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Advice from Nashua Mobile on how to prevent Bill Shock

By admin, 24 maja, 2013, No Comment

Golf is an expensive hobby, but it cost one man almost R1-million recently even though he was nowhere near a green. That was his cell phone bill after an app to analyse his golf swing kept running when he traveled abroad, scoring an exorbitant case of bill shock.

Smartphones are catching out consumers with massive bills caused by automatically downloading data. That’s expensive even on home turf, but if you’re abroad, it can turn an enjoyable trip into a nightmare. Nashua Mobile’s CEO Mark Taylor suggests these ways of beating bill shock:

Stamp out subscriptions
When you download a ringtone, you probably ignore the fine print warning that it’s a subscription service with a regular bill. Many only cost R5 a month, but some cost a scary R20 a day, and that’s a mighty expensive piece of music. “Before you use your handset to purchase anything read the fine print,” Taylor says. Check your bill, and if you’ve signed up for something by accident, unsubscribe immediately.

Overseas and overpriced
International roaming soon inflicts horrendous bills. “Data can cost up to R200 per Megabyte and when smartphone apps continue downloading content abroad it can give you a nasty shock,” says Taylor. Before you travel, ask your service provider to set an affordable limit. Better still, switch off data roaming via the settings menu in your phone. You can always switch it back on in an emergency. Then look for free wi-fi networks in coffee shops and upload your data for nothing. Your phone normally defaults to using a wi-fi network even if your GSM option is still switched on, but you will need to log on to the wi-fi network first. If you need to make local calls at your destination, buy a local Sim card when you arrive.

Don’t bungle the Bundle
Smartphone users must buy a suitable data bundle, otherwise automatic downloads made by devices including the Samsung S3 and iPhone5 can easily cost R2 000 month. “A smartphone without apps is pretty boring, but the apps you download update automatically. If you’re on a budget set it to not update automatically, and only do it when you can get onto a Wi-Fi network,” Taylor says.

It wasn’t me…
If a thief grabs your Sim card, he can run up massive voice and data bills within hours. Report and block a stolen phone immediately. But Sim cards can be stolen from cell phones or least cost routers without anyone realising – until the bill arrives. Make sure those devices are secure and have a call limit set on the Sim card to prevent fraudulent use.

Switch the apps off
Ensure that you close apps properly when you are not using them. These include apps such as Facebook, Twitter, weather updates apps, live sports apps, GPS/location-aware apps. If not logged out completely, the apps continue to run in the background and can use up a lot of your data. For certain GPS apps, download the country specific maps while in South Africa to assist with costs. Ask your Service Provider for a spend limit to be placed before travelling to ensure there are no nasty surprises when you return.

“Incidents of bill shock are increasing at a great rate but there are things you can do to alleviate it,” Taylor says.

BlackBerry and Junior Achievement nurture STEM skills for students in South Africa

By admin, 24 maja, 2013, No Comment

Innovation Camp winners to represent South Africa at international BlackBerry Junior Achievement final

The BlackBerry® STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Innovation Camp in collaboration with Junior Achievement returned to South Africa on Friday 17th May 2013, giving high school learners the opportunity to enhance their technology skills and creativity by working on a mobile innovation challenge.

The event is one of 14 BlackBerry Innovation Camps with Junior Achievement that are taking place across the world this year. At each camp, BlackBerry employees spend the day working as volunteer mentors to the learners.

The initiative aims to encourage learners to consider STEM careers by raising awareness of the field’s possibilities and showcasing industry role models. It builds a bridge between the classroom and the workplace by aligning education with business needs.

Sixty-eight high-school learners from 3 public schools took part in the Innovation Challenge. School learners aged 16 to 18 years worked in teams to create an idea for a mobile application that could be used by learners in the classroom. Learners created sales plans in support of their mobile app concept, and the winning team was chosen by a panel of judges which included Linda McClure – Managing Director of Junior Achievement South Africa, Jayshree Naidoo – Executive: Innovation Thought Leadership at The Da Vinci Institute, Kath Smith – BlackBerry Senior Marketing Manager and Trust Chibawara – International Project Manager for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative.

At the end of an exciting day filled with challenges and a tremendous amount of innovative thinking, The Chronicle Smarties from Allanridge Secondary School and Ivory Park Secondary School were chosen as the winning team.

