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In this AppDate issue, SEAN BACHER highlights Mobi Moola, Qlik Playground, ttrumpet with the Ward feature,  LikeMoney.co.za and HouseMe.

Mobi Moola

Mobi Moola, an app aimed at enabling cellphone users to pay for public transport using their airtime, was named the winner at the recent TADHack challenge sponsored by MTN. The app was designed for people who use taxis daily and don’t have the correct amount of cash for a trip. Mobi Moola uses USSD and can be installed on most smartphones or feature phones to transfer payment to taxi operators, using airtime from any mobile operator. The taxi driver generates a QR code which generates a USSD string, or a QR code is placed on the side of a taxi and scanned, launching the payment system.

 

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download

 

ttrumpet with Ward Feature

The locally developed ttrumpet community app now includes a Ward feature. This allow consumers to report service delivery issues such as blocked drains, burst pipes, electricity outages, missing manhole covers, refuse issues, and faulty street signs. The app uses a device’s geo-location, so municipalities know exactly where the issues are and can move to correct them. Users can then access that fault through the app to view its current status and time it will take until it is repaired.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

LikeMoney.co.za 

LikeMoney.co.za allows South Africans to make more informed decisions when choosing a particular service or product. For example, users can compare financial products based on what their friends and other social media users like and recommend. They can then use the website to compare credit card deals, bank account costs, insurance costs, investment returns and broadband deals. LikeMoney is designed  to provide unbiased, objective and independent information so users can evaluate the benefits of financial and consumer products without being pressured by any one provider.

 

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

Stockists: www.likemoney.co.za

Expect to pay: A free service.

 

HouseMe

These days finding a suitable tenant can be a challenge. Although you can interview and do a few background checks on a candidate, you never really know who you are inviting to move in with you. HouseMe, a mobile app and web portal, aims to streamline the process. It offers an online auction mechanism where landlords receive bids on their rental properties from prospective tenants eager to secure their accommodation. Through its growing database of registered users, HouseME also offers tenant-rating scores to give landlords peace of mind when selecting a tenant and includes guaranteed rental for landlord. From a tenant’s perspective, because some come from all over South Africa and are not always able to view property, the HouseMe app verifies every listed property and provides the most recent photos.

 

Platform: Android or any device with an Internet browser.

Stockists: www.houseme.co.za

Expect to pay: A free service.

 

Qlik Playground

Qlik Playground is a web-based application that gives developers an easy way to learn about, use, and experiment with the Qlik platform. The app gives developers a “sandbox” to experiment and try out specific APIs for working with, analysing, and visualising data. By connecting to their own data and accessing public data sets through Qlik’s APIs, developers can get hands-on experience on how certain data sets interact with others, and bring them to life visually.

 

Platform: An up-to-date Internet browser

Stockists: www.qlik.com

Expect to pay: Free to use.

 

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

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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