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Samsung redefines ‘widescreen’

Samsung affirms display leadership with a new ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio gaming monitor, writes BRYAN TURNER.



Samsung is well-known for its brilliant display, being one of the market leaders in display technology, in formats ranging from smartphones to smart TVs. It now brings an unusually good gaming monitor to market, with the launch of the CHG90 49-inch ultra-widescreen display. While this may sound too big for gaming, the diagonal 49-inch measurement is equivalent to about two regular 24-inch monitors placed side-by-side. 

The monitor is hard to miss. The ultra-wide curved display leaves one feeling a little overwhelmed at first because, wherever one looks, it’s just screen. This delivers on Samsung’s claim that this monitor delivers “VR-like” experiences to gamers. The wide-legged stand sits sturdily on the desk, allowing the user to adjust the screen vertically, and allows for tilting to obtain the perfect viewing angle. That said, this monitor is so wide, that the sides of the display will probably protrude past the ends of the typical desk, while the stand might not fit on a smaller desk.

In terms of display quality, there’s definitely something to be said for QLED. There is so much attention to detail in the display layers, that it’s hard to be unimpressed with what it can replicate on screen. For example, QLED technology makes the pictures come to life with the darker pixels being less illuminated (or simply off, if it’s pure black), leaving the rest of the lighter pixels to really shine. 

The 144Hz (144 frames per second) refresh rate is something to admire, as gaming becomes more lifelike with an incredibly smooth motion experience. All of this is combined with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 support for the ultimate HDR experience in desktop gaming.

Gadget tested two operating systems, macOS and Windows 10, to get a sense of where its applications fit best. The macOS system was a Mac Mini with Intel HD Graphics 4000. This was tested as an office environment computer, running Microsoft Office and other office-like applications. 

For display interfacing, we used DisplayPort, which comes built-in. The Mac played nicely with the screen, matching a colour profile directly to the screen type, ensuring true colour. The set-up could not be simpler. The refresh rate was capped at 60Hz, due to the Mac’s hardware limitations. 

We split three windows across the screen, and it was excellent for multitasking. Overall, the display is well-suited for office work if one is comfortable with a two-screen setup. However, it is sheer overkill for single-screen use, and will leave one dizzy rather than more productive.

The Windows 10 system was an AMD Ryzen 1800X with an AMD Radeon RX 580. This was tested for gaming performance, where FreeSync 2 was enabled by installing the driver. DisplayPort was also used for this, as HDMI didn’t work with FreeSync 2. 

The first game we tested was Skyrim with an HDR and 2X enhanced texture patch. The colours were vibrant and the wide viewing angle provided a VR-like experience similar to Skyrim VR on PlayStation – without the headset. Moreover, the adaptive eye-saver mode adjusts the screen’s blue hue to make it easier to play longer with less eye-strain.

Overall, the applications of the screen aren’t strictly limited to gaming, as the name of the monitor suggests, but it does perform best in a gaming environment with all the compatible equipment. 

Its business applications were interesting, because it changes the two-screen setup, which is often opted for in software development environments. At a retail price of R19 500 from, this ultra-wide screen may be an option worth considering for consumers who are planning to purchase two HD screens for simultaneous use.


New iPhone pricing for SA

The iStore has announced that the latest iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max, can now be pre-ordered at , and will be available in stores starting 28 September 2018.



iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina displays that offer remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have an improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, longer battery life, splash and water resistance,

Pre-orders will be open for cash purchases and on iStore’s revised payment plan in partnership with FNB Credit Card, allowing customers to pay off their iPhone at a reduced interest rate. However, the contract period is 37 months rather than the usual 24 months.
*FNB Credit Card Payment Plan, price per month over 37 months, a 40% trade-in value after 24 months

How to pre-order – Pre-ordering online for either cash or the FNB payment plan gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the added convenience of having purchases delivered directly to their door. Pre-orders of iPhone Xs and Xs Max are completed online by visiting
FREE iCare Plus – Exclusive to iStore, all customers can get its 2-year extended warranty, which includes one Apple Certified screen repair, that normally sells for R1 999, for FREE. To qualify, customers should secure a voucher online now at , and subsequently redeem it when they upgrade their contract or purchase any new iPhone at iStore (iPhone 8 and newer) between now and 31 December 2018. Offer is limited, secure your voucher now.

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Accenture opens Fjord design centre in Johannesburg

Accenture has launched its first design and innovation studio on African soil, Fjord Johannesburg.



The company says the move significantly expands its design capabilities and demonstrates its commitment to unlocking Africa’s innovation potential through the creation of experiences that redefine industries in our constantly evolving digital era.

The new studio, opening in November, will be located at Accenture’s new 3875m² offices in Waterfall. It will be led by Marcel Rossouw, design director and studio lead for Fjord Johannesburg.

Said Rossouw, “Brands are constantly asking, ’how does one take a business need or problem, build that out into a definition of a service experience, and then bring it to market?’ It’s about re-engineering existing service experiences, identifying customer needs, prototyping rapidly, iterating often and proving or disproving assumptions. But it’s also about getting feedback from customers. The combination of these factors helps companies advance towards the ultimate service experience.”

Fjord is the design and innovation consultancy of Accenture Interactive. The Johannesburg location marks its 28th design studio globally, solidifying its position as the world’s leading design powerhouse.

Working in the same location as Accenture Interactive will allow Fjord to fuse its core design strategy DNA with the digital agency’s expertise in marketing, content and commerce to create and deliver the best customer experiences for the world’s leading brands. Accenture Interactive Africa‘s blend of intelligent design and creative use of technology has already been used by some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent brands, including Alexander Forbes, Discovery, MultiChoice and Nedbank. The digital agency has also earned industry accolades for its innovative and compelling business results, most notably two gold awards in the Service Design category at the 2017 and 2018 Loeries awards.

“Great design tells great stories,” says Wayne Hull, managing director of Accenture Digital and Accenture Interactive lead in Africa. “It unifies a brand, drives innovation and makes the brand or service distinctive and hyper-relevant in both the digital and physical worlds. This is critical to achieving results. Having Fjord Johannesburg as part of Accenture Interactive, and collaborating with all of Accenture Africa, will provide unique experiences and forward-thinking capabilities for our clients.”

“Businesses in South Africa are becoming more design-aware and are looking to take greater advantage of design skills to compete with the rest of the world,” said Thomas Müller, head of Europe, Africa and Latin America at Fjord. “We’re excited to open our first design studio on the continent and to be part of an emerging market that is ripe for design and innovation, and open for business. Developing markets like South Africa are challenging assumptions and norms about what digital services and products are meant to be, and we’ll strive to put design at the heart of the innovation being produced there.”

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