“BlackBerry understands just how important science and technology knowledge is to create opportunities for the younger generation and support Africa’s ambition to become a hub for innovation excellence,” said Alexandra Zagury, the Managing Director for South and Southern Africa. “Innovation is part of our DNA and BlackBerry has long supported STEM education around the world, and in South Africa. Through our partnership with Junior Achievement and the STEM innovation camps, we are continuing to foster an environment of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking.”

DCC distributes new Verbatim Folio iPad cases with Bluetooth keyboard for iPad and iPad 2

By admin, 24 maja, 2013, No Comment

Distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has announced Verbatim’s latest iPad cases from Verbatim specifically designed for iPad and iPad 2. Both the Verbatim Folio Pro and Verbatim Folio Slim have an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and provide full protection for your device.

“The integrated Bluetooth keyboard featured with the Folio Slim and Folio Pro provide all iPad users with the convenience of having a keyboard couple with a tablet, providing them with a similar ‘feel’ to working on a notebook. The lightweight design of the Verbatim Folio iPad cases ensure full protection from daily knocks and bumps,” says Drika Wilkins, Verbatim Product Specialist at DCC.

The Verbatim Folio Pro is specifically designed to ensure easy access to all ports and the keyboard can be stored flush at the back of the iPad when not in use. The Folio Slim allows users to rotate the iPad a full 360 degrees, allowing users to view in either portrait or landscape. The Folio Slim keyboard is held in place with a magnet which allows easy removal when not in use when using the tablet as an eReader.

“For full protection while on the move, the Folio Slim and Folio Pro are the ideal covers to prevent damage and scratches to your iPad. The Folio cases have been specifically designed to ensure sufficient ventilation to prevent over-heating which in turn, prevents your iPad from ‘sweating’ which could damage the iPad,” concludes Wilkins.

The Verbatim Folio Pro and Verbatim Folio Slim are available immediately from DCC and retails for approximately R989.00 and R719.00 respectively. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

 

 

Lenovo reports strong fourth quarter and full year 2012/13 results

By admin, 24 maja, 2013, No Comment

Rapid PC Plus transformation and effective cost control drive 90 percent profit growth in Q4

  • Records in annual pre-tax income of US$801 million and earnings of US$635 million
  • Record annual sales of US$34 billion
  • Record 52.4 million PC shipments and record 15.5 percent global market share
  • Full year basic EPS of 6.16 US cents, or 47.78 HK cents 
  • Net cash reserves of US$3.1 billion (as of March 31, 2013)

Lenovo Group today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ended March 31, 2013. With record full-year sales of US$34 billion, an increase of 15 percent year-over-year, a record full-year pre-tax income of US$801 million, up 38 percent year-over-year and record earnings of US$ 635 million, up 34 percent, Lenovo had a strong showing. While Lenovo continued to close in on the # 1 position in PCs, with a record 15.5 percent market share for the full-year, it accelerated its transformation to become a top competitor in the PC Plus era, with a 5.9 percent share of Smart Connected Devices and global #3 ranking.

Lenovo had record revenues for the fourth quarter of US$7.8 billion, four percent year-over-year growth. The Company achieved pre-tax income of US$166 million during the fourth fiscal quarter, a 63 percent increase over the same period last year. Compared to an overall industry decline of more than 13 percent year-over-year, Lenovo grew at a 14 point premium to the market, besting the industry for the 16th quarter in a row.

The Company’s gross profit for the fourth fiscal quarter grew to US$963 million, an increase of 20 percent year-over-year. Gross margin was 12.3 percent. Operating profit for the fourth quarter was US$169 million, up 67 percent year-over-year, while earnings jumped 90 percent year-over-year to US$127 million.

Basic earnings per share in the fourth fiscal quarter are 1.22 US cents, or 9.46 HK cents. Lenovo’s Board of Directors declared a final dividend of 1.81 US cents, or 14.0 HK cents per share for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

For the 2012/13 fiscal year, Lenovo’s PC shipments grew 10.2 percent year-over-year, compared to an overall industry decline of 8.1 percent during this same period. Gross profit for the full year was US$4.1 billion, an increase of 18 percent year-over-year. Gross margin was 12 percent, while operating profit for the full fiscal year was US$ 800 million, a 37 percent jump over year-over-year. Lenovo’s earnings grew 34 percent year-over-year to US$635 million.

