Samsung’s Exynos Processors Selected to Revolutionise Audi’s Next-Generation In-Vehicle Infotainment Advanced semi-conductors satisfy the highest standards in robustness, performance and quality JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 February, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, has announced its participation in the Audi Progressive Semi-Conductor Programme (PSCP). Samsung will participate as a partner supplier of Exynos processors, its own System-on-Chip (SoC) solution, for Audi’s In Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. Audi’s PSCP was first initiated in 2010, with the aim of quickly implementing the latest technologies that satisfy the highest standards in robustness, performance and quality for automobiles. As a key partner, Samsung will be supplying its flagship Exynos processors for Audi’s next-generation IVI system. “With Exynos processors, Samsung has proven its technology leadership in performance, reliability and innovative packaging solutions. Through the PSCP, Samsung and Audi will work together to deliver the best in-vehicle infotainment experience, at the automotive quality level expected from the Audi brand,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director: Brand and Product Marketing and Communications at Samsung South Africa. With multiple OS and multi-display support, the flagship Exynos processors can operate up to four different domains and displays stationed in the vehicle at once. Exynos processors' powerful computing and graphic processing performance delivers highly graphical user interface on displays for deeper user engagement. Since 2010, Samsung’s Exynos processors have powered the highest performing smart devices, ranging from smartphones and laptops to navigation systems, delivering the ultimate experiences to consumers. Through the adoption of advanced technology and optimisation for automobiles, Samsung is committed to delivering top-of-the-line performance, for a safer and more . . .
There is plenty of summer fun to be had simply by utilising your television to its fullest potential JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 23 February, 2017 – While summer conjures images of swimming, sun-tanning and all kinds of outdoor activities, Samsung Electronics South Africa points out that there is just as much fun to be had indoors, if you make the most of your Samsung appliances. Samsung’s superior Smart TVs and accessories offer the ideal way to turn any summer evening or weekend into an indoor adventure. Whether your ideal indoor escapade involves curling up by yourself and watching a good movie, entertaining friends, playing games with the whole family or sharing a ‘date night’ for two, Samsung’s high quality televisions create an experience that is unique as well as enjoyable. “For starters, Samsung’s Smart Hub is designed to organise your content sources into easy to use panels you are able to view on the TV screen,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director at Samsung South Africa. “It allows you to effortlessly navigate through streaming content, Web browsing and more.” If you want to treat the family, why not get everyone together and have a gaming competition, suggests Thackrah. The Smart Hub’s Games Panel, provides easy-to-play, family-friendly games for everyone to enjoy on the big screen. “The Games Panel recommends various games for you to download and play. It features easy-to-use controls to enhance your Smart Hub gaming activities. It’s a great way of bringing family and friends together,” he continues. Samsung’s Smart TVs, including the latest SUHD TVs with Quantum dot technology, connect you to live video streaming services like Showmax, Netflix and YouTube. “This means you are able to find funny cat videos to show to the family or catch up on your team’s greatest goals with your friends, simply by searching for what you want online. Alternatively, you can stream that classic comedy and revel in sharing it, along with some . . .
Lagos, Nigeria, February 20, 2017: For the first time in Nigeria, MainOne showcased Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10 at MainOne’s Nerds Unite 2017 event. Speaking during the event, Principal Group Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Robert Di Benedetto, highlighted the company’s products and services for Cloud, Security, productivity and intelligence which will make it easier for IT professionals to drive digital transformation throughout their organizations. With the reveal at MainOne’s Nerds Unite conference, Nigeria joins selected countries that have experienced the visually rich interactive experience that holograms provide. In her opening remarks, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke said the current recession in the country was a motivator for the event theme for the 2017 edition, “Disruptive Technology: Achieve More with Less”. According to her, the economic downturn has left businesses with no alternative than to adopt and leverage disruptive technology to drive efficiency, save cost and deliver economic value. She shed light on the need to align business needs with technology, the need to be agile and the importance of security. She cited the successes recorded in the e-payment, e-commerce sectors with businesses such as eTransact, Konga, Jumia and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBBS) as of the adoption of disruptive technology in Nigeria. Ms. Opeke reiterated that the annual Nerds Unite conference is a commitment of MainOne and its partners to sharing knowledge and ideas aimed at transforming the businesses of its customers. “At MainOne, we believe that our customers are the most able in this society to bring about disruption in the Nigerian economy leveraging technology. Nerds Unite provides a vantage platform for us to enable our stakeholder community with new ideas to disrupt the Nigerian business landscape”. In its third year, Nerds Unite 2017 featured world-class . . .
