A strong focus on innovation, R&D and product design enables the company to consistently improve consumers’ lives JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 May, 2017 – Today’s rapid rate of advancement in mobile devices, tablets and household appliances has encouraged many tech innovators to produce products that meet the demand and supply needs of consumers and enterprises. Unfortunately not all these products are of a guaranteed the quality that can truly exceed user expectations. Samsung being renowned for its cutting edge products and technology continues to inspire people and help create the future through constant technological evolution. Samsung has a strong ethos when it comes to innovation as demonstrated by the thirty-four Innovation Awards which Samsung received at CES 2017. Among the eminent wins are a Best of Innovation Award in the video display category, Samsung’s FelxWash + FlexDry were awarded an array of media accolades, including the Techlicious Best of CES award. The cornerstone of such advances is primarily based on effective research and development (R&D). Samsung’s commitment to advancing new technologies benefit consumers and business around the world and is apparent by the fact that globally, the organisation spends around $14 billion per year on R&D. “As a market leader in design and innovation, it is our mission at Samsung to push the limits in order to help our consumers stay ahead of the curve. We do this by focusing on first-to-market technologies, designed to create new categories and influence the technology culture. Our world-class products have made us the market leader in many categories; we spot consumer trends early and react to these through innovation and we invest in both technology and people to future-proof our business,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director: Brand Marketing and Communications at Samsung South Africa. Samsung has been the number one television manufacturer worldwide for the past 10 years, owing . . .
Specialised appliances are able to heat rooms faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively than most heaters JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 May, 2017 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has vast experience in the development of air conditioning and has long been committed to creating cooling solutions that are both powerful and convenient, thereby ensuring optimum comfort for users. However, what many consumers are unaware of is the fact that Samsung air conditioners are equally effective at warming up a room and they can perform more efficiently than the average heater. Although South Africa is renowned for its long, warm summers, but when the winter hits, the cold can really affect internal living spaces. The traditional method of dealing with the cold is to utilise a bar or fan heater, but these products tend to work best as personal heating appliances and are less effective when attempting to warm an entire room efficiently. Troy Gower, Business Lead, Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics South Africa, points out that Samsung’s air conditioners may have a reputation for being cooling appliances, but they are just as good when it comes to heating a room. “You simply cannot obtain the same amount of comfort or efficiency in heating from another source, as these appliances are designed to control the whole room’s temperature. Moreover, an air conditioner allows you to maintain your desired room temperature more effectively too,” says Gower. “Consumers may be concerned that an air conditioner will use more power, but even this is not necessarily the case. Our products have a built in inverter technology that sets the appliance to idle once the room reaches optimal temperature, switching on again only if the temperature drops below this level. A heater, on the other hand, is likely to remain on throughout the day in order to keep a room warm, which uses a lot more electricity.” He adds that another, intangible benefit of using an air . . .
Television experienced like never before JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 May, 2017 – South Africans can prepare to redefine the future of home entertainment, with Samsung’s latest premium line-up of QLED TVs available in the country from 22 May 2017. The new range’s advanced cutting-edge technology sets a high bar for competitors to follow, demonstrating innovation in picture quality, design and interactivity. “These latest QLED TVs exhibit the continuous evolution of television, not only with regard to people’s entertainment, but also with aesthetics within the home. QLED TVs deliver true-to-life picture quality, smart features that facilitate access to today’s limitless content, as well as beautiful design that gives users the freedom to put the TV wherever their lifestyle demands. With QLED every seat is a great seat,” says Mike van Lier, Director: Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa. The new flagship line of QLED TVs includes three series: the Q7, Q8 and Q9, which will be available in a combination of flat and curved models. Samsung’s QLED range takes Quantum Dot technology to the next level with advancements in light efficiency, stability and a wider colour spectrum. In addition, it addresses all the major aspects of picture quality, including viewing angle, colour volume, brightness and bold contrast. When it comes to colour, for example, the innovative metal Quantum dot technology ensures that Samsung’s QLED TVs are able to showcase 100% colour volume due to the metal Quantum Dot having greater light efficiency, along with a peak brightness of HDR 1,500-2,000 nits turning light into pure colour. “By improving on all aspects of picture quality, extremely dark as well as extremely bright hues contrast with superiority and maintain colour at any viewing angle,” says van Lier. “ Not only are the TVs themselves sleeker and more pleasing to the eye, they also come with a transparent cable that allows all of the appliance’s connected . . .
