You’ve decided to spend your well-earned cash on a gaming console…. But how do you know which one to get?
Here’s a breakdown of the three big players, namely the Xbox One S, Playstation 4 Pro and Nintendo Switch and what they offer. This should help make your decision a little easier.
Playstation 4 Pro
Playstation is a name favourite and the console most people gravitate towards at the store because it is a brand they know. The Sony offering currently retails for just under R8000 (usually around R7800 with included game bundles). The PS4 Pro is able to offer up really sharp graphics and visuals with 4K capability. You’ll be able to enjoy most games on the PS4 Pro but it also offers up some impressive exclusive titles. Past offerings have included God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. There are a few added benefits to the PS4 Pro too, like the ability to add streaming apps and turn it into a mini-media centre. You can use your Playstation to stream Netflix, Showmax, Youtube and even Twitch. Another bonus of the Playstation 4 Pro is the addition of PS VR. So if want some virtual reality action in your life, the console can handle it. Buy here.
The Switch is a handheld portable console that was released by Nintendo a few years back. It provides you with the ability to dock it and link it up to your television but also has portable functionality as well, which sets it apart from the other consoles. The Switch, while small, packs a punch and currently retails for R5999. While it doesn’t have 4k capabilities you’ll still be impressed by the graphics on the small portable display screen and while docked it can offer up a 1080p resolution.
Nintendo has a host of exclusive games for the console that you’ll love. Mario favourites, Zelda, Splatoon 2 - the list is long and filled with beautifully designed games that are fun to play. While it doesn’t offer as much cross platform games as the other consoles, it does have a decent library with the likes of DOOM, The Witcher III and Overwatch all available. The diverse indie library available provides a host of new games at lower prices you might enjoy.
Coupled with the portability some of its other defining features include Nintendo Labo, an introductory VR type option that includes a physical build element and motion controls for games like Mario Tennis. While YouTube streaming is enabled on the console Nintendo is still in talks with streaming services like Netflix so the offerings aren’t yet available. It’s the little console that could! Buy here.
Rounding off our list is Microsoft’s Xbox One S. Coming in at R5400, the console can offer up 4k capability and a host of exclusive games including Sea of Thieves, Gears 5, Forza and many others. Much like the Playstation, the Xbox One S is not only a gaming console but also a media centre.
You can watch Blu-Ray, stream from your favourite services and turn it into a smart TV, while also playing games. It conveniently offers up backwards capability with the Xbox 360. While not all games can be played, for the most part a good few of your older discs will work on the console. Allowing for even more gaming fun. Buy yours here.
So what console should you get? Each come with their own special features, perks and exclusive games. It will come down to what your gaming needs are and what best suits your lifestyle. Good luck shopping!
Introducing Canon’s Zoemini C Instant Camera Printer. Say cheese and snap a selfie or capture a memory for instant capture and printing – the perfect pocket-sized solution for fun photography on the go.
This lightweight instant camera is super easy to use and once you have snapped that perfect picture or selfie using the front-mounted mirror you will get instant sticky printouts, ideal for cute keepsakes or personalising your things.
The Zoemini C comes in four funky colours which are Bumblebee Yellow, Bubble Gum Pink, Mint Green, and Seaside Blue. I got a Bubble Gum Pink unit to review. Out of the box, the camera was almost fully charged and only took about 15 minutes to charge to 100%. Canon claims that the camera will fully charge from flat in around 90 minutes via the supplied USB cable. The battery charge level is indicated by a red/green light on the bottom of the camera.
The four easy to understand buttons located on the camera are the power, shutter, aspect ratio and reprint buttons. The shutter button can be a bit too ‘trigger happy’ and there were a few accidental snaps. The Zoemini C has an indicator light located near the power button which it uses to communicate what it’s doing, i.e. a solid white light lets you know the camera is on while looping yellow, magenta, cyan and white indicates that the printer is printing.
Paper loading is super simple thanks to an easy to open door located on the back of the camera and the Smart Sheet™ that comes with the paper. Paper is available in-store and online in packs of 20 or 50. The 50 pack will cost you around R350 which works out to R7 per print.
There is also a Micro SD card slot on the bottom of the camera so you can save your photos and share them with friends and family or on social media easily.
