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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 Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record

A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.

DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?

“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.

At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.

It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.

Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.

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Dakar Rally

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The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.

Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.

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