first_img12 June 2013Banyana Banyana midfielder Amanda Dlamini says she wants to leave a legacy by inspiring young South Africans from rural areas through the national team platform. “I want to use this opportunity to inspire the youth to realise their dreams. That is how I want to be remembered,” she said this week.A former Banyana Banyana captain, the roving midfielder is involved in the development of girls through her budding community building institute, the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation.The foundation focuses on empowering young women in rural areas by providing them with life skills and information to help them as they grow. It also hosts coaching clinics.‘Helping girls’“I set up the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation with the aim of helping girls in the rural areas with basic necessities,” Dlamini said.“The aim was to also provide them with enough information to shape their careers and reach their dreams in life.“We conducted coaching clinics at one of the disadvantaged schools in the rural areas of my hometown in KwaZulu-Natal and that experience was quite fulfilling.‘Dreams’“I want to inspire some of these youngsters to follow their dreams through sports and provide information about sports bursaries and the like,” the dreadlocked midfielder said, adding that the enjoyed interacting with the young girls during the coaching clinics.Dlamini has been involved in several community building projects, including the Sports Heroes Walk against Aids together with team-mate Noko Matlou and former Banyana Banyana captain Desiree Ellis.Back to her bestOn Sunday, she was back to her best, delivering a player of the match winning performance in Banyana Banyana’s 5-0 romp over Mozambique in a one-sided friendly match played at the KaNyamazane Stadium in Nelspruit.Modestly, Dlamini said the trick to Sunday’s run-away victory was the fact that the team played according to instructions.“We just stuck to the plan and it worked out well because we have been playing together for quite some time now.” The coach’s instruction was to help the new players feel at home, Dlamini said.Morale booster“That we did very well and the fact that their introduction was capped with a massive victory should have worked as a morale booster for them,” she reckoned.Dlamini, who led the Sasol-sponsored women’s national squad during their first- ever Olympic campaign last year, relinquished her Banyana Banyana captaincy in order to focus on her studies and concentrate on improving her game without the pressures that comes with being the team leader.“I felt my performance on the field on Sunday was okay, but there is still room for improvement. The coach asked me to express myself without any pressure and I am happy things worked out more than I expected.”Banyana captaincyShe said while giving up the captaincy was not an easy decision, the move has allowed her to rekindle her old form.“As captain, you have to be at the top of your game all the time and lead from the front. That pressure is now gone and am again enjoying my freedom and football,” she concluded.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Prime#e-commerce#music#music streaming#spotify 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Amazon is officially in the music streaming business. Amazon today introduced Prime Music, a music streaming service available to Amazon Prime members. The new service will start with about 1 million songs and 90,000 albums, comprised of mostly older titles and hits from yesteryear. As part of Prime Music, Amazon is also consolidating its other music properties under the auspices of Amazon Music. The new Amazon Music will replace (but not substantially change) Amazon music services like its Cloud Player and the Amazon MP3 store. Users that use the Amazon vinyl AutoRip feature will find their music unchanged in Amazon Music. Prime Music will allow users to mix the music they own with music from the Prime catalogue to create as well as access hundreds of pre-arranged “Prime Playlists.” The service is completely advertising free for Prime members and will allow users to download songs from Prime Playlists to play on mobile devices. Kindle Fire HD and HDX owners will get Prime Music with an over-the-air update while the app will be available on iOS and Android as well.Prime Music is available to Amazon Prime members, the company’s subscription service that features two-day shipping on many items in the Amazon store as well as video streaming with Amazon Instant Video and the Kindle lending library. Amazon announced earlier this year that it would increase the yearly fee for Prime to $99 (from $79) starting this year.Serving The Prime BeastPrime Music itself is nothing special. The library is relatively limited to older music at launch (much like Amazon Prime Instant Video is limited to older movies and shows) and will launch without any music from one of the largest record labels in Universal Music Group, according to The New York Times. If you are a Spotify subscriber, Prime Music is going to be disappointing in its breadth of selection. Amazon doesn’t seem to care as the point of Prime Music is not necessarily to beat Spotify or other music streaming services, but rather to increase the value of Prime to gain and retain users after Amazon hiked up the price. Focusing just on what Amazon Music does and does not have in terms of library selection and features would be a disservice to what Amazon has put together with its Prime content strategy. Think about it like this: For basically $100 a year, you get access to unlimited streaming of a variety of movies and television shows, unlimited streaming a good amount of music, the ability to share books with other Kindle users and two-day shipping for almost everything sells. Compare all the aspects of Prime with what it would cost to maintain Netflix (starting at $7.99 a month) and Spotify ($9.99 a month) subscriptions, not to mention other services like HBO Go and Hulu Plus or Pandora’s ad-free premium service and Prime looks like a deal. The problem with Prime’s content vis-à-vis the competition is that you are limited to older content, but many users may make that compromise if it saves them between $100 and $200 a month.In the end, all of Amazon Prime’s content properties are tangential to its real purpose. The real objective of Prime is to get more people on Amazon, buying physical products from its warehouses. Amazon entices with free unlimited two-day shipping and all of the content included in Prime is just a way for Amazon to get more eyeballs on its site, buying more stuff. If music can help achieve that goal, it is an easy feature for Amazon to roll out to its Prime members. dan rowinskilast_img read more

