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Making data relevant to the business

Posted by radio On May - 7 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

It’s true, business intelligence (BI) tools and hype slipped sadly into the Gartner Trough of Disillusionment in 2012. It is also true that BI overpromised and underdelivered in many expensive use cases. However, today what stands true is that BI has withstood the tarnish it earned back in 2012 as it has steadily evolved thanks to industry expertise and emergent technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have provided BI with that extra edge that is needed to cut through the data and deliver both relevance and value to the organisation. According to Karien Bornheim, CEO of Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS), it has become critical to invest in solutions that ensure the delivery of relevant data to the business.

“The challenge for most organisations is that they have too much data,” she says. “Everyone does. This is one of the reasons why BI ended up losing traction and value at one point – it was sifting through every last inch of data, even that which had little to no value. This has led to a fundamental change in how people are using and approaching data today.”

 

The truth is that not all data is interesting, valuable or relevant. The lakes and pools of Big Data are not packed full of insights that can transform the organisation or breathe fresh life into ancient products. Some data is just not going to make any difference to the business. However, there are ways of improving how you leverage, store, approach and manage your data to ensure that you do get the relevant insights.

 

“One of the first steps in ensuring that you invest in relevant data is to improve how you collate and collect the data,” says Bornheim. “The methodology you use to collect and store your data is critical to how the data will serve your organisation. This is defined by the type of data you need – identifying the information that your business can use to further its growth and ensure its sustainability.”

 

The type of data your organisation prioritises will depend on the industry. Retail, for example, would rely on data that reveals shopping behaviours, customer preferences, and customer movements; while in the manufacturing industry, the data would track fleet movement or productivity. At this point in the process, the business requires a strategic view of its goals and a realistic understanding of what the data is expected to deliver. Without a solid foundation that comprises strategy, output, goals, and deliverables, the data will do little more than spew information that has minimal value.

 

“Once you know exactly what you expect from the data, then you need to focus on which data you will be collating and where this will be stored,” says Bornheim. “The data has to be stored and managed meticulously, otherwise it just starts to rot. Not in the physical sense, but in terms of the value that it offers. Data has to be timeous as well as relevant. Thorough data storage will also make it easier to analyse and access which will improve how insights are delivered.”

 

Data is also going to arrive in storage looking less than spotless. There will be typos, errors, low-quality information and dodgy data analysis. At this point, data needs to undergo a thorough and regular cleaning that normalises the information, ensures that the information is of high quality, and that removes glaring errors that could affect the analysis. This is also the point at which the business needs to relook its siloed approach to information sharing and gathering. Silos will minimise the reach and relevance of the data considerably.

 

“If you consider how data from finance could potentially impact performance in sales, it makes sense to pull data through all silos to create a holistic view of the business,” says Bornheim. “You want to know how performance in one area of the business could be impacting on performance in another area. How sales can benefit from customer insights in finance or how production can benefit from insights generated by marketing. These pockets of data can offer the organisation remarkable visibility if they are brought together.”

 

These are just some of the steps that the business has to take before data can offer anything more than hit and miss insights. There are, of course, other factors to consider along the road to highly optimised and relevant data delivery, but these are often specific to the business and the industry and would benefit from collaboration with partners that have an in-depth understanding of data nuances and applications.

 

“Consider collaborating with a company that understands your business and how your data can benefit you over the long and the short term,” concludes Bornheim. “Data can become one of your most valuable resources and the processes that surround extracting and analysing it does not have to be prohibitive or excessively complicated. Just start with a reliable partner that will set you on the right path using a methodology that fits your business and your budget and grow from there.”

 

 

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DStv has launched The Africa We See campaign, which celebrates the excellence and power of Africa, its people and the rich stories that come from the continent

This Africa Month, DStv is excited to announce the launch of The Africa We See campaign, a heart-warming celebration of the excellence and power of Africa, its people and the rich stories that come from the continent.

Now more than ever, Africans are shaping and owning their narrative through stories and music – and this Africa Month, DStv is proud to serve as a vehicle that share these stories far and wide.

“Although the current climate demands everyone to physically isolate it has, in so many ways, called people to come together and unite in celebrating what matters the most: resilience, sense of community, creativity and so much more. Attributes that perfectly illustrate the very essence of who we are as Africans” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Executive Head: Marketing at MultiChoice South Africa. “It is in light of this, that we celebrate the distinctively African talent and entertainment on our channels that reflect the stories and lives of our treasured viewers across the continent”

 

A variety of channels that speak to all Africans

With a myriad of stories to be told, diverse audiences to reach and an abundance of talent across the continent, DStv is a platform that bring about impactful and inspiring content across several channels.

