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Samsung has been recognised as the most admired technology brand in the just released 7th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands survey and ranking of brands across Africa. Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands is a Brand Africa initiative to research, rank and celebrate leading brands in Africa. It is the first and most comprehensive pan-African study and ranking of brands in Africa. Samsung was acknowledged as number 1 Most Admired Technology brand and third overall Most Admired Brand in Africa, across all categories.

“It’s always an honour to be recognised by the people we design our products for. This research validates our ongoing focus on creating products that empower Africans to do more. Samsung’s continued growth in Africa is fuelled by our commitment to be a part of the continent’s growth and prosperity,” says Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

 

The Brand Africa 100® list also recognised Samsung as the number one brand in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco as well as number three in Kenya.
The rankings are published annually in partnership with African Business Magazine and Brand Africa Partners.

 

“Samsung’s relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation has resulted in products that are redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliance and other ground-breaking technological categories. Samsung is therefore perfectly positioned to connect people, touch lives and offer an unprecedented level of value – we use design and innovation to provide people with new experiences and aspirational products,” concludes Mokanyane.

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Deseré Orrill is the chairperson and co-founder of Ole!Connect, a digital media company based in South Africa.  She is currently completing an international MBA with a specialisation in Design Thinking principles. 

 

It goes without saying that digital disruption is changing how we work, live and play.  On the one hand, technology and the digital ecosystem are exciting, opening up new frontiers of convenience and connectivity (among other benefits).  On the other hand, it’s a scary place for job seekers either already in the workforce or, who are just leaving school or tertiary institutions to enter for the first time.

 

 

 

Some areas will experience change by evolution, others more rapidly but, one thing is certain, there will be change.

 

As the digital era advances, changes in the job market are inevitable.  In retail for example, as more companies go online to trade there are fewer physical retail outlets and therefore, a dwindling requirement for human beings to man physical stores.

 

But herein lies the true opportunity, for while there will be the inescapable initial job losses, those that have made the move to eCommerce have shown a corresponding increase in the requirement for a different set of proficiencies – people at both ends of the skills spectrum.

 

Digitalisation and automation don’t necessarily lead to the reduction of human jobs, but rather herald a different way of structuring the job market. The means required to transport and deliver the goods create new systems, and different jobs are thus created. The impact these changes have on means of production, imports and exports, money flow, production cycles, consumption patterns, demand management, technological development is already being felt and will only continue to grow.

 

The outlook for real world retail outlets is that the shopping experience will become exactly that – an experience. It is not unforeseeable that appointments to view and touch real life examples of wares will have to be made. The physical (non-online) shopping experience could become much more planned, more personalised, and we could see a return to one-on-one attention in the purchase of not only luxury goods, but also everyday personalised or customised products.

The ‘real-world’ human connection points will be fewer but, also potentially better, especially for those who do their online research beforehand. Their virtual ‘tests’ and desire to have one more final ‘real check’ before purchase, will plan their retail visit by appointment, perhaps even adding a sense of occasion to the purchase.

 

Consider the advances in virtual reality (VR) technology and what artificial intelligence (AI) can already do, and then imagine a time when we can design our own outfits, dinners, transport solutions (and so on), try them on for size, AI monitors our reaction and adapts the end result accordingly, before the item is ordered and purchased.

 

These changes are already being felt within the highly pressurised South African job market, with notable examples in the banking sector. With the recent headline-grabbing Standard Bank branch closures, it is clear there is an emphasis being placed upon improving the functionality and ease of use of online and mobile banking services as opposed to the physical experience.

 

According to a recent article in TechCentral, “Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank — have together shut 695 branches since their respective peaks in the earlier part of this decade.” This restructuring, however, can also be an opportunity, as discussed recently by Absa Banks Deputy CEO, Peter Matlare, via LinkedIn. He explains that Absa is one of those traditional banks delving deeper into digital banking, and “as part of this change, this digitisation is about what should be in your toolbox and how do we change culturally how people interact with each other and with a customer out there in order to become this agile, digitally-enabled bank that will hopefully succeed.”

