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Apple reports 3rd Quarter Results

Posted by radio On August - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Revenue Growth of 7 Percent and EPS Growth of 17 Percent

Services Revenue Hits All-Time Quarterly Record

 

Apple recently announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended July 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.4 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67. These results compare to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

 

“With revenue up 7 percent year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We hosted an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we’re very excited about the advances in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS coming this fall.”

 

“We reported unit and revenue growth in all our product categories in the June quarter, driving 17 percent growth in earnings per share,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned $11.7 billion to investors during the quarter, bringing cumulative capital returns under our program to almost $223 billion.”

 

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter:

Revenue between $49 billion and $52 billion

Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent

Operating expenses between $6.7 billion and $6.8 billion

Other income/(expense) of $500 million

Tax rate of 25.5 percent

 

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.63 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 17, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 14, 2017.

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New DStv Wifi Connector

Posted by radio On August - 4 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Connect your DStv Explora to the internet and you’ll open a world of extended entertainment to the library of shows and movies on Catch Up Plus.  This includes 1 000 movies in the M-Net Collection, as well as the ability to set recordings remotely. You’ll also be able to access the extended library from Showmax from your Explora.

 

The DStv WiFi Connector is a device that enables you to wirelessly link your DStv Explora to your router in your home. The new connector is a slim device and comes with a docking station and basic user guide.

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy your DStv WiFi Connector from any of the DStv Service Centres and DStv Agencies. The recommended retail price is R199.

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently only available to DStv Premium, DStv Extra and DStv Compact customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.

 

Catch Up Plus is available to DStv Premium customers with an Connected DStv Explora. Monthly access fee payable. Uncapped connection recommended.

 

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For a number of years, South Africa’s internet radio offering has varied in quality and perhaps more significantly, has struggled to confirm the veracity of its reach. Early game-changers struggled to get the real numbers (and to be able to verify them), and more recently, just about every former commercial radio DJ seems to be launching their own internet radio platform. However, most of these new “radio stations” are just that – attempts to duplicate the commercial radio model on the internet – and, big surprise, it doesn’t work.

 

Commercial radio’s model works for radio,  but it does not work within the saturated and highly creative digital space. To truly resonate and to stake a place within markets that are tired of, and are tuning out of, commercial radio, internet driven “radio” must be more than simply big name presenters playing big name hits – a pale replica of its commercial radio roots.

 

The internet radio model that works is one that is authentic, highly creative, innovative and driven by truly unique and personality driven content. The Eye, the internet radio station founded by digital innovator and “maker of things” Jon Savage, is proving to be the first internet radio station in the country with significant and verifiable traction.  The station is powered by real innovation combined with a content model that truly connects with people. Broadcasting from various locations with a rotating array of guests, musical genres, themes, and hosts, The Eye is etching out a strong niche presence in this highly competitive space.

 

The current “flagship” show on The Eye is billed as “the funnest dance show on the planet,” Fuggitdrukanommmer, and streams live on Fridays from 12-1pm. On average the show is securing 15 000 live organic  streaming views(not paid boosts here) on Facebook, with 4,000 listening via the audio feed, and another 10 000 on demand viewers watching via the website over the weekend that follows.

 

The latest episode of the show reached its largest market to date with 23,500  Facebook viewers plus 4,200 listeners, creating a verifiable audience of 27,500 without any additional marketing or promotions.

 

The show is hosted by the hilarious DJ Travisto, who is not only a great bedroom DJ, but a hilarious host too – talking back live on every incoming comment that comes in on social media with quips and catch phrases. It’s entertainment gone right, live during the Friday lunch break.

 

For more information on The Eye: www.theeye.tv https://www.facebook.com/WeAreTheEye/

 

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How Gaming Has Resurrected Classic Rock

Posted by radio On July - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

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It’s been about 40 years since the heyday of classic rock. That’s not to say we can exactly define when this genre reached its peak, but looking back it’s fair to look at the mid-‘70s-to-early-‘80s period as the true era of classic rock. The statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight did a thorough analysis of what consumers consider to be classic rock, and which songs still get the most play. There were a couple of outliers, like Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” (which came out in 1968). But for the most part, the spread of release dates for enduring classic rock hits was between 1973 and 1983.

