Cabbi To take the taxi e-hailing industry by storm

Request, Ride and Repeat with the all new, proudly South African e-hailing taxi service.

             

              Say Hello to Cabbi:

Cabbi is a smartphone application that quickly connects riders with drivers with the tap of a button. The Cabbi platform chauffeurs Johannesburg commuters by using a safe, 100% local, transport solution ready to serve the South African market. Cabbi has been developed to be a simple and reliable transport service, bridging the gap between the rider and their destination. As a taxi e-hailing service, Cabbi strives to bring the best experience to the rider and the most earnings for the driver. This transport solution is by South Africans for South Africans.

Inspiration For An Alternative:

Cabbi was created as an affordable alternative traveling solution. Consumers were frustrated with the hiccups of the competitor apps. Cabbi saw the gap and has filled the need to be a contactable transportation partner that is proudly South African and speaks your language.

The Rider Experience:

To the rider Cabbi is a dependable and convenient 24/7 e-hailing taxi service that provides luxury travel at reasonable prices. Cabbi drivers aims to provide a safe journey coupled with the best experience. Your destination is our mission.

               What’s In It For The Driver?

For the driver, Cabbi offers a local transportation network that provides them with requests for new passengers that need to get to a destination. The business model sees the driver taking home 90% of the earnings, while Cabbi receives only 10% commission of each ride. If you own a reliable vehicle, not older than a 2013 model and have a valid driver’s license, together with a public driving permit (PDP) register on www.cabbi.co.za to become a Cabbi driver.

When Will The Service Be Available And Where Do I Download The App?

 

Cabbi e-hailing taxi services will be available in Johannesburg from the 1st of September 2017 and will be launched to the rest of Gauteng by the 1st December 2017. APP will be available for download on Android and IOS.

              For The Rider – Its 3 Simple clicks

Request: Tap to set your pickup location and time.

Ride: A driver comes directly to you in minutes. Payment is automatic via credit card and no tipping is required.

Rate: Give your driver a star rating to help maintain the highest quality experience on every ride.

               How Cabbi Works – For The Driver:

Accept: Once you accept a request near you, your Cabbi App will update to show you directions to your passenger.

Drive: After the rider has entered the destination, you can then navigation towards your predetermined location.

Rate: Give your rider a star rating depending on the behaviour during the ride.

Get social with Cabbi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep up to date on all the news and exciting deals.

 

For more information visit:

The Cabbi Website: www.cabbi.co.za;

Download the App: Cabbi;

 

For further media or to set up an interview, please contact Cabbi Marketing Team on 08600, or Contact:

Name: Kate Sikosana                      

  • Cell: +27 78 319 6308

Email: info@cabbi.co.za

Apple joins last-minute bid for Toshiba’s chip unit

Apple Inc. is wading into the middle of the battle for Toshiba Corp.’s memory chips business.

The iPhone maker is in talks with Bain Capital to bid for the Tokyo-based company’s unit, in competition with a group that includes KKR & Co. and Western Digital Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. Bain had previously submitted a 2.1 trillion yen ($19 billion) bid with another group of backers that included state-backed Innovation Network Corp. of Japan and Development Bank of Japan.

Apple depends on flash memory from Toshiba in its iPhones and iPods, and wants a continued supply from the Japanese company so it’s not dependent on rival Samsung Electronics Co. “There are supply shortages of that type of memory,” Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity, said by phone. “They’re always looking to work closely with key suppliers and lock in long-term supply agreements.”

Apple gained less than 1 percent to $163.19 at 10:07 a.m. in New York while Toshiba’s American depository receipts were up 1.5 percent to $17.65.

Toshiba has been in negotiations for months to sell off its chips business and pay for a disastrous move into the U.S. nuclear business. The company needs to raise the money by March to avoid seeing its shares delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The auction has been complicated by legal action from Western Digital, which has argued it should have a say in any sale because of its partnership with Toshiba in the chips business.

