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Buyers guide to Black Friday

Getting ready for Black Friday can be daunting, so we’ve gathered the top insights from the expert to provide a buyers guide to Black Friday’s online deals. BRYAN TURNER writes.

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Movies – Ster Kinekor

Deals start now for Black Friday only

Watch a movie for R45, with a small popcorn and soda combo for R25 at any Ster-Kinekor cinema (excluding D-BOX, IMAX and Cine Prestige).  That’s R70 to kick back with popcorn and a drink and watch enthralling releases such as Knives Out, Playing with Fire, The Good Liar, 21 Bridges, Charlies Angels, Black & Blue, Doctor Sleep and Ford vs. Ferrari.

Tech – Incredible Connection

Most deals have started for online only until 1 December

With the majority of Incredible Connection’s deals already available now, one can shop now for special prices on online deals. Our personal favourites include:

Tech – Apple Products at iStore

In-store only from 29 November to 1 December

iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches are on special this Black Friday, with most of the deals falling into the contract range. Our personal favourites include: 

  • R1500 off the Apple Watch Series 3 38mm at R3999.
  • Just over R600 off the iPhone 6s 32GB on Vodacom uChoose Flexi 175. The total contract instalments come to R5364 including Vodacom benefits, while it costs R5999 upfront. 
  • Just over R400 off the iPhone 8 64Gb on Vodacom uChoose Flexi 175. The total contract instalments come to R9576 including Vodacom benefits, while it costs R9999 upfront

Tech – Takealot Blue Dot Sale

Deals have started until 29 November

The Blue Dot Sale is Takealot’s spin on Black Friday and comes with some impressive deals. Our personal favourites are: 

Tech – Acer South Africa Online Store

Starting 29 December until 2 December

Acer has dropped the price of its high-performance computers this Black Friday. Our personal favourites are 

Apparel – Superbalist

Deals last from 29 November until 3 December

Although no deals have been released yet, Superbalist is likely to have some of the best Black Friday deals in the online apparel space.

Ride Sharing – Uber and Makro

29 November only

Uber has partnered with Makro to give users up to R50 off 2 Uber rides when requesting a ride to and from Makro store between 27 November – 1 December 2019 using promo code MAKROBLACK5DAY.

Gaming – Bethesda

Various digital platforms on 29 November

Game developer and publisher Bethesda is discounting its games by up to 75% at digital storefronts, including Bethesda.net, Steam, Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, and the Nintendo eShop. From Bethesda.net,

  • Doom has been discounted by $14, from $20 to $6,
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has been discounted by $20, from $40 to $20, and
  • Fallout 4 has been discounted by $42, from $60 to $18.

Travel – TravelStart Flights

Promotion runs on 29 November

Air tickets have also been discounted when one books through TravelStart. The most affordable one-way routes start at:

  • R399 from Joburg to Durban
  • R599 from Cape Town to East London
  • R999 from Joburg to Cape Town 

Remote Agriculture – Fedgroup Impact Farming

Promotions run from 29 November to 2 December

For a limited time, Fedgroup is offering bundles of one solar panel and 20 blueberry bushes, valued at R11 000, for R1 000 less on the Impact Farming App. Only 1400 bundles will be made available, so get in early while stocks last.

Gaming – Nintendo

Promotions run from 29 November to 2 December

Nintendo is having its own Black Friday specials where the items aren’t discounted, but include freebies to the value of up to R1000.
Our favourite deals are:

  • Purchase a Switch (R5999) or Switch Lite (R3999) console as well as a game valued at R999, and receive a bag, hat/beanie, shit, and a Nintendo Labo free with it. 
  • Get the booster bundle by picking up two Nintendo games valued at R999 each and get a free Hori Pad controller with it.
  • Get a Nintendo Switch console for R5999 and get a free Nintendo Labo free with it.

Tech – Cellucity

Promotions run from 29 November to 2 December

Cellucity has some impressive discounts on audio accessories this Black Friday. For the full set of deals, visit https://cellucity.co.za/black-friday/.
Our favourite deals are:

  • R900 off Sony WH1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones at R4999
  • R400 off an Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Speaker at R1099
  • R600 off Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headphones at R899

Tech – Samsung Store

Promotions run from 28 November to 2 December, only at Samsung Stores.

