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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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Netflix announces 2017 recommended TVs

Posted by radio On March - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This year, a handful of devices have innovated further – offering better usability, faster performance, and new features that make getting to Netflix and other internet TV services as easy as getting to live TV. Today, we’re excited to announce the first Netflix Recommended TVs of 2017:

 

2017 LG 4K UHD TVs with WebOS 3.5

2017 Samsung 7, 8, 9, and Q-series Smart TVs

2017 Sony Android TVs

These devices passed a rigorous evaluation process based on factors Netflix members say are important. New criteria for this year’s Netflix Recommended TV designations include:

 

You can power on your TV and start using Netflix or other internet TV apps in just a few seconds.

You can switch between apps or switch from apps to live TV and back again almost instantly.

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Also, the Netflix interface appears in hi-resolution making graphics and text clearer, sharper, and brighter, making for a higher quality, more immersive experience.

 

As with previous years, Netflix Recommended TV continues to evaluate whether Netflix is easily accessible from wherever you are within your TV menu, including having a Netflix button on the remote that can turn on the TV and go directly into Netflix within a few seconds. We also verify whether the device comes with the latest version of Netflix and includes our newest features.

 

These TVs will be in all countries where Netflix is available, though specific model availability varies by region. More information is available on our Netflix Recommended TV website. We’re thrilled with how fast and dead simple these TVs make internet TV and hope you like the difference as well.

 

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Taking Film & TV To The Kids

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For a third year running, the Magic In Motion Expo was held for grade 9 students to introduce them to the world of film and television. For four days, Sasani Studios in Johannesburg, welcomed over 3000 learners from around Gauteng. The aim of the expo was to open the minds of the young learners to the untapped careers that exist in the entertainment industry.

Former M-Net employee and now TV and radio host Ashmud Martins was there to welcome the kids and hype them up for the day’s activities. For him, the expo was a great initiative. From humble beginnings himself, he believes that the expo can help uplift and give hope and positivity to the young kids for their future.

 

The highlight for many of the students was seeing their favourite Mzansi Magic actors Andile Gumbi and Gcina Mkhize on a mock Isibaya set. A few students were selected from each group to act a scene with the cast. Their role-play and introduction to the on-set crew left them all in awe of just how much goes into putting a show together.

 

The control room visits, the media operations room and exhibition were part of the package. The expo partnered with 11 tertiary institutions, AFDA, Boston Media House, City Varsity and The Animation School; to name a few. Information, education and exposure- the students had their eyes opened to the variety of study fields that were previously unknown to them.

 

The outgoing Magic In Motion Academy interns were on hand to share their experiences of working in film and television. From getting hands-on experience on various sets, in the control rooms, to working with esteemed producer Bobby Heaneythe grade 9 students left with a wealth of information on how to direct their study paths in future.

 

Reneilwe Sema (Channel Director, Local Entertainment channels), Nkateko Mabaso (Group GM, M-Net South Africa), Yolisa Phahle (CEO) visited the expo and spent some time with the kids. “South Africa has lots of stories to tell. And it’s up to us to learn how to tell those stories”, said Yolisa Phahle.

 

They know and understand the South Africa has a innumerable stories to tell. And it is up to us, as South Africans, to learn how to tell those stories and take them to the world. The world is waiting!

 

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Andile Tlhoaele  on Promoting Tech Solutions for African Business: Global Entrepreneurship Congress

This past week at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) in Sandton, a host of African business leaders discussed the critical role of technology in the growth of African economies.

 

 

Andile Tlhoaele, founder of Inforcomm (INC), was one of the speakers at the event on hand to share his business knowledge based on years of experience with local and international IT & Telecoms companies in South Africa and across Africa.

 

 

This past June, Tlhoaele launched “76@40” to celebrate his 40th and to mark the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. 76@40 is a creative initiative designed to support start-ups and SMMEs on the continent.

 

As part of this work in supporting SMME’s, Tlhoaele has over the years addressed many small business owners, university graduates, and learners on topics including the importance of partnerships to run a successful business, opportunities for youth employability, and the importance of mentoring using his experience as a case study.

 

At the GEC this past week, Tlhoaele spoke about the advent of the so-called 4th industrial revolution that is building on the third digital revolution and is characterised by the fusion of technologies that are blurring the lines between the digital, physical, and biological domains. Technology and telecommunication organisations worldwide are driving towards continuous innovation and disruption to enable this revolution, and one of the ways to embrace this rapid innovation is by enabling tech startups.

 

 

Tlhoaele believes that this is especially important in Africa as the interplay between technology startups and tech giants is imperative to the development of the African continent and to ensure that Africa plays a critical role in the new wave of digital disruption.

