In celebration of the Youth Month, Maxum Digital will be hosting the first ever township based Gaming & Esports Day, powered by Ekasi Gaming. The two events will be hosted in Soweto & Ga-Rankuwa townships respectively. The objective of this Gaming & Esports day is to raise awareness on the career and entrepreneurial, opportunities by exposing the youth from the townships and rural areas to the world of gaming & Esports. The events will also provide market exposure for local game developers, studios and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies by showcasing their innovations. The first event will take place on the 22 June at EkasiLab, Soweto and 29 June, Ga-Rankuwa (YMCA Hall). The fun filled days, will also have a workshops, Esports competitions, Virtual Reality Experience and many more activities. At Maxum Digital we are committed on raising awareness on the Maxum Digital programme and opportunities that are available for learners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders, most importantly to grow the initiative to also incorporate other townships over a period of time and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in townships and historically disadvantaged areas, says. Mr. Tashveer Bodhi - Programme Manager at Maxum Digital. At Ekasi Gaming we aim to harness a competitive and professional gaming ecosystem in South Africa, by being at the forefront of driving skill development and supporting an inclusive South African Esports Ecosystem and this partnership with Maxum Digital will ensure that will get closer in building and strengthening a broad Esports & gaming community. Says. Mr. Gabriel Ramokotjo - CEO at Ekasi Gaming. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
HOSTRIVER launches innovative professional DIY Website Building services for SMEs. Johannesburg, 12 June 2018 – South African Internet solutions company, HOSTRIVER, today launched its Website Builder service – aimed at the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) website building platform affords SMEs the opportunity to take control of their online presence with an affordable and easy to implement professional online web building service. Founder and CEO of HOSTRIVER, Madoda Khuzwayo, a perennial entrepreneur, understands the power of a professional online presence, hence his commitment to assisting fellow Africans get their foot on the digital ladder: “From the get go, businesses should be able to create and own their own digital architecture presenting it to their audiences with as much professionalism as possible – website, email and all that comes with being operational in a digital world. A website is a digital shop window and possibly the most powerful tool any business has to create that first impression and start trading, so it needs to be easy to implement and maintain.” Being in control of own look, feel, content and operability from the beginning of the business journey is economically empowering. Having the option to build an eCommerce store with a variety of payment gateways from the outset, also takes the website from a showcase to a transactional portal immediately. eCommerce has many benefits for SMEs and the overall economy. It is also an important job creating tool. For example, one sale made online positively affects many industries from manufacturing to packaging and shipping. In every stage it's indirectly creating or sustaining jobs. “It is therefore arguable that the more SMEs jump onto the eCommerce bandwagon, the better for the economy as a whole,” said Khuzwayo. Beyond that though, is the requirement to involve and retain the customer. The HOSTRIVER Website Builder service offers this in abundance. “I . . .
Pretoria, June 07, 2018 - Locally owned software company BTK Software announced today the launch of the world’s first anti-poaching game for Android and Apple users namely POACHER DOWN. The initial version of this First Person Shooter (FPS) game utilizes 3 language options including Zulu and Afrikaans which is another first for international gaming. BTK Software designed the app to help curb the epidemic of poaching in Southern Africa and hopes to generate much needed international awareness and funds for this cause. BTK partnered with local anti-poaching organisation the Rhino Pride Foundation as the beneficiary of all national and international donations generated though the app. Poacher Down is an action-packed shooter game where the user needs to protect an array of animals from an ever increasing number of poachers. The user can choose from a range of weapons, guns, grenades and bullets. The game even has a slow motion action sequences for kill shots. “The idea from the beginning was to create a world class action game that is entertaining and fun to play. The more people that play the game the better. Users can help by simply clicking on a donation button in the game. We also plan on adding a couple more language options to unlock additional local and international market segments such as Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and other South African languages. Players like to hear the poachers shout, cry and make jokes in their native tongue.” said CEO Werner van der Westhuizen Although the game comes across as gruesome and graphic at times, the user can simply switch off the blood and strong language in the game’s settings menu. Another perk in the game is the use of an international leader board where users can see their ranking compared to all the other players across the globe. This is definitely an innovative approach to creating awareness for the poaching epidemic and we look forward to see what the public will make of . . .
Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Photo: Plantronics Stock Image Patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial enables Xbox One and PS4 gamers to keep hands on their controllers while changing volume. Santa Cruz, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms. Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the console editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider. “The new RIG 500 PRO Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Gregory Morquin, Category Business Manager, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos® activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.” RIG 500 PRO Series, available in Console, PC and Esports editions, builds upon the lightweight, modular design of the original RIG 500 with performance-boosting features including: • Premium 50 mm drivers for expanded frequency response • A removable noise-canceling microphone boom and flip-to-mute feature • Removable audio cables that can be easily swapped or replaced • Snap-in . . .
