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Gear 3 to land in Q4

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Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced that the Gear S3, a smartwatch it believes will further solidify leadership in the Android wearables category, will be available in this country in the last quarter of 2016.

Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa, says the new Gear S3 combines timeless traditional design with the latest in mobile technology, including IP68 water resistance as well as built-in speaker and GPS.

“Gear S3 marks a significant addition to our smartwatch portfolio and is not only a great smartwatch, but a sophisticated, elegant watch featuring a range of smart capabilities,” he says.

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Samsung provided the following information:

Samsung Gear S3 is available in two options to suit different users’ lifestyles: frontier and classic. Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3 frontier blends form and function with a rugged outdoor look and feel. The Gear S3 classic pays homage to the minimalist, elegant style found in the most iconic luxury timepieces.

In a quest to uncover what truly defines a watch, Samsung drew inspiration from manufacturers around the globe, paying particular attention to the craftsmanship of traditional watches. Every part, from the circular bezel to the premium finishing and buckles, has been reimagined to elicit a classic timepiece. The Gear S3 is compatible with 22mm bands so consumers can easily personalise their Gear S3. 

In addition to its sleek look, it offers military-level durability and for the first time on the Gear series, the Gear S3 features Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+, which is specifically intended for wearable devices to provide a tougher, more scratch resistant and crisp display.

The 16-megapixel full-color Always On Display (AOD) and Super AMOLED screen technology further differentiates the Gear S3 from other smartwatches. The AOD always shows the time rather than automatically fading to black, mimicking a luxury analogue watch.

The Samsung KNOX Tizen Wearable Software Development Kit (SDK) will be available to third-parties, enabling management capabilities and the development of customised applications for Samsung’s wearable ecosystem. With the Samsung KNOX security platform, the Gear S3 will empower broader enterprise business opportunities.

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“Samsung continues to build on its wearables heritage of offering diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles. The Gear S3 puts a timeless spin on the smartwatch category by integrating advanced features and technologies with a refined design that offers convenience at the flick of the wrist. Samsung has taken smartwatches into a whole new league,” says Fleischer.

Gear S3 Product Specification

  Samsung Gear S3
Gear S3 frontier Gear S3 classic
Model Bluetooth, LTE Bluetooth
Display 1.3” Circular Super AMOLED

360 x 360, 278ppi

Full Color Always On Display

Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+

AP Dual core 1.0 GHz
OS Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2
Size 46 x 49 x 12.9

62g (without band)

46 x 49 x 12.9

57g (without band)

Strap 22mm 22mm
Memory 4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM
Connectivity 3G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n,

NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass

Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Battery 380mAh
Charge Wireless charging (WPC Inductive)
Durability IP68 water & dust resistance

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As selfie cameras rise, so must selfie etiquette

Selfies were once a sign of narcissism or self-obsession. Now they are the new normal, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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You can blame Oxford Dictionaries for making the “selfie” respectable. After all, being named Word of the Year, as it was in 2013, does tend to soften some of the self-consciousness in this most self-conscious of actions.

Once seen as a symbol of narcissism and self-obsession, it is now the new normal, to the extent that most smartphones are sold on the basis of the front camera. Or, as that feature is now almost universally named by manufacturers, the “selfie camera”.

I was one of the hold-outs, having a near-allergy to the selfie. I still resist, but succumb more often than I would like. The reason for continued resistance is that it remains a big leap from the word becoming respectable to the action itself shedding its narcissistic image. 

For most, it’s already happened, and for that you can blame Ellen DeGeneres. She  choreographed the most famous group selfie yet at the 2014 Oscars, when she roped a bunch of actors into a group selfie, using the then-new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Her tweet of the photo became what was then the most retweeted posting ever on Twitter, and was estimated to have been worth a million dollars in marketing value to Samsung.

Ironically, it was Samsung’s up-and-coming challenger, Huawei, that came up with a new word for this type of selfie: the “groufie”. Thanks to an 8 Megapixel front camera on the new Huawei Ascend P7 camera that year which took the highest quality selfies – and groufies – possible on a smartphone at the time.

It didn’t end there, and selfies and groufies have morphed into variations like selfscapes (selfie in a landscape), skyfies (selfies from the air, using remote controlled devices) and jerkies (selfies to make an idiot out of yourself). I invented all of those on the fly, so it’s easy to imagine a new word emerging for every type of selfie.

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Mickey’s 90th for SA

Disney Africa announced the local launch of the Mickey the True Original campaign, joining the global festivities honouring 9 decades of Mickey Mouse, his heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon.

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As 18 November 2018 marks 90 years since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in November 1928, a series of world-wide celebrations will be taking place this year and South Africa is no different.

The campaign will come to life with engaging content and events that embrace Mickey’s impact on the past, present and future. The local festivities kick off in earnest this month, leading up to Mickey’s 90th anniversary on 18 November 2018 and beyond:

  • An exclusive local design project where ten highly talented South African artists will apply their own inspiration and artistic interpretation on 6-foot Mickey Mouse statues.
  • Once revealed to the public, the statues will form part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition, inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture. The exhibition will travel to 3 cities and delight fans and families alike as they journey with Mickey over the years. Featuring 4 sections highlighting Mickey’s innovation, his evolution, influence on fashion and also pop culture, the exhibition is in collaboration with Samsung and Edgars, and will visit:

o   Sandton City, Centre Court: 28 September – 14 October

o   Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Expo Explore Court: 19 October – 11 November

o   Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Centre Court: 16 November – 26 November

  • Samsung continues their collaboration with Disney as they honour Mickey’s 90th anniversary nationally at all Samsung and Edgars Stores. Entitled Unlocking the Imagination, fans are encouraged to visit these stores, take a selfie with a giant Mickey plush toy using their Samsung Galaxy Note9 and stand a chance to win not only a giant Mickey plush, but also an international family trip. Visit www.Samsung.com for more information
  • Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, a two-hour prime-time special, will be screened on M-Net 101 later this year. The elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the birthday fun for the internationally beloved character.
  • In addition, look out for special programming on Mickey’s birthday (18 November) across Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303), Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304) and Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309).
  • In retailers, Edgars will be stocking a complete collection of trendy fashion, accessories and footwear for the whole family, inspired entirely by Mickey Mouse.
  • Mickey will be the central theme of an in-store campaign nationwide this November and December, with brand new products, apparel, toys, as well as titles from Disney Publishing Worldwide, including books, arts & crafts and comics
  • Discovery Vitality and Disney are celebrating healthy, happy families this festive season by offering helpful and exciting tips and tricks on how to eat nutritious, yet delicious, foods, all inspired by Mickey. There’s also a trip to Disneyland Paris up for grabs. Log on to www.discovery.co.za/vitality for information.
  • And much more – check the press for updates

“Binding generations together more than any other animated character, Mickey Mouse is the “True Original” who reminds people of all ages of the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “With his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect with generations all over the world, no other character quite occupies a similar space in the hearts and minds of a global fan base and we are thrilled to be sharing these local festivities.”

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honour of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18th November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

South African fans are encouraged to share their Mickey Mouse moments on social media using the hashtag#Mickey90Africa.

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