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Cerebra launches social academy

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Cerebra has announced its academy designed to help corporate workforces use social media through a combination of face-to-face and online video training manuals.

Cerebra has launched the world’s first Academy targeted at empowering corporate workforces in social media use. A combination of face-to-face and online video based training, the Academy empowers corporate employees to mitigate the risks, and deliver on the opportunities, of social media.

Almost every week the media reports on a new social media disaster where an employee has brought their employer into disrepute. The majority of these businesses have social media usage policies, but these only protect the employer after such an incident. Prevention is better than cure, and only educating employees about the relationship between their personal social profiles and their employer can mitigate risk and unlock opportunity.

“There is a complex relationship between employee’s personal social profiles and their employers’.” Says Mike Stopforth, CEO of Cerebra. “And businesses can no longer ignore the threats. We have to accept that our employees are using social media whether we approve or not and that this has a direct impact on our businesses and brands.”

Listed businesses, in particular, have a far higher compliance requirement and need to be proactively educating their staff. Every employee with a social media account is a company spokesperson. Without the right training they share confidential information and bring brands into disrepute. “There is no such thing as a ‘personal opinion’ on social media. Whether you like it or not, your employees and colleagues speak for your company.” Explains Stopforth.

Beyond the risk, there is the potential opportunity that exists within an educated and connected workforce. Employees who are empowered to contribute to a positive online brand image, and who are given the tools and permission to do so, will collectively become a massive media asset to the business.

All Academy content is delivered via video, audio and text, making it highly understandable and easy to consume. The Academy has been built in a modular fashion to combine custom content with a pre-populated bank of educational content, easily suited to every company’s individual learning and development requirements. The content can also be separated from the delivery platform, allowing corporates to either deliver the material via existing learning platforms or via the Cerebra online portal, which can also be white labeled to carry the customer’s branding.

The per-user licensing model, and online delivery, means the Academy can be deployed globally to any size workforce and accessed on any device, any time, anywhere in the world.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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