JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 11, 2014. Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory innovations, has announced the local availability of the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up. Featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology, it is a brand new successor to Samsung’s current premium SSD product, the 840 PRO. "With this new device, we are introducing the next major evolution of SSD technology, taking the lead in delivering high-density SSDs with outstanding endurance, performance and energy efficiency," says Mike van Lier, Divisional Head of the Enterprise Business Team (EBT) at Samsung Electronics SA. "We are fully committed to establishing an innovative computing environment by providing customers with cutting-edge products, which are ideal for use in high-end PCs, workstations and client systems.” Technology innovation Samsung's 3D V-NAND flash memory is manufactured using an innovative vertical design which stacks 32 cell layers on top of one another rather than trying to decrease the cells' length and width to fit today's ever shrinking form factors. This results in higher density and higher performance whilst using a smaller footprint and is a breakthrough in overcoming the density limits currently faced with conventional planar NAND architecture. Ultimate Read and Write Performance The newly launched hard drive delivers up to twice the speed of traditional 2D planar NAND flash. Its sequential read performance reaches up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), with write performance of up to 520MB/s. Random read performance is up to 100,000 input/output operations-per-second (IOPS), with write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS, and in RAPID mode, even higher speeds can be achieved. Magician software also allows for enhanced performance by processing data on a system level using free PC memory (DRAM) as a cache. Enhanced Endurance and Reliability The 850 PRO has twice the . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 11, 2014. Samsung South Africa has launched the Paper Air Purifier and Humidifier, with innovative features that contribute to the overall wellbeing of families by ensuring cleaner air. “Although most people take the air that they breathe for granted, the quality thereof can have an enormous impact on one’s health and energy levels,” says Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics SA. “Unfortunately, the air inside your home might be more dangerous to your health than the air outside. Old appliances, toxic cleaning products, dust, pets and poor ventilation all contribute to impurities in the air. Allergies, asthma and bronchitis are some of the more intense side effects that come with poor air quality. This latest addition to our range of air solutions is engineered to deliver exceptional comfort, health and hygiene benefits. The device offers a solution for consumers who want to make sure that the air in their households is clean and free of airborne bacteria.” The Paper Air Purifier and Humidifier are equipped with innovative high efficiency premium filters that work in tandem to filter airborne contaminants. High efficiency premium filters includes the Pre filter, HEPA filter and Deodorisation active carbon filter which all collect dust and smoke particles from the air. The Pre filter helps collect big dusts and particles in advance, whilst the HEPA filter traps microscopic dust and animal fur. The Deodorisation active carbon filter removes unpleasant odours in the home. It has an automatic nano (0.1nm) humidification function through disc type evaporation which keeps the optimised humidity condition [40% ~ 60%] for healthy moisture and clean air. The Paper Air Purifier also comes with the revolutionary Virus Doctor Plasma Ionizer, consisting of S-Plasma ion technology which helps eliminate airborne viruses, allergy causing bacteria, fungi and mold. The technology . . .
For effective omni channel marketing that speaks to the individual consumer, you don’t just need data, you need the right kind of data, the insights and the context… by Jason Haddock, Head of Business Intelligence at Saratoga Software and Founder of Mammoth BI. Almost everyone you see is digitally connected in some way - whether it is via a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Any information that you need is constantly at your fingertips, whereas in the past, this wasn’t the case. Digital connectedness has raised consumer expectations everywhere. This change has not only caused a disruption in the way consumers engage with the digital world around them, it has also caused a disruption in the way in which consumers consume information. Traditional advertising though relevant, is losing ground to digital marketing. The consumer sits at the heart of a digital marketing strategy and the ‘shotgun approach’ to targeting consumers is no longer good enough. Instead, marketers are realising that an improved strategic approach aimed at speaking to each consumer individually is required. This has raised the game for retailers across the world and in South Africa. Whether it is a traditional bricks-and-mortar retailer or an online retailer, all businesses want to understand you, the consumer, better in order to market to you more effectively. As Seth Godin says, “Customers don’t buy what they need, they buy what they want. Gather as many insights as possible by observing what they do. Asking them is not as valuable as observing them.” Data sits at the heart of a retailer’s ability to know more about you. However, data alone is not very useful. Context for the use of the data is required. For example, buying a tub of margarine and bread at your local store may seem like a logical combination. However, you tend to buy bread more often than you do margarine. This data in isolation is not very useful and could even become a hindrance – imagine if every time you want to . . .