The wide-ranging channels provide a variety of content and genres, ranging from telenovelas, reality, drama, comedy, lifestyle, music and movies. DStv, home to the likes of Mzansi Magic (DStv 161), M-Net (DStv 101), kykNET (DStv 144) and so much more, provides enthralling locally-produced content for Southern Africa. Also, home to Nollywood is Africa Magic (DStv 154) that continuously provides viewers with a variety of popular Nigerian series and movies and has become a staple in homes across the continent.

Home brewed talent

With the purpose of promoting local content produced by Africans for Africans, DStv has continued to play an important role in giving local talent a platform to tell African stories and to act as a reflection of African communities and their families, instilling pride not just locally but globally. The launch television promo features famous faces from across the continent, such as the cast of Tinsel, one of the most popular telenovela’s in Africa, Chimange Chinalula of Zambezi Magic’s comedy Shi Mumbi and Jason Goliath from South Africa who can often be seen on Comedy Central. These stars, who have put African narratives on the map, openly express their hopes and dreams for the continent.

Honouring The Africa We See

The Africa We See campaign aims to instill pride in all Africans and awaken the comradery, especially during these unprecedented times that demand that we all pull together. Viewers from far and wide are encouraged to participate in the #AfricaWeSee conversation by sharing messages, pictures and video content in celebration of Africa Month.

Share your unique #AfricaWeSee story with DStv to play your part. Stand tall and be proud to be African!

For more information on DStv local content offering, products and services visit DStv.co.za and to manage your account, download the DStv App. To enjoy all the extra entertainment on the move, download the DStv Now App which allows you to watch from wherever you are.

 

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BAD EDUCATION | Drama

 

Bad Education is based on the real-life scandal that went down at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school, where a student journalist uncovered the single largest public school embezzlement scheme in America’s history.

The movie follows Frank Tassone (Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Oscar winner Allison Janney), whose reign over a prestigious school district is threatened by the embezzlement scandal, forcing Frank to take drastic steps to maintain order and secrecy.

 

The cast includes MTV Movie + TV Awards nominee Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Kathrine Narducci (The Irishman, Godfather of Harlem) and Golden Globe nominee Ray Romano (The Irishman, Everybody Loves Raymond).

 

Bad Education has a 92% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus is, “Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs – and a worthy message – in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.”

SHAZAM! | Superhero

 

Billy Batson is a teenage foster kid with a track record for running away and looking out for himself, until he takes a stand against the school bully for his foster sibling Freddy – an act that leads to a strange encounter with an ancient wizard and turns him into grown-up superhero Shazam. Of course, with great power comes the inevitable great enemy, and Billy, aka Shazam, needs to get a handle on his abilities ASAP if he’s to fight the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana.

 

Shazam! was the 24th biggest box office hit of 2019 and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie. Asher Angel was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Saturn Award as Billy, while Zachary Levi (Chuck in Chuck, Flynn Rider in Tangled, Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Benjamin in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) was nominated for MTV and Teen Choice awards as his superhero upgrade. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) was also up for a Saturn Award as Freddy, with Teen Choice winner Adam Brody (The O.C.) as his alter-ego. Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy) plays the wizard, while Mark Strong (1917) was nominated for a Teen Choice Villain Award as Dr Sivana.

 

Shazam! has a 90% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “An effortlessly entertaining blend of humour and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre’s real power: joyous wish fulfilment.”

 

PET SEMATARY | Horror

 

Dr Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, move to rural Maine with their two young children. When their daughter Ellie discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home, Louis is quick to put her at ease. But these woods belong to something else. Something that brings things back from the dead.

 

This 2019 adaptation of the Stephen King novel stars Oscar nominee John Lithgow (The Crown, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Jason Clarke (John Connor in Terminator Genisys), and Amy Seimetz (Eleven’s aunt Becky in Stranger Things), with Jeté Laurence (Sneaky Pete) as Ellie.

 

Pet Sematary was the 66th biggest box office hit of 2019, grossing over $112m worldwide. The horror was also nominated for three 2019 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, for Best Horror Film, Best Supporting Actor (John Lithgow) and Best Make-Up.

