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The hard drive behind RoBoHoBo’s game-winning drive

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A hard drive’s speed affects a computer’s overall performance, especially when gaming. African gaming icon, Luca Tucconi, believes his 1TB Western Digital Black drive gives him the competitive edge when competing against dozens of other players.

Performance hard drives are a critical component of any gamer’s hardware arsenal, affecting his or her ability to play seamlessly and to the best of their ability. This is particularly important for professional or competitive gamers, whose livelihood depends on their equipment’s ability to perform. For pro gamer, business owner and South African gaming icon Luca Tucconi, also known as RoBoHoBo, his 1TB WD Black drive gives him an important competitive edge. With advanced technology that delivers superior system performance, WD Black redefines RoBoHoBo’s gaming experience, minimising lag and maximising his multitasking capability.

Tucconi is a 23-year-old economics student living in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also the face behind the well-known gamer RoBoHoBo, and the CEO and co-founder of Orena, a South African competitive eSports portal that brings together gamers from across the country. He has won many accolades as a First Person Shooter player and an in-game leader and has played under the biggest gaming banners in the country, including Bravado Gaming, Ventus E-Sports and First in Battle. He is currently part of the Bravado Gaming organisation as manager of the Call of Duty division and as a brand ambassador. He also hosts professional gaming tournaments in South Africa, and runs a very successful Twitch channel, offering the South African gaming community a fully optimised and internationally recognised streaming platform.

“When my old hard drive failed after many years of use, I approached Frances Lombard, Head of Gaming and Business Development at Pinnacle Africa, to help me with obtaining a replacement. Without a suitable hard drive, I was not only unable to play, but also unable to stream our gaming tournaments and my own individual gaming stream. As this is the crux of my livelihood, time was of the essence. She assisted me with providing the 1TB WD Black drive quickly, enabling me to get back to business in short order,” he explains.

“Pinnacle has developed a working relationship with RoBoHoBo as one of the sponsors in his organised gaming tournaments, and we were thrilled to be able to assist with a new hard drive. WD Black was the ideal solution for RoBoHoBo’s needs, offering generous capacity and incredible performance as well as supporting the high resolution needed for HD gaming. It also features a number of technological enhancements to maximise system performance, including Vibration Control Technology for faster, longer and harder gaming, and a dual core processor that offers twice the processing power to maximise drive performance,” says Lombard.

WD Black also features Corruption Protection Technology, which helps to protect and limit the potential problem of data loss during power failure or power loss to the hard drive, protecting important game data. In addition, Dynamic Cache Technology increases performance by improving caching algorithms in real time and optimising the cache allocation between reads and writes. This results in the drive automatically allocating more cache for read data, which reduces data congestion and increases overall performance. Topped off with an industry-leading five-year limited warranty, the WD Black drive is the ultimate gaming solution.

“Having a powerful PC is critical to gaming ability. Regardless of your talent or skill, if you are using low quality or out-dated hardware, you will feel an impact on your maximum output as your computer will be unable to process newer, more detailed gaming titles. Your virtual character is restricted by the capabilities of the machine that is projecting it. The WD Black drive gives me a smooth and seamless experience when dealing with multiple administrative operations and gaming at the same time. I definitely have felt a major difference with regards to hardware related lag”, says Tucconi.

For RoBoHoBo, the top features of the WD Black drive include the 64MB cache, the generous 1TB hard drive capacity, and the Corruption Protection Technology that helps save information when the PC is turned off abruptly, essential given recent load shedding issues. He also cites the improvements in Frames Per Second with the new hard drive, which has assisted in significantly improving general game play.

“I would definitely recommend the WD Black drive to my fellow gamers. It has proven to be the perfect addition to my current setup. My parts were slowly but surely beginning to become out-dated with my hard drive taking the first hit. The new WD Black drive has provided me with sufficient storage space as well as a piece of gaming hardware that supplies a high speed and quality experience. These drives are definitely suited to an avid or professional gamer!” states Tucconi.

 “Gaming is becoming a significant force in the South African entertainment industry, as the number of players and tournaments, and the size of the prize pools, continues to grow. As a manufacturer of performance hard drives, gaming is an area of focus for us both locally and across the globe, and we are proud to be behind such legendary gaming names as RoBoHoBo. We look forward to working together to grow gaming to new heights in South Africa,” Kalvin Subbadu, Product Manager: Components at WD South Africa, concludes.

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Queues and cash-only frustrate SA’s commuters

A new study by Visa reveals the success factors for improving travel and creating smarter cities

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The use of cash-only payments was a frustration for 38% of Johannesburg commuters and 37% of Cape Town-based commuters, according to a new global study by Visa. Another commuter frustration when paying for public transport has been long queues – 67% of Johannesburg commuters and 64% of Cape Town commuters.

Visa, in collaboration with Stanford University, came up with these findings in one of the largest global studies examining the growing demand for public and private transportation, and the important role digital commerce plays in driving sustainable growth.

