08.14.18

23% of SA’s high tech consumers own cryptocurrency

BY Staff Reporter 2 MINUTE READ

The Digital Lifestyle Measure report by MBIT shows that 23 percent of South Africa’s “high-tech” consumers own cryptocurrency. 

According to the DM segmentation, a high-tech consumer is classified as a DLM 5 consumer while a low-tech consumer is known as a DLM 1 consumer. 
A person is categorised according, to the scores that they receive for questions they have answered about their personal digital lives and the technologies that they own. 
In order to be categorised, a consumer must have at least one type of internet access. Due to 55 percent of the population having access to the internet only that number was classified. 
Cryptocurrency
According to the report, 42 percent of DLM 5 consumers and 30 percent of DLM 4 consumers felt that cryptocurrency has a place in the future and while 41 percent of DLM 1 consumers did not know what cryptocurrency is. 
The 34 percent of the DLM 3 consumers said that they had no idea of what is going to happen while 26 percent called it the future of transacting. 

DLM Category % of ownership
DLM 1 6%
DLM 2 7%
DLM 3 12%
DLM 4 8%
DLM 5 23%


Banking

The survey also looked at banking and the primary bank for each DLM category. 
According to the report, 47 percent of DLM 5 consumers banked with FNB while 41 percent of DLM 1 consumers banked with Capitec bank. The second most popular bank for DLM 5 and DLM 1 consumers was Capitech and Nedbank respectively. 
At least 92 percent of DLM consumers or high tech consumers said they used internet banking and mobile banking applications. According to low tech consumers, 55 percent of them use a mobile banking application and 53 percent of them use internet banking. 
The report also showed the high tech consumers are more likely to pay for something using a mobile payment application in comparison to a DLM 1. 

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE
08.13.18

Cell C has launched new LTE-A packages

BY Staff Reporter 1 MINUTE READ

Cell C has launched new fixed-LTE-A packages, which offer data bundles of between 15GB and 200GB a month.

The company is calling it the Data Democracy packages and it is available as SIM-only products or bundled with a router.

Additionally, it is only being offered as 24-month contracts.

“Data is a right, not a privilege. Today we stand to make data affordable to all. We stand up for data democracy. Stand with us,” Cell C said in its promotional material.

The SIM-only deals start with a 15GB package, while the router-and-SIM products start at 50GB.

Here are the prices of the new packages:

Cell C Fixed LTE-A
Data Router Monthly Price
50GB Cell C LTE-A Home Router R359.00
100GB Cell C LTE-A Home Router R539.00
200GB Cell C LTE-A Home Router R859.00
15GB SIM-only R150.31
25GB SIM-only R241.10
50GB SIM-only R289.00
100GB SIM-only R469.00
200GB SIM-only R789.00

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE

Fossil’s newest smartwatch has a Google Pay feature

BY Staff Reporter 3 MINUTE READ

Fossil has just released their fourth generation of Fossil Q smartwatches and they have added some great features to the watch.

The new smartwatches are the Fossil Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR. The only difference between these two watches is the size of the casing. The Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR having casings that are 40mm and 45mm respectively. 

The new watch from Fossil has built-in tracking, notification features like such as text, app alerts, calendar alerts, alarm clock and multiple time zones. 
Some of the functions of the watch include heart rate tracking, GPS, NFC, personalise your dial, swim-proof and you can use it to pay for items thanks to Google Pay. There is Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity and it is compatible with Android OS 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3+. 
The Fossil Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR cost between $255 (R3396) and $275.
Fossil Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR Photo: Facebook

While Fossil has released their new smartwatches they are not the only brand to make smartwatches. Here is a closer look at three other smartwatch brands:

Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 can help you keep up with your day with All-Day Assistant. With this feature, you can ask Siri to send a message if you missed a call as well as make and receive phone and Facetime audio calls with the keypad. Siri is more helpful and versatile on the smartwatch and getting directions is a breeze. 
The health tool on the watch measures the user’s heart rate throughout the day whether they are working out or resting. The SOS function ensures that help will be on its way and that your emergency contacts will be notified of your location. 
The device is also swim-proof, it has interchangeable wristbands and it has both GPS and an altimeter. 
These smartwatches cost between $329 and $699 depending on style and wristband. 
Apple Watch Series 3 Photo: Facebook

