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AppDate: Watch wildebeest migrate live

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In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights the Wildebeest migration live streaming, CrashDetech, Wazupa, Domestly, Typeeto and Swift Playgrounds.

Wildebeest migration live streaming

WildEarth, in partnership with HerdTracker, is currently live streaming the wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, via Facebook and YouTube. The live broadcasts are hosted daily on HerdTracker’s Facebook page and WildEarth’s safariLIVE

YouTube channel from 16:00 to 23:30 EAT (East Africa Time) and will centre on the wildebeest migration crossing the Nile crocodile-infested Mara River, as well as on predatory action of lions hunting at night in the Masai Mara.

Platform: Most devices with an up-to-date Internet browser.

Stockists: Search for the safariLIVE Live Stream channel on YouTube or view it here:  http://www.discoverafrica.com/herdtracker/

Expect to pay: Free to watch.

 

CrashDetech

There are numerous in-case-of-emergency applications available on both the Android and Apple stores – most of them performing the same functions. CrashDetech offers users the ability to input emergency contact details, medical aid details and other vital information.

However, it goes a step further in that it is continually monitoring one’s trips and has a one-touch button to dial an emergency operator, should the need arise. Furthermore, the app uses a phone’s accelerometer to detect any abrupt stops and then notifies the same emergency operators, who then attempt to make contact with the user. Should there be no answer, emergency personnel are automatically dispatched to the scene of the accident using the phone’s GPS co-ordinates.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: www.crashdetech.com

Expect to pay: Various packages are available, with the Elite version costing R110 per month.

 

Wazupa

Fancy a home cooked meal but have no time to make it yourself? South Africans have a solution for a better, healthier lifestyle. Order a meal from someone who lives close to you and pay with the tap of a screen. Wazupa connects ‘Home Chefs’ to ‘Grazers’, those who like to eat, and creates a convenient location-based marketplace. Users can collect their meals or have them delivered for a fee. To order a meal, Grazers simply check what each chef has available, then select, order, decide to collect, or request delivery, and make payment. Much like Uber, the app uses a rating system for each chef. Until recently, Wazupa was only available in Joburg and Pretoria where it was piloted, but it is now available nationwide.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Domestly

Domestly, South Africa’s first on-demand cleaning app, recognised as this year’s Best Consumer App and overall MTN App of the Year, has now been rolled out in Johannesburg. Once installed, users make a selection from one of over 500 reviewed cleaners, specify the date and time they would like their help to arrive and choose whether they would need them for a full or half day. Users also have the option of searching for their help based on price, and payment is made directly from the app through a credit card or EFT.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: www.domestly.com

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Typeeto

Typeeto makes typing long texts on a mobile device much easier and quicker. It does this by connecting a Mac keyboard to devices like Apple TV, iPads, iPhones and also Android devices.  In addition to using a full-scale keyboard to bang out text for WhatsApp messages,

the app allows users to play/pause/rewind or fast-forward any media file. It also offers the option to switch from one device to another when copying and pasting text. In order to use the Mac keyboard, users install the Typeeto app on their device and pair it to the keyboard using Bluetooth – no additional software is needed.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds is a programming app designed for beginners. It is specifically designed for use on Apple’s range of iPads and uses real coding concepts which are brought to life with an interactive interface – no more hard-coding lines and lines of codes and then spending hours filtering out all the bugs. Despite being aimed at beginners, the programming language is currently being used by professional developers to create world-class apps.

Platform: iOS

Stockists: Visit the Apple app Store

Expect to pay: A free download

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

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Load-shedding leads
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South Africans are searching in the dark, according to the latest Google Search trends.

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With more 1 million search queries generated in the space of 76 hours, load-shedding was by far the top trending search on Google South Africa this week.

Valentine’s Day came a distant second.

