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AppDate: Learners get mathematical edge with Olico

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In his latest AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights the Olico maths supplement tool, FNBs latest award for its banking app, Impression digital signature, ShowMax on Android TV and Sentian 3i security.

Olico maths supplement tool

Olico’s grade 7, 8 and 9 maths maths tools are now freely availably online. The program has been in development for over five years and now contains over 20 000 interactive maths questions and 330 tutorial videos. The content is aligned to the South African CAPS curriculum and is written with a South African context in mind. Developed by Dr Lynn Bowie and a team of experienced education specialists, Olico’s online maths tool is a supplement for learners as well as teachers, tutors and parents.

For the past 5 years, Olico has been offering a blend of tutoring and technology support to learners from surrounding communities, with proven results. Learners enrolled in the program are achieving significant improvements in mathematics performance. Olico is also used  in ten under-resourced schools in the Western Cape in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government.

Platform: Any up-to-date Internet browser

Stockists: Register at http://learn.olico.org

Expect to pay: Free to register and use

 

Another global award for FNB’s Banking App

FNB’s Banking App has been recognised for having the ‘Best Mobile System/Service Initiative’ during the Annual Banking Technology Awards 2016 held in London late last year. The FNB Banking App is currently used on over 2 million devices and remains the most downloaded banking app in South Africa. It has also won numerous other awards, including best banking app of the year in the Internet Banking SITEisfaction Survey;  best in Customer Experience Award for 2016 at the international Bank Customer Experience (BCX) Summit held in Chicago, and has also been ranked 6th best banking app in the world and the best in Africa at the bi-annual UX Masterclass conference  in Sydney, Australia.

Platform: Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8 and above

Stockists: Visit the store linked your device

Expect to pay: A free download

 

Impression digital signature

How often have you had to drop everything and rush off to sign an important document in person? Or wasted time by receiving a document, printing it out, signing it, rescanning it and sending it back? These days it is as easy as a few swipes of a smart device to send money anywhere in the world, so why aren’t we doing the same with our signatures? Impression is a new app that is designed to allow users to sign and send documents digitally from a smart device. All signatures signed with Impression are secure, legally recognised and fully compliant with relevant legislation. Impression also captures 3D information, such as how hard a person presses at each point of the signature, making it difficult to replicate fraudulently. The app allows one to digitally sign PDFs, Word documents, spreadsheets and most other documents with a finger or a stylus.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Expect to pay: A free download

 

ShowMax comes to Android TV

ShowMax’s latest app release now offers support on compatible Android media players or on  smart TVs running Android TV software. The app can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store and, once installed, allows users to stream content directly to that device. Should there be enough storage space, content can be saved for viewing at a later stage; there is no need for a notebook or any additional external devices.

Platform: Android TV

Stockists: Visit the Google Play Store on the Android enabled set-top-box or Smart TV

Expect to pay: A free download

 

Sentian 3i

Although physical security systems like electric fences, cameras and beams do work, they are just a deterrent and will not stop an determined criminal. Local security company Sentian has launched the i3, which it calls the brain of home security and which it believes will beef up almost any analogue security system. The i3 connects a home’s fence and alarm ,along with any other security devices, to the cloud, allowing a user to view a 12 second video of their property remotely . It also allows home owners to activate individual security devices, like night-lights, and open or close gates – functions that only high-end and integrated alarm systems would nornally allow one to do.

Platform: Android, iOS and most up-to-date Internet browsers

Stockists: Visit: www.sentian.co.za

Expect to pay: Price is dependent on client’s needs

 

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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