Samsung Gear S3 
The Samsung Gear S3 it is water resistant, has Samsung Pay, Bluetooth connectivity and built-in GPS to track activities and share your location. Like the previous two watches, users can receive and respond to calls and texts and receive notifications.
It can also go nonstop for days on a single charge and the wireless charger makes it easier to charge on the go. Users can also track their fitness, heart rate and steps with the smartwatch and access your apps easily. 
The smartwatches can cost between $299.99 and $449.99. 
Samsung Gear S3 Photo: Facebook

FitBit Versa

The FitBit Versa was released in April 2018 and it has a squircle design that is similar to the design of the Apple Watch. It is a health and fitness smartwatch that has features like connected GPS, Bluetooth, multiple day battery life of 4 days and more, heart rate tracking and payments on the go. 
Its female health feature logs your menstrual cycle and records symptoms. You can track your steps, calories burned, floors climbed amongst other things with this smartwatch. A user can keep track of their sleeping patterns and personalised onscreen workouts that play on your wrist. 
The FitBit smartwatch costs $199.99.
FitBit Versa Photo: Facebook

Smartwatches in South Africa

The Ipsos Affluent Survey has revealed that South Africa could be the next big market for smartwatches and fitness trackers. The survey looks at the adoption of wearables, smartphones and other personal electronics in 41 countries across the globe. 
The survey showed that less 13 percent of South African households have a wearable technology but an improvement in this number is expected as technology becomes more extensive and affordable. 
– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE
08.10.18

Former Tesla chief engineer rehired by Apple

BY Staff Reporter 1 MINUTE READ

DURBAN – The chief engineer of Tesla, Doug Field has left the electric car company to return to Apple according to the Verge. 

Field was formerly the VP for Hardware Engineering in 2013 when he left the company to join Tesla as the VP for Vehicle Programs before he was promoted to chief engineer in 2014. 

Now, according to reports Field is actually working on a secretive self-driving car program for Apple. The self-driving car program is apparently called Project Titan. 
Field was in charge of vehicle production and engineering for Tesla but CEO Elon Musk had to take over this year after the electric car company did not make their initial first-quarter for the Model 3. 
The former Tesla VP was on leave in May but then left the company in June.
Just recently it was reported that Apple was filing a patent for an augmented reality windshield for an autonomous car.
According to Mashable a European patent application for a windshield display that shows maps and road conditions in autonomous cars was discovered. 
Apple has been tight lipped about their self-driving cars.
In 2017 while being interviewed by Bloomberg the CEO of Apple Tim Cook spoke about the company’s involvement in autonomous systems and hinted at Apple’s involvement in autonomous cars. 
Tesla
South African born Elon Musk announced his plans to take Tesla private. Musk made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. 

The announcement resulted in Tesla stock dropping and the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) inquiring if Musk’s statements on Twitter were factual. 

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE
07.19.18

Google Assistant has a new feature to summarise your day

BY Staff Reporter 2 MINUTE READ

Google has announced that they will be introducing a “visual snapshot” feature on Google Assistant that will sum up what is happening in your day.

This new feature that will be available on both Android and iOS devices from this week, will curate a user’s personal information into a single interface that is scrollable. 
Assistant will also merge these snapshots with notes and lists from the individuals other other note-taking apps like Google Keep. The app will also include the time needed for your daily commute depending on whether you drive, bike or walk. 
As the user moves to and from different places their overview will be updated. Android users can also check for updates by tapping on the blue inbox icon at the to the home screen for Google Assistant. 
Google Assitant has a new “visual snapshot” feature Photo: Facebook
For iOS users, they can check for updates with a long press of the home button after they have launched the app. It has been reported that Assistant will also be expanding to include things like recommendations for music, stocks that you follow and even podcasts.
Google Podcast
Just last month Google announced a new podcast app that will be called Google Podcasts for Android. The podcats app uses the recommendation algorithms to recommend based on the listening preferences and history of the user. 
Once the user has downloaded the podcasts app, users can listen to any podcast for free. 
– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE
07.10.18

Samsung to release the S10 in three variants – reports

BY Staff Reporter 1 MINUTE READ

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S10 in three variants, instead of the usual “standard” and “plus” configurations, Forbes reported.

