Digital entertainment on demand is set to disrupt broadcasting, traditional media, telecoms, marketing and more, believes Stephen Watson, MD of on-demand specialist company, Discover Digital. “There’s no going back. Whether you’re talking streamed linear broadcasting (accessing scheduled TV channels online), VOD (video on demand available online), SVOD (subscription video on demand where subscribers pay monthly to access content from a bouquet), TVOD (transactional video on demand where content is rented per movie or series), hybrid VOD or even EST (electronic sell through, where viewers download content to own it), digital entertainment now gives viewers unprecedented levels of choice, and they like it.” Next-gen entertainment arrives: Internationally, multi-screened entertainment experiences have become mainstream, led predominately by Millennials and Gen Z youth and underpinned by affordable high speed bandwidth. Nielsen reports that globally, 31% each of Generation Z and Millennial respondents pay an online service provider for content, compared with 24% of the older Generation X, 15% of Baby Boomers and 6% of Silent Generation respondents. And 40% of Gen Z and 38% of Millennial respondents who subscribe to cable or satellite say they have plans to cancel their service in favour of an online-only option. “You Tube and other social video platforms paved the way for this and encouraged a culture of short form, shareable user generated content,” says Watson. “Whilst this content is not necessarily of premium quality, it nonetheless attracts millions of viewers seeking authentic clips of real-life where the need for an emotional experience can be fulfilled instantly.” In South Africa, You Tube was the first video on demand service to heavily influence viewership habits and in doing so fundamentally changed the way content generated revenues from advertising and subscriptions. Now, the country’s viewers are following international trends by seeking . . .
Trademark owners failing to register dotAfrica (.africa) domain names matching their brand names during the 04 April to 02 June Sunrise phase could find themselves incurring significant legal costs. There are innumerable complexities involved in trying to wrest intellectual property away from those who would have snapped up domain names after the Sunrise phase. Proactive trademark owners have already started securing their .africa domain names before the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is launched to the public during the General Availability (GA) phase from 04 July 2017. During GA, domain names will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, trademark owners who do not secure their .africa domain names during the current 60-day Sunrise phase may not be able to guarantee the availability of their .africa domain names from GA onwards. "The very real possibility of opportunists registering one's trademarks exists and it is best prevented by the simple act of applying now for .africa domain names that match registered or validated intellectual property," says Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR). According to Mr Masilela, .africa is the new top-level domain for the African continent. "It is an African initiative created by Africans for the International Internet community. In order to ensure responsible growth, the .africa Registry will place special emphasis on securing the rights of intellectual property owners during the Sunrise period," he explained. Africa is home to an array of world-leading brands valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars that require protection. The Africa Brand Index by Ornico lists the following amongst the top 25 social media brands on the continent: SuperSport, Woolworths, Vodacom, Safaricom, FirstBank, Jumia, Airtel, Pick n Pay, MTN and others. For its part, Brand Africa has at least six homegrown African brands included in its global listing of the Top 100 Most . . .
DrinkIn, the mobile shopping app that connects users with delivery-friendly bottle stores, launches this week in Stellenbosch in the heart of the wine region to be the premier on demand shopping experience for alcohol. Mobile technology is consistently changing our lives. This simple and beautifully designed mobile app allows you to: choose the most convenient platform – Android or iOS app or the website, enter your location, and find your favorite beverage. You can select from a variety of products, adding your favorite wine, beer or spirits to your cart. When you check out, you pay securely with a credit card and receive a receipt and the store information. The store keeps you notified as your order is packaged and delivered, within the hour., So if you’ve had a long day, are hosting a dinner party, or simply would rather take Rex and Snowball for a walk, you don’t have to worry because your favorite beverages are on their way to you. Two Cape Town brothers, Matt and Nick Battle, harnessed the collaborative might of a truly global team, from Asia to the UK and the USA to bring DrinkIn to reality. This is a service meant for everyday convenience and also, to help you with some of those larger purchases, with the largest selection at the best prices. The goal is to create a perfect market—seamlessly joining together supply and demand—by eliminating the barriers related to time and distance. DrinkIn uses what they call ‘Extra-mile personalization, whereby, a customer’s experience can be personalized with tailored content, even beyond just the location. Notifications are used to offer a complementary product, say ’thanks’ for staying a patron, advertise new features or reward active shoppers with bonuses. DrinkIn makes money by charging a monthly licensing fee for the technology, which varies based on the location of the store, the volume of transactions, and other factors ensure that each vendor is enjoying increased revenues through partnering with . . .
