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Samsung raises the bar on portable storage

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Samsung has recently released it SSD T5 external hard drive which comes in 1TB or 2TB options and offers USB–C to C and USB-C to A connection cables for enhanced compatibility.

It’s become a universal truth that we capture our lives digitally. Whether it’s our kid first step, our pets funniest moments or just our daily selfies. We need a reliable place to store these memories from where they can be easily retrieved.

To keep your smartphone functioning optimally you need to move your photos to a reliable storage device and that is exactly what the Samsung SSD T5 offers. This portable solid-state drive (PSSD) raises the bar and includes USB–C to C and USB-C to A connection cables for enhanced compatibility across numerous devices when transferring data such as high-resolution photos, 4K videos and huge project files.

The T5 comes in 1TB and 2TB  versions and features Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-NAND technology and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds with encrypted data security in a compact and durable design. The new device makes it easier than ever for consumers to access their most valuable data anywhere and anytime with complete peace of mind.

“Samsung continues to push the envelope with innovative technologies which cater to our consumers’ needs. We are confident that the T5 will exceed expectations for external storage by offering faster processing speed while remaining lightweight and conveniently pocket-sized. It is the ideal portable storage device for anyone who is looking for aa fast, durable and secure device,” says Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

Delivering speeds of up to 540 MB/s, which is 4.9 times faster than external HDD products, the T5 is designed to give instant, easy access to data. It is also smaller than an average business card at 74 x 57.3 x 10.5 millimeters and incredibly lightweight. Weighing a mere 51 grams, the T5 comfortably fits in the palm of your hand. It also has an exquisite aluminium exterior which comes in two distinct metal finishes of Deep Black (1TB and 2TB models) and Alluring Blue (250GB and 500GB models).

The T5 has no moving parts, it boasts a shock-resistant internal frame and can withstand accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet).

The Samsung Portable SSD Software is compatible with PCs and Macs, and with AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, configuring security settings and updating to the latest firmware and software. In addition, a mobile app is available for Android smartphones and tablets.

Fleischer says that Samsung has again demonstrated that it understands the daily challenges that their consumers face and giving them the solutions to live a better life. and the T range storage devices are a perfect example of this. It also gives you additional peace of mind because it adheres to the highest international security standards, through encrypted data security that requires a user password to access your data and protect it from prying eyes.

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Huawei goes ultra-premium

Porsche Design and Huawei have launched the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS in South Africa exclusive to MTN and retailing for R 26 459.

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The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS boasts features like the world’s first dual fingerprint design, including an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) processor and Leica triple camera with 40MP image capture.

“After the overwhelming success of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Pro in South Africa, we now bring you our latest offering, a perfect blend of innovation in a smartphone and luxury design,” said Likun Zhao, Vice President of Huawei Consumer Business Group Southern Africa. “From three-point security feature including facial recognition, rear fingerprint scanner and the new innovative in-screen fingerprint to the Leica triple camera system. it culminates in an unprecedented experience for our customers.”

The device incorporates Porsche Design’s signature design language and Huawei’s breakthrough technology.  The phone has a 6” 2K curved OLED screen and symmetrical look, minimalist feel and 8-edged 3D curved glass body.

High performance is symbolised by the naming of the smartphone: the term “RS” in the world of Porsche motorsport stands for outstanding racing performance.

Huawei provided the following information on The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS benefits and features :

·         The world’s first dual fingerprint scanner for enhanced convenience, allowing users to wake and unlock the device simply, thanks to an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Hover to wake the device, touch to unlock it

·         The winning combination of Leica triple camera with 40MP RGB sensor technology and exceptional photography powered by Master AI. This combination puts effortless, eye-catching photography at the fingertips of those looking to immortalise their favourite moments. Combined with 5 x hybrid zoom, and the world’s first AI image stabilisation on a smartphone camera ensures photography lovers can capture the best shots with exceptional clarity in almost any situation

·         The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the first Huawei handset to allow quick wireless charging, making it even easier to keep the phone topped up and ready to go and, thanks to its long lasting battery, users will easily be powered through the busiest of days

·         An ‘intelligent’ smartphone, the powerful AI processor automatically tailors the performance of the phone according to how it is used – constantly learning, understanding and anticipating needs, it is the perfect personal assistant for the pocket

·         256GB of internal storage means those constantly on the go and constantly on their phone can be worry free

·         Dual SLS (super linear system) speakers with DOLBY ATMOS enable users to have a superior experience, with the best immersive surround sound and entertainment on the go

·         Splash, water and dust resistant, which means there is no need to worry about damaging the device in the rain or accidentally dropping it in water

Jan Becker, CEO Porsche Design Group, said: “Both Porsche Design and Huawei seek to imagine and develop products that stand for precision and perfection, intelligent functionality and highly sophisticated design. Our aim was to create an outstanding device that goes one step further. We believe we have reached this goal by taking our partnership to the next level.”

Porsche Design and Huawei have worked in tandem to develop a smartphone that fuses together the two brands’ DNA, wealth of experience in design and technology, industry-leading expertise and exceptional performance. Through the use of colour in the device’s body, software themes and accessories, the new handset is accentuated with Porsche Design’s distinguished aesthetic and purist, minimalist feel.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS will be available to purchase exclusively from MTN at R 26 459.

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Cross-channel chat launched

Clickatell has launched a cross-channel live chat service, Touch Go, that transforms omni-channel customer care.

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It enables live chat across a company’s website as well as social platforms (Twitter and Facebook) and mobile apps, bringing customer care and engagement into a single business platform.

“Today’s consumers expect to engage with your brand on the digital channel of their choosing,” says Deon van Heerden, Clickatell Engage CEO and Group CFO. “They want to message your business and instantly have queries resolved, find the information and services they are looking for, without the need for a voice call. Clickatell’s Touch Go makes that happen with the right level of capabilities for businesses of all sizes.”

Businesses can start using Touch Go immediately, with a free Starter option. Touch Go requires no credit card for sign-up and is fully featured with a simple setup process. It offers customisable branding, a unified chat desk business application as well as reports and analytics.

As the business scales up its digital customer care, it can opt-in for the Touch Enterprise offering. Touch Enterprise is designed for scaling up customer care efforts through advanced capabilities including AI driven virtual agents, sentiment analysis, automated workflows, enterprise integrations and in-channel mini-applications.

“Customer care has become a defining factor for sustained business success ” says Nirmal Nair, Clickatell Engage EVP Product & Marketing. “In an ever-increasing mobile native world, customers often choose to interact digitally, but they also expect to be able to reach a human immediately, should they need. Monitoring multiple channels and providing immediate action becomes challenging with siloed deployments. Touch’s unified solution allows businesses of all sizes to provide the customer delight in a simple modular approach.”

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