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Range Rover Sport – Springbok Edition

Land Rover South Africa has worked with its counterparts at Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in the UK to develop a one-of-a-kind Range Rover Sport SVR as a tribute to the Springbok rugby team.

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Land Rover, which is a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019 and South African sponsors of the Springboks, worked hand-in-hand with the SVO team, not only to express its commitment to being the number one automotive brand in rugby, but also to demonstrate the commissioning capabilities of SVO. 

SVO, Land Rover South Africa and the South African Rugby Union (SARU) have partnered to create a special Range Rover Sport, which is the first vehicle to be completely finished in the Springboks’ very specific green hue. The exact Pantone colour match was applied to the Range Rover’s bare shell at the very start of its build process at SVO’s dedicated paint facility. Custom Springbok logos and yellow brake calipers finish off the exterior’s visual enhancements.

The circular plaques on the Sport’s B-pillars and front and rear treadplates, usually reserved for Land Rover’s own trademark logos, now also feature Springbok insignias and script. Custom touches inside include special yellow shift paddles, and contrast yellow stitching on the seats and door panels. The interior mood lighting has also been adapted to radiate a green glow.

Tina Pienaar-Smit, Jaguar Land Rover PR and sponsorship specialist, said: “Land Rover and rugby go hand-in-hand so it only made sense to demonstrate the allegiance in automotive form. We have a great resource in SVO, and its capabilities are ideal to make the connection between the Land Rover and Springbok brands a tangible reality. We hope each member of the Springbok team appreciates the final product as much as we do.”

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said: “We entered the process of designing this vehicle with Land Rover some months ago, and SARU is delighted to have played a part in the result. This project is the first of its kind for the Springboks and I’m sure there will be many exciting conversations among the players who will get the opportunity to drive it.”

Opened in the British Midlands in 2016, the SVO Technical Centre specialises in manufacturing, personalisation and commissioning programmes for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Interested customers are encouraged to participate in the design of their own cars with many possibilities for custom schemes.

South African customers can contact any Jaguar Land Rover dealer for potential commissions to be fulfilled by Special Vehicle Operations in the UK. 

The Springbok tribute Range Rover Sport SVR will make its public debut at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb on 4 and 5 May. Race fans can watch the 10th anniversary edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb via livestream at http://www.youtube.com/user/JaguarSA1 .

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Dynabook adds lightweight laptop

Dynabook – formerly Toshiba – has released the Portégé A30-E: a 1.2kg laptop featuring the latest USB-C and gigabit LAN capabilities.

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Dynabook Europe has announced the Portégé A30-E – a lightweight, reliable and durable business laptop, combining the latest in security and connectivity features for the mobile worker. Designed for the mid-market, enterprise, education and public sector segments, the A30-E continues momentum for the new Dynabook brand, following the recent launch of the cutting-edge Portégé X30-F and Tecra X40-F.

It is designed for productivity, usability, and portability, featuring a thin form factor and weighing 1.2kg. A bright non-glare screen makes it highly legible in bright lighting conditions, with the option of low-energy Full HD to deliver higher screen brightness. Dynabook says it features up to 14 hours of battery life and accurate control via the Precision Touchpad, while a fast boot-up enables work to begin in seconds. Developed for the durability and reliability required by today’s mobile workforce, the A30-E has been manufactured to stringent Dynabook standards. These rigorous and military-grade assessments include drop, high and low temperature, and humidity tests.

It safeguards business-critical information with extensive built-in protection, making it straight forward to manage device security at all levels. Central to this is Dynabook’s BIOS, engineered in-house for maximum security, alongside Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which enables ports to be configured to the level of accessibility necessitated by the enterprise. The laptop’s broad range of authentication features ensures that there need not be any concerns about data falling into the wrong hands. The BIOS and SSD can be secured with a single sign-on biometric authentication, while an optional smartcard and two-factor authentication, featuring IR-based Windows Hello and an in-built fingerprint reader, further bolsters the laptop against data breaches.

It offers a host of cutting-edge connectivity features and the ability to link with a wide range of peripherals, thanks to its flexible USB Type-C port. If there is a need to connect to a greater number of peripherals, the optional USB-C dock enables this with a rapid and simple one-click connection. For presentations, the device boasts an HDMI video port, while an optional USB-C dongle adds the possibility of VGA connectivity. The Gigabit LAN port facilitates a straightforward and rapid internet connection, while an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi Antenna configuration ensures optimum WLAN signal, minimising the chance of a dropped connection or downtime.

Despite a lightweight and ergonomic form factor, it packs the performance required to support the workforce – whether on the move or in the office. The device offers a wide range of SSD types and capacities – up to 1TB PCIe SSD – to suit varying business and budgetary requirements. Users can also enjoy enhanced performance power and the capacity to run multiple applications simultaneously with an up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 vPro processor.

“The arrival of the Portégé A30-E again underlines dynabook’s expertise in providing robust, yet practical, devices for the B2B space, which are designed for portability, without conceding on performance or power,” said Damian Jaume, managing director of Dynabook Europe GmbH. “We know working practices are transforming and we strive to ensure our technology matches to those shifts. The Portégé A30-E epitomises this, delivering the engineering expertise and advanced features to support new ways of working – at an affordable price point”.

Availability

The Portégé A30-E will be available in South Africa from September 2019.

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Samsung launches ‘flip board’

Samsung’s high-quality display technology has been integrated into a digital board called the Samsung Flip. Similar to Microsoft’s Surface Hub, it is designed to be used in place of whiteboards and flipcharts.

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We live in an age where we can communicate with people across continents in seconds. Despite this, many still struggle to connect with people right in front of us, whether it’s in a boardroom, brainstorm session, or client presentation. Technology can clearly make presentations more enticing, but many of us still use tools like slideshows and paper flipcharts, which have become overused and outdated because they lack interactivity, shareability and even scalability.

Enter the Samsung Flip. Samsung managed to retain the basic function of a board but has added convenience, efficiency and an array of digital functionality. While it has the look and feel of a flipchart, it is a large digital screen that helps create interactive presentations.

It features an ultra-high definition LCD mobile display – a flipchart that drives collaboration and expands presentation capabilities, with a touchscreen that allows users to display work, graphics and AV material, as well as write and save notes. 

“Samsung seamlessly integrates business environments and adapts to changing business needs,” says Reginald Nxumalo, Director: B2B, Samsung South Africa. “With its user-centric approach, Samsung has made business technologies simple and easy to use, enabling businesses to adapt to the evolving business environment. ” 

Those with a laptop, tablet or smartphone can mirror their screens to share content. Notes and ideas from a brainstorm can also be recapped and shared, using built-in email, distributed over a network, or saved to USB storage. 

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