This is because Samsung will have an “entry-level” Galaxy S10 option, which will exclude an in-display fingerprint reader – expected in the other two models.

The cheaper Galaxy S10 will have the fingerprint reader mounted on the side of the device’s frame, according to the report.

Each in-display fingerprint module will cost $15, which is more than seven times the price of the normal fingerprint sensor Samsung has used in its previous phones, BGR reported.

It also reported that Qualcomm will supply the optical fingerprint sensors to Samsung and that the Galaxy S10+ will have a triple-lens camera system.

A Korean news site called The Bell and Ice Universe have referred to the alleged new S10s as Beyond 0, Beyond 1 and Beyond 2.

While there are no hard spec leaks it is believed that the Beyond 0 will be an entry-level model that has a fingerprint scanner on the side of the device. The Beyond 1 and 2 will allegedly have FOD functionality.

Samsung is reportedly planning on replacing the iris scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S10 device with an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

Samsung reportedly did not request that its suppliers add iris scanners with the new device, reports The Verge. 

However, the device will reportedly utilise facial recognition and an in-display fingerprint scanner will provide an easy way to unlock the device. 

The phone will also reportedly have a 5.8 inch display and the Galaxy S10 Plus will have a 6.2 inch display.

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE 

06.26.18

Your Xbox may soon get keyboard and mouse support

BY Staff Reporter 1 MINUTE READ

Microsoft has partnered with Razer to enable its Chroma RGB lighting support in Xbox games. 

This means that keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One will soon be a reality. Chroma allows players to have an assortment of colors light up on a keyboard, and it’s also useful for spotting ability cooldowns in games like Overwatch. 

According to reports by Windows Central, Microsoft started briefing developers about the upcoming support earlier this year. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge that Microsoft and Razer presented their plans at the annual Xfest event for developers earlier this year.

Razer is planning to allow game developers to tap into its API to bring Chroma lighting effects to games. If all goes according to plan, Xbox One users will start to make use of this later this year with Microsoft’s fall update for the Xbox.

Xbox gamers will welcome the addition of keyboard and mouse support, but some will question the impact on multiplayer games. 

Microsoft is allowing developers to detect whether a keyboard or mouse is present on an Xbox One, and games could potentially only match keyboard and mouse users with similarly equipped players. 

(Image: Razer and Microsoft partnership at Xfest / Windows Central)

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE 

06.25.18

WATCH: Purchase date and pricing revealed for the new Blackberry

BY Staff Reporter 1 MINUTE READ

TCL Communication’s newest BlackBerry smartphone the BlackBerry Key 2 now has a release date which will be available on July 13th in the United States starting at $649.99 (R8789.49) 

WATCH:

Pre-orders are set to start at Amazon and Best Buy on June 29th.

The Key2 is an upgraded version of the KeyOne.

 TCL has updated the design a bit, slimming down the bezels and making the iconic physical keyboard slightly larger. But this isn’t a radical redesign. 

Specs have also been boosted since the KeyOne, for example, there’s a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip and both RAM and internal storage have been doubled from the previous model to 6GB of memory and either 64GB or 128GB of space.

The front-facing camera is still an 8-megapixel shooter, but the rear camera is a new dual 12-megapixel camera.

Both Amazon and Best Buy will be offering the Key2 unlocked, although TCL and BlackBerry say that the phone is optimized for GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile in silver and black options.

Specifications include:

1. Keyboard

Touch-enabled 35 key backlit Physical Keyboard (QWERTY) and integrated fingerprint sensor.

2.Size

Height 151.4mm
Width 71.8mm
Depth 8.5mm

3. Display

Resolution
433 PPI
1620 x 1080 IPS LCD
24-bit colour depth

4. Screen size

4.5” diagonal
3:2 aspect ratio

5. Performance

Processor: 
Qualcomm® SDM 660, Kryo 260 Octa-Core 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4, 64-bit

6. Memory:

Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD
memory card (Up to 256GB)

6GB RAM + 64GB Flash
compatible with 6GB RAM + 128 Flash
Ports
USB Type-C, USB 3.0, USB OTG

7. Battery

3500 mAh. 

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE

Google Account made much easier with these changes

BY Staff Reporter 3 MINUTE READ

Google has updated the Google Account and released new features in order to make it easier for people to navigate their account. 