 

Even if we accept the later end of that range, or think of some classic rock groups like Guns N’ Roses that emerged in the mid-‘80s, it’s been quite a while since this genre was ruling the charts. Alt-rock and grunge took over in the ‘90s while boy bands, hip-hop & r&b, and punk-pop ruled the early-‘00s. These days, beat-heavy electronic pop pretty much dominates the scene. But even with all of this change in popular music there remains a lingering appreciation for classic rock, and in some cases aging groups of ‘70s and ‘80s rockers have even made noteworthy comebacks.

 

In part, this is just because it’s good music. A lot of people who grew up in the ‘90s find that their musical tastes mature and they start to reach back toward some of the groups and albums that were popular before they were born. However, the comeback of classic rock has also been engineered and kept alive by the gaming industry in the last 10 years or so.

 

It started with the emergence of creative and wildly fun console games that allowed players to take up the role of prominent musicians, playing fake instruments to simulate the idea of starring in rock shows. Guitar Hero and Rock Band led the way, and though these games featured music from a lot of different genres, the effect was most interesting for classic rock. Almost 10 years ago a news article stated that these two games had gotten kids interested in “old-time” rock ‘n’ roll. The article even quoted Alex Rigopulos, a co-founder of Harmonix (which developed both games) as suggesting that sparking interest in older music was part of his “secret agenda.” That comment was probably made at least half-jokingly, but if this was part of the agenda, it worked like a charm. Guitar Hero and Rock Band re-popularized a lot of classic rock hits for new generations.

 

Those games have faded some since they exploded onto the scene in the late-2000s, but other video games have carried the flag for classic rock. Online platforms for casino gaming have shown a particular enthusiasm for content relating to the genre. A Guns N’ Roses slot reel is particularly popular on some of these platforms, and it truly is all about the band. There’s artwork and video content showcasing the famous members, in addition to the inclusion of some of the band’s best hits (like “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”) on the soundtrack. And it’s not the only game of its kind. Similar games revolve around artists like Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead, all serving up classic rock themes and tunes in a gaming genre largely meant to attract younger generations.

 

Additionally we’ve also seen something of a return to games like Guitar Hero on mobile platforms in recent years. Naturally, the games are a little bit different. They don’t involve large fake plastic instruments when they’re taking place on mobile phones. But even touchscreen controls can allow for some fun simulation of classic songs. Guitar Hero Live makes for the most faithful adaptation, but there are also some additional games made by developers like SMULE that use the same idea (though sometimes with more modern song selections).

 

It will be interesting to see if this trend continues moving forward. But for now it’s fair to say that game developers have spent a decade resurrecting classic rock and keeping it popular among new fans.

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Vodacom has appointed one of the country’s well respected and talented trailblazers in marketing and advertising, Abey Mokgwatsane, as its new Managing Executive for Brand Marketing and Communications.

 

Mokgwatsane has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy South Africa since January 2012, one of the country’s leading advertising agencies where he bagged a string of accolades. He brings to this post a broad skills set, honed over a career that spans over a decade in Brand Marketing and Communications industry in some of the country’s leading corporates.

 

Matimba Mbungela, Chief Human Resource Offer for Vodacom Group commented:

 

“Mokgwatsane is no stranger to Vodacom and is acquainted with the brand’s rich history and inner workings. He brings with him the sort of ingenuity that Vodacom needs at this time. This year, we revised our strategy to ensure that we are best positioned to seize opportunities, and manage the risks, of a rapidly changing marketplace, characterised by significant levels of digitalisation. We’re confident that Mokgwatsane will do well in positioning our brand as we seek to position Vodacom to be a leading digital company that empowers a connected society.”

 

Mokgwatsane began his career as a marketing intern and was later promoted to marketing manager at VWV Group in 2005 where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007. He previously worked for South African Breweries (SAB), as Brand Manager for Castle Loud and Brand Group Manager for Miller Genuine Draft, was widely credited with the successful launch of the MGD brand into the South African market, earning three Managing Directors Awards for marketing excellence at SAB. Most notably, he recently led the merger of Gloo Digital with Ogilvy, expanding Ogilvy’s digital offering. He was also nominated as one of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young Leaders of the year in 2011.

