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MD of Samsung SA moves to Telkom

Published by on Jul 18th, 2012, 3 Comments

Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the resignation of its Managing Director, Mr Deon Liebenberg – effective on 15 July 2012 already.

“Having spent the last year supporting Samsung’s substantial brand growth in the local market, I have decided that the time has come to move on. Samsung Electronics South Africa has a very strong and capable team, and over the past 12 months we have achieved the milestones I was originally tasked with – ensuring Samsung South Africa is a brand synonymous with innovation,” says Deon Liebenberg, MD of Samsung Electronics South Africa.

Says Mr. George Ferreira COO and Vice President at Samsung Electronics Africa; “We remain thankful for Deon’s contribution to the brand and are certain that the solid foundation created over the last 12 months will continue to garner positive growth and momentum for the brand locally. Samsung Electronics South Africa is supported by a very capable team and the expertise of our staff, together with the market partnerships that have been developed over this time, will continue to propel this brand forward in South Africa.”

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Raspberry Pi now available in SA with RS Components

Published by on Jul 18th, 2012, No Comments

RS Components, the world’s largest high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, are now accepting general orders for Raspberry Pi, the credit card sized computer board developed to boost the uptake of computer programming among young people and enthusiasts. Orders can be placed by visiting their website and entering/searching for stock number 756-8308.

The Raspberry Pi is a miniature ARM-based PC and by connecting it to a monitor or TV and keyboard, budding computer programmers can use the power of the Raspberry Pi to develop new programs, games and apps, enabling the board to then handle many of the tasks traditionally performed by a PC, such as Internet browsing, word processing and spreadsheets. It also plays high-definition video.

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Meet TaxTim: a new web based digital tax assistant

Published by on Jul 17th, 2012, No Comments

It’s time to meet TaxTim, a new web based digital tax assistant that is easy, fast and dare I say, fun. Aimed at young professionals, TaxTim today celebrated helping its 1, 000th taxpayer.

This is how it works: Once you have completed the registration process, TaxTim asks you simple questions and from the answers automatically completes your tax return for you, so that you can immediately send it to SARS, via e-filing, in person or through your tax practitioner. TaxTim requires a once-off fee of R199 and you can see results in as little as 10 minutes. If you tell your friends about TaxTim on Facebook or Twitter, you only pay R169.

TaxTim also offers Employee Assist, a service allowing employers to help employees become tax compliant. Employees receive prepaid coupons for use of the the TaxTim service, year-round email/SMS notifications to ensure compliance and timely filing, a financial welfare programme, a vehicle log book mobi-site for recording work trips plus a TaxTim introduction seminar.

Sound’s great right? Well, this is how it all began…

TaxTim, named after its founders Googled the most likeable and trustworthy name (true story!), is the brainchild of South African entrepreneurs Marc Sevitz and Evan Robinson who after being selected to join the national Google Umbono programme in 2011 launched the site.

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Microsoft unveils Office 2013

Published by on Jul 17th, 2012, 1 Comment

At midday yesterday, July 16th, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally revealed yet another new product during an announcement in San Francisco that was, as with the Surface, an attempt by the company to keep as secret as possible.

Well, as we know that wasn’t entirely successful. As predicted, Microsoft unveiled the preview of the new Microsoft Office, Office 2013, delivered as a cloud service while harnessing innovations that are enabled by Windows 8.

During the announcement Ballmer said. “We are taking bold steps at Microsoft. The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.”

On it’s site Microsoft highlights some of the new features of the new Office including:

  • Touch Everywhere that enables the user to access and view documents with a touch or swipe of a finger.
  • New Windows Applications OneNote and Lync that are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet.
  • ‘Inking’ that uses a stylus to create content, take notes and access features.
  • Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.

A customer preview of Microsoft office is available at office.com/preview.

Inside advertising network Shinka

Published by on Jul 17th, 2012, 2 Comments

Shinka, with offices located in scenic Stellenbosch, is an advertising network made by Africans for Africans. Shinka represents the biggest mobile community in Africa and can instantly reach diverse markets, with targeted campaigns on their mobile phones.

A relatively small company, Shinka has twelve staff members with a diversity of roles that compromise of sales, marketing, graphic design, development, traffic and accounting.

Shinka’s work involves digital advertising on web, email and mobile, full colour graphical campaigns, text campaigns via tagged sms’s and they also conduct research and surveys. Currently Shinka serves a billion impressions per month and growing.

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Microsoft’s next big ‘secret’ announcement

Published by on Jul 16th, 2012, No Comments

Microsoft is set to be making yet another big announcement today in the U.S at 12pm ET.

As with the announcement made on 18 June with the release of Microsoft’s very own tablet, Surface, the company is attempting to keep it as secret as possible with very few details mentioned in the media alert. However, as with most announcements of this nature, pieces of information tend to leak out and are exposed to the public.

The announcement, scheduled to be delivered by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in San Francisco can be watched live via webcast from Microsoft’s site and will be available for viewing in a number of languages including French, German, Italian, Korean and Russian.

As for what will be revealed, various sites have reported that it is more than likely to be Microsoft’s next version of Office known internally as Office 15, a Windows 8-friendly version of the Office Suite.

We’ll update you once the official announcement has been made.

DMMA Blogger Debate: Defining the rules of engagement

Published by on Jul 16th, 2012, No Comments

 

The DMMA will be hosting a Blogger Debate on Tuesday 17th July from 3pm to 5pm in order to define the rules of engagement that need to co-exist between bloggers, PR professionals and Ad Agency MD’s.

A recent debate has arisen amongst bloggers, advertising agencies and PR agencies on whether bloggers should be charging for blog posts promoting brands, and if so, who they should be charging and what they are entitled to charge. This matter was initially brought to the industry’s attention by Alex van Tonder of Cape Town Girl (Click here for the blog post which sparked the topical debate).

As the media landscape broadens to include social media as a credible medium, this is a concern particularly pertinent to the media and marketing space which needs to be addressed. The DMMA has decided to facilitate an informal forum discussion between bloggers, ad agencies heads and PR professionals in the interests of opening up the channels of communication between these parties.

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Customer Experience Management Africa Summit, August 2012

Published by on Jul 16th, 2012, No Comments

The anticipated Customer Experience Management Africa Summit will be held in Cape Town in August 2012. The event will bring together Africa’s industry leaders, and provide a unique platform to build relationships, share ideas and most importantly, to do business. The summit is produced by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events.

Customer experience management is at the forefront of enterprise strategies with a focus on industry challenges including multiple channel integration through social and mobile platforms. These challenges are forcing innovative industry leaders to embrace opportunities and emerge as brands with a distinctive competitive edge. Forecasting industry CEM trends and patterns, your brand simply cannot afford to overlook investing in the future of customer interaction processes. The CEM Africa Summit comes at a critical stage within the industry, pioneering the opportunity to discover innovative industry trends and developments including the latest technological advancements in supplying end-user specific software.

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