 

“The movie honours King by raising fresh hell for a new generation,” says Rolling Stone. ”It will make you jump out of your seat, but what matters are the provocations you take home and can’t shake. That’s the stuff of nightmares.”


THE HUSTLE | Comedy

 

In this gender-flipped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) and Teen Choice winner Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) are lady con-artists, one high-brow, one low-rent, both masters of the fleece.

 

Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) has used her cunning and class to secure a stunning villa and a safe full of diamonds in the south of France, while Aussie Penny Rust (Wilson) flies by the seat of her pants – and the stacks of cash she liberates from gullible marks. They have almost nothing in common, but when tech billionaire Thomas Westerburg (Alex Sharp from How to Talk to Girls at Parties) comes onto their radar, the pair team up for the scam of the year.

The Hustle was the 70th biggest box office hit of 2019 and a People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Comedy Movie.


CRAWL | Horror

 

If the storm doesn’t get you, the alligators will…

Following a Category 5 hurricane, competitive swimmer Haley and her estranged father, Dave, find themselves trapped in the flooded basement of their run-down house, where every shadow conceals the waiting jaws of a brutal apex predator.

 

Four-time Teen Choice nominee Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Barry Pepper (Maze Runner, The Green Mile) co-star as Haley and Dave.

 

This excellent schlock creature-feature horror is a 2020 nominee for both Best Horror Film at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards and Best Wide Release Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. It’s directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) and produced by the legendary Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, 30 Days of Night and Spider-Man).

 

The 71st biggest box office hit of 2019, Crawl has a 83% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus describes it as “an action-packed creature feature that’s fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario.” Vulture called it “a perfect horror film for the summer, as much an ode to the cataclysmic, humbling aspects of Mother Nature as it is a love letter to father-daughter relationships.”

WHAT MEN WANT | Comedy

Oscar winner nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson (Empire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) stars as Ali Davis, a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. She gains an unexpected edge over them when, after a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

What Men Want was the 83rd biggest box office hit of 2019, with Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus saying, “Easy to like, What Men Want proves a gender-swapped remake can work – and the odds are substantially improved with Taraji P. Henson in the lead.”

 

 

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR | Romance

 

Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha isn’t in the market for romance. In fact, she doesn’t even believe in love. Also, she’s about to be deported. Then a stranger saves her life on the street and, over coffee, tells her they’re meant for one another. It’s never going to happen, obviously, but Natasha’s willing to give him an hour of her time…

 

The Sun is also a Star is a coming-of-age love story based on the best-selling young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon, who also penned Everything, Everything.

 

Yara Shahidi (Zoey from Black-ish and Grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Reggie from Riverdale, Mr. Wu from American Horror Story: Hotel) both earned Teen Choice nominations last year for their lead roles. Also look out for Golden Globe nominee John Leguizamo (When They See Us, Moulin Rouge) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce’s Larry Brown).


THE SISTERS BROTHERS | Western

 

Charlie (Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli Sisters (Oscar nominee John C Reilly) are very bad men, who are very good at what they do. And what they do is mostly killing.

 

Infamous assassins in 1850s Oregon, they’re the last people chemist Hermann Kermit Warm (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Riz Ahmed from The Night Of) and scout John Morris (Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal) want on their trail, but with gold rush fever in the air, the West is a dangerous place to be a clever man.

 

Winner of Best Director for Jacques Audiard at both Venice and the César Awards, The Sisters Brothers has an 87% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus calls the Western “a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.”

 

The Sisters Brothers is based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM | Action

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans, while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

 

As Owen, Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) won Favourite Butt Kicker Kids’ Choice and the Teen Choice Summer Movie Star: Male awards. Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard also earned a Teen Choice Movie Star: Female award as Claire. The third biggest box office hit of 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie and was up for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2019 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

 

“This is without question the best Jurassic Park sequel,” wrote Salon.com. “Smart, scary, and even emotionally powerful.”

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS | Fantasy

 

10-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his strange uncle in a creaky old house whose walls contain a mysterious tick-tocking magic. When Lewis accidentally disturbs the dead, the sleepy town comes alive with dark witchery.

 

Based on John Bellairs’ children’s book, The House With A Clock In Its Walls stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, as well as Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks).