 

He is taking over from Mzamo Masito who joined Vodacom in May 2013. Masito played a key role in applying a segment marketing approach to brand.  He brought a dynamic perspective to the Segment and Brand teams. His accolades include increasing the Brand NPS lead; winning SA’s Best Liked Ads for three years and Vodacom being named South Africa’s Favourite Brand at the Sunday Times Top Brands for 2016.

 

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Sony Mobile is proud to announce the arrival of the highly anticipated Xperia XZ Premium, XA1 Ultra and L1 in  South Africa from July 2017. To align with the eagerly awaited Xperia devices, Sony Mobile will be hosting mall activations across Johannesburg, starting from 05 July at the Mall of Africa, which includes the Xperia XZ Premium voted the Best Smartphone of 2017 at theannual Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards). As a leading communications innovator, Sony Mobile has re-affirmed its position, by unveiling unique product experiences that break new ground in consumer technology with its key offering of the three devices. Each device has been strategically targeted to provide consumers with an array of suitable choices and options that match their lifestyle and interests, which is evident to Sony Mobile’s testament to innovation and to deliver great product features for mobile users.

 

As part of the mall activations, consumers will be invited to upgrade their current device that will come with a free gift, if done instore during the ‘Xperiatial’ activations.

 

The mall activation stand will not only stock the latest Sony Mobile devices but will also showcase the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform plus the latest in Sony’s internet of things – products, Xperia Ear and Xperia Touch.

 

About Xperia XZ Premium

Announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) as the “Best New Smartphone of 2017”, the Xperia XZ Premium is Sony Mobile’s most technologically capable and ground-breaking smartphone to date. The Xperia XZ Premium boasts the world’s first super slow motion video in a smartphone, with its 960 frames per second, providing sensational videos that can be played back four times slower than any other smartphone. With additional key features such as the beautiful 4K HDR 5.5” display, 19MP high resolution, the XZ Premium captures motion that the human eye can’t see. Predictive Capture is included to ensure you always stay one step ahead and automatically started buffering images when it detects motion even before you press the button.

 

Taking intelligence to the next level, making it one of the first smartphones capable of Gigabit Class LTE, the Xperia XZ Premium is powered by Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with X16 LTE. This feature supports super-fast 1Gbps download speeds to get 4K movies in your hands in seconds, stunning graphics, superior performance and enhanced battery efficiency.

 

“We’re excited Sony has chosen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, our most powerful and efficient mobile platform to date, to power Xperia XZ Premium,” said James Munn, VP of Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Snapdragon 835 supports in a new era of immersive consumer experiences and features the world’s first commercially announced Gigabit Class X16 LTE modem which is designed to support fiber optic speeds on the go for an unparalleled user experience.”

About Xperia XA1 Ultra

The XA1 Ultra is Sony Mobile’s mid-range model with its 6” screen, 23MP high resolution camera and fast speed. Building of the success of the XA models, the XA1 Ultra features a beautiful borderless design to make the most of the edge-to-edge screen for those who love to take selfies and capture their experiences to post online. The front camera of the XA1 Ultra boasts a 8MP, 23mm wide angle lens that will allow you to capture all the action even in a group selfie without missing anyone out.

 

About Xperia L1

‘Made for your hand’, the Xperia L1 is offers a13MP Auto focus Rear Camera, 5MP Front Camera and a 5.5’’ HD Display.

 

“The new Sony Mobile devices is evident to our relentless pursuit to keep offering consumers the best mobile devices. It is evident that through continuous innovation and the evolving mobile industry, consumers are in search of mobile devices that are aligned with their lifestyle and personal interests. Whether it is a businessman looking for the best out of a smartphone or ladies that love to take selfies, Sony Mobile has ensured that the latest portfolio of Xperia products are the perfect fit for the user’s needs. We look forward to welcoming consumers to our mall activations to ‘xperience’ the best of Sony,” says Christian Haghofer, Sony Mobile Country Manager.

 

Consumers are invited to visit the below malls to upgrade their Sony devices and a chance to win great prizes with Sony Mobile.

