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Samsung Wireless 360 Audio Speakers

Samsung, the world’s leader in smartphones and TVs, has now set its sights on becoming a global leader in home audio. The company is investing heavily in its audio research facility and has recently unveiled its latest innovation: the Samsung Wireless Audio 360º speaker range with unique omni-directional sound technology.

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The Samsung Wireless Audio 360º speaker is the first omni-directional speaker on the market. This means it transmits sound in all directions, whereas traditional speakers are uni-directional. Engineers spent over two years researching and developing the speakers at the custom-built Samsung Audio Lab in California. Their focus was on mastering technology that could deliver omni-directional sound without compromising on sound quality.

“The Samsung Wireless Audio 360º is an innovation that is revolutionising the way we listen to music at home. Using the latest Samsung technology, we have created a speaker that fills an entire room with sound for a truly immersive entertainment experience,” says Matthew Thackrah,Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics SA.

Unlike conventional speakers that project sound in a single direction, the Wireless Audio 360º boasts the Samsung Ring Radiator technology, which disperses sound evenly in all directions. The speaker’s numerous other features include an in-built tap-and-swipe user interface, which allows users to connect multiple speakers so the same music can be played across several rooms. With Samsung’s Multiroom app the speaker can be connected to smartphones, tablets and smartwatches over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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Shape was an important factor in determining the ideal design for producing omni-directional sound. Dozens of concepts were developed and tested, and the engineers agreed the oval shape was most effective for producing 360º sound while reducing sound distortion and noise. The speaker is also aesthetically pleasing and is designed to enhance any home from a visual perspective.

“Samsung has invested significantly into the Wireless Audio 360º range and we believe it will transform the way consumers experience music with its omni-directional sound, portability and remarkable quality. We are bringing a new kind of high quality sound to the market, with a more intuitive user interface and a simple yet premium design. We firmly believe these features will cement Samsung’s position as a world leader in home audio,” concludes Thackrah.

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Models and retail price

 The Wireless Audio 360º is available in four different models. The recommended retail price is R2 500 for the R1 model and the top of the range retails at R5 500 for the R7 model. The R7 can be complemented with a tripod stand or ceiling mount, which is an optional extra available in stores from November. Wattage ranges from 45 to 80 watts and certain models are available in white or black.

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The Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatches

The Samsung Gear S2 comes in a versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom User Experience (UX) and advanced features that enable wearers to enhance, personalise and deliver more to their mobile experience. By simply rotating the bezel of the Gear S2, users can quickly and easily access a series of notifications and applications.

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The Samsung Gear S2 has been launched with two different options – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic – each designed to appeal to distinct consumer taste and preferences. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more traditional watch design as it offers an elegant black finish with a matching genuine leather band. The Gear S2 is ideal for enthusiasts who love the minimal and modern design.

“The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s most progressive innovation. A perfect fit for any occasion, easily taking the user from day to night, from work to exercising at the gym – and ensuring that one gets more out of every moment in their day by making it smarter, personal and ultimately, more fun,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics SA.Samsung, Smartwatch, Gear 2, Technology, The Bizniz Blog, Design, Art

Purposeful Circular Design for Intuitive User Experience

The Samsung Gear S2 features an elegant circular display, along with premium finishes that reflects the aesthetic of a more familiar, traditional watch. The Gear S2’s unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensures customers have more comfortable and precise control with a quicker, more instinctive method to access notifications and applications than ever before.

A mere 11.4 mm thin, the Samsung Gear S2 brings a light and compact design to your wrist. It offers an incredibly vibrant view for a smartwatch due to its 1.2-inch circular screen and its 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi (pixels per inch). The applications on the Gear S2 can be viewed with amazing clarity so that users won’t miss any prompt notifications pop-ups in their busy lives.

The band can be easily changed with one click, as well as the watch’s interface for a more personalised and sophisticated Gear experience depending on the time, place or occasion.

Thanks to the latest Tizen OS and a wearable optimised 1 GHz dual core processor, the Samsung Gear S2 performs tasks easily and efficiently.

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Seamless Usability for Everyday Life

The Samsung Gear S2 is optimised for seamless, everyday use with enhanced wearable technologies. At-a-glance, consumers can stay connected with notifications to check calendars, e-mails, news or send important texts directly from their wrist – and with the Gear S2 offering 3G connectivity and the first e-SIM embedded wearable device with voice capability, users can do all that even when their phone isn’t close by.

