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From fridges to TVs, retailers are offering huge Black Friday discounts, writes BRYAN TURNER. Here are some of the best deals.

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The Xbox gaming console is leading the charge for Black Friday specials, with most retailers cutting the One S and One X by R1900 and R2400, respectively. And both consoles will have 3-month Xbox Live subscriptions included. This massive discount is thanks to Prima Interactive, a distributor of the Xbox in South Africa, offering it as a Black Friday incentive for resellers.

As retailers offer large discounts on vast ranges of products, South Africans are becoming more aware than ever before of the advantages of what has become the biggest shopping day of the year in the USA. Black Friday online sales in South Africa are doubling every year, compared to online retail growing 25% per year, according to the World Wide Worx Online Retail in SA 2019 report.

Any consumer who intends to be part of the frenzy needs to follow one rule: be prepared.

This can make all the difference when shopping malls are crowded and when one wants to be in-and-out of a mall as soon as possible, or get the big digital deal before it disappears. The preparation includes having all the necessary documentation for regulated products, and doing homework on regular prices. Many a retailer, as well as airline ticket sellers, are offering “massive bargains” that are in fact the regular prices.

Takealot recommends making sure that devices are fully charged and have enough data to access and browse Takealot’s website or app, in case of waiting or long browsing time. If one needs credit, be sure to apply for Mobicred by 22 November at the latest.

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The mall is busy and, at the front of the line, one finds out that a SIM contract deal needs proof of residence and ID. A TV set needs a TV license. So it is obviously recommended to keep one’s ID, proof of residence and TV license on hand this Black Friday.

What else is needed and where else? Below is a matrix of what bring along when intending to buy certain products:

ID

Proof of Residence

TV License

TV

DSTV Decoder

Gaming Consoles

X

X

X

Mobile Contract

X

Mobile Phones (without SIMs)

X

X

X

Liquor

X

X

The big deals we have come across are broken down into large outlets, mobile network operators, smaller stores, something different and international options.

Click here to see some of the big deals from large South African outlets

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Notre Dame, Scoop Makhathini, GoT, top week in search

From fire disaster to social media disaster, the top Google searches this week covered a wide gamut of themes.

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Paris and the whole world looked on in shock as the 856-year-old medieval Catholic cathedral crumbled into ash. The tragic infernal destruction of this tourist attraction of historical and religious significance led South Africans to generate more than 200 000 search queries for “Notre Dame Cathedral” on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that razed the architectural icon.

In other top trending searches on Google this week, radio presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi, AKA Scoop Makhathini, went viral when it appeared he had taken to Twitter to expose his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede, for cheating on him. Scoop has since come out to say that he was not responsible for the bitter rant and that his account was hacked. “Scoop Makhathini” generated more than 20 000 search queries on Wednesday.

Fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for “Sam Smith” on Tuesday ahead of the the British superstar’s Cape Town performance at the Grand West Casino. Smith ended up cutting his performance short that night due to vocal strain.

Local Game of Thrones superfans were beside themselves on Sunday, searching the internet high and low for the first episode of the American fantasy drama’s eighth season. “Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1” generated more than 100 000 queries on Google Search on the weekend.

As the festivities kicked off in California with headliners such as Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande, South Africans generated more than 2 000 search queries for “Coachella” on Saturday.

South Africans generated more than 5 000 search queries for “Wendy Williams” on Friday  as it emerged that the American talk show host had filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter after 21 years of marriage. Hunter has long been rumored to have been cheating on Williams, which reportedly finally led to the divorce.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

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5G smartphones to hit 5M sales in 2019

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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year.

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global 5G smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide will be 5G-enabled this year. Global 5G smartphone shipments are tiny for now, due to expensive device pricing, component bottlenecks, and restricted availability of active 5G networks.”

Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung will be the early 5G smartphone leader in the first half of 2019, due to initial launches across South Korea and the United States. We predict LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola and others will follow later in the year, followed by Apple iPhone with its first 5G model during the second half of 2020. The iPhone looks set to be at least a year behind Samsung in the 5G smartphone race and Apple must be careful not to fall too far behind.”

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The short-term outlook for 5G smartphones is weak, but the long-term opportunity remains huge. We forecast 1 billion 5G smartphones to ship worldwide per year by 2025. The introduction of 5G networks, by carriers like Verizon or China Mobile, opens up high-speed, ultra-low-latency services such as 8K video, streaming games, and augmented reality for business. The next big question for the mobile industry is how much extra consumers are really willing to pay, if anything, for those emerging 5G smartphones and services.”

Strategy Analytics provides a snapshot analyses for the outlook for 5G smartphone market in this Insight report: 5G Smartphones : From Zero to a Billion

Strategy Analytics provides a deep-dive into the air-interface technologies that will power phones through 2024 across 88 countries here: Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies : 2003 to 2024

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