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AppDate: Keep your team in check with TenFour

In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights TenFour, MyPeugeot app, YouTube Go, Microsoft Kaizala and the browser-based World of Lemmings.

TenFour check-in app

TenFour is a check-in application for teams. Because people talk on so many channels, it’s hard to reach them, particularly if one has a dispersed team or community, and particularly when it’s urgent.

If you are responsible for people, either as an HR manager, a principal, or a team leader, TenFour helps you quickly do daily check-ins, run quick polls, and answer the question “who needs help?” Unlike other check-in tools, TenFour can reach your team no matter how they communicate, be it by e-mail, SMS or messaging apps.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device


MyPeugeot app

The MyPeugeot app is available across the Peugeot range of cars, and offers features like access to service history, personalised reminders & notifications, online after-sales service appointments, an interactive user manual for specific vehicles and easy access to dealerships and customer care.

The car’s VIN and a valid email address are required to get started. Once in the car, the driver connects  the MyPeugeot app to the car via Bluetooth, and is immediately shown fuel usage, average consumption and mileage. In case of any technical issues with the car, an alert will be displayed.

The location of a parked Peugeot can be also be saved and will be displayed on a map along with the driver’s current location, helping to find the car more easily when ready to return home. Or, more to the point, when the car has been stolen.

Platform: Only for Android or iOS users who drive a supported Peugeot.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.


YouTube Go

The recently launched YouTube Go app allows users to access videos on the go with low data usage. It has been built with an ‘offline first’ philosophy so that it works even when there’s low or no cellular connectivity. YouTube Go provides transparency on how data is being used, allowing one to reduce data consumption by changing the video resolution. It also provides a better social experience, allowing uses to share videos with other nearby devices using no data at all.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.


Microsoft Kaizala

Microsoft Kaizala is a mobile app designed to improve the way businesses communicate and collaborate. It’s designed for large group communication, workflow management, reporting and analytics, and is integrated with Office 365.

Unlike other chat-based apps on the market, Kaizala extends beyond the communication function. Because many workers in the region often don’t have an email address, Kaizala only requires a mobile number to sign up. The app is also optimised to work on any network – including slow 2G networks.

Once installed, businesses can communicate with and manage an unlimited number of users. This includes employees, front-line workers, customers, suppliers and consumers. They can also share announcements, photos, videos or documents, run polls or surveys, assigning tasks and provide training content. In addition, businesses can gather rich insights from data with the app’s built-in analytics. These results can then be viewed in real-time.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.


World of Lemmings – now on your Internet browser

Some game fans from the 90s will remember the classic World of Lemmings game – where you had to direct little men (Lemmings) through various worlds to get them home safely. In order to do this, one has to assign a Lemming to tunnel, dig, build a bridge or, in some cases, give them parachutes to stop them from plummeting to their death.

The idea of the game is to save as many as you can – you are allowed to kill off a few – let’s just call them war casualties. But, as you progress through the levels, time works against you, worlds get harder and in some cases no casualties are allowed.

Fast forward to 2018 and you can now play the game on the Internet through Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language. All you need is an up-to-date-browser and some patience, because these Lemmings are stupid.

Platform: A computer with an up-to-date-browser. Some smartphones will work, but the small screen makes things a little difficult.

Expect to pay: Free to play.

Stockists: Click here to play.

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3D printed room-service? Visit the hotel of tomorrow

To mark its 100th birthday, Hilton predicts the trends that will change travel and hospitality in the next 100 years.

Intergalactic getaways, fast-food nutrient pills, 2-3 hour working days and adaptable, personalised rooms that can transport guests everywhere from jungles to mountain ranges. These are some of the predictions for the next 100 years that the Hilton hotel group has put together in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

In a report supported by expert insight from the fields of sustainability, innovation, design, human relations and nutrition, findings reveal the impact of the growing sophistication of technology and climate change on the hotel industry in the future.

Key predictions for the hotel of the future include:

Personalisation is King

  • Technology will allow every space, fitting and furnishing to continuously update to respond to an individual’s real-time needs – the Lobby will conjure up anything from a tranquil spa to a buzzy bar, giving every guest the perfect, personal welcome
  • From temperature and lighting, to entertainment and beyond, microchips under the skin will enable us to wirelessly control the setting around us based on what we need, whenever we need it

The Human Touch

  • In a world filled with Artificial Intelligence, human contact and the personal touch will be more critical and sought after than ever
  • Technology will free up time for hotel staff to focus on what matters most: helping guests to connect with one another and building memorable moments

