Smartphones | Samsung launches Galaxy S with enhanced Camera

Smartphones | Samsung launches Galaxy S with enhanced Camera

Samsung Electronics unveiled the latest versions of its flagship Galaxy S smartphones on Wednesday which feature enhanced camera functions and a faster processor chip, hoping the upgrade will revive sales after two weak years. The S22 series will directly compete with Apple’s iPhone 13 launched last September. Samsung’s two-track premium mobile strategy has it launching flagship models in the first half of a year and Galaxy Z foldable phones in the second. Aimed at appealing to consumers who are fussy about video and photo quality, Samsung said the S22 phones’ camera offers clearer low light and night shots as well as automatic...

Broadcaster Jeremy Maggs joins Brave Group, an Integrated Communications Firm

Broadcaster Jeremy Maggs joins Brave Group, an Integrated Communications Firm

Broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Maggs has joined Brave Group as managing director of Bold, its executive communications and advisory firm. Brave Group is the one of the country’s leading majority Black-owned integrated communications groups, according to the authoritative annual Scopen Report 2019/20. Bold is a vital addition to the company’s fast-growing suite of offerings to further drive integration. Bold offers a range of vital high-level communications services aimed principally at the C-suite. Drawing on over 35 years’ experience in the media industry, Maggs will work with C-suite executives in advising, crafting and fine-tuning both internal and external communications. Says Maggs:...

Nova Pioneer Midrand Making A Difference in Alex

Nova Pioneer Midrand Making A Difference in Alex

In celebration of ‘Make A Difference Day’ earlier this year, Nova Pioneer Midrand students successfully embarked on a book collection drive with the hope of donating their books to a school based in the Alexandra township, North of Johannesburg this December.  The learning model of the Nova Pioneer schools fosters a great love of reading through daily read-alouds, guided reading and writers’ workshops. Our students donated pre-loved books to children who do not have easy access to books. “It was so heartwarming to see the enthusiasm from our Novaneers to share their books. They understand the magic of stories that...

Your Job is Not Safe: Robotics & AI put 800 Million Global Jobs at Risk

Your Job is Not Safe: Robotics & AI put 800 Million Global Jobs at Risk

Advances in automation technology threaten a significant share of jobs in industries accounting for nearly a quarter of the global workforce, according to Bloomberg Economics’ estimates. In a report released Tuesday, economists Ziad Daoud and Scott Johnson said that could mean as many as 800 million people face a high exposure to the risk of their employment becoming obsolete. The Gulf Cooperation Council, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Japan are most vulnerable to disruption from automation, they wrote. That’s because those countries have a large segment of the workforce in the kind of simple, routine roles that can be most easily...

New Study Says Apple iPhone Owners Have Higher Chance of Getting Dates

New Study Says Apple iPhone Owners Have Higher Chance of Getting Dates

According to a new study, Apple device users are more attractive on popular on dating apps compared to Android owners. CompareMyMobile put the study together by creating similar profiles that outwardly displayed preferences towards Apple or Android products. Analyzing more than 50,000 dating app “swipes and matches” in 15 major cities, the mobile platform noticed that Apple Watch, AirPods and iPhone users were significantly more attractive. Profiles displaying an iPhone had a 76 percent chance of being swiped right, the Apple Watch garnered a 61 percent chance while showing off AirPods brought chances to 41 percent. In comparison showing off a Samsung device brings a 19 percent chance, with all other...

Netflix retrench 150 employees due to the company slow growth – Report

Netflix retrench 150 employees due to the company slow growth – Report

Netflix on Tuesday said it has laid off about 150 people, mostly in the United States, as the streaming service company faces slowing growth. The layoffs represent approximately 2% of the company’s workforce in the United States and Canada. “These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues,” the company said in a statement. “We’re working hard to support them through this very difficult transition.” The job cuts come as Netflix reported its first loss of subscribers in more than a...

Pick n Pay partners with Takealot to deliver groceries across SA

Pick n Pay partners with Takealot to deliver groceries across SA

Mzansi retail giant Pick n Pay has announced a partnership agreement with Takealot that will enable customers to buy Pick n Pay groceries and liquor products on the Mr D app.  A dedicated section for Pick n Pay will be added to the Mr D app in August 2022 and the national rollout will take place by the company’s financial year-end. Pick n Pay CEO Pieter Boone said that shoppers will have access to products offered by their local stores and will earn Smart Shopper points for their purchases. Mr D boasts 2.5 million active customers said Pick n Pay...