 

Mall of Africa:05 July – 16 July

Northgate Mall:18 July – 30 July

Menlyn Park:01 August – 13 August

Keywest Mall:15 August – 27 August

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Sun International is partnering with South Africa-based video on demand (VOD) solutions provider, Discover Digital, to revolutionise its Most Valued Guests (MVG) loyalty programme reward offering.

 

As of end June 2017, Sun International MVGs will receive a discounted offering to Discover Digital’s premium Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) services to enjoy DEOD’s vast range of movies, TV series, news and sports programmes. This will allow MVGs to enjoy their choice of video entertainment on TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones at a place convenient to them.

 

Sun International’s Diamond tier MVGs will receive a free DEOD subscription, while other MVG members will be able to subscribe at a discounted rate based on their tier.

 

Discover Digital Managing Director, Stephen Watson, says adding DEOD access to Sun International’s loyalty programme is a pioneering move for the local hospitality, gaming and leisure industry, as well as for loyalty programmes. “By partnering with us, Sun International is rewarding their customers for their ongoing loyalty.”

 

“VOD makes it possible to view the latest movies, TV series and other digital entertainment content on their mobile devices, regardless of their location. They also have the added advantage of being able to simply pause whatever they are viewing, and pick up on watching it later.”

 

“VOD services, especially if backed by free WiFi, presents many potential advantages for not only corporate reward programmes, but also for the hospitality, gaming and leisure industry” says Watson.

 

Discover Digital technology solutions can enable a closed loop environment to ensure high quality, reliable streaming no matter how many users are viewing DEOD programmes simultaneously.

 

Rob Collins, Group Chief Strategy & Operations Officer says: “As one of South Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming groups, Sun International has long set the standard for its exciting, world-class customer experience. In an age characterised by global competition, one way in which we maintain our competitive edge is by ensuring our guests are rewarded through our MVG loyalty programme. Now they will have access to a vast world of exciting online entertainment, all at their fingertips.

 

“Existing MVG members will now receive discounted prices on DEOD’s subscription packages and a free month’s trial to DEOD Premium. To claim their reward, Sun International MVG customers simply need to quote their MVG card when they register on DEOD’s online platform.”

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Jon Savage: The EYE of the DIGITAL AGE

Posted by radio On June - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

In this digital age where everyone claims to be the latest “disrupter,” true innovation is hard to find.However, in South Africa, one name is repeatedly the force behind some of themost effective, awarded, creative, and unique campaigns; Jon Savage.

 

Jon’s latest project, theinternet radio station The Eye(www.theeeye.tv) is breaking all of the rules of both the internet andbroadcasting. Putting content and creativity at the centre of the project, Jonis manifesting his mantra: content before commerce.

 

By not compromising on theimportance of quality content, Jon is proving that in the digital age thecurrent agency model that develops content around brands is flawed. In other words,as Jon explains, “Make amazing content. Then everyone will come.”

 

The Eye’s inventive, irreverentand often iconoclastic content has proven this model by attracting a steadyflow of new listeners who have become repeat listeners. The actual statisticsfor the station bear this out, with their Friday lunch show alone attractingmore than 10 000 organic live viewers on Facebook each week as well as over4000 on the audio stream.

 

Show presenters that include,Jack Parow, Cath Grenfell, Slikour, Reason, and Gigi Lamayne – and also international guest presenters such as Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Stelth Ulvang(Lumineers) and others – are given autonomy to create programming that they love, based on the station’s vision, as explained by Jon, “The Eye is radio youcan see. It’s made by people who actually really really really want good things for you and the people around you. We are naive and passionate makers of stuff.”

 

This passionate commitment to content is paying off with a host of top brands now flocking to the platform as they begin to understand that people will engage with brands who associate themselves with relevant and interesting content.

 

For the past 15 years Jon has shaken up the advertising and digital spaces as a self-described “trouble-maker – and maker of things,” Jon’screativity runs the gamut. Starting his career as the front-man of thehighly-rated and globe-trotting rock band Cassette, Jon then launched another career as a filmmaker, 5FM DJ and innovative content creator.