‘Sustainable Everything’ – The Role of Responsibility

  • Only businesses that are inherently responsible will survive the next century
  • Sustainability will be baked into everything about a hotel’s design – from weather-proofed domes, to buildings made from ocean-dredged plastic
  • Hotels will act as the Town Hall of any community, managing local resources and contributing to the areas they serve with community-tended insect farms and vertical hydroponic crop gardens

Menu Surprises and Personalisation

  • Our diets will include more plant-based recipes and some surprising sources of protein – Beetle Bolognese, Plankton Pies and Seaweed Green Velvet Cake will be menu staples!
  • Decadent 3D-printed dinners and room service will provide unrivalled plate personalisation
  • Chefs will be provided with biometric data for each guest, automatically creating meals based on preferences and nutritional requirements

Futuristic Fitness and Digital Detoxes

  • Outswim a virtual sea turtle in the pool, or challenge yourself to climb the digital face of Mount Everest, your exercise routine will be as unique as you are. What’s more, exercise energy generated from workouts will be used to power the hotel, providing a zero-impact, circular system. Guests could even earn rewards based on reaching workout targets
  • Pick up where you left off with trackable workouts and holographic personal trainers
  • Offline will be the new luxury as we seek to find moments of tech-free time

“Since its inception in 1919, Hilton has pioneered the hospitality industry, introducing first-to-market concepts such as air-conditioning and in-room televisions. Last year, Hilton also became the first hospitality company to set science-based targets to reduce its environmental impact,” said Simon Vincent, EVP & President, EMEA, Hilton. “We enter our second century with the same commitment to innovation, harnessing the power of our people and technology to respond to guest demands. Our research paints an exciting future for the hospitality industry, highlighting the growing importance of human interaction in an increasingly tech-centric world.”

Futurologist Gerd Leonhard said: “In 2119 we will still be searching for unique experiences, but they will be more personalised than ever. As technology shapes our lives we will seek out moments of offline connection with others, including hotel team members who will help us truly get what we need from our stays. 100 years from now hotels will have to create opportunities to converse, collaborate and connect, delivering moments that matter, individually, to each and every guest.”

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Gadget ed to chair Digital Council

Specialist financial services provider Sasfin Bank has established a Digital Advisory Council to provide the market with industry-leading expertise and insights on trends shaping the use of technology in financial services.

Digitalisation is one of the most powerful forces for change shaping Finance today. This has turned Fintech into one of the most vibrant sectors in both information technology and among start-ups, generating billions of dollars in investment and development globally. The South African fintech space is dynamic, and Sasfin is playing a leading role in the transformation of local financial services and the resulting enhancement of customer experiences.

“We have been investing in fintech development in-house and acquiring or integrating fintech start-ups,” says Sasfin CEO Michael Sassoon. “Over the last year we have built further digital offerings, integrated via APIs into leading businesses and invested in fintechs. We built and launched B\\YOND, an innovative digital business banking platform and SWIP, a digital wealth and investing platform. We have invested in Payabill, an online SME lender and DMA, a digital trading platform. We recently announced our alliance banking relationship, leveraging open banking, with Hello Paisa to offer seamless banking to the unbanked. We feel that there is a huge opportunity to improve the experience of South African businesses and savers through using technology. We have therefore created an independent forum to assess how to even better improve financial services for South Africans by leveraging the digital economy.”

Arthur Goldstuck, founder of high-tech research consultancy World Wide Worx, editor-in-chief of Gadget, and a globally respected technology analyst has accepted Sasfin’s invitation to head up the Sasfin Digital Advisory Council, an independent think tank that will help Sasfin and its clients decipher the fintech present and future.

“The Sasfin Digital Advisory Council is broader than providing only the bank with a source of insight on how digital services are evolving and lessons from across the world,” said CEO Michael Sassoon. “Sasfin has been involved in fintech investing for many years and we are leveraging this experience as well as the experience of independent experts such as Arthur to provide insights and guidance to interested stakeholders in this space.”

The team appointed to the Digital Advisory Council is being selected for the breadth and range of knowledge they would bring to the table, with further appointments to the Council being announced soon.  There will also be room for the Council to co-opt specialist expertise as it is required.

Goldstuck, who has been covering the fintech sector as an analyst, commentator and columnist for many years, says he sees the role as a welcome challenge.

“There has been a long-standing need for a clear understanding of the impact being made by fintech today, and the exponential change it will cause tomorrow,” said Goldstuck. “My role will be, partly, to curate the wide spectrum of fintech and digitalisation knowledge and insights that the members will bring to the Digital Advisory Council, and help create scenarios that businesses and policymakers may use to navigate the future – both inside and outside Sasfin.”

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