In recent weeks, Japan’s powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has encouraged Toshiba to accept the offer from the Western Digital consortium, the people said, in an effort to end the litigation and reach a deal quickly. Top Toshiba executives and its deal advisers are resisting the current offer, arguing it doesn’t do enough to protect the interests of the chips unit or the parent, the people said. Yasuo Naruke, head of the chips business, is an outspoken critic of the Western Digital proposal, the people said, while the METI bureau involved in the talks is led by Tatsuya Terazawa.

An email and voicemail message to an Apple spokesperson requesting comment were not immediately returned. Kaori Hiraki, Toshiba’s spokeswoman, declined to comment on details of the deal negotiations.

Japanese broadcaster NHK previously reported Apple’s talks with Bain.

The Western Digital consortium is offering about 2 trillion yen ($18 billion), less than the original Bain bid, a person familiar with the matter has said. Western Digital would loan money for the initial purchase with rights to take a minority equity stake in the future, the people said.

In the past week, Toshiba’s banks have stepped up pressure to reach final terms by Thursday, so that it can complete the sale by March, people familiar with the matter have said. Western Digital Chief Executive Officer Steve Milligan also returned to Japan to work on the deal, they said. But Toshiba and Western Digital remain at odds over several points., and reaching final terms by Thursday looks close to impossible, said one of the people.

SAMSUNG APPOINTS PR WORX AS ITS PREFERRED COMMUNICATIONS PARTNER FOR SSA REGION

Pioneering marketing communications agency, PR Worx, has been selected by leading global consumer electronics brand, Samsung, to manage its public relations within the Southern African region. The appointment follows a competitive pitch process and is effective immediately.

 

Samsung has mandated PR Worx to provide strategic PR counsel and communication efforts, including driving master brand and product awareness, managing stakeholder engagement, thought leadership, media relations and crisis communication.

 

“The appointment of PR Worx was an obvious choice for Samsung South Africa. We wanted to work with a PR agency that understands our company’s proposition and the industry we’re in, but is also as agile and innovative as our brand in the conception of creative ideas. We believe we found in PR Worx a communications partner who will be able to tactically influence consumer’s mindsets in the region,” said Justin HumeChief Marketing Officer, Samsung South Africa. “Visibility is key to us and the strength of the PR Worx team’s credentials, their approach to innovation and challenging the industry norm make them ideal to carry Samsung’s vision forward and reach our business goals of increased market penetration and revenue growth.”

 

Samsung is a respected global brand known for its innovative technology which has seen it claim several world firsts such as the CDMA phone, the first MP3 player phone and the first digital TV and Blu-ray player to the first 3D vertical NAND memory chip. Samsung was also ranked as the World’s 7th Best Brand 2016, ahead of its competitor brands, by Interbrand. Locally, Samsung took top honours at the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards in the consumer category, at the Generation Next Awards, at the Product of The Year Awards as well as at Ask Africa 2016/2017 Icon Brands.

 

Madelain Roscher, Founder and Managing Director of PR Worx, added, “Samsung’s technological advancements are seeing the world move into what’s coined as the fourth industrial revolution and for obvious reasons the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) becomes top of mind. With all of that comes a great story that’s unknown to many consumers which needs to be mined within the PR space. Samsung is making bold and sustained investments in research and development, pushing the boundaries of science and technology and exploring innovative lifestyle trends, based on a deep understanding of what people need and want. This approach to innovation and an intense understanding of stakeholder mapping, are but some of the similarities PR Worx shares with Samsung. By putting the relevant consumers at the centre of our targeted communications efforts, we believe we will be winning hearts, building strong brand communities and encouraging deep and meaningful conversations and relationships with Samsung’s customers.”

 

Boasting some of the best content and creative talent in the PR industry, which recently saw the firm claim no less than 12 PRISA Prisms at the recent 2017 awards, PR Worx is delighted to partner with the magnanimous Samsung brand to disrupt the status quo with innovative PR.

 

“We are confident in the award-winning agency’s unparalleled expertise, creativity and ability to expand our media presence in South Africa among our target audiences,” concluded Hume.

 

The Samsung-based PR Worx team includes:

Karen Cooper        Account Director                                                                  karen@prworx.co.za                                            +27(0)82 563 5774

Thami Mthembu   Media Director                                                                      thami@prworx.co.za                                           +27 (0) 82 961 0441

Noma Mbatha        PR Account Manager: Mobile                                           noma@prworx.co.za                                          +27 (0) 61 258 2723

Michelle Barnes     PR Account Manager: Consumer Division                   michelle@prworx.co.za                                     +27 (0) 82 331 7373

Khosi Ximba           PR Account Executive                                                       khosi@prworx.co.za                                           +27 (0) 61 052 4125

About PR Worx

PR Worx is known for providing out-of-the-box ideas that generate media coverage, stakeholder exposure, tangible results and impactful awards – both locally and internationally. With a client base that spans SMEs, corporates, blue-chip companies and multinational corporations, PR Worx services a broad range of industries and sectors with a dedicated focus on staying true to clients’ business objectives and communications strategies. PR Worx creates targeted and measurable campaigns that combine the most appropriate weapons in its arsenal to generate demonstrable results that work within any budget.

 

For further information, please contact:

Madelain Roscher

PR Worx

011 896 1818

083 468 6819

madelain@prworx.co.za

Who said drones were for guys?

The response to the irresistibly cute Spark from DJI – the fun-to-fly mini camera drone that can be controlled by hand gestures alone – has not only been off the charts but appealing to many different people as well. Perhaps due to its svelte-like weight at just 300g (less than a can of soda), making it possible to pop it into pretty much any handbag – but more and more women are wanting to know more about this must-have tech accessory.

This gadget is literally for everyone

Thanks to DJI’s powerful technology, Spark is the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, successfully removing the barriers between you and your camera in the sky. Even if you’ve never flown a drone before, flying Spark is easy because the only remote controller you’ll need is your hand.

 

This easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone will literally lift off from the palm of your hand to capture and share the special moments in your life in an instant.

 

Shoot like a pro

Spark houses an impressive camera with a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that captures 12 megapixel photos and shoots stabilized HD 1080p videos. When Spark takes off from your hand, it automatically enters Gesture Mode. This features new advanced gesture controls like PalmControl, which lets users control Spark with hand movements. This means you can send Spark up and away from you, take a selfie by giving it the finger and thumb ‘frame’ gesture, and call it back with just your hands.

 

Tech entrepreneurs, weFix is one of the biggest distributors of DJI products in South Africa and with the all new DJI Spark available at weFix, consumers can now explore this innovative technology and the limitless creative possibilities it enables.

 

So whether you’re filming a spectacular sunset or posing for a wedding party selfie, Spark is ready to launch within seconds whenever inspiration strikes and can be operated by a remote controller, a mobile device, or hand gestures alone.


The Spark’s key features:

·       Quick launch – with FaceAware, Spark lifts off from your hand by recognising your face. It takes off and hovers in place within seconds of powering on.

·       Create with Ease – Intelligent Flight Modes and intuitive controls help you create cinematic aerial videos with just a few taps.

·       Gesture – deep learning gesture recognition allows you to take selfies with simple hand motions. With PalmControl mode, Spark’s movement can be controlled by hand.

·       Gimbal Stabilization – Spark’s 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology dramatically reduces shake and rolling shutter effect – allowing shots to be stable and detailed.

 

DJI Spark’s flight abilities: 16 minutes of flight time, the ability to shoot video in 1080p and capture stills in 12-megapixels. The Spark flies at 50km/h and you are able to control the flight path with the all new PalmControl feature.

