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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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News fatigue shifts Google searches in SA

Google search trends in South Africa reveal a startling insight into news appetite, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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The big searches of the year no longer track the biggest news stories of the year, suggesting a strong dose of news fatigue among South Africans.

“People ask, why are the Guptas not on the list of Google’s top searches?, says Mich Atagana, head of communications and public affairs at Google South Africa, “The Guptas are not on the list because South Africans are not actually that interested. South Africans are looking for things they don’t know. From a Gupta point of view, we’ve been exhausted by the news and we know exactly what is going on.”

Google South Africa announced the results of its 2018 Year in Search, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major moments.

“Four years ago, there were almost no South Africans on the personalities list,” says Atagana. “Over the years, South Africans have gotten more interested in South Africa, in searching on Google.”

That isn’t to say that international searches – like Meghan Markle – are not heavily searched by South Africans. But  they feature lower down on the lists.

From the World Cup to listeriosis, Zuma and Global Citizen, South Africans use search to find the things they really need to know.

These are the main trends revealed  by Google this week:

Top trending South African searches

  1. World Cup fixtures
  2. Load shedding
  3. Global Citizen
  4. Zuma
  5. Winnie Mandela
  6. HHP
  7. Listeriosis
  8. Black Panther
  9. Meghan Markle
  10. Mac Miller

Trending personalities

  1.    Jacob Zuma
  2. Cyril Ramaphosa
  3. Sbahle Mpisane
  4. Kevin Anderson
  5. Malusi Gigaba
  6. Ashwin Willemse
  7. Patrice Motsepe
  8. Cheryl Zondi
  9. Shamila Batohi
  10. Mlindo the Vocalist

Top Questions

  1. How did Avicii die?
  2. How old is Pharrell Williams?
  3. What is listeriosis?
  4. What is black data?
  5. How old is Prince Harry?
  6. How much are Global Citizen tickets?
  7. How to get pregnant?
  8. What time is the royal wedding?
  9. What happened to HHP?
  10. How old is Meghan Markle?

Top ‘near me’ searches

  1. Jobs near me
  2. Nandos near me
  3. Dischem near me
  4. McDonalds near me
  5. Guest house near me
  6. Postnet near me
  7. Steers near me
  8. Spar near me
  9. Debonairs near me
  10. Spur near me

Top women

  1. Winnie Mandela
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Sbahle Mpisane
  4. Aretha Franklin
  5. Khloe Kardashian
  6. Sophie Ndaba
  7. Cheryl Zondi
  8. Demi Lovato
  9. Lerato Sengadi
  10. Siam Lee

The Year In Search 2018 minisite can be found here.

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Smartphones dip in 2018

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to decline by 3% in 2018 before returning to low single-digit growth in 2019 and through 2022.

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While the on-going U.S.-China trade war has the industry on edge, IDC still believes that continued developments from emerging markets, mixed with potential around 5G and new product form factors, will bring the smartphone market back to positive growth.

Smartphone shipments are expected to drop to 1.42 billion units in 2018, down from 1.47 billion in 2017. However, IDC expects year-over-year shipment growth of 2.6% in 2019. Over the long-term, smartphone shipments are forecast to reach 1.57 billion units in 2022. From a geographic perspective, the China market, which represented 30% of total smartphone shipments in 2017, is finally showing signs of recovery. While the world’s largest market is still forecast to be down 8.8% in 2018 (worse than the 2017 downturn), IDC anticipates a flat 2019, then back to positive territory through 2022. The U.S. is also forecast to return to positive growth in 2019 (up 2.1% year over year) after experiencing a decline in 2018.

The slow revival of China was one of the reasons for low growth in Q3 2018 and this slowdown will persist into Q1 2019 as the market is expected to drop by 3% in Q4 2018. Furthermore, the recently lifted U.S. ban on ZTE had an impact on shipments in Q3 2018 and created a sizable gap that is yet to be filled heading into 2019.

“With many of the large global companies focusing on high-end product launches, hoping to draw in consumers looking to upgrade based on specifications and premium devices, we can expect head-to-head competition within this segment during the holiday quarter and into 2019 to be exceptionally high,” said Sangeetika Srivastava, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.

Though 2018 has fallen below expectations so far, the worldwide smartphone market is set to pick up on the shift toward larger screens and ultra-high-end devices. All the big players have further built out their portfolios with bigger screens and higher-end smartphones, including Apple’s new launch in September. In Q3 2018, the 6-inch to less than 7-inch screen size band became the most prominent band for the first time with more than four times year-over-year growth. IDC believes that larger-screen smartphones (5.5 inches and above) will lead the charge with volumes of 947.1 million in 2018, accounting for 66.7% of all smartphones, up from 623.3 million units and 42.5% share in 2017. By 2022, shipments of these larger-screen smartphones will move up to 1.38 billion units or 87.7% of overall shipment volume.

“What we consider a so-called normal size smartphone has shifted dramatically in a few short years and while we are stretching the limits with bezel-less devices, the next big switch to flexible screens will test our imaginations even further,” said Melissa Chau, associate research director with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. “While this category of device is still nascent and won’t see major adoption in the year ahead, it’s exciting to see changes to the standard monoblock we are all so used to carrying.”

Platform Highlights

Android: Android’s smartphone share will remain stable at 85% throughout the forecast. Volumes are expected to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.7% with shipments approaching 1.36 billion in 2022. Android is still the choice of the masses with no shift expected. Android average selling prices (ASPs) are estimated to grow by 9.6% in 2018 to US$258, up from US$235 in 2017. IDC expects this upward trajectory to continue through the forecast, but at a softened rate from 2019 and beyond. Not only are market players pushing upgraded specs and materials to offset decreasing replacement rates, but they are also serving the evolving consumer needs for better performance.

iOS: iOS smartphones are forecast to drop by 2.5% in 2018 to 210.4 million. The launch of expensive and bigger screen iOS smartphones in Q3 2018 helped Apple to raise its ASP, simultaneously making it somewhat difficult to increase shipments in the current market slump. IDC is forecasting iPhone shipments to grow at a five-year CAGR of 0.1%, reaching volumes of 217.3 million in 2022. Despite the challenges, there is no ambiguity that Apple will continue to lead the global premium market segment.

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