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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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How we use phones to avoid human contact

A recent study by Kaspersky Lab has found that 75% of people pick up their connected device to avoid conversing with another human being.

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Connected devices are becoming essential to keeping people in contact with each other, but for many they are also a much-needed comfort blanket in a variety of social situations when they do not want to interact with others. A recent survey from Kaspersky Lab has confirmed this trend in behaviour after three-quarters of people (75%) admitted they use a device to pretend to be busy when they don’t want to talk to someone else, showing the importance of keeping connected devices protected under all circumstances. 

Imagine you’ve arrived at a bar and you’re waiting for your date. The bar is busy, and people are chatting all around you. What do you do now? Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know? Grab your phone from your pocket or handbag until your date arrives to keep yourself busy? Why talk to humans or even make eye-contact with someone else when you can stare at your connected device instead?

The truth is, our use of devices is making it much easier to avoid small talk or even be polite to those around us, and new Kaspersky Lab research has found that 72% of people use one when they do not know what to do in a social situation. They are also the ‘go-to’ distraction for people even when they aren’t trying to look busy or avoid someone’s eye. 46% of people admit to using a device just to kill time every day and 44% use it as a daily distraction.

In addition to just being a distraction, devices are also a lifeline to those who would rather not talk directly to another person in day-to-day situations, to complete essential tasks. In fact, nearly a third (31%) of people would prefer to carry out tasks such as ordering a taxi or finding directions to where they need to go via a website and an app, because they find it an easier experience than speaking with another person.

Whether they are helping us avoid direct contact or filling a void in our daily lives, our constant reliance on devices has become a cause for panic when they become unusable. A third (34%) of people worry that they will not be able to entertain themselves if they cannot access a connected device. 12% are even concerned that they won’t be able to pretend to be busy if their device is out of action.

Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab said, “The reliance on connected devices is impacting us in more ways than we could have ever expected. There is no doubt that being connected gives us the freedom to make modern life easier, but devices are also vital to help people get through different and difficult social situations. No matter what your ‘connection crutch’ is, it is essential to make sure your device is online and available when you need it most.”

To ensure your device lifeline is always there and in top health – no matter what the reason or situation – Kaspersky Security Cloud keeps your connection safe and secure:

·         I want to use my device while waiting for a friend – is it secure to access the bar’s Wi-Fi?

With Kaspersky Security Cloud, devices are protected against network threats, even if the user needs to use insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is done through transferring data via an encrypted channel to ensure personal data safety, so users’ devices are protected on any connection.

·         Oh no! I’m bored but my phone’s battery is getting low – what am I going to do?

Users can track their battery level thanks to a countdown of how many minutes are left until their device shuts down in the Kaspersky Security Cloud interface. There is also a wide-range of portable power supplies available to keep device batteries charged while on-the-go.

·         I’ve lost my phone! How will I keep myself entertained now?

Should the unthinkable happen and you lose or have your phone stolen, Kaspersky Security Cloud can track and protect your device from data breaches, for complete peace of mind. Remote lock and locate features ensure your device remains secure until you are reunited.

 

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Five key biometric facts

Due to their uniqueness, fingerprints are being used more and more to quickly identify and ensure the security of customers. CLAUDE LANGLEY, Regional Sales Manager, for Africa at HID Global Biometrics, outlines five facts about the technology.

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How many times in a day are you expected to identify yourself? From when you arrive at work you are required to sign in, visiting your bank, receiving healthcare services… The list is endless. When a system knows who you are, you are able to do any number common, everyday activities. Your identity is unique and precious. It is also easily stolen and the target of many hackers across the globe. Technology is constantly evolving alongside the criminal element, always looking for ways to protect data and identity. One such solution happens to be biometrics and it is rapidly gaining traction in our increasingly complex modern world.

Reliable, secure and fundamentally YOU, unique biometric traits such as fingerprints are being used by banks, enterprises and consumers to verify identity. Biometric solutions offer significant identity protection because they use unique biological details to ensure an account is only accessed by the account holder, a door only opened by the owner. Here are five things that are little known about this technology…

  • The uncut identity. Your fingerprint is unique to you. Nobody can use a copy of it to impersonate you. Good technology is capable of scanning down into the layers of the fingertip to differentiate unique elements of a person’s fingerprint, this data is then encrypted and used as a key to unlocking whichever physical or virtual door that the biometric system protects.
  • The living proof. No, there is nothing to the stories of fingerprints being used without their owner’s knowledge or permission. Biometric solutions can use specific variables to determine if the finger used to access the system is that of a present, living person.  A copy or a fake cannot be used to access a cutting-edge biometric solution.
  • Easy and convenient. Queues and documents and paperwork may well be a thing of the past should biometrics take a firmer grip of government and banking systems. The process of registering is easy, and access to identity documents and records is yours alone.
  • Security blanket. A thousand passwords and a hundred post-it notes stuck on walls and drawers.  An excel file with a list of sites and applications and their corresponding passwords, all a thing of the past.  Nobody needs to remember their password with biometrics, they only need to show up.
  • Anywhere is cool. Schools, airports, networks, offices, homes, toilets, banks, libraries, governments, border controls, immigration services, call centres, hospitals and even clubs and pubs – knowing “who” matters and biometrics can quickly and conveniently confirm your identity where needed.

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