You're a busy person. You've got work all day, groceries to buy during lunch, and kids to pick up after netball practice. The last thing you want to do is schlep across town to drop off that craft box off for your niece’s party next week. Wouldn't it be better if you could just send somebody else to do it? Muule turns everyday commuters and travelers into a network of couriers ready to take just about anything across town. Muule is very similar to ride-share services like Lyft and Uber, but oriented towards moving objects such as boxes, laptops or even a bed from point A to point B, rather than people. Senders post details about pick-up and drop-off locations, size of the cargo, and when a delivery should be made. Drivers, referred to as "Muules," can look through these offers and pick the ones that interest them. In theory, this makes it possible to arrange deliveries at specific times, on weekends, or with other criteria that aren't always possible (or reasonably priced) with established shippers like Aramax and Fedex. Creating a parcel log is very easy , it only requires a little bit of information about what is being sent, how big it is, pickup and drop-off locations, who the driver will meet at each side, and when the package should arrive. Scheduling options for the drop-off allow for picking a time for same-day deliveries, a specific date in the future, or just "whenever." Additional details about the pick-up and drop-off can go into the description. Muule allows senders to choose how much they're going to offer for a delivery In the near future we will be giving the Muule’s an option to counter offer the delivery price and so on until a price is agreed upon. The Muule need only provide a valid driver's license and copy of ID in order to vet them and then they are good to go The whole deal should be pretty attractive to drivers, since pick-up and drop-off shouldn't take up too much time, and the payouts look pretty good. If you want to . . .
Johannesburg – Another successful SuitNight event around Gentle Courage was held in collaboration with BetterMan and international watch brand, DOGFIGHT on 25 October 2016. DOGFIGHT tells the story of pilots who wagered courageous battles in the sky during the World Wars. DOGFIGHT pilots followed the rules and battle planes in fierce battle grounds where no single mistake is allowed, all the while holding on to the integrity of respecting the sanctity of life. They were the greatest warriors of age who put everything at stake for their comrades and loved ones. Today, we still long for those DOGFIGHT pilot, the true flying aces with THE GENTLE COURAGE What is special and unique about the DOGFIGHT watches is that each watch has a quote engraved on the back. The brand truly resonates with the values that BetterMan represents and therefor the perfect match. “Gentle Courage” perfectly describes the modern gentleman: Gentle in his approach. Courageous in his heart. Venue: The View https://www.facebook.com/Transvaal.Scottish.Regiment/ MC: Andrew Mack Sponsor: DOGFIGHT Special offer: visit the website and enter the code to receive 25% discount until the end of January 2017. Did anyone say best Christmas gift ever? The code is: DOGFIGHT25 https://itsabouttime.co.za/23_dogfight CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SovTech offers it's Services platform, for the easy procurement of enterprise technology service. Johannesburg, 2016 - SovTech recently launched SovTech Services, a platform of premium digital services that can be conveniently purchased online and delivered in under 7 days. In the last 45 days, the platform has doubled its monthly active users, as well as doubled the number of Packages on offer to its customers, far exceeding management's expectations. Applicable To All, But SME Focussed While SovTech Services has been established under the main SovTech brand, it aims to assist SovTech’s smaller customers, focused on SME’s looking for easy procurement of digital services. Whilst the platform has doubled it’s monthly active users, it has also seen rapid growth on it’s sole social channel, twitter. With 1000 active followers after less than 45 days, it’s proof that there is interest around what is on offer. SovTech Services plans to create a community of members who are not only loyal customers but share like-minded interests in topics such as Web & Mobile, Online Marketing, UX / UI and IT Solutions. With fresh weekly blog posts, followers are provided with the expertise of SovTech Services in the form of insightful content on how to improve their businesses digital initiatives, whether their company is small or large. New digital services available to the public beef up the existing array of UI/UX and design-centric packages, as well as increase the offering around integration of legacy systems and more modern day cloud-based systems. Infographic design, Social media graphic design, banner ad design, logo design… Even an off the shelf 40 page Ebook package is now available. These packages all aim to enhance your businesses online presence. “We are committed to providing simple, reasonably priced products that every small to medium sized business needs.” Says Jamie Chennells, who heads up the SovTech Services Platform. “While we have a roadmap of . . .