 

Within the banking sector then, there is also the option not to eliminate physical branches and human interaction, but instead to change the nature of the services offered at the branches. Rather than traditional bank tellers carrying out transactions which could also be done online, there will be a focus on helping clients to make better use of the digital services by means of facilitating real life interactions on site.

 

For those in the marketing and advertising worlds, the future is already here and the next generation of marketer needs a whole new basket of skills. Disruptions with this space have already seen shake-ups for traditional advertising agencies who are often scrambling to adapt to a world where advertising is now delivered within an on-demand space with content and tailored to key demographics based on data-driven insights.

 

Disrupters in this space, such as the next generation team at OLE!CONNECT are leaders in understanding the new requirements of the digital age and both its company structure and employee skills set reflect this.  The marketing and advertising jobs of today were not even imagined a decade ago, and iin order to keep up with the realities of this new job market in sectors such as retail, banking, marketing and advertising amongst others, the South African education and training sectors need to adapt and adapt quickly.

 

Young graduates need a new set of relevant skills that will prepare them for the changes inglobal production, consumption, trade and retail.  Within this new environment of digitalisation, it’s time to ensure we are not just prepared for the future that is upon us, but rather excited and ready to embrace it.

 

About Deseré Orrill

Deseré Orrill is co-founder and chairman of Ole!Connect. She has been involved in global marketing for companies in SA and Europe since the 90s.  As former marketing director based in Europe of an international chain of luxury hotels, her business experience spans a number of continents, languages and corporate cultures. She founded a boutique marketing consultancy in 1996 with an exclusively digital focus. After returning to South Africa with her family, in 2009 she and partner, Tim Legg, co-founded MobiMedia, one of SA’s first dedicated full service mobile media and marketing companies. Through  acquisitions and organic growth, the organisation has evolved over the past decade to become the leading integrated, data-driven digital media and marketing company today known as Ole!Connect.

 

An acknowledged speaker on the topics of digital disruption, women in digital, and how design thinking is successfully being adopted in modern business, Deseré has a special interest in the relationship between business strategy and organisational behaviour.

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The Amazon Web Services (AWS)  will showcase the rewards that innovation and investment in IoT, hyperscale cloud and associated industry products are delivering. The Summit will take place on 11 July at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, and will feature global IoT cellular connectivity specialists Eseye (https://www.Eseye.com/). Supported by MTN, and joined by SolarNow, Eseye will present as part of the ‘Modernizing Your Business’ stream, providing insights into the latest, simplest way IoT devices can be deployed onto AWS.

 

 

 

Eseye’s team, led by co-founder Paul Marshall, will be joined on stage at the summit by Herman Dijkslag, SolarNow’s Product Development Manager, to demonstrate how a new and advanced use of cellular for AWS is disrupting IoT’s traditional deployment models. Together, the team will demonstrate one of the most advanced and simplified cellular IoT use cases in the field today. Jeremy Potgieter, Regional Head: SADC, Eseye says: “If you are considering an IoT project this is your opportunity to see a real-life example of Eseye’s single global AnyNet Secure SIM for AWS in action. And how, with SolarNow, IoT is becoming easier and driving better insights into customer device usage, prolonging device lifecycle and improving business performance.”

 

 

 

During the SolarNow session Paul Marshall will launch Eseye’s newest product, the AnyNet IRIS, a gateway App for AWS services to go live on 1 August. The new App is an administration tool that is designed to enhance the user experience and work with the upgraded AnyNet Secure for AWS IoT global cellular solution. “AnyNet IRIS transforms the way our AWS Marketplace integration installs, from a run once script to a clear graphical interface that enables customers to select the features they want and to add services as they are needed or become available. AnyNet IRIS also provides a new level of user experience with a view of connectivity performance without having to right a line of code,” says David Thompson, Eseye’s Marketing Director.

 

 

He says that the AnyNet IRIS App has a new range of features for AWS customers that are accessed directly on their AWS Marketplace account: “These include a simplified launch process, enhanced visibility of the IoT estate through an action audit log and customer App update notifications.” This launch is version one of the App, with a version two planned for later in the year, with more features added.

 

 

In a joint IoT announcement at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, MTN and Eseye, aligned with the AnyNet Federation in support of significant global growth of cellular services onto AWS Cloud. “We are partnering with MTN and look forward to collaborating at the Summit and offering advice to customers who want to learn how to deliver African regional and global IoT deployments onto AWS cloud services,’ says Potgieter.

 

 

To mark the event, applications are being invited for a limited number of cellular IoT developer kits worth $130 USD each. These are a great way to experiment with technology for an upcoming IoT project and applications in person at the AWS Summit on stand #G7, or on line: https://www.Eseye.com/AWS-Summit-cape-town/

 

 

 

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Huawei was named one of the world’s 50 Smartest Companies in the MIT Technology Review’s annual list. The influential technology publication has published its list of the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model annually since 2010.

 

MIT Technology Review’s 50 smartest companies list is based on evaluation of the companies’ core competence with emerging technologies as well as breakthroughs and innovation the companies have achieved. Huawei was included in the list this year for its outstanding capabilities in innovation.

 

 

William Xu, Huawei’s Director of the Board and President of the Institute of Strategic Research, speaking at the 50 Smartest Companies 2019 China Summit said, “Over the past 30 years, Huawei mainly achieved technical and engineering innovations as well as innovative solutions based on customer needs: which we call Innovation 1.0. In the future, Huawei will pursue Innovation 2.0, which refers to theoretical breakthroughs and inventions driven by vision. Huawei sticks to open innovation and inclusive development. Open innovation means innovating together with global experts. In this process, resources and capabilities are shared. Inclusive development means the fruits of any innovation should be shared and used by all humanity and industries. This can lighten the future of the world and industries.”

 

Xu noted that academia is a source for theoretical breakthroughs and inventions, while industries drive progress by raising challenges, addressing customer needs and funding the research conducted by universities. He said Huawei will continue to support research at universities and other institutions and is committed to exploring and identifying future-proof technologies along the whole information process, from information generation, storage, computing, transmission, presentation, to information consumption.

 

 

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As needs for a smart meeting environment are increasing, there is growing interest in the 2019 Samsung Flip. The audience at the recent InfoComm 2019 had a chance to try the product, and when they experienced it, they were amazed at the speed of the pen and texture of the brush as well as how real it felt to use this digital white board. Samsung Newsroom summarizes the 2019 Samsung Flip with various functions for a digital meeting environment in three keywords: pen, convenience and design.

The 2019 Samsung Flip’s extraordinary writing recognition technology is one of the key elements of improvement. The product provides a passive pen without electronic components inside, rather than an active pen with electric circuits. Users can decide to write on the display with the pen provided with the Samsung Flip but this can be replaced with other objects such as a pen, pencil or even small sticks instead. The 2019 Samsung Flip has an enhanced ability to recognize the thickness of writing objects and reflect the thickness on the display.

 

 

The 2019 Samsung Flip is exceptional in its writing recognition speed and it has no delay whatsoever. With improved recognition speed compared to the previous Samsung Flip, the new product is the fastest in the industry. It also delivers the feel of analogue in a digital environment via the flip pen. For example, the wooden material flip pen provides the feel of using a pencil. With this feature, users are able to write or draw on the screen using the slim profile of a realistic pencil tool.

 

To support the ideation process in meetings, the pen mode’s ability to recognize an object’s thickness provides four options – thin pen, highlighter, finger eraser and palm eraser. The feature allows users to have an analogue meeting environment as if they were using a real marker, highlighter and eraser. Additionally, the new brush mode of the 2019 Samsung Flip is another fresh and innovative concept. It emphasizes more detail by allowing recognition touch on the display in 1,024 detailed levels. It even recognizes the most delicate touch of a brush.

