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AppDate: No Gumtree password needed

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In his latest AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights Facebook’s Account Kit login service, Google Maps with traffic alerts, Sendr, Zoho Vault and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Portal Power.

Gumtree app with Account Kit

Gumtree is the first local company to implement Facebook’s Account Kit login service to its app. The Account Kit service allows users to log in to their Gumtree account using either Facebook credentials or a phone number. When using a phone number, an SMS is sent to that device with a code, should the user not have a Facebook account.

Platform: Visit the store linked to your device.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Google Maps with traffic alerts

The latest version of Google Maps now features traffic alerts to help one avoid jams and get to meetings on time. When a destination is typed into Google Maps, spoken alerts for upcoming traffic conditions are announced, allowing a driver to select a different route that is less busy. When on the road, Google Maps gives a heads-up if congestion lies ahead, and how long the delay will be.

Platform: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Sendr

The Sendr smart-phone mobile application is designed to assist individuals, businesses, and private and public entities with point-to-point delivery of small goods and items. Sendr gives users live and continuous tracking of the item’s progress from its pick-up point, until it has been delivered.

Platform: iOS and Android.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Zoho Vault password manager

Zoho Vault password manager is designed for individuals and teams. For the individual, all passwords are stored online, are encrypted with AES-256 standard, and are easily accessed from any device. For teams, certain passwords can quickly be shared between individual members or in bulk among numerous users. Zoho Vault also lets administrators keep track of who has accessed the password list and which passwords were used.

Platform: iOS and Android

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Portal Power

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Portal Power game is the third that is inspired by Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series. Although the game is suited to youngsters, it should provide some entertainment for older gamers. Players are able to control one or all four turtles as they travel through different dimensions to stop their enemy, Shredder and his evil clan, from unleashing a diabolical plot. Each turtle has signature moves for the player to master as one navigates from sewer to sewer in New York City.

Platform: iOS and Android

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Expect to pay: R85

 

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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Huawei goes ultra-premium

Porsche Design and Huawei have launched the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS in South Africa exclusive to MTN and retailing for R 26 459.

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The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS boasts features like the world’s first dual fingerprint design, including an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) processor and Leica triple camera with 40MP image capture.

“After the overwhelming success of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Pro in South Africa, we now bring you our latest offering, a perfect blend of innovation in a smartphone and luxury design,” said Likun Zhao, Vice President of Huawei Consumer Business Group Southern Africa. “From three-point security feature including facial recognition, rear fingerprint scanner and the new innovative in-screen fingerprint to the Leica triple camera system. it culminates in an unprecedented experience for our customers.”

The device incorporates Porsche Design’s signature design language and Huawei’s breakthrough technology.  The phone has a 6” 2K curved OLED screen and symmetrical look, minimalist feel and 8-edged 3D curved glass body.

High performance is symbolised by the naming of the smartphone: the term “RS” in the world of Porsche motorsport stands for outstanding racing performance.

Huawei provided the following information on The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS benefits and features :

·         The world’s first dual fingerprint scanner for enhanced convenience, allowing users to wake and unlock the device simply, thanks to an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Hover to wake the device, touch to unlock it

·         The winning combination of Leica triple camera with 40MP RGB sensor technology and exceptional photography powered by Master AI. This combination puts effortless, eye-catching photography at the fingertips of those looking to immortalise their favourite moments. Combined with 5 x hybrid zoom, and the world’s first AI image stabilisation on a smartphone camera ensures photography lovers can capture the best shots with exceptional clarity in almost any situation

·         The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the first Huawei handset to allow quick wireless charging, making it even easier to keep the phone topped up and ready to go and, thanks to its long lasting battery, users will easily be powered through the busiest of days

·         An ‘intelligent’ smartphone, the powerful AI processor automatically tailors the performance of the phone according to how it is used – constantly learning, understanding and anticipating needs, it is the perfect personal assistant for the pocket

·         256GB of internal storage means those constantly on the go and constantly on their phone can be worry free

·         Dual SLS (super linear system) speakers with DOLBY ATMOS enable users to have a superior experience, with the best immersive surround sound and entertainment on the go

·         Splash, water and dust resistant, which means there is no need to worry about damaging the device in the rain or accidentally dropping it in water

Jan Becker, CEO Porsche Design Group, said: “Both Porsche Design and Huawei seek to imagine and develop products that stand for precision and perfection, intelligent functionality and highly sophisticated design. Our aim was to create an outstanding device that goes one step further. We believe we have reached this goal by taking our partnership to the next level.”

Porsche Design and Huawei have worked in tandem to develop a smartphone that fuses together the two brands’ DNA, wealth of experience in design and technology, industry-leading expertise and exceptional performance. Through the use of colour in the device’s body, software themes and accessories, the new handset is accentuated with Porsche Design’s distinguished aesthetic and purist, minimalist feel.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS will be available to purchase exclusively from MTN at R 26 459.

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Cross-channel chat launched

Clickatell has launched a cross-channel live chat service, Touch Go, that transforms omni-channel customer care.

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It enables live chat across a company’s website as well as social platforms (Twitter and Facebook) and mobile apps, bringing customer care and engagement into a single business platform.

“Today’s consumers expect to engage with your brand on the digital channel of their choosing,” says Deon van Heerden, Clickatell Engage CEO and Group CFO. “They want to message your business and instantly have queries resolved, find the information and services they are looking for, without the need for a voice call. Clickatell’s Touch Go makes that happen with the right level of capabilities for businesses of all sizes.”

Businesses can start using Touch Go immediately, with a free Starter option. Touch Go requires no credit card for sign-up and is fully featured with a simple setup process. It offers customisable branding, a unified chat desk business application as well as reports and analytics.

As the business scales up its digital customer care, it can opt-in for the Touch Enterprise offering. Touch Enterprise is designed for scaling up customer care efforts through advanced capabilities including AI driven virtual agents, sentiment analysis, automated workflows, enterprise integrations and in-channel mini-applications.

“Customer care has become a defining factor for sustained business success ” says Nirmal Nair, Clickatell Engage EVP Product & Marketing. “In an ever-increasing mobile native world, customers often choose to interact digitally, but they also expect to be able to reach a human immediately, should they need. Monitoring multiple channels and providing immediate action becomes challenging with siloed deployments. Touch’s unified solution allows businesses of all sizes to provide the customer delight in a simple modular approach.”

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