Moving-it, Moving Matters is a programme designed for primary school learners in Soweto to ensure all learners engage in appropriate and enjoyable physical activity each week. Learners who participate in this activity are 10-11 years old, in Grade 5, This significant program was made possible through funding received from Total South Africa. The National sporting event GASP (Get Ahead Sports Programme) is one of the 5 planned talent-advancing Events scheduled in 2016 and this year the focus is on tennis. A tennis tournament held at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto on Friday 28 October 2016 saw 320 learners from 32 primary schools in Soweto who are actively participating in the Moving-It, Moving Matters programme come to participate in this inter-schools competiton.10 learners have been selected from each school. A further 10 Learners from the Nelspruit Mbombela area (Zwelitsha and Chakaza schools) have been selected take part in the competition, along with 10 Learners from the Yeoville area (Houghton Primary, Yeoville Boys and Yeoville Community Schools): both these teams were the winners in their respective district GASP events held earlier this year. Education forms an important element of Total South Africa’s corporate social investment strategy and the company’s Move-It, Moving Matters and GASP system is holistic in the way that communities are empowered by the cumulative effect which ensures positive changes in health, creates excitement and results in growing active people. All this is through the medium of sport. Total South Africa is known for giving back to the communities they operate in, their focus as a company is to bring positive social change, “GASP brings sports to public schools. Through this, children are given a platform to showcase what they are capable of, and showcase their potential. Our schools have no coaches and sometimes even lack playgrounds, we as Total South Africa through the Move-It, Moving Matters programme are . . .
ASUS South Africa partners with Mass Mart retailer, DionWired to carry full range of Gaming Notebooks. Johannesburg, South Africa – A few weeks ago hardware manufacturer, ASUS announced their partnership with Mass Mart retailer, DionWired at the rAge Expo. DionWired will officially carry the entire ROG (Republic of Gamers) range of notebooks. ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor whose focus is to bring innovative technology to the consumer. “One of the main aspects which sets ASUS apart from other hardware manufacturers is the advanced design. Consumers of notebooks require a stable battery life (which lasts and offers outstanding performance) that doesn’t sacrifice modern design. ASUS aims to provide all consumers with state-of-the-art technology while still providing great value for money. Therefor ASUS remains the first choice for many who are looking for the perfect balance between features and style”, says Yolandi Venter, Marketing Manager for SYS at ASUS South Africa. DionWired carries the ZenBook range and now stocks the ROG Range of Notebooks just in time for Christmas season. The ROG Notebooks available at DionWired include monstrous 17inch G752 range in variants armed with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070M graphics with GTX1080Ms on the way. They also include the modestly priced yet beastly 15inch G552 range. Managing Director of DionWired, Nazim Cassim says that the retailer is looking to increase its gaming audience, and is offering a three-year on-site warranty on all new notebook and laptops sold across the ROG range. According to ASUS, gaming laptops now make up 2% of all laptop sales in South Africa, which may not sound like much but does account for a couple of thousand unit sold per quarter; this is double of what is was during 2015. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
FCB Africa is celebrating its 2016 Pendoring Awards wins with three of its agencies adding metal to their trophy cabinets this weekend (Friday 28 October 2016). Only nine gold Pendorings were awarded on the night, along with 37 silvers: eight golds to the professional agencies and one to students, and 29 silvers to agencies and eight to students. FCB Joburg took one of the gold awards for a newspaper campaign in Afrikaans for Toyota ‘Hilux’tjie’ and added six silver trophies to its haul, making it the most awarded agency in terms of silver. Here its wins included several in the newspaper advertising category – NetFlorist ‘A War of Words’ (Afrikaans and Sotho), Toyota ‘Bad Parts’ (Afrikaans and Zulu) and Lexus Multi Terrain ‘Directions’ (Zulu); a silver in the online & mobile advertising/social media & email marketing category for Toyota ‘Rampartytjie’; and two craft silvers – one for writing and one for music & sound design for NetFlorist ‘A War of Words’ (Afrikaans and Sotho). FCB 1886 and FCB Cape Town also took silver in the newspaper advertising category – FCB 1886 for Cell C’s campaign ‘Lugtyd-oordrag’ (Afrikaans) and FCB Cape Town for BMW Motorrad (Afrikaans) while FCB 1866 two craft silvers – both for writing – for Cell C ‘Lugtyd-oordrag’ (Afrikaans) and Lexus ‘Stiller Kajuit’. This latest haul comes after a sterling performance at the 2016 Loerie Awards, especially for FCB Cape Town and Hellocomputer whose ‘Testi-monials’ campaign for Cancer South Africa notched up a total of 6 awards including 3 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. FCB Africa also claimed the Robyn Putter Award for the third consecutive year at the 18th annual Sunday Times Top Brands awards function – making its fifth Robyn Putter Award in total – with 32 points. The agencies placing second and third achieved 18 and 17 points respectively. “It’s been a very satisfying year for FCB, both creatively and on the new business front,” said Group CEO and Chief Creative . . .
Johannesburg, 01 November 2016 - There are a lot of misconceptions regarding air conditioners, how they work and the best way to use them. LG thinks it’s time to bust those myths, ensuring a great experience for you and your family. MYTH: Turning off an air conditioner while away saves energy TRUTH: Switching off your air conditioner while you’re away for short periods of time will use more energy than it saves. Invest in an LG Inverter air conditioner, like the ARTCOOL range, instead. It will use less energy than a traditional air conditioner to maintain the temperature. MYTH: Leaving a fan on keeps a room cool TRUTH: While a fan uses less energy than an air conditioner, they do not cool rooms, only people. Always turn a fan off if you’re not using the room. MYTH: Turning the temperature down cools the room faster TRUTH: This couldn’t be further from the truth. Whatever the temperature, air conditioners cool a room at the same rate. To cool a room faster, you need an air conditioner with variable speed controls, or a Jet Cool Mode. MYTH: Air conditioners spread contaminants TRUTH: Air conditioners do not spread harmful contaminants, not unless they’re very old and poorly maintained. Some modern air conditioners use a 3M Micro Dust Filter and even deploy ions to improve their effectiveness of screening out allergens, bacteria and fungi. MYTH: Leaving the air conditioner on makes it harder to sleep TRUTH: Air conditioners only make it more difficult to sleep if set to the wrong temperature; otherwise, they can help people nod off. The most intelligent air conditioners are able to mimic your body clock, like with LG’s Deep Sleep Mode, slowly raising the temperature as you start to awaken. Written by LG’s Wayne Schutte – Retail & Marketing Manager CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, 01 November 2016 - Following its highly-anticipated launch in international markets last month, LG’s most celebrated smartphone is set to arrive on South African shores on 7 November 2016. Since its public unveiling in Seoul in September, the V20 has elicited exceptionally positive reactions from industry insiders for its design and feature-rich specifications. With consumers looking for larger display screens, LG have successfully addressed this with the V20 – with its screen measuring an impressive 5.7-inchs. The V20 is the world’s first (and currently only) smartphone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat, making it fast, customisable and polished, thanks to Google’s improvements on its popular OS. Android fans will love the improved experience, better productivity, and enhanced performance that Android Nougat has to offer. Nougat brings exciting new features to your mobile OS, including split-screen multi-window, streamlined notifications with direct reply, and improvements to battery performance. “The V20 collects and improves on users’ favourite features from past models, including the unbeatable dual rear-facing cameras that made the LG G5 such a hit. The devices multimedia capabilities cater even to professional needs, while still being easy enough for the general public to understand, and utilise,” says Deon Prinsloo, General Manager of LG Mobile at LG Electronics South Africa. LG is clearly on the leading edge when it comes to giving consumers what they want – recognising that today’s users aren’t just consuming and sharing content anymore, they’re creating it too. With such heavy emphasis on photography, sound and video recording, the V Series packs a serious punch in order to meet the high expectations of this market segment. Photography, video and audio are where the V20 really shines. Combined with LG’s exceptional smartphone cameras (3 in total), the V20 includes helpful features like: Hybrid Auto Focus (for . . .