According to the UN[i], by 2050, 68 percent of the world’s population will live in urban centres – and the number of “megacities” with populations greater than 10 million people will rise from 43 today to 51 within that same period. South Africa is no different, with the majority of the country relying heavily on the public transport system. In fact, according to the General Household Survey (GHS) for 2018, a total of 54 209 000 minibus/taxi trips take place in South African per month. 

Building on Visa’s experience working with transit operators, automotive companies and technology start-ups, Visa commissioned a global study, “The Future of Transportation: Mobility in the Age of the Megacity” to better understand the challenges commuters face today and in the future. The key findings were combined with a view of existing and near horizon innovations provided by experts at Stanford University, to better understand the technology gaps in addressing their pain points.

The South African Perspective

Payments lie at the heart of every form of travel, and will continue to become more integral as more cities move to contactless public transportation, digital payments for parking and rental services such as bikes or scooters.  Malijeng Ngqaleni, Deputy Director-General of the South African Inter-governmental Relations, states that a high as 60% of South African households spend on average of 20% of their monthly income on transport, while in rural areas this number can be as high as 31%.

Aside from cash-only payments, another commuter frustration when paying for public transport has been long queues – 67% of Johannesburg commuters and 64% of Cape Town commuters. Over the last few years, a number of mobile-driven taxi-hailing apps have been launched in the South African market to counteract these concerns and commuters are open to the possibilities presented by mobile apps. The Visa study echoed this by showing that 77% of Johannesburg commuters and 76% of Cape Town commuters would be willing to try a consolidated app to make payments for public transport.

 Mike Lemberger, SVP, Product Solutions Europe, Visa says: “The future success of our cities is intertwined with – and reliant on – the future of transportation and mobility. Visa and our partners have an important role to play, both in streamlining the payment experience for millions of commuters around the globe, and supporting public transportation authorities in their quest to build sustainable and convenient transportation solutions that improve the lives of the people who use it.”

Herman Donner, PhD and Postdoctoral Researcher from Stanford University co-authored the report and summarised: “When looking across the technology landscape, there already exist many products that could easily address people’s daily frustrations with travel.  However, none of these solutions should be developed in isolation. A major challenge therefore lies in first identifying relevant technologies that provide suitable products for the market then managing implementation in conjunction with  a broad set of stakeholder including  mobility providers, technology companies, infrastructure owners and public transport agencies.  From our research, we think that many of these small, incremental changes have the potential to make a significant difference in people’s daily travel,  whether it’s to help find parking, get the best price to refuel their car or plan their journey on public transportation.”

Click here for the detailed global findings.

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Women take to tech, but more needed

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By HAIDI NOSSAIR, Marketing Director META, Dell Technologies

$12 trillion – that is the value in additional global GDP that remains locked behind the gender gap. This is according to the latest Women Matter report from McKinsey, which also reveals startling disparities in the workplace. Even though women make up more than half of the human population, only 37% contribute to GDP on average – and in some countries that proportion is significantly lower.

The reasons for this can be put in three areas. Fewer women – 650 million fewer than men – participate in the global labour force. Women are also more likely to be in part-time employment and thus work fewer hours. Finally, female employees are more common in lower-productivity sectors than in higher-productivity areas.  Are women not being offered the opportunity or are they holding themselves back?

Among STEM careers this ratio is particularly dismal: only 24% of engineering professionals are women, and as few as 19% of careers in ICT are filled by women.

What is the cause of this? Studies have found that women pursuing STEM careers are higher in countries with more oppressive policies towards women, because those careers hold the promise for financial freedom and more social autonomy. In contrast, countries with progressive attitudes towards women tend to produce fewer female STEM graduates. Then how can we encourage women from early ages to take the path of STEM education?  And how can organizations ensure women have equal opportunity at the hiring stages.

Certainly addressing gender inequality is crucial and must not stop.. Where women are increasingly more part of the workforce, there are often still barriers preventing them from assuming higher management roles. Female entrepreneurs often struggle more to gain investment capital. Corporate cultures are rarely aligned with the pressures of balancing work and family obligations. Decision makers may simply lack exposure to the potential of female candidates. Female pioneers have also argued that women are too risk-averse when compared to men. 

Whether these assertions are true is a matter for debate – and that’s exactly why every professional man and woman should be talking about them and identify action to change the status-quo. This is not just about female rights, but about social upliftment: companies with a mixture of male and female leaders perform better across the board and companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to outperform on profitability.

The digital economy we live in today represent a golden opportunity for increased women contribution to the workforce as technology breaks the boundaries of location and time for the workplace and where labor intensive jobs may today be performed by data scientists. 

For two days in March, top professionals will gather to talk and exchange ideas around creating more roles for women, larger appreciation for female professionals, as well as counter the attitudes among women holding them back from greater career success and autonomy.

If you want to be part of this conversation, join the Women in Tech Africa summit today at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town – learn more at https://www.women-in-tech-africa-summit.com/ and use the code DELL20 for a 20% discount.

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