Mobile operator MTN recorded 1st Quarter pretax profit of 21%

Mobile operator MTN recorded 1st Quarter pretax profit of 21%

The MTN Group recorded its first-quarter pretax profit increase of 21.1% year-on-year, the jump is supported by the growing demand for data and financial services.  According to Reuters reports, MTN, with 276 million customers in 19 countries across Africa and the Middle East, said service revenue came in ahead of its medium-term target, growing by 15.9% year-on-year to R45.8bn ($2.86bn).  Fintech revenue grew 21.2% as active monthly users of mobile money services climbed 25.9% year-on-year and volumes processed by its fintech platform rose 32.5% to 2.9 billion transactions. The value of transactions increased 12.6% to $59.9bn. After its Nigerian fintech...

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty to launch in motherland continent, Africa

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty to launch in motherland continent, Africa

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin are launching in eight African countries on the 27 May.  This comes after Rihanna’s fans have been asking her to bring the products to the continent for the past five years since the launch.  In an Instagram post, the hitmaker and now beauty mogul said, “I’ve been waiting for this moment!! @fentybeauty & @fentyskin are finally dropping in AFRICA!!! Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe…we coming at ya on May 27th and that’s just the beginning!!! #FentyAfrica” “Rihanna created both Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin with a global vision in mind to reinforce the ‘Beauty For...

VeeCon, NFT conference launches this Thursday in Minnesota

VeeCon, NFT conference launches this Thursday in Minnesota

After two years of planning Gary Vee’s VeeCon, NFT and Crypto conference is taking place this Thursday.  All NFTS enthusiasts will congregate at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota non stop festivities around NFTs, cryptos, cards, music and entrepreneurship.  In a blog post, Gary Vee said his open and willing to collaborate with others within the NFTs space.  “Calling all creators! I’m looking to work with you to help expand the VeeFriends IP. If you want to be ambassadors, influencers, and partners to the VeeFriends brand and what it stands for, let’s connect. Fill out this form to collab.”  VeeCon also launched an...

Governor Lesetja Kganyago put Ubank under curatorship with immediate effect

Governor Lesetja Kganyago put Ubank under curatorship with immediate effect

South African Reserve Bank on Monday it had placed Ubank Ltd., a small South African lender primarily offering financial services to families of gold and platinum miners, under a curatorship with immediate effect. The central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said in the last two years the central bank has increased scrutiny of the lender due to corporate governance issues, failure to diversify business model, and inability to inject sufficient capital, among other issues. “After having duly considered the seriousness of the issues facing the bank… the Prudential Authority, has decided to place Ubank under curatorship with immediate effect,” he said...

Motivation | Practical Business Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Motivation | Practical Business Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

By 34 years old, I had built my dad’s liquor store into a $60M business, and I never made more than $150,000 a year. I was also 34 years old before I ever made a single piece of content about business for the internet. VaynerMedia was started in the conference room of another company, Buddy Media, because I had no money…and four of my brother AJ’s friends worked with us for free. The point? Everything takes longer than you think. No matter how fast or hard you work, it doesn’t happen overnight. It may happen in 7 years (which is incredibly...

Tesla CEO Elon Puts Twitter deal on Hold

Tesla CEO Elon Puts Twitter deal on Hold

Elon Musk is pumping the brakes on Twitter (TWTR) because it’s got something to prove. The deal will be on hold until Twitter can prove that only 5% of Twitter accounts are spam. What’s the big deal? Spam accounts have plagued social media platforms for years now, and it’s messing with monetization. In Q1, Twitter reported that it had 229 million accounts that were served ads. If 5% of its accounts are fake, then that’s over 11.4 million accounts that are throwing off advertiser numbers. Power move? Elon might believe that Twitter is more than 5% spam and could use this as negotiating...

Wix.com, web creator expects to turn a profit soon after 2 decades

Wix.com, web creator expects to turn a profit soon after 2 decades

Website creator Wix.com, which helps small businesses build and operate websites, said it would soon start turning a profit in its bottom line, after reporting a wider-than-expected loss in the first quarter. Since its founding in 2006, the Israeli company has been in the red, with company officials citing the need for large investments to build the company for long-term growth. “Now we are going to see the fruits of it,” chief financial officer Lior Shemesh told Reuters. “We are not going to do the same investments that we have done in the past so you can definitely expect more...

Zoom acquires Solvvy, an automation and intelligence company

Zoom acquires Solvvy, an automation and intelligence company

A video chat application Zoom has announced the acquisition of Solvvy, a customer service solution. The company plans to integrate the service on Zoom.  In a blog post about the new development, Zoom said, Combining contact centre functionality with Zoom unified communications solutions, Zoom Contact Centre can operate as a standalone customer experience solution or integrate directly into an existing website or application.” “Zoom customers who use Zoom Meetings, Zoom Phone, and/or Zoom Chat will recognise the agent and supervisor interaction handling experience, as it is part of the same Zoom application.” Velchamy Sankarlingam, president of Product and Engineering at...

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