Mac Myriad presents… “Final Cut Pro like a Boss”

Mac Myriad is extremely proud to be able to bring one of our very first speakers of the original Mac Tech SA group, Daniëlle Nel, who will be wow’ing our guests next week with amazing tips, techniques and tricks on wrangling the latest in Final Cut Pro X.

 

Get your tickets here

 

Daniëlle is one of the foremost experts in the Country on Final Cut Pro, and is always eager to part with wisdom to those that want it. Have a look at her full bio on our “Speakers Wall of Fame

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We are delighted to have our usual partners on board for this event as well. Come and see what we are giving away from Digicape this month, and come listen what Rockit Distribution will be showing off too. (Did you see what I did there??? Did you????)

We will be chowing down on Butler’s amazing pizzas and gulping down Sir Fruit by the bottle!

And if energy is what you need, Scheckters has got you covered!

 

Our great partner at Friends of Design is really eager to show off their latest renovations to their venue too, so get in there!

Get your tickets here!

 

If you have any questions, grab me on lee@macmyriad.co.za or even 079 882 3109

 

See you next week!

 

Digicape launches Beamo

There are few times in our busy lives that we get to witness a major change in business and technology.

A shake-up if you will.Beamo Logo

A few examples come to mind, the likes of AirBnB, Foursquare, Facebook, Google+ (just kidding) and Uber. Changing the way that we do business, while using tech, and more specifically, our iPhones.

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This last Thursday, the 23rd of April 2015, Mac Myriad was fortunate enough to be part of the launch of not one, but TWO apps coming from Digicape, and here, witnessed such a change.

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The 1st was the expected Digicape app.

The app that features the awesome power of low-energy Bluetooth, or iBeacon for us Apple-folk, that can send and show all sorts of data to your iPhone once inside the store.

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The app features 4 main sections; Products, Floor Map, Deals/Offers and Feedback.

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Walking in the door at DC for instance plays a Youtube video welcoming you.

Moving up close to a certain display promoting a certain item, would play another promo video of the related device.

Finding a general listing of stock items, pricing, availability and descriptions is a snap thanks to the Products sections.

 

While the app is pretty AMAZING, and far beyond what any other retailer is doing in South Africa, yet, this was not the highlight of the night.

 

After a short introduction from Digicape’s Business Development Manager, Gerhard de Kock, there came a slide in the keynote presso that dwarfed all previous slides until now. One to rule them all if you like.

“Introducing Beamo”

 

This was not part of the agenda, and this caught everyone by surprise.

After show-casing their app to a few select folk during the build up and betas, Digicape realised the potential of what they had created with the Digicape App.

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So what is this second app, Beamo, all about then?

Beamo is going to be the new way that retail business, advertising and marketing is done. It is also going to become a new buzz-word in the industry.

 

Here’s how it works for the business…

You apply and list yourself inside of the Beamo CMS (Content Management System), which will list all kinds of things like which beacons and how many you have, what content each beacon should be pushing out, and what/where the actual content is.

 

Then here’s how it goes for the users…

You download the Beamo app from the App Store, for free, ONCE!

The next time you come within range of ANY retailer that is listed with Beamo, the app will wake up and push content to your phone. IT’S THAT EASY!

 

Picture the next time you are in line for your favourite pizza (probably at Butlers) and you get sent a quick overview of the weekend’s specials and promos.

The next time a delivery truck drives past you, a promo message from the vendor can pop up on your phone.

The next time you are at a movie theatre, you’ll be able to not only be sent a live schedule of the next shows that are playing, but also previews, trailers and reviews of those same shows.

 

The uses are quite literally limitless!

 

So what could go wrong?

Well, sometimes you just want to go into a store, pop in your headphones and just “look around”.

That’s fine, because all of the push notifications require approval, which means that a video for instance may not play until you approve it.

 

What if I just don’t want any notifications from the store? Not even to approve or not?

Well, then just turn off your bluetooth. Done.

 

And here’s the big one. Who says that I want to use up a quick 100MB to play YOUR promo video from Youtube? 

Well, nobody. Which is why Digicape has created the concept of the “Beamo Buddy“.

 

The Beamo Buddy (BB) is basically a 4G hotspot that the retailer has installed, from DC directly, and this then creates an open wireless hotspot, so that you don’t have to use your precious megabytes that are already so expensive.

Did I say “Open Wifi”?

Indeed, but don’t get too excited. The Beamo Buddy comes with full shaping, throttling and blocking features. This will allow staff and customers to get all their content from the store streamed through the BB, but perhaps no emails and Whatsapp. (Or they can enable it, allowing their customers to do their business in the store, if they want that.) Also, the BB has input available for USB, allowing the store to locally store the rich content offline, and stream if directly to their customers, thus using ZERO DATA.

 

What if my business already has an app?

Beamo can work in 2 ways.

Most commonly as a stand alone app, allowing retailers without an app to benefit in a big way.

And secondly, Beamo can act as an API, hooking into your existing app. In this way, you get to keep your hard-earned app that probably took ages and a lot of tom to create, and still get all the benefits that Beamo offers. Best of both worlds!