 

It’s the first younger-audience film from gore maestro Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), who’s called it a “starter horror movie.”  Slate calls it “a bullseye… perfectly balanced between funny and scary.” Common Sense Media recommends it for 11+.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls was the 54th biggest box office hit of 2018, grossing over $130m globally.

NIGHT SCHOOL | Comedy

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), the comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend night school in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

Hart and co-star Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) earned Teen Choice Comedy Movie Actor and Actress nominations respectively in 2019, while Night School was the 62nd most popular box office hit of 2018.

 

JULIET, NAKED | Romcom

 

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded rocker, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the object of Duncan’s musical obsession. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself in this comic account of life’s second chances.

 

Directed by Emmy nominee Jesse Peretz (Glow), Juliet, Naked stars Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Damages), Emmy winner Chris O’Dowd (State of the Union, The IT Crowd), and four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood).

 

The film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, who also wrote About a Boy and High Fidelity.

 

Juliet, Naked has a 83% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Los Angeles Times calling it “a charming film… about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives… Comic, heartfelt and smart as they come – a rare combination these days.”

THE SQUARE | Drama

Christian (Claes Bang from Dracula) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

 

Directed by Ruben Östlund (Golden Globe foreign film nominee Force Majeure), The Square won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2017 and was nominated as Best Foreign Film at both the Oscars and Golden Globes in 2018. Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Golden Globe nominee Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) co-star.

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Nearly two-thirds of this year’s SAFTA winners in the TV categories are available to binge now on Showmax.


Want to watch the best local productions out there? Then stay glued to Showmax, where over 66% of the winners in the TV categories are ready for a mega-binge, including all the telenovela winners, 12 out of the 13 drama winners, the best reality, natural history, lifestyle and variety shows, as well as the best documentary and short film winners.

Here are six of last night’s big winners you can stream right now.

The River

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With 10 awards, 1Magic’s The River was the most awarded series overall at the SAFTAs – for the second year in a row. This follows its International Emmy nomination last year.

Set against a backdrop of the dirty business of diamond mining, 1Magic’s thrill-a-minute telenovela The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, like the Dlaminis, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those, like the Dikana family, who have little to show for their hard work.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also make Best Drama winner The Republic, The River won Best Telenovela, Best Actress (Sindi Dlathu) and Best Supporting Actress (Mary-Anne Barlow) as well craft awards for Directing, Script, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, and Hair and Makeup.

Other winners in the category included Arendsvlei, which won Best Actor for Roberto Kyle and a craft award for Art Direction; The Queen, which won Best Supporting Actor for Loyiso MacDonald; and Isibaya, which won Best Music.

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The Republic

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With seven awards, Mzansi Magic’s The Republic was the most-awarded drama series and the second most awarded series overall.

Set in an alternative universe in present-day South Africa, The Republic follows the country’s first female president, Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe), who’s determined to fight corruption and turn the country around.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also make Best Telenovela winner The River, The Republic won Best Drama, Best Actress (Florence Masebe) and Best Supporting Actor (Seputla Sebogodi) as well as craft awards for Directing, Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Sound, and Music.

Other winners in the category included eHostela, which won Best Actor for Wiseman Mncube; iThemba, which won Best Supporting Actress for Brenda Ngxoli; Ifalakahe, which won craft awards for Best Wardrobe and Makeup and Hair and Die Spreeus, which won a craft for Editing.

Congratulations @FloMasebe. #SAFTAs14. You may let this pass as just but one of those things; but this time, we won’t let your humility get in the way of what many of us believe you deserved many a years back… BRAVO.

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Living the Dream with Somizi

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2020 is turning into quite a year for Somizi: he tied the knot a second time with Mohale, watched their Showmax wedding special break records on the platform, and last night Living The Dream With Somizi was named Best Structured or Docu-Reality Show at the SAFTAs.

Season 4 of the Mzansi Magic show saw the Idols SA judge engaged and living with Mohale for the first time, and followed the build up to their spectacular traditional wedding ceremony.

Elders: Japan

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At last night’s SAFTAs, kykNET’s Elders: Japan won Best Lifestyle Show.

In this travelogue, Erns Grundling, who gave us Elders: Die Camino, heads to Japan to walk two more pilgrimages and see if the country is ready for the Rugby World Cup.

He attempts to conquer Mount Fuji in thick snow, and interviews several international rugby players ahead of the World Cup. He also explores Japan’s wonderful culture, cuisine, incredible cities and scenery, and even tries to be a samurai warrior, ninja and sumo wrestler.

