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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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New iPhone pricing for SA

The iStore has announced that the latest iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max, can now be pre-ordered at www.myistore.co.za , and will be available in stores starting 28 September 2018.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina displays that offer remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have an improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, longer battery life, splash and water resistance,

Pre-orders will be open for cash purchases and on iStore’s revised payment plan in partnership with FNB Credit Card, allowing customers to pay off their iPhone at a reduced interest rate. However, the contract period is 37 months rather than the usual 24 months.
*FNB Credit Card Payment Plan, price per month over 37 months, a 40% trade-in value after 24 months

How to pre-order – Pre-ordering online for either cash or the FNB payment plan gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the added convenience of having purchases delivered directly to their door. Pre-orders of iPhone Xs and Xs Max are completed online by visiting www.myistore.co.za.
FREE iCare Plus – Exclusive to iStore, all customers can get its 2-year extended warranty, which includes one Apple Certified screen repair, that normally sells for R1 999, for FREE. To qualify, customers should secure a voucher online now at www.myistore.co.za , and subsequently redeem it when they upgrade their contract or purchase any new iPhone at iStore (iPhone 8 and newer) between now and 31 December 2018. Offer is limited, secure your voucher now.

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Accenture opens Fjord design centre in Johannesburg

Accenture has launched its first design and innovation studio on African soil, Fjord Johannesburg.

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The company says the move significantly expands its design capabilities and demonstrates its commitment to unlocking Africa’s innovation potential through the creation of experiences that redefine industries in our constantly evolving digital era.

The new studio, opening in November, will be located at Accenture’s new 3875m² offices in Waterfall. It will be led by Marcel Rossouw, design director and studio lead for Fjord Johannesburg.

Said Rossouw, “Brands are constantly asking, ’how does one take a business need or problem, build that out into a definition of a service experience, and then bring it to market?’ It’s about re-engineering existing service experiences, identifying customer needs, prototyping rapidly, iterating often and proving or disproving assumptions. But it’s also about getting feedback from customers. The combination of these factors helps companies advance towards the ultimate service experience.”

Fjord is the design and innovation consultancy of Accenture Interactive. The Johannesburg location marks its 28th design studio globally, solidifying its position as the world’s leading design powerhouse.

Working in the same location as Accenture Interactive will allow Fjord to fuse its core design strategy DNA with the digital agency’s expertise in marketing, content and commerce to create and deliver the best customer experiences for the world’s leading brands. Accenture Interactive Africa‘s blend of intelligent design and creative use of technology has already been used by some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent brands, including Alexander Forbes, Discovery, MultiChoice and Nedbank. The digital agency has also earned industry accolades for its innovative and compelling business results, most notably two gold awards in the Service Design category at the 2017 and 2018 Loeries awards.

“Great design tells great stories,” says Wayne Hull, managing director of Accenture Digital and Accenture Interactive lead in Africa. “It unifies a brand, drives innovation and makes the brand or service distinctive and hyper-relevant in both the digital and physical worlds. This is critical to achieving results. Having Fjord Johannesburg as part of Accenture Interactive, and collaborating with all of Accenture Africa, will provide unique experiences and forward-thinking capabilities for our clients.”

“Businesses in South Africa are becoming more design-aware and are looking to take greater advantage of design skills to compete with the rest of the world,” said Thomas Müller, head of Europe, Africa and Latin America at Fjord. “We’re excited to open our first design studio on the continent and to be part of an emerging market that is ripe for design and innovation, and open for business. Developing markets like South Africa are challenging assumptions and norms about what digital services and products are meant to be, and we’ll strive to put design at the heart of the innovation being produced there.”

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