The move positively impacts its service capabilities, and increases opportunities for Kenya's youth for learning, development and employment Techno Brain Africa's leading IT Company, has officially opened its new global headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The sprawling new office space spread over 44,000 sq. ft. will house all the three business units of the company in Kenya - IT Solutions, IT Education & Training and BPO/ITES. The consolidation will result in greater collaboration and increased productivity and quality of work for its various clients across the globe. “This state-of-the-art building with world class infrastructure is an investment in our future and accompanies the strategic plan we have for the continued global expansion of Techno Brain.” stated Manoj Shanker, Group CEO, Techno Brain. The ribbon cutting ceremony was presided over by the Guest of Honour, Honourable Dr Fred Matiangi, The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication & Technology, Kenya. Dr Matiangi during his address said ”I am lucky to be acquainted with the ways of Techno Brain, and I am always amazed by how much emphasis they place on development, generating employment, engaging with the community, developing leaders; qualities that positively impact our communities, our country and the world at large”. A leading technology company in Africa opening its own campus in Nairobi again puts Kenya in the lime-light as the epicentre of ICT development in the continent. The country will receive a major boost, both in monetary terms and as a knowledge-based investment, which will benefit it in the long run. The move will also be a big shot in the arm for the youth of Africa and Kenya, as opportunities for learning, development and employment will increase manifold. Techno Brain's capacity building investments for 'Empowering Lives' and 'Africa 1st' are well documented. "Our new international headquarters puts us on equal footing with the world's leading IT . . .
Moving a company and nearly all its employees abroad for a week - a challenge or a madman's tale? VoIP service provider Voys decided to ‘just do it’ and relocated its operations 1279 km to the sunny city of Girona in Spain for just one week this October. Mission: To prove that even large companies can work from anywhere using the Voys Hosted PBX. The 34 member team of Voys’ sister company, based in the Netherlands, was flown to Girona for just one week. Handsets, headsets and laptops all packed. Telephone calls to the Dutch landlines were coming in as normal. While customers assumed Voys employees to be working in Groningen - a city in the north of the Netherlands - they were actually located 1279 kilometers away, in Girona Spain. Moving a company with that many employees abroad for a week is a unique challenge. The success of the project hinged on connectivity. The quality of a VoIP call is only as good as the internet connection. The Spanish villa initially didn’t have a sufficient internet connection, so Voys set up a temporary 2.7 Mb/s low latency WiMAX connection for voice traffic - enough for 27 concurrent G711 calls - and rented a satellite dish at Satpower with an unlimited data package for the 35 laptops. Have a look at the diary of blogs, photos and videos on http://www.workweekabroad.com/ Voys, has been getting much coverage lately regarding their unique organisation model. This so-called Voys Model has no management nor functions. Voys’ organisational model is one in which people can develop to their full potential and optimally contribute to the company. Having ‘fun work’ is one of the most important core values and the project to work abroad for a week fits perfectly within this value. The idea is that people can take responsibility for their work and don’t need to be directly managed therefor employees fulfil a role and not a . . .
“South Africa needs to step up in women empowerment in ICT if meaning development is to be achieved”, Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) stated at the GSMA Mobile360 Connected Women North America event held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Edzai was sponsored for the trip by Pattern Matched Technologies™, a South African technology company that specialises in the intersection of the telecommunications and finance industries through various customised solutions. The Atlanta event which was hosted by the veteran South African broadcaster Siki Mgabadeli focused on closing the gender gap in STEMI (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation) under the theme “Accelerating the female mobile economy”. His presentation was entitled “Empowering the future female global workforce” which focused on girl child empowerment in maths and science as a way of supplying human resources in the engineering and telecommunications space. The GSM Association (GSMA or Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardising, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. The GSM Association was formed in 1995. The GSMA organises the large annual events in the mobile industry among them, the GSMA Mobile World Congress and Mobile360 whilst Connected Women is the arm of GSMA responsible for female empowerment in the industry. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. In his speech, Edzai advocated for sustainable, attainable and transformative growth strategies to ensure access and retention of women in the STEMI careers specifically within the telecoms industry. Edzai highlighted best practices on strategies . . .
