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iQIYI and Netflix Sign Licensing Agreement

Posted by radio On April - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

iQIYI and Netflix have signed a content licensing agreement for a subset of Netflix original series like Stranger Things and Black Mirror. Though expectations of our deal are modest in scope, we are delighted that consumers will be able to enjoy these highly-popular series on iQIYI, the leading online video platform in China. Our cooperation will be subject to the relevant regulations on online streaming of imported drama and film content in China.

 

About iQIYI

Founded in Beijing in April 2010, iQIYI is the top online video platform in China to stream both licensed and original movies, television series, variety shows, cartoons and other content.

 

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has signed and entered into a technical agreement with the Autoridade Reguladora Das Communicações, the communications regulatory authority of Mozambique last week. This is an agreement of co-operation and co-ordination in respect of spectrum management for telecommunications and broadcasting services, and will see the establishment of a Technical Committee which would address matters of common interest between the two regulators on radio frequency co-ordination.

 

In terms of this agreement, the two regulators shall work together to ensure, among others, co-operation on the co-ordination, control and management of radio transmission spill-overs, exchange of information and expertise in the field of radio communications.

 

 

 

 

 

“It is our commitment as regulators to make expertise, infrastructure and equipment available to assist each other on regulatory matters, including radio frequency spectrum investigations, possible cross-border spill-overs and of course, co-ordination of our services”, says ICASA Acting Chairperson, Rubben Mohlaloga after signing the agreement.

 

The technical agreement is a culmination of the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the two governments in June 2015, aimed at finding new approaches and strategies for consolidating, expanding and deepening areas of economic development, industrial, and trade co-operation between Mozambique and South Africa.

 

“This is a critical step for us as regulators because we have a common goal of ensuring that the needs of our people are taken into account and that their service consumption is exactly what they pay for and interference-free”, concludes Mohlaloga.

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Takealot, South Africa’s leading ecommerce company, attracts additional investment from Naspers.

Takealot Online (Pty) Ltd today announced a R960 million investment from Naspers. This latest investment follows earlier investments from both Tiger Global and Naspers in 2015 and underlines the continued commitment to Takealot and confidence in the potential of South Africa’s ecommerce sector.

 

Takealot has continued its robust growth since its merger with Kalahari in 2014, and boasts
a stable of businesses including Takealot.com, South Africa’s leading general etailer,
Superbalist.com, the fashion etailer, Mr D Food, South Africa’s largest restaurant food
delivery service, and Mr D Courier, its point to point courier service.

 

Retail remains a highly competitive market in South Africa, and online retail accounts for
less than 2% of the non-grocery retail market and less than 1% of the total retail market.
With online retail penetration, according to Euromonitor, in the teens in the US and UK
retail markets, and at 17% in China, the potential in South Africa is clear to see.

 

“We are super excited about this latest investment as it will allow us to continue to grow
the business in a market with huge potential. Naspers has been a wonderful supporter of
our business and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment and show of confidence in
both the business and the market. This is great news for our customers and employees
alike.” Said Takealot Founder and CEO Kim Reid.

 

“The team continues to drive exciting growth and shows great promise in a market we
expect to go from strength to strength. We are pleased to support their ambitions to build
an enduring ecommerce business for South African consumers and Takealot’s partners
alike” said Oliver Rippel, CEO, B2C Ecommerce, Naspers.

 

Takealot has filed a large merger notification with the South African Competition
Commission in anticipation of finalising the investment from Naspers, which would make
Naspers the majority shareholder in Takealot.

 

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Man x Man will premiere exclusively on Netflix from 21 April

Netflix has signed an exclusive international licensing agreement with JTBC, a South Korean nationwide general cable TV and broadcasting company, for the network’s new Friday/Saturday TV series MAN x MAN, premiering on 21 April 2017.

Apart from being a Netflix original series, MAN x MAN is also Netflix’s first simulcast of a Korean drama in over 20 languages to millions of subscribers across the world. Except for Korea and the US, Man x Man will stream globally on Netflix the same time as it premiers on JTBC. In Korea, the series will be live on Netflix an hour after airing on JTBC; and in the U.S., Man x Man will be in two parts, each part comprising eight episodes each.

