In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER tries out Pokemon Go and highlights FlipSell, LogBox, 1Fetch and Swift Playgrounds.
Getting kids and adults out and about has been an unexpected spin-off of Nintendo’s big new hit, Pokemon Go. The game uses a player’s location and augmented reality to display a range of Pokemons in their vicinity. It is then up to the player to hunt down the Pokemon, lob power balls at it and ultimately catch it. Some Pokemons are more difficult to catch than others, and the more characters caught, the more experience points a player gains. Nintendo has only released the game in a few countries, but there are work-arounds for those who want
to play it in South Africa. In effect, one “sideloads” the app directly from a download site rather than installing from an app store. A quick search on the Internet on how to install Pokemon Go in South Africa will reveal all the answers you need. Just do an additional search to ensure its a safe download source.
Platform: Android and iOS
Expect to pay: A free download, but with quite a few in-app purchases.
Stockists: Pokemon Go is available from various sources on the Internet.
Fraud, theft and personal security are some of the issues consumers contend with when buying or selling second-hand goods through online classifieds. FlipSell, a new online classified service, is designed to take away the hassle and unease of dealing with a stranger, with its online transaction system. Through FlipSell’s online system, sellers receive offers to purchase via SMS or email, which they can accept, decline or counter, without ever having to directly engage with buyers. Consumers looking to buy second-hand goods can also engage in online transactions with peace of mind, with FlipSell taking on the role of intermediary between the buyer and seller. FlipSell will collect the goods from the seller and deliver to the buyer, which also frees sellers from the added expense of arranging delivery.
Platform: Any Internet browser.
Expect to pay: Free to use but with a commission being paid to
FlipSell on any successful sales.
Stockists: Visit www.flipsell.co.za
Developed by local surgeon Dr. Neal Goldstein, in collaboration with EPI-USE, LogBox allows patients to capture and share their personal information electronically with medical practitioners and any other healthcare professionals. LogBox is a free mobile and web-based application. The idea behind LogBox is to save patients the time previously wasted in repeatedly filling in or updating paper forms at each medical practice they visit. The application is not restricted to any medical aid or hospital group. Apart from doctors, it can be used by any person involved in the healthcare industry, including dieticians, physiotherapists and optometrists,.
Platform: Android and iOS
Expect to pay: Free to use.
Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.
1Fetch is an on-demand, same-day, hand-to-hand motorbike delivery service. Similar to Uber, 1Fetch connects users with drivers and runs from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. The company guarantees collection of a package within 90 minutes of the order being placed. Once collected, the package is delivered directly to its destination, with no stops along the way. The entire process, from collection to delivery is done through the app, allowing users to monitor exactly where their parcel is and when it will be delivered.
Platform: Android and iOS
Expect to pay: A free download, with a charge of R11 per kilometre and a minimum delivery charge of R50.
Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.
Swift Playgrounds is designed specifically for the iPad and aims to make coding easy and fun. It brings coding to life with an interactive interface that encourages students and beginners to explore working with Swift, the programming language from Apple that is used by professional developers to create apps. Swift Playgrounds includes Apple-developed programming lessons where students write code to guide onscreen characters through a graphical world by solving puzzles and mastering challenges as they learn core coding concepts. The app also features built-in templates to help users express their creativity and create real programmes that can be shared with friends, using Mail or Messages or posted to the web.
Expect to pay: A free download for a limited time only.
Stockists: Visit the App Store for downloading instruction.
Now download a bank account
Absa has introduced an end-to-end account opening for new customers, through the Absa Banking App, which can be downloaded from the Android and Apple app stores. This follows the launch of the world first ChatBanking on WhatsApp service.
This “download your account” feature enables new customers to Absa, to open a Cheque account, order their card and start transacting on the Absa Banking App, all within minutes, from anywhere and at any time, by downloading it from the App stores.
“Overall, this new capability is not only expected to enhance the customer’s digital experience, but we expect to leverage this in our branches, bringing digital experiences to the branch environment and making it easier for our customers to join and bank with us regardless of where they may be,” says Aupa Monyatsi, Managing Executive for Virtual Channels at Absa Retail & Business Banking.
“With this innovation comes the need to ensure that the security of our customers is at the heart of our digital experience, this is why the digital onboarding experience for this feature includes a high-quality facial matching check with the Department of Home Affairs to verify the customer’s identity, ensuring that we have the most up to date information of our clients. Security is supremely important for us.”
The new version of the Absa Banking App is now available in the Apple and Android App stores, and anyone with a South African ID can become an Absa customer, by following these simple steps:
- Download the Absa App
- Choose the account you would like to open
- Tell us who you are
- To keep you safe, we will verify your cell phone number
- Take a selfie, and we will do facial matching with the Department of Home Affairs to confirm you are who you say you are
- Tell us where you live
- Let us know what you do for a living and your income
- Click Apply.
How we use phones to avoid human contact
A recent study by Kaspersky Lab has found that 75% of people pick up their connected device to avoid conversing with another human being.
Connected devices are becoming essential to keeping people in contact with each other, but for many they are also a much-needed comfort blanket in a variety of social situations when they do not want to interact with others. A recent survey from Kaspersky Lab has confirmed this trend in behaviour after three-quarters of people (75%) admitted they use a device to pretend to be busy when they don’t want to talk to someone else, showing the importance of keeping connected devices protected under all circumstances.
Imagine you’ve arrived at a bar and you’re waiting for your date. The bar is busy, and people are chatting all around you. What do you do now? Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know? Grab your phone from your pocket or handbag until your date arrives to keep yourself busy? Why talk to humans or even make eye-contact with someone else when you can stare at your connected device instead?
The truth is, our use of devices is making it much easier to avoid small talk or even be polite to those around us, and new Kaspersky Lab research has found that 72% of people use one when they do not know what to do in a social situation. They are also the ‘go-to’ distraction for people even when they aren’t trying to look busy or avoid someone’s eye. 46% of people admit to using a device just to kill time every day and 44% use it as a daily distraction.
In addition to just being a distraction, devices are also a lifeline to those who would rather not talk directly to another person in day-to-day situations, to complete essential tasks. In fact, nearly a third (31%) of people would prefer to carry out tasks such as ordering a taxi or finding directions to where they need to go via a website and an app, because they find it an easier experience than speaking with another person.
Whether they are helping us avoid direct contact or filling a void in our daily lives, our constant reliance on devices has become a cause for panic when they become unusable. A third (34%) of people worry that they will not be able to entertain themselves if they cannot access a connected device. 12% are even concerned that they won’t be able to pretend to be busy if their device is out of action.
Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab said, “The reliance on connected devices is impacting us in more ways than we could have ever expected. There is no doubt that being connected gives us the freedom to make modern life easier, but devices are also vital to help people get through different and difficult social situations. No matter what your ‘connection crutch’ is, it is essential to make sure your device is online and available when you need it most.”
To ensure your device lifeline is always there and in top health – no matter what the reason or situation – Kaspersky Security Cloud keeps your connection safe and secure:
· I want to use my device while waiting for a friend – is it secure to access the bar’s Wi-Fi?
With Kaspersky Security Cloud, devices are protected against network threats, even if the user needs to use insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is done through transferring data via an encrypted channel to ensure personal data safety, so users’ devices are protected on any connection.
· Oh no! I’m bored but my phone’s battery is getting low – what am I going to do?
Users can track their battery level thanks to a countdown of how many minutes are left until their device shuts down in the Kaspersky Security Cloud interface. There is also a wide-range of portable power supplies available to keep device batteries charged while on-the-go.
· I’ve lost my phone! How will I keep myself entertained now?
Should the unthinkable happen and you lose or have your phone stolen, Kaspersky Security Cloud can track and protect your device from data breaches, for complete peace of mind. Remote lock and locate features ensure your device remains secure until you are reunited.