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...

Navigating the Future of Customer Loyalty: Trends, Benefits, and Essential Platforms

Navigating the Future of Customer Loyalty: Trends, Benefits, and Essential Platforms

Consumer loyalty is more volatile than ever. Hence, businesses globally, and notably in South Africa, are reinventing their loyalty programmes to meet and exceed customer expectations. At Payment24, we are seeing some interesting trends emerge, and even amidst economic challenges, loyalty programmes are evolving to offer more than just points; they’re becoming a lifeline for customers seeking value in every transaction. Emerging trends are dynamically shaping the landscape of loyalty programmes, reflecting an evolving marketplace where customer engagement and personalised experiences are paramount. This is what Payment24 is seeing in the market. 1. Meeting Customers Where They Are Businesses adapt...

SABC partners with Mangomolo to Expand the Capabilities of its SABC+ Video Platform in Africa

SABC partners with Mangomolo to Expand the Capabilities of its SABC+ Video Platform in Africa

Mangomolo, a world leading full-service Over-The-Top (OTT) video platform, has been chosen by the public service broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), to upgrade its SABC+ platform capabilities.  SABC+, an SABC’s OTT video and audio streaming service, delivers TV and Radio channels over the internet to a wide range of connected devices. In addition, the service features on-demand content and catch-up functionalities. It is also available on a range of devices including mobiles, Smart TVs and Apple TV with the ability to download content to selected devices for offline viewing.  Using Mangomolo’s services, SABC+ can widen its audience and expand...

Automobile giants Nio and FAW Group to cooperate on battery charging and swapping

Automobile giants Nio and FAW Group to cooperate on battery charging and swapping

China’s Nio and state-owned automaker FAW Group have signed a strategic cooperation agreement for battery charging and swapping, according to their official social media accounts on Wednesday. The companies will also deepen long-term cooperation in battery charging and swapping, including the establishment of battery technical standards, according to statements made on their respective WeChat and Weibo accounts. FAW Group will be the seventh automaking partner in battery swapping for Nio after Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), Geely Automobile Holdings and others. Nio has been betting heavily on EV infrastructure such as battery-swapping and charging stations, raising investor concerns over financial burden....

How to improve indoor air quality and breathe easier

How to improve indoor air quality and breathe easier

By filtering out dust, allergens, and other impurities, aircons can help create a healthier indoor environment Indoor air can be way more polluted than outdoor air. Luckily, air-conditioning systems can help safeguard your health. As we go about our daily lives, we often overlook a critical aspect of our well-being: the quality of the air we breathe. When we do think about the air we’re breathing, we often focus on outdoor pollution from vehicles and factories. What many people don’t realise is that the air inside our homes can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. [1] While...

Motoring: China’s Xiaomi promises to deliver 120,000 electric vehicles (EVs) this year

Motoring: China’s Xiaomi promises to deliver 120,000 electric vehicles (EVs) this year

China’s Xiaomi said it will aim to deliver 120,000 electric vehicles (EVs) this year, up from the initial goal of 100,000, and will implement double-shift production to meet rising demand for its EVs. Xiaomi made this announcement during an earnings call after the company reported a stronger-than-expected 27% year-over-year increase in first-quarter revenue on Thursday, driven by robust smartphone sales amid a recovery in the market. Xiaomi started delivering its SU7 EV to customers in early April, fulfilling CEO Lei Jun’s dream and culminating years of effort to enter the EV business as part of the company’s strategy to diversify away...

Amazon Web Services (AWS) to invest 15.7 billion euros in data centres in Espanyol

Amazon Web Services (AWS) to invest 15.7 billion euros in data centres in Espanyol

Tech giant Amazon’s cloud computing unit AWS will invest 15.7 billion euros ($17.02 billion) in data centres in Spain’s northeastern Aragon region, it said on Wednesday, significantly boosting its expansion plan in the country. The Aragon government said in a separate statement the investment would be carried out over 10 years in the region that is already a hub for Amazon in Spain, calling the plan “the largest technology investment in Spain and southern Europe”. Amazon said in a statement the new plan replaced a previous one announced in 2021, when the company earmarked 2.5 billion euros for Spain. The investment will...

Africa Day: Building businesses that improve African lives writes Fhulu Badugela

Africa Day: Building businesses that improve African lives writes Fhulu Badugela

As we mark Africa Day, people and organisations commit themselves to making a positive difference for the continent. Building a business model that improves lives is the most effective way to achieve this! As the continent celebrates Africa Day on 25 May, two business priorities come into sharp relief; Businesses must remain profitable to survive, but they must also deliver a net benefit for society. A unifying purpose At MultiChoice Africa, we strive to achieve this balance by aligning around a single unifying goal – enriching lives. It’s at the heart of our value proposition of delivering entertainment and services...

TymeBank partners with Flash to allows cash withdrawals at 172 000 spaza shops nationwide

TymeBank partners with Flash to allows cash withdrawals at 172 000 spaza shops nationwide

TymeBank, Africa’s fast growing digital bank has partnered with Flash, Mzansi’s fintech provider to enable customers to withdraw cash at over 172 000 spaza shops in townships and merchants nationwide. The move by TymeBank bridges the gap between the bank, and the unbank and ultimately it brings financial inclusion to the informal economy and townships.  “While TymeBank supports the country’s shift to a cashless society, the reality is that cash is still used extensively in our communities and the informal market,” says TymeBank chief strategy officer Greg Illgner.  “Flash provides an accessible, convenient and easy-to-use cash-out solution, which means TymeBank customers can withdraw cash from a convenient...

Afreximbank and MobiHealth sign Project Preparation Facility to Drive Digital Healthcare Solutions Across Africa

Afreximbank and MobiHealth sign Project Preparation Facility to Drive Digital Healthcare Solutions Across Africa

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and MobiHealthCare Limited (MobiHealth) have signed a project preparation facility agreement that is expected to bolster the expansion of Mobihealth’s telemedicine services in Nigeria, and also assess the feasibility of establishing similar services in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and Cote d’ Ivoire. Under the terms of the agreement, Afreximbank will part-finance project preparatory activities that will leverage MobiHealth’s successfully integrated telemedicine proprietary platform, initially piloted in Nigeria, to the four additional countries. This initiative is expected to rapidly lead to the establishment of a network of telemedicine clinics across Africa, fully equipped with out-patient facilities. The project...

Apple plans to release thinner iPhone in 2025 according to news report

Apple plans to release thinner iPhone in 2025 according to news report

Apple is developing a slimmer version of the iPhone that is likely to be launched by 2025, the Information reported on Friday, citing three people with knowledge of the project. The potential thinner version is likely to be priced higher than Apple’s iPhone Pro Max, and is expected to be launched with the iPhone 17 in September 2025, the report said. The Cupertino, California-based company is still testing different designs for the device, code-named D23, that could have Apple’s latest-generation processor, likely called A19, the report added. Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The expected revamp underscores Apple’s...

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