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AppDate: Get your game on with Rugby 2015

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In this AppDate edition, SEAN BACHER highlights the Official Rugby 2015 app, loveLife mobile site, Boomerang Pet Photo Booth, Leawo iOS Data Recovery, Elmedia Player media player for Mac OS X, Revamped Opera Mini for Android, infltr camera filter app and Pac-Man 256.

Official Rugby 2015 app

All rugby fanatics need to do to get started with this this app is select the team they are supporting. The app will then automatically organise content according to that team, displaying fixtures, scores, news and analysis. Reminders can be set for upcoming games that that team is playing and if you are in the area, tickets can be booked. The app also offers the opportunity to live-stream commentary from games as and when they are broadcast, and it lets users test their rugby knowledge through the trivia section.

Platform: Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS 10 and above and Windows Phone 8.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

loveLife mobile site

The recently launched loveLife mobi site, iloveLife.mobi, is aimed at South Africans aged from 15 to 24 in urban and rural areas. The concept is to reward them for making healthy choices and therefore encourage responsible behaviour as adolescents. By registering, participants can partake in educational quizzes, complete self-assessments, check into clinics or sporting events and be rewarded through points and prizes. A USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) service has been enabled for youth living in rural areas without access to smartphones. They simply key in *120*2121# and the service provides instant access to all the content on the mobi site.

Platform: Any cellphone with compatible browser.

Stockists: Visit iloveLife.mobi or SMS*120*2121# to access the site.

Expect to pay: A free service.

 

Boomerang Pet Photo Booth

Boomerang Pet Photo Booth is a content creation app that allows users to upload images of their household pet, which they can then edit and manipulate with visual content from Boomerang. Options include the ability to place a Scooby Doo collar on their pet dog or even give their rabbit a Bugs Bunny signature toothy smile. Various props and stickers are available. The app then allows for images to be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – not recommended though, as there are enough weird-looking animals plaguing social networks as it is.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Leawo iOS Data Recovery

Leawo iOS Data Recovery helps Apple users recover deleted data even without an iTunes device backup. The dedicated iOS data recovery utility can recover multiple deleted data files by scanning the device’s memory. When using this utility, users can recover six data types, including Contacts, Messages (MMS/SMS/iMessages), Call History, Calendars, Reminders and Notes. When the app is run in normal mode, data can be extracted from an iTunes backup, where files can be pinpointed and exported to a computer for restoration.

Platform: All new and older Apple devices are supported. A PC or Apple Mac is also needed for restoration.

Expect to pay: R840

Stockists: http://www.leawo.org

 

Elmedia Player media player for Mac OS X

Elmedia Player media player for Mac OS X supports a wide range of video formats and even some that are hardly used anymore. Installation is as easy as dragging the downloaded app into the Apps folder. The free version of the player only allows users to watch downloaded videos, but the Pro version offers the ability to watch and download online videos from YouTube and similar video streaming sites. Pro users can also take screen shots of their videos.

Platform: Mac OS X and above.

Expect to pay: Free but with limited functionality. The Pro version costs R245.

Stockists: www.mac.eltima.com

 

Revamped Opera Mini for Android

The latest version of Opera Mini for Android allows users to switch between two compression modes: high and extreme. The high compression mode compresses web pages without affecting the page display, making it great for surfing the web on 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi networks. When in extreme mode, web pages are compressed at a much higher rate, giving users a high-speed Internet experience, but displaying content at a lower resolution.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Google Play Store.

 

infltr camera filter app

infltr is a camera filter app that lets users add any one of five million pre-set filters to their images before they take a picture. Filters are changed by the user in real-time by searching through the various categories until a suitable one is found. Once applied, tweaks can be made to the filter before the photo is taken.

Platform: iOS with Android version coming out soon.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Apple App store.

 

Pac-Man 256

To celebrate Pac-Man’s recent 35th anniversary, Pac-Man 256 has been announced for tablets and smartphones. Much like the original, players need to navigate Pac-Man through various mazes while avoiding ghosts and collecting fruits and chomping away at Pac-Dots. In addition to the standard Power-Pellets that let Pac-Man eat ghosts, power-ups like stealth mode, tornados and laser beams can be collected.

Platform: iOS and Android.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Apple App Store, Amazon Store or Google Play Store for free.

* 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.”

Click here or on the page link below to read on: Page 2: Soldiers and Health in 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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Street art goes electric

Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.

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The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.

The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.

D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.

D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.

“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”

As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”

Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”

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