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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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As selfie cameras rise, so must selfie etiquette

Selfies were once a sign of narcissism or self-obsession. Now they are the new normal, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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You can blame Oxford Dictionaries for making the “selfie” respectable. After all, being named Word of the Year, as it was in 2013, does tend to soften some of the self-consciousness in this most self-conscious of actions.

Once seen as a symbol of narcissism and self-obsession, it is now the new normal, to the extent that most smartphones are sold on the basis of the front camera. Or, as that feature is now almost universally named by manufacturers, the “selfie camera”.

I was one of the hold-outs, having a near-allergy to the selfie. I still resist, but succumb more often than I would like. The reason for continued resistance is that it remains a big leap from the word becoming respectable to the action itself shedding its narcissistic image. 

For most, it’s already happened, and for that you can blame Ellen DeGeneres. She  choreographed the most famous group selfie yet at the 2014 Oscars, when she roped a bunch of actors into a group selfie, using the then-new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Her tweet of the photo became what was then the most retweeted posting ever on Twitter, and was estimated to have been worth a million dollars in marketing value to Samsung.

Ironically, it was Samsung’s up-and-coming challenger, Huawei, that came up with a new word for this type of selfie: the “groufie”. Thanks to an 8 Megapixel front camera on the new Huawei Ascend P7 camera that year which took the highest quality selfies – and groufies – possible on a smartphone at the time.

It didn’t end there, and selfies and groufies have morphed into variations like selfscapes (selfie in a landscape), skyfies (selfies from the air, using remote controlled devices) and jerkies (selfies to make an idiot out of yourself). I invented all of those on the fly, so it’s easy to imagine a new word emerging for every type of selfie.

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Mickey’s 90th for SA

Disney Africa announced the local launch of the Mickey the True Original campaign, joining the global festivities honouring 9 decades of Mickey Mouse, his heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon.

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As 18 November 2018 marks 90 years since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in November 1928, a series of world-wide celebrations will be taking place this year and South Africa is no different.

The campaign will come to life with engaging content and events that embrace Mickey’s impact on the past, present and future. The local festivities kick off in earnest this month, leading up to Mickey’s 90th anniversary on 18 November 2018 and beyond:

  • An exclusive local design project where ten highly talented South African artists will apply their own inspiration and artistic interpretation on 6-foot Mickey Mouse statues.
  • Once revealed to the public, the statues will form part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition, inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture. The exhibition will travel to 3 cities and delight fans and families alike as they journey with Mickey over the years. Featuring 4 sections highlighting Mickey’s innovation, his evolution, influence on fashion and also pop culture, the exhibition is in collaboration with Samsung and Edgars, and will visit:

o   Sandton City, Centre Court: 28 September – 14 October

o   Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Expo Explore Court: 19 October – 11 November

o   Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Centre Court: 16 November – 26 November

  • Samsung continues their collaboration with Disney as they honour Mickey’s 90th anniversary nationally at all Samsung and Edgars Stores. Entitled Unlocking the Imagination, fans are encouraged to visit these stores, take a selfie with a giant Mickey plush toy using their Samsung Galaxy Note9 and stand a chance to win not only a giant Mickey plush, but also an international family trip. Visit www.Samsung.com for more information
  • Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, a two-hour prime-time special, will be screened on M-Net 101 later this year. The elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the birthday fun for the internationally beloved character.
  • In addition, look out for special programming on Mickey’s birthday (18 November) across Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303), Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304) and Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309).
  • In retailers, Edgars will be stocking a complete collection of trendy fashion, accessories and footwear for the whole family, inspired entirely by Mickey Mouse.
  • Mickey will be the central theme of an in-store campaign nationwide this November and December, with brand new products, apparel, toys, as well as titles from Disney Publishing Worldwide, including books, arts & crafts and comics
  • Discovery Vitality and Disney are celebrating healthy, happy families this festive season by offering helpful and exciting tips and tricks on how to eat nutritious, yet delicious, foods, all inspired by Mickey. There’s also a trip to Disneyland Paris up for grabs. Log on to www.discovery.co.za/vitality for information.
  • And much more – check the press for updates

“Binding generations together more than any other animated character, Mickey Mouse is the “True Original” who reminds people of all ages of the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “With his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect with generations all over the world, no other character quite occupies a similar space in the hearts and minds of a global fan base and we are thrilled to be sharing these local festivities.”

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honour of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18th November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

South African fans are encouraged to share their Mickey Mouse moments on social media using the hashtag#Mickey90Africa.

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