 

MAN x MAN is a new series directed by producer Chang-min Lee, who worked on popular K-drama series like Giant, Bride of the Sun, Birth of a Beauty, and Remember: War of the Son. The latter was written by Kim Won-seok, who was also recognized for co-writing Descendants of the Sun, one of the most successful K-drama series in 2016. Man x Man stars Park Hae-jin who has been known for roles in acclaimed works including My Love from the Star, Bad Guys, and Cheese in the Trap. The drama tells the story of Kim Seol Woo (played by Park Hae Jin), who becomes a ghost bodyguard for a top hallyu star, the secret “men” who surround him, and their mysterious exploits.

 

The global simulcast of MAN x MAN defines how the internet enables Netflix to put the focus on the consumer to bring a show from Korea to over 93 million subscribers across 190 countries in over 20 languages.

 

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More than 170 million people in Africa now access the platform each month, 94% of which are on mobile
Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent.

 

“Since we first established a direct presence in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, Facebook has grown from strength to strength,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Africa, Facebook. “We have enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth. It’s inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world.”

 

 

Since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile. The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.

 

 

Facebook executives Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions and Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, attended the launch of the new office together with Ntshingila.

 

“Facebook is deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform,” says Carolyn Everson. “Many people in Africa are coming online for the first time, unleashing new possibilities for people and businesses alike. We’re also seeing growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are driving economic development, companies that Facebook wants to help grow locally and regionally across the continent. Our new offices are part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across our key target countries.”

 

 

 

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The Good Life with Ernest Pillay takes to SA screens from Saturday 8th April at 18:30 on SABC 3.

The Good Life is an original series in which radio host, Ernest Pillay, takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey with some of South Africa’s influential icons.  Ernest and his guest share their music playlist; and one gets to know their personal stories and insight to their good life….

The show is produced by Tung N Cheek Productions; Producer, Writer, and Director – Lizette Khan; acclaimed Actor, Writer, Director – Justin Strydom and Radio 2000 host – Ernest Pillay.
Since his first job at Metro FM in the early 90’s, well known radio consultant and digital media expert, Ernest Pillay, has carved an impressive career in the broadcast industry over the past 25 years. He has also presented TV shows including Studio Mix, Bravo and Midday Breeze.

Guest for the Programme includes:
1. Dr Wally Serote: Renowned South African, anti –Apartheid struggle leader, a poet, playwright, cultural activist, and one of the leading African Renaissance proponents.  Professor Serote is also a celebrated Fulbright literary scholar who continues to contribute tirelessly towards the achievement of the African dream; in South Africa and nationally by participating in various platforms.

2. Jerry Mofokeng:  Is a South African stage and screen actor who has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including Cry the Beloved Country; Lord of War; Mandela and de Klerk; and the 2005 Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi. Mofokeng attended Orlando West High School and Youth Alive Ministries in Soweto in the 1970s.

3. Robert Marawa:  He is a South African sports journalist, television and radio personality who rose to fame as a ‘Zulu and English’ continuity presenter on SABC 1. He solidified his place and career in the entertainment industry when he moved to sport broadcasting; he previously fronted Topsport’s Laduma and currently hosts Thursday Night Live with Robert Marawa and 083 Sports@6 with Robert Marawa on SABC Radio’s Metro FM.

4. Hugh Masekela: Is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer.  He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.  He is known for his jazz compilations, as well as for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”.

5. Gerry Elsdon (Rantseli): Is a television presenter, host, MC and businesswoman best known for having been continuity announcer for M-Net, and co-hosting the first season of the reality television competition Big Brother South Africa in 2001.

6. Prof Ihron Rensburg:  Is the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, Commissioner of the National Planning Commission, Councilor of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee on Student Accommodation, Member of the Ministerial Committee to review the Funding of Universities, Director of Higher Education South Africa, and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of READ foundation.

7. Brian Mitchell:  Former professional boxer and quite possibly the best South African boxer of all time.  Mitchell turned pro in 1981 and captured the WBA and Lineal Junior Lightweight Title in 1986 with a 10th-round KO over Alfredo Layne. He defended the title a record 12 times, and never lost a title fight. In 1991 he also captured the IBF Junior Lightweight Title with a decision win over Tony Lopez.

