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 . . .
When running becomes more than just running, it takes on a life once never imagined. This is the ‘normal’ for those who run for others, where finishing is more important than winning, and never more is this true for 32-year-old Mrs South Africa Semi-Finalist 2017, Nicole Capper, who recently completed the Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon for NPO Rare Diseases SA. A Johannesburg pharmacist, and a mom to four-year-old Josh Capper, Nicole Capper welcomed daughter, Tatum, into the world two years ago. Baby Tatum was soon diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-limiting genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive tract, throwing Nicole’s busy lifestyle into turmoil, never to be the same again. Nicole met Kelly du Plessis, founder of Rare Diseases SA (Rarediseases.co.za). whose son was born with an extremely rare combination of diseases. Kelly had scoured the world to find just a few other kids that had the same condition. Kelly then founded Rare Diseases SA (Rarediseases.co.za), to raise awareness for rare diseases and advocates for patient rights. In some instances, it requires fighting legal battles to save these children’s lives. Rare Diseases SA has been extremely effective at creating awareness and saving lives. It was then that Nicole joined Rare Diseases SA, (Rarediseases.co.za), fighting for something bigger and more important than her own life. Not one to sit and accept a troubled hand, Nicole Capper says that every day is a conscious choice to focus on the possibilities. Says Nicole Capper, “I chose to run the Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon for Rare Disease SA because I have been forced to face a very uncertain future, and am only strong when I choose to focus on something, someone, stronger than I am, Tatum Sloane Capper, and others in a similar predicament. If Tatum can fight this disease every day, then I can do the once-thought impossible and run a marathon for her and others. This is my life and I will not waste another minute of it.” CLICK HERE . . .
Schools in the cities of Johannesburg, Midrand, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay have again been invited to participate in the Ronnie Recycler school’s competition for 2017. Schools in each city will be eligible to win prizes to the value of R20 000*. The competition is organised annually by Mpact Recycling. The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of the environmental benefits and importance of paper recycling. It instils lifelong positive habits amongst young learners who participate. This year’s competition, which officially launched on the 1st February and runs until the end of September is open to nursery schools, primary schools and high schools in each city. Through Mpact’s Ronnie Recycler programme 169,000 learners were reached last year, compared to 143,000 learners in 2015. Mpact’s friendly Ronnie Recycler mascot visits schools across the country educating learners on the importance of recycling, which encourages them to recycle and to participate in the annual recycling schools competition. Donna Noble, Mpact Recycling communications manager, says: “To win our fantastic prizes, your school must collect more paper than any other school in your area. The minimum entry requirement is a collection of ten tonnes over the eight-month period – just over 1 tonne per month.” All types of paper based packaging is recyclable in the schools competition – paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal and egg boxes, old school books, junk mail, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, shredded paper, toilet roll holders, envelopes, telephone directories and most recently, all your milk and juice cartons! Prizes for the top schools are: R10,000* as the 1st Prize; R5,000* for the 2nd Prize; and R3,000* for the third position. Additional prizes include R1,000 for the ‘Green Ambassador’ and R1,000 for the ‘Green Student’. “To win, all you have to do is encourage your family, friends and fellow students to recycle their paper by filling their bags . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Nolan Hoffman celebrated his birthday in the best possible way by winning the Emperors Palace Classic road cycle title for the first time in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, today. The BCX sprinter, who turned 32 today, said he had received the perfect present after several years of trying to nail down the title in the 98km feature race. He came home in a time of 2:09:02 to see off Genasys Technologies' Ryan Harris (2:09:02) and Cycling Box's Tyler Day (2:09:03) in the gallop to the line. Hoffman, who won the elimination and madison titles at the SA National Track Championships earlier this month, said the special occasion had give him extra motivation and he praised his team for their support in the fast-paced race. "It was definitely one of my goals for the year because I have often raced here but the win has always eluded me," said the BCX star, who grew up in Franschhoek but now lives in Ruimsig in Johannesburg. "I think I have ended in almost every position except first, so this was the best birthday present for me." As he had expected, Hoffman said the race was really fast from the start and he knew it was unlikely that there would be any significant breaks out on the course. "There was never a gap of more than 10 seconds - that's how aggressive and fast it was," he said. "As a team we had no real interest in trying to get up the road and our plan was to keep the group together and ride for the sprint finish. "It was well executed by the boys. I'm proud of what they achieved and it was great to pay them back with the win." Even though the race went according to plan, Hoffman said one could never be sure of how it would unfold in the closing stages in a big bunch finish. "There was a late scare when Rohan du Plooy got about seven or eight seconds up the road, but we caught him with about a kilometre to do. "Reynard Butler then led the sprint out for me and I opened up with about 200m to go. From there it was just a case of head . . .