iOS devices can now interact with the Samsung Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 22 February, 2017 – Samsung Electronics has announced the expansion of iOS compatibility across the latest Gear family of devices including the Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2. This means that Gear Manager, which was previously only available for Android, can now be downloaded from the Apple App store for compatible iOS devices. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance our offerings and we do this by listening to what our customers want – and that includes greater access to our cutting-edge wearable technologies on other platforms,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. iOS users now have the opportunity to download the Samsung Gear S app for the Gear S2 and Gear S3 or the Samsung Gear Fit app for the Gear Fit2 on a range of iOS devices. Once the appropriate app is downloaded, consumers will be guided through the steps needed to pair their device with a compatible Samsung wearable. While features and functions will vary by device, iPhone users will now be able to enjoy the Samsung Gear S3’s timeless and stylish design, IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as the built-in Global Positioning System (GPS), Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps. It is available in two bold models – the Gear S3 frontier, which takes inspiration from the active explorer with a rugged design, as well as the Gear S3 classic, featuring an elegant style, coupled with the balance found on luxury timepieces. “By offering Android and iOS compatibility with our latest Gear devices, we are giving users more ways to optimise their wearable experiences and connect to Samsung’s Galaxy of possibilities,” Ferreira concludes. Samsung wearable devices with iOS compatibility are currently available in markets where Samsung Gear devices are sold. The services and features of Samsung Gear devices may be limited for certain iOS . . .
Leading SA hotels are getting ‘smarter’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 22 February, 2017 – Intelligent digital displays and advanced hospitality televisions are set to become the centre of the Smart Hospitality movement. Leading South African hotels are moving to harness these new technologies for greater efficiency and better service. “Large hotels use more business technology than the average office does, so Samsung has focused on revolutionising the hospitality information technology (IT) ecosystem to enable hotels to run their operations more effectively,” says Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa. A key focus area is guest-facing information and amusement. Modern hotel guests expect hotels to provide the same level of technology that they enjoy in their own homes. This means high-speed Wi-Fi and advanced, flexible entertainment options. “In-room content is a crucial aspect in successful hospitality management,” says van Lier. “This is why Samsung’s specialised Hospitality TVs deliver a complete platform for premium guest room information and enjoyment.” “Guests can watch movies and TV shows from streaming services, login to their social media accounts and even push content from their mobile devices to the big screen. The system is easy to use and centrally managed, making it possible for the hotel to relay relevant information – from weather forecasts and details of on-site facilities, to notices of special events and guest messages – directly to the device. In future, we will see hotels integrating controls of air conditioning, lights and room service around the TVs, making Hospitality TVs the new smart hub of the contemporary hotel room. A number of leading South African hotels are now moving to install these Hospitality TVs to modernise their approach to in-room entertainment,” says van Lier. Alongside smart Hospitality TVs, intelligent digital displays are upgrading marketing and . . .
What is KYC and How is Regtech making it less painful? Why KYC? No, KYC is not just another acronym that doesn’t deserve a mention. Yes, KYC is the ofttimes painstaking process that you go through when signing on for a new account or financial service. More importantly though, KYC (Know Your Customer) refers to the due-diligence processes of any regulated business to do exactly that - know us and our businesses - their customers, so that they can transact with us in a safer way. KYC is an especially important cog in the financial services machine, as it assists in the prevention of: Financial Fraud Identity Theft Terrorist Funding Money Laundering Simply put, without KYC, we’d be living in the equivalent of a financial services wild west. Gangsters would be able to get away with money laundering, terrorists would have far easier access to capital and countless more cases of identity theft and financial fraud would be prevalent. The KYC processes also allow our financial services providers (FSPs) to know us as customers better, which translates into them being able to provide more relevant services and solutions, as well as mitigate risks - for both parties. KYC, What? The KYC process can be broken up into two parts and covers both individuals and businesses. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll refer to the process used for individuals throughout this article. Customer Identification - This is where you’re asked for identifying information, generally in the form of your identity document (e.g passport) your proof of address (e.g your telephone bill) and a recent photograph. Customer Due-Diligence - This is where your risk profile gets assessed via various levels of questioning and supporting information and documentation requests - which may include your source of funds, purpose of your account, your occupation, your financial statements, banking references etc. The institution and type of account/transaction involved . . .
