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New family due from Nintendo

Nintendo has annoyed that the new 3DS and 3DS LX gaming consoles will be available in South Africa on 13 February.

The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, the latest additions to Nintendo’s handheld console offering, are due in South Africa on 13 February. Offering improved controls, enhanced processing power, more comfortable 3D viewing, amiibo support as well as being compatible with all existing Nintendo 3DS software, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL are set to offer an entirely enhanced portable handheld gaming experience.

  • New Controls

New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL feature a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons. The C Stick is a second analogue controller located to the right of the system and brings new control opportunities, like intuitive camera control, to compatible games. The new ZL and ZR buttons are additional shoulder buttons located on the rear of the system which give players even more control options.

  • New 3D

More comfortable 3D viewing is possible with New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL due to the systems’ face-tracking capabilities. Games now leap to life in super-stable 3D, as the system’s inner camera uses face-tracking to adjust the screen images based on the player’s viewing angle, so that they can enjoy complete immersion while playing.

  • New Speed

New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL feature enhanced processing power that helps the systems run smoother and speeds up the use of HOME menu applications, loading and downloading times. Several upcoming games, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D,  will be built from the ground up, exclusively for New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, to take advantage of this power boost.

  • New Customisation

New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in Metallic Black or Metallic Blue whilst New Nintendo 3DS will launch in Black or White. On New Nintendo 3DS only, you will also be able to customise the exterior design of the system with replaceable front and back cover plates. With a wide range of interchangeable cover plates – twelve of which will be available at launch, with more to release in the future, and in a variety of different designs and fun textures, players will be able to create a totally unique and personal look for their system.

  • New Possibilities

The two new handheld systems have built-in support for amiibo, Nintendo’s range of interactive figures, which have since launch last November already sold approximately 5.7 million units. amiibo gives access to extra content and features in compatible software, such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and soon to be released Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Simply tap an amiibo figure to the near-field communication (NFC) area on the lower screen of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL  to enjoy such features as bonus items and content, customisable characters and more.

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Mobile is the new branch

Standard Bank has launched an account for mobile devices that gives back 500MB of data a month

Standard Bank has introducd a R4.95p/m bank account called MyMo that customers can open on their mobile devices, loaded with data and airtime offerings and other benefits such as virtual and Gold physical card.

MyMo account holders will also enjoy the convenience of a cheque account through a Visa and Mastercard gold card. Once the account is open, users can choose to either receive R50 in airtime or 500MB of data a month, if their card is swiped more than four times a month. A further megabyte of data is loaded on the account for every R20 spent.

“MyMo is an account for everyone, whether you just landed your first job or have been around the block. With no documentation required it only takes a few minutes to open the account,” says Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive for Personal and Business Banking, South Africa, at Standard Bank Group. “For just R4.95 a month customer will be able to enjoy free swipes and ATM withdrawals at only R6.50 for amounts under R 1 000.

“Mobile is the new branch. This account is about bringing the mobile branch into customers hands, it is about convenience and security while banking.”

She says mobile offers low cost transactional banking which integrates people and businesses into the new connected economy, making mobile the new branch ecosystem that will drive and connect Africa’s growth. Physical connections to the economy are rapidly changing to digital where banks have to move from being financial institutions to service organisations.

“In the past people congregated in communities and eventually cities to maximise the advantages of connectivity. Today a simple hand-held device has the potential to open infinite doors, transforming individuals’ access to opportunities, regardless of where they are, and like never before in history. 

“Historically, a bank account represented access to economic citizenship. Today, having a simple device enabling digital access to a modern banking platform is a passport to global connectivity and vast human development potential.”

The bank says it is using technology, and mobile phones in particular, to deliver low-cost transactional channels accessible to all our customers. The evolution in mobile can be seen in transaction options like cash back at the retail checkout till rather than the ATM, free digital banking rather than using a branch, and the ability to transact using digital wallets, even without a bank account.

“Developing comprehensive connected ecosystems requires a mind-set change from Africa’s banks,” says Montjane. “Banks will evolve away from traditional financial service organisations, into service ecosystems enabling broad universal access to almost everything like enhanced purchasing experiences of vehicles and homes, online procurement of goods and services and lifestyle elements like rewards and travel. 

“These connectivity drivers will also act to future-proof evolving connectivity ecosystem by allowing us to offer untold future services while deriving income from as yet unrealised revenue streams,.   

From a customer perspective, the kind of ecosystems of knowledge, access and, ultimately, connectivity that banks will come to provide will radically transform the share of life that almost all individuals will be able to access.”

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Two-thirds of SA staff hide social media from bosses

With 90% of people in employment going online several times a day, it can be hard for most workers to keep their private and work-life separate during the working day (and beyond). The recently published Global Privacy Report from Kaspersky Lab reveals that 64% of South African consumers choose to hide social media activity from their boss. This secretive stance at work also extends to their colleagues, with 60% of South Africans also preferring not to reveal online activities to their co-workers.

Globally, the average employee spends an astonishing 13 years and two months at work during their lifetime. Interestingly though, not all this time is directly related to solving work tasks or earning a promotion: almost two thirds (64%) of consumers admit visiting non-work-related websites every day from their desk.

Not surprisingly, 35% of South African employees are against their employer knowing which websites they visit. However, more interestingly, 60% of South African are even against their colleagues knowing about their online activities. This probably means that colleagues constitute an even greater threat to future perspectives of an office slouch or maybe the relationships with colleagues are more informal and therefore, more valuable.

On the contrary, social media activity appears to be a less private domain for many and therefore, more suitable for sharing with colleagues but not the boss. This is probably because workers fear harming the public image of a company or interest in decreased staff productivity motivates companies to monitor employees’ social networks and make career changing decisions based on that. Such policies have led to 64% of South Africans saying that they don’t want to reveal their social media activities to their boss and 53% even don’t want to disclose this information to their colleagues.

A further 29% are against showing the content of their messages and emails to their employer. In addition, 3% even said that their career was irrevocably damaged as a consequence of their personal information being leaked. Thus, people are worried about how to build a favourable internal reputation and how not to destroy existing workplace relationships.

“As going online is an integral part of our life nowadays, lines continue to blur between our digital existence at work and at home. And that’s neither good nor bad. That’s how we live in the digital age. Just keep remembering that as an employee you need to be increasingly cautious of what exactly you post on social media feeds or what websites you prefer using at work. One misconceived action on the internet could have an irrevocable long-term impact on even the most ambitious worker’s ability to climb the career ladder of their choice in the future,” comments Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky Lab.

To ensure workers don’t fall prey of the internet threats at a work, there are some core guidelines to adhere to in the digital age:

  • Don’t post anything that could be considered defamatory, obscene, proprietary or libellous. If in doubt, don’t post.
  • Be aware that system administrators may at least, in theory, be informed about your web browsing patterns.
  • Don’t harass, threaten, discriminate or disparage against any colleague, partner, competitor or customer. Neither on social networks or in messages, emails, nor by any other means.
  • Don’t post photographs of other employees, customers, vendors, suppliers or company products without prior written permission.
  • Start using Kaspersky Password Manager to ensure your social media and other personal accounts are not at risk of unauthorised access by someone else in an office. Install a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Security Cloud to protect your personal devices.

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