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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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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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