Samsung is going big on deals in its Samsung Stores this year. If you’re in need of a new TV, tablet, or kitchen appliance, the Samsung Store will probably provide one of the best Black Friday deals available.
Our favourites are:

  • R10 000 off a 65” QLED Samsung TV (Q60R) at R14 999.
  • R500 off a 50L Samsung Mirror Microwave at R1 699.
  • R2 000 off a Galaxy Tab A 10.1 at R3 999.
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GoFundMe hits R9bn in donations for people and causes

The world’s largest social fundraising platform has announced that Its community has made more than 120-million donations

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GoFundMe this week released its annual Year in Giving report, revealing that its community has donated more than 120-million times, raising over $9-billion for people, causes, and organisations since the company’s founding in 2010.

In a letter to the GoFundMe community, CEO Rob Solomon emphasised how GoFundMe witnesses not only the good in people worldwide, but their generosity and their action every day.

“As we enter a new decade, GoFundMe is committed to spreading compassion and empathy through our platform,” said Solomon in the letter. “Together, we can bring more good into the world and unlock the power of global giving.”

The GoFundMe giving community continues to grow with both repeat donors and new donors. In fact, nearly 60% of donors were new this year. After someone makes a donation, they continue to engage with the community and give to multiple causes. In fact, one passionate individual donated 293 times to 234 different fundraisers in this past year alone. Donations are made every second, ranging from $5 to $50,000. This year, more than 40% of donations were under $50.

GoFundMe continues to be a mirror of current events across the globe. This year, young changemakers started the Fridays for Futuremovement to fight climate change, which led to a 60% increase in fundraiser descriptions mentioning ‘climate change’. Additionally, the community rallied together to support one another during natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian and the California wildfires, where thousands of fundraisers were started to help those in need.

The report includes a snapshot of giving trends from the year based on global GoFundMe data. It also includes company milestones from 2019, such as launching the company’s non-profit and advocacy arm, GoFundMe.org, and introducing GoFundMe Charity, which provides enterprise software with no subscription fees or contracts to charities of every size.

Highlights from GoFundMe’s 2019 Year in Giving report include:

  • Global giving trends and data
  • Top 10 most generous countries
  • Top 10 most generous U.S. states and cities
  • Biggest moments in 2019

To view the entire report, visit: www.gofundme.com/2019

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For users, in-car touchscreens ever more useless

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As touchscreens become more commonplace, the gulf of perceived differences in the performance of these features between cars and other devices (such as mobile and in-home) has become wider. A new report from the In-Vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics has investigated car owners’ satisfaction with their on-board touchscreens. Long hamstrung by poor UX and extended production cycles, in-car touchscreens are seen by car users and buyers as lagging behind the experience offered by touchscreens outside the car. As such, consumer satisfaction has continued to slide in China and Europe, while reaching historic lows in the US.

Surveying consumers in the US, Western Europe, and China via web-survey, key report findings include:

  • Difficult text entry and excessive fingerprint smudging are common complaints among all car owners.
  • Because touchscreens have reached market saturation in the US, satisfaction with in-car screens has tailed off significantly.
  • However, touchscreens remain a relatively newer phenomenon in many car models in Western Europe (compared with the US) and thus their limitations are less prominent in the minds of car owners.
  • Overall touchscreen satisfaction fell for the fifth straight year in China, indicating a growing impatience for in-car UX to match UX found elsewhere in the consumer electronics space.

Derek Viita, Senior Analyst and report author, says, “Part of the issue with fingerprint smudging is the angle at which in-car touchscreens are installed – they make every fingerprint increasingly visible.

“Fingerprint smudging is an issue across all touchscreen-based consumer electronics. But in most form factors and especially mobile devices, consumers can quite easily adjust their viewing angle. This is not always the case with fixed in-car screens.”

Says Chris Schreiner, Director, Syndicated Research UXIP, “Although hardware quality certainly figures in many of the usual complaints car owners have about their screens, it is not the sole factor. Cockpit layout and UI design can play important roles in mitigating some issues with in-car touchscreens.”

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