Students skilled in everything from animation and design to web development at Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), are stocking up on snacks and plenty of coffee in preparation for the annual 48-hour Global Game Jam, taking place on 26-28 January 2018 at Vega’s Jo’burg and Cape Town campuses. Vega Game Jam is part of Global Game Jam® (GGJ), the world’s largest event of its kind, taking place at various locations around the globe. Considered a ‘hackathon focused on game development’, the event sees some of the greatest young minds coming together to share their creativity and create unique video game experiences – in no more than 2 days. While it is compulsory for second-year Vega students to attend, the School also invites programmers, animators, artists and designers who have a keen interest in taking their first big steps into the exciting world of game development. Vega will also host a series of workshops to provide insight into some of the mechanics of the development process, including helpful how-to tips on creating the various complex components that make up a game. For more information on the Vega Game Jam and how to register you can visit the Global Game Jam site. If you’d like to find out more about The IIE BCIS Game Design and Development qualification available to study at Vega. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa 23/12/2017 - Everyone knows something that the next person doesn’t thus it is important that everyone shares their experiences with the world. Spurred by a deep yearning for freedom of expression and for the African story to be told from the African perspective, Edzai Zvobwo, founder of NdiribhoTV set out to create a video hosting and distribution platform primarily geared for Africans to share their knowledge with world and stand a better chance at optimally monetizing their video assets. Coming from Zimbabwe, a country that has seen its ruling elites trample upon basic liberties like freedom of speech and association, Edzai sought to correct the wrongs that have been committed by politicians in the country and the continent of Africa as a whole by facilitating p2p knowledge transfer through video. The name NdiribhoTV came out of need to proclaim that even as the people’s rights have been denied, people are still fine and live another day to fight for justice and development of the continent. “Ndiribho” is a Shona statement that translates to “I am fine”. NdiribhoTV currently has offices in Johannesburg and will be opening up feeder offices across Sub-Saharan Africa during the course of 2018. The feeder offices will serve as client liaison centers for content developers. NdiribhoTV will strive to sign up all the influencers in the video content development space as anchor creators whilst also harnessing the power of the ordinary African citizen. As long as an African has a device with a camera then they are welcome onto the NdiribhoTV platform. The platform is a user generated vehicle that connects video content creators and consumers by providing an easy to use live streaming and video on demand platform. NdiribhoTV lets anyone with a channel broadcast live videos and upload videos straight from their camera device. This allows African people to share or watch in real-time when news is breaking, visiting a new place, or . . .
Eindhoven, 2017, Denon®, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, announces that select Denon A/V receivers are now able to receive a free-of-charge DTS Virtual:X firmware update to provide consumers with rich, immersive sound in their homes without the need for height or rear speakers. DTS Virtual:X technology supports any input source from stereo to a 7.1.4 layout (11.1 channels) and plays back an immersive experience over speaker layouts from 2.0 stereo up to 5.1 and even 7.1. The DTS Virtual:X firmware update is now available in exclusive Denon A/V receivers, including the Denon AVR-X1400H, Denon AVR-X2400H and Denon AVR-X3400H. The update will expand to AVR-X4400H and AVR-X6400H in spring 2018. The firmware update offer proves the company’s constant mission to offer brand new technologies to existing products, adding value for their trusted customers. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Looking for the perfect gift? How about cutting-edge, high quality headphones? We all need a bevy of good headphones at our fingertips - to listen to music, for superb sound quality while on the phone, ones which are discreet, comfortable and reliable. There’s no better way to amp up your day than with some feel-good tunes. Homemation has an impressive selection of premium headphones that will help you get your toes tapping wherever you go. Everywhere you go, always take the weather… and your headphones. Sports headphones can inspire you to push harder while you workout, or they can simply make the commute more tolerable. With the combination of a design built for comfort, durability and superb sound, plus the convenience of wire-free Bluetooth connection to your phone or personal music player, the DENON AH-C160W is designed to give you the freedom to move with the music. The sleek design uses unique Earhook technology, developed with a leading hearing aid specialist, to keep the earpieces in place - even during heavy workouts or when running. Three sizes of ring give the best fit for the ears, ensuring pure music playback and no external noise interruption. Features: • High-quality 11.5 mm drivers with digital signal processing • Bluetooth Class 1 connectivity for tangle-free use and reliable connection • Clear Voice Capture noise reduction for phone calls, plus voice prompts • Earhook technology and a choice of eartips for comfort and a secure fit • Tough construction for life on the move • Sweat and moisture protection for long-term durability Retail price: R 2 290.00 Taking the next step are the legendary, award-winning Klipsch R6i in-ear headphones, the Klipsch Reference X6i in-ear headphones are packed with a single high-clarity, full range balanced armature, offering flat frequency response with an incredible fit. Features: • KG-723 Full-Range Balanced Armature • Die-Cast Zinc and Co-Molded Elastomer Housing • Patented Oval Ear . . .