This fun series will entice you to put Japan on your travel bucket list.

Buddha in Africa

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At last night’s SAFTAs, Buddha in Africa won both Best Documentary and Best Directing.

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War

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At last night’s SAFTAs, Stroop won for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War is a gripping wildlife crime thriller of a documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, embed themselves on the frontlines of the rhino poaching crisis, where they are given exclusive access to the war as it unfolds on the ground.

Carving out six months for the project, the two women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later. The resulting film has won over 25 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival, and was shortlisted for two awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife filmmaking world.

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Apple launches iPhone SE

Posted by radio On April - 25 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS
Apple recently announced the second-generation iPhone SE, a powerful new iPhone featuring a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, paired with Touch ID for industry-leading security. iPhone SE comes in a compact design, reinvented from the inside out, and is the most affordable iPhone. The new iPhone SE is powered by the Apple-designed A13 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone, to handle the most demanding tasks. iPhone SE also features the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone, which unlocks the benefits of computational photography including Portrait mode, and is designed to withstand the elements with dust and water resistance.
iPhone SE comes in three beautiful colours — black, white and (PRODUCT)RED — and will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, April 17, starting at just $399 (US).
“The first iPhone SE was a hit with many customers who loved its unique combination of small size, high-end performance and affordable price; the new second-generation iPhone SE builds on that great idea and improves on it in every way — including our best-ever single-camera system for great photos and videos — while still being very affordable,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone SE features the industry-leading performance of A13 Bionic that enables great battery life, takes stunning Portrait mode and Smart HDR photos, shoots amazing videos with stereo audio, is great for games and super fast web surfing, and is built with the same industry-leading security features our customers expect. We can’t wait to get iPhone SE into customers’ hands.”

Popular Design with a 4.7-inch Display

iPhone SE features an aerospace-grade aluminium and durable glass design with an all-black front, and is available in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED. The rear glass finish includes a centred Apple logo and is made using a seven-layer colour process for precise hue and opacity, delivering rich depth of colour with a colour-matched aluminium band. It is water- and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating for water resistance up to 1 metre for 30 minutes.1
The 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone adjusts the white balance to match the ambient light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience. The vibrant wide colour gamut Retina HD display offers incredible colour accuracy, and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback. iPhone SE uses Haptic Touch for Quick Actions — such as animating Live Photos, previewing messages, rearranging apps and more — as well as contextual menus.
iPhone SE also features the familiar Home button designed with sapphire crystal to be durable and to protect the sensor, and a steel ring to detect a user’s fingerprint for Touch ID. Using Touch ID is an easy, private and secure alternative to entering a passcode to unlock iPhone, fill in passwords using iCloud Keychain, log in to apps, authorise App Store purchases, and make Apple Pay transactions.

A13 Bionic — The Fastest Chip in a Smartphone

Introduced with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone and provides unparalleled performance for every task iPhone SE handles. Perfect for photography, gaming and augmented reality experiences, A13 Bionic makes every action feel fluid.
A13 Bionic was built with a focus on machine learning, with a dedicated 8-core Neural Engine capable of 5 trillion operations per second, two Machine Learning Accelerators on the CPU and a new Machine Learning Controller to balance performance and efficiency. Together, A13 Bionic and iOS 13 enable new intelligent apps that make use of machine learning and Core ML.
Built for efficiency, the A13 Bionic also enables great battery life for iPhone SE. iPhone SE is wireless-charging capable with Qi-certified chargers and also supports fast-charging,giving customers up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.2 Lightning-fast download speeds are available with Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE.3 Dual SIM with eSIM provides the flexibility for users to have two separate phone numbers on a single device while traveling abroad or for use as a business line.4

New Camera Experience Powered by A13 Bionic

iPhone SE features the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture Wide camera, and uses the image signal processor and Neural Engine of A13 Bionic to unlock even more benefits of computational photography, including Portrait mode,all six Portrait Lighting effects and Depth Control.5 Using machine learning and monocular depth estimation, iPhone SE also takes stunning Portraits with the front camera. Next-generation Smart HDR comes to iPhone SE, intelligently re-lighting recognised subjects in a frame for more natural-looking images with stunning highlight and shadow details.
Pricing and Availability
  • iPhone SE will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED starting at $399 (US). Customers can also get iPhone SE for $9.54 a month or $229 with trade-in from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores.6 iPhone SE is available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

