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DStv Now app expands, FNB gets Snapchat lens, Spotify offers data saver mode, in SEAN BACHER’s apps roundup

FNB with Snapchat lens

FNB has become the first bank in South Africa to use Snapchat lens, and the first financial institution to use Snapchat filters, as an interactive social media experience to drive brand engagement among young users.

The use of Snapchat lens is designed to make paying through Snapchat easier, as users simply have to take a selfie and can then apply a filter to authorise the app to make the payment at the point of sale.

FNB believes the introduction of technology like Snapchat lens shows its loyalty to its customers and that it is continually at the forefront of technology.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Spotify Free with data saver

Spotify Free with data saver mode offers automatic bitrate streaming at 24kbps – perfect for when a user’s data is running low. Although this is a lot slower than other streaming services, users can listen to music for free for as long as they want – or until their data runs out. Unfortunately, though, when in Data Saver mode, the user is inundated with adverts.

Should they want to get rid of the adverts, they would need to upgrade to the premium version, which costs R59.99 per month.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.


It is January and just about everyone’s New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or get into shape. Many will be buying new gadgets and downloading apps to reach their desired fitness goal, but a simple app like 00:37 gets the job done efficiently and easily. The app acts as a basic timer for fitness activities, allowing the user to set the amount of time they want to dedicate for each exercise, as well as how many sets they want. It is one of the few fitness apps that lets one simply indicate how many times an exercise is to be performed. While the app itself doesn’t have exercise activities built into it, this is ideal if one already have an idea of the exercise one wants to do and want an app with a basic and uncluttered user interface to help reach the goal.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the Google Play Store.

Sean Bacher is a freelance technology writer. For more reviews and interviews, follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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