 

When you draw on the 2019 Samsung Flip display with Brush mode, the screen recognizes the thickness of the brush you use. They are all perfectly expressed on the display just like an analogue painting. Users can experience two types of paint textures – oil painting and water painting.

 

For example, when you draw a blue line in the oil painting mode and draw a yellow line on top, the two colors will be mixed where they overlap each other. As if you were using real paint that had not dried yet, the two colors will mix together into a green color, just like an oil painting on a canvas. And if you click on the drying paint option and draw a new line, the previous lines dry up and prevent any new colors from mixing together.

 

The 2019 Samsung Flip values user convenience as the top priority. For the first time, the Samsung Flip was made to help those who experience difficulties in meetings where the digital and the analogue come together, causing complexities in an office. We wanted to make the entire process of making a presentation, writing content on a white board, taking pictures of the final meeting results and sharing them as simple as possible. Moreover, the 2019 Samsung Flip also adds various new functions to enhance the user experience.

 

The Note-Layer function allows you to freely take notes on documents or pictures shown on the display. Utilizing the ‘Selection Tool’ and ‘Merge to Roll’ functions make your image editing much easier. For example, you can put an illustration on a roll and choose the ‘Selection Tool’ to cut out only the selected parts from the illustration. Then, you may choose ‘Merge to Roll’ to paste the cut-out images onto the roll. These images are recognized as the same as the actual drawings, so you are free to delete the background or edit the images.

 

If you click the upper portion of the display, it will trigger the intuitive function icons for bringing data from a mobile device, PC or USB to the Flip as well as sending completed work from the Flip to email, printer, USB or network drive. This allows people who use the product for the first time to move data with ease. Also, using the ‘To-Mobile’ function, which allows users to take advantage of the basic network storage implemented in the Flip, you can check your completed work from the Flip directly on your mobile device without sending the data through email or other additional methods.

 

The screen share feature is also very useful. The 2019 Samsung Flip can be connected to a bigger display through the screen share function when you need to deliver content to a big audience such as in a large-scale lecture. You can use a wireless connection or you can use the screen share terminal of the Connected Tray in front of the 2019 Samsung Flip to connect the two displays using a HDMI cable. Samsung Flip was originally targeted to architectural design offices and design companies where small-scale face to face idea meetings are frequent. After launching the first product, it received such high praise from the users. As they wanted to use the product in more diverse areas, the 2019 Samsung Flip’s target has expanded to conglomerate conference halls, large seminar rooms, schools and hotel conference rooms with a larger 65-inch screen and various features.

 

The Flip also has the Remote PC function to follow the recent office trend of working on remote desktop computers. The users can access their own desktop or laptop computers from the Flip to view or edit data, which can be seamlessly used in a meeting environment. Also, you can load documents from your personal cloud space using Microsoft OneDrive, Office 365 and Web Browser that are going to be serviced in the Flip from September. The 2019 Samsung Flip is a reassuring partner in a digital meeting environment.

 

One of the highlights of the 2019 Samsung Flip is its design. First, you see its light gray color. Jae-gwang Lee from Samsung Visual Display, the developer of this product, says, “Similar to the previous model, the 2019 Samsung Flip has light colors to make sure it feels accessible and usable for people. The product uses light colors, particularly a light gray color to be well harmonized not only in offices and meeting rooms but also in trendy meeting spaces.”

 

The Flip’s wall-mounted design is also noteworthy. Its ‘no gap wall mount’ design allows the display to be completely attached to the wall, giving it a sleek and clean appearance. Other than the wall mount on the back of the display, the product is installed with magnet brackets on all four corners on the back to prevent moving and providing stability. The pen illustration on both sides of the display where you place your pens is simple and modern, capturing every detail of its elegant design.