  • iPhone SE is available to pre-order on apple.com and the Apple Store app beginning at 1 p.m. BST on Friday, April 17, and will be available from Apple, Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers on Friday, April 24, in the US and more than 40 other countries and regions.
  • Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms including online (tv.apple.com), for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Customers who purchase iPhone SE can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.
  • Customers with questions about iPhone SE or which iPhone is right for them can contact a Specialist at 1-800-MY-APPLE or start a chat in Messages directly from the Apple Store app.
  • Anyone who purchases online from Apple will receive free no-contact home delivery and the option to trade in their current iPhone for credit toward the purchase of iPhone SE.8
  • Customers can extend their limited warranty with AppleCare+, and get 24/7 priority access to technical support.

 

 

 

 

 

A portion of proceeds for iPhone SE (PRODUCT)RED purchases will go directly to Global Fund’s newly established COVID-19 Response — providing funding to countries in need of PPE, diagnostics treatment, lab equipment, public safety communications, supply chain support and more — as well as HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counselling, treatment and prevention programs with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from mothers to their babies.

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Apple® (www.Apple.com) announced that starting today, even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple’s most popular Services. The App Store®, Apple Arcade™, Apple Music®, Apple Podcasts® and iCloud® are now available in 20 more countries, and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries.

 

“We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world’s best creators, artists and developers.”

The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions:

  • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda and Zambia.

  • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.

  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

  • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq.

  • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga and Vanuatu.

Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions:

  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Tunisia.

  • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan.

  • Europe: Croatia, Iceland and North Macedonia.

  • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos and Uruguay.

  • Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen.

  • Oceania: Solomon Islands.

The App Store, now in 175 countries and regions, is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace, with over half a billion people visiting each week. It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world. The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses, and since it launched in 2008, developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives.

 

 

Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store, offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games, all playable across iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® and Apple TV®. Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world’s most visionary game developers.

 

 

Apple Music is the most complete music experience, now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs.  With world-class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections, and the renowned global radio station Beats 1, Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch®, Apple TV, Mac, HomePod® and CarPlay®, and is also available on Android and and other devices.

New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six-month free trial of the service, with locally curated playlists including Africa Now, Afrobeats Hits, Ghana Bounce and more. In addition, users have access to world-class music experts, tastemakers, and artist-led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Pharrell, and more.

 

 

Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world’s largest catalog of podcasts, now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions.

iCloud is an essential service that keeps users’ personal content safe, up to date, and available across all their Apple devices, allowing them to store a lifetime of photos, keep important documents at their fingertips, and share and collaborate with ease. iCloud backs up iPhone, iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices. With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share access to Apple Services, including Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, iCloud storage, as well as individual music, movie, TV, book and app purchases. Available in 175 countries and regions, iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB, 200GB and 2TB plans.

 

 

For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world, please visit Apple Support (https://apple.co/34SAX9d).

 

 

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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WHAT: The 10-part documentary series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA (https://www.NBA.com) championship in eight years.

 

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in “The Last Dance.”

 

 

“It was a trying year, we all tried to enjoy that year, knowing that it was coming to an end… Phil (Jackson) started off the year by saying that it was the last dance and we played it that way. Mentally it just kind of tugged at you throughout the course of the year, you know, but that this had to come to an end, but it also centered our focus to making sure we ended it right.”Michael Jordan on Good Morning America (https://gma.abc/3bfhUrW).

 

 

“It was a special thing. That path, that journey, the last three seasons… Some of the greatest years of my life. Hanging out with these guys, having an opportunity, knowing that it was our last season, we really embraced it. We did a lot of things together, Phil (Jackson) made it a lot of fun for us, you know, some of those memories that you wish you could relive over and over again.”Scottie Pippen on ESPN’s The Jump (https://bit.ly/2VhjoME).

 

 

WHERE: The full episodic documentary will be available on Netflix across Africa as follows:

Monday, April 20 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 1 and 2
Monday, April 27 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 3 and 4
Monday, May 4 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 5 and 6
Monday, May 11 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 7 and 8
Monday, May 18 – 9:01 a.m. CAT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 9 and 10

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Global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile (www.TECNO-mobile.com) recently launched a new smartphone: the CAMON 15 series with 64MP SONY camera and trademarked TAIVOS™ technology.  As one of the most remarkable camera phones, TECNO CAMON 15 series has been highlighted through several platforms including the first online launch event in Africa, the spokesman Wizkid, and the biggest flip book recorded by Guinness World Records ever.

