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Super Black Friday for Superbalist after merger

Just two months after its merger with Spree, Superbalist.com has had its biggest-ever trading day.

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In a joint statement from Co-CEOs Claude Hanan and Luke Jedeikin, the leading fashion e-commerce site announced that Black Friday sales had soared, reporting 115% year-on-year growth and generating over R40-million in revenue on the day. 35 000 customers shopped the Superbalist Showdown, with over 180 000 items sold. Record site traffic numbers were also reached, with 80% year-on-year growth.

“Since Superbalist.com first took part in Black Friday in 2014, sales have more than doubled each year, ” says Luke Jedeikin, Co-CEO of Superbalist. “This year, Black Friday came just two months after the merge with Spree and so we saw an even bigger increase. We also extended our Black Friday sale to run across five days, making this year bigger than ever. ”

Customers were urged to prep before the day by downloading the app, joining the dedicated Facebook event and wishlisting their items before the clock struck 0:00 on Friday, 23 November, in order to stay ahead of the game and bag the best deals.

Which products were at the top of customers’ wishlists this year?

Footwear and accessories led the charge as the most popular department on Black Friday, with women’s shoes the must-buy category. The Sixth Floor range of apartment essentials bagged the title of the best-selling brand on the day.

CO-CEO Claude Hanan says: “It’s our mission to bring South Africans a wide range of fashion across all ages, tastes and cultures. With the addition of new categories, including maternity, tween and plus-size ranges, there really is something for everyone. Black Friday was truly exceptional for us.”

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Samsung unfolds the future

At the #Unpacked launch, Samsung delivered the world’s first foldable phone from a major brand. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK tried it out.

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Everything that could be known about the new Samsung Galaxy S10 range, launched on Wednesday in San Francisco, seems to have been known before the event.

Most predictions were spot-on, including those in Gadget (see our preview here), thanks to a series of leaks so large, they competed with the hole an iceberg made in the Titanic.

The big surprise was that there was a big surprise. While it was widely expected that Samsung would announce a foldable phone, few predicted what would emerge from that announcement. About the only thing that was guessed right was the name: Galaxy Fold.

The real surprise was the versatility of the foldable phone, and the fact that units were available at the launch. During the Johannesburg event, at which the San Francisco launch was streamed live, small groups of media took turns to enter a private Fold viewing area where photos were banned, personal phones had to be handed in, and the Fold could be tried out under close supervision.

The first impression is of a compact smartphone with a relatively small screen on the front – it measures 4.6-inches – and a second layer of phone at the back. With a click of a button, the phone folds out to reveal a 7.3-inch inside screen – the equivalent of a mini tablet.

The fold itself is based on a sophisticated hinge design that probably took more engineering than the foldable display. The result is a large screen with no visible seam.

The device introduces the concept of “app continuity”, which means an app can be opened on the front and, in mid-use, if the handset is folded open, continue on the inside from where the user left off on the front. The difference is that the app will the have far more space for viewing or other activity.

Click here to read about the app experience on the inside of the Fold.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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