Meet and make new friends on Moghozi Chat Rooms website. This is the latest local Chat Room to enter the social media scene in Southern Africa with thousands of users already registered. You can chat and meet new people build friendships and relationships. There are chat rooms with specific topics like politics,religion, TV shows like Muvhango, Skeem saam Isibaya etc, news and current affairs and romance and love. The social media platform comes with great features and functionalities like uploading photos and creating your own photo albums. Users can also upload videos and send private messages. The platform is very easy to navigate and very user friendly! One of the perks of this network is that visitors can also browse the website content without logging in or registering. Join BABBLEFORUM https://www.babbleforum.com and become part of Mzansi’s growing online community. YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rci5rUhWdr0 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Join the new South African Chat Rooms website here: https://www.babbleforum.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/babbleforum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BabbleForum . . .
The current technological buzz is centred around the ‘internet of things’, or ‘IoT’. This basically means, a network of physical objects within your home, for example, your TV, lights, alarm, blinds, air conditioner and fridge etc. are able to connect to this network remotely through your cell phone. One cannot mention the IoT without linking it to Amazon Alexa... Control your smart home with just your voice Have you ever walked into your home at night, arms full, in the dark and wished for your home to magically help? Now it can, with a simple voice command such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome" – and the instantly the entrance lights come on, relaxing music begins to play, all while the door locks itself behind you… Welcome to Homemation’s world of home automation, leading distributors of Control4 with Amazon Alexa. The possibilities are endless… with a few simple voice commands you can: • Arm and disarm the alarm • Unlock the front door • Open and close the blinds • Adjust the room temperature, in any room • Turn on, off or dim the lights • Play or stream music • Turn on the TV • Set the scene for watching a movie • Pre-programme personalised and uniquely crafted home scenes, where your voice command ‘Dining’ automatically dims select lights and begins to play a specific playlist and ‘Bedtime’ sets into motion shutting off lights, closing blinds, locking the door, and putting on the alarm A particularly unique aspect of Control4 and Amazon Alexa is the coordination of all connected devices in your home for a truly customised homeowner experience to maximise your comfort, convenience, entertainment, and peace of mind. There are many smart products available today, however, only when these devices work together do you experience the magic of a smart home. Control4 delivers power and performance in one platform that coordinates the technology in your home into complete, brilliant experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy . . .
Washing powder technology combines with digital technology to make ordinary citizens pro-active water savers Specialist mobile and digital marketing enabler, Digitata Insights, has partnered with, Laundry brand Sunlight on a water saving awareness campaign that will result in the practical outcome of the delivery of 120 000 litres of potable water to the drought stricken Western Cape. The mobile phone-driven gamification campaign, Sunlight Smart Water Savers, is based on the re-engineering of the popular Sunlight hand washing powder to include a ‘smart’ foam that reduces rinse water usage by half. The water savings that result hold direct benefits to consumers living in remote or under-served areas by cutting down on the time and effort involved in fetching water for domestic purposes. Jane Fenner, Laundry South Africa Director at Unilever, says, “Many South Africans have water limitations when it comes to domestic use. With laundry continuing to be an essential household chore, South Africans are now aware that they do not need to use as much water in the hand wash process. They are thinking about how they can save water and re-use water when they do laundry. “Initially, the biggest challenge in shifting laundry behaviour was changing the way water was being used in the hand-wash process. We had to re-iterate that water is a limited resource and place strong focus on ensuring more water is available for generations to come.” Taking the impact of the “Smartfoam” even further, the Sunlight Smart Water Savers gamification campaign is designed to entrench pro-active water wisdom by providing education of consumers with games. Digitata Insights’ digital and mobile specialists have created a game that can be downloaded on both feature and smart phones. Using the six top tips for easy domestic water saving, players move through a number of levels to earn points that can be converted into airtime. “In essence, the Sunlight Smart Water Savers game is . . .
At a time when financial experts around the world are debating the legitimacy and long-term value of cryptocurrencies in general, a South African tech business has opted to put its digital money where its mouth is, by conducting an equity deal entirely in Bitcoin. The directors of Nona Creative, a digital consultancy and product development firm, based in Cape Town, recently took the leap and decided to buy out a significant shareholder, in what could be the first Bitcoin equity transaction in the country, and possibly the world. “Bitcoin is a frictionless currency that we all firmly believe in.” Nona CEO, Mike Scott, who has been researching blockchain technology, and investing in cryptocurrencies since 2012, considers blockchain the next major technological evolution, and motivated for the unconventional deal. “We wanted to show that normal business transactions can easily be done through cryptocurrency,” he explains. He is not alone in his enthusiasm. Nona, as a whole, advocates for the adoption of cryptocurrency, and now includes blockchain consulting and development as part of its service offering, with hopes to lead the way in this space. It was therefore no surprise that the board of directors were largely supportive of the idea, even though there was little evidence that anyone else had attempted this before. Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s However, there was some work to be done in terms of the compliance and legalities of the transaction, especially considering that cryptocurrency is still very much an unregulated currency. Before taking the leap, Nona approached prominent law firm SchoemanLaw Inc, for a legal opinion. “In South Africa, the Reserve Bank is conducting a regulatory experiment,” explains Nicolene Schoeman-Louw, an Attorney and Managing Director at the firm. “It is no longer a question of whether such currencies, including Bitcoin, should be regulated or not, but rather who will be doing the regulating.” Until the . . .
Football365.com, a division of Planet Sports, operated by the Cape Town headquartered Ole! Media Group, has been crowned the winner of Online Media of the Year at the 2017 Football Supporters’ Federation Awards - the democratic organisation representing the rights of fans and articulating the views of football supporters. Named among a strong field of contenders including OptaJoe, Copa90, Spencer FC, David Squires and uMAXit Football, Football365 emerged as the victor of a public vote at the awards ceremony in London earlier this week. The honour comes one year after Football365’s Daniel Storey was crowned FSF’s Football Writer of the Year following his wonderful work that has since been published in the book Portrait of an Icon. “What a wonderful way to recognise 20 years of Football365,” said editor Sarah Winterburn. “The award is just reward for my team’s phenomenal effort and commitment to delivering excellence in football journalism. Our dedication and loyalty is only matched by that of our amazing readers who are the lifeblood of what we do.” F365’s Winterburn and Matt Stead, were presented the award by well-known sports commentator, Conor McNamara. The team were honoured alongside Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane who was unveiled as Men’s Player of the Year and former Manchester United star Gary Neville who won Pundit of the Year. Cheering from the sidelines in Cape Town, group CEO, Deseré Orrill said: “We’re delighted for the team at Football365. They’ve built up an incredible product, which reflects in the award they’ve received from the people that matter – their fans, over 3 million of them. Very well done to them.” Planet Sports, with the help of Football365, Planet Football, TEAMtalk, Planet Rugby, Cricket365 and Golf365 reach a total network audience of around 5 million unique viewers every month. While mostly UK-centric, the sites have a global footprint with growing audiences in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and . . .