 

As a pioneer in the smartphone industry, TECNO Mobile is committed to bringing the latest cutting-edge technology smartphone to its global users, and exploring innovative approaches and channels to support consumers discovering its products for the first time. The first online product launch is a new breakthrough that TECNO brings to its fans globally: a real-time hands-on experience and DEMO of what they can achieve with a smartphone camera, powerful imaging hardware, and a device designed to deliver unprecedented performance for mobile photography fans.

6.6’FHD+ Real Fullview, See Beyond Boundaries

6.6″ Perfect Fullview gives you a wider, clearer, and more colorful visual experience. The 91.2% super screen ratio and unibody pop-up camera design helps actualize the dream of an immersive, full view, cinematic experience Users can enjoy a truly boundless screen.

Stunning color designs and exquisite textural lines can be viewed with the new CAMON 15 Premier. Under different lighting environments, different texture changing effects can be seen.

Breaking down 64-MP performance on SONY Camera

The 64 MP main camera is equipped with TECNO’s signature Ultra Clear Shot, Ultra Night Shot, Super HDR, and AI Scene Detection features, which creates super high-resolution photography and compensates for changing light conditions.

The CAMON 15 is the first-ever smartphone in Africa to come equipped with Sony’s 64 MP, smart chip-backed camera lens. That means 8x zoom is possible not only when shooting pictures, but afterwards as well, letting you scale up your shots without losing even the tiniest details. Meanwhile, Sony’s large ½-inch sensor recognizes and captures more light during the evening that other cameras, eliminating visual noise for better night shots.

Trademarked TAIVOS™ technology for More Powerful than ever night shots

The TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution is a signal processing trademarked TAIVOS™ technology. TAIVOS™ enables up to 15-frame synth with an imaging time of just 4.68 seconds– most other smartphones only achieve this in 5.5 seconds or maybe even 7 seconds. That means that the photographs shot with TAIVOS™ are built from a composite of 15 image frames that can be analyzed and recombined pixel-for-pixel, vividly capturing each element in your scenes with optimal contrast.

This technology really benefits photography lovers throughout the day, including during the night, since evening shades naturally tend to run together and darken after nightfall. Consumers will be amazed by those great photos as TAIVOS™ is able to filter out image noise and optimize image clarity to deliver clear, balanced, vivid photographs even in low- to lower-light conditions.

32MP POP-UP Camera

CAMON 15 Premier brings users new fun ways to activate your camera. Upon opening the selfie camera, the front camera will “POP-UP” from the body, and the 32MP Clear Lens will be ready to capture your shining moments.

Newly upgraded facial algorithms offer built-in natural beauty effects, saving your time for more retouch. With the new HDR, you can take a clear and bright selfie in any situation. The POP-UP camera has a smart anti-fall reaction and a strong resistance to magnetic interference, guaranteeing a smooth selfie experience.

Super Wide Angle 115° & 2cm Macro Photography

The 5 MP secondary camera offers distortion-eliminating 115-degree Super Wide-Angle visibility and lets you zoom in within two centimeters of your target with Extreme Close-up Shots.  While taking photos with 115° Super Wide Angle, you don’t need to worry about not fully capturing the grand scenery any longer. The anti-distortion feature lets the scene be recorded as it is in reality.

The extreme 2cm close-up shot lets you discover the unseen beauty of the seemingly minor things in your environment.

With a 2 MP AI Bokeh Effect lens, AI Lens, and TAIVOS™ Ultra Night Lens optical processor on the CAMON 15series, users have a camera that lets them zoom in, pan out, and deal with all kinds of lighting conditions for all-day, all-night picture taking.

AI Scene Detection

CAMON 15 Premier also features AI Detection, AI Light Recognition, AI Image Stabilization, and AI Image Processing. With all this, AI scene detection is just one of the phone’s many features designed to work with AI and smart algorithms to enhance your photographic experience.

A newly added multi-dimensional portrait mixed scene mode is available, fully covers both simple and mixed scenes at the same time. The detectable rate has reached 90%. Once the scene is recognized, it will utilize the corresponding AI optimization, letting you take more realistic and detailed photos.

