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WEF: Digital can unlock R5-trillion in value in SA

A new report by Accenture and the World Economic Forum reveals digital technology’s decade-long value creation potential.

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Digital initiatives hold the key to unlocking over R5 trillion in much-needed value in South Africa, according to new research from Accenture based on a pioneering value-at-stake framework – developed by Accenture and the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of WEF’s multi-year Digital Transformation Initiative (DTI).

The research, titled Unlocking Digital Value for Business and Society in South Africa, reveals that by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, value to society and industry amounting to R2 trillion and R3.6 trillion respectively could be unlocked by 2026.

“The research highlights major areas in which South Africa can unlock value – both financially and in terms of creating meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives. A specific set of digital tools underlies that value creation,” said Vukani Mngxati, Chief Executive Officer for Accenture Africa. “At Accenture, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to leverage innovation and new digital technologies to unlock Africa’s abundance for all.”

The analysis, based on the ‘value-at-stake’ framework and coupled with expert interviews, local statistics, industry reports and other inputs, measures the impact that digital technologies and enablers such as analytics, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI), could have on South Africa’ s industries and society.

The study assesses both financial value as well as ‘digital value to society’ (DVS), a measure encompassing the effect of digitalisation on factors such as health and safety, employment, the environment and labour. The research also lays down groundwork, stimulates dialogue, encourages public-private sector collaboration, and proposes recommendations for national digital transformation strategies and investments to effectively power economic growth.

Click here to read more about how value can be unlocked with digital.

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Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.

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In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend

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iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.

The AirPods are priced from R2 899 and the new iMac from R23 499. Customers can also order these new products from iStore’s website.

“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”

AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.

The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.

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