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In this week’s round-up of the latest apps, SEAN BACHER highlights AppMachine, WorldCard Link pro, an update for Silent Foto on BlackBerry, the TransUnion Car Value app and the Emergency Numbers SA App.

AppMachine

AppMachine is a web-based tool that allows users to build native iOS and Android apps for free. The tool doesn’t require any coding or programming on the user’s behalf, but instead uses a graphical user interface, allowing the developer to start off from a variety of templates. Once a template is selected, additional features and functions can be included into the app. To get started, register with a Facebook or Twitter account or via e-mail and start building.

Platform: Android and iOS.

Stockists: Visit www.appmachine.com

Expect to pay: Free registration, free to build, but payment is needed once the app gets published.

WorldCard Link pro

WorldCard Link pro is a contact management solution for a computer and iPhone. The package includes a cradle that docks with an iPhone and PC software that scans most business cards when they are slid in behind the phone. Once the card has been scanned, the contact details are automatically stored to the iPhone’s Contacts and are then synchronised with Outlook, Google and most other cloud-based e-mail clients. The software not only scans English cards, but is able to detect up to 21 other languages.

Platform: The software will only run on a PC and it only scans to iPhone 4 and 5 handsets.

Stockists: Visit www.worldcard.penpowerinc.com

Expect to pay: R750 for the cradle and software.

Silent Foto update

Since we last featured Silent Foto, S4BB Limited has released an update. The new version of Silent Foto has had a few minor bugs fixed and now lets users switch between the rear and front camera.

Platforms: BlackBerry OS 6, 7 and 10.

Stockists: BlackBerry World.

Expect to pay: Downloading the app is free and in-app purchases are available.

TransUnion Car Value app

The TransUnion Car Value app allows users to get up-to-date values on how much they would get when trading in or selling their vehicle, and how much they should offer when buying a new or second-hand car. The app also aids users when buying second-hand cars in that it shows if the car has been in any serious accidents, has had the odometer turned back or if the car has been reported stolen.

Platforms: Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android and Blackberry.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Expect to pay: A free download, but valuation reports cost R10 and verification reports start at R140.

Emergency Numbers SA App

The Emergency Numbers App gives users quick access to most emergency numbers in South Africa, including the police, fire department, ambulance, doctors and dentists in a specific area. There are over 500 South African towns and cities pre-programmed into the app. One-touch dialling is offered, meaning no fumbling around for numbers when time crucial. The app also offers the option of adding up to four personal numbers.

Platforms: Android and BlackBerry.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download with no adverts.

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AppDate: MTN ramps up international transfers

In his latest app roundup, SEAN BACHER focuses on MTN Homeland, big growth in FNB’s eWallet spend, Nedbank’s Money App Lite, Afri Ride and iKhokha Vend.

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MTN Homeland

MTN is ramping up its efforts to enhance access to digital and financial services for its customers. The company’s latest fintech innovation is a mobile remittance application – MTN Homeland –  aimed at facilitating money and airtime transfers from Europe to Africa and parts of the Middle East.

MTN Homeland allows remittances from Europe to Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Rwanda and Uganda, while airtime can be sent to Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

MTN Homeland also supports MTN’s contribution to the achievement of the tenth UN Sustainable Development Goal, which is to reduce inequality within and among countries. One of these SDG’s targets is to reduce the price of remittances to under 3% of the value of the remittance into Africa. MTN Homeland has been priced with that target in mind.

Platform: Any device with an up-to-date Internet browser

Expect to pay: A free service

Stockists: Visit MTN Homeland here

Read more about FNB’s increased usage in eWallets, Nedbank’s new Money Lite app, Afri Ride app for ride sharing, and iKhokha Vend.

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AppDate: Livin’ it Up improves money management

This app roundup by SEAN BACHER includes Livin’ it Up, MiBlackBox, Makro’s WhatsApp service, My Deezer Year and Giggle.

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Livin’ it Up

Capitec Bank has launched a game called Livin’ it Up.

The game allows users to test their money skills in a virtual world, while picking up tips for real life. Users play as different characters, all trying to achieve typical financial goals South Africans are striving to save for – like putting a sibling through university or buying a car.

Built by Cape Town-based games and animation solutions provider Sea Monster, Livin’ it Up was created for Capitec as a fresh, innovative approach to building South Africans’ financial capability.

“We want people to think differently about their money and to learn while having fun,” says Jean Rossouw, head of financial education at Capitec Bank. “The emphasis is on how you plan and prioritise your spending to balance your immediate ‘wants’ with the dreams you have for your future.” 

Players are required to use savvy money management strategies to deal with work and life events, including (occasional) load-shedding, while trying to save enough money to achieve their characters’ long-term goals. In the process, they get to design their own 3D homes and play a variety of career mini-games. 

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: The game can be downloaded here 

Visit the next page to read about a personal safety “Black Box”, Makro’s WhatsApp service, Deezer’s 2019 recap, and a social platform exclusively for women.

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