https://youtu.be/g6xeahcm8K8 Recording artist Kelda's latest projects in the modeling, public speaking, and film industries Internationally recognized artist Keldamuzik alias "Diva" brings diversity into the entertainment industry. She is fearless and has dipped her toe into many successful ventures. Kelda's first self- authored movie "Love the Original Way" debuted last year in Hollywood during the Black African American Film Festival. The film has so far made it to the Amazon Prime and is available in Japan, Germany, US, and the UK. Kelda's endeavors in film production have landed her two spots in the movies "Hit and Run" (produced by Mak Toriano) and "Girls Start Up" (produced by John Junior), whose release dates are yet to be confirmed. Kelda, who has previously toured overseas with R&B singer Lloyd in Japan and the Caribbean with Reggae singer Jah Cure is working on her next hit single which will debut in the summer and will be released by her label "Digz Media." A series of performances will follow the release. Currently, she is working on her latest modeling project, dubbed "Kelda speaks," which depicts the life of a young girl struggling to convert her challenges into successes. The artist is also the host of Diva Talk Tonite, a talk show which has bagged new dissemination deals through a private mobile company. The show focuses on different industries and hosts people from all professions. Her hit single "Queen for a Night" has bagged licensing deals with clothing brands to fuel its industry penetration. In the spirit of giving back to society, Keldamuzik collaborates with several non-profit organizations to develop communities by empowering young women through relating her personal experiences. For this cause, she has a project called "The Diva Outreach." Plans are underway for the release of her Diva fragrance and a clothing line. In her modeling career, she has worked with Skylier Wear Clothing, Swankety Swank Fashions and Fashion . . .
Col’Cacchio pizzeria, one of South Africa’s most popular and authentic eateries recently launched its new Monday ‘Buy 1 & Get 1 on Us’ special which will be available from May until 31 August 2017 at all outlets across the country. Purchase any gourmet pizza and get a second classic or gourmet pizza, of your choice for free. The vibrant Italian-inspired restaurant offers a wide variety of gourmet pizza options filled with flavourful taste combinations. Whether you’re looking for something spicy or fresh, you’re bound to find a dish that will satisfy your palate. Try the Nacho Libre, a Mexican inspired, jerk spiced chicken pizza topped with fresh, homemade Guacamole, sour cream with a hint of tomato chili salsa or the popular, Moghul, an Indian butter chicken pizza topped with mozzarella, coriander and drizzles of crispy onion. Whether its brunch, lunch or dinner, the new Monday pizza special is available all day and is one special you won’t want to miss out on! Head over to your nearest Col'Cacchio pizzeria or Mio Col'Cacchio pizzeria nationwide to can take advantage of their two for one special. The offer is available for all in store or takeaway purchases however excludes all delivery orders. The less expensive pizza is free. T&C's apply https://goo.gl/tO2U1N For more info visit www.colcacchio.co.za or hop onto the social media platforms: ? Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColCacchio/ ? Twitter: @ColCacchio ? Instagram: @colcacchio CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Award-winning South African lighting design company, willowlamp, scooped another international award at the inaugural darc awards / decorative 2017 gala event held in London on 18 May 2017. The company’s bespoke designs created for Hotel Crown Towers in Perth, Australia, took second place in the category for The Best Use of Decorative Lighting in a Hotel Project. willowlamp was commissioned by Australian-based architects Bates Smart to design a series of four chandeliers for The Waiting Room of the Crown Towers Perth. The custom pieces, based on their popular Mandala No. 1 design, were crafted in their studio in Salt River, Cape Town, and unveiled at the hotel in December 2016. The darc awards / decorative was created by international lighting magazines mondo*arc and darc to celebrate decorative lighting design projects and products. Using a peer-to-peer voting system, winners were chosen by the international design community who were invited to vote for their favourite projects and products on a specially designed website. The awards received more than 200 entries from 30 countries. “The commission for Crown Towers was the largest-ever custom design that we have created to date and we are honoured to be acknowledged by members of the global design community for this project,” says Adam Hoets, willowlamp’s Creative Director and Founder. “We are also excited to see the darc awards / decorative focusing purely on decorative lighting design and look forward to many more years of the competition.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
23 May 2017: Visit Sweden, Sweden’s official tourism board, has partnered with Airbnb to turn the entire country into an Airbnb listing. And the best part is - you don’t have to officially book accommodation because all publicly owned land is entirely free and accessible to everyone! Every lake is your infinity pool, every mountaintop your granite terrace, every meadow becomes a garden and every forest a pantry filled with mushrooms and berries. Feel free to take a morning jog or bike ride across open fields or trek through challenging mountain terrain. Should you want an upgrade, you do not need to ask anyone, just find the best location that suits you and your mood. “This is made possible thanks to a Swedish right guaranteed by the constitution - freedom to roam. This right enables the Swedish people to experience nature and enjoy the beautiful Swedish wildlife. In Sweden we have everything from high mountains to deep forests, from beautiful archipelagos to quiet meadows. Now, together with Airbnb, we welcome everyone to Sweden and, through freedom to roam, they can share our wonderful nature”, says Jenny Kaiser, USA Country Manager at Visit Sweden. Freedom to roam allows everyone and anyone to be free amidst Swedish nature with the right to access, walk, cycle or camp on any land. Only private gardens and lands under cultivation are an exception to the rule. The idea of free nature accessible to anyone is in the DNA of every Swede, but with great freedom comes responsibility. The general rule for spending time in nature is “do not disturb, do not destroy” – just like in any other home. “We are very excited to welcome Sweden on Airbnb for everyone to explore. This partnership is a first of its kind collaboration between a tourism board and Airbnb. It is designed to promote Sweden as a destination through the power of the Airbnb community which is perfectly placed to showcase the many extraordinary locations to stay throughout the country.” says James . . .
