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AppDate: Thousands of meals in one place with Mr D Food

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In his latest AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights Mr D Food, Hey Jude, GamesTrader, Namola, Uber with real-time ID check and the updated TomTom Sports App.

Mr D Food

The new Mr D Food app by Mr Delivery lets one get food delivered to their home or office by ordering via their smartphone. The app puts users in touch with over 1 400 restaurants and has drivers waiting to deliver to over 1 900 suburbs around South Africa.

Once an order is placed, a user has the option to pay for the meal via cash or card. They can then track their food via the app in real-time. Delivery fees range depending on the distance the driver needs to travel, the number of restaurants that food has to be collected from and time taken. A few of the restaurants Mr D collects from include Nando’s, Spur, RocoMamas, KFC, Col’Cacchio, Panarottis, Ocean Basket, Simply Asia, Steers, McDonald’s, John Dory’s, Wimpy and Primi.

The app is simple to use, allowing one to search for meals according to the type of food for instance pizza, burgers or seafood, a certain cuisine or via restaurants within a certain radius.

Once ordered, a delivery time is given and the user is given the option to collect bypass delivery and collect the food themselves.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download but delivery fees and meal costs are extra.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Hey Jude

Hey Jude is a subscription-based service that uses technology combined with human intellect to get one’s to-do list sorted. Using a message-based interface to link a person to one of their trained operators, known as ‘Judes’, a user texts or voice messages their request – any request, from food delivery and travel bookings to restaurant reservations, grocery shopping, gift searching, and paying bills – and they will do the rest. Once a request is made, the Judes will research, find the suppliers, negotiate the prices and even facilitate payment.

Platform: Android and iOS.

Expect to pay: The first three tasks are free, thereafter it is a R200 per month service.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

GamesTrader

Many gamers have a stack of games that they have finished or no longer play and are just sitting there gathering dust. With GamesTrader, gamers can log in, sell their old games, buy “new” second-hand ones and also make straight trades.

GamesTrader offers games for most consoles ranging from the old Nintendo 64 to the newer Xbox One and payments can be made with most major credit cards and Bitcoins.

Platform: Most devices with an Internet connection and web browser.

Expect to pay: Free to sign up.

Stockists: www.gamestrader.co.za

 

Namola

Namola, a safety and security app for South Africans recently hit 50 000 downloads – putting it at the top of the South African download charts in the app store. The app connects the SAPS and most major privately owned security companies, making response to an incident that much faster than dialling a single emergency number like 10111. All a user needs is a GPS-enabled smartphone. Should trouble arise a single push of a button will dispatch emergency personal in the vicinity to the phone’s GPS location.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Uber with real-time ID check

In an attempt to deter criminals from pretending to be Uber drivers, the company has introduced Real-Time ID check. The safety feature prompts driver-partners to share a selfie from time to time before collecting passengers. Uber then compares this image to the photograph already on file with the driver’s account. This is achieved through facial recognition. The system first identifies a face, then it builds a feature set by focusing on key features, and finally compares the feature set to the validated image Uber has on file. This all takes place within a few seconds. If the two images don’t match, the account is temporarily blocked while Uber looks into the situation. This helps Uber to ensure in real time that the driver using the app matches the account it has on file.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free service.

Stockists: This service doesn’t really affect the user, but makes using an Uber safer.

 

Updated TomTom Sports App

The new TomTom Sports App helps one get going, move more and stay motivated. It tracks all sports and activities, with progress insights and personal bests. The app has been designed with the help of real athletes to help one reach goals, with personalized feedback. The updated dashboard is easy to read and displays every step, leap, stroke and beat counts in one place. In addition to being available on a mobile device, users can now also access their dashboard via the TomTom website.

In addition to golfing, swimming and walking, the app is now able to track skiing, snowboarding, trail running and hiking.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download, but users must busing a TomTom fitness tracker or watch.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

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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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Sports streaming takes off

Live streaming of sports is coming of age as a mainstream method of viewing big games, as the latest FIFA World Cup figures from the UK show. Africa isn’t yet at the same level when it comes to the adoption of sports streaming, but usage is clearly moving in the right direction.

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England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden was watched by just under 20 million viewers in the UK via BBC One. While this traditional broadcast audience was huge, it was streaming that broke records: the game was the BBC’s most popular online-viewed live programme ever, with 3.8 million views. In Africa, the absolute numbers are lower but the trend towards streaming major sports events on the continent is also well under way.

According to DStv, live streaming of sports dominates the usage figures for its live and recorded TV streaming app, DStv Now. The number of people using the app in June was five times higher than a year ago, with concurrent views peaking during major football and rugby games.

Since the start of the World Cup, average weekday usage of DStv Now is up 60%. The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game. The app’s biggest ever test was on 16 June with both Springbok Rugby and World Cup Football under way at the same time, resulting in concurrent in-app views seven times higher than the peaks seen in June last year.

The World Cup has also been a major reason for new users to download and try out the app. First-time app user volumes have tripled on Android and doubled on iOS since the start of the tournament.

“While we expected live sports streaming to take off, it’s also been pleasing to see that the app is really popular for watching shows on Catch Up,” says MultiChoice South Africa Chief Operating Officer Mark Rayner. “Interestingly, some of the most popular Catch Up shows are local, with Isibaya, Binnelanders, The Queen and The River all getting a significant number of views.”

With respect to app usage, the web and Android apps are the most popular way to watch DStv Now, with Android outpacing iOS by a factor of 2:1.

“We’re continuing to develop DStv Now, with 4k streaming in testing and smart TV and Apple TV apps on their way shortly,” says Rayner. “The other key priority for us is working with the telcos to deliver mobile data propositions that make watching online painless and worry-free for our customers.”

The DStv Now app is free to all 10 million DStv customers in Africa. The app streams DStv live channels as well as supplying an extended Catch Up library. Two separate streams can be watched on different devices simultaneously, and content can also be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. The content available on the app varies according to the DStv package subscribed to.

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