As the Easter holidays approach, offices across South Africa prepare to close doors for a few days and families gear-up to hit the road. Unfortunately, holidays and long weekends are prime periods for break-ins at unguarded homes and businesses. Research suggests around 686 households and 54 businesses get broken into daily in SA – and this increases substantially during the holidays. Review security procedures and equipment before the holidays to ensure your premises – personal and professional – are safe and secure. Here are some tips to help protect your home and business while you’re away: Lock it up Valuable items are all the motivation needed to break in. During holidays, businesses should adopt a ‘clean desk policy’. Pack away laptops and other valuable equipment in a lockable store room, away from prying eyes. The same goes for homes. Take extra precaution and store valuable possessions in a safe to reduce theft risk. If your home is on the ground floor or has windows that allow outsiders a look in, make sure blinds and curtains are closed to deter thieves from peeking. The most important security tip is to ensure properties themselves are locked up properly. Access points should be locked and alarm systems set correctly. Task one individual, make sure they know the procedure ahead of time, and request confirmation when they’ve completed the lock-up and alarm activation. Back up your data Invest in cloud storage to back up data in case of theft or natural disaster while on holiday. Managed Document Services (MDS) allow businesses to track and protect important information, and can be easily implemented through Nashua. MDS also allows accessibility from any device, at any time. If there’s an emergency while you’re away and you need to check something remotely, it’s simple. Being able to access essential information can help minimise losses and impact to business continuity. Turn it off Security is more than just preventing theft. . . .
Yesterday's surfing tournament finals - the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - was an exciting day on the beach with great surfing conditions, awesome weather and a good turn-out of surfers and spectators. Congrats to the winners - Crystal Hulett, Mikey February, Kayla Nogueira and Jake Elkington. The Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong was supported by Volkswagen, Corona, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador and Accelerate Sport. The second event on the 2017 WSL Africa calendar, the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London, runs from Saturday to Monday, 15-17 April, and features QS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and JQS1,000 rated events for Junior Men & Women. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - Some Final Day Wrap Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Billabong/ . . .
Today, Chinese brands have nothing to prove. They can compete with the best brands in the world. Sometimes, they steal the limelight from them ! We hear about that kind of smartphones more and more everyday. A few years ago, some users hesitated because of some unjustified preconceptions. Indeed, we thought that Chinese products meant cheap products and bad quality products… Since 2015, we can see that it is not true anymore. Chinese brands have developed a lot. That’s why a lot of customers decided to trust them by buying one of their smartphones. Number 1 : Xiaomi Mi MIX, the most beautiful This smartphone was launched at the end of 2016. He is considered as one the most interesting smartphone of 2017. It is really appreciated for its design and its screen. Indeed, the screen seems to be borderless which is very beautiful. It looks like a strong products thanks to the materials used. The finishing touches are excellent. Its only problem is its casing where we can see finger tracks. Otherwise, all is great. You can easily hold it in your hands. Number 2 : OnePlus 3T, the affordable one Unknown a few month ago, OnePlus is now one of the most famous Chinese brand in the market. Really quickly, this brand succeed in becoming an unmissable one. This smartphone may not be revolutionary and similar to the One Plus 3 (which is no longer available) but it has an unbeatable price-quality ratio. This product is a good compromise between performance, battery life and price. Indeed, you can find it around 439€. It also have a front camera of 16 megapixels : you can do perfect selfies ! Number 3 : Huawei P9, high end model and acceptable price This smartphone has to be in the best Chinese smartphones list. The Huawei P9 seems to be the Galaxy S7 perfect rival. Its great quality is something really appreciated by the users. It is easy to hold in hands. Moreover, it has all the features it needs to please customers. Its camera has been created in . . .