8. Bonang Mohale:  Bonang Mohale is currently the Chairman and Vice President of Shell South Africa Energy Limited, where he is Chairman of the boards of Shell South Africa Holdings Limited, Shell South Africa Energy Limited, Shell South Africa Marketing Limited and Shell South Africa Refinery Limited. He serves on the board of numerous South African companies.

9. Anant Singh:  Anant Singh is recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer, having produced 65 films since 1984.  He is responsible for many of the greatest anti-apartheid films made in South Africa, including Place of Weeping, Sarafina! and Cry, the Beloved Country.

10. Natalie du Toit:  Natalie du Toit OIG is a South African swimmer. She is best known for the gold medals she won at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. She was one of two Paralympians to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; the other being table tennis player Natalia Partyka. Du Toit became the third amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in the 10K, “Marathon”, swim.

11. RJ Benjamin: Is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, composer, vocal coach, musical director and producer from Johannesburg, South Africa. Ghetto Ruff owner, Lance Stehr, once described him as “the best composer/singer/musician this country [South Africa] has ever produced”. He graduated from the Allenby Campus School of Contemporary Music in 2000. In those formative years, RJ cemented several professional and personal relationships with fellow Allenby Alumni such as DJ Cleo, Proverb, Elvis Blue and Robin Kohl. Some of his most successful students include winner of Idols SA season 10 Vincent Bones, Vusi Nova, Naaq Musiq and Anatii

12. Thuli Madonsela:  South African advocate and served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016. In 1996, she helped draft the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela.

13. Jonathan Shapiro:  Is a South African cartoonist, famous as Zapiro, whose work appears in numerous South African publications and has been exhibited internationally on many occasions. He is the nephew of British magician David Berglas and cousin to Marvin Berglas, director of Marvin’s Magic.

For all the fabulous music entertainment tune into The Good Life every Saturday at 18H30 starting 8th April, 2017 on SABC 3 “The Stage Is Yours”

 

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 SAMA 23 list of entries revealed

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Music Awards  (SAMA’s) is delighted to announce that the number of entries for this year’s ceremony has increased substantially in comparison to last year. We received over 700 entries, while in 2016 the number stood at about 470.

The overwhelming response is indicative of a burgeoning music industry and is a vote of confidence in the most prestigious music award ceremony in the land.

 

In our pursuit of transparency and openness, the office of the SAMA’s has resolved to share all the names of the entrants with the public.

The music industry submitted entries over a three-month period starting from 01 November 2016 until 31 January 2017. After a stringent vetting process that involved officials from the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) and record company representatives, these potential nominees have been handed over to panels of independent experts drawn from radio, TV, newspapers, blogs and the recording industry for the judging process to begin. In April the SAMA’s will reveal the five nominees in each category as voted for by the panel of judges and verified by independent auditors.

 

Remarks RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: “We at the SAMA’s pride ourselves of a rich heritage that spans over two decades of rewarding excellence in local music. The fact that our numbers keep growing is encouraging and we see it as the industry acknowledging our credibility.

 

“We have decided that this year, for the first time ever, we would reveal the entire list of artists who have entered the SAMA’s so that fans, followers and lovers of music would be privy as to who has entered to avoid surprises when we announce the final nomination list in the next few weeks.

 

RiSA remains committed to an ethical, fair, transparent and open selection process which has been the hallmark of its operation in the past years. Below is a summary of the number of entries in some of the categories.

 

Best Collaboration is the most competitive category  with 106 entries.

The Best Produced Album is a battleground with 72 entries from genres as varied as dance, gospel, gqom, rap, jazz and R&B . The Best Engineered garnered 46.

In genre specific categories, the Best Dance Album leads with 27 entries and is followed closely by Best Rap Album boasting 25 entrants.  The Best Jazz Album has 15 projects eligible for a nomination.

The Best Maskandi Album which has drawn 13 entries has the genre’s most successful talents battling it out for a nod, the same can be said of the Best Traditional Music Album category with its 15 entries.

 

With 14 entrants, the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album pits some gospel heavyweights against two previous Idols SA winners and a former TV soapie star.

 

The Traditional Faith Music Album also earned 14 entries.