 

The 2019 Samsung Flip makes your conference room and classroom trendy. Jae-young Kim, product planner at Samsung Visual Display, says, “The 2019 Samsung Flip offers a smart office and modern work environment where users can rapidly capture ideas, share them with other people and save them without any difficulties.”

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Naspers has appointed  Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa to the global Naspers management team as CEO, South Africa. Reporting directly to Bob van Dijk, Group CEO of Naspers, Phuthi will be based in Johannesburg where she will lead the group’s day-to-day business in South Africa and represent its interests in-country. She will also be responsible for Naspers’ recently announced units, Naspers Foundry and Naspers Labs, which are designed to help stimulate the South African tech sector and tackle youth unemployment, respectively.

 

Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the South African technology sector and is committed to building its existing internet and ecommerce companies in the country, as well as stimulating the local tech start-up sector through the Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment commitment targeting technology start-ups in South Africa that seek to address big societal needs. This is in addition to the commitment Naspers made in October 2018 at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference to inject a further R3.2 billion into its existing South African businesses over three years, which is already underway.

 

 

Phuthi joins Naspers from her Executive Chairperson role at Sigma Capital, a privately held, majority-black owned investment group based in South Africa.

 

Bob van Dijk, Group CEO, Naspers, said:
“Phuthi is a seasoned leader with a strong track record of achievement throughout her career. Her significant investor and board experience across varied sectors, makes Phuthi the perfect match for this important role at Naspers.”

 

 

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO South Africa, Naspers, added:
“I am thrilled to be joining Naspers at such a pivotal time for the group and for South Africa and look forward to adding value to the group in realising its strategy in South Africa.”

 

 

Naspers Foundry
Naspers Foundry is a R1.4 billion start-up funding initiative aimed at boosting the South African technology sector. As well as providing much needed funding, Naspers Foundry helps talented and ambitious South African technology entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses. Naspers Foundry recently announced its first investment, a R30 million backing of SweepSouth, the South African-founded online cleaning services platform that connects clients with trusted, reliable domestic cleaners. More information on Naspers Foundry is available at https://www.naspers.com/foundry.

 

 

Naspers Labs
Naspers Labs is the pilot of a social impact initiative that Naspers has designed in partnership with Marlon Parker, the founder of RLabs, to develop the skills and talent of South Africa’s unemployed youth. Naspers Labs participants benefit from an individually tailored online and offline development programme delivered in youth cafes that are located at the heart of impoverished communities. Naspers has committed R50 million to the pilot in 2019, on top of the R15 million invested in 2018, and four pilot labs will be up and running by the end of this financial year with plans in place to scale the programme further subject to the success of the pilots. More information on Naspers Labs is available at https://nasperslabs.org.

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Designed for superior performance, experience total immersion and take your games to the next level with the Samsung Galaxy S10

 

There is no doubt that the Galaxy S10 series has built on Samsung’s incredible 10-year legacy in ways that have captured the imagination of the world. Consumer Reports [1] calls it “The Best Smartphone ever” and it was graded “Best Rated Selfie Camera” by DxOMark[2], and for gamers there are even more reasons to get their hands on a Galaxy S10 device. Both the hardware and software have been engineered to deliver performance-enhanced gaming without lag. Whatever the game, the Galaxy S10 brings it to life in a whole new way.

 

“This is a device that has been optimised for gaming. For the millions of Galaxy fans, the Galaxy S10 is a game changer. It competes with other devices effortlessly and then takes the win for an all-round gaming experience,” says Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

 

Crushing your highest score has never been easier. New cooling technology, a GPU enhanced for smoother gameplay and performance improvements through artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 is a gamer’s dream. This should make the Galaxy S10 a great choice for the world’s most popular games. The Galaxy S10’s Infinity-O display and Dolby enhanced game mode also delivers better video and audio than was possible on previous phones. All the models are HDR10+ certified, which makes colours spring to life and enhances contrast. Armed with a Quad HD 2K display, the Galaxy S10 is simply incredible.