Adapt IT, a major South African systems integrator and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved OPN Specialised status for Oracle Database. To achieve OPN Specialised status, partners must meet a stringent set of product-specific competency and business requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customer and partner community. By achieving a specialised distinction, Adapt IT has been recognised by Oracle for its expertise in delivering services specifically around Oracle Database through competency development, business results and proven success. Specialisation can provide customers with confidence that a partner is qualified in the defined product or industry area and able to successfully develop, architect and implement specific solutions. Adapt IT managing director Christo Christowitz notes that Oracle Specialisation is a core component of the Adapt IT group. “This has become an important factor for our clients that have service contracts. They must be at ease that we have the correctly trained and certified specialists supporting their business-critical infrastructure,” he says. The Oracle Database Specialisation recognises OPN members that are proficient in selling, implementing and/or developing Oracle Database solutions, says Stefan Diedericks, Alliance & Channel Director, Oracle South Africa. “Oracle Database is welcomed by end users as it continues to lower costs and deliver a higher quality of service. At the same time, users of this software require expert support and service; by completing the requirements for Oracle Database Specialisation, Adapt IT has demonstrated its ability to deliver the appropriate expertise required by the market.” Diedericks explains that the OPN Specialisation covers a broad range of expertise on Oracle Database. This includes: Overview of Product Features and Functions; Positioning Points; Licensing, Installation and Administration; Configuring . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – October, 21 2014 - A Television is often more than just an electronic device in the corner of a living room. In recent years it has become part of a complete home entertainment experience, incorporating state-of-the-art technology, design, picture quality and sound - all contributing to a modern viewing experience. As the television set has changed over the years, innovative and smart audio-visual designs and technology has been introduced, the purchasing decision has become more involved and there are now far more factors to consider. Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV at Samsung Electronics SA, provides the following “need to know” tips for consumers wanting to buy a new TV: Planning and preparation When buying a TV, one should be pro-active and research the differences between the various technologies that are available and enquire about options in terms of picture quality. For great viewing the quality of the image plays a key role and innovative technology ensures bright and vibrant colours. The technologies available include HD-compatible or HD ready versus full HD, Plasma versus LED and newer technologies such as 3D TV and Curved UHD TV. For example, the full HD offers better picture quality in comparison to the HD ready and is capable of displaying crisp and clear images at a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels, whereas the HD ready units only run at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. In LED TVs there is a backlighting source that provides the device with a far more dynamic contrast level. Plasma TVs have superior black levels and contrast ratios and the technology capture every detail in a fast action scene. Three-dimensional or 3D technology enables the viewing of data or images from three varying dimensions, i.e. width, length and height. These three aspects give an image volume and allude to a sense of realism. Samsung’s Curved UHD TVs combine the curve and UHD technology to bring images to life and this . . .
In today’s fast-paced digital era, there really is no time for coupon-clipping and browsing specials in newspapers and print adverts. With MySidekick, the new, free smartphone shopping application available on iPhone and iPad, these are things of the past! Now shoppers have access to specials, coupons, and promotions in one easy-to-navigate app, with user-friendly features such as searching for specials and events by Retailers, Malls, and Categories. Developed in South Africa by South Africans, MySidekick brings us the best of Silicon Valley technology combined with smart user-interfaces specifically designed for the South African market, making shopping fun and convenient while saving time and money. MySidekick is connected with more than 500 leading retailers and thousands of outlets and brings the hottest specials, promotions, and sales straight to the user’s screen daily, becoming every shopper’s own Superhero shopping assistant! Retailers & Malls Convenience and accessibility is key when shopping and MySidekick has an wealth of cool features, allowing shoppers to easily locate their nearest Malls and Retailers, find them on a map, call them directly from the app, save them to their ‘Favourites’ list and look-up Malls and Retailers in other towns throughout South Africa. Shoppers save money by browsing for specials, sales, and events using either the ‘Malls’ or ‘Retailers’ icons. Additionally, they can search for shops by location and give themselves a chance to win by browsing competitions from local Malls and Retailers. Categories & Top 10 Specials To simplify browsing further, MySidekick has the ‘Categories’ icon, which allows users to find a specific type of product such as clothing, shoes or a restaurants by category. Searching by Categories is also a great way to introduce shoppers to new stores that sell the items they are looking for! And, what is an app without trends? Shoppers can use the ‘Top 10 Specials’ icon to see . . .
Where lies the next frontier in gaming? More band width, bigger drives, bigger screens, better graphics and resolution…? One thing is certain: Everything will get bigger, brighter, faster, …better… But that is evolution - not revolution. The next frontier will not be in our toys, but how we play with them. Desks are dead. Gone are the days being forced to engage on your desk or computer’s terms. There can be no doubt that people in their millions will continue to latch on to the phenomenon of computer gaming - which has and will continue to change just about everything in the way we work and play. And just as certain, people will spend longer and longer stretches on computers. On the flipside of all the positives is the negative impact of extended periods spent on computers on muscles and skeletal structures. The body was not designed to spend hours, days, weeks and years sitting hunched over a keyboard. It is time for a revolution in game station engineering. The future of gaming will not just be about what you play, but also how you play it… Meet the SCI-RYDER, a ground breaking innovation set to redefine the whole user experience: • Engage on your terms, not your computers • Better for you health - approved by chiropractors • Comfortable for hours • Ergonomic design • Compact and functional • No more ugly wires • Fully immersive experience • For home or office For more information on SCI-RYDER, contact Sci-Ryder at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on +27 (11) 791-3308, or visit us at www.sci-ryder.com Author: Alisha Spykerman from . More Info link: http://www.sci-ryder.com Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: . Sci-Ryder CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .