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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.

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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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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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