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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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The Outer Worlds creates a twist on lone hero RPGs

With The Outer Worlds being released just under a month ago, BRYAN TURNER played it extensively to shell out exactly what makes it so special.

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The Outer Worlds makes it difficult to turn the console off. It took a while to pinpoint exactly what makes it so more-ish. Eventually, it became clear that it’s not one aspect, but rather several facets that make this game great. We’ve separated this game into its parts.

It comes as no surprise that Obsidian Entertainment, the makers of Fallout New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Fallen Empire, was behind The Outer Worlds. It blends two distinct flavours of gaming – the chaos of Fallout with the intergalactic travel from Star Wars. This makes The Outer Worlds feel familiar but fresh at the same time.

At first, the game felt similar to the Fallout RPG series, particularly Fallout New Vegas, where the player is conveniently more powerful than the other players that exist in the world into which they venture. In Fallout, worlds are generally lawless, and players must navigate their character towards the alignment or “good or bad status” they want the player to be. The plot has scenarios that only a certain type of alignment can be, whether the character is the Restorer of Faith or the Architect of Doom.

The Outer Worlds follows a similar kind of style, but replaces the wasteland with a picture of the far future. Players start off as a passenger who gets unfrozen on a ship that holds a few of Earth’s brightest minds. The main campaign goal is to help unfreeze the other passengers. Instead, players are found in a hyper-capitalist world where workers are extremely disposable. Enormous companies go by names like “Auntie Cleos” but set extremely oppressive policies to keep their workers in line. From this, one can tell that dark humour is rife throughout this game.

These kinds of immersive RPGs, naturally, pack so many side quests into their world that it’s easy to forget the player’s main objective. These side quests are very reminiscent of the Fallout series, because they feature many ways of getting the job done, whether it be fighting, convincing or sneaking. One can even have companions, which present players with even more quest lines.

Not everything is a remix of other games. Companions have a direct effect on a character’s skill set, because the main characters are not always skilled in what players need. For example, we brought along Parvati in a quest where we needed more support with engineering skills, which is a skill we neglected to level up in the main character.

There’s also the ability to have a special combat skill, which becomes very handy in situations where there are many enemies around. Of course, it not only buys players time, but delivers more damage to opponents. Some special combat skills even stun non-targeted opponents, which really helps.

Gear and perks have also been designed from scratch, and it shows. It’s far more intuitive than we’ve seen in other RPGs so far and it makes for a much better experience that saves time on upgrading gear and perks so players can actually play the game.

I’m a huge fan of the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, or VATS, as Fallout players know it. The system allows players to target various limbs or parts of the opponent with precision aim, ensuring a better shot. While The Outer Worlds doesn’t use this, it features a slow-motion aiming system which can be considered an equivalent.

The travel system allows for travel from planet to planet, and they’re all distinctly mapped. While many are filled with enemies and marauders in empty wastelands, there are also major cities. The art style and careful attention to detail with the colour make this contrast distinguishable.

One of our biggest compliments is the completeness of this game. Many games have recently shipped glorified beta versions of their games because they’re pressed for time. The Outer Worlds, however, didn’t present a single bug within 20 hours of gameplay.

Overall, it’s a very enjoyable game, and fans of the Fallout, Star Wars RPGs, and Mass Effect series’ should definitely take a look at what The Outer Worlds has to offer.

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FNB takes shot at Bank Zero

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With expectation building for the launch of Bank Zero by legendary banker Michael Jordaan, his previous employer seems to have taken a strategic shot with the launch of its latest service. 

FNB has launched Easy Zero, a fully-fledged digital bank account with a card to allow customers to transact easily without paying a monthly fee. The mobile account was formerly known as eWallet eXtra.

The revamped digital account will now have a branded FNB bank card, providing customers with free card swipes, cost-effective transactional and ATM cash withdrawal fees. The card now gives customers more options to access their money. In addition, customers will also get free prepaid purchases and free cash deposits of up to R1,500 per month.

FNB Easy CEO Philani Potwana said: “We are aware of the day-to-day financial pressure that our consumers face, and Easy Zero is a direct response to their needs. The account is in line with our strategy to broaden financial inclusion to the unbanked and underbanked. We believe that the ability to operate the account digitally will allow customers to operate it at virtually no cost or minimal cost depending on transactional behaviour.

“We see Easy Zero being a digital bank account of choice for customers who do not have regular income or have limited banking needs. This is partly the reason debit orders are not allowed on the digital account as customers in this segment have limited debit orders. However, for those customers that have a need for debit orders they can still use our competitively priced Easy PAYU and Easy Smart Bundle accounts.”

Through Easy Zero, customers will be able to send money to anyone with a valid SA cellphone number, and skip the queues to pay people and accounts. Easy Zero account holders can also view their bank account balance and transaction history on their mobile phone at any time, from anywhere.

“The success of our digital account, with over 140,000 active customers, shows that anyone who owns a mobile phone can be banked in minutes using a mobile device,” says Potwana. “This showcases our ability to adapt to the ever-changing consumer landscape to cater for the needs of customers through platform innovation. ”

FNB is also offering Easy Zero digital account holders a toll-free number (0800 079 599) where easy customers can call for help on any of their banking needs. To open an Easy Zero account, dial *120*277# on a mobile phone and follow the prompts.

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