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Samsung introduces MONOPOLY to Smart TV SmartHub

Published by on Mar 4th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Samsung has announced the launch of MONOPOLY, the latest application on the Samsung Smart TV SmartHub.

The game, which has sold more than 275 million units worldwide is now available as an exclusive free download on Samsung’s SmartHub to play on its range of Smart TVs, while using Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones to help create a converged gaming experience.

“We are especially excited about how the MONOPOLY Smart TV game app shows consumers the integrated lifestyle experience between a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and Smart TV. While the TV screen displays the game board, players use their smartphones to roll the dice and view other relevant information,” says Justin Shaw, Business Leader for Visual Display at Samsung South Africa.

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Vodacom Announces Unlimited Contracts

Published by on Mar 1st, 2013, 17 Comments

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Today Vodacom announced that it will be launching new smart plans that include unlimited voice calls, unlimited SMSs, loads of data and a range of new value added services. This new offer will be available to contract customers on 07 March 2013.

The proposition introduces tariffs plans that include RED, an offer which comprises three plans that have unlimited voice and/or unlimited text, loads of data and a range of services.

  • Data sharing: Customers receive two additional SIM cards that share the same data bundle. Customers can use these SIM cards with two additional devices such as a smartphone and a tablet or for use by another family member.  (more…)

Worldwide Business Intelligence Software Revenue to Grow 7% in 2013

Published by on Mar 1st, 2013, No Comments

gartner-logo-01Worldwide business intelligence (BI) software revenue will reach $13.8 billion in 2013, a 7 per cent increase from 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is forecast to reach $17.1 billion by 2016.

“BI and analytics have grown to become the fourth-largest application software segment as end users continue to prioritise BI and information-centric projects, and spending to improve decision making and analysis,” said Dan Sommer, principal research analyst at Gartner. “As more and more information is generated, business models need reinvention, and it’s increasingly clear that mastering analytics on big data will be a key driver for the next economic cycle.”

CIO appetite for BI is complemented by more-tactical buying in business units for departmental and workgroup analysis, as well as for personal BI, enabled by the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information). These are fundamental drivers. However, in the near term, growth will be hampered by sluggish macro indicators, as well as by slowing sales cycles of multimillion-dollar end-to-end BI deals. Compared with 2011 growth of 16 per cent, 2013 and the coming years are expected to be slower, with growth in the high single digits.

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Office 365 gets major update

Published by on Mar 1st, 2013, No Comments

office-365Barely a month after unveiling its new Office and Office 365 Home Premium for consumers, Microsoft has launched a major update to its Microsoft Office 365 services for business.

The release has new collaboration features and offerings specifically tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium and large organisations. In addition to updated email, video-conferencing, instant messaging and calendaring services, business users can now get the Office applications they are familiar with on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service. It is for this reason that many stores are pushing users to rather opt for Office 365 instead of the previous packaged versions of Office.

Major new features in Office 365 include enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer, and by June, it will include Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM, and voice.

“With Office 365, everyone from large enterprises to small businesses to individual consumers can now benefit from the power of Office and the connectivity of the cloud,” said Uriel Rootshtain, Office lead at Microsoft South Africa. “This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions.”

Rootshtain is particularly excited about the local potential of the Office 365 Small Business Premium offering, which is designed for businesses with 1 to 10 employees. In addition to the complete set of Office applications, this service includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD video conferencing in an easy-to-manage service that doesn’t require IT expertise. (more…)

Sony sells Tokyo office for $1.2 billion as part of reorganization

Published by on Feb 28th, 2013, No Comments

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It has been about one month since Sony sold off its office in New York City for $1.1 billion and now the somewhat financially struggling company has confirmed that it has also made a sale of its Sony City Osaki office in Tokyo for $1.2 billion to Nippon Building Fund Inc. and a Japanese institutional investor.

However, Sony will be remaining in the building for the next five years.

Sony is not the first big name in the industry to sell off a property and then continue to rent the space from the new owners. You’ll recall that in December 2012 Nokia sold its Espoo headquarters in Finland adding $220 million to its balance sheet. More recently the company sold its Oulu campus for $40.8 million earlier this month.

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Heavy Chef E-commerce session, Johannesburg

Published by on Feb 28th, 2013, No Comments

Andrew & NikkiAfter the popular E-commerce session in December in Cape Town featuring leading online shopping sites  Yuppiechef, Kalahari.com and Zando, Heavy Chef is bringing the Johannesburg community some E-commerce experts who have tackled this progressive sector – Andrew Smith and Nikki Cockcroft.

At the December session Yuppiechef’s Andrew Smith told a compelling story about the company’s garage startup that began seven years ago and he will retell his story for the Johannesburg audience. Yuppiechef has since won ‘Best E-commerce site in South Africa’ in the SA E-commerce Awards for three consecutive years.

Head of Online at Woolworths, Nikki Cockcroft, is in charge of the multi-channel retail strategy for the brand and is also the chairwoman for the DMMA and the Bookmark Awards.

Event Details:

When: 6 March 2013, 6pm for 6:30pm

Where: Deloitte Offices, Building 33, The Woodlands, Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg

Cost: Free

For more information or to RSVP click here. 

Note: No multiple bookings.

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It’s play time at Mind Candy, London

Published by on Feb 28th, 2013, No Comments

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In April 2011, London-based gaming company Mind Candy relocated from Battersea to trendy Shoreditch into the vacated Lipton Tea Building.

According to Mind Candy, the large industrial style space has preserved much of its original character.

However, we’re sure that the building has never seen decor like this before with the creation of the company’s very own play den for staff and visitors.

The space features a tree house, picnic table, 16 foot dining table, guitar hero, colourful illustrated wall graphics, comfy couches, quirky furniture and plenty of “Glump” bean bags to chill out on.

When the hard work is done, this office space sure looks like fun.

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Hands on Review: Sony Xperia T

Published by on Feb 28th, 2013, 7 Comments

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While Sony was in a long term relationship with Ericsson in the mobile market, things didn’t seem to go their way. Especially after the smartphone revolution started, they were never able to deliver a well-made, good performing high-end smartphone that really captured the public’s imagination. Now that Sony is on their own, they are ready to show their hand. Even though the Xperia T doesn’t have a quad-core processor, it is ready to take on the competition.

Here are some of the key features:

  • 3G with 42.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.55″ 16M-colour capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; scratch-resistant glass
  • Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 225 GPU
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash (more…)
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