Ford South Africa ‘a true global player’

29 November 2010US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, visiting Ford’s engine plant outside Port Elizabeth, praised the workers for the part they played in securing an international engine contract, describing the US carmaker’s local arm as a “true global player”.Gips and Bill Lehmberg, economic officer at the US Consulate General in Cape Town, visited the plant recently in order to gain first-hand insight into the massive investment in the facility in the build-up to the production of the new-generation Puma diesel engine.Important investment in SAIn a statement last week, Ford said it was investing more than R3-billion in the Struandale engine plant in Port Elizabeth for the Puma engine, as well as in the Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria for the production of the new-generation Ranger compact pick-up – with most of the capacity destined for export markets when the projects came on line in 2011.“Ford has made an important investment in South Africa, and as my role is to promote more investment and trade between our two countries, I wanted to see the progress first hand,” Gips said. “It has been a wonderful experience to witness the transformation of the Struandale engine plant.“The thing that struck me most during our tour of the plant is that this is a truly global economy. You see machines made in Germany, engineers from America and India, cast-iron components from Brazil, all put together as part of this global product that is the new Puma engine.”Guaranteeing Ford’s futureGips also congratulated the Struandale engine plant team on the effort they had put into winning the contract for the high-tech new Puma engine, having competed against numerous other top-ranked plants around the world.“It’s clear that it took a remarkable effort and commitment to win the Puma contract for the Struandale engine plant and, importantly, this has guaranteed Ford’s future in this region,” Gips said.“It really is a win-win situation for South Africa and the US that Ford is able to produce the engine and components here and, in doing so, create jobs and become a true global player.”Unique privilageThe Puma engine programme will see the Port Elizabeth facility producing 220 000 component sets (engine head, block and crankshaft) annually as of April 2011, 75 000 of which will be used for the assembly of complete engines for shipping to Silverton for the new Ranger, beginning in June 2011.The Struandale engine plant enjoys the unique privilege of being the sole source of machined components for the new generation Ranger, and shares the engine assembly volume for the Puma programme.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material

Samsung Needs New Ideas, So How About A 3-Screen Galaxy S6?

The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adriana lee Related Posts As Samsung prepares for its next Unpacked event ahead of Mobile World Congress in a few weeks, rumors abound about what the company will announce. Almost certainly, it will be the new Galaxy S6 smartphone, the much-rumored flagship that may be Samsung’s best chance at a comeback for its mobile business. The latest rumor, courtesy of Bloomberg, has the Galaxy maker readying two versions: one standard 5-inch model and another with multiple screens flanking the device on three sides. Noting how the 5.7-inch Note 4 won high marks for ditching cheap plastic with fake metal trim and going with real aluminum, now Samsung will reportedly build its new pair of S6 devices with all-metal bodies. See also: Samsung’s Edge Of Glory: Cool Tool, If You Get A GripIf true, these could be what Jin Young Park, Samsung’s vice president of mobile communications, was talking about last month when he addressed investors. “We are preparing innovative and differentiated products with new features,” the executive said, according to Recode. In other words, these changes could be Samsung’s “hail mary” play to inject new life into its foundering mobility business.Forget Bigger Displays— How About Multiples?Samsung announcing the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014Samsung was once the leading maker of smartphones. Now the South Korean company is scrambling to salvage its troubled mobile division—which is somewhat embarrassing, considering it popularized the hot mobile product category of phablets to begin with.As Samsung flails, Apple rides high on the success of its largest iPhones yet, which rocketed it to the top as the first company with a market value topping $700 billion. That’s not all. Even more competition looms on the horizon, as Chinese tech giant Xiaomi prepares to spread its dominance in Asia to other regions, including North America.In other words, the South Korean company needs to pull off a smash hit—and fast. Samsung’s Unpacked invitations, which prominently showed off a curve of some sort, fueled expectations for a S6 Edge, like a 5-inch variation of the 5.7-inch original released last year. A smaller version of an existing phone hardly seems exciting. Now, with the notion of a dual-edged flagship phone with a primary display and two edge-mounted ticker screens, things get a little more interesting, if a bit wacky.For instance, the actual usefulness of this design is still not very clear. How, exactly, are you supposed to hold this phone without setting off various actions? But developers found the original Edge kind of intriguing, and that seems to prompt Samsung into gambling that more of the same—more edges!—can drive adoption by app makers and potential customers. The move might make more sense for Samsung than it seems. The company is a major player in display technology, and it made the first Edge and its curved-glass ticker. Now it may literally double down on that experience and expertise. Bloomberg reports that the secondary and tertiary displays would sit on the right and left sides of the phone. Rumors And FactsSamsung Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4Previous rumors include a thinner body, a bigger 3,000 mAh battery and a change in processor, from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon—a popular choice among Android phones and a staple in Galaxy devices—to Samsung’s own chip, likely its Exynos eight-core processor. Hardware aficionados may salivate over potentially faster, smoother performance, but everyday users may simply like sidestepping the overheating problems from the Snapdragon 810 quad-core chip. (An analyst with ties to Qualcomm, reporting on the Chinese Weibo network, claims that the company fixed the overheating issues.) Another story described the S6 as a very different-looking phone than its predecessor, the S5, with a unibody design that’s practically a dead ringer for the iPhone 6. That rumor isn’t completely dead yet, even in light of Bloomberg’s report, which includes some sort of “standard” version with a single display.Samsung Galaxy S5Meanwhile CNET Korea posted a leaked image from “sources at a South Korean electronics distributor” that show, not one or two, but as many as five different variations of the smartphone. Notably, the S6 Edge pictured shows only a single ticker screen on the right side, like the original Note Edge. The dual-ticker version is nowhere to be seen. See also: The Only Thing Samsung’s Not Into Is RestraintThrowing a slew of variations at the market seems to fit into Samsung’s typical M.O. Perhaps desperation to stop the bleed from its smartphone business is fueling even more frenzied experimentation.If Samsung can make a hit out of the new S6 Edge, whether with one or two extra displays, that could help reverse its flagging fortunes, particularly since the device would likely fetch a higher price, too. The first Note Edge launched with a base price of $400 on contract.With luck, Samsung will shave some of that price down this time around. Otherwise, the high cost could render this phone dead on arrival, and its sibling may not help matters. Based on what we know (or think we know) so far, the traditional single-screen device just doesn’t offer any stand-out features to set it apart.A better and more “intelligent” camera sounds nice, especially if it really can “do all the thinking for users, allowing them to take amazing pictures under any conditions,” as Samsung’s Senior Vice President Dong Hoon Jang wrote in an official blog post. But it’s not clear that could deliver the major hit the tech company needs. At the close of the last quarter ending in December, iPhone shipments rose to 74.5 million units, for a 46% increase year-over-year. Samsung, which offers numerous variations of its Galaxy devices, shipped roughly the same number of smartphones. But the figure amounts to a drop-off of 13% year-over-year. This follows a third quarter that saw the company’s profits plunge a harrowing 60%. There’s only one certainty now: All eyes will be on the Unpacked event in Barcelona. It will either be remembered as the kick-off to the mother of all comeback stories, or a footnote in the sad, ongoing tale of the tech giant’s mobile decline. Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Unpacked invitation graphic courtesy of Samsung; screenshot of Samsung press event and all other photos by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite
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Business Innovation – Opportunities and Trends for 2014

After reviewing Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trend Predictions for 2014, I was struck by what nearly every entry on the list has in common: the cloud. To me, this validates what many industry professionals have said for years – that cloud computing is here to stay. As Gartner puts it, the cloud is “the preferred IT Services model with a range of expanding options,” and I agree – the cloud is a crucial enabler of the increasingly decentralized enterprise.For today’s blog, I’d like to drill into the intersection of cloud and the Internet of Things – focusing on both the business opportunity and implication for IT infrastructure. At Intel, we see this intersection as a critical investment point for business and have placed a significant focus and investment with our partners and customers. To learn more about Intel’s vision for the Internet of Things, check out Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich as he delivers his keynote address at CES 2014.However, Intel’s investments are simply laying the foundation for the solutions needed for next-generation IT infrastructure. If you are attending Cisco Live Milan at the end of this month, you will see the partnership between Cisco and Intel on display. Together, we are enabling scale, security, and performance for cloud computing initiatives. These are meaningful, as they serve as the backbone for many big data initiatives that are enabling businesses to gain useful and actionable insights from the ever-growing number of device sensors. Intel has planned a line-up of demos and technical sessions at Cisco Live Milan that will cover many of 2014’s key topics. I invite you to stop by the Intel booth and enjoy some spirited and informative dialogue around IT’s key opportunities and challenges, such as turning analytics into actionable business intelligence through visualization with our partners SAS, or how Intel’s Distribution for Apache Hadoop and Cisco’s Common Platform Architecture (CPA) can support enterprise-class analytics with speed and performance. We’ll also have demos and breakout technical talks with our Cisco partners that will cover how Cisco and Intel’s partnership can help your organization embrace cloud computing for your data center without compromising security and data integrity. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Rod O’Shea, EMEA Director of Intel Embedded Sales Group, who will be sharing more on Intel’s vision for IoT in the Cisco Internet of Everything Pavilion. In the comments section, or on Twitter, let me know how cloud is impacting your organization this year!