cartoon series was really good. So when Nintendo released Pokemon Go, I was really happy to try it out. 

Pokemon Let's Go

In all honesty, nothing beats the catching your own Pokemon, whether it’s on Pokemon Let’s Go or on Pokemon Go, the hit mobile game. The beauty of Pokemon Let’s Go is that it’s beautifully designed to work the Nintendo Switch. Whether you are playing on the go or in the comfort of your own home, Pokemon Let’s Go is a gem of a video game. 

Remember I told you that watching Ash and Pikachu was fun? In Pokemon Let’s Go you are Ash. It’s your turn to become a Pokemon trainer, catch as many Pokemon as you possibly can, train them and win different gym badges along your travels. 

Review of the Game

The game itself is filled with Pokemon, all your favourites but sadly there’s also tons of repetition in terms of the types of Pokemon you bump into. The only good thing about that is that to unlock some Pokemon you need to have caught a certain number of them. For instance in order to take a misbehaving Squirtle from a police officer you need to have caught 60 Pokemon. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but you’ll end up having 20 of the same Pokemon in your Pokedex. There’s a bit of a plus to all this, you can send all your duplicate Pokemon to Professor Oak and he can keep them for you. 

The game does work well as an adventure video game on the Nintendo Switch. There’s a battle around each and every corner where you earn coins to buy supplies that aid your Pokemon along your journey. The battles themselves are turn-based and it’s always better to compete with Pokemon that are complete opposites. Electric-type Pokemon usually beat water types and so forth. As you battle your Pokemon evolve and earn XP, they unlock new moves and gain more power. 

If you’ve got spare cash, I would suggest that you get Pokemon Let’s Go + Pokeball. The Pokeball is any Pokemon fans dream come true. It gives you the ability to walk around with the Pokemon you’ve caught in Pokemon Let’s Go. It can also be used as a second controller while playing the game. So instead of using the Joy-Con controllers that come with your Nintendo Switch, you use the Pokeball. 

Pokemon Let’s Go is a fun game and the Pokeball is a great addition to it. 

Get your Pokemon on here

Article by David | Idiots Guide to Gaming 

When looking for a smartwatch that fruit brand is always the first one mentioned but, for many, the price is a bit too high to justify, which is why the Fitbit Versa fits nicely into a more cost-effective offering with all the bells and whistles you could hope for.

At a cool R3395, it is a fantastic option if you want the fitness benefits of a fitness tracker and the functionality of a smartwatch. It also offers up a bunch of features you might not even know about - including personalisation options to funk it up a bit. 

The Fitbit Versa allows you to change up the clock face to ensure the information you want is shown while also having a little bit of fun - you can add everything from traditional clock faces to adorable animated caticorns (that’s a combination of cats and unicorns and it is amazing). Best part? You can do it all from your phone.

Here’s how to change your display on the Fitbit Versa

First, open the Fitbit app on your phone. On the top left click your profile picture to open your settings. You’ll be able to see your linked devices as well as your own profile. Click the Versa. 

The Versa page will open and show the various apps, wallet information and media linked to your smartwatch. Click the first tile titled “Clock Faces”. 

The current display on your Versa will be showcased. At the top, you’ll see an option to select “All Clocks”. Tap it. 

Once open, the All Clocks tab gives you a variety of options to choose from, including the option to link Bitmojis to your smartwatch. There are various categories to choose from including staff picks and recently added designs. In the top right-hand corner you also have the option to search for designs.

When you’ve found a clock face you want, tap on it and hit select. 

If your device is connected to the app via Bluetooth a loading bar will appear and you’ll feel a small vibration on your wrist. When you check the smartwatch your new display will be visible! 

With those few easy steps, you’re good to go.

You can change up the face whenever you want and most designs won’t cost you anything, so go get creative with your smartwatch display. 

Buy your Fit Bit Versa here


Article by Sam Wright | Tech Girl

The future holds more than anything we could ever imagine. Everyday people are working hard to create new and innovative ways to solve the problems we face daily.

Here are 5 inventions that are set to blow your mind and have you in a frenzy.

Enjoy!!