 

The Galaxy S10 and S10e makes use of an advanced heat pipe cooling system while the Galaxy S10+ uses a vapour chamber cooling system. This is similar to the systems used on gaming consoles, allowing for an extremely powerful device that remains at required temperatures without needing traditional cooling systems or fans. The storage capacity of 1TB [3] enables the consumer to install and enjoy their favourite games and apps. The devices are made for those extensive gaming sessions; with up to a 4100mAh (typical) battery [4] capacity on Galaxy S10+, you can spend more time gaming and less time charging.

 

Clearly, the Galaxy S10 has changed the game in terms of what a smartphone can and should be. More good news for South Africans is that there is now a special offer for those who purchase the Galaxy S10 and S10+ [5]. The first 1000 customers that purchase any of these devices from any network operator, retail outlet and online store will receive 2,500 V-bucks plus the exclusive Galaxy iKonik Outfit within Fortnite[5]. This promotion has been running from 7 June and will continue until 7 July. More info on this amazing promotion can be found online at: https://www.samsung.com/za/offer/

 

Ultimately, the Galaxy S10 range is packed with powerful features that have made headlines across the globe including a screen made for cinema, ultrasonic fingerprint security, wireless power-share, a long lasting battery [5] and ground-breaking camera features, including an ultra-wide lens. These are just some of the reasons it has garnered the level of praise it has had since launch.

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Bring Winter to Life with Samsung QLED

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Thanks to new technology, Samsung’s QLED range is about to bring you a whole new world of cosy nights in front of the TV

TV viewing has changed forever with Samsung’s launch of the revolutionary 8K range which delivers a ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.

 

Experience what you never have before

 

With Samsung 8K QLED, every scene is amazingly vivid and real – it’s like watching 3D without the glasses. With more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio lets you see, feel and hear as the scene unfolds in front of you.

 

You can upscale what you’re watching

 

8K is still new technology but the 8K QLED display can convert what you watching, depending on the source content, into an enhanced version with improved details and sharpened definition. This means more crystal clear and precise images with reduced noise and sharpened definition. It’s like an instant upgrade of everything you’ve seen before.

 

Enjoy TV as it should be

 

Together with 8K resolution, Samsung’s HDR technology delivers maximum brightness and adjusts the scenes to the lighting conditions in the room. And, with fewer visible pixels, you’ll enjoy the feeling of pure immersion – even when you’re closer to the screen. This means everyone in the room has the same incredible experience at the same time.

 

Go on an audio journey

 

The QLED range automatically optimises the sound allowing you to hear a pin drop in a movie and even feel the massive roar of a crowd during the big game.

 

You can take control in innovative ways

 

Using the Voice Command feature on 2019 QLEDs, you can now easily access the content you want, and search for content based on your viewing habits. In order to provide even more entertainment options, it offers the all-new Apple TV app, this allows you access to iTunes movies and TV shows, and also supports Airplay2. Additionally, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.

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Samsung today announced its new 27-inch CRG5(C27RG5) gaming monitor, the latest in Samsung’s line of curved gaming monitors. The CRG5 delivers innovative new gaming features including a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility — providing a powerful combination of unparalleled picture quality and speed for intense gameplay.

“Samsung’s delivering next-level gaming experiences with innovative curved displays using the latest graphics technology to immerse gamers like never before,” said Reggie Nxumalo, Head of B2B at Samsung South Africa. “Combining a 240Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility in Samsung’s new CRG5 curved gaming monitor gives gamers advanced performance for the most graphic-intense games.”

 

The 27-inch CRG5 delivers a 1500R display curvature combined with a lightning-fast refresh rate through 240Hz RapidCurve™ technology, eliminating screen lag time while displaying ultra-smooth scenes for a truly immersive experience. The monitor has been validated by NVIDIA to meet the performance and image quality requirements for G-SYNC compatibility and delivers smooth, tear-free, low-latency gameplay during any scene, all in full HD resolution (1920×1080). The monitor has deeper blacks and brighter whites with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, providing superfine detail even in the brightest and darkest parts of a game. CRG5 has a curved vertical alignment (VA) panel display, providing an immersive gaming experience with wide viewing angle.

