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Winter is Coming…#WarmUpWithGoogle

Winter is Coming…#WarmUpWithGoogle

Seven ways to #WarmupwithGoogle this winter:

 

🎬🍭🙇 Purchase or rent your favourite movie from Google Play Movies, stock up on treats, and snuggle up under the blankets.

🕯☕️🍩Ask Google about “hygge” (pronounced “hue-gah”) the Danish art of cosyness. And then surround yourself with candles, fresh coffee and pastries and invite your friends over for a pyjama party.

💑🎶🔥Get cosy in front of the fire with someone special and your favourite Google Play Music playlist.

👩🏽‍💻🍔🍟Pull up your favourite YouTube channel, add a few friends, some warming drinks and snacks and binge-watch to your heart’s content.

📚🔥🛋Treat yourself to a new book from Google Play Books, pair with a roaring fire and a comfortable couch for maximum enjoyment.

📱🔪😱Hop over to the Play store and download Podcast Addict and get lost in an amazing crime podcast such as Serial or S-Town. Perfect for a rainy evening – just make sure you keep the lights on.

🌞🚗💆Desperate for some sunshine and warm weather? If your budget won’t stretch to a holiday, use Google Maps to find your nearest spa, complete with sauna and thermal baths, to trick your body into thinking summer has returned!

 

share your favorite way to #WarmUpWithGoogle with @GoogleAfrica and spread the warmth this winter.

My Top 13 Useful Tools And Apps For Twitter

My Top 13 Useful Tools And Apps For Twitter

Social media applications are majorly the reason for such a big say for the entertainment industry in the cyber area. Social media platforms like Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc have revolutionized the way people communicate with each other. The revolution started from Facebook and was carried forward by twitter, which enabled celebrities and internet tycoons to put their own messages with a personal feel out for the masses. It also allows you (the common man) to see the trending topic in your area or around the world regarding any particular topic. The blue bird app has many other advantages which can be further enhanced by using certain useful tools that incorporate with Twitter and used as a tool in your business development. Some of those useful tools include:

1. Twitter Dashboard

I love this app because it allows me to schedule tweets for a particular time. It is a tool especially designed to help an entrepreneur connect with its clients. Large teams of a business can use this tool effectively to reach out their target audience.

2. Twitter Engage

I recently discovered this app and I love it because it shows me when influencers mention me or when verified accounts interact with me. On a business and personal note, sometimes you need real time analytical data about your followers. It will show you how a particular person or group reacts with certain kinds of tweets.

3. DM cleaner

Since I follow a lot of people, there are auto DMs and spam DM. I use this app because it allows me to delete spam DMs. When you get spammed by other tweeps, you usually miss out on important DMs from friends, family or even business. DM cleaner cleans out your DMs quickly and helps you maintain a clean DM tab.

4. Social Bakers

It is an analytical tool used to analyze statistic accounts of different people on Twitter. This is usually used to analyze the accounts of top users in specific countries, celebrities and your followers giving you an insight on your social standings.

5. Twitter Analytics 

I love watching my twitter account grow. This tool allows you insight on the way your followers react to your tweets. A detail report is generated which includes impressions, clicks, engagements and retweets by your followers. You can also get more details about your followers, their countries, gender, interests, income etc.

6. Periscope 

I love this app because it allows me to take my followers on my journeys such as events I attend, live to their timelines. This app is used for video streaming for your Twitter. You can see as well as broadcast videos using Periscope.

7. TrendsMap

When you need to know what is happening in your area or a specific geo-location, you can use this tool in order to get location wise interest of trending topics. This is used well in business as well as a personal domain.

8. Medium

Want to say something that’s more than 140 characters? Medium is an online publishing platform by Twitter for Twitter users. 

9. Crowdfire

This tool allows you to see which users aren’t following you back. So easily unfollow unfollowers. Also see if some of your followers or the accounts you have been following have been inactive or haven’t engaged with your tweets. 

10. Webfluential

This is my favorite tool because I’ve made thousands of rands through this website. For Twitter users with over 1000 followers- It’s a platform of making money by advertising for brands on social media. For brands- It is a marketing tool that you can use in order to advertise your product though social media platform like twitter through influencers.