Beautification 3.0, Customize Your Own Beauty

The CAMON 15’s Beautification 3.0 is available with three kinds of built-in beauty effects, various adjustments on UI interface, and a real-time preview in one click. The beauty enhancement algorithm recognizes a total of 18 unique structural elements in human faces, using 3D stereoscopic beautification and smart tone enhancement to help highlight people’s natural features. You can also use AI Body Shaping to augment your subjects’ figures, and Portrait Bokeh 2.0 helps optimize blurred background effects for more alluring portraits.

Fun Social Interaction

Continuing with the style of previous AR Stickers and AR Emojis, this time, we have updated with 12 AR Stickers and 4 unique AR Emoji figures of Manchester City Football Club as gifts for users.

To stimulate interesting and fun social interactions, GIF expressions have been launched. Specially designed TECNO X Manchester City Football Club stickers can now be used, generating fun GIF expressions on one click. Now, you can express your mood via a lovely GIF!

Short Video Recording

Fun short video recording is here: 9 filter styles, AI beauty optimization, support wide-angle recording, quick playback and 15s/60s two versions setting. Record more unforgettable memories!

128GB ROM + 6GB RAM, 4000mAh long-lasting battery, Powerful Performance

128GB ROM offers more space to store your data, and relieves users of the need to frequently clean-up to get more storage. 6GB RAM provides a stable and highly efficient performance. Multitasking and gaming has become faster and smoother.

The 4000mAh powerful battery satisfies users’ need for a stable power supply in work and daily life.

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DStv to launch Easter Weekend pop-up channel

Posted by radio On April - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

In response to a rallying call from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to assist the religious sector, DStv has decided to launch a new, pop up channel catering for various Christianity groupings that is set to launch on 9 April 2020 with rich content aimed at viewers who are home over the Easter weekend.

The channel, named African Easter Channel, is in collaboration with the renowned TBN Africa, DStv Channel 343. Across South Africa, over 80% worshippers observe and celebrate the Easter period, hence different and various Christian denominations be will be looked after by the channel.

 

Minister Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams made the call for MultiChoice Group to setup a dedicated pop-up channel for various religious groups in the country during this Easter Weekend.

 

The current restrictions due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, will see South Africans staying at home during the Easter Weekend. Accordingly, African Easter Channel’s offering of music and sermons is bound to keep DStv viewers engaged and fulfilled during the four days of the channel going live. The channel will broadcast until Easter Monday, 13 April.

 

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020 announced various measures to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, welcomingly, the religious sector have heeded the call by the President. The channel further enhances the positive response received from the religious sector.

 

 

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO, said: “We are happy to have immediately responded to the minister’s call to assist millions of South African worshippers who regard Easter as a pivotal period of worship. As a responsible broadcaster, we are more than happy to partner with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies as we afford worshippers to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes.”

 

 

Popular gospel artists such as Lebo Sekgobela, Dr. Tumi, Hillsong, William McDowell and Rebecca Malope will feature prominently in the channel. The channel’s schedule will also include churches such as Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. In adhering to the national lockdown requirements, the recorded messages submitted by the churches will be broadcast on the channel.

 

 

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies welcomed this intervention and said: “Communications and digital technologies will play an important role during this disaster period and beyond. We therefore appreciate MultiChoice’s response to our call for an industry-wide intervention to ensure that religious programming, especially over the Easter weekend, is produced and accessible to millions of South Africans utilising alternative means.”

 

 

Lucky Mbiko, Managing Director of TBN Africa said: “We have responded to this call by partnering with churches, and some of the biggest gospel artists to bring you the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible. Join us on the African Easter channel 343 on DStv for four days during the Easter Weekend.”

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SA Radio Awards 2020 to be announced online

Posted by radio On March - 31 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

In light of the Government’s declared state of disaster and the collective national efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 by prohibiting events where more than 100 people are gathered,  it is important that we share the change of format for announcing the winners of The Radio Awards 2020.

 

The Radio Awards gala dinner which was initially scheduled to take place in Sandton on 18 April 2020 has been replaced with an online winners announcement to be aired via digital channels on Friday, 17 April 2020 at 14h00. Further information regarding access to the announcement will be shared in due course.

 

 

While it’s unfortunate that it will not be possible to celebrate the success of local radio talent in person, we thank you for your understanding, and for playing your part in keeping the health of our fellow citizens top priority.

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