The annual Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo is back again for 2018. Set to be held from 19 to 20 October 2018 at Soweto’s Dlamini Multi Purpose Hall, the “Ekasi Tech Fest 2018” remains the first and only township gaming festival to combine technology and gaming into one event aimed at unlocking the township innovation economy. The event will for the first time host the Soweto Esports Community Cup Final in Pro Gaming FIFA & Tekken 7. There will also be a Counter Strike (CS:GO) competitive match on the cards. In addition, this year’s venue is significantly bigger than the 2017 venue. “There’s the Silicon Valley model and then there’s the Ekasi innovation model. Events like the Ekasi Tech Fest help people in the developing world uncover new ways of growing their own digital economies in ways that more conventional markets never imagined,” says Mpho Tladi, spokesperson for the Ekasi Tech Fest organisers. The second Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo, now simply called “Ekasi Tech Fest 2018”, aims to meet the needs of technology and gaming enthusiasts in Soweto and the surrounding areas which are together home to several million people, most of them under 30 years of age. The i-Village Foundation NPC with its valued partners from business, government, ICT, education and the consulting sector will once again play host to South Africa’s biggest ever gathering of policy makers, industry players, entrepreneurs and experts in township technology innovation. The expo aims to be the leading platform for start-ups to showcase their innovation, engage with policy makers, the private sector and the community at large with the intention of commercialising their creativity. The Ekasi Tech Fest will introduce a wide variety of educational and entertainment video games and other next-generation platforms such as Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) to a whole new audience. Although there will be a set programme during the two days, there will be . . .
Centurion, 31 May 2018 – Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), a premier provider of open-access connectivity, has partnered with APPSolve to implement Oracle Fusion Cloud Services as its new ERP platform. APPSolve is an IT services company specialising in Oracle Technologies and advisory services. DFA Chief Information Officer, Mmakgosi Mosupi, says that the new software platform will manage all the company's business processes related to finance, supply-chain management, assets, projects, and human resources. Explaining the business reasons for the project, Mosupi says that for a number of years DFA has experienced significant growth as an open-access fibre-connectivity provider. “As the organisation has scaled up in every aspect of its business, a number of its original systems and processes had to be adjusted in line with this growth.” Mosupi continues that, at this stage of DFA’s evolution, there is a pressing need to implement a capable ERP system that can be tailored to meet the company’s requirements and easily integrated with other core systems. A key requirement of such an ERP system, she says, is that it must be scalable to support future growth. Oracle Fusion Cloud Services, a cloud-based ERP system, was selected as the solution that most closely matched the company’s criteria. APPSolve director, Dr Kevin Lubbe, says that this is a landmark project in South Africa not only in the telecommunications industry but also for Oracle and APPSolve. “We look forward to APPSolve leading another successful implementation project with a pioneering company such as DFA.” The project kicks off in June 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2019. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The team behind GoUAV.co.za and GoThermal.co.za has now turned its significant thermal, optical, UAV and security industry expertise to the launch of an online wholesale security products and value-added services distributor. GoDistribution is positioned as a South African wholesale security distributor of leading global brands across industry sectors including thermal and optical vision systems, radar systems, as well as perimeter detection and protection systems. This new wholesale venture is the latest entity to come out of the long-established TeleEye SA stable which has previously launched the successful complementary brands, GoUAV.co.za and GoThermal.co.za. Headed by security and ICT industry veteran, Philip Smerkovitz, TeleEye SA is the country’s leading specialist in the disruptive application of UAVs, software and accessories across different industry sectors. “We’re taking TeleEye’s almost decade-and-a-half pedigree and using it to launch a third specialised online security-related portal, this time offering wholesale good value coupled with respected TeleEye SA expertise,” says Smerkovitz. GoDistribution’s focus is on high-calibre protection and detection systems that help secure challenging, high-value corporate and industrial environments with significant human and physical resources at stake. GoDistribution specifically brings together a collection of leading brands like FLIR Systems, DJI, HIKvision and others from several market sectors into one convenient wholesale distribution platform. “These are high-end brands ideally-suited to securing high-value environments,” Smerkovitz adds. By adding additional value through consulting, client training and systems design; GoDistribution is emerging as a specialist in the application of military-grade radar, thermal and optical technologies to strategic areas of the South African economy such as farming, energy, telecoms, mining, oil and gas. “GoDistribution’s stated goal is to engage with . . .
The mobile workforce is growing at a rapid rate, and its workers need technology that enable them to be more efficient at collaborating and communicating. Gavin Sear, Manager Global Product Marketing at Plantronics talks about the new Calisto 7200 in his recent blog: "Today I have the pleasure of letting you all know that Plantronics has added to the Calisto family of speakerphones by introducing Calisto 7200 to the market. This new, sleek and compact speakerphone is designed specifically for small “huddle rooms” for up to six people, to provide a meeting experience beyond compare. With the addition of Calisto 7200, our partners can now offer their customers a complete selection of audio collaboration devices: headsets, personal and small group speakerphones. We created this product in a collaboration that began last year with Polycom, a leader in the conferencing space, as we share a mutual goal of providing users with superior user experiences. There’s no doubt the need for small conference rooms is growing quickly. A Nemertes 2018 study found 67 percent of IT leaders are evaluating now, or planning this year or next year, to invest in meeting rooms. Even in today’s open-office environments, the need for smaller conference and collaboration rooms is increasing. Calisto 7200 offers a professional audio experience on both ends of the call, powered by Polycom. Four highly-directional microphones pick up speech from every corner of the meeting room, with a great reduction of the “cave effect” of room reverberance. In addition, Calisto 7200 comes with wide band support for natural-sounding meetings with a small group of people. Noise cancelling technology filters out undesirable background noises like keyboard typing and paper shuffling when nobody in the room is actively speaking. One of the best things about this speakerphone is that it can help increase adoption of unified communications (UC) systems. Because it’s so easy to use, with intuitive, . . .
RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, believes that now is the time for bold growth and expansion into Africa. The continent is poised on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and has the potential to change markets, shift global perspective and translate the true value of technology. With one of the largest low-income growth rates globally, Africa is perfectly suited to the development of solutions that drive automation, lower costs and improve peri-urban exposure. “Africa is very technology savvy, not only from a creation and invention point of view, but from the ability to take a collaboration of existing technology to encompass a deeper need or requirement,” says Chris Ogden, Managing Director, RubiBlue. “Africa is the start point – technology from here is going to rapidly streamline many things, from the rudimentary to the solution on a grand scale.” Many of the technologies and inventions that are poised to emerge from Africa are solving problems that the first world isn’t even aware of. This granular level of innovation is what holds the key to unlocking Africa as the next Silicon Valley. Some of the biggest trends in this space include automation, data exchange, Internet of Things, cloud-based computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Growing connectivity and infrastructure is allowing for more and more of the continent to engage with technology and address challenges that have global significance. “This is the key to unlocking growth, financial inclusion, economic empowerment and people in Africa, “concludes Ogden. “Real world solutions designed to better the local market and that have international impact. It is going to be a slow process – first we will crawl, then walk and then run. Africa is paying more attention to this revolution and the future is very bright indeed.” To find out more about RubiBlue and how it can work with your business to create intelligent technology and ignite r, visit . . .
Making the switch to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) enables small and medium-sized (SME) business owners to realise a host of additional benefits from their new IP-based voice and data communications system, of which cost savings is just one. “Lower communications costs are the single biggest driver for companies looking to adopt VoIP with average savings coming in at around 45% of current phone bills. “However, a huge additional plus for SMEs is the ability to plug in enterprise-class phone systems to help the start-up punch way above their weight,” says Otel Communications CEO, Rad Jankovic. “Foremost amongst these is 3CX, the gold standard of IP-driven switchboards,” adds Mr Rankovic. A tremendous advantage for SMEs is that 3CX functionality is hosted in the Cloud and available on any desktop computer or mobile interface. “Yesteryear's desk-bound PBX system is located in reception while the virtual 3CX platform is located anywhere. That’s critical for the very mobile small business still finding its feet,” says Mr Jankovic. Otel’s ability to offer the world’s leading brand name communications platforms like the 3CX hosted switchboard solution means companies of all sizes can benefit from enterprise-grade unified communications platforms without the need for clunky physical equipment. "Our flagship 3CX phone system is a unified communications platform that is finding growing favour with South African SMEs keen to keep voice and data costs in check during a critical phase of the business lifecycle,” Mr Jankovic explains. In particular, 3CX enables SMEs to enjoy all the benefits of unified communications which makes the highly-convenient single inbox possible. Unified communications means the ability to reach employees wherever they are using whatever format is suitable at a specific time. “Unified communications delivered via 3CX is perfect for a start-up where some team members may be working from home or even at other positions,” says Mr . . .