 

CRG5’s minimal bezel design offers near edge-to-edge screen on three sides and a sturdy, ergonomic stand to help gamers stay comfortably immersed in gameplay. Gamers can also select pre-set display options for any genre of game with an on-screen digital menu, and for more advanced customisation users can create up to three separate display profiles to easily switch between.

 

The new curved gaming monitor joins Samsung’s full line of innovative curved gaming displays, including the company’s new ground-breaking 49-inch, CRG9 that immerses gamers in detail and colour with a high-resolution super ultra-wide gaming monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, dramatic 1800R curved screen and HDR1000. The Dual QHD display (5120×1440) leverages Samsung’s revolutionary Quantum dot technology for an exceptionally wide range of accurate colour reproduction, so every game feels true to life.
The CRG5 will be available globally in Q3 2019. For additional information on Samsung’s curved gaming monitors, please visit DisplaySolutions.com.

 

 

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The television adaptation of internationally acclaimed author Deon Meyer’s crime novel Trackers marks the beginning of a new era in high-end African storytelling. Pan-African television network M-Net and two global broadcasting giants are joining forces to take this uniquely South African political thriller to the world.  First, as announced in December 2018, M-Net sealed a ground-breaking collaboration deal with Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF. Now, M-Net can confirm that Trackers is also being co-produced by Cinemax, which will also distribute the drama series worldwide beyond M-Net and ZDF’s geographical broadcasting footprint.

 

 

 

“The trailblazing and massively exciting co-production of Trackers illustrates M–Net’s vision and commitment to shine the spotlight on the African film and television industry and provide fresh, proudly African narratives to our viewers as well as global audiences,” says MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment, Yolisa Phahle. “It is also taking our longstanding relationship with Cinemax to the next level, allowing local and international talent to combine their world-class story-telling and production skills.”

 

 

While M-Net is already the home of Cinemax and its sister network HBO, allowing viewers to enjoy showstoppers like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and many more, HBO, Cinemax and M-Net also launched an innovative Producers Apprenticeship programme last year when the Cinemax series Warrior, coming to M-Net in July, was filmed in South Africa. Some other Cinemax originals screened on M-Net include Banshee, The Knick and Strike Back. 

 

 

“Cinemax is delighted to partner with M-Net and ZDF in bringing Deon Meyer’s unforgettable characters and storytelling—all so richly rooted in the people and spectacular geography of South Africa—to screens around the world,” says Len Amato, President, HBO Films, Miniseries, and Cinemax.

 

 

Filming for Trackers has already started in exotic locations spanning the length and breadth of South Africa and the co-production partners have been working together on all aspects of production – from developing and casting, to assembling the crew and approving the final content.

 

Master wordsmith Deon Meyer, whose multiple-award-winning crime novels have been translated into more than 20 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide, serves as a supervising screenwriter and co-producer; British writer Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise) is the showrunner. The team of South African writers on the project includes the accomplished Mitchell’s Plain playwright, screenwriter and director Amy Jephta (Die Ellen Pakkies Story) as well as local writer/directors Kelsey Egen and Jozua Malherbe.

 

 

Trackers is an unprecedented scripted television venture and MultiChoice and M-Net are proud to chart out new territory with all the game-changing players involved in this co-production,” Phahle concludes.

 

A talented local and international cast is on the bill for the six-part miniseries, some of which include Ed Stoppard, Rolanda Marais, James Alexander and Thapelo Mokoena. More details about their roles and additional credits will be announced at a later stage.

 

Trackers will make its debut on M-Net 101 in October 2019 and will also be available on MultiChoice’s popular on-demand service, Showmax. The six-part drama series is produced by UK production company Three River Studios as well as South Africa’s Scene 23.

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