11. Font Candy 

It has been proven that tweets with images stand out more. Simple images are too main stream. Create images with the exact dimensions for Twitter, use font candy in order to wrap your images with specially designed texts in order to gain more viewing time by visiting people on your profile or tweets.

12. Twitter Ads

As easy as it sounds; Advertising on Twitter. What’s awesome about this platform is that you pay exactly for the amount of impressions you get. Surely you see promoted tweets and promoted trending topics. You can also use Twitter Ads to upload videos of up to 10 minutes compared to the normal limit of 2 minutes 20 seconds .

 13. Timehop

This is a tool to see tweets or Facebook posts you make on the particular day in previous years. Great way to go down memory lane.

THE REVOLUTION IN SOCIAL MEDIA – HOW IS IT AFFECTING US?

THE REVOLUTION IN SOCIAL MEDIA – HOW IS IT AFFECTING US?

 

Social media has been the child of internet which is now sitting on its shoulders. Trying to, rise even higher. It is a tool came in the hands of people who were long waiting to communicate across the globe anxiously. In fact, it has taken the place of eyes, ears and tongue of society; simply, a medium of expression effective across the globe.

Social media has taken over almost everything sweepingly silently overnight. As conversation connects community, the social media has become the channel of communication. Taking fast leaps every day and every night.

Whether there are social networks, forums, podcast, blogging or even micro blogging, it is all about sharing ideas, cooperating and collaborating to create art, thinking and commerce, finding people, friends and lovers. This is the reason why it is spreading quickly and effortlessly. It has also provided ‘space’ to ‘digg’ and ‘face’ to ‘flick’ and ‘linked in’ to ‘tweet’ everyone to each other.

Approximately, 100 million worldwide viewers join YouTube every day, more than 350 million face Facebook, almost 10 billion tweets per year and a titanic growth of other channels makes it fastest growing thing on the earth.

Social media has affected many things across the globe. Things such as work, politics, communications patterns, the way people get and share information about health, civic life, news consumption, communities, teenage life, parenting, dating and even people’s psychology.

Social media is in fact the new backbone of business community. It is the greatest tool to market your business strategy and product throughout the history of mankind. It has the capacity to promote your business with an explosive velocity.

It takes your business into the heart of everyone who uses it and just imagine who all are left not using social media. You will see in near future that it will not even connect people but also will become the way business is done.

Social media has also become a superb earning source. You can very easily earn great amounts through blogging or influencers. Of course a blogger or an influencer can reach consumers through their blogs and social networks that your brand may not be able to without.

Besides advertising you blog. You blog and create traffic. Build visitors and convert them into subscribers. You build trust in some time and create loyalty. And what is the last; at last you sell yours or others product. That is what the ultimate aim of yours is. The business people and social media magnets in this way go hand in hand.

In this process of revolution, social media will continue to evolve. It will grow by adapting to the demands of users. It has the exotic capacity for growth. It is highly upgradable and has an expansionist approach. Social media has put in some great affects since recent past. It is likely to affect the world community through all platforms. With this speed, it is most likely to overcome all other related mediums in near future.

 

 

FUNNY OR DIE COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA

FUNNY OR DIE COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA

 

The world leaders in technology join forces with the heavyweights of video content to bring Funny Or Die to you live in South Africa this September.

Samsung has teamed up with the brains behind internationally acclaimed comedy brand, Funny Or Die, hosted by Capacity Relations to bring South Africa a world-first, advanced tech-content roadshow.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa –  Powered by Samsung Mobile and in partnership with critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy brand Funny or Die, virtual reality technology will meet digital content live for the first time ever in South Africa this coming September 27th lands on our shores, transforming the way we see, consume and distribute content through powerful technology tools.  All aspiring creatives and script writer virtuosos’ are invited to partake in the ground-breaking sessions that will tackle new levels of content transformation, propelling South Africa into a new era of digital content creation and ingenuity.