After news emerged last Sunday of the impending stage 3 load shedding, South Africans had generated more than 1-million load-shedding search queries by the time Tuesday came around:

  • “Loadshedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Eskom load shedding” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding Cape Town” – generated more than 50k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 400k on Monday
  • “Load shedding Johannesburg” – generated more than 20k searches on Monday
  • Load shedding schedule” generated more than 200k search queries on Tuesday

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, South Africans generated close to 300k search queries related to the romantic festival, including searches for quotes and gift ideas:

  • “Valentines Day” generated more than 100k search queries on Thursday
  • “Happy Valentines Day Images” and “Valentines Day Images” generated more than 10k search queries each on Thursday, with “Happy Valentines Day 2019” generating more than 20k search queries on Wednesday
  • “Valentines Day Specials 2019” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
  • “Love quotes” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
  • “Valentines Day quotes” generated more than 100k search queries and “Valentine messages” generated more than 50 000 search queries on Wednesday

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

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Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s a new opportunity to help kickstart the careers of local filmmakers.

Numerous Hollywood blockbusters (District 9Tomb Raider 2018, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron to name a few) have featured substantial shoots in Johannesburg and Cape Town. While providing great opportunities for SA’s production talent, aspiring writers and directors don’t get the same benefit.

So where can local creatives showcase their work? Broadcast TV isn’t a natural home for unknown short films, and while self-publishing platforms are readily available hosting options, it’s tough to get noticed and get traffic when competing with videos from across the planet.

But with the emergence of video-on-demand services into the mainstream, there’s now a solution. The African film school AFDA has teamed up with the streaming service Showmax to give local talent a much larger platform than ever before. From 18 February, eighteen of the best recent short films made by AFDA students from their Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses will be live on Showmax. Drama, documentary, fantasy, and animation are all represented, in pieces running from under eight minutes to almost half-an-hour long. The full list of movies is included below.

Teresa Passchier, CEO of AFDA, said: “AFDA, Africa’s number-one school for the Creative Economy, is proud to kickstart this exciting and meaningful journey with Showmax and AFDA students, ensuring emerging young African filmmakers’ voices are heard and given a platform. It’s ground-breaking to share young, local, culturally relevant content on the same platform as Hollywood blockbusters. I am certain that this unique initiative will serve to boost and develop the African film industry and the careers of many young South African and African students alike.”

Included in the short films coming to Showmax are the award winners Junior and O-PunchaJunior, directed by Bert Dijkstra, picked up the Audience Award in the Made in South Africa Competition at the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival Awards 2017. O-Puncha, directed by Adam Hansen, won two awards at the 5th annual Eldorado Film Festival: Best Student Made Short, and Best Editing – Alexander La Cock.

Another celebrated film is Sicela Amanzi directed by Mlu Godola, which talks to the subject of water shortage. The film’s heroine Zoleka is a mild-mannered young woman forced to go to extreme lengths when a small community’s only source of water unexpectedly collapses. The power of films like this is they shine a light on critical topical issues in new ways.

Speaking about working with the film school, Candice Fangueiro, Head of Content for Showmax, said: “There’s immense depth of filmmaking talent in Africa and it’s a privilege to be able to give that talent a home and a platform. Showmax is becoming part of the fabric of film and TV production in Africa, and importantly we’re doing this as a partner rather than just as a consumer. This is a key competitive advantage of being local and something we aim to continue to work on.”

AFDA is an Academy Award-winning institution, founded in 1994, and the first and only African film school to win an Oscar – for the Best Foreign Student film in 2006, the postgraduate film Elalini, directed by Tristan Holmes.

The full list of AFDA short films coming to Showmax is as follows:

Film titleDirectorGenre
Lullaby from the CryptKeenan Lott & Raven DavidsAnimation
Ko Ga CherenyaneSibonokuhle MyatazaDocumentary
IzilwaneKyllian RouxDrama
MallemeuleJaco Van BoschDrama
Canal StreetBrodie MuirheadDrama
On the FenceWarrick BewsDrama
The Righteous FewLindo LangaDrama
Hlogoma PeakLuke AhrensDrama
Frozen FlameCameron HeathmanAnimation
WolfBrett van DortFantasy
The Walk HomeSisanda DyantyiDrama
BearWesley RoodtDrama
JuniorBert DijkstraDrama
O-PunchaAdam HansenDrama
UmngenoSiphosethu NdungeDrama
DoreenLuvuyo Equiano NyawoseDrama
ForeverLindo LangaMusical
Sicela AmanziMlu GodolaDrama

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