 

Included in the Spark box: DJI Spark aircraft, Propellers, Intelligent Flight Battery, MicroUSB cable, Storage box and Charger.

 

Included in the Spark FlyMore Combo: DJI Spark aircraft, 4 x Propellers, Propeller Guards, 2 x Intelligent Flight Battery, Battery Charging Hub Charger, MicroUSB cable, Shoulder Bag and Storage box.

 

Spark your aerial creativity from anywhere, all you need to do is seize the moment! The DJI Spark is now available from weFix for R 8 699.00 and the DJI FlyMore Combo is available for R 13 899.00

Hey Jude – A personal assistant App, but with real people, the Judes, on the other side.

Imagine having the power to go anywhere, do anything or get anything you need without doing anything at all, except ask? Well you can, with Hey Jude – your pocket-sized personal assistant…on steroids.


What exactly is Hey Jude?

Hey Jude is a subscription-based service that uses the power of technology and the finesse of human intellect to get your to-do list sorted. Using a familiar message-based interface to link you to one of their trained operators, known as ‘Judes’, you simply text or voice message your request – any request, from food delivery and travel bookings to restaurant reservations, grocery shopping, gift searching, and paying your bills – and they will do the rest. Research, vet the suppliers, negotiate the prices and even facilitate payment. If your day’s to-do list is comparing supplier quotations, calling in a plumber or booking a trip to Beijing – the Judes will do it all for you.

How does it work?

Download the app at heyjudeapp.com, and get the Judes working for you with three free tasks. Then, once you have fallen in love with the app, a subscription of R199/month will get the Judes working for you, 24/7 and 365 days a year, with as many tasks as you need.

 

Simply outsource your to-do list. You want to find out where the best bistro is? They will let you know. Then make the reservation and give you directions. Simple. Oh, you’ve just remembered the mother-in-law’s birthday, so you need a bouquet of flowers delivered. The geyser bursts and you need to find a plumber, but want a few quotes before giving the go-ahead. They will sort it. Your favourite rock group is hitting the town. They’ll pay for the tickets and get them to you. The list goes on and on.

 

Hey Jude also keeps payments smart and simple, through one secure, encrypted commerce platform. All you need to do is load your card, supply transaction instructions and the Judes will settle your expenses, for a nominal fee of 5% on each transaction – this covers the merchant/interchange fees with the banks:

pay the courier service, your chemist account, utility bills and for your hotel in New York or Nelspruit. It is commerce at a touch, or press and pay.

What is all the fuss about?

The thing that sets this app apart is that the Judes are real people – not machines – that use the power of technology, their own local knowledge, and a bit of flare to get your tasks done – it’s the perfect mash up of emotional aptitude and artificial intelligence. “I was underwhelmed by the promise of bots like Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and the actual user experience,” says Innovation architect and Hey Jude developer, Marcus Smith, “there might be a time when machines will be able do all these things, but until then we are filling in the blanks with a blended AI-human solution.”

Hey Jude also seamlessly integrates all that is cool in mobile and online technology: Uber, Airbnb, Open Table and many others. You have booked your dinner reservations through Hey Jude. They will then send you a map with directions, calculate the cost and distance of an Uber trip and with your permission order the ride.

Hey Jude, launched worldwide on 1 March 2017.
Hey Jude. Just say the word and it’s sorted.

For more information on, or if you would like any of the attached images in high res, please contact:
Conrad Harley – Marketing

e: charley@heyjudeapp.com

w: www.heyjudeapp.com

m: +27 (0)73 100 4716

South African Airbnb competitor Afristay gets millions in funding

Local Airbnb competitor Afristay has received millions in funding from South African and international investors.

Afristay, formerly known as Accommodation Direct, was started in 2006 by local entrepreneurs Oliver Bryant and Ric Meulemans.

Afristay CEO Rupert Bryant said that while Accommodation Direct was a good name, it was generic and they settled on Afristay.com which they purchased through Southsoft eBusiness Solutions a prominent IT company based in Johannesburg.

“We decided that we wanted a name that better represented who we are: Easy online bookings combined with friendly customer service in Africa,” said Bryant.

The name change is only the start of exciting upcoming developments at the company, said Bryant.

To improve its current offerings and accelerate growth, Afristay raised R7 million earlier this year. The funding was raised privately, from three local investors (Rupert Bryant, Oliver Bryant, and Ric Meulemans), and two international investors.

Taking on Airbnb

Bryant said their success to date shows that they can beat Airbnb in South Africa.

“We can typically offer the better price on accommodation since we have no guest booking fees (Airbnb charges around 7%),” said Bryant.

He said their customer service is excellent and users can “pick up the phone anytime, call us, and we answer”.

“We make a big effort to take good care of our guests and property managers and ensure their experience is superb, from start to finish.”

To ensure service levels remain high, Afristay has over 35 consultants who are experts in travel in sub-Saharan Africa.

“As a result of taking care of our guests, our repeat bookings and word of mouth referrals are quickly growing, and we don’t have to sink loads of cash into online marketing.”

This growth is not slowing, and the company now employs 50 full-time staff and has quadrupled in size over the past year.

“We now process R4 million in bookings per month, and are doubling in size every six months,” said Bryant.

Afristay is hoping to process over R50 million in bookings in 2017.

How to stream the Mayweather-McGregor fight

Cord cutters, don’t worry — you aren’t left out of the fun.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are set to enter the ring on Saturday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET in Las Vegas, Nevada for what’s expected to be the most watched fight… ever.

As usual, the fight is only available to those who pay the nearly $100 pay-per-view fee. However, breaking from the traditional means of purchasing directly from a cable or satellite provider, CBSrecently announced the fight will also be available to stream on the Showtime PPV website or iOS and Apple TV app. (Disclaimer: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)

For those who want to stream the fight on a computer, you can visit ShowtimePPV.com and purchase access for $99.95. Keep in mind, if you purchase through the website you will onlyhave access to the fight on a computer — and not on your mobile device or Apple TV.

The iOS and Apple TV apps aren’t available in the iTunes store, but according to the announcement, the apps should be live any time now. We will update this post once we spot the apps.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of access for users of the Android, Roku or Amazon Fire($49.99 at Amazon.com) platforms. Right now, it seems, the mobile experience is limited to Appledevices.

As an added bonus for those who pay to stream the fight, you will also have access to a free trial of Showtime and CBS All Access.

South African Uber drivers can choose to decline cash trips

Uber South Africa has introduced a new cash indicator feature which allows drivers to choose whether they want to accept a cash trip or not.

The feature follows feedback from drivers, who said they wanted to choose which kinds of trips they accept.

The cash indicator will only appear to drivers on cash trips, and no indicator will pop up for trips paid using a credit card.

Uber said drivers who decline a cash trip will not face any consequences, and the Uber app will alert another driver with no impact on the dispatch process.

“While some driver-partners have asked for the cash option to be removed, other driver-partners feel the cash option has opened them up to new riders,” said Uber South Africa GM Jonathan Ayache.

“We believe riders should have the freedom to pay for rides how they wish, but we also believe that driver-partners should have the freedom to accept cash trips or not.”

BREAKING: Zuma survives vote of no confidence #ZumaVote

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has survived a motion of no confidence in his presidency, held via secret ballot in Parliament.

Following a two-hour debate and lengthy voting process, 198 MPs voted against the Democratic Alliance’s bid to remove Zuma, while 177 voted for.

About 30 ANC MPs voted for Zuma to be removed.

A simple majority of 201 votes was required to remove Zuma as president.

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete announced on Monday that the vote would be held via secret ballot for the first time ever.

Zuma has survived several previous motions of no confidence in his presidency over the last eight years, all held via open ballot.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who tabled the motion, earlier asked MPs to act “courageously” and vote Zuma out. He said this vote was not about political parties, but about the people of South Africa.

