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.”


“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:




“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



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
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
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.

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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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”

Samsung Smartphone Gamepad

Back in the  early 90’s days we used to play  on black and white Gameboy or the snake on your dads Nokia 3310. The  all new Samsung Gamepad is designed for your Galaxy smartphone and tablet range, is now available in  South Africa.


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Introducing the sweet little D-Pad, two analogue sticks, four action buttons and two trigger buttons, as well as start and select buttons on the front edge of the Samsung Gamepad. The device connects via bluetooth 3.0 and allows you to play all the latest android games on your Samsung device.  Samsung lists 35 games that are compatible with the Gamepad and includes Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Asphalt 8 : Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Virtual Tennis Challenge, and Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame among the top tier Android titles supported, so there’s a decent amount to play.

The device could even connects  to your tv via HDMI cable or the NFC of the Samsung Smart TV with your Allshare app. The device has a metal cradle which keeps your Samsung Galaxy S4 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3 nicely docked and firmly holding your Galaxy device .

  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up (optimized for Android 4.3 and up)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v3.0, NFC (compatible with Samsung device running Android 4.3 and up)
  • Dimensions: 137.78 x 86.47 x 31.80mm
  • Weight: 195g
  • Battery: 160mAh, rechargeable

Available at Capi store at OR International Aiport, Johanneburg



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Samsung S5

”Amazing things happen”, that is how Samsung Mobile release the AD for the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy S range, the latest S5.

In the long running since they first released the Samsung Galaxy S1, Now on to the fifth installment in the range of its Galaxy smartphone, big upgrade and impressive new features just takes the Samsung Galaxy to the next level of smartphones. 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 boost the newest and latest features offered into the smartphone market. It still has the look and feel of its predecessor but a whole new machine all together. A super amoled 5.1” displays, with a quad core 2.5 GHz processor backed with 2GB of ram. A full HD 16 megapixel camera, ensures that your Mzansi memories are caught crisp and clean, with the ability to shoot videos in 4K (Next generation) in 30 frames per second. Samsung decided to go one more step and incorporated the heart rate monitor, fingerprint security and will be running the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS.

If this is what Samsung is bringing to the table, It will be months till the Apple Giants release a monster of their own, Iphone 6 maybe?

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