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Yoco targets SMEs

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Yoco has unveiled a point of sale payment solution that will allow SMEs to organise stock, ring up sales, do cash ups, recons and monitor their sales performance in real-time. 

SMEs are often described as the drivers of South Africa’s economy, but the business tools they need, generally come at a high cost and are primarily designed for larger businesses.

This is the challenge that payment service provider Yoco says its addressing with a new, free Point of Sale (POS) solution.

Packaged as a bundled offering with the company’s card readers, the integrated POS solution will allow businesses to organise stock, ring up sales, do cash ups, recons and monitor their sales performance in real-time.

Yoco is upgrading its 14 000 current merchants to the Yoco Point of Sale for free, and is also making it available for free to any business that purchases a Yoco card reader.

In development for a year, the new solution was developed hand in hand with Yoco’s existing merchants to ensure it meets their needs.

“We’ve been developing our new point of sale for over 18 months,” says Yoco CTO Lungisa Matshoba. “During the beta phase, we saw 55 merchants process over 200 000 transactions on the Yoco Point of Sale. The experience highlighted to us the impact Yoco Point of Sale can have on the growth potential of thousands of other small businesses, from hairdressers to restaurants to clothing stores, across the country. The more these businesses grow, the more South Africa grows with it.”

Says Yoco CEO Katlego Maphai: “We have made accepting payments easy for SMEs – our next natural step was to focus on making running a business easier. Our ultimate goal is to allow entrepreneurs to focus their attention on growth and customer engagement, and not the day-to-day tasks which can be streamlined through technology and data.”

Yoco Point of Sale was unveiled at the company’s recently launched retail store, the Yoco Store, in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. The Yoco Store is where current and potential Yoco customers can explore and get expert advice on Yoco’s products and solutions, as well as those of its partner ecosystem, which includes cloud accounting service Xero and cloud point of sale solutions TabletPOS (powered by iKentoo) and Vend. The store is the first of its kind in South Africa and one of the first in the world for a point of sale payments company. It is completely cashless and is powered by the company’s point of sale offering.

Yoco Point of Sale is entirely cloud-based and has started rolling out across the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It will be available to all new and existing Yoco customers.

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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