The Best Alternative Music Album ensures stiff competition with 18 entries.

In the Best Kwaito Album we have seen a slight increase from last year, with a total entries of 6 albums.  This hopefully will continue to increase year on year from henceforth.

Remix of the year stands at 16 entries.

DVD recordings remain popular with 11 entries in the Best Live Audio Visual Recording.

 

The newly introduced Best African Artist category attracted six entries from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Botswana.

“These big numbers ensure a healthy competition. Our judges have their work cut out for them and we are confident that the final nominee list will be testament to the best of the best in each category and also reflect what the SAMAs are about. Best of luck to everyone,”  concludes Sibisi.

 

For the full list of nominees go to: http://www.samusicawards.co.za/about-the-awards/news/29-sama-23-entries-list

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Customers Can Now Purchase iPhone in a Beautiful New Finish & Contribute to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS

Apple® today announced iPhone® 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition  (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

 

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”

 

“Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million as part of its partnership with (RED),” said Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO. “Combining the global reach of the world’s most loved smartphone with our efforts to provide access to life-saving ARV medication in sub-Saharan Africa, customers now have a remarkable opportunity to make a difference and contribute to the Global Fund through the purchase of this new beautiful  (PRODUCT)RED iPhone.”

 

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the best, most advanced iPhones ever, packed with unique innovations that improve all the ways iPhone is used every day. Both phones feature the most popular camera in the world with advanced camera systems that shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, more power and performance with the best battery life ever in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers and a wide color system from camera to display, all in a water and dust resistant design. iPhone comes with iOS 10, which brings more expressive and animated ways to communicate in Messages, new ways to use Siri® with your favorite apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music® and News, and the Home app, which lets you simply and securely set up, manage and control your home all in one place.

 

(RED)’s critical work provides access to life-saving HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than two thirds of the world’s HIV-positive population. One hundred percent of all money raised by (RED) goes directly to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programs with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from moms to their babies. Since it was founded in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $465 million for the Global Fund, with more than $130 million from Apple alone.

 

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 (US) from Apple.com and Apple Stores, and from Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone joins iPhone 7 finishes in jet black, black, silver, gold and rose gold.

 

Both special edition models are available worldwide beginning Friday, March 24, and start shipping to customers by the end of March in the US and more than 40 countries and regions, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and United Arab Emirates. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Turkey and other countries will follow in April.

 

The special edition iPhone joins the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup, which is available for customers to purchase year-round, including the full iPod® line of products, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker, the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and a range of accessories for iPhone, iPad® and Apple Watch®.

 

iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, will be available beginning Friday, March 24, in 32GB and 128GB models, doubling the current capacity and replacing 16GB and 64GB models, all at the same starting price of $399 (US) at Apple.com and Apple Stores.

 

New colors of Apple-designed iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus silicone cases in azure, camellia and pebble, and leather cases in taupe, sapphire and berry will also be available at Apple.com and Apple Stores starting at $35 (US).

 

Through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, customers in the US, UK and China can get an unlocked iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, with the protection of AppleCare®+, choose their carrier and have the opportunity to upgrade to a new iPhone every year. The iPhone Upgrade Program is available at Apple.com and Apple Stores in the US, with monthly payments starting at $37 (US) for the 128GB model.

With iPhone Trade-Up, customers can trade in their eligible smartphone and use the credit toward the cost of a new iPhone.*

 

Every customer who buys iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition or iPhone SE from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online*, to help them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.

Anyone who wants to learn the basics or go further with their new iPhone can register for a free workshop at every Apple Store®.

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Take Me Out Mzansi On VUZU AMP!

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Exciting and provocative dating television show Take Me Out Mzansi is on the way to VUZU AMP, DStv channel 103;

It’s new to VUZU AMP, and it’s time to enter, but first, here’s what it’s all about: Exciting, provocative, and funny, Take Me Out Mzansi is a fresh and funny dating show coming soon to VUZU AMP, DStv channel 103! Millenials get to skip the DMs and opt for something more exciting, cool and possibly – more effective for romance opportunities.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

A single player is introduced to panel of 30 girls or boys and tries to persuade them to keep their lights on so he or she can choose one for a potential date. The show provides an entertaining mixture of comedy, jeopardy, surprises and possibly… romance.