The University of Johannesburg players have a busy period ahead, but hockey manager Elize le Roux said they would be ready to again challenge for the Varsity Hockey title next month. This year it is the turn of the women to compete in the Varsity Hockey tournament and UJ will be hoping to continue a wave of success after their title win in 2015 was sandwiched by their men's triumphs in 2014 and last year. The tournament will be played in Stellenbosch from May 5 to 8 and in Potchefstroom the following weekend. However, many UJ players have also been included in the Southern Gauteng teams that will play in the annual interprovincial in Johannesburg from April 23 and Le Roux said it would be a case of player management in the next few weeks. "It is going to be a hectic period and the IPT, placed just before Varsity Hockey, catches us a bit," she said. "The girls will need some time to recover but we do have a performance plan in place so we are all aware what awaits us in the next few weeks." Le Roux said they had a strong nucleus of senior members, complemented by a few youngsters, as well as a new coach in national star Lance Louw. "Lance has played in the Olympics and is still in the national squad, but is now beginning to concentrate a bit more on coaching," she said. "Each coach has an idea on how to handle things and I feel Lance will definitely bring something new to the squad and a fresh approach will be good for us." Played over two pressure-filled weekends, Le Roux said the players were prepared for the challenge. "The format of the two weekends has worked well because it tests your performance structure and the mindset and psyche of the players. "We see Varsity Sport as a high-profile competition and it does have a different element, with matches being played over four quarters of 15 minutes each. "It makes for exciting contests and we know we will not have it easy, especially with some tough matches on the first . . .
A successful transition from wing to inside centre resulted in such a stellar season for University of Johannesburg rugby star Aphiwe Dyantyi that he earned selection for the Varsity Cup Dream Team this week. After an injury last year derailed his contract with the Lions franchise, Dyantyi placed his focus on the Varsity Cup this year, forcing his way into the Dream Team with several notable performances. Looking back on the competition, the 22-year-old is satisfied that the move to midfield paid dividends. "For many, this change was a bit of a shock but I'd been in discussion with the coaches and we'd been preparing for the role," he said. "I was comfortable trying out for centre and it was a decision that has really yielded good results for everyone." In October last year Dyantyi signed with the Lions but injury a month later meant he had few opportunities to prove himself. "My motivation this Varsity Cup season was to play the best I could for UJ, but I also wanted to create other opportunities for myself outside of that." Ahead of the semifinals Dyantyi had beaten more defenders (26) than any other player during the season and also made the most off-loads (19), ball carries (74) and line breaks (10) in the competition. "The tournament has been a perfect platform for me to show the coaches at the Lions what I'm capable of," said the B Com marketing student. The season got off to a bad start for UJ as they lost their first two matches but an 18-17 win over Tuks proved to be the turning point for the team. "My standout occasion of the season was the game against Tuks," said Dyantyi. "We were coming back from two losses to play a team that had been unbeaten and it was during this game that we really managed to turn our season around." The team put together a five-match winning streak which came to an end when they lost 65-19 to Maties. However, they still qualified for the semis, where they were again beaten by . . .