New fitness functions on the Samsung Gear S2 encourage consumers to stay healthy and active. The 24-hour activity log allows daily activity progress and patterns to be viewed at a glance to stay on track of fitness goals. In addition, auto activity recognition updates the wearer to stay active.

For the ultimate convenience on-the-go, the Samsung Gear S2 comes with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that can enable consumers to make payments without the need for a wallet. In addition, Samsung is working with a wide selection of partners across different industries to expand wearable usability and streamline consumers’ mobile lives in a variety of ways, including smart car keys, residential room keys and remote controls that help manage a connected home.

All of these connected features are supported by a battery that can last up to 2-3 days, allowing people to stay connected without the hassle of constantly having to recharge. When it needs to be charged, simply place the Samsung Gear S2 on the wireless charging dock right.

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Open Collaboration to Enrich Broader Eco-system

The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s commitment to open collaboration with developers to bring increased customisation, applications and control to its devices. Through these partnerships, Samsung is continuing to enrich its wearable ecosystem and provide users with a more optimised and unique smart wearable experience. Samsung is working closely with partners to offer a range of watch faces and bands to give consumers various ways to express their personal mood and style.

“Throughout the journey of bringing new innovations and concepts to the smart wearable market for the past several years, Samsung has bravely pioneered this category with its advanced wearable portfolio,” concludes Fleischer.

The Samsung Gear S2 will be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band. The Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a Black case with a Black Leather band.*

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What to look for in your 4k TV?

In recent months, UHD TV – also known as 4K TV – has emerged as the mainstream consumer option within the TV market. According to a market forecast by leading global market research and consulting firm, IHS DisplaySearch*, up to 230.8 million flat panel TVs are expected to be sold worldwide in 2015, with UHD TVs constituting 13.3% of the total shipment. This translates to 30.6 million units.

What is 4K Ultra High Definition TV?

4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels.[1]Several 4K resolutions exist in the fields of digital television and digital cinematography. In the movie projection industry, Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) is the dominant 4K standard.

A 4K resolution, as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives, is 4096 x 2160 pixels (256:135, approximately a 1.9:1 aspect ratio). This standard is widely respected by the film industry along with all other DCI standards.”

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“Considering that the ratio of UHD TVs among the entire TV market was only 5.0% (11.7 million units) last year, it is fair to say that UHD TVs are now revitalising the TV market,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics SA. “Such explosive market response is largely due to the fact that UHD TVs deliver more life-like images with magnificent detail and a level of precision only comparable to what we can see with the naked eye. The resolution of UHD TVs is four-times greater than that of conventional full HD TVs of equal size, hence the name ‘4K’ TVs.”

He continues that the television industry regards the creation of UHD as the most revolutionary leap forward in visual technology since the development of full HD nearly a decade ago and that with such picture quality at stake, it is important to understand the kind of ‘4K’ to look for in UHD TVs.

Pixel structure can impact native resolution

“A TV display is comprised of pixels as the smallest unit,” Thackrah explains. “Every pixel needs to have all red, green and blue lights for each of them to produce accurate colors. If the red, green and blue lights (RGB) are on together they will make white, while having all of them off makes black.”

When these pixels add up, they look something like this:

 

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“RGBW is a modified version in which parts of RGB are transformed into white lights. However, not only do the whites in RGBW become holes when representing colors, they also distort the pixel structure, making it very difficult to define the sharp lines that are crucial to UHD. In other words, these white pixels restrict and limit the colour palate that a TV is capable of showing on its display panel, all while diluting the overall picture quality by affecting clarity, brightness and sharpness.”

Stricter standards to ensure true UHD images

Thackrah emphasises that industry organisations, including the U.S.’s Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Digital Europe (DE), recently established clear industry standards and UHD certification programmes.

“Both DE and CEA have clearly defined UHD standards that a pixel must be able to independently reproduce a full range of colours. This means that a pixel is only considered a real pixel if the three primary colours of light – red, green, blue – are included, regardless of additional non-RGB sub pixels. As the industry’s number one TV manufacturer for 9 years running, Samsung has acquired UHD certification marks from both DE and CEA for all of its 2015 UHD TV models. Samsung has been making TVs since the 1970s and we have always strived to offer the best to customers. As a part of this endeavor, Samsung Electronics encourages leaders in the TV industry to commit to an industry-wide effort to deliver the most accurate product information to consumers,” he concludes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – Review

Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2, the most immersive Samsung tablet to-date. Samsung’s newest Galaxy tablet continuously delivers a stunning Super AMOLED display perfectly optimised for reading and viewing any type of digital content. The Galaxy Tab S2 is stylishly designed with the thinnest and lightest metal frame on the market and packs powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, empowering users with new and improved choices in productivity and multitasking.

“The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet ever, it also gives consumers quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 sets the bar for tablet devices and offers consumers the ultimate Tablet that’s designed for ultimate portability.” 

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Newly Optimized Super AMOLED Display for the Best Content Viewability

At just 5.6mm thin and only 389g (9.7 inch) and 265g (8.0 inch) weight*, the Galaxy Tab S2 is perfectly designed for reading and consuming content due to its stunning Super AMOLED Display. By recreating the same viewing experience of browsing through traditional print media, the Galaxy Tab S2 makes it comfortable to read digital content, including e-books, magazines, webpages and newsfeeds. This reading-optimised ratio allows the user to enjoy a seamless reading experience without unnecessary scrolling.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 continually offers its advanced screen technology to display bright and natural content for a more comfortable visual experience. Adaptive Display intelligently adjusts gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application, the colour temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting. Also, Reading Mode modifies the screen’s brightness level to allow users to read content for longer periods of time without straining their eyes.

The tablet also presents deeper contrast and more precise detail to provide a best-in-class reading experience with the Super AMOLED display delivering 94% of natural tones to show true-to-life colours. Users can now enjoy galleries of vividly detailed photos and effortlessly shop online while viewing the most accurate images on the Galaxy Tab S2.

Packaged within the world’s slimmest and lightest metal frame of its size, the Galaxy Tab S2 is portable enough to easily carry around all day and operate in one hand, offering the best mobility available. Also, the fashionable and stylish design is suitable for any purpose or setting, so users can enjoy the best viewing experience anywhere, anytime.

 Ultimate Productivity and Connectivity Features for Users On-The-Go

The Galaxy Tab S2 delivers unmatched mobility to cater to high-efficiency users seeking maximised productivity. It comes fully equipped and preloaded with Microsoft Office Solutions** for ultimate productivity on the road, such as creating and editing documents, while conveniently storing up to 100GB of files on the cloud via OneDrive for two years for free. Also, it’s compatible with the advanced Book Cover Keyboard that delivers the same convenience of a standard PC keyboard with a built-in trackpad for executing tasks on-the-go.***

For enhanced manageability, the Galaxy Tab S2 is built with a touch-enabled Fingerprint Scanner for hassle-free authentication. A built-in advanced security sensor now offers easy access to the personal device with a simple press against the home key. For the most streamlined device management options, the Galaxy Tab S2 features Smart Manager which displays the device’s settings automatically, including battery power levels, storage and RAM availability for users to efficiently manage their devices. It is also pre-installed with anti-malware for an extra layer of protection.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 offers Multitasking, allowing users to view and run two apps simultaneously with Pop-Up Window, a new feature that lets users navigate easily between multiple apps at once. The Galaxy Tab S2 also provides an improved storage structure that makes locating files simpler than ever.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will come in a variety of connectivity, storage and size options: 9.7-inch and 8.0-inch versions with Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 32 or 64GB with MicroSD up to 128GB. It will be available in South Africa from August, 2015.

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Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch Product Specifications

 

Network

LTE : 700/ 800/ 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900/ 2100/ 2600

3G : 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

2G : 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900

AP Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
Display 9.7” 2048×1536(QXGA) Super AMOLED
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Camera 8MP AF(rear), 2.1MP(front)
Video H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Recording: QHD(2560×1440)@30fps

Playback: UHD(3840×2160)@30fps

Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Play Story, Play Movies, Play Music, Drive, Photos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth®4.1 BLE
GPS GPS, GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Finger Scanner, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor
Memory 3GB(RAM) + 32/64GB internal memory

microSD up to 128GB

Dimension / Weight 169 x 237.3 x 5.6mm, 389g(Wifi)/392g(LTE)
Battery 5,870mAh

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch Product Specifications

Network LTE : 700/ 800/ 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900/ 2100/ 2600

3G : 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

2G : 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900

AP Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
Display 8.0” 2048×1536(QXGA) Super AMOLED
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Camera 8MP AF(rear), 2.1MP(front)
Video H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Recording: QHD (2560×1440) @30 fps

Playback: UHD (3840×2160) @ 30fps

Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Play Story, Play Movies, Play Music, Drive, Photos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct,Bluetooth®4.1 BLE
GPS GPS, GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Finger Scanner, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor
Memory 3GB (RAM) + 32/64GB internal memory

microSD up to 128GB

Dimension / Weight 134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6mm, 265g(Wifi)/ 272g(LTE)
Battery 4,000mAh

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Gold Khromo by Urban Enzo

Ensly Dooms, also known as Urban Enzo, has always been a big dreamer. His passion for music, travel and determination to succeed in business has led to the launch of his own earphone range called Gold Khromo by Urban Enzo.

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The 25 year-old originally hails from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg South, a community stricken with poverty, drugs and unemployment. His surroundings in this environment did not hamper his entrepreneurial drive.

“Having my own earphone range has been a dream in the pipeline for the last two years. I have always been critical as to how I want music to sound, from the clarity to the bass and to the design – but I could not find one that matched my requirements,” said Enzo.

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The lightweight Gold Khromo offers superb sound quality at every frequency and has a premium design to match. The earphones are sleek and stylish with luxe finishes of gold and metal on each side. Khromo also features a bullet design made out of metal, copper and mesh. It has a 56 core wire with four professional-grade balance pins allowing the music conduction rate to be close to perfect at 99.9998%. It also features a gold plated 3.5mm plug and noise-cancelling technology.

Enzo wants to be a role model to the youth in his community. “I want to show them that irrespective of your background, anything is possible with hard work and determination,” concludes Enzo.

Fact Sheet: Gold Khromo by Urban Enzo

Model No. ED-1
Jack plug 3.5(Φmm)
Frequency response 6-31000(Hz)
Impedance 18(Ω)
SPL 120(dB)
THD 1(%)
Cable 1.2(m)
Driver 7(Φmm)
N.Weight 22(g)

 

Watch out for Urban Enzo as he has a lot more to offer in the future. Gold Khromo is the first offering in the Khromo product range. You can purchase Gold Khromo by Urban Enzo online at www.shopgoldkhromo.ecwid.com

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”Locomute” – Africa’s first car sharing service

Imagine of having the freedom of commuting and owning a vehicle, without the hassle of actually owning one. These hassles with owning a car: ”buying and running cost”, ”high fuel cost”, ”e-toll cost” and ”insurance cost”. But this will soon be coming to an end, starting-up on the 1st June 2015 we introduce ”Locomute”.

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Locomute is a new a local car sharing company, offers consumers a more tech-savvy and flexible approach in the area of urban mobility. Locomute allows its members, Locomuters, to access any of their cars parked throughout South Africa to use for as long as they want.

Locations of available cars can be found online or through their smartphone application which is also helpful for those prone to forgetting where they parked their vehicle. Members reserve a car online or via the Locomute App and simply swipe a member smartcard over a card reader on the windshield before commencing with their reservation. Locomuters have 24/7 access to a pool of vehicles located within designated zones called Locoparks.

You decide whether you will use the car for a night in town, completing your trip from the Gautrain or just running errands. You only pay for the exact amount of time you use the vehicle. Fuel, insurance, and parking are all included, and one-way trips are allowed (an additional fee may be applicable). Costs include a R499 initiation fee and a monthly fee of R45. There’s also a variable hourly and per-kilometre rate. Once-off users pay a R119 fee in addition to a variable hourly and distance rate.

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Locomute offers an alternative solution to traditional rentals in metropolitan areas. For the first time in Africa, people are able to get a vehicle for an hour or two for short trips instead of renting a car for a day or using mass transit. A car used to be the ultimate symbol of freedom and independence but increasingly consumers view ownership as an expense and a burden. Often considered the gateway to other forms of collaborative consumption, car sharing is becoming increasingly popular with its promise of personal convenience.

This is definitely a taste of the innovations to come in urban mobility. As the need to address problems like congestion and pollution increases, the case for car sharing is particularly compelling. Further, in an era where people buy music by the song, driving a car by the hour only makes sense! It is time to explore this new age where access is better than ownership.

To find out more about Locomute you can follow them on twitter or like on facebook

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung Electronics yesterday announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge. Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, the GALAXY S6 and S6 edge seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience.