Samsung Enables Mobile Printing for 500+ Million Android Users with Mopria Certification Samsung Print Service comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6, S7 and S8 phones JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 06 April, 2017 – Samsung Electronics has announced that Samsung Print Service, an Android mobile printing tool, has received full Mopria Print Library certification, extending Samsung’s leadership in the provision of ubiquitous mobile printing. The Samsung Print Service, with the Mopria Print Library, allows Android users the same ability to print to any printer brand that Apple iOS users have enjoyed for over five years. The Samsung Print Service comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6, S7 and S8 phones, so is currently installed on the phones of over 500 million Android users1. All phones and tablets running Android 4.4 (KitKat) or above are also compatible with the tool. New users can check their installation status or download the tool on Google Play. “Samsung aims to promote business mobility by developing hardware solutions for mobile and cloud printing technology. Gaining certification from Mopria is further proof of our ongoing commitment and hard work. We support the unifying of standards, and deliver these efficiently on the mobile devices that users rely on every day,” says Mike van Lier, Director of Consumer Electronics (CE) at Samsung South Africa. Samsung is the leader in advocating easy, driverless, device-agnostic printing. The company has provided full support for Android, Apple and Windows devices, as well as cloud printing standards including Google Cloud Print. With full Mopria certification, this marks the first time a printing industry company has received such an exhaustive breadth of mobile printing certifications. Samsung is also a founding member of the Mopria Alliance, whose members represent over 98 percent of the worldwide printer business2. The alliance is a global non-profit organisation that drives print, scan and . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 05 April, 2017 – The desire to amplify sound has been with the human race since time immemorial. However, it was only with the development of the gramophone in the 1880s that the need to amplify sound for the purposes of pleasure became necessary. These early music players used simple horns to increase the volume of the songs, but as these do not utilise electricity, they were only able to magnify sounds to a degree. When the secrets of electrical amplification were discovered, the possibility of generating sound loud enough to fill large public spaces was raised. “Samsung has taken to heart the lessons learned in speaker development over the course of nearly 150 years and combined this history with its own future-sense to create a whole new way of listening to sound,” says Mike van Lier, Director: Consumer Electronics Samsung South Africa. Sound systems today have come a long way since the first modern speaker, using an electromagnet to turn electric signals of varying strength into movement, was launched in the 1920s. “It is interesting to note that while the electromagnet part of the speaker was invented as far back as the late 1800s, it took almost a further 50 years for engineers to develop knowledge of acoustics and materials,” Van Lier adds. Since then, the world of the speaker has grown in leaps and bounds, with stereophonic sound demonstrated back in the 1930s. The need for effective long-distance radio communication during World War II led to many additional advances and by the 1960s, speakers had gone mobile, thanks to everything from basic pocket radios to entire portable turntables with built-in speakers. The 1970s brought noise reduction technology and a new International Standard in noise reproduction. By the late 20th century, people were talking about ‘tweeters’, ‘woofers’ and ‘sub-woofers’. “Current speakers have evolved from the standard dynamic speaker design that held sway for decades. Flat panel . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 05 April, 2017 – Samsung Electronics has announced that it has won 49 iF Design Awards, including one Gold award, at the world-renowned International Forum Design Awards 2017. Thirty-five of the awards were given for superior product design, four for professional concept design, seven for communication design and three for packaging design. “Upgrading a product is easy but upgrading consumer lifestyle is difficult. We will continue to strive for design that entertains and fulfills the lives of our consumers through consumer-focused innovation,” said BK Yoon, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics and the Head of the Corporate Design Center at Samsung. Samsung received the Gold award for the ArtPC Pulse, a premium desktop computer with advanced expandable modules. The ArtPC Pulse integrates a high-performance PC into a refined cylinder form. It can expand its function with extended modules for HDD storage and a 360-degree speaker in a detachable rotary structure. The award-winning design of the ArtPC Pulse includes minimalist styling on its fully metal body, as the buttons and port are all located at the rear of the product. In addition to the Gold award, Samsung won thirty-four other iF Design Awards in the product category. These included: • Galaxy S7 Series flagship smartphone, designed with 3D forming glass technology to enhance grip; • Gear S3 smartwatch with an innovative round bezel and spinning UI; • Galaxy C9 Pro, with 6.9mm thickness smartphone with full-metal unibody design, available in China and India; • SUHD TV KS9500, premium TV with beautiful 360 design, including a floating screen in the front and a delicate real metal line on the back; • RB38K7998S4 Smart Family Hub refrigerator, which features a 21.5” LCD touch screen, allowing users to manage and see the food in the fridge without having to open the door; and • Activewash series, with touch controls located on the top back, it allows users to look . . .
When planning to introduce any new app technology to an already saturated market, there are three all-important characteristics required to ensure success. It must be fresh, innovative and life-changing. If the numbers are anything to go by, the Zapper mobile payment app is all that and more. Earlier this week Zapper celebrated a momentous milestone by achieving one million downloads. These landmark achievements come just three short years after Zapper and it’s ‘scan to pay’ QR codes made their entrance onto the South African restaurant circuit. Since then, Zapper has experienced significant growth. Through smart and strategic expansion across verticals that include hospitality, retail, ecommerce, bills, fuel and convenience, and donations, the award-winning app has steadily exceeded industry benchmarks, revolutionising payment technology and certifying its position as more than just a smartphone payment method. Today, it stands as a lifestyle application with one million downloads and one million reasons to be proud of its accomplishment. “This is a proud moment for Zapper. Over the last few years we have endeavoured to build a product that would impact the mobile payments arena and drive innovation forward,” said Will Heygate, General Manager for Zapper South Africa. Where many great apps have met with scorching hot fanfare, only to lose public interest and fade into obscurity in the months following their release, Zapper has built a noteworthy presence in fourteen countries around the world, including the UK, Spain and the tough-to-crack US market. “We would like to thank all our users for their continued support and feedback; which has been instrumental to our global success,” said Will Heygate. “As Zapper paves the way to the future, we will continue to provide our users with a product that enriches their lives.” Zapper is currently available for free download on the app stores for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones. CLICK HERE to . . .