 

What if like a particular item that shows up on my phone, but I want t go and check it out further at home. Perhaps to chat to the bank manager, or just a buddy. Will the message or product item disappear when I leave the store?

Thank goodness, Digicape has create a “save to favourites” button for every push notification. This will cache the item into the favourites section, and can be viewed at anytime. Think about the next window-shopping exercise you do after-hours…

 

Okay, enough chit chat, lets talk numbers!

So if you were to have an app built for your company, you may know that it’s not a cheap/fun exercise.

The time, the money, the frustration, the end product, the updates, the developers, the money (yes, I meant to say it twice). These are just some of the reasons why we don’t want to have, or can’t have, an app built.

 

So here’s what Digicape will offer you:

Package 1:

5 Beacons | R2000 Setup cost | R1650 per month

Package 2:

12 Beacons | R5000 Setup cost | R3000 per month

Package 3:

25 Beacons | R10000 Setup cost | R5900 per month

Package 4:

More than 25 Beacons? –> Digicape will tailor-make a solution to meet your needs.

 

So, let’s just take in how cost-effective these amounts are.

For normal retail stores, more than 5 beacons will be complete over-kill.

This means that for R1650 per month, you will get 5 beacons, all pushing out different content, at different proximities (immediate, near, far). This also INCLUDES the Beamo Buddy, with the associated 4G data, with a battery backup and setup costs.

So for less than R20k a year (NOT A MONTH), you will have the effectiveness of 15 different people in your store, approaching every single customer, up-selling ALL THE TIME.

And the ability to change the content, on the fly, in real-time, is pretty mind-blowing.

Who can you hire for less than R1650 per month, with that kind of effectiveness?

I didn’t think so…

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 22.08.32So now that you are interested, and informed, chat to amazing guys at Digicape and get in there!

The beamo app is planning to go live on the app store within the next few days.

Your point of contact is a the charismatic Gerhard De Kock, Business development manager at Digicape.

Drop him a mail, or go old-school, and give him a buzz (0860 105 155)

Gerhard can organise a demo for you, and give you even more intricate details on how awesome it is, and how much you need it.

You can thank me later 🙂

 

My best,

Lee

2014 is done, and so is our name…

Without getting too nostalgic and soppy, I could not be happier with the way that Mac Tech SA not only flourished in 2014, but also how it ended off the year of 2014.

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We hosted our last event of the year at our besties, Friends of Design.
As per always, Philipp and his team were beyond amazing with hosting us, and Philipp even managed to make time in his schedule to attend his first Mac Tech SA 🙂 Thanks Philipp.

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1st birthday, officially in the bag

I am extremely happy to report that Mac Tech SA has officially held it’s 1st year anniversary event on the 9th of October, and to date, it has been one of our best events.

 

We had an amazing mix of people, a fantastic vibe and energy, and some of the best foods to fill our bellies.

We were able to explore some of the deeper hidden iOS 8 features with my talk, and learn about some new and updates gems for iOS 8 thanks to Lynette’s talk.

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Special Keynote-Viewing event at Digicape for iPhone 6 (and so much more…)

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One of Mac Tech SA’s biggest support and sponsors, Digicape, was all to happy to host a special Keynote-Viewing event for the gang of geeks from Mac Tech SA last night. And oh boy, what a night it was!

Not only was the venue perfectly intimate for the kind of occasion, but it resonated deeply with everyone’s technological heart that attended too.

Digicape is known to many as THE Premium Apple Reseller in South Africa, and their modern corporate offices reflected as much.

Digicape sponsored not only their venue, but also enough beer, wine and snacks to make anyone’s banting lifestyle scream quietly on the inside, while they indulged of course!

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August is done and dusted

So I am super-happy to report back that our August event went off without a single hitch!

This tweet summed it up!

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Our first international speaker, Allen Hancock, was incredibly talented in his talk.

Not only was he able to demo the entire process of managing and monitoring any Mac with his amazing software, Watchman Monitoring, but also managed to multi-task with me sending him questions from the audience through Skype. Very impressed Allen…it clearly was not your first time 🙂

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Mac Tech SA August is happening…with an international flair

I am so proud of how our little group has begun to flourish as a respected monthly user forum.

The month of August is going down with a bang!

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I have been very fortunate in connecting with Watchman Monitoring Inc Founder, Allen Hancock, for this meet up, and other ventures.

 

Allen is no noob to the Apple world, and if anything, can be hailed as a veteran.

His software, Watchman Monitoring, allows for remote monitoring and reporting on Macs within your office or home network.

Allen will be gracing us with his presence on Thursday evening, albeit digitally, to speak about this amazing software of his, and answer all the techie questions we can throw at him. I am so excited to hear what Allen has to say!

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Mac Tech SA – May

Calling all Apple professionals!

 

After the Holiday Madness, Mac Tech SA is back!

March was to date the most successful event held by Mac Tech SA, and we are going to push hard to top it!

We have been extremely lucky in being able to secure an amazing venue for the month of May, at the state-of-art Parklands College.

 

Parklands College is part of the One2One initiative from Apple, allowing the college to use Apple products in their day-to-day education with the students of all grades.

Definitely our kind of school!

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