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AppDate: Absa brings Masterpass to banking app

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In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights Absa’s MasterPass, Cell C MiAssist, NordVPN for Android, PokerConnect and QualityTime.

Absa Masterpass

Absa’s new Masterpass App is a digital wallet powered by Mastercard, enabling South Africans to make payments with their phones wherever Masterpass is accepted. Payments via the Absa Masterpass App currently gives people the power to make online purchases using the digital wallet on their smartphones, without needing to carry their bank cards with them. Absa customers will also soon be able to do in-store shopping using Absa Masterpass, with a variety of merchants presently being signed up. Consumers can store all their MasterCard or other branded credit, debit or cheque card information, and shipping and billing address details, securely in the Absa Masterpass digital wallet. This gives them the ability to make secure payments wherever they see the Masterpass logo, without the hassle of entering these details each time they purchase an item using their Masterpass digital wallet.

Platform: iOS and Android

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Cell C MiAssist

Cell C and Cellfind have partnered up to launch Cell C MiAssist. Like many of the emergency apps available, the Cell C MiAssist app gives users access to pre-defined contacts at the click of a button. Once the panic button is pushed, the app uses Cellfind’s location-based technology to provide contacts with the smartphone’s GPS co-ordinates. Dedicated crisis managers are on call 24/7 and will immediately dispatch a road or air ambulance to provide life support and take the patient to the nearest hospital. In addition to providing help on the road, a home assist feature helps customers deal with home emergencies and also provides a list of emergency plumbers, electricians, etc., when urgent action needs to be taken to minimise damage to the home.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: R45 per month

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

NordVPN for Android

NordVPN is a virtual private network specially designed for  Android. It is fairly easy to use as it requires no setup. All one has to do is select a destination on the interactive map to where an encrypted message needs to be sent. NordVPN offers in-app support via live chat and, besides being used to encrypt messages, can also be used to securely create a connection to video on demand services like Netflix.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: R114 per month

Stockists: Visit the Google Play Store.

 

PokerConnect

PokerConnect is the first poker app that allows users to play across platforms offline through their PokerConnect app on the device – a great addition for players who have little or no Internet connectivity.  The PokerConnect app serves as a digital poker table and gamblers have the option of playing with real money or with chips. PokerConnect offers a single-player mode where one plays against the computer, or multi-player mode where up to ten players can sit in at a table.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

QualityTime

Have you ever wondered how much time you spend on your phone and on which apps you spend the most time? The QualityTime app measures this and provides a breakdown of the time you have spent on the phone. In addition to measuring the time a device has been used, it also lets one set break alarms for when a time-out from work is due. Users can also use QualityTime to turn off all notifications for a set period of time.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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