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sync THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF ALTECH AUTOPAGE

Issue 01 - September 2013

Mobile and Digital Magazine

FEATURE

MOBILE OFFICE Step away from your desk not your work

innovation

IN THE NEWS

INTRO INTRODUCING THE SAMSU SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 ZOO ZOOM

Tablet vs. textbook The future of education


WELCOME | issue one of sync mag

Welcome Welcome to the very first issue of SYNC. Our aim with this monthly publication is to keep you abreast of all the exciting developments in the technology world. This month we focus on the growing phenomena of the mobile office. In a time when everything happens at the speed of light, a multitude of professionals work on the go, whether it is from home or from their favourite coffee shop. In keeping with the trend, we introduce you to devices and technologies that allow you to stay connected at all times, from anywhere. In addition, we take a look at the impact that the introduction of the tablet is having on education; feature movie and book reviews; and advise you on which up-and-coming tech-related events you should keep an eye out for. I hope you enjoy reading our launch issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Charnel Hattingh SENIOR MANAGER - BRAND AND COMMUNICATIONS

NAVIGATING OUR DIGITAL MAGAZINE: We’re very excited to present you with this month’s issue of SYNC. The digital magazine has been designed to allow a truly interactive experience.

VIDEO CONTENT

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Page-turning

Icons and links

SYNC has been optimised for both tablet and mobile, making it perfect for reading on the go. If you’re a tablet or smartphone user, turn the page by clicking on the arrows indicated on the far left and right of every page. Using your iPhone or iPad? Turn the page by flicking across your screen.

You’ll find various icons throughout the magazine. By clicking on them you’ll be directed straight to their respective websites. Some icons will allow you to view the product in more detail, while others will link you to a website providing more information about a specific service.

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inside the magazine | CONTENTS

September 2013 04. COVER STORY

Urban Station. www.enjoyurbanstation.com

Although you can’t increase the hours in the day, a variety of business technologies now enables you to do work on the go. It’s all about connectivity. We explore the Mobile Office.

08. INNOVATION It’s a case of “out with the old, in with the new” as tablets replace textbooks in classrooms, but what does the future hold for education?

10. PRODUCTS 04

Find your perfect companion with our latest range of handsets and office technologies.

14. IN THE NEWS Stay abreast of technology developments by being in the know.

16. ENTERTAINMENT 10

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Elysium: a futuristic fiction must see.

ALSO - What’s on - Insurance and safety

CONTRIBUTORS

Amanda Stone

Wayne Habig

Jessica Gliddon

Gadget girl and regular tech contributor Amanda is a selfprofessed social media junkie and has been freelancing since 2011. favourite mobile: Sony Xperia Z

From conceptualising ideas and writing scripts, to making films, Wayne’s a jack-of-alltrades and has been a storyteller for seven years. favourite mobile: Nokia Lumia 820

Originally from Northern California, Jessica’s been a freelance writer and editor working in publishing for nearly 10 years. favourite mobile: iPhone 5

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COVER STORY | the mobile office

LIFE

on the go The portable office used to be the stuff of science fiction, but today’s mobilityaddicted world means that anything you need is available wherever you need it, whenever you need it. WORDS JESSICA GLIDDON

Modern life is all about portability. A rummage through the average person’s bag can elicit more computing power than the Apollo 11 Lunar Module had and this just in our phones. Wherever we are, we expect to have everything in our lives available with a tap or a click. Nowadays, managing your home life can be as complex as having an office job. Whether you’re a professional or just trying to keep a family together, the interconnected digital world is there to restore some order. It’s not even necessary to hire a personal assistant - today’s devices are kitted out with more than enough features to keep your life in line.

to keep you organised, almost any smartphone will have the functionality

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A mobile office allows you to be more productive because you have control over where and how you work

When it comes to choosing a handset


Base Camp Mobile phone store / coffee shop, designed by Nest One. www.nest-one.com

Off to the coffice! According to Urban Dictionary “coffice” is defined as “a coffee shop one makes into an office, where non-coffee shop work is performed”.