 

Jon’s first feature film, the rockumentary (in Spinal Tap style), Stone Cold Jane Austen, was entirely crowdfunded and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, again illustrating his power in creating loyal communities around powerful content. The film rights were international,  LA-based distributors, Arsenal Films.

 

As a DJ at 5FM, Jon developed the Mashlab concept that won 4 Loeries in 2016, and has also won numerous South African Music Awards for Video Direction and Jon is currently working with multiple top agencies and brands to create content-focussed projects that can give brands longevity in the digital space.

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Apple  announced that Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two of television’s most creative and successful executives, are joining Apple in newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programming. Erlicht and Van Amburg will lead video programming worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue. They join Apple from Sony Pictures Television where they have served as presidents since 2005, and have been responsible for some of the most popular and widely acclaimed programming of the past decade, including favorites such as Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, The Crown, Rescue Me and many more.

“Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We have exciting plans in store for customers and can’t wait for them to bring their expertise to Apple — there is much more to come.”

 

“It will be an honor to be part of the Apple team,” said Jamie Erlicht. “We want to bring to video what Apple has been so successful with in their other services and consumer products — unparalleled quality.”

 

“Apple has a relentless focus on delighting customers with their products,” said Zack Van Amburg. “We will bring that same intention to Apple’s programming and we could not be more excited about what lies ahead.”

 

Erlicht and Van Amburg have served as presidents of Sony Pictures Television since 2005. Under their leadership, the studio’s slate of original primetime series more than tripled, growing to include many of TV’s most acclaimed shows. They have extensive expertise producing television for global audiences and creating programming for a wide range of services including shows for Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. Their incredible roster of programs — which have won 36 Emmys and dozens of Golden Globes, AFI and WGA awards — have included fan favorites such as Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, Bloodline, Breaking Bad, The Crown, Damages, The Goldbergs, Justified, Preacher, Rescue Me, The Shield, Sneaky Pete and many more.

 

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 four software platforms — iOS, 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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Showmax Originals to debut with new series

Posted by radio On June - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Filming of the first Showmax Original series, a mockumentary featuring Julia Anastasopoulos, commenced last week in Cape Town. Well-known for her SuzelleDIY alter ego, Anastasopoulos stars as Tali, a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to her property-agent fiancé Darren.

 

Showmax has kicked off the first in a series of original productions with the filming of Tali’s Wedding Diary, a mockumentary featuring Julia Anastasopoulos.

Building on the phenomenal success of her SuzelleDIY character, Anastasopoulos stars as Tali, a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to property-agent fiancé Darren.

 

Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, more than 70 Suzelle videos have been created, gaining almost 22 million views. One video alone, How To Make A Cinderblock Bench, has clocked up more than 2.5 million views.

Ari Kruger, co-creator and director of Tali’s Wedding Diary, has worked extensively as a director for commercials, music videos and online content. His short films have gained significant attention online and played in film festivals around the world.

 

In 2014, the creative duo combined their skills and passion for comedy and developed a project outside of their commercial work. The result of this, SuzelleDIY, has now grown into a full-scale brand and business. Julia and Ari have since started a production company called Sketchbook Studios, which produces SuzelleDIY alongside an array of new characters and online content.

Speaking about the decision to work with Showmax, Anastasopoulos said:

 

“When Ari and I first approached Showmax we knew we had a great concept but weren’t sure if they’d bite – getting backing for a production in South Africa can be tough. To their credit Showmax instantly bought into what we’re trying to do. This is exactly the kind of support the film industry in this country needs. We’ve got world-class acting and production talent so it’s a huge boost to see a local company fund local productions.”

 

In addition to Tali’s Wedding Diary, work is also underway on iNumber Number, an original co-production with Mzansi Magic. iNumber Number is a crime and corruption drama series based on the award-winning 2013 movie of the same name.

Speaking about plans for original productions, Showmax Africa Head Chris Savides said:

“Supporting African productions is absolutely part of our strategy. There’s incredible talent and expertise on this continent, so why look anywhere else, especially when you’re trying to tell authentic, locally relevant stories?”

Filming for Tali’s Wedding Diary is currently underway in Cape Town. The eight-part series will premiere on Showmax in December. Each episode will be approximately 20 minutes long.

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