Music lovers will enjoy dual EQ modes, exceptional comfort and hands-free convenience Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 May 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, recently announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point. To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between ‘Bass Boost’ and ‘Balanced’ EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics’ signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button – a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction. “Our core expertise in headphones, wireless and premium experiences make Plantronics uniquely qualified to give music lovers the best possible immersive stereo experience at an affordable price point,” said Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, Personal Solutions, Plantronics. “Plantronics’ baseline standard in all of our products is to provide superior audio, consistent with that found in our premium products.” Additional BackBeat GO 600 Series features and benefits include: • A rechargeable battery that delivers up to 18 hours of wireless listening time on a single charge. • Remaining connected at up to 33 ft/10 m from Bluetooth® compatible smartphones and tablets. • Ear cups that fold flat for easy storage and transport; ensuring comfort when worn around the neck. • A carrying pouch, a USB cable for charging and an audio cable . . .
Announcement: Polk Audio – The Real American Speaker – is now available in South Africa, thanks to audio, cinema and home automation specialists, Homemation. The Polk story began in the early 1970s, when a few friends from Johns Hopkins University, with a passion for sound—and music on their mind, set out to capture the wonder of the live concert experience and bring it home. Matt Polk and his close-knit crew of rock 'n roll mad scientists left an indelible mark on the world. What started as a garage project in an old Victorian rooming house in Baltimore, Maryland, quickly became a legacy that never wavered from its original vision: Searching out new solutions in high-fidelity sound, while engineering reliable speakers to span the generations. Polk knows sound. It's their only focus. Their intention is to always uphold the principles of a real HiFi. Great sound for everyone. Features • Improves Sound Quality by Minimizing Resonance - Dynamic Balance o Advanced analysis of a speaker's entire electroacoustic and mechanical system that helps in the selection of better materials and more efficient geometry to build more realistic-sounding loudspeakers • Renders Surround Sound from One Location - SDA o Patented technology cancels out all destructive cross channel interference within the speaker to maintain an expansive sound stage and wide stereo image, while enhancing the overall three-dimensional sound experience. • Broadens Soundstage for Smaller Speakers - Wide Dispersion Array o Produces a wide, enveloping soundstage that’s tuned specifically for minimum cabinet size. • Patented Port Geometry Increases Bass Without Distortion - Power Port o Dramatically reduces port air turbulence for greater bass impact and lower distortion with less amplifier power. • Patented Crossover Technology Creates A Wider Sweet Spot - Cascade Crossover o Removes unwanted interference in the speaker array for a seamless, lifelike soundstage no matter where you're . . .
RS Components delivers flexible, cost-effective rack power with modular RS Pro PDUs featuring power management optionsNew family of power distributi on units delivers RS Pro value in versatile configurations with hot-pluggable power-metering/remote-monitoring options Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 April, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced easily upgradeable power distribution units (PDUs) to its high-quality high-value RS Pro range, which give flexibility to retrofit power metering or networked power monitoring cost effectively and with minimal disruption. The new family of PDUs offer versatile configurations, presenting an elegant solution for various types of racks. Choices include up to 24 Euro 2-pin (Shuko or NF 2P+T), UK 3-pin, or IEC socket outlets, and with CEE 7/7 or British-Standard (BS) mains plug, 16A or 32A BS4343 plug, or IEC inlet. All configurations are available as basic PDUs, which can be upgrades to metered PDUs with an ammeter module, or fully monitored PDUs featuring an SNMP management module with Ethernet ports for remote power monitoring. Easy upgradeability makes the new RS Pro PDUs a smart investment. A basic PDU without power monitoring can be installed quickly and easily at little cost. It can then be upgraded easily and economically at any time in the future simply by adding the desired power-monitoring module, which can be ordered individually. Because the modules are hot-pluggable, operators can start monitoring power usage without having to take equipment offline. They can also save by investing in one module to share among several PDUs for temporary fault finding or data gathering. Adding the metering module to a basic PDU gives access to power data via the module’s built-in LCD panel. The more sophisticated, firmware-upgradeable SNMP management module allows users to monitor input current, voltage, power, energy . . .
New DesignSpark Toolbox app from RS Components available on iOS, Android and Windows Free app simplifies access to electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 April, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has unveiled a new app for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The DesignSpark Toolbox app is available to download free-of-charge, and provides a single point of access to common electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools in an easy-to-use format for electronics design engineers, makers and students. The app has been developed in conjunction with Marcus Roskosch, the creator of a range of highly successful apps for engineers, and replaces the RS Toolbox app, which was introduced in 2013 for iOS and achieved more than 65,000 downloads. DesignSpark Toolbox offers an extensive range of functions, which are grouped as icons on the main screen, including engineering calculators, converters and lookup tables. These functions include filter frequency calculators, a 555 timer configurator, calculators for a variety of voltage regulators and op-amps, and essential tools such as numbering systems converters, an Ohm’s Law calculator, and lookup tables for battery types and sizes. The app offers a high level of customisation and is available in 17 different languages. Users will also be able to access many DesignSpark community features within the app, placing thousands of member-contributed articles and projects at their disposal, covering everything from Arduino and Raspberry Pi to IoT and Blockchain. The ‘Make’ section provides the perfect place to keep track of projects on the go with sections to store website links, images, technical documents and more. There is even access to the new DesignSpark Marketplace, where makers and start-ups can buy and sell their creations. The app aims to support . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 26, 2018/ - shokoCAST, a global social music innovation platform, launches its social music platform that is set to be the most disruptive and innovative social music platform globally despite it having an African focus and especially in areas that have the most basic of technology infrastructure. The platform will seek to revolutionise the music, telecommunications and advertising value chains whilst benefiting musicians and music lovers everywhere. shokoCAST is a social music platform that brings about the rebirth of sound and evolution of music by converging the entire music value chain whilst bringing the artist directly to the fans. It’s a place where musicians build careers, fans find inspiration and managers discover talent! shokoCAST is a global decentralized free social music network built using Technology Innovations that are based on Multiple Interdependent Disruptions to the music industry on a hybrid quadruple layered blockchain called SHOkolah. The platform will enable the creation of music by artists and beatmakers and DJs, collaboration amongst users and sharing including the creation of 'communities with similar tastes', publishing and royalty administration; digital distribution; and consumption and monetization avenues that include downloads and streams and many new forms of revenue creation. "We are very proud to be creating such an innovative solution that is second to none and which puts shokoCAST on track to be a global player. We have undertaken a crowdfunding campaign that is open to everyone and brings tremendous benefits to the musical industry, artists in particular, and also to those who invest in notes and tokens. We invite everyone from across the continent to join us as we build a social music platform that is relevant not just to Africa, but the world," says Therry Martins, CEO and Founder of shokoCAST. "In emerging economies, higher are the hurdles you would need to jump to even consider . . .
A quality VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) experience enables business owners to benefit from more than just low call rates. “Cost is the single biggest driver for companies looking to adopt VoIP but they shouldn't stop at rands and cents reasons to go the IP route,” says Rad Jankovic, CEO of independent telco Otel Communications. “Upgrading to VoIP means SMEs and enterprise users alike can deploy hosted services and virtual switchboards, saving money on hardware as well as on calls,” explains Mr Jankovic. He adds that using VoIP systems to their fullest potential will also have employee productivity benefits as staff get to grips with the plethora of available VoIP value-added services. Examples include call forwarding, group calling, and video calling, to name a few. However, cautions Mr Jankovic, an outstanding VoIP experience depends on much more than just super-fast broadband. “Internet speed is the enabler like smooth asphalt greatly enhances the driving experience, but is not the only factor determining what one can do with the car. To really take VoIP to the next level, there are a few additional elements that can be rolled-out to help your business use VoIP to its fullest potential: Any good VoIP system worth its salt will come with auto provisioning which simply means the system really is “plug and play”. Instead of installing and setting-up a VoIP phone on every employee desk, auto provisioning means VoIP hardware can automatically get their configuration settings from a server that has already been set-up. These systems mean you don’t need to have experts come in and install each and every phone’s settings - simply plug in the phone with the correct cables provided, and off you go! Installing VoIP apps on mobile devices mean efficiency improvements can start right from the get go. These apps enable calls to be made and answered from any mobile device that the employee happens to have on them at any point in time. Now laptops, tablets and . . .
A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web. “ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets - using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.” Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets. Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website. ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing. “The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.” After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year. However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside. “Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms. “ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.” Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies. “There is also a possibility to present a platform . . .
Attune to the rising trends, Decorex Cape Town has welcomed the increasingly popular move to DIY within the décor industry with the feature of the Builders DIY Theatre. Gardening and home décor will be presented by three of the country’s leading DIY experts through engaging demonstrations taking place at Decorex Cape Town – sponsored by Plascon – taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. “The concept of DIY used to be reserved for dedicated hobbyists with woodworking or welding experience,” explained Andre Steyn Marketing and Innovations Director of Builders. “Through Builders DIY, we want to display exactly how accessible DIY is for anyone with an interest. It’s just about using the right tools, the right materials and getting some professional input to get going.” Presenting at this year’s Builders DIY Theatre will be the Tanya Visser, Elle Franco and Ryan Paulsen. Green-fingered guru, Tanya Visser, will lay the groundwork for visitors looking to get their hands dirty with some great gardening inspiration. She emphasised the dominance of the ‘growing your own’ trend which has gained significant momentum and interest this year. “We’re delighted this trend is expanding and I definitely think it’s one that won’t go away anytime soon,” she said. “Another element at the top of my mind is water - the scarcity has really made us all think, not once but twice, how we can save it.” Visser will outline some very user-friendly tips on how to save this diminishing resource, one of which is ‘mulching’. She will feature main gardening projects at the Builders DIY Theatre this year, including step-by-step guidance on sowing seeds that are sure to germinate, as well as how to make more of what gardeners already have. Elle Franco’s strong background in DIY makes her well-placed to share take-home tips and interesting projects. “As a DIY presenter I pay close attention to design and décor trends of the year as DIY . . .
This years’ EOH Connect conference, Fast Data: Business at the Speed of Thought focuses on data at the centre of the digital revolution. This year’s event will offer attendees the chance to experience some remarkable guest speakers. Vinny Lingham, a ‘shark’ on the South African edition of the global Shark Tank TV-franchise is the international keynote speaker of the event. Lingham is also one of South Africa’s major technology entrepreneur exports to Silicon Valley and will be flanked during the day by other top speakers including the inspiring and critically acclaimed global adventurer, Hein Wagner and Simone Zanetti, the founder of Allos South Africa. “Our line-up this year is designed to challenge conventional views about the future of data and technology. We are confident that our guests will be thinking very differently about what they can achieve for their businesses by the end of the conference,” says CEO of EOH’s ICT business, Rob Godlonton. Keynote speaker, Vinny Lingham, is regularly ranked in the top-5 most influential FinTech, Blockchain, and crypto sphere ‘insiders’ on the planet. Known as one of South Africa’s most famous technology entrepreneurs, he is nicknamed the ‘Bitcoin Oracle’ for his accurate forecasts of movements in the cryptocurrency’s price. Frequently writing on topics relating to the decentralisation of the financial industry and the sovereignty of the consumer, Lingham never fails to ‘disrupt’ when sharing his controversial views on the future relationship of the banking and technology industries. Opening about his view on The New Financial Revolution and Why Tokens are Eating the World, Lingham has famously argued that, “Blockchain technologies are changing the way the world functions and tokens appear to be yet another killer app... If we’re able to move land registry & title deeds, identity, commodities and stocks to the blockchain, we will succeed in making the world far more efficient and secure.” Most . . .
Ricoh Digital Empowerment survey examines how a lack of technology investment impacts on performance, productivity and potential for employees in the modern organisation Ricoh South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 April 2018 – The global Ricoh Digital Empowerment Survey, including a representative number of South Africans and South African companies, asked more than 3,500 employees about their views on the latest innovations and how these would impact on their roles. Of those surveyed, the majority believed that they wasted more than 42 days a year thanks to a lack of relevant and capable technologies in the workplace and a third said that lack of investment into new technology was slowing momentum and the business would fail in five years. When asked about emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, more than two thirds (65%) of employees felt that these technologies would positively impact the way they worked. Within the next two years, 41% predicted that they would perform fewer repetitive tasks and 40% believed that they would be able to focus on more important projects. Interestingly, 38% commented that in the future they might be in a role that doesn’t exist yet. What was surprising was how nearly all (98%) of those surveyed were enthusiastic about the introduction of new workplace technology, placing both AI and automation at the top of the list. However, they felt management would only invest if it cut costs (72%) and one third of employees felt that they were not equipped to get the most out of the office solutions they had, much less new technologies such as AI. They recognised that these would have a potentially positive impact, but they were concerned about their lack of skills (40%) and wanted employers to place a greater emphasis on training (67%). Overall, employees want more immediate access to data (44%), a reduction in repetitive tasks (41%), and rated better technology higher (59%) than perks like . . .