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Tags:#community#Fundraising#Reddit#Subreddit Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the Internet for sharing news, memes, and stories of inspiration, has raised $50 million in funding, and members of the community, known as “redditors,” might be getting a piece of it.People on Reddit have made the site the massive success it is today—it’s played an integral role in spotting Internet trends long before the masses do. So Reddit CEO Yishan Wong said in a blog post that investors are prepared to give 10% of their shares back to community members. How, exactly, that works remains to be seen. Of course, the Reddit community isn’t entirely PG. Recently, the site was home to a subreddit—Reddit slang for a mini community—called The Fappening, which was dedicated to dispersing nude photos of celebrities stolen from their iCloud accounts. It took a week for Reddit to shut down The Fappening. Y Combinator president Sam Altman led the funding round. He told Recode he disagreed with how the company handled the iCloud breach, but said that “their heart is in the right place.” Hopefully the same can be said for the community investors are giving shares to.Other investors include Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Jared Leto, Jessica Livingston, Kevin and Julia Hartz, Mariam Naficy, Josh Kushner, Calvin Broadus Jr. (Snoop Dogg), and Yishan Wong.See also: How To Host A Reddit AMAWong said that although Reddit is now flush with cash, the company is staying humble, and if anything, the fundraise means the company with more than 60 employees needs to work harder.“An investment like this doesn’t mean we’re rich or successful,” he wrote. The money will be used to staff up product development and community management teams, as well as to work with third-party developers to increase the company’s mobile presence. Reddit recently launched its first official mobile application, an AMA app for the site’s popular “Ask Me Anything” question and answer sessions.Prior to this raise, Reddit raised a $100,000 seed round from Y Combinator back in 2005.Photo by Eva Blue Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

first_imgThe Intel Small Business profile series focuses on small business owners and how they are reacting to the demands and opportunities presented by emergent technology.“The best karaoke experience is simply about connecting with friends and singing together. At Voicebox that means private suites, an inviting space, exciting food and drink, and exceptional service.”When Voicebox Karaoke opened its doors in 2008, the purpose was solely to bring a more personalized touch to karaoke. Scott Simon, founder and president of Voicebox, wanted to bring an Asian-influenced box style to Portland, OR karaoke aficionados, and the business caught on fast. With a total of 13 employees last year, Voicebox now staffs over 25 and is only continuing to grow as it expands its locations and its partnerships via Voicebox Industries. They cater to a clientele as vast as children’s birthday parties and bachelorette parties, witnessing a variety in customer-base on an hour-to-hour, day-by-day basis. And for Simon, technology represents the heart of the his brand experience.Voicebox is a small business with a big IT footprint; its current infrastructure is almost entirely dependent upon internet — right down to the POS system — and the entire guest experience revolves around technology. Each room is its own devoted karaoke stage, complete with multiple televisions, disco lights, several microphones, and remote-controlled song selection. The interactive tech that serves to build a greater sense of connectedness has proven to be the key selling point for Voicebox, so Simon considers himself lucky that all the business founders are technically-savvy.With no designated IT person to date, Simon and his fellow executives have embraced a DIY mindset until recently, at which point they decided to enlist a third party to help field the growth the business is currently undergoing. One of the main challenges Simon faces today is the rate at which his tech must scale alongside his business; the hunt for a partner who can grow with the complex demands of Voicebox has been challenging, and Simon has turned to Intel to alleviate his current needs.Voicebox is powered by the Intel NUC for a computing solution that’s low in overhead but high in performance. They also recommend and install Intel NUC for their Voicebox Industries partners. “The combination of power and form-factor in the NUC is exactly what we were looking for. Having the Intel name behind it and the quality of the build is a big thing for us. The construction quality has been really good,” states Simon. And as the business continues to grow, he imagines Intel technology will remain a core part of his infrastructure. “Creating value is a virtue,” says Simon.For Simon, the ultimate competitive edge has been derived from investing in technology that will create value and a better human experience. Rather than saving on the initial investment, he prefers to embrace emerging technology that will challenge legacy systems and bring about a greater guest experience. If you’re a small business owner focusing on long-term goals, saving money in the short-term — such as retaining old systems for fear of wasting money on new solutions — can lead to losing money in the long-term.Here at Intel, we recognize that more and more small businesses are dealing with greater IT footprints yet lack to staff to oversee increasing demand. Every day, we continue to build our resources for small business owners hunting for that perfect solution.To continue the conversation and stay up to date on the latest Intel Small Business profile, follow us at @EmpowerSmallbiz or use #IntelSmallBiz.last_img read more