 

First impressions count as the first player comes on. Will the panel like what they see, or will the player be ONE BIG TURN OFF! If the panel are not impressed they can switch out their podium lights and if it’s a total black out, the player goes home dateless!

 

Even if the player scores well at first glance, they’ll need to impress the panel more.  How will they react when the player demonstrates a skill or reveals an important fact or maybe they’re given an insight into the player’s character from an ex!  This show certainly isn’t afraid to reveal someone’s biggest weaknesses or darkest secrets.

 

Finally the tables are turned on the panel and the player gets to choose whom he or she will take out by eliminating all but the last two he/she likes best. Tensions run high as he/she asks the final two panellists one revealing question. Before the player reveals his choice the host reveals a mystery fact about one of the girls, the player is then invited to turn off the light of his least favourite.

 

Once they’ve picked their lucky date, they’ll be Taken Out on the ultimate date which will be captured on camera for all to be revealed on the next show.

 

A new single now joins the panel line-up and they’re all in the spotlight again as a new player enters.  Let’s see just how many girls/boys this guy/girl can keep turned on …

 

Now, how to be part of it:

 

The Casting Process explained:

 

Start by sumbitting your entry here along with a recent photo by clicking on either the boys or girls entry form.

Entries close on 15 April 2017.

We go through all the entries received and short list potential candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will have a telephonic interview with our casting experts.

We hold invitation-only, face-to-face interviews in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban during the month of April 2017.

Candidates will be notified shortly after the face-to-face interview if they have been selected.

The show will be recorded in Johannesburg early in June.

Turn on and be part of the immensely entertaining and original new dating format Take Me Out Mzansi!

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As one of the world’s largest messaging and social media apps, BBM is constantly upgrading and improving its features. A host of new features have just been announced for the South African and Nigerian markets and the latest version of BBM is now available on Google Play or the App Store.

 

This new version includes a new chatbot API, more analytics for BBM partners, spam reporting, the ability for existing users to add a phone number to their profiles, and more.

 

Streamlined Look and Feel

This release includes a number of updates and improvements to streamline the iOS user experience. They include:

 

Updated icons for Chats, Contacts, Feeds

 

 

 

  • Contacts and Discover simplify the main navigation menu
  • Discover icon now appears on the main navigation menu
  • BBM Channels moved from main navigation to BBM Discover screen
  • User profile picture, PIN and other information on your settings is now on the “Me” menu
  • Mute conversations by swiping left on items in your chat list—a new feature
  • Friend requests now appear on the Contacts tab
  • Group chat notifications now include name of group members, as well as group name

 

The new layout will make it easier to see new services as they launch, since they will get slotted into the list. Also, just for Android users, when you update your profile picture, it will show up as a full image in the feeds so people can view the image without clicking to expand.

 

Chatbot API

The latest release also includes the anxiously awaited chatbot application programming interface (API). BBM channel owners now have the opportunity to bring their own, interactive software chatbots to BBM that can converse with customers.

 

This new capability builds on the channel chat feature where previously, you could chat with the channel owner but only via phone. Now, a human channel representative or a chatbot program can answer the questions received in chat.

This is the first of a number of API initiatives that BBM plans to add so stay tuned for more news soon.

 

If you’re a channel owner, now is the time to jump on this exciting technology trend.

 

Analytics for Partners

BBM has also integrated better metrics via Google Analytics to provide partners with a view into expanded engagement metrics. Partners can now easily track their traffic, including the number of unique users, returning users, how long people are staying on their applications, and more.

 

Spam Reporting

BBM now lets you report unwanted friend requests as “spam.”  BBM has been hearing from users that they’ve been seeing unwanted friend requests in their BBM. Now there’s an easy way to report those.

 

Add a Phone Number

Last July, BBM added a phone number registration feature, making it possible to sign up for a new BBM account with a phone number, instead of an email address as the main contact. Now, existing users who originally set up their BBM account with an email address can add a phone number to their profiles. Adding a phone number provides additional security and speeds up the process for resetting forgotten passwords. It also makes it easier to find friends.

 

All these new features join the many others that BBM has released over the last couple of years in order to make BBM the hub of your digital life.

 

 

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