Photo quality from the 5MP camera is reasonable but it’ll never be able to compete with a digital compact camera. I found that the Zoemini C performed better in sunnier conditions than in low light and when using the flash, skin and lighter colours can get blown out.
Printing is relatively quick and from button push, to print, it takes about 50 seconds. Prints on the Zink™ 2x3-inch printing paper are smudge-proof, tear-proof and water-resistant.
Key features include:
• Lightweight (170 gm)
• Zink™ Printing Technology
• 5MP Camera
• 10 Sheet Capacity
• Micro SD Memory Card Support
Overall it’s a funky little camera but the viewfinder isn’t very accurate and what you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get. I do think the novelty might wear off quickly even for a family that really enjoys taking photos and that its true value lies in its ability to entertain kids.
Buy a Zoemini here.
Nestlé Recipes with Love hosted a creative cooking class in partnership with the talented Why Cook Chefs, Yolanda Nomoyi and Mathapelo ‘Thapi’ Montsho.
The cooking class took place at the NESTLÉ Kitchen in Bryanston, with their iconic brands MAGGI Lazenby and Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk being core ingredients.
Consumers who attended the cooking class entered the competition on Nestlé’s social media pages as well as the Bona, Woman & Home and Food & Home Instagram pages and enjoyed the day getting creative in the kitchen with the Why Cook chefs.
Cooking up a Storm
They worked in teams to cook a delicious Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings as well as Mocha Malva Pudding. Their cooking experience included learning how to incorporate MAGGI LAZENBY and Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk in the cooking and baking of delicious everyday meals.
The class was also attended by influencers such as Mantsoe Pout from 947. “This was such a fun and exciting event to be a part of! I enjoyed the team interaction in the cooking class and really learnt a lot about cooking with using MAGGI LAZENBY and Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk,” says Pout.
“The cooking class was a ton of fun; our guests had so much energy and enthusiasm throughout the morning. We enjoyed partnering with Nestlé Recipes with Love and showing people how to bring flair to their dishes and meals by using MAGGI LAZENBY and Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk,” said Mathapelo ‘Thapi’ Montsho, Why Cook Chef.
More about Why Cook
Why Cook focuses on the emerging South African flair that boasts in the vast cultural catering diversities.
They specialise in unlimited sized events, corporate meals, and private dinners.
They use the best ingredients to put together meals that best represent the nature of their client’s events, big or small. They also pride themselves on impeccable customer relations and will build a loyal and trustworthy base for any future expansion.
Why Cook is one of the preferred caterers for L’Oréal South Africa and Airports Company South Africa.
Like us on Facebook @MaggiSouthAfrica, @NestleRecipesWithLove, especially Why Cook_SA to win tickets for the next cooking class taking place in September with the exceptional ladies from Why Cook!
For the normal or average computer user, the most important concern is the speed of their computer. There are many important pieces of hardware that make up your computer. Most will thank that processor and RAM are the two biggest factors to computer speed. Even myself who knows a fair amount about computers and have built a couple of custom computers for myself thought so.
While processor and RAM are very important factors, the speed of your hard drive is a very important factor as well. Files are being read and written on your hard drive all the time. If your hard drive has a slow read and write speed, normal tasks that you do on a daily basis will be slow as well.
While hard drives are very useful for storing large quantities of data, they are not the fastest when it comes to accessing data. Back in the 70s and 80s, the first form of a Solid State Drive or “SSD” was introduced. Think of an SSD as a flash drive version of a hard drive. Where a hard drive contains moving parts, an SSD has no moving parts. When SSDs were first being used, they were very expensive. Skip forward a few years to 1991, where a 20MB SSD sold for $1,000. Luckily this isn’t the case any more. The year is 2018 and SSDs are no longer rare or super expensive.
There are different types of SSDs available. SSDs either connect to your computer via a SATA cable or plug straight into the motherboard. SSDs that connect straight to your motherboard are much faster than SSDs that require a cable. So there are basically two types that are common today, a 2.5 inch SSD or an M.2 SSD with the M.2 being much faster as it goes straight into the motherboard using the PCIe slot.
Adata is a company that makes a wide range of products such as hard drives, flash drives power banks and cables. Adata sent me their XPG SX8000 SSD to see if it would improve the speed on my computer.
The Adata XPG SX8000 is the first SSD from Adata to support M.2 technology. When you are doing data-intensive tasks on your computer such as gaming, rendering or even just copying data, you will need an SSD that is fast enough to ensure smooth performance. This is what the SX8000 is good at. With read speeds up to 2500MB per second and write speeds up to 1100MB per second, the SX8000 delivers massive speeds. With the SX8000 you get nearly four times faster read speeds and double the write speeds than normal SATA hard drives. It also has 3D NAND support which gives higher efficiency and reliability.
When it comes to computers and laptops, space is always an issue and I am not referring to storage space. My custom-built computer is already packed with all the parts I need. I would not have the space for a really big SSD. The SX8000 is super tiny thanks to it’s M.2 form factor and can easily be installed in a laptop or a desktop computer that supports M.2. With no cables needed whatsoever, the SX8000 will not get in the way of your other computer parts.
The SX8000 comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. You should mostly store applications on your SSD and store all your files, music and videos ect on your HHD (normal hard drive). SSDs are far more expensive than HHDs so most people won’t get the largest capacity. You also aren’t able to use the full storage space. Out of 512 GB on my SSD, only 475GB is available. My operating system and software has used 123 GB and I have 352GB free. If you stick to software you should be fine. I would suggest looking at how much space you will need, then go from there.
Pricing for the SX8000 range is as follows:
SSDs have a limited lifespan, like most computer parts. All models in the SX8000 range have a high TBW (Total Bytes Written). This means that the SSD can write its entire capacity many times during its lifespan. With a 5-year warranty, Adata are sure that the SX8000 will be used for many years. The SX8000 also has a low-density parity-check which ensures fewer data errors and an increase in data integrity. Your data is also better protected against corruption.
Benchmarks for my computer:
Notice that the rating for my SSD is more than double the rating for my HDDs
UserBenchmarks: Game 34%, Desk 70%, Work 44%
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 – 72.7%
GPU: AMD R7 370 – 28.2%
SSD: Adata SX8000 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB – 118%
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB – 55.6%
HDD: Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB – 64.5%
RAM: HyperX Fury DDR3 1600 C10 2x8GB – 60.2%
MBD: Asus H97M-E
According to userbenchmarks.com: “118% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.”
So has the SX8000 made my computer faster? For starters, my boot speed has gone from about 20 seconds to about 7 seconds. My programs are now loading much quicker. When editing my videos, I find the rendering is much smoother as my video files are being accessed at a quicker speed. Moving files between my hard drives is now super quick.
So overall, my computer is running much faster than before.
If you would like your computer to be faster (who wouldn’t) I suggest you consider the Adata XPG SX8000 SSD.
Article by Ariel Katzen | The Cape Town Guy
These days you only really hear about what’s ‘hip and happening’ in the world of smartphones, digital cameras or DSLR’s, but there has been an exciting revival happening right under our noses in the instant film camera category - you know, camera’s that instantly pop out prints you can hold in your hand or stick on the fridge.
There are now loads of options available to those shopping for instant film cameras, from Fujifilm Instax to the back-from-the-dead Polaroid Originals and many more. So which one is best? Well with quite a few different ideologies on offer it’s pretty hard to pick a firm favourite, but if we were forced, it would be a close run between the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 and the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay.
Whether you just want a fun camera for parties or you want to try something a little different, there is an instant camera for you. Here's our pick of the best ones you can get right now.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
This entry-level instant camera is great fun and perfect for families. If you’re looking for an instant camera that is easy to use then this is the one for you. With little to no input required to produce decent instant prints, anyone can use it. It’s great fun at parties and the tiny mirror on the front works well for instant selfies.
Polaroid Originals OneStep+
The classic Polaroid instant camera design is back and better than ever. The OneStep embraces a retro design inspired by the original OneStep from the 70's and the new camera is just as easy to use. It uses Polaroid I-Type film producing large, square instant prints.
Yup, it’s not a joke, Leica made an instant camera. A cheap way to get your hands on a camera with that prestigious red dot! The Sofort, (which means immediately in German) is basically a redesigned and rebadged Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 but the Sofort has a 60mm f/12.7 lens that will give you better image quality over the Instax.
Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ6
Square-format prints for the Instagram generation. Shaped after the Instagram logo, this camera is definitely targeted at the younger user. The camera has an integrated selfie mirror allowing for effortless self-captures. Fujifilm has even included orange, purple and green flash filters to allow for an instant injection of colour into your images.
Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat
Compact, stylish, and super fun-to-use, the Lomo'Instant is for the instant film enthusiast who wants a little flexibility. You can create multiple exposures or add a pop of colour with colour gels or use auto mode to adjust shutter speed, aperture and flash to suit your surroundings.
Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay
The ultimate hybrid instant camera. This all-new hybrid instant camera combines the best features from instant and digital photography allowing you much more freedom than ever before. Using the app you can shoot remotely, add sound to prints and even print images from your phone.
So which one takes your fancy?
Article by Jeff Siepman | Man vs. Mind
New dedicated channel ‘Celebrate Heritage Month’ pays tribute to SA’s most loved music from the last three decades.
In honour of Heritage Month, Deezer, the world’s most personal music streaming service is launching a special dedicated channel to celebrate the sounds that have defined South Africa from the past to the present.
The new channel includes a variety of curated playlists, featuring specific genres and artists that are culturally relevant for South Africans.
Starting now until the end of September, music fans can re-live the most iconic music from the last three decades featuring Mafikizolo, Brenda Fassie, Oskido and Teargas or discover fresh sounds from the artists that are making an impact today such as Sho Madjozi, Prince Kaybee, Nasty C and Shekhinah.
Deezer’s ‘Celebrate Heritage Channel’ offers something special for just about everyone with playlists including; SA’s Greatest Hits, SA House Classics, Essential SA Jazz and Gospel Gold.
Sotiris Moldovanos, Music Editor for Africa at Deezer commented: “Music has always played an important role in South African history and culture, and we want to recognise and celebrate its significance throughout the years with a dedicated channel that we know our local music fans will love and appreciate.”
So, whether you’re planning to fire up a braai, kick back and relax or ‘sokkie’ the night away, let us provide all the music you need to jump-start the festivities with ‘Celebrate Heritage Month’ on Deezer.
Celebrate Heritage Month channel is available from September 2- 30th, and can be found in the ‘Explore’’ page, or through ‘Sounds of our Heritage’ on the homepage.
There is nothing worse than closing the door and leaving your precious pet alone at home. We have seen it in the movies many times, the sad look on their cute faces and even worse, their sad moans. If only there was a way to be at home to look after your pet even when you aren't.
Well, thanks to these pet-friendly gadgets, there is.
This device is basically a home surveillance camera and pet feeder all in one. Using the two-way audio, you can hear and speak to your pet and with the treat dispenser, you can give your pet treats throughout the day. Your pet won't feel alone after they hear your voice and receive a treat.
Wagz Smart Door
No one likes being locked in a confined space and the same applies to your 4 legged friends. If you want to let your pet explore your backyard but want to track their outside movements, then you need a smart door. The Wagz Go Smart Door works in sync with a smart collar attachment to unlock the pet door when your pet approaches, allowing them to go outside even when you aren't home to unlock the door. Once your pet is a certain distance away from the pet door, the pet door will lock so other pets can't slip in. This helps keep out unwanted guests! Using the Wagz app, you can set what times you want the door to unlock for your pet. The Wagz Go Smart Door also has a motion-activated HD video camera so you can see your dog’s movements as well.
LavvieBot + Purrsong
This one is for the cat owners who hate cleaning the kitty litter. Ok, that is all of you. With the LavvieBot, this task has been made easy, thanks to its high tech design and intelligent automation.
Your cat simply climbs into the LavvieBot, does its business and then LavvieBot automatically sifts the soiled litter into a lower compartment. This compartment is lined with a bag and it keeps the scent in, so there are no bad smells in your home. There is a shifting grid system which shakes off any litter that may be stuck to your cat's paws! Using the Purrsong app, you can track when your cat uses the "toilet" as well as when the LavvieBot needs more litter.
The iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher
This handy device gives your pet someone to play with, even if you aren't around. The iFetch automatic ball launcher lets you play with your dog and you don't even need to lift a finger. You simply need to train your pet to place the ball in the iFetch machine and after a couple of seconds, the ball will be thrown across the room at a distance of either 3, 6 or 9 metres. The device uses either a power cord or batteries, so it can be used inside or outside.
While these devices will never replace the way your pet feels about you, they certainly will help if your pet does land up being alone.
Though, if you can, take your pet to work, they make the office more fun!
Article by Ariel Katzen | Cape Town Guy
South African's love spending time in the bush, and with good reason, because nothing quite beats listening to the sounds of animals under the African skies.
As a South African taking 2 days to drive through the bush and potentially spot some of the most magnificent creatures, sounds like a weekend well spent, the only problem is not many of us can afford it. In fact, at some African lodges, you are looking at forking out as much as you would on a trip to Europe!
So where can you go without having to spend a fortune?
Luckily there are a few options.
The most obvious option is the Kruger Park.
This reserve has the widest diversity of wildlife in South Africa and offers a variety of accommodation options. The private reserves around the park-like Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve or Timbavati Private Nature and Game Reserve offer more luxury and pricey accommodation but SANParks has a number of great offerings at an affordable price.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
This is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. In central Kwa-Zulu Natal, this area may be a little further from Johannesburg but is worth the trip. Accommodation is more affordable and boasts amazing views of the area. Try the Hluhluwe River Lodge or Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge.
This lodge is an hour and a half from Johannesburg and is probably one of the most accessible areas to see the big 5 if you are based in Gauteng. It also happens to be the cheapest. You can get really beautiful star graded accommodation for a great price. I haven’t personally visited this park, so I’m not entirely sure of the standard of game viewing. I quite liked the look of Ngala Lodge or for a little cheaper option, Ou Klip.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
I love this park and it is just far enough out of the city. The size also makes it a lot easier to see a variety of animals. We managed to see 4 of the 5 in just one day. The con is that because the park is a short drive from the city and close to Sun City, the prices of accommodation are quite expensive. Try Bakubung or Kwa Maritane, they have great self-catering accommodation, but make sure to book in advance as they do get booked out quite quickly. Another great affordable option is Thutlwa Safari Lodge.
Close to Bela-Bela, this reserve boasts 4 of the big 5 with lions being housed in a different part of the reserve. The best thing about this area is you don’t have to stay in the actual reserve. There are great accommodation options in the Bela-Bela area that will suit every need and budget. Look at options like Zebula and 3 on the Cliff.
This park forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001. It may be the last on my list, but it is most certainly not the most affordable. If you are looking for accommodation, I would suggest looking at their website or contacting their reservations office which has always been a great help to me.
Article by Kriya Gangiah
Last year we all had our eyebrows micro-bladed and now we are all sticking 100 needles into our face, all in the name of beauty. As women, we are always in the pursuit of the fountain of youth and the good news is that we have found a treatment to assist with the way our skin appears, making it look younger and more youthful.
Micro-needling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy as that’s exactly what it does. This treatment is uncomfortable but completely pain-free, it’s minimally invasive and it is used to rejuvenate the skin.
The treatment works by creating micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production.
This is what you can expect your session to look like:
Your therapist will cleanse the skin and a medical grade numbing cream will be applied to your face
Cling wrap is applied to the face to accelerate the process, so the numbing cream can work quicker unless you are claustrophobic, then they won’t wrap you up like a burrito.
Once you’re nice and numb, a pen with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create and send collagen and elastin to the punctured areas to start the healing process. Expect to see a few tiny blood spots on your face, that’s normal.
The Process & What to Expect:
The process takes about an hour to do your whole face. You can also do your decollate, some people even do their bikini line as it helps with ingrown hair prevention, but that’s a whole other article. You should expect to see some redness after your treatment, which will be followed by your face peeling and then a glow a few days later. Your skin will feel a little flushed but it won’t be sore. You may at most feel like you have windburn, but the barrier cream they give you will help with that.
Who will benefit from Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is used to improve the firmness and texture of the skin. This treatment is great for people who suffer from scars, and for people with large pores. The number of treatments needed depends on what your problem area is and what results you are looking for. This will also determine how deep the therapist goes with the needle. A recommendation of 3-4 treatments is advised.
Micro-needling may also be used in combination with a topical treatment like PRP, this is known as a vampire facial, or a serum may be applied which will be worked into the skin with the needling process. The redness should disappear within about 3 days or so. It’s advisable not to wear makeup for up to 8h after micro-needling to allow your needle entries to close fully. You can come every 8 weeks for a micro-needling session until you achieve the desired results. This treatment cost varies depending on where you go. So, go on, stick those needles in your face and get that youthful glow girl!
Promise, you’ll love it.
Article by Tamryn Sher | Its a Sher Thing