ANC leaders who spoke against the motion, including Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, accused the opposition parties of seeking “regime change” through voting Zuma out.

The failure of the motion will strengthen Zuma’s position in the party and strengthen the belief that the ANC does not have the capacity to recall Zuma, irrespective of the amounts of scandals he has been embroiled in.

The party goes to an elective conference in December, where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to challenge Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former AU commission chair, for the ANC presidency.

Some of Ramaphosa’s supporters have recently warned that a successful motion would have put him in an awkward position, where Zuma was still ANC president, but Ramaphosa had to run the country until December.

This is a developing story.

5 Ways to Speed Up Your Android Phone in Under 5 Minutes

Your Android phone started off running smoothly and responding instantly to every tap, but over time, even the fastest phone will start to show its age. And with a device you use as much as your smartphone, every missed swipe or extra moment waiting for an app to load can feel like an eternity.

Credit: LDProd/Shutterstock.comBefore you decide that it’s time to start shopping for a new smartphone, give these five tips a try. In less than 5 minutes, your phone could be back up to speed.

Clear your Cached Data (30 seconds)

Your apps are constantly caching small pieces of data, which typically will speed up the performance of your phone. But if your device is running low on storage, cached data will start hurting more than it helps. Here’s how to clear it out and start fresh.

1. Navigate to Settings on your phone.You can find settings in the app drawer.

2. Tap Storage.

3. Tap Cached data.

4. Select OK.

Disable Animations (1 minute)

Animations make all of the transitions and interactions with your operating system appear more fluid — right up until your phone starts slowing down and those animations start looking like stop motion video. If the animations aren’t flowing so well anymore, turning them off completely will both look better and free up a little processing power.

1. Navigate to Settings on your phone.You can find settings in the app drawer.

2. Tap About phone.

3. Tap the Build number 7 times.You will see a message that you have enabled Developer options.

4. Return to Settings and Tap Developer options.

5. Tap Windows animation scale and select “Animation off”.

6. Repeat Step 5 with Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale.

Remove/Disable Bloatware and Unused Apps (1 minute)

Right out of the box, your Android phone probably had a number of apps pre-installed by your carrier or the phone manufacturer that have gone completely unused. It’s even more likely that over months or years, you’ve added some unused apps of your own that are still taking up precious space on your phone. If things are slowing down on your device, a lack of available storage might just be the culprit. Here’s how to free up space.

1. Navigate to Settings on your phone. You can find settings in the app drawer.

2. Tap Apps.

3. Find an app you wish to uninstall and tap on it.Each app displays the amount of storage it is using below the app name so you’ll know how much you are freeing up.

4. Tap Uninstall and select OK to confirm.

5. Repeat Step 4 as needed until all unwanted apps are removed.

Remove or Reduce Widgets (30 seconds)

Widgets are an amazing feature of the Android operating system that allow you to see and interact with apps on your homescreen without needing to actually launch the app. While they will save you time when your phone is quick and new, eventually they can drag the speed of your entire device down. It’s time to cut back or remove them entirely.

1. Navigate to the widget you wish to remove.

2. Long press on the widget. Remove and App Info will appear at the top of the screen.

3. Drag the widget to Remove and release.

Optimize Chrome Browser (30 seconds)

With about 90 percent of Android users sticking with the Chrome browser, this is going to help the vast majority of you speed up your mobile web browsing. As an added bonus, it will save you some data if you aren’t on an unlimited cellphone plan.

Data Saver mode in Chrome for Android allows Google to compress the pages you are viewing by around 30 percent and up to 50 percent for video, meaning less data usage and faster browsing.

1. Navigate to the Chrome Browser.

2. Tap the overflow menu button in the upper-right corner.

3. Tap Settings.

4. Tap Data Saver.

5. Toggle the switch in the upper-right corner.