Those job seekers with a command of far eastern and local indigenous languages have better salaries awaiting them if their work requires the language. Adzuna in South Africa has completed research on which languages bring home the bacon best. Chinese/Mandarin, Japanese, Xhosa and Zulu topped the rankings, while Russian and various European languages made up the rest of the top 10. According to the job aggregator website, being bilingual or knowing a foreign language is a top skill in not only finding a job, but also obtaining work visas when moving to other countries. Some countries also require a certain level of competence in their official language/s. A spokesperson for Adzuna added: “Although many of these positions are for call-center or sales roles, it is interesting to note that South African languages, which were added into the mix researched, showed promising results.” Strong demand for French, Portuguese and German was noted, with the top South African language required being Afrikaans. English was not included in the research results as it was deemed ubiquitous. The least required language measured was Finnish. With a growing international presence and more BPO (business process outsourcing) companies entering South Africa, the demand and salaries for foreign language abilities is set to only move one way: up. Language Job demand Average salary Chinese/Mandarin 203 R335 863 Japanese 27 R335 625 Zulu 421 R332 714 Xhosa 142 R318 923 French 453 R304 378 Finnish 11 R301 236 Portuguese 294 R298 975 Dutch 72 R298 478 Russian 18 R280 531 Swedish 56 R279 872 German 563 R278 064 Norwegian 31 R271 734 Arabic 117 R264 667 Spanish 134 R255 674 Turkish 37 R231 047 Swahili 21 R198 000 Italian 127 R193 976 Afrikaans 4866 R176 992 Chinese tops list of best languages for job seekers by Jesse Green on 19 . . .
Industry analysts note Samsung leadership in enterprise SSD Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, is now ranked as the world’s number one supplier of enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) used in corporate data centres. The Independent Development Corporation (IDC*) report, Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update Calendar Year (CY) 1Q16, shows that Samsung rose to the leader position in Enterprise Solid State Drive (SSD) sales in Q1 of this year, with Samsung reaching 32% compared to the next organisation in second place with 17%. “This indicates a sharp upswing in Enterprise SSD sales from Q4, 2015 when Samsung was in a virtual dead heat with its closest competitor with a market share of around 22%. Samsung is playing a key role in leading the movement to SSDs in the enterprise market,” says Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa. Analyst firm Forward Insights** showed a slightly larger market share for Samsung, reporting that in the first quarter of 2016, Samsung easily led the enterprise SSD market with a 34% share, well above the 19% share of the nearest competitor. This figure shows a 9% growth for Samsung, from 25%, compared against Enterprise SSD market share in Q4 of 2015. Other industry analysts reported similar or higher market growth for Samsung, in showing it moving into the market share leadership position for enterprise SSDs. For one, TrendFocus*** charted Samsung with a 45% leadership position in Enterprise SSD market share for the first quarter of this year, rising from a second place finish with 26% share in the fourth quarter of last year. “For Samsung, memory in the enterprise market is a priority, so it comes as no surprise that we have now become the front-runner in supplying SSDs to enterprises after years of holding the top position in the client market,” continues van Lier. He notes that Samsung’s No. 1 position in Enterprise SSDs . . .