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MyKi watches out for your kids

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The new range of MyKi GPS watches is now available for parents to keep tabs on their kids. The GPS watch allows one to monitor the whereabouts of a child and should they wonder away, a notification is sent to the parent via the accompanying app.

Parents can close the communication gap with their children when they are out of sight with the new generation MyKi Watch. The MyKi Watch is GPS enabled and offers features that allow parents to monitor their kids and keep in contact wherever they might wonder. 

Using the MyKi Watch app, parents can access information about their children’s location at all times. The GPS/GSM enabled MyKi Watch allows parents to set secure zones in advance and should a child venture out of a secure zone, they will be alerted. Children can also make and receive calls using their MyKi Watch. For added protection, only numbers authorised by parents can be loaded onto the watch so there is no danger of receiving calls from or making calls to strangers. Parents can also input their number to speed dial and in the event of an emergency, the child simply has to press the SOS button for mom or dad to receive the coordinates of where they are. MyKi Watch can send voice messages to the parent, as well as receive text messages through the chat in the MyKi Watch application.

“In today’s world, parents want peace of mind of knowing where their children are and have the ability to communicate with them at all times. While there are mobile phones and an array of devices available which allow this, MyKi Watch differentiates in that it is practical, affordable, easy to use, reliable and unobtrusive to wear,” says Gary Tooch of Gammatek.

MyKi Watch’s awesome features:

GPS Receiver

Thanks to integrated GPS, parents receive location information about their kids. Location information is updated every five seconds.

GSM Module

MyKi Watches have a connection with a mobile operator so that calls can be made and received.

Touch Sensor

The integrated touch sensor alerts parents if the child has taken off the watch.

LCD Display

The screen is protected from scratches with funky rubber ornaments in the shape of a smile. The display shows date, time, new messages and prizes, which parents can send to their child.

Memory

MyKi remembers the child’s movements, and after an unexpected loss of connection with the serve, it renews and updates this data.

Speaker and Microphone

Through the microphone and speaker children can make calls and record voice messages.

Micro USB

The charging of the device can be done through a plug as well as a computer.

Integrated Battery

MyKi has an integrated battery, which is charged with a standard USB charger.

Accelerometer

The integrated accelerometer in the watch measures the steps and activity of the child throughout the whole day and displays them in the MyKi Watch application.

MyKi Watch will be available in Vodacom Shops , Vodacom 4U and Chatz Connect on a Flexi 110  contract for R129 PM X24 giving R110 of value in voice , data or SMS monthly. You can also get it on Prepaid for R2699.

 

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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Sports streaming takes off

Live streaming of sports is coming of age as a mainstream method of viewing big games, as the latest FIFA World Cup figures from the UK show. Africa isn’t yet at the same level when it comes to the adoption of sports streaming, but usage is clearly moving in the right direction.

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England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden was watched by just under 20 million viewers in the UK via BBC One. While this traditional broadcast audience was huge, it was streaming that broke records: the game was the BBC’s most popular online-viewed live programme ever, with 3.8 million views. In Africa, the absolute numbers are lower but the trend towards streaming major sports events on the continent is also well under way.

According to DStv, live streaming of sports dominates the usage figures for its live and recorded TV streaming app, DStv Now. The number of people using the app in June was five times higher than a year ago, with concurrent views peaking during major football and rugby games.

Since the start of the World Cup, average weekday usage of DStv Now is up 60%. The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game. The app’s biggest ever test was on 16 June with both Springbok Rugby and World Cup Football under way at the same time, resulting in concurrent in-app views seven times higher than the peaks seen in June last year.

The World Cup has also been a major reason for new users to download and try out the app. First-time app user volumes have tripled on Android and doubled on iOS since the start of the tournament.

“While we expected live sports streaming to take off, it’s also been pleasing to see that the app is really popular for watching shows on Catch Up,” says MultiChoice South Africa Chief Operating Officer Mark Rayner. “Interestingly, some of the most popular Catch Up shows are local, with Isibaya, Binnelanders, The Queen and The River all getting a significant number of views.”

With respect to app usage, the web and Android apps are the most popular way to watch DStv Now, with Android outpacing iOS by a factor of 2:1.

“We’re continuing to develop DStv Now, with 4k streaming in testing and smart TV and Apple TV apps on their way shortly,” says Rayner. “The other key priority for us is working with the telcos to deliver mobile data propositions that make watching online painless and worry-free for our customers.”

The DStv Now app is free to all 10 million DStv customers in Africa. The app streams DStv live channels as well as supplying an extended Catch Up library. Two separate streams can be watched on different devices simultaneously, and content can also be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. The content available on the app varies according to the DStv package subscribed to.

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