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rAge set to dazzle Joburg

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This year’s rAge expo kicks off on 9 October at the rebranded ticket pro Dome in Northgate. rAge 2015 will boast a collection of console and PC video games, computers, technology, computer hardware for sale, virtual reality peripherals and exclusive preview events for upcoming games.

Gaming isn’t child’s play. Around the world more than half-a-billion people spend a whopping three billion hours a week playing computer and video games for at least an hour a day. According to game designer Jane McGonigal, the author of Reality is Broken, 99% of boys under 18 and 94% of girls of the same age play regularly. Gaming may not contribute the largest portion to a country’s GDP (not yet anyway), but McGonigal believes it helps build problem-solving and resilience, enhances complex learning, creates strong social bonds and improves quality of life.

Looking to test this theory? Then plunge into this dynamic world at the annual rAge mega-event, otherwise known as the really Awesome gaming expo. South Africa’s most hotly anticipated annual gaming and technology expo, and the biggest gaming gathering on the continent, rAge covers all the bases by appealing to newcomers, hard-core enthusiasts, casual gamers, young and old, futurists and fundies. For three days the world of tomorrow takes flight at the recently rebranded Ticketpro Dome at Northgate from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October 2015.

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This year rAge will be pulling out all the stops to dazzle and enthral after claiming the title of Consumer Exhibition of the Year at the annual EXSA (Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa) Awards in November 2014. The Ticketpro Dome, meanwhile, picked up its 14th consecutive accolade as the Best Concert Venue in Johannesburg as well as being named Best Exhibition Venue South Africa at the EXSA 2014 Awards and Best Venue South Africa at the PMR Africa 2014 Awards, confirming that the venue is firmly entrenched as Gauteng’s best in terms of size, location and overall offering.

Organised by the creators of NAG  magazine and NAG Online (www.nag.co.za), rAge 2015 will boast a unique collection of console and PC video games, computers, technology, computer hardware for sale, virtual reality peripherals, exclusive preview events for upcoming games, behind-closed-door sessions, local game development studios, an epic 2500-seat 52-hour BYOC LAN, gaming apparel and accessories, competitive eSports events, international game developers, local artists, comics, cosplay, a packed-all-weekend-long stage schedule, and promises to cater to thousands of like-minded geeks, gamers, technology enthusiasts and everyone in between.

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It’s not just about the gaming: planet rAge is the world of tomorrow. As economist and author Edward Castronova puts it: “We’re witnessing what amounts to no less than a mass exodus to virtual worlds and online game environments.”

rAge 2015 offers a chance to escape, to play, to experience and to immerse yourself in a world which is expected to push past the US$80 billion mark in global revenue in 2015. In South Africa the video games market alone generated R2.5 billion in 2014. It’s more than just a gaming event; rAge 2015 is a must visit, a portal into the reality of tomorrow.

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www.rageexpo.co.za

Dates: 9 October – 11 October 2015
Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 10:00-16:00
Day ticket: R100 per person (tickets available at the door or at Computicket)
Weekend ticket: R250 per person (tickets available at the door or at Computicket)
Kids under 6: Free
Shuttle ticket: R80 per person return trip, Sandton Gautrain Station (tickets only available at Computicket)
NAG LAN ticket: R550 (includes free, all-weekend access to the Expo)
Venue: The Ticketpro Dome  | Corner Northumberland Road & Olievenhout Avenue | Northgate, Johannesburg

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Now download a bank account

Absa has introduced an end-to-end account opening for new customers, through the Absa Banking App, which can be downloaded from the Android and Apple app stores. This follows the launch of the world first ChatBanking on WhatsApp service.

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This “download your account” feature enables new customers to Absa, to open a Cheque account, order their card and start transacting on the Absa Banking App, all within minutes, from anywhere and at any time, by downloading it from the App stores.

“Overall, this new capability is not only expected to enhance the customer’s digital experience, but we expect to leverage this in our branches, bringing digital experiences to the branch environment and making it easier for our customers to join and bank with us regardless of where they may be,” says Aupa Monyatsi, Managing Executive for Virtual Channels at Absa Retail & Business Banking.

“With this innovation comes the need to ensure that the security of our customers is at the heart of our digital experience, this is why the digital onboarding experience for this feature includes a high-quality facial matching check with the Department of Home Affairs to verify the customer’s identity, ensuring that we have the most up to date information of our clients. Security is supremely important for us.”

The new version of the Absa Banking App is now available in the Apple and Android App stores, and anyone with a South African ID can become an Absa customer, by following these simple steps:

  1. Download the Absa App
  2. Choose the account you would like to open
  3. Tell us who you are
  4. To keep you safe, we will verify your cell phone number
  5. Take a selfie, and we will do facial matching with the Department of Home Affairs to confirm you are who you say you are
  6. Tell us where you live
  7. Let us know what you do for a living and your income
  8. Click Apply.

 

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How we use phones to avoid human contact

A recent study by Kaspersky Lab has found that 75% of people pick up their connected device to avoid conversing with another human being.

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Connected devices are becoming essential to keeping people in contact with each other, but for many they are also a much-needed comfort blanket in a variety of social situations when they do not want to interact with others. A recent survey from Kaspersky Lab has confirmed this trend in behaviour after three-quarters of people (75%) admitted they use a device to pretend to be busy when they don’t want to talk to someone else, showing the importance of keeping connected devices protected under all circumstances. 

Imagine you’ve arrived at a bar and you’re waiting for your date. The bar is busy, and people are chatting all around you. What do you do now? Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know? Grab your phone from your pocket or handbag until your date arrives to keep yourself busy? Why talk to humans or even make eye-contact with someone else when you can stare at your connected device instead?

The truth is, our use of devices is making it much easier to avoid small talk or even be polite to those around us, and new Kaspersky Lab research has found that 72% of people use one when they do not know what to do in a social situation. They are also the ‘go-to’ distraction for people even when they aren’t trying to look busy or avoid someone’s eye. 46% of people admit to using a device just to kill time every day and 44% use it as a daily distraction.

In addition to just being a distraction, devices are also a lifeline to those who would rather not talk directly to another person in day-to-day situations, to complete essential tasks. In fact, nearly a third (31%) of people would prefer to carry out tasks such as ordering a taxi or finding directions to where they need to go via a website and an app, because they find it an easier experience than speaking with another person.

Whether they are helping us avoid direct contact or filling a void in our daily lives, our constant reliance on devices has become a cause for panic when they become unusable. A third (34%) of people worry that they will not be able to entertain themselves if they cannot access a connected device. 12% are even concerned that they won’t be able to pretend to be busy if their device is out of action.

Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab said, “The reliance on connected devices is impacting us in more ways than we could have ever expected. There is no doubt that being connected gives us the freedom to make modern life easier, but devices are also vital to help people get through different and difficult social situations. No matter what your ‘connection crutch’ is, it is essential to make sure your device is online and available when you need it most.”

To ensure your device lifeline is always there and in top health – no matter what the reason or situation – Kaspersky Security Cloud keeps your connection safe and secure:

·         I want to use my device while waiting for a friend – is it secure to access the bar’s Wi-Fi?

With Kaspersky Security Cloud, devices are protected against network threats, even if the user needs to use insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is done through transferring data via an encrypted channel to ensure personal data safety, so users’ devices are protected on any connection.

·         Oh no! I’m bored but my phone’s battery is getting low – what am I going to do?

Users can track their battery level thanks to a countdown of how many minutes are left until their device shuts down in the Kaspersky Security Cloud interface. There is also a wide-range of portable power supplies available to keep device batteries charged while on-the-go.

·         I’ve lost my phone! How will I keep myself entertained now?

Should the unthinkable happen and you lose or have your phone stolen, Kaspersky Security Cloud can track and protect your device from data breaches, for complete peace of mind. Remote lock and locate features ensure your device remains secure until you are reunited.

 

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