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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.

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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Eugene Kaspersky posts from 2050

In his imagined blog entry from the year 2050, the Kaspersky Lab founder imagines an era of digital immunity

In recent years, digital systems have moved up to a whole new level. No longer assistants making life easier for us mere mortals, they’ve become the basis of civilisation — the very framework keeping the world functioning properly in 2050.

This quantum leap forward has generated new requirements for the reliability and stability of artificial intelligence. Although some cyberthreats still haven’t become extinct since the romantic era around the turn of the century, they’re now dangerous only to outliers who for some reason reject modern standards of digital immunity.

The situation in many ways resembles the fight against human diseases. Thanks to the success of vaccines, the terrible epidemics that once devastated entire cities in the twentieth century are a thing of the past.

However, that’s where the resemblance ends. For humans, diseases like the plague or smallpox have been replaced by new, highly resistant “post-vaccination” diseases; but for the machines, things have turned out much better. This is largely because the initial designers of digital immunity made all the right preparations for it in advance. In doing so, what helped them in particular was borrowing the systemic approaches of living systems and humans.

One of the pillars of cyber-immunity today is digital intuition, the ability of AI systems to make the right decisions in conditions where the source data are clearly insufficient to make a rational choice.

But there’s no mysticism here: Digital intuition is merely the logical continuation of the idea of machine learning. When the number and complexity of related self-learning systems exceeds a certain threshold, the quality of decision-making rises to a whole new level — a level that’s completely elusive to rational understanding. An “intuitive solution” results fromthe superimposition of the experience of a huge number of machine-learning models, much like the result of the calculations of a quantum computer.

So, as you can see, it has been digital intuition, with its ability to instantly, correctly respond to unknown challenges that has helped build the digital security standards of this new era.  

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M-Net to film Deon Meyer novel

A television adaptation of Deon Meyer’s crime novel Trackers is to be co-produced by M-Net, Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF, and HBO subsidiary Cinemax, which will also distribute the drama series worldwide. 

Trackers is an unprecedented scripted television venture and MultiChoice and M-Net are proud to chart out new territory … allowing local and international talent to combine their world-class story-telling and production skills,” says MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment, Yolisa Phahle.

HBO, Cinemax, and M-Net also launched a Producers Apprenticeship programme last year when the Cinemax series Warrior, coming to M-Net in July, was filmed in South Africa. Some other Cinemax originals screened on M-Net include Banshee, The Knick and Strike Back. 

“Cinemax is delighted to partner with M-Net and ZDF in bringing Deon Meyer’s unforgettable characters and storytelling—all so richly rooted in the people and spectacular geography of South Africa—to screens around the world,” says Len Amato, President, HBO Films, Miniseries, and Cinemax.    

Filming for Trackers has already started in  locations across South Africa and the co-production partners have been working together on all aspects of production 

Deon Meyer, whose award-winning crime novels have been translated into more than 20 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide, serves as a supervising screenwriter and co-producer; British writer Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise) is the showrunner. The team of South African writers on the project includes the Mitchell’s Plain playwright, screenwriter and director Amy Jephta (Die Ellen Pakkies Story) and local writer/directors Kelsey Egen and Jozua Malherbe. 

The cast for the six-part miniseries includes Ed Stoppard, Rolanda Marais, James Alexander and Thapelo Mokoena. 

Trackers will make its debut on M-Net 101 in October 2019 and will also be available on MultiChoice’s on-demand service, Showmax. The six-part drama series is produced by UK production company Three River Studios as well as South Africa’s Scene 23. 

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