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IFA 2019: Guidewatch launches first GPS 3.0 watch

At IFA today, start-up onTracks is introducing a smartwatch GPS innovation: the ability to go anywhere in the world and navigate without having to stop to look at a smartphone.

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The device, consisting of two watches, uses a vibration system that allows users to move by telling them whether to turn right or left. Once the route is programmed into the onTracks application, users no longer need their smartphones. A vibration on the user’s right or left wrist will indicate which direction they need to take. The system operates using a Bluetooth connection between the GuideWatches and the user’s smartphone.

First designed to allow runners, hikers, and cyclists to follow their route without having to stop, Philippe Leca, founder of onTracks, quickly realised that the GuideWatches could also improve the experiences of motorcyclists and tourists as well. For the sportsman, the motorcyclist or the traveler, onTracks adapts to various profiles .

OnTracks has developed three products that are being presented at IFA this week: 

  • The Active package for athletes, 
  • The Mobile package for motorcyclists, and 
  • The Nomad package for tourists. 

The GuideWatches of the Active package are available with a classic wristband as well as a sports wristband that helps for a better fit. They are equipped with a sensor that monitors the user’s physical activity live: heart rate, speed, and distance traveled.

They also have an SOS function which is particularly useful for indicating a user’s position in the event of running or cycling in an isolated area. The Mobile package has been designed to offer maximum safety to users when traveling by bike or motorcycle. The GuideWatches allow users to navigate without having to take their eyes from the road to look at a GPS. Accessories for the integration of the watches with motorcycle gloves and bike gloves will also be offered in addition to the package. 

The Nomad package allows users to discover new cities, regions or monuments without having an itinerary. The user has access to thousands of routes offered by the onTracks community and can also decide to create their own routes within the application itself. The GuideWatches will also indicate tourist spots and points of interest along the chosen route.

The three packages are already available for pre-orders online at the ontracks.co site and the first deliveries are scheduled for the end of September. The products are priced as follows (including VAT): 219€ for the Active package, 199€ for the Mobile package and 179€ for the Nomad package.

GuideWatches will be available to experience at the onTracks stand in Hall 26, Stand 380, at IFA Berlin from 6 to 11 September.

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IBM unveils new cloud data privacy platform

Designed for hybrid multicloud security, IBM z15 enhances cloud-native app development and includes a new instant recovery feature.

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IBM has announced IBM z15, a new enterprise platform delivering the ability to manage the privacy of customer data across hybrid multicloud environments. With z15, clients can manage who gets access to data via policy-based controls, with an industry-first capability to revoke access to data across the hybrid cloud. 

The movement of data between partners and third parties is often the root cause of data breaches. In fact, 60 percent of businesses reported they suffered a data breach caused by a vendor or third party in 2018. With the growing adoption of hybrid multicloud environments, the challenge of maintaining data security and privacy only grows more acute and challenging.

The IBM z15 system culminates four years of development with over 3,000 IBM Z patents issued or in process and represents a collaboration with input from over 100 companies. Key z15 innovations from these investments across IBM Systems and Research include:

  • Encryption Everywhere – Building upon pervasive encryption, IBM unveiled new Data Privacy Passports technology that clients can use to gain control over how data is stored and shared – enabling the ability to protect and provision data and revoke access to that data at any time, not only within the z15 environment but across an enterprise’s hybrid multicloud environment. z15 also can encrypt data everywhere – across hybrid multicloud environments – to help enterprises secure their data wherever it travels.
  • Cloud-Native Development – Can give clients a competitive advantage by evolving how they modernize apps in place, build new cloud-native apps and securely integrate their most important workloads across clouds. Clients are already using IBM Z for their mission-critical workloads to build, deploy and manage next-gen apps and protect data through advanced security.
  • Instant Recovery – An industry-first approach to limiting the cost and impact of planned and unplanned downtime, enabling users to access full system capacity for a period of time to accelerate shutdown and restart of IBM Z services and provide a temporary capacity boost to rapidly recover from lost time.

Rising Importance of Data Privacy in Doing Business

A new IBM commissioned study conducted by The Harris Poll released today found that 64 percent of all consumers have opted not to work with a business out of concerns of whether they could keep their data secure. However, that same study found 76 percent of respondents would be more willing to share personal information if there was a way to fully take back and retrieve that data at any time. With z15, pervasive encryption is designed to extend across the enterprise enforcing data privacy by policy even when it leaves the IBM Z platform. With this industry-first capability, clients can offer new services and features that give their consumers stronger control over how their personal data is used.

The Next Phase of Digital Transformation – Moving Mission-Critical Work to the Cloud

Businesses today have reportedly already completed the first 20 percent of their cloud journey. z15 is uniquely positioned to help companies take this next step in their digital transformation efforts to move mission critical workloads (the other 80 percent) to the cloud by delivering a hyper-secure, agile and continuously available platform.

As the center of a secured hybrid cloud strategy, today, two-thirds of the Fortune 100 are using IBM Z. With z15, clients can:

  • Process up to 1 trillion web transactions a day, support massive databases, and scale-out to 2.4 million Linux containers in a single z15 system — up to 2.3 times more Linux containers per core on a z15 LPAR versus a compared bare-metal x86 platform, running an identical web server load. 
  • Address mission-critical latency challenges by delivering up to 30x lower latency and up to 28 times less CPU utilization on z15 by compressing secure web transaction data before encryption using the Integrated Accelerator for z Enterprise Data Compression instead of using software compression.
  • Leverage 12 percent more cores than z14, and 25 percent more memory than z14 to help meet the needs of today’s digital businesses.

Data-Centric Privacy Controls 

Data Privacy Passports is a consolidated data privacy solution that is engineered to extend clients’ ability to deliver privacy by not only protecting data on-premises at the infrastructure level, but allows clients to provision data rules to manage individual user access across private, public and hybrid cloud data at the data level.

Bringing Cloud-Native App Development to IBM Z 

Last month, IBM announced intent to deliver Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE. This offering will accelerate the transformation to greater portability and agility through integrated tooling and a feature-rich ecosystem for cloud-native development on Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE offerings. Cloud developers can deploy z/OS applications on OpenShift with no special Z skills required.

Mission-Critical Work Done with No Time Lost 

For both planned and unplanned downtime, Instant Recovery brings clients the ability to unlock the full power of z15, spinning up built-in cores to return to pre-shutdown SLAs, while uniquely catching up on business transactions up to 2.5x faster than previously possible.

For more information on z15, visit www.ibm.com/z15.

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New Fortnite figurines to launch at Comic Con Africa

McFarlane Toys will introduce new Fortnite figurines at Comic Con Africa this week.

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Megarom Interactive has announced a partnership with McFarlane Toys to release a range of Fortnite premium collectible action figures at Comic Con Africa 2019.

The new Fortnite branded collection will feature seven-inch premium figures, inspired by top character skins across the game’s universe and modelled from in-game assets. Each figure has over 22 moving parts for increased pose-ability as well as their own back bling, weapon, and pickaxe.

The McFarlane Toys Fortnite collection will be on display and available for purchase from the Fortnite Merchandise Store in Hall 5, stand H03, at Comic Con Africa 2019.

The collection will be available from these participating retailers across South Africa at the end of September:

  • Toy Kingdom
  • Game4U
  • Takealot
  • Raru
  • Loot
  • PWNED
  • Dark Carnival
  • Juice bubble
  • Local independents

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