 

As Tlhoaele explained;

 

 

“You cannot disrupt what you don’t understand – Africans are poised to take advantage of opportunities to solve their own challenges, this includes using digital to disrupt conventional ways of dealing with challenges, starting with digital citizens, digital education, and digital health care. The notion that to be educated you must be in a classroom must be challenged. We must ask how do we use digital to ensure that kids in rural communities get access to world-class education and quality health care.

 

Connectivity—whether the Internet or mobile phones—is increasingly bringing market information, financial services, and health services to remote areas and is helping to change people’s lives in unprecedented ways.”

 

Christine Zhen-Wei Qiang, World Bank Economist stated it simply, “The mobile platform is emerging as the single most powerful way to extend economic opportunities and key services to millions of people.”

New information and communications technologies (ICT), in particular high-speed internet, are changing the way companies do business, transforming public service delivery and democratising innovation. With 10 percent increase in high speed Internet connections, economic growth increases by 1.3 percent.

 

Within this context, according to Tlhoaele, it is important that “we disrupt the notion that East African markets are served from the Middle East and Asia and North West Africa from the Europe and North America.”

 

The panel discussion also looked at the ways that start-ups are promoting tech solutions to African businesses, the importance of start-up innovation in tech, and the roles played by both start0ups and tech giants on the continent.

 

 

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GINX eSports coming to DStv Now

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

GINX, the 24/7 eSports and gaming network, will be available to stream on DStv Now and SuperSport.com from May 1.

The deal also includes selected GINX eSports TV content being simulcast on the SuperSport channels.

 

 

Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, said: “The deal with GINX is a massive leap forward and signals our intention to embrace the newest sport out there. There is a real buzz around eSports and we want to be part of that.”

 

Michiel Bakker, CEO of GINX eSports TV, commented “We’re delighted to bring GINX eSports TV to South Africa. It’s an exciting time to be launching in a country with such a rapidly growing eSports scene. GINX eSports TV will provide South African fans with the biggest and best events from around the globe. We also look forward to working closely with MultiChoice and SuperSport to broadcast local eSports events.”

 

 

Massive growth in eSports

 

The global eSports genre is growing exponentially, with hundreds of millions of fans who watch popular online gamers around the world. According to a recently published report, by Ericsson ConsumerLab, 40 percent of young adults and 20 percent of young women watch eSports content.

 

GINX eSports TV will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers, as well as to Compact, Extra and Premium customers on the DStv Now service online and on the app.

Live blocks will be broadcast on DStv with Mondays and Fridays featuring live show The Bridge and Saturdays and Sundays featuring five-hour broadcast slots.

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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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MTN has reaffirmed its commitment to become a leading player in the digital and music streaming arena when it unveiled its revamped online music platform, MTN Music+, which offers first to market functionalities.

 

Says Maxwell Nonge, Chief Digital Officer: MTN SA: “The revamped Music+ strengthens our focus on developing local content and contributing meaningfully to the development of the music industry in South Africa. At the heart of our endeavours into the music space is the firm belief that we need to partner with artists and empower them to take control over the success of their brand.

 

The revised functionality of Music+ is the first proposition of its kind in South Africa where digital music and data are bundled for the user’s convenience and ease of use. This means that if a customer has an active bundle, any activity that they perform on Music+ will be zero-rated.”

 

The streaming pricing will be tiered by daily, weekly and monthly subscription fees, and downloading prices for subscribers will be discounted.

 

With the revised Music+, customers with an internet capable device and a balance of data bundles can stream content online and offline via the mobile app, mobile portal, web portal and mobile app interfaces on the 2G, 3G and LTE network.

 

Music+ has a number of new functionalities, and these include the following:

 

A music library with over 670 000 tracks, 40% local and 60% international;

Music downloads with innovative music bundle download packages;

Pricing will include data costs;

Subscribers will be levied discounted downloading costs.

Says Maxwell Nonge, Chief Digital Officer: MTN SA: “We are excited to offer our subscribers an improved version of our online musical proposition. This is part of our strategy of providing exciting value added services to our customers and cementing our foothold in the digital space. As a company that always strives to stay ahead of the curve, we believe that this revamped proposition mirrors the trends in the music space and resonates with our customer’s demands.

 

We believe that the revised offering will also help to combat piracy which is the nemesis of the music industry, and will further bolster the live music market in South Africa.”

 

According to research, in 2014 the global digital music revenues had overtaken physical music revenues. Downloads and subscriptions accounted for 75% of this revenue. In South Africa digital music is experiencing high growth as well, driven mainly by local artists. Research by PwC and GMR has found that physical music sales have declined by 17%, while digital music sales are increasing by 9%.

 

“As MTN, we want to be at the forefront of this revolution and leverage our infrastructure to ensure that our customers and the industry benefit from this changing eco-system,” Nonge concludes.

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DStv Now usage booms

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers are loving the fact that they can watch what they want, when they want, if our stats are anything to go by. Between December 2015 and December 2016, DStv Now usage grew by a remarkable 90%!

 

DStv Now is accessible either via an app or through your desktop browser. You can watch Live TV, enjoy DStv Catch Up content (via streaming or download), manage your account or see the full DStv TV Guide on the go.

 

During the the last year, more than four million titles were played across Live TV, Catch Up and downloads. These titles were split across the online platform (38%), Android (33%) and iOS (30%) apps.

 

Our online platform has been proving increasingly popular, since we introduced a slicker HTML video player which reduces buffering and works on any browser. It uses adaptive bitrates to deliver the best possible viewing experience based on your connection speed and quality.

 

“In addition to the 90% growth in DStv Now users, we also saw an increase in engagement, with almost four times as many movies and series being viewed in December 2016 compared to December 2015,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “The number of video plays on our web platform grew by more than 500%, with app plays up by nearly 300%. We were delighted to top the four-million play mark at the end of last year and are sure that DStv Now’s evolution over the next few months will continue to drive the number of customers that use the service, as well as the volume of content they watch.”

 

Usage of DStv Now peaked in 2016 with live sporting events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, Super Rugby, the Olympics and the Springboks’ end-of-year tour to Europe and the UK. Viewing clearly follows linear TV patterns, with peak usage between 19:00 and 21:00, which just goes to show how the service is an important additional viewing environment at home.

 

While Android customers dominate the DStv Now Live TV viewership figures, iOS customers watch Catch Up content almost three times as often as their Android counterparts. Web viewers split their time nearly 50/50 between Live TV and Catch Up services.

 

In terms of popularity, both local and international shows have done equally well across Android, iOS and online platforms for January 2017, with Binnelanders, MasterChef Australia and Isibaya sharing the top three spots.

 

On the Live TV front, sport dominated across the platforms in January 2017. Android customers’ most-viewed channels were SuperSport 2, SuperSport 3 and M-Net respectively; while iOS customers showed a preference for SuperSport 3 over SuperSport 2, followed by M-Net. Online customers also watched SuperSport 2 more actively followed by M-Net and SuperSport 3. kykNET and Via came in at fifth and seventh place respectively, reflecting a hunger for local content.

 

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BBM users in South Africa can now reduce the amount they pay for their mobile service simply by participating in surveys or shopping at their favourite retailers

Billaway, a marketing technology company that converts global currencies earned through consumers’ everyday activities into free mobile airtime has partnered with Creative Media Works, a stand-alone consumer-focused social networking business operating as BBM to launch Rewards for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in South Africa.

 

With Rewards, BBM users can now reduce the amount they pay for their mobile service simply by participating in surveys or shopping at their favourite retailers*. The underlying mobile cost reduction technology relies entirely on Billaway’s marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application, web-based eCommerce site or traditional retailer’s marketing strategies.

 

BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications. In addition to offering free voice and video calls, BBM also allows users to send pictures,audio recordings, files, share real-time location on a map, as well as a wide selection of stickers. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social eco-system unifying chat, social, commerce and services.

 

“At BBM, we continue to innovate and evolve our content and services, including the likes of bill payments, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news,video, shopping, travel and games,” says MatthewTalbot, CEO of BBM. “We’re providing our users with an enrichedexperience within BBM and giving them more compelling reasons to share BBM with their friends and family.”

 

With mobile expenses proving high,South Africa has been chosen as the market for the initial roll out of the new Rewards, with additional countries slated for launch in the coming year.

 

“As consumer consumption of mobile data rapidly increases, Billaway is excited to partner with such an integrated service like BBM,”says Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. “This partnership brings Billaway closer to its goal of enabling every global consumer using mobile data with the option to reduce the cost of their monthly mobile bill, through everyday activities.”

 

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If there’s one thing we love seeing, it’s celebrities who manage to give back to the community regardless of their high flying status. We’ve seen many around South Africa who remind us that humility and service to your fellow man and woman is the best way to give back.

Black Coffee is one such celebrity who you can count on to always give back to those who look up to him. He did it again this week when he made headlines after helping make a fan’s “dream come true”.

It began when the person in question was invited to the Creative Construction Conference which takes place in Croatia later this year. Unfortunately, tickets from SA to Croatia are kinda pricey so this young talent took to Twitter to look for some help:

 

 

 

 

[Source: MTV]

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