This ingenious roadshow, the first of its kind, will be taking place in Johannesburg on 27 September and in Cape Town on 29 September 2016. You’ll be able to reserve your seat for R650 from 15July 2016 at 14h00 atwww.ticketpro.co.za.  

Hosted by respected South African technology expert, Toby Shapshak, this social and digital sensorial extravaganza will include the following exceptional guests; Head of Social Media Content at Funny Or Die, Dashiell Driscoll, Chris Heuer Head Producer, Video and Head of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa SA, Craige Fleischer, as well as many others incredible speakers.

As the leaders in technology, having recently launched their state-of-the-art virtual reality technology, Samsung Mobile is excited to be the power behind this sensational new concept in South Africa. “Collaborating with the titans at Funny Or Die was a natural fit for us at Samsung as they are shaping the world of immersive and engaging digital content. This roadshow is the superlative platform to showcase how technology meets content in the digital era and we are eager to give South Africa an opportunity to be part of this incredible movement,” says Craige Fleischer, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa.

Co-founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, Funny Or Die launched in April 2007 and has grown into a premier comedy brand and production studio known for creating award-winning, high-quality content with a global audience of more than 70 million. Seasoned creative executives from the Funny Or Die will be launching, elevating and inspiring South African creatives and aspiring film makers to become part of this incredible techno-content initiative. President Digital Content at Funny Or Die, Chris Heuer, is looking forward to coming to South Africa to present to some of the country’s top creatives, “This platform will open up a world of digital technology and entertainment in South Africa, launching the careers of some of the top international up and coming film makers and entertainment specialists.”

As part of competition, The team at Funny Or Die, Capacity Relations and Samsung will also be giving hopeful and talented South African scriptwriters, videographers, vloggers and creatives the opportunity to have their work recognised and seen by over 100 million on Funny or Die as well as R50 000 towards starting their dream. Please see below for competition information.

To be eligible to enter The Funny Or Die Short Film competition; 360 Degrees of Funny, powered by Samsung Mobile, entrants must create a short form storyboard that is under three minutes in length with no more than 4 characters and using only 3 locations. The script must be between 3 and 5 pages long and must be submitted (360offunny@capacityrelations.co.za email address). The first phase of the competition will run from 15 July and close on the 15 August 2016.

The top 6 finalists, chosen by the panel at Funny or Die, will be announced by Capacity Relations on 1 September 2016. Each finalist will then be given a state-of-the-art Samsung product to make use of during the second phase of the competition. With specialized training from Samsung consultants, each finalist will make use of their Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge smartphone, Gear VR technology device as well as a 360 degree Camera to shoot a short film. This phase of the competition will run from 2 September to 19 September 2016and the final winner will be announced at an official ceremony (venue to be communicated closer to the time) in Johannesburg on the 27th of September. The winner will be awarded a prize of R50 000 as well as the opportunity to have their video shown to over 100 million people of the Funny or Die website and social media platforms

For conditions of entry, please visit Samsung.com.

Digify Bytes #GetDigified One-Day Event to Train 1000+ Joburg Youth in Digital Skills

Digify Bytes #GetDigified One-Day Event to Train 1000+ Joburg Youth in Digital Skills

 

Featuring a performance by The Muffinz + Training with the city’s Top Bloggers and Social Media Professionals

10 June 2016, Johannesburg, Digify Bytes, a digital training initiative delivered by Livity Africa, with support from Google, the Rockefeller Foundation and British Council, is hosting its biggest training session to date – the Digify Bytes #GetDigified event on 25 June 2016 in commemoration of Youth Month in South Africa.

The Digify Bytes #GetDigified event aims to fill City Hall in the Johannesburg CBD, and train over 1000 young people during a three-hour Train-a-thon where Digify Bytes’ own young professional trainers, will take participants through the following modules;

  1. Intro into Digital Marketing
    2. Traditional vs. Digital Marketing
    3. Introduction into SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
    4. Web Design + User Experience
    5. Content Marketing
    6. Social Media

Launched in South Africa in 2015 (and in Nigeria and Kenya in 2016), Digify Bytes is designed to open a new world of opportunities where digital skills provide youth with both personal and professional advantages that can create new pathways in education, employment and empowerment.  Since August, Digify Bytes courses have been offered at local universities, colleges, high schools, youth organisations and community groups throughout the country. Courses are offered for free to both participants and host organisations.

“We’re really excited about hosting one of our largest Digify Bytes sessions to-date in South Africa. The goal of the #Get Digified event is to reach as many young people as possible, as we aim to tackle South Africa’s youth unemployment rate by up-skilling youth and enlightening them about the endless opportunities that can be unlocked with the use of basic digital skills,”  said Sherry Dzinoreva, Program Director, Digify Africa.

Popular South African soulful quintet The Muffinz will play at the event as well as share their expertise on how the digital space has assisted them grow their brand and musical footprint across the globe. There will also be collaborative training with some of Johannesburg’s top bloggers and social media professionals to help facilitate the sessions throughout the day.

Event details:
Date: 25 June 2016
Time: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. kick-off
Venue: City Hall, Corner Albert Street, Johannesburg, 2001

About Digify Africa
Digify Africa is a digital training initiative delivered by Livity Africa, with support from Google, the Rockefeller Foundation and British Council. The programme is designed to up-skill the next generation of digital talent in preparation for jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities across the continent. Launched in South Africa in 2014 (and in Nigeria and Kenya in 2016), Digify Africa consists of Digify Pro, Digify Bytes and DigifyAfrica.com, three initiatives that offer real-world practical learning experiences delivered by young digital professionals.

 

CASSPER NYOVEST LAUNCHES PHONE WITH AG MOBILE AND MTN

CASSPER NYOVEST LAUNCHES PHONE WITH AG MOBILE AND MTN

AG#Hashtag_Cassper Nyovest with AG#Hashtag

 

19 April 2016: Hip Hop superstar Cassper Nyovest and AG Mobile have launched the AG#Hashtag, a well specified 4G LTE mobile device available exclusively through MTN. This is the first time that AG Mobile has collaborated on the design aspects, colour of the device with a celebrity.

According to AG Mobile’s CEO, Anthony Goodman, this is the next step in the company’s ongoing brand partnership with the celebrated musician, as well as for his flourishing career. “Our synergy is grounded on shared brand characteristics and objectives – we’re proudly local brands, working at something we’re passionate and successful at. We’re sure South Africans will get behind us and support the innovation and collaboration by two strong local brands. The offering is just as good as our global competitors have to offer, that we can guarantee.”

He continues, “The AG#Hashtag isn’t just inspired by Cassper – he actually played an integral part in the development, design and specifications of the device over the nine months it took to bring it to market. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve created – in fact it now stands as AG Mobile’s flagship device.”

Cassper says, “To put it simply, the #Hashtag is dope! It was designed for someone who loves music, being in the mix, and socialising with their crew. Basically it has everything I would want in a phone so I’m giving a shout out to all my fans to check out the #Hashtag’s quality features and design, and then to change over to AG. They have my word that they’ll be getting great value!”

Larry Annetts, Chief Consumer Officer: MTN SA, adds: “MTN is pleased to be part of this exciting initiative to launch an LTE smartphone with our brand ambassador, Casper Nyovest. The launch of this handset gives expression to our strategy of providing our customers with a wide bouquet of smart devices to enable them to access our ubiquitous digital offerings and the rich world of data. This is one of the ways that MTN is leading the delivery of a bold new digital world to its customers.”

Some of the high-end features specified by Cassper include 4G LTE for faster data speeds for internet browsing, a 13MP back camera and 5MP front camera for awesome selfies, increased battery power, and a 5.5” Corning® Gorilla®3 glass screen for watching music videos in high definition. It also boasts exclusive Cassper wallpapers and comes pre-installed with his app.

Recognised as the first mobile technology company to launch its own brand of phone in 2007, to date AG Mobile has released more than 60 devices.  Goodman continues, “The AG#Hashtag aligns with our goals of producing quality, affordable devices and meeting the needs of the market – in this case Cassper’s growing fan base. The excellent user experience is due to the inclusion of a MediaTek 1.5GHz OctaCore processor and as with all our other devices, our efficient customer care centre will ensure excellent after-sales support for our customers.”

 

The AG#Hashtag’s features include:

  • 4G LTE enabling faster data speeds for internet usage and browsing
  • Android™ 5.1 Lollipop
  • 5″ HD IPS Corning® Gorilla® 3 Glass touchscreen
  • 13MP back camera with auto-focus and flash, quick capture, 4 x digital zoom, burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama
  • 5MP front camera
  • MediaTek 6753 OctaCore 1.5GHz processor
  • 16GB ROM
  • 2GB RAM
  • External memory (expandable to 128GB)
  • Functions supported: GPS, WIFI, Bluetooth4.0, FM, Gravity Sensor, Accelerometer
  • Multimedia player
  • 2 500mAh Li-ion battery with fast charge
  • Accessories: protective cover, limited edition headphones

 

Available in a funky red – Cassper’s own design specification and favourite colour – the AG#Hashtag will be available exclusively through MTN’s retail outlets and call centres. The device will cost R229 monthly (over 24 months) on an MTN MyChoice contract and retails at R3 499 on pre-paid. The phone is available on pre-order from April 19 until May 10 at www.mtn.co.za. Customers who pre-order and purchase a device on contract or pre-paid will receive a limited edition Cassper autographed back cover for their AG#Hashtag. (terms & conditions apply).

 

AG#Hashtag front.3 devices together AG#Hashtag side view AG#Hashtag AG#Hashtag back AG#Hashtag front_low res

For more information please visit: www.agmobileafrica.com

MTN empowers Limpopo community with six multi-media centres

MTN empowers Limpopo community with six multi-media centres

 

MTN SA Foundation in partnership with the Department of Social Development and the Department of Education donated six multi media centres including a special needs centre at the Hope and Grace Special School today. The R2.4 million investment into the community of Limpopo is part of MTN Foundations ongoing schools connectivity programme that aims to provide ICT tools and Internet connectivity to previously disadvantaged communities.

The other recipients schools from Limpopo are Alf Makaleng Primary, Luthuli Park Primary, Dr. A.M.S. Makunyane Secondary, Masedibu High School and Mayeke Higher Primary also benefit from this partnership.

MTN Foundation also focuses on inclusive learning, one of the critical elements in the education value chain. It also offers a model whereby South Africa can advance in the area of education through the effective use of communications technology.

Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi; General Manager of MTN SA Foundation says: “Grace and Hope Special School was identified as one of the schools for learners with special needs that required assistance.”

“The special needs media centre unveiled today is different from the other schools. The centre was specifically designed and fitted with special hardware and software equipment to cater for learners with disabilities,” Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi.

MTN SA Foundation aims to continue using ICT to promote education, transformation & the development of disadvantaged communities of South Africa.

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And the winners of the new MTN Upstream competition are…

And the winners of the new MTN Upstream competition are…

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The wait is over. MTN is proud to announce the winners of the Upstream competition, who pocketed R1.25 million in cash and one lucky winner received a stylish BMW 328i Sport.

Sharon Mungoni, from Soweto was selected as the winner of the BMW 328i Sport prize, while both Seipati from Durban and Yandisa Dweba from Margate won R500 000 each. And another winner from Mthatha walked away with R250 000 prize.

MTN launched the Upstream competition in 2015 in partnership with Upstream, a leading mobile commerce provider of digital services over mobile devices, across 43 markets. Upstream has been a reliable partner of MTN since 2014, working together in offering to MTN’s subscribers access to valuable, affordable and relevant digital services, within the fields of infotainment, education, health and video portals.

This competition rewards customers for subscribing to MTN’s content services. Every subscription to premium content service is an entry into the draw to win one of the grand prizes.

Contestants were eligible for various prices in three categories – Fitness Tips and Video Portal and French Lessons.

The French Lessons winner gets a BWM 320i Sport valued at R500 000, while both winners of Fitness Tips and Video Portal received R500 000 each.

“At MTN, we congratulate the winners. This bears testimony to our mission of making our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Consumer Officer: MTN South Africa.

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