South Africa's first online portal dedicated to the disruptive application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) across key economic sectors; including agriculture, security and energy; has been unveiled by TeleEye SA. The company is a leading provider of sensing and imaging technology and is now the country's only DJI Enterprise Dealer and distributor of DJI drones, aerial application software and accessories that are customisable for different commercial and industrial applications. "Our GoUAV.co.za portal provides the most appropriate DJI drone hardware and aerial software solutions from leading developers such as Datumate and Precision Hawk which cater for diverse industry applications including long range optical viewing and thermal technologies. "For example; quantity surveyors, construction engineers, movie producers, farmers, mine managers, estate agents, and others have all benefited from the application of DJI hardware, camera packages and customized application software within their unique environments," said TeleEye SA Managing Director, Philip Smerkovitz. Colloquially known as 'drones'; UAVs are finding growing favour across a range of applications including search and rescue, firefighting, security, agriculture, roof and solar panel inspections, aerial surveys and photography, and many other potential uses that benefit from an 'eye in the sky'. DJI (Dà-Ji?ng Innovations Science and Technology Co., Ltd) is a Chinese drone leader manufacturing UAVs, gimbals, flight platforms, cameras, propulsion systems, camera stabilisers and flight controllers. The Economist in 2015 described the company as being at the "forefront of the civilian-drone industry". FLIR core thermal systems that seamlessly integrate with DJI drone products including the flagship Xenmuse XT thermal gimbal that is available on TeleEye SA's GoUAV.co.za online retail platform. GoUAV.co.za can provide specialist advice about seamlessly adding thermal imaging equipment onto . . .
During its rugby world cup debut, gaming app Retro Rugby took the sporting world by storm, causing more competitiveness than a real-life match, between office mates and pub pals across the nation. Now, the vintage – and super addictive – game returns to celebrate the Six Nations and is a must for any rugby fan around the world. Using a simple swipe gesture, users control the attacking player to navigate the field – avoid clashing with defenders and posts, to score a try. As the user progresses, the timer counts down and the defenders become more active to make for exciting and addictive gameplay. There’s no better time, than half time to put your skills to the test and swipe your way up the leader board to glory. Select your team colours to support your nation and gear up to win the cup for your country. Gain all the excitement previous Six Nations tournaments have provided, such as England’s tense 25-21 victory over Wales in 2016, to round off the Triple Crown and become tournament winners! All we can predict for this year is that Retro Rugby will keep the excitement going after the 80 minutes are over. To download Retro Rugby, visit the App Store or for android devices download the game via Google Play. For further information about the game, visit www.brighthouse.co.uk/retro-rugby. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When the iconic Dodge Challenger arrived on the scene for the first time in 1970 it was heralded as a major player in the world of muscle cars by motoring enthusiasts. At the time of its release it was a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Challenger though was larger, far more luxurious and more akin to the Mercury Cougar. Ultimately however what sets this car apart from its rivals of old in this day and age is its rarity. Low production numbers means these beauties are few and far between, making it a prestigious collector’s car. Durban based company, AMCAR Imports have their hands on a Dodge Challenger exclusive, the first ever replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger Dynacorn body. Dynacorn are officially licensed to the world’s biggest muscle car manufacturers which adds an authentic stamp to AMCAR’s project. In addition the car will be installed with a brand new, 2016 Hellcat Hemi V8 engine directly from Chrysler USA. The experience folk at AMCAR who specialise in importing and restoring American muscle cars are now standing by to customise this 1970 classic to a lucky purchaser. AMCAR CEO, Craig Buck says the beauty of this project is that the buyer will receive an exact replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger with the car technology of today. “What this means is that we will sell the car with the old school look, original components but with modern and state of the art specifications,” Buck said. Buck who is hugely experienced in the industry says AMCAR borrows their approach from popular American car modification mogul, Chip Foose who pioneered the art of restoration and modification: Restomod. “The thinking behind this is that we want to give our customers the best of both worlds,” Buck explains. “We mix old and new technology for performance and reliability. This car will be fitted with a modern steering system. The latest in breaking technology, upmarket suspension and bigger tyres. The brand new . . .
Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons’ concept and technology – that is changing the paradigm of “location, location, location” - is having a dramatic effect on the property industry worldwide. Why? Crystal Lagoons makes it possible to create crystal clear lagoons of limitless size anywhere in the world at very low construction and maintenance costs. With the ability to transform any real estate project into a beachfront paradise, these lagoons bring the lifestyle of the beach to even the most obscure destinations (the middle of deserts and populated city centres). Present on five continents with 400 projects in different stages of development in 60 countries, property developers worldwide are turning to this, the “world’s top amenity”. A Crystal Lagoon creates unprecedented demand The announcement of a residential property development through a billboard in Florida has already resulted in a waiting list of over 2,000 interested home buyers. The two signs were all the advertisement they did. Photos of other Crystal Lagoons’ projects and key messages such as “Epic Splash” and “Water This Way” raised peoples’ interest and led to sales. Something for the whole family Sales were low at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas Resort in Mexico, which was originally built with golf courses designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. But demand rocketed when a Crystal Lagoon of 4-hectares was built, offering beachfront homes. With swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing available in a safe and fun environment, this amenity that the whole family can enjoy is becoming increasingly attractive for investors. Higher sales prices Crystal Lagoons has made real estate history in Dubai at the Mohammed Bin Rashid City District One project in Dubai, with prices never seen before for luxury villas that have direct access to idyllic beaches. Crystal Lagoons can be built anywhere In Sharm El Sheikh, the resort town in Egypt located in the . . .