“With the all new GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “By listening to our customers and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”

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Beauty Meets Purpose

Carefully crafted from metal and glass, the GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge blend purposeful design with powerful features. The GALAXY S6 edge, particularly, shows unique and outstanding beauty while also providing a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world’s first curved display on both sides. Its glass body, made from the toughest glass to date, Corning® Gorilla Glass® 4, is available in an array of colorful jewel tones, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which elicit a unique visual texture as it reflects natural light. This timeless design required first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology and unmatched quality control, setting the GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge apart from every other mobile device on the market. The premium device aesthetics deliver true value and are complemented by a totally new and lighter interface that greatly enhances usability and functionality. A refined and fully optimised user experience simplifies applications and offers features and settings in a more intuitive way.

Vivid Images with a Fast, Bright Camera

The GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge are equipped with incredibly vivid, bright and fast front and rear cameras. The F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in low light conditions. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and White Balance Detect through IR provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. Furthermore, a new “Quick Launch” feature give users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds* by simply double clicking the home key button. These advanced camera functions enable users to capture their most precious and personal moments in uncompromising quality, however and wherever they want.

Super Charging and Cord Free

With fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology, the GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge are setting a new industry standard for universal wireless charging. The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. They also sport incredibly fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the GALAXY S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.*

Cutting-edge Core Technology

The thin (6.8 mm/7.0mm edge) and lightweight (138g /132g edge) GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge integrate the most advanced, cutting-edge, Samsung core technology available today. The world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory provides higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption. Moreover, the world’s first mobile 1440P/VP9 hardware based decoder enables users to enjoy high resolution streaming video while also using less power. In addition, the 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offers users the highest pixel density of 577ppi. Enhanced outdoor visibility with a brighter display (600cd/mm) lets consumers experience content without compromise – anywhere, at any time.

Easy and Protected Mobile Payment

Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge in the United States during the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenisation, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.

Enhanced Security

The GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end-to-end secure mobile platform, offering defense-grade features for real-time protection from potential malicious attacks. Both of these new devices are also ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements enabled at launch to simplify and improve mobile device management. Additionally, the Find My Mobile feature secures lost devices and protects personal information through a number of services, including the all new remotely controlled “Reactivation lock.” With an enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner, it also provides quick authentication and saves encrypted data in secure device storage.

The GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 with 32/64/128GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (GALAXY S6 only) and Green Emerald (GALAXY S6 edge only).

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com

 

Samsung ”Most selfies in 24 hours” official attempt

Samsung Electronics South Africa has joined forces with Guinness World Records to attempt the coveted title for the most contributions to an online album of self-portrait photographs (selfies) in 24 hours.

The attempt will take place at Sandton City in Johannesburg and the Canal Walk in Cape Town, on 31 January 2015.

Samsung in partnership with 947 FM and KFM, will host exciting live events that will bring the campaign to thousands of consumers – who will be part of the launch of the new Galaxy A Series Smartphone. Samsung will give away one hundred Galaxy A smartphones at the activations, that will be one device every 30 minutes and the first ten people to arrive at the venues in each city will receive Samsung Galaxy A smartphones and other spot prizes.

South Africans who wish to participate and be a part of this incredible attempt can get to any of the activation points as early as possible. Secure your spot and get ready for the most exhilarating experience. The process will include a quick registration process and then entrants will take their selfies and receive a Guinness World Records certificate of participation.

The art of taking selfies is not just about contributing to the creation of good content but importantly, it’s a form of heightening self-confidence. Whether one’s head is tilted to the side, pouting or smiling, the selfie has brought a whole new meaning to the act of taking a self-portrait.

Justin Hume, director of Product Marketing, Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics SA: “At Samsung, we continually strive to shape initiatives that are creative and expressive and as such we are delivering an enhanced selfie experience to consumers, with the Galaxy A. It gives us great pleasure to be able to offer this opportunity of taking a selfie, posting it on social media and being part of the greatest record breaking phenomena.”

The Galaxy A features enhanced selfie modes such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) and Beauty Face Features, letting users capture attractive selfies in high resolution by automatically detecting and focusing on a person’s face.

Young consumers looking to express their unique style, while constantly staying connected – can use the advanced 5MP front-facing camera, which is perfect for taking colourful selfies for those popular Instagram moments.

Activation dates and venues:
Date: 31 January
Time: 9:00am
Venue JHB: Sandton City – Checkers Court (Entrance 4)
Venue CTN: Canal Walk – Food Court (Entrance 10)

Stay tuned to ”The Bizniz Blog” as we unravel the results and give you further details for the ”Most selfies in 24 hours”

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Apple iPhone 6

The biggest release of this year so far, but more likely the reason that this is one of the most anticipated product release for over generations of technology and smartphone innovations.

