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Translator hits target

Travis, the AI and machine learning pocket translator manufacturer, has launched its third crowdfunding project, Travis Touch.

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The device is the successor of Travis One, a handheld pocket translator of which Travis sold over 110 000 devices worldwide. As an integrator of several translation engines, Travis accepts more than 100 languages. 

“At Travis, we believe that everyone should be understood, so we’re here to help bring true communication into people’s lives,” says Gregor Noltes, Chief Marketing Officer of Travis. “That is why we developed a hardware device that enables you to translate and understand 100+ languages. After Travis One, we have received a lot of valuable feedback, which in return helped us create a new and improved product: Travis Touch. The device’s main improvements are in hardware and usability.”

Travis integrates 16 translation engines by choosing the highest-ranking platform based on the language pair of choice via AI. 

One of the new features of the Travis Touch is the”Magic button”. It uses voice commands to select the languages of choice. Travis Touch is the only device of its kind in the world, supporting wireless charging and voice commands in five different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. 

Travis Touch also has a 4G connection and is supported by more than 200 mobile operators. Travis Touch will not include a SIM card but, if there is a card, the device can be turned into a hotspot and can share the wifi connection with up to 11 other devices. 

Travis Touch is a direct competitor of Google Pixel Buds. However, Travis has the advantage of being a stand-alone device and not an app. Marijn Booman, General Manager, says: “While being busy with apps on our phones, we lose the precious time that we could spend communicating with the people around us. This is why Travis was created as a device; to bridge the gaps in real communication with people from different cultures.

“In these busy times, when we are constantly on our phones, we are forgetting how to truly talk with each other and because of that we end up being misunderstood. Therefore we provide people with a soft landing in unfamiliar circumstances, regardless of the situation. Using a Travis gives you a sense of comfort, turning an insecure moment into a positive experience.” 

Travis Touch is available on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo . The first 500 backers can get Travis Touch for $149, which is a $100 discount on the future retail price of $249. Shipping will start at the beginning of September 2018. Get the new Travis Touch via Indiegogo: http://travisbv.acemlnb.com/lt.php?s=ce649fbb17acebe79e2a8e0cd7d4d318&i=142A259A24A694

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New iPhone pricing for SA

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

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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 www.myistore.co.za.
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 www.myistore.co.za , 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.

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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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