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AppDate: Watch wildebeest migrate live

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In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights the Wildebeest migration live streaming, CrashDetech, Wazupa, Domestly, Typeeto and Swift Playgrounds.

Wildebeest migration live streaming

WildEarth, in partnership with HerdTracker, is currently live streaming the wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, via Facebook and YouTube. The live broadcasts are hosted daily on HerdTracker’s Facebook page and WildEarth’s safariLIVE

YouTube channel from 16:00 to 23:30 EAT (East Africa Time) and will centre on the wildebeest migration crossing the Nile crocodile-infested Mara River, as well as on predatory action of lions hunting at night in the Masai Mara.

Platform: Most devices with an up-to-date Internet browser.

Stockists: Search for the safariLIVE Live Stream channel on YouTube or view it here:  http://www.discoverafrica.com/herdtracker/

Expect to pay: Free to watch.

 

CrashDetech

There are numerous in-case-of-emergency applications available on both the Android and Apple stores – most of them performing the same functions. CrashDetech offers users the ability to input emergency contact details, medical aid details and other vital information.

However, it goes a step further in that it is continually monitoring one’s trips and has a one-touch button to dial an emergency operator, should the need arise. Furthermore, the app uses a phone’s accelerometer to detect any abrupt stops and then notifies the same emergency operators, who then attempt to make contact with the user. Should there be no answer, emergency personnel are automatically dispatched to the scene of the accident using the phone’s GPS co-ordinates.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: www.crashdetech.com

Expect to pay: Various packages are available, with the Elite version costing R110 per month.

 

Wazupa

Fancy a home cooked meal but have no time to make it yourself? South Africans have a solution for a better, healthier lifestyle. Order a meal from someone who lives close to you and pay with the tap of a screen. Wazupa connects ‘Home Chefs’ to ‘Grazers’, those who like to eat, and creates a convenient location-based marketplace. Users can collect their meals or have them delivered for a fee. To order a meal, Grazers simply check what each chef has available, then select, order, decide to collect, or request delivery, and make payment. Much like Uber, the app uses a rating system for each chef. Until recently, Wazupa was only available in Joburg and Pretoria where it was piloted, but it is now available nationwide.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Domestly

Domestly, South