Apple has officially announced the release of it’s latest product range namely the ”iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus and smart watch” technologies as said by the CEO of Apple Tim Cook. The big day happened the 9th of September at a big keynote presentation  held at Cupertino featuring full product launch and specification review, we got a chance to round up the new and latest key features of the Apple iPhone 6.

Design and Display

The iPhone 6 will come out with a 4.7-inch LED back-lit display with a 1334 x 750 resolution, with the all new retina HD display. The screen with boast up to 1334 x 750 pixel range which is the same as that of the iPhone 5S. Although iPhone 6 will deliver higher contrast and wider viewing angles than the iPhone 5S and it even features an improved polariser, so that colour’s look more natural when you use it while wearing sunglasses. With the seamless design of the anodized aluminum and stainless steel to the curve of the polished glass which the iPhone 6 is made of, it still manages to pack all the features into a device which is only 6.9mm thin.

The Enormous Power

The iPhone 6 packs in an A8, 64-bit second generation processor and a next-generation M8 motion co-processor too. The iPhone 6 sticks with 1GB of RAM and has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, compared to the 1.3GHz dual-core iPhone 5S. And because it’s designed to be so power efficient, the A8 chip can sustain higher performance which means you can play graphics-intensive games or enjoy video at higher frame rates for longer than ever. The A8 processor uses an advanced 20-nanometer process. It’s a remarkably small and efficient chip on which two billion transistors deliver incredible performance with up to 50 percent more energy efficiency than the previous A7 chip.

”Say Cheese”, The Camera 

The iPhone has not changed much in the camera megapixel as compared to the iPhone 5s, which in this case is the iSight 8MP camera but it came packing with other features and improvements. A new wide angle iSight lens, true tone flash, f/2.2 aperture, greater noise reduction, digital image stabilisation and a 2 x faster autofocus provide even better images. The rear camera can shoot 1080p video and the Slo-mo video mode has been boosted to give you the option to record in either 120 fps or 240 fps. Videos also benefit from continuous autofocus, plus Apple has added a new time-lapse mode to the mix.

The iOS 8 operating system

With the release of the latest iOS 8 system which would be released and available the 17th September, which could be downloaded and updated on the previous iPhone models such as the iPhone 4s, 5, 5C and 5S. The iOS 8 system features tighter Mac OS X Yosemite integration while loosening the restrictions on Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor. This goes a long way to the Passbook-integrated Apple Pay. New software kits also bring once fragmented security and health gadgets together, something that this year’s “one more thing” surprise, the Apple Watch, will takes advantage of in early 2015.

Other New Features

Barometer – The barometer senses air pressure to determine your relative elevation. So as you move, you can keep track of the elevation you’ve gained. It can even measure stairs climbed or hills conquered.

Accelerometer – The accelerometer can measure your distance for walking and running. And by using GPS to calibrate for your running stride, the sensor more accurately captures your movement.

Gyroscope – In addition to knowing whether you’re on the move or stationary, M8 works with the gyroscope to detect when you’re driving. It also kicks into action when you’re taking panoramic photos or playing games that react to your movement.

Apple, iPhone 6, iOS 8, iPhone 6 Plus, Tim Cook, Smartphone

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Apple, iPhone 6, iOS 8, iPhone 6 Plus, Tim Cook, Smartphone

Image: Apple

Apple, iPhone 6, iOS 8, iPhone 6 Plus, Tim Cook, Smartphone

Image: Apple

Apple, iPhone 6, iOS 8, iPhone 6 Plus, Tim Cook, Smartphone

Image: Apple

 

 

Samsung S5 ”Screen Envy”

The most of the current Apple lovers of the iPhone series are all eagerly awaiting for the release of the iPhone 6 later this year. The rumour has it that the iPhone 6 will be coming out with a  4.7 – 5.5 inch larger screen. The guys from Samsung decided to use the rumour as a good play in their favour with a release of the advert ”Samsung S5 – Screen Envy”, which is boasting the current Samsung S5 model with is Super Amoled, 5.1 inch screen with its 1080 pixel resolution.

The Bizniz Blog will be keeping you updated on the latest news and release of the upcoming iPhone 6. But for now lets give the ”Global Globe Award” to the guys from Samsung.

Check out the video: ”Screen Envy – The Next Big Thing is Here”