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rAge: Choose the right headset

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With the rAge geek expo kicking off in Johannesburg this Friday, ASUS offers a guide to its headsets for gamers.

Sound and Style: Choose the perfect headset for your gaming needs

The right headset can make all the difference, whether you’re a casual gamer, looking for that competitive edge, or a music lover looking to unwind. The more competitive gamers will tell you that a headset is one of the most important purchases as it can change many important aspects of the game, especially in a title such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

ASUS Republic of Gamers offers a wide range of headsets to meet your gaming needs, and as always there is something out there for everyone. Are you looking for style? Comfort? Can’t decide? Luckily these headphones offer the whole package.

ASUS Cerberus

The Cerberus is a versatile headset offering cross platform use for PC, console and mobile. With a 60mm neodymium driver, the Cerberus works packs enough punch for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and mobile devices.

Never miss another important call out in-game with the Cerberus’ detachable microphone, offering a clear in-game chat and dual-microphone design. We all know there’s nothing worse than a player with a bad microphone, and luckily that won’t be you.

Comfort also plays a major part when partaking in those lengthy gaming marathons. The Cerberus offers a 100mm cushion padded ear cup with noise cancellation and only weighs in at 266 grams ensuring optimal comfort for hours of use. A great value for money headset with an RRP of R959.00

ASUS Echelon

Speaking of style, the Echelon comes in three variations: Forest, Navy and Black Camouflage. Do you fancy yourself a soldier? Or prefer the stealth approach with camouflage? Then the Echelon would be a perfect choice.

Make those winning calls with a retractable mic and adjust your volume in-game with the In-Line volume control. The Echelon offers the perfect combination of style and performance with a 50mm neodymium driver and effective 30 dB noise cancelling to ensure you do not miss a thing. Often a footstep can make all the difference when one is in that crucial clutch moment, and the Echelon offers clarity for hours and hours of endless gaming. The 100mm over-ear cushions aid the comfort of those length gaming marathons, a must have for the casual and competitive gamer alike. RRP at R1559.00

ASUS Strix 2.0

The Strix range of peripheral gear aches of competitive performance, and the Strix 2.0 is no exception. Encompassing the best of all worlds, the Strix 2.0 offers an intimidating design striking fear into the hearts of your opponents across all platforms as it features cross platform flexibility.

The Thunderous 60mm drivers offer precise audio across all platforms with the added benefit of clear callouts in every single match. Strix and eSports have become synonymous, and this is the headset to give you the competitive edge you need. Travelling from competition to competition? The Strix 2.0 offers a travel-friendly foldable ear-cup and detachable mic to ensure you never miss a gaming event and arrive in style. A great addition to the rest of your Strix arsenal at an RRP of R1679.00

Vulcan PRO

Have you ever gamed with Active Noise Cancellation? If not, you’ve missed out an entirely unique gaming experience. The Vulcan PRO is the world’s only ANC gaming headset, and the superior 7.1 virtual surround sound audio will have competitive and casual gamers immersed in audio heaven. As if that’s not enough punch it comes with a Spitfire USB headphone amplifier to bump it up even more.

The Vulcan PRO is the choice of one of South Africa’s top Multi-Gaming Organizations, White Rabbit Gaming, proving that style, performance, and comfort are crucial when competing at the highest level.

Like the Strix 2.0, the Vulcan PRO has a removable microphone and a travel-ready foldable design and carry-case to meet your travel needs. They’re comfortable, light, and will ensure you never miss a sound. RRP at R2099.00

For more information visit https://www.asus.com/za/ 

Products available for purchase at www.rebeltech.co.za 

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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Sports streaming takes off

Live streaming of sports is coming of age as a mainstream method of viewing big games, as the latest FIFA World Cup figures from the UK show. Africa isn’t yet at the same level when it comes to the adoption of sports streaming, but usage is clearly moving in the right direction.

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England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden was watched by just under 20 million viewers in the UK via BBC One. While this traditional broadcast audience was huge, it was streaming that broke records: the game was the BBC’s most popular online-viewed live programme ever, with 3.8 million views. In Africa, the absolute numbers are lower but the trend towards streaming major sports events on the continent is also well under way.

According to DStv, live streaming of sports dominates the usage figures for its live and recorded TV streaming app, DStv Now. The number of people using the app in June was five times higher than a year ago, with concurrent views peaking during major football and rugby games.

Since the start of the World Cup, average weekday usage of DStv Now is up 60%. The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game. The app’s biggest ever test was on 16 June with both Springbok Rugby and World Cup Football under way at the same time, resulting in concurrent in-app views seven times higher than the peaks seen in June last year.

The World Cup has also been a major reason for new users to download and try out the app. First-time app user volumes have tripled on Android and doubled on iOS since the start of the tournament.

“While we expected live sports streaming to take off, it’s also been pleasing to see that the app is really popular for watching shows on Catch Up,” says MultiChoice South Africa Chief Operating Officer Mark Rayner. “Interestingly, some of the most popular Catch Up shows are local, with Isibaya, Binnelanders, The Queen and The River all getting a significant number of views.”

With respect to app usage, the web and Android apps are the most popular way to watch DStv Now, with Android outpacing iOS by a factor of 2:1.

“We’re continuing to develop DStv Now, with 4k streaming in testing and smart TV and Apple TV apps on their way shortly,” says Rayner. “The other key priority for us is working with the telcos to deliver mobile data propositions that make watching online painless and worry-free for our customers.”

The DStv Now app is free to all 10 million DStv customers in Africa. The app streams DStv live channels as well as supplying an extended Catch Up library. Two separate streams can be watched on different devices simultaneously, and content can also be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. The content available on the app varies according to the DStv package subscribed to.

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