“Despite a challenging macro-economic environment and ongoing PC industry transformation, Lenovo delivered a strong performance in the 2012/13 fiscal year. Not only were we the fastest growing among all major PC players, with record market share, revenue and profitability, more importantly, our smartphone and tablet businesses saw dramatic growth,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo Chairman and CEO. “In fact, smartphone shipments were 3.7 times greater than last year globally and we are now number two in the China smartphone market. This has laid a solid foundation for the successful transformation of Lenovo into a PC Plus leader. Going forward, we will focus our investments on the fast-growing tablet, smartphone and enterprise hardware areas, while working to enhance the profitability of our core PC business. We are very confident in our ability to achieve success in these new areas, just as in the PC business.”

Geographic overview

  • Lenovo China achieved a 4.9 percent operating margin on US$3.1 billion in consolidated sales in the fourth fiscal quarter. This was an eight percent year-over-year or US$ 228 million increase of revenue, accounting for 40 percent of the Company’s worldwide sales. Lenovo’s PC Plus push was strongest in China with 74 percent MIDH revenue growth and a revenue contribution in China of 21 percent. MIDH’s profitability also continued to improve. Lenovo grew its number-one PC market share position in China, the world’s largest PC market, to 31.7 percent, up 1.7 points year-over-year. Lenovo’s PC shipments in China benefited from its deep penetration in emerging cities and the country’s ongoing urbanization.
  • In the Asia Pacific/Latin America region, Lenovo achieved 11.7 percent market share in the fourth fiscal quarter, up 1.1 points. With the regional PC market that was down 8.5 percent year-over-year, the Company grew its PC shipments across the region by one percent. Lenovo remained number one in Japan and increased its lead over the competition. Consolidated sales across the region totaled US$1.7 billion or 21 percent of Lenovo’s worldwide sales, while operating margins were profitable.
  • Lenovo in Europe, Middle East & Africa grew PC shipments during the fourth quarter by 11 percent and continued to strengthen its number two position in PCs across the region, with 11.8 percent market share, an increase of 3.2 share points year-over-year. This is a 30 point premium to the market that saw a 19.5 percent decline in the region. The Company had consolidated sales in the fourth quarter of US$1.8 billion, a year-over-year improvement of six percent, good for 24 percent of Lenovo’s total worldwide sales. Operating profit margin was healthy at 2.3 percent, a 1.4 point increase year-over-year.
  • Lenovo’s PC shipments in North America in the fourth fiscal quarter increased 9.8 percent year-over-year, in a market that fell by about 12 percent. In this environment, the Company gained 1.8 share points to a record high market share of 9.3 percent. Consolidated sales grew 13 percent year-over-year to US$1.2 billion in the fourth quarter, or 15 percent of Lenovo’s total worldwide sales. In North America, Lenovo continues to have success in the high-end convertible consumer space, with devices like Yoga and Twist taking the number 1 position with nearly 50 percent market share.

Product overview

  • Consolidated sales for Lenovo’s laptop PC business worldwide in the fourth fiscal quarter decreased two percent year-over-year to US$4.2 billion, accounting for 53 percent of the Company’s overall sales. During the same period, Lenovo’s worldwide laptop PC shipments increased 0.4 percent, against the backdrop of an overall industry decrease of 14.2 percent. In the fourth quarter, Lenovo introduced several new consumer laptop PCs, led by the IdeaPad U310 and U410, mainstream thin and light Ultrabooks with 10-finger touch, and the IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 “entertainment-optimized” laptop PCs, featuring an immersive sound experience. For business customers, Lenovo introduced the new ThinkPad T431s, the thinnest “T-series” ever, the T-series being Lenovo’s highest selling laptop line.
  • During the fourth fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s desktop PC shipments held flat worldwide year-over-year, against an industry decline of 12.2 percent worldwide. Lenovo’s desktop PC consolidated sales for the same period decreased two percent to US$2.4 billion, or 30 percent of the Company’s overall sales worldwide. In the fourth quarter, Lenovo introduced Horizon, an all-in-one table PC and the Company’s first “interpersonal PC”, a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience.
  • Lenovo held strong as China’s number two smartphone maker, seeing rapid growth in all its Mobile Internet Digital Home (MIDH) product lines. The Company’s smartphone shipments grew 206 percent in the fourth quarter, a significant premium to the overall market in China which grew 117 percent. This equates to a 3.5 year-over-over share point gain, or a fourth quarter market share of 13 percent. Consolidated sales of MIDH products rose 74 percent to US$736 million, nine percent of the Company’s overall sales. Lenovo announced several new smartphones in the fourth quarter, led by the new K900, a premium 5.5-inch smartphone, with a super-slim 6.9 mm profile and high-performance camera; all running on an Intel Atom processor.

 

 

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