Membership of South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA) is recommended, and often compulsory, for any firm wanting to provide mobile content services to the country's 35 million prepaid and contract cellular users. Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom Mobile have all mandated that membership of a representative industry body with an enforceable Code of Conduct is required for wireless application service providers (WASPs). This is specifically for WASPs intending to offer aggregation services via direct network connections. "While WASPA membership is recommended for content providers, and compulsory for all aggregators, members understand that it is good for the sustainability of our industry to become a member of WASPA, as it ensures that WASP activity is monitored and regulated to address any potential non-compliant behaviour," said Ilonka Badenhorst, WASPA General Manager. WASPA outlines benefits of membership below: WASPA is a proactive body representing the interests of its members and works for the common good of the industry as a whole. WASPA developed a Code of conduct for its members, and also enforces this code to ensure business is conducted in an ethical manner, maximising consumer confidence in WASP services. Members are able to contribute to the evolution of the Code and ensure their business needs are considered. WASPA runs a consumer complaints desk, ensuring that all users of WASP services have a single point where they can raise concerns and resolve complaints. Complaints are channelled to the relevant WASP, and WASPA provides feedback to the consumer during the resolution process. WASPA provides a media monitoring service, ensuring compliance of all WASP services to the WASPA code. WASPA maintains excellent relationships with the relevant authorities ensuring that the implementation of the many regulatory requirements, on behalf of its members, is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as is feasible. WASPA . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 25 April 2017 – A brief touch of 30 seconds is enough for people to begin to create attachment and that’s exactly how Global Access intends to help the Sandton/Marlboro SPCA. Global Access is inviting you to join them on the 6th of May 2017 at the Central City Comics Be A Hero Day at the Sandton Commercial Village where they will be setting up their touchable tech, ‘Sensanetik’. Here you will find out how you can be a hero! This experiential digital signage solution will allow people to pick up and touch a toy version of the animals the SPCA helps. By lifting up the cat or dog, visitors will learn more about how they can help the SPCA. But why not just use a pamphlet, or a normal digital screen? What makes Sensanetik so special? It is through the engagement with the tech and information shared, that the SPCA can build a connection with the visitors. A connection, that will drive them to want to help the SPCA achieve its’ mission to ‘prevent cruelty to animals and positively contribute to animal welfare through serving and educating our communities.’ “A lot of people see technology as disruptive and say it’s moving us away from each other. We wanted to show that it can be used to raise awareness and actually be a part of building a caring community. By creating a display that excites people to learn about the SPCA and hopefully contribute to the protection of their animals, we aren’t disrupting them. We’re using a format they are already used to, technology and screens, to enrich their lives and to improve the lives of those who can’t speak for themselves, the animals.” Says Ivano Stipcevich, Head of Digital Signage Networks at Global Access. By engaging with the Sensanetik, visitors can see the opportunities to become heroes and help the SPCA either through adoption or various other ways from dog walking to donations. “The Sandton/Marlboro SPCA will also be there on the day where we know our display will help draw interest to them, but . . .
Urban Design Trends Demand Sleeker Appliances Samsung rises to the challenge of scaled down next generation product design JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 25 April, 2017 – Modern city living is forcing urban professionals to look at sleeker, smaller interior furnishings and appliances to make the most of their space without sacrificing style. There has been an important shift in design requirements as professionals move into miniscule living units but desire smarter, better functioning and more stylish electronic devices. “This changing need is driving a new approach to the traditional manufacturing of fridges, washing machines, ovens, TVs and even utilities such as air conditioning units. Samsung designers have long realised that modern appliances cannot be allowed to clutter the living space, instead they should complement the décor, take up minimal space and offer a broad range of advanced technological features that enhance the life of the consumer,” says Michael McKechnie, Director: Consumer Sales at Samsung South Africa. Samsung’s 360 Cassette air conditioning unit is an example of how the company approaches space-saving and aesthetically pleasing interiors. The air conditioner features an omni-directional airflow emission, which eradicates cold air drafts and increases cooling efficiency for a truly premium experience. In addition to its superior performance, the Samsung 360 Cassette air conditioner boasts an elegant circular form and is ceiling mounted, leaving much-needed floor or wall space free. The compact and power-efficient Samsung 360 Cassette received the Product Design award at the IF Design Award 2016 and was a star at the ARBS Exhibition in Melbourne, drawing tremendous attention and interest from engineers, architects, consultants and installers. “Products such as the 360 Cassette air conditioning unit demonstrate that industry-leading functionality, premium design and energy efficiency are still possible within the space constraints of . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 20 April, 2017 – Samsung DeX is a new service that lets users use their smartphone like a desktop by providing a seamless, secure mobile to PC transition. Currently compatible with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, with compatibility extending to other devices in the future, Samsung DeX provides an Android-based, desktop-like experience that enables users to seamlessly access mobile apps, edit documents and browse the web. “Samsung Dex optimise interface and allows users to easily multitask, watch videos in resizable windows, reply to messages via a task bar and more, directly from their smartphone on a larger display using a keyboard and mouse,’’ says Paulo Ferreira, director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa Paulo Ferreira explains more about the desktop experience with Samsung Dex: A Convenient Mobile Desktop Experience In order to get started with Samsung DeX, users simply need to connect the DeX Station, Samsung’s branded docking station, to any FHD (16:9 ratio) supported display with an HDMI port; connect any Bluetooth-enabled, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse to their phone; connect the DeX Station with a Samsung branded fast charger; and dock their Galaxy S8/ S8+ in the DeX Station. Once connected, their mobile phone will switch to Samsung DeX mode. The Samsung DeX interface is easily navigable and consistent with most desktops, as it supports keyboard and mouse gestures such as shortcuts, scrolling and drag and drop. Furthermore, with the ability to quickly shift between applications and adjust application window size with ease, users can see a range of contents all at once and multitask with efficiency. Meanwhile, the Samsung DeX Home Screen’s Task Bar allows users to see which applications are currently running, while pop-up notifications on the bottom right of the screen notify the user of incoming messages and calls without blocking the screen. Optimised for Productivity Samsung . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 April, 2017 – Providing users with an unconfined mobile experience, the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a refined, ‘unboxed’ design, enhanced security with new biometric technologies, robust entertainment capabilities and an intelligent new interface to enhance the way people interact with their phone. This is according to Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa, who highlights the top 8 features of the S8 below. Refined Design “The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s design heritage with a large Infinity Display, a bezel-less, dual-edge display that takes up more than 80 percent of the phone’s front screen,” he says. “Visually obtrusive elements are minimal, resulting in more tangible screen space. An invisible Home button embedded underneath the screen functions just like a physical button while Recent and Back buttons are now customisable soft keys.” Available locally in three colours including Midnight Black, the all-new Orchid Gray and Maple Gold, the Galaxy S8’s subtle curvature flows from the front of the device to the back to create a more ergonomic grip ideal for one-handed operation. The phone’s camera, fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor have been incorporated on the back of the device in a way that minimises protrusions, ensuring a sleek aesthetic at any angle. One Unified Experience Designed around the Infinity Display, the UX of the Galaxy S8 was developed to add convenience and enhance the flow of user interactions. Like the display itself, the UX is seamless, unifying visual and audio components to create one continuous experience. The default wallpaper of the customisable Always On Display complements the colour of the phone, while its aesthetic transitions smoothly to the Lock and Home screens. Meanwhile, a new vertical swiping interface provides seamless navigation between the Home and App screens. Even the phone’s app icons and typography incorporate the Galaxy . . .
Passionately supporting the growing local gaming market JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 April, 2017 – The Samsung Galaxy Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Championship, sponsored by Samsung, is currently underway and will conclude with the final match on 7 May 2017. The winning team of this multiplayer first-person shooter video game will be walking away with, not only the top honour, but also R1,000,000.00 - the biggest prize ever for a single eSports title in South Africa. “Samsung shares the gaming thirst and with our vision, endurance and focus on strategy to improve people’s lives, what better way to do it than by getting involved and assist in building the future for gaming locally,” says Craige Fleischer, Director: Integrated Mobility, Samsung South Africa. Counter Strike: Global Offensive has been the benchmark of game players’ skills worldwide, with global teams continually proving their ability and strategies in tournaments. Organiser and host of the online gaming event, Mettlestate, has partnered with Samsung Mobile in this sponsorship deal to bring the local championship to realisation, offering South African gamers a larger platform to display their skills and to further create awareness of eSports and gaming possibilities. eSport is an ever growing activity, not only as a pastime, but as an occupation. A great number of individuals are inspired to become professional gamers, developers, designers and writers, choosing the gaming industry as a career path. Worldwide eSports revenues are projected to reach approximately $1.1 billion by the end of 2019, according to a Newzoo market report*. It is a clear indication that there is a market for it and that consumers are interested. Compared to the international market, eSport is but an infant locally, but interest of South African gamers and brands in the competitive gaming scene is showing stable and speedy growth. “It is great to see South African eSports starting to take off . . .