Google announced yesterday in a blog statement the new changes. 

“Several years ago, we brought our privacy and security settings together in one place to make it easier for you to choose the options that are right for you. Billions of people have now visited their Google Account and over 20 million people do so every day.Today, we’re announcing an improved Google Account experience. It includes new features to more easily navigate your account, more prominent security and privacy options, and detailed summaries of relevant information associated with it—like your personal info, your devices, payment methods, purchases, subscriptions, reservations, and contacts”, said the statement. 

New ways to find what you need

Google users will reportedly be able to review and control data. With a new functionality being installed, users will be able to find setting and other information in their account like how to change your password.

A mew support section will also be available which will assist users when they have an issue and they are not sure what they are looking for. With the new support section, users will be able to find help with common tasks like upgrading their account storage and getting answers from community experts. 

More helpful privacy and security information

Google has also updated it data and privacy feature, making it easily accessible. “We know that when it comes to data and privacy, one size does not fit all. To help you better understand and take control of your Google Account, we’ve made all your privacy options easy to review with our new intuitive, user-tested design. You can now more easily find your Activity controls in the Data & Personalization tab and choose what types of activity data are saved in your account to make Google work better for you. There, you’ll also find the recently updated Privacy Checkup that helps you review your privacy settings and explains how they shape your experience across Google services”, said the statement. 

According to Product Manager for Google Account, Jan Hannemann said that the new Google Account experience builds on the Security Checkup which was update in October. 

“The new Google Account experience builds on this and will show you prominent notices if we detect there’s something you can do to improve your security. For example, we might suggest you remove your account from old devices you’re no longer using or remove unverified apps you had granted access to your account data.We are committed to providing you with the controls you need to choose what’s right for you. For years, we’ve built and refined tools to help you easily understand, protect, and control your information. As needs around security and privacy evolve, we will continue to improve these important tools to help you control how Google works for you”, said the statement. 

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE 

06.20.18

Facebook tips and tricks you may not know about

BY Staff Reporter 3 MINUTE READ

Facebook has arguably evolved into one of the largest online communities which serves many purposes. From connecting with friends to trading goods and even raising funds. However, there may be certain tabs that you are not familiar with or unaware that it existed. 

These are some cool Facebook tips and tricks that you may not know about:

See what is happening around the world

         Picture: Facebook Live. (Screengrab). 

Facebook allows users to access live streams as they happen in real-time with Facebook Live. Facebook Live basically provides users with a map of the world. Users can then navigate the map and select a certain area on the map and the Facebook Live will then list all the live videos within that region. 

How to access Facebook Live

Simply type in “Facebook Live” in the search bar and select the first option. 

Stop birthday reminders

                  Picture: Birthday reminder. (Screengrab). 

Facebook has a built-in functionality that sends reminders to people when it is their Facebook friend’s birthday. However, some users may be pleased to know that this notification can be turned off. 

How to switch the notifications off

Go to “Settings” then “Notifications” then select “On-Facebook” and “Edit”. A drop-down list will appear, then navigate down to “Birthdays”. You can then turn off the reminder by changing the setting to “off”. 

Unfriend someone but still have access to their account

        Picture: Unfollow. (Screengrab). 

At times you may feel that you have drifted from certain people that you used to know or you feel that you no longer need to be reminded of their social activity. Facebook allows for this option where you can unfriend someone yet still have access to their account. 

How to do this:

Go to the person’s Facebook page whom you wish to unfollow. You will then see a dropdown bar which reads “Following”. Click on this and then select “Unfollow” at the bottom. 

See more things from certain people

         Picture: See first. (Screengrab). 

At times we are more interested in the activity of certain people but their feed gets lost amongst everyone else’s Facebook feed and updates. This need not be an issue any longer. Facebook allows you to see more things from certain people. 

How to do this:

Go to the person’s Facebook page then select “Following”. You will see a dropdown option and then select “See First”. 

Turn off auto-play Facebook videos

             Picture: Auto-play video. (Screengrab). 

There may be times when you are reading a very engaging Facebook post and you are abruptly interrupted by an auto-play Facebook video. You will be pleased to know that you can turn the auto-play feature off. 

How to turn it off

Go to “Settings” then select “Videos”. Then click the drop-down menu next to auto-play and select off. 

– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE