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AppDate: Matching security to Internet connection

In his latest AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights Kaspersky Secure Connection, GetMyBoat, LogoScan, Live Connected and Cowa Bunga.

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Kaspersky Secure Connection

The Kaspersky Secure Connection app is designed to protect user data transmitted via the Internet. More to the point, the app allows one to customise the level of security required, depending on the connection being used. For instance, should a user connect to an unknown Wi-Fi network, maximum security would be recommended so as to prevent hackers from accessing any personal information. When connecting to a known network, settings can be dropped. Security options can also be adjusted to suit the sites visited and the apps that are opened; obviously, maximum security settings will be implemented when accessing a banking site.

Kaspersky Secure Connection allows 200 MB of free encrypted traffic per day. The paid version of the solution offers unlimited traffic for five devices for one year.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: The free version offers 200 MB of free encrypted data per day. The paid version offers unlimited encrypted data and costs R500 per year.

 

GetMyBoat

With the holiday season approaching, it is time to get your reservations and activities sorted. The GetMyBoat app started 2013 as a place to simply rent a boat. Since then, it has expanded to 184 countries and now offers over 108 000 water experiences. Users can also book fishing boats, surfing lessons, paddleboards, rafting trips and diving tours, among other.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

LogoScan

Instead of scanning a company’s RFID code to get its details, LogoScan allows one to scan its logo and, using augmented reality (AR), view the company’s website, services and other offerings. At the moment only a handful of companies have had their logos “activated”. When scanned in the real world, they will provide the brand’s digital content in augmented reality. The thinking behind LogoScan is that it has the potential to become a new search method, in addition to a Google search or using voice services like Siri.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Live Connected

With the busy work lives some parents have, it is sometimes difficult to leave the office to collect children from school, take them to sporting events and help with homework. The Live Connected app helps by allowing a parent to create pick-up/drop-off points and then share them with Villagers – friends or family that are able to fill in for them. The Live Connected app also allows parents to communicate with their children and locate their current position as well as get reminders of important dates, such as doctor’s appointments.

Platform: Android and iOS.

Expect pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Cowa Bunga

As petrol prices continue to increase, so too does the cost of food and the delivery of goods in general. Cowa Bunga, a cloud-based delivery app, is designed to help couriers and food delivery companies cut back on their petrol by selecting the quickest route to the destination. It does this by using data collected from over 50 000 deliveries already completed, combined with traffic conditions at the time of dispatch. According to a Cowa Bunga spokesperson, the solution has saved customers an average of 6 250 hours of driving time due to optimising routes. This, in turn, has saved an average of 25% on fuel costs.

Once signed up with Cowa Bunga, customers are given a customised dashboard that allows them to monitor their drivers, fleets, orders and routes. Drivers are given a mobile app similar to Google Maps, with a street view and turn-by-turn instructions. The mobile app also allows a customer to pay the driver directly with a credit card and then rate the overall service.

The app recently won the MTN Best Enterprise App of the year award,

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: The app is free to download, but companies wanting to sign up with Cowa Bunga need to visit www.cowabunga.co.za

Stockists: Visit www.cowabunga.co.za for more information.

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Notre Dame, Scoop Makhathini, GoT, top week in search

From fire disaster to social media disaster, the top Google searches this week covered a wide gamut of themes.

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Paris and the whole world looked on in shock as the 856-year-old medieval Catholic cathedral crumbled into ash. The tragic infernal destruction of this tourist attraction of historical and religious significance led South Africans to generate more than 200 000 search queries for “Notre Dame Cathedral” on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that razed the architectural icon.

In other top trending searches on Google this week, radio presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi, AKA Scoop Makhathini, went viral when it appeared he had taken to Twitter to expose his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede, for cheating on him. Scoop has since come out to say that he was not responsible for the bitter rant and that his account was hacked. “Scoop Makhathini” generated more than 20 000 search queries on Wednesday.

Fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for “Sam Smith” on Tuesday ahead of the the British superstar’s Cape Town performance at the Grand West Casino. Smith ended up cutting his performance short that night due to vocal strain.

Local Game of Thrones superfans were beside themselves on Sunday, searching the internet high and low for the first episode of the American fantasy drama’s eighth season. “Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1” generated more than 100 000 queries on Google Search on the weekend.

As the festivities kicked off in California with headliners such as Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande, South Africans generated more than 2 000 search queries for “Coachella” on Saturday.

South Africans generated more than 5 000 search queries for “Wendy Williams” on Friday  as it emerged that the American talk show host had filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter after 21 years of marriage. Hunter has long been rumored to have been cheating on Williams, which reportedly finally led to the divorce.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

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5G smartphones to hit 5M sales in 2019

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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year.

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global 5G smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide will be 5G-enabled this year. Global 5G smartphone shipments are tiny for now, due to expensive device pricing, component bottlenecks, and restricted availability of active 5G networks.”

Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung will be the early 5G smartphone leader in the first half of 2019, due to initial launches across South Korea and the United States. We predict LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola and others will follow later in the year, followed by Apple iPhone with its first 5G model during the second half of 2020. The iPhone looks set to be at least a year behind Samsung in the 5G smartphone race and Apple must be careful not to fall too far behind.”

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The short-term outlook for 5G smartphones is weak, but the long-term opportunity remains huge. We forecast 1 billion 5G smartphones to ship worldwide per year by 2025. The introduction of 5G networks, by carriers like Verizon or China Mobile, opens up high-speed, ultra-low-latency services such as 8K video, streaming games, and augmented reality for business. The next big question for the mobile industry is how much extra consumers are really willing to pay, if anything, for those emerging 5G smartphones and services.”

Strategy Analytics provides a snapshot analyses for the outlook for 5G smartphone market in this Insight report: 5G Smartphones : From Zero to a Billion

Strategy Analytics provides a deep-dive into the air-interface technologies that will power phones through 2024 across 88 countries here: Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies : 2003 to 2024

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