Samsung brings the 360 Twitter experience to SA with Twitter’s new 360 video offering JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 23 May, 2017 – Samsung and Twitter, two of the most innovative global brands have partnered with Ad Dynamo, to bring a first to the South African market. Samsung will be giving South Africans a 360 degree video journey around South Africa providing their users with a fully immersive experience. “In order to demonstrate how users can experience a view that is wider than before, we have teamed up with Twitter, through our relationship with Ad Dynamo, offering consumers the opportunity to experience true 360 degree video. Similar to the recently launched Galaxy S8 with Infinity Display, 360 degree video on Twitter challenges the norm,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. According to the South African Social Media Landscape 2017 Report*, there are around 7.7 million Twitter users in the country and Samsung is now offering this massive market the opportunity to look at some of the country’s most famous South African landmarks in 360 degrees. “Twitter is where people go to see what’s happening . We quickly understood the importance of 360 degree video for Samsung South Africa, and saw a natural fit for one of the most innovative Twitter channels in South Africa. Together, both brands are setting an example of what is possible with 360 degree video, by adding a local flavour,” says Matthew Banner, Global Account Lead at Ad Dynamo. Due to their sheer magnitude and beauty, Samsung chose iconic South African landmarks. Of those landmarks, Muizenberg, the Umhlanga Lighthouse, the Johannesburg CBD, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Table Mountain and the Union Buildings were selected to be best experienced in 360 degrees. The viewer should be able to experience these landscapes and iconic landmarks from every angle possible. Fleischer explains that 360 degree content is the perfect way to showcase Samsung’s mobile . . .
Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited has announced The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar as the second hotel franchise to join the mega-development, Zanzibar Amber Resort. The intimate signing ceremony with Marriot International took place in Dubai on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 and is to debut a 90 room all-villa hotel due to open in 2021. The hotel will undoubtedly be an experience on its own, bringing The Ritz-Carlton’s unwavering brand to Zanzibar with contemporary designed villas appointed across the Indian Ocean, including over water villas each with a private pool. This hotel will have its own culinary experience with four restaurants and bars showcasing the distinctive brand and their chefs with curated dining and unparalleled escapades. A tranquil spa with eight private suites together with alfresco treatments, will be available for the well-being of the guests, as well as an outdoor pool, health club, beach club and kids club facilities. For more corporate or leisure and personalised events, intimate meeting rooms will accompany the hotel. Five world-leading international hotels are planned for Zanzibar Amber Resort and The Ritz-Carlton is an impressive addition to the 5-star luxury tropical community, with Anantara Zanzibar to be the first to open in 2020. Blending prestigious hospitality establishments with world-class lifestyle facilities, the resort will encompass the first Signature Golf Course in East Africa, designed by Ernie Els, a deep-water marina, aqua park, international polo club and super yacht facilities. “We have been very selective in our partnerships with international hospitality brands and believe Marriot International and The Ritz-Carlton will add increasing value to the resort,” explains Saleh Said, Director of Zanzibar Amber Resort. “The core goal is to boost tourism in Zanzibar and eradicate poverty but in order to do that we need to build a tourist destination that is renowned globally. Aligning with well-established brands that already have . . .
RCS industry initiative was formed in 2007 by a group of industry promoters. In 2008 the GSM Association officially became the project ‘home’ of RCS and an RCS steering committee was established by the organisation. Fast-forward 7 years and Google first announced the launch of RCS (Rich Communication Service) last year, having signed agreements with numerous operators and mobile device manufactures. This year it is focusing on brands and businesses, launching an Early Access Program, which will allow businesses to learn and build the technology. RCS offers businesses an upgraded alternative to traditional SMS messaging. In the past 12 months, since Google launched an initiative to establish universal profile based on RCS, more carriers have gotten on board. In Google’s latest RCS newsletter, they stated that ‘RCS momentum is getting noticed… with many more carriers launching later this year’. RCS is part of the new Advanced Messaging standard designed to greatly improve messaging functionality that comes installed on mobile devices. Along with SMS messaging, RCS will allow for higher quality picture messaging, group chats, location sharing, and video calls. RCS is looking to go beyond the capabilities seen in many of today’s messaging apps. Unlike SMS, new technologies can be integrated with contact apps to see who else supports the service. What this means for business is that you can now use SMS messaging as a more interactive tool to engage with your customers. 3 primary goals: Use better contact lists that included more detailed contact information, real-time contact availability and read receipts. Build a better messaging system that enables extras such as instant chat, emojis and sharing data. Support enhanced calls with features like video calling and data sharing in real time. Why RCS for business: RCS supports multiple message formats, allowing businesses to send not just text but videos, animations, and images an all in one . . .