you might need. While

smartphone, if you are using a

BlackBerry used to be the

cloud, which stores your files

default choice, a whole range

online, you don’t need to rush

of smartphones are available

back to the house if you need

today for organisational

to access your shopping list

pursuits. That said, BlackBerry

or your drycleaner’s phone

has become more of an all-

number. If you do need to

rounder and built with email

call home to ask someone

in mind, their devices are still

to upload a file to the cloud,

optimised so that notifications

keeping in touch on the go is

and messages are easily set

also simple thanks to Skype,

up and work rapidly. Stylish

FaceTime and other VOIP

handsets like the Z10 means

services.

the stuffy keypad model of yesteryear can suit more

None of this functionality will

diverse tastes.

mean much however without internet connectivity. Most cell

When it comes to connectivity,

phone contracts come with

it has less to do with the device

data packages but if you need

you choose and more with the

your tablet or your laptop to get

service you use. Whatever your

serious work done between

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COVER STORY | the mobile office

errands, portable modems or routers are essential. You can even use your cell phone as a modem, which lets you connect wherever you are.

Mobile and tablet

growth in SA

Mobile and tablet growth is skyrocketing and it’s predicted that tablet sales will overtake that of laptops by 2016.

Mobile With your mobile office organising your life on your

75%

of the world’s population have cell phones

device, the important thing to remember is to occasionally put your phone down and put up your feet. Because what greater purpose is there for optimising your organisation than making sure you have more free time to

80%

of South Africans own a cell phone

7.9 mil 15%

South Africans access internet via mobile of South Africans use smartphones

do the things that are the most important to you?

2 mil

iPhone 5 devices pre-ordered and sold in 24hrs

Tablet

Tablet devices in SA

530 k

Apple iPads

240 k 215 k

Samsung Galaxy Tabs

Other brands

35 k

Huawei devices

30 k 10k

Base Camp Mobile phone store / coffee shop, designed by Nest One. www.nest-one.com

BlackBerry Playbooks

Mobile usages on the rise:

22% of overall device usage is by social media activity on mobile devices

543 mil people use Facebook Mobile on a monthly basis

6.8 mil South African’s use their mobile phone to access Facebook

The PCs downfall:

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BELOW 50% DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) modules for PCs fell below 50% for the first time in history, indicating a potentially dying market


the mobile office | COVER STORY

On the move

TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR MOBILE ENTREPRENEURS

With free Wi-Fi being offered at many spots these days, the conventional office has been redefined. Among these, coffee shops and bookshops make for great productivity-boosting spaces - a welcome change of scenery. Altech Autopage offers a wide range of wireless tools and technologies, perfect for when you’re on the move. 1. BLACKBERRY Q10

1.

2.

With its QWERTY keyboard and great battery life the Q10 is in a league of its own. The smartphone looks great and handles with ease, making it a brilliant handset

3.

for business. In addition, keeping on top of all your communications is a breeze with the BlackBerry Hub. 2. HUAWEI E303 In as little as 15 seconds after

4.

the datacard is inserted, the Huawei E303 HiLink automatically connects you to the internet. This is up to 75% faster than other traditional products currently on the market! The small, stylish modem ensures a steady and rapid connection to the web, which means doing business online is a hassle-free affair. 3. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 allows you to work from

4. SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bold,

anywhere. The tablet’s multiscreen and

powerful handset the ffullll f lh d t and d according di tto iindustry d t iinsiders, id th

S Note let you create, save and send notes - jotting down your

HD screen is the best in the business. Each feature has been

thoughts has never been this easy. This piece of technology

designed to simplify and enrich your life. It’s even smart enough

allows you to step away from your desk, but not your work.

to monitor your health and well being, making everything simpler, more fun and boosting your productivity.

DID YOU KNOW?

The first Wi-Fi-enabled flight in SA took place on 8 May 2012. This is a first not only for Africa, but also for the entire southern hemisphere.

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INNOVATION | tablets vs. textbooks

Tablets vs. textbooks

TextBook App for download:

the future of

Words Michelle Marais

Since the invention of tablets, the place of textbooks in educational institutions has been facing a growing challenge. Being labelled as “new generation textbooks”, tablets are providing students with advanced ways of learning, but do the benefits outweigh the disadvantages?

SIZE // Most tablets are

HEALTH // Tablets have

manufactured with storage

been connected to a

between 8 GB and 64 GB, which means

number of health issues. Heavy

that they can store more learning materials

usage is believed to cause

than textbooks. A single tablet can hold all

Computer Vision Syndrome of

the textbooks, quizzes and homework a

which the symptoms are eyestrain,

learner requires. COST // Electronic books

blurred vision and headaches.

cost far less than their print versions. With

ATTENTION // Users tend to get

billions being spent on textbooks annually,

too distracted. This distraction

the cost savings benefits are phenomenal.

comes from a number of areas

Even though the initial price of a tablet

including games, videos, emails

may be prohibitive, the great amount of

and countless entertainment apps.

data they can capture can be used to

TECHNOLOGY // Tablets have a

offset their cost. LEARNING // Growing

tendency to freeze or crash and

evidence supports the fact that students

can get infected with malware.

learn better with tablets. According to

These malfunctions can easily ruin

MOBILEDIA’s report, "Kids to Spur Tablet

productivity. In addition, the typical

Growth", a study conducted on algebra

usage hours of most tablets are

students showed that individuals who

far less than the length of a school

used tablets achieved better results than

day. Charging of tablets will present

those who used print textbooks.

additional challenges.

DID YOU KNOW? A 4 GB tablet filled with 3 500 e-books weighs a billionth of a billionth of a gram more than if it were empty of data - a difference that is approximately the same weight as a molecule of DNA. The same number of physical books would weigh about two tons.

Despite all the challenges, it seems as if the implementation of tablets in schools is inevitable. Independent schools are already taking advantage of technology by making tablets available to their students and it’s believed that the two standards will soon be complementary in most schools.

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tablets vs. textbooks | INNOVATION

48

63

devices say they frequently

have used an eTEXTBOOK

use eTEXTBOOKS.

at least once.

%

education

THE AVERAGE TIME SAVED?

85% of students say that technology saves them time when studying.

2 HOURS PER DAY

Writing Papers

81% Research

70% Taking Class Notes

of students say that they

27% of students list their laptop as the most important item in their bag.

THAT’S 30 DAYS A YEAR!

% OF STUDENTS NOW USING DIGITAL DEVICES TO CARRY OUT:

82%

%

of students who own digital

LOCAL NEWS

Locally, the CTI Education Group stands at the head of this revolutionary study method. In January 2013, it became the first higher education institution in South Africa to offer its students tablet computers loaded with prescribed textbooks, at no extra cost.

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PRODUCTS | top product picks

our latest

PRODUCT PICKS

Stay connected with the best in the business

1

Sony Xperia M

2

Blackberry Q5

3

Nokia Lumia 620

4

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm

Dimensions 120 x 66 x 10.8 mm

Dimensions 115.4 x 61.1 x 11

Dimensions 132.7 x 65.5 x

Weight 115 g Camera 5 MP,

Weight 120 g Camera 5 MP,

mm Weight 127 g Camera

6.2 mm Weight 120 g Camera

2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus,

2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus,

5 MP, 2592 x 1936 pixels,

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels,

LED flash Colours black, white,

LED flash Colours black, white,

autofocus, LED flash Colours

autofocus, LED flash Colours

purple, yellow

red, gray, pink

lime green, orange, magenta,

black, white, pink

yellow, cyan, white, black

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top product picks | PRODUCTS

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MEET THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 MINI As marvellous as the S4 is, it’s quite a lot of phone to fit in your hand, which is why many are being won over by its mini-me version: the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is a scaled down variety of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The thin bezel and light weight is very impressive. Being smaller, the mini is also more affordable, pitting it against the Nokia Lumia 820, Sony Xperia SP and the HTC One Mini. The bright, vibrant screen is comparable in size to the iPhone 5, though actually offers 0.3 more inches of screen real estate. The camera is also impressive, with a 8MP sensor on the back, making this a perfect option for those looking for a powerhouse phone at a reasonable size. SPECIFICATIONS OS Android OS Processor Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait Memory/Storage microSD [up to 64 GB]; 8 GB [5 GB user available] internal, 1.5 GB RAM Screen 540 x 960 pixels, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL Dimensions 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm Weight 107 g Camera 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Colours white frost, black mist

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PRODUCTS | top product picks

1

2

SONY XPERIA M

BLACKBERRY Q5

Sony has made some great entry-level Android phones, but it’s been a while since we saw a new model. Introducing the Sony Xperia M: a handset that injects new blood into the segment with both single and dual-SIM options.

If you’re looking for an effortless experience that helps you plan, explore, create and share on the go, you’ve found your perfect mobile match. The handset’s features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing you to communicate faster and with more ease.

Based on the trademark Xperia design, the Sony Xperia M scores high on both looks and build quality. The smartphone shares many of the design features that made its Xperia Z sibling such a hit, including the signature power key. It also has a hardware shutter key, removable battery and a microSD card slot - features that are becoming quite rare in the smartphone world. The Sony Xperia M hits the sweet spot for a modern budget Android smartphone and it has just the right amount of hardware that’ll keep it around for a long time.

The BlackBerry Time Shift mode enables you to capture the perfect pictures and videos, and by using BlackBerry Story Maker you can add music to your visuals and share your story with the world. BBM Video and Screen Share will have you switch easily between typing and face-to-face collaboration, while BlackBerry World will allow you to discover your favourite apps, music and videos.The BlackBerry Q5 is ideal for texting, emailing and social networking, making it perfect for people on the move.

SPECIFICATIONS

SPECIFICATIONS

OS Android OS Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Krait Memory/Storage

OS BlackBerry 10 OS Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz Memory/Storage

microSD [up to 32 GB]; 4 GB internal, 1 GB RAM Screen 480 x 854

microSD [up to 32 GB]; 8 GB internal, 2 GB RAM Screen 720 x 720 pixels,

pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSDPA,

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed DC-HSPA+, 42

21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

Mbps; HSDPA; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

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PRODUCTS | top product picks

3

4

NOKIA LUMIA 620

HUAWEI ASCEND P6

Electronics seem to be going through a colour phase, with most of today’s phones and tablets available in a rainbow of bright shades.

While it might not attract attention like the Samsungs and Apples of the world, the Chinese manufacturer has gone and outdone them at their own game with the Ascend P6.

The Lumia 620 takes things a step further by offering interchangeable fluorescent phone covers, meaning you can easily swap between covers. If you believe in that your smartphone is a fashion accessory, why not have a different colour every day of the week? The Lumia 610 is an affordable phone, aimed at those who want a basic smartphone for a reasonable price. It’s generally smooth and responsive, has a decent screen and a nice bundling of apps from Nokia and Windows. The storage is small, but it is expandable, making it a decent all-rounder.

SPECIFICATIONS

The phone’s razor-slim body makes it one of the thinnest smartphones on the market. Sure, there has been word of even thinner phones, but these were the kind of gadgets to give small-time Chinese makers their 15 minutes of fame rather than make a big splash globally. Huawei’s vision, on the other hand, goes well beyond the home market. What makes the Ascend so impressive is its powerful credentials. With a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, a 16-core GPU and 2 GB of RAM, the Ascend really offers a lot for a reasonable price. SPECIFICATIONS

OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Processor Dual-core

OS Android OS Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Memory/

1 GHz Krait Memory/Storage microSD [up to 64 GB];

Storage microSD [up to 32 GB]; 8 GB [4.7 GB user

8 GB internal, 512 MB RAM Screen 480 x 800 pixels,

available], 2 GB RAM Screen 720 x 1280 pixels, IPS+

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed

LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21.6 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

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top product picks | PRODUCTS

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SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 This thin, lightweight Android tablet features a 10.1” touch display along with the same familiar interface as other Samsung Galaxy devices, making it really easy to use. At 510 g, it’s significantly lighter than its predecessor and it’s about 2 mm slimmer too. Thanks to a built-in IR blaster - the same kind found in standard television remote controls - the tablet can be used as a universal remote to operate nearly any TV or DVR. Samsung’s WatchON app offers advanced features, including the ability to share content wirelessly between your tablet and TV, and interacts seamlessly with the Samsung Smart TVs. If you’re looking to connect with friends and family, watch movies on the go or browse the web, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is your ideal companion. SPECIFICATIONS OS Android OS Processor Dual-core 1.6 GHz Memory/ Storage microSD [up to 64 GB]; 16/32 GB internal, 1 GB RAM Screen 1280 x 800 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

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APPLE IPAD MINI If you’re looking to for the full Apple iPad experience but prefer a portable device, then Apple’s iPad Mini is perfect for you! The iPad Mini boasts ultra-fast wireless that’s up to twice as fast as any previous-generation iPad. The device lets you download content, stream videos and browse the web at amazing speeds. With over 375 000 immersive, full-screen apps Apple has ensured that the iPad Mini is practically impossible to put down.

SPECIFICATIONS OS IOS 6 Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Memory/Storage 16/32/64 GB internal, 512 MB RAM Screen 768 x 1024 pixels, LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data

The iPad Mini may not have the Retina Display or fast A6X processor of the iPad 4, but it still looks beautiful and is extremely responsive. The device is light as a feather and more portable than a laptop or netbook, making it perfect as the ultimate travel companion.

Speed DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

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IN THE NEWS | happenings in the tech world

JUST IN!

Words Amanda Kelly Stone

Stay abreast of the latest tech-related news by being in the know.

#1

APPLE’S NEW NEXT GEN MAC PRO After seven years, Apple finally decided to spruce things up. Launching later this year is the new cylindrical style New Mac Pro. The most impressive feature is that it’s expected to measure in at only 1/8th of the current Mac Pro’s size. New architecture and design are responsible for optimising the hardware’s performance, both inside and out. The distinctly different shape comes compliments of a new thermal core; an air duct running through the centre of the hardware itself, along with a fan situated at the top. A beautiful addition

Up to

to any office.

12 Cores

processing power

www.apple.com

#2

GARMIN PROJECTS DIRECTIONS ONTO WINDSHIELDS While heads-up displays (HUD) have featured in a ton of futuristic films over the last few years, a case of life imitating art is about to hit the shelves. Due out later this year is Garmin’s new dashboard mounted portable HUD. The device will function by projecting turn-by-turn navigation instructions onto the car windshield (or rather, a transparent film you can stick to your windshield) at eyelevel. The HUD will receive information via a Bluetooth-

Up to

enabled smartphone, which will need to be running the

20 GB/s

accompanying app. While it’s upsetting that Garmin won’t

data transfer speeds

be bringing the system to SA, it certainly won’t be long before competitors launch similar products. www.garmin.com

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happenings in the tech world | IN THE NEWS

#4 # #3 The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom om capture on-the-go! e-go! A smartphone-cross-digital tal camera hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy axy S4 Zoom takes photographyy on-thego to the next level. The phone, closely resembling the Samsung amsung Galaxy S4, comes with built-in uilt-in camera hardware features es such as an optical lens. The device evice has been designed specifically lly for individuals who aren’t willing lling to compromise on image quality, uality, but want to be able to take photos

FACEBOOK GRAPH SEARCH FA

with their smartphone only. nly. The phone functions similar to o the Samsung Galaxy S4 but also boasts an insane 16-megapixel, apixel,

16mp

camera

Launched in June, Facebook’s new search Lau engine allows users to search for people, places eng

10 X optical zoom camera, a, making

and photos in a far more precise and detailed

it the first of its kind. It operates perates

way than ever before. Using personal information wa

using Android Jellybean 4.2 and

that individuals upload onto Facebook, users tha will be able to ask Facebook specific questions

has a 4,3” screen. www.samsung.com

and receive some frighteningly specific answers. With this new feature, it’s important to be aware that it’s becoming easier for people to find information that has been shared. The new Graph Search feature aims to make information more accessible for positive uses, such as finding old school friends. How this development will actually be used is still up in the air.

www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch

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ENTERTAINMENT | be entertained

BE ENTERTAINED This month’s hottest movie, music and book releases Words Michelle Marais Movie Elysium

Elysium is the brainchild of visionary filmmaker Neill Blomkamp [District 9]. Set in 2154, the film follows the journey of Max, an ordinary man in desperate need to get to Elysium - a manmade space station where only the very wealthy live. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission that could save his life and the lives of millions on Earth. If you’re a fan of futuristic fiction, this is a must see.

Music

Book The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes

Random Access Memories Daft Punk “GET LUCKY”

Random Access Memories, the fourth studio album from Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, proves that Daft Punk remain masters of their domain. The strings, the drum kits, and yes, even the clarinets, were not expected from the electronic duo, but has set the stage for some of the best and boldest collaborative efforts in recent memory. RAM sure is a curious feat and vision of the future. 018

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A time-travelling serial killer and an unfolding plot of accident, coincidence and fate, means Lauren Beukes has crafted a thoroughly satisfying thriller. The Shining Girls is the Cape Town-based writer’s third book, and a marvellous narrative feat that spans the history of Chicago from the 1930s to the 1990s. It shifts and blends, leaving you feeling utterly enthralled. Beukes combines the elements of the paranormal and crime fiction in a way that makes this novel truly special.


the hottest events this month | WHAT’S ON

WHAT’S ON This month’s hottest events

Words Michelle Marais

4th Cloud and Virtualisation Summit Where Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg When 30 September 2013

Tech4Africa Where The Core, Sandton, Johannesburg When 9 to 10 October 2013

Tech4Africa is a leading mobile, web & emerging technology conference that brings global perspective to the African context. With 2 full days containing over 60 sessions, it is a must for anyone working in technology today. It offers in depth technical and business content, networking on steroids, inspiration, and an approach you won’t find anywhere else.

The Cloud and Virtualisation Summit Africa offers you the invaluable opportunity to converse with IT industry peers in an attempt to understand, evaluate and find solutions to enterprise computing challenges, including public networks, data storage reliability, bandwidth management, data security, and enterprise computing models and processes.

PHP South Africa 2013 Where Liquorice Digital, Cape Town When 4 to 5 October 2013 With the increased demand for PHP programmers, not only locally but also abroad, PHP South Africa’s vision is to marry the latest technologies with international speakers. The organisers are creating a conference that will hone established developers and assist up-and-coming programmers to develop and learn new skills.

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SERVICES | insurace and safety

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insurance and safety | SERVICES

Insurance and safety Make sure your valuable devices are covered

Though we often discuss safeguarding our mobile phones from malware threats, many of us are slow to pick up on the potential security risk involved if our handset gets lost or stolen. Just as you’ll try to protect your home and your vehicle, Altech Autopage allows you to protect your handset. Save some money by insuring your handset for

For example, if a company

less than the average premium:

retrenches you and you have had your insurance

 For as little as R29 a month, Autopage’s handset

insurance will cover loss, damage and theft.  Do you store valuable data on your device?

with Autopage for three months, the insurance will settle your subscription fees up to

Choose from a suite of insurance policies that

R3 600, depending on

cover your handset for as much as R15 000 and

your insurance package.

protect you against fraudulent and unauthorised use form R1 000 to R2 000.  Accidents happen, that’s why Autopage has

In light of this, it’s evident that it’s

built in coverage for mechanical problems

worth putting aside a little bit extra

and water damage too.

each month in order to avoid being

 Your insurance policy includes valuable

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BEST DEAL, combination of the best price, the best device and the best advice to our customers.

FOR YOU. Less than 20% of people are on the right deal. Seriously, less than 20%. Well not on our watch. We treat our customers as individuals, solutions that work for them.

GUARANTEED. 70% of the time our deals beat the best in the market and the rest of the time, we’ll at the very least match them.

HOW DO WE DO IT? We’ve got it all, all the best networks and all the latest devices. And if that’s not enough, with 20 years experience, we also have the best advice. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Visit your nearest Autopage store today and get the best deal, for you. Guaranteed.

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SYNC MAGAZINE, ISSUE 1 | www.autopage.co.za


SYNC Magazine Issue 1