Smartphones, 360-degree cameras, virtual reality and wearable devices guaranteed to amp up the experience JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 20 April, 2017 – The Extreme Fighting Championships (EFC) is a sports phenomenon that showcases 120 of the world’s toughest mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes as they battle it out – with one goal in mind – to see who is the best. EFC has continued its growth since its commencement, from a local MMA promotion to one of the world leaders, reaching over 600 million homes in 110 countries around the world daily via television and livestreaming platforms such as EFC worldwide TV. Samsung has signed a partnership with EFC as the Official Mobile Phone, Virtual Reality and Wearable Technology Partner of the EFC South Africa. “We are really excited about this partnership with Samsung, a global leader and brand,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. “The handsets, VR technology and Gear Fit devices are truly amazing, we have been blown away by the experience, quality and functionality and it gives fans a previously inaccessible perspective. It is literally as if you are in the ring yourself.” The EFC partnership kicked off on 8 April at EFC 58 in Cape Town and runs to the end of the year. In order to make it more exhilarating and accessible for South Africans, soon the fights will be filmed through Samsung’s Gear 360 cameras, ensuring spectators don’t miss a thing and for those that are unable to attend the competitions will be able to use Samsung technology to make the experience as life-like as possible. “Extreme Fighting Championship is a competitive and dynamic sport, and as a company that is always one step ahead through our innovative products, marketing and advertising campaigns, we aim to challenge everyday questions and compete with the best brands to ensure we will bring an entirely new dimension to such a large sporting event like the EFC,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics . . .
SMSPortal is pleased to announce the launch of its 2017 Software Development Internship Program. Now in its fourth year, the two-week paid internship consistently attracts exceptional students from leading universities across South Africa. This year, SMSPortal expects to receive more than 1,000 applications for four placements in its Cape Town headquarters. During the internship program, which runs over the June/July break, students train with experienced staff who help develop skills and interests beyond university. Interns have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the organisation, get experience in real-world software development, will apply the theory they’ve learnt, and work with the SMSPortal team which specialises in multithreaded highly-scalable services. Charles Stretch, co-founder and MD of SMSPortal says: "We are proud of the reputation that our internship program has earned over the years and of SMSPortal’s ability to attract such remarkable talent. Investing in software development is an important goal of our management committee, and we are committed to providing additional training and educational opportunities for all of our employees. This is an exciting time for SMSPortal, and we are enthusiastic about our role in preparing the next generation of software developers." The internship pays R7,500 for the two weeks, includes free transport to Cape Town and free accommodation near SMSPortal’s Century City offices for the duration of the internship. To apply for an SMSPortal internship, visit: http://www.smsportal.co.za/#!careers CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
These days, a significant amount of retail business transactions take place in the online space. E-commerce has given customers with little time to spend trolling malls and store aisles the ability to make purchases more conveniently, without having any limitations imposed on them by time, location or distance. From a business perspective, this has allowed for trade and operation to exist outside the realm of traditional business hours, on a 24-hour rotation. A sale that a business normally would not have made because their customer was unable to visit during business hours or lived three towns away suddenly becomes not only possible, but likely. But while many brands and businesses with eCommerce portals find success, their online conversion to sale almost never matches their website’s online traffic. This is largely because of the customer experience at checkout. The checkout page is where window shoppers become paying customers, thus the functionality needs to be simple and easy. The more complicated a payment tab is, the less a user wants to buy. This coupled with possible concern over entering credit card details onto a website makes conversion to sale increasingly difficult. For a new business, yet to earn the public’s trust, increasing sales via the online space could be virtually impossible. But this is where the Zapper app makes the seemingly impossible, become possible. Zapper for eCommerce is a mobile payment processing solution that enables businesses to receive payments through their online store’s checkout page by means of smartphone technology. Customer’s making a purchase simply select the option to pay with Zapper after they’ve added items to their basket, wait for the secure QR code to be presented on screen, scan it with the app from their smartphone and confirm the payment amount. For customers shopping via their mobile phone, Zapper’s deep-linking system enables them to tap the QR code, confirm payment and they’re done. Both the . . .
Photo: Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd & ZACR are partnering with the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) to hold AFRINIC's renowned IPv6 and Internet Number Resource Management (INRM) Courses in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2-5 May. AFRINIC offers a comprehensive training programme and provides free training throughout Africa in both French and English to around 600 African network engineers every year, equipping network engineers and operators with key knowledge about IPv6 deployment and transition techniques. IP (Internet Protocol) addresses denote individual devices connected to the Internet and the IPv6 128-bit addressing system significantly expands the number of IP addresses available for devices from smartphones to gaming consoles. It's been estimated that 85% of available IP addresses have already been allocated to web-connected devices. There is a clear need for South African organisations and service providers to begin preparing for the shift towards Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) or risk facing significant operational and technical headaches. South Africa has an Internet penetration rate of around 52%, making it one of Africa's leaders in Internet availability. AFRINIC has 372 South African members - 25% of the total - and is the country with the most members. while 173 members hold an IPv6 allocation and are therefore able to deploy IPv6 on their networks, very few have actually done so. By providing free training, AFRINIC hopes to further reinforce the message that South Africa's IPv6 Deployment cannot wait. "AFRINIC’s training courses are highly respected, with the majority of participants agreeing that they would recommend the course to others," comments AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett. "In addition to our core function as one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR), AFRINIC plays a leading role in education and capacity building, as well as supporting Internet infrastructure development throughout the region. . . .