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AUGUST DRIVEN STYLE & GADGET ESSENTIALS

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LG G7 THINQ

LG’s Samsung Galaxy S9-rivaling G7 ThinQ has arrived in Mzansi and is now available at various retailers and major carriers. The ThinQ is one of the Korean phone maker’s latest devices that comes infused with AI features. It boasts the first dedicated Google Assistant button found on an Android phone, so you don’t need to say “OK, Google” to summon the voice assistant. The star feature on the device, however, is its AI-powered cameras; it has one wide-angle and one standard 16-megapixel camera on the back, as well as a 5-megapixel front cam. Inside, it packs a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM and you get a 3,000 mAh battery too. No wireless charging, sadly, but there is at least IP68 water and dust resistance. It’s offered in Platinum Grey, Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, and Raspberry Rose. www.lg.com/za

HIGH-OCTANE MOTORING ACTION

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If you have 95-octane racing through your veins and an around-the-braai vocabulary that leans towards burble-babble such as power-to-weight ratios and handling quirks, the 2018 Festival of Motoring, Powered by WesBank is the place to be. Taking place from 31 August to 2 September, the pace will be fast and the engines loud with new car launches, self-drive activities and a healthy dose of supercar-related frivolities around the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Strap in, start your engines, and prepare for the most immersive motoring festival to date.

WIN!
Two lucky Driven readers can win tickets to the 2018 Festival of Motoring, Powered by WesBank on 31 August 2018. To enter, send the word DRIVEN and FESTIVAL, plus your EMAIL address and NAME to 35131 (SMS) or 0762649990 (WhatsApp). SMS charged at R1.50. Ts & Cs apply. Free and bundled SMS do not apply. Competition closes 25 August 2018.

PROCAM 5

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Is it the ultimate adventure in manual camera apps you are looking for? If that is the case, the ProCam 5 app can deliver. It packs all the advanced controls you’ll ever need in a package that, at first, looks to be quite intimidating thanks to a vast array of controls and settings that are visible off the bat. As a result, we had to spend a substantial amount of time with the app before we could even begin to scratch the surface. On the bottom bar of the main screen, you can swipe a dial to set the white balance, ISO, focus, exposure and shutter speed. At the top, you can play with the flash, set the image format and switch lenses on a dual-lens iPhone. You can even create a 3D shot to save as a photo, or save a short clip in video or GIF format. www.procamapp.com

DAMAGED SKIN NO MORE

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Despite regular grooming, following a balanced diet and getting the necessary exercise in this daily back and forth, it is only inevitable that your skin will start to bear the grunt of your stress. That is why the Beaucience for Men range of skincare products is an essential item in the grooming bag of any man. The uniquely formulated range for men has not only been designed to be an easy-to-use product, but to also promote healthy skin in targeted areas. While the products have anti-ageing benefits, it also offers antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, healing, calming, and desensitising properties.

WIN!
One lucky Driven reader can win a Beaucience For Men skincare hamper valued at R1,000. To enter, send the word DRIVEN and SKINCARE, plus your EMAIL address and NAME to 35131 (SMS) or 0762649990 (WhatsApp). SMS charged at R1.50. Ts & Cs apply. Free and bundled SMS do not apply. Competition closes 31 August 2018.

BELL & ROSS VINTAGE BR V2-94 R.S.1.8

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Bell & Ross celebrated the return of Formula One to France with a special edition Vintage BR V2-94 R.S.1.8. And in case you were thinking that at least some of that name looks familiar, it is because B&R is the official watch partner of the RenaultSport F1 team. Therein is also a clue as to the design inspiration behind the Vintage. The black rubber strap is stamped with the French flag, while black and yellow design details resonate with the design of Renault’s racing cars. Even the dial is performance-inspired as it’s made from carbon fibre. The R.S watch is limited to 999 units and is available in either a micro-perforated calfskin strap with a carbon fibre effect, or in bracelet form with satin-finished polished steel. www.bellross.com

ABOVE ALL ELSE

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Since 1887, House of D’Orsay has been crafting award-winning Cognacs of exceptional quality and character for the royal houses of Europe. Now, more than 100 years on, House of D’Orsay has created Honor VS Cognac, a bold new expression of Cognac craftsmanship, as inspired by the sword of Durendal which, according to folklore, was given to King Charlemagne by the angel of God. Master Blender, Kim Birkedal Hartmann’s vision to produce the finest VS and VSOP in the world, has culminated in Honor VS Cognac, a blend of Grande Champagne, Fin Bois, and Bon Bois eaux-de-vie. The distinctive Honor Cognac blend is matured for several years in French Oak casks, resulting in a bold, full-bodied VS blend that has won every competition it has entered – including Best Cognac in the World at the 2018 Cognac Masters in London, and VS Cognac of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition in 2017 and 2018.

WIN!
Two lucky Driven readers can each win an exclusive bottle of Honor VS Cognac. To enter, send the word DRIVEN and HONOR, plus your EMAIL address and NAME to 35131 (SMS) or 0762649990 (WhatsApp). SMS charged at R1.50. Ts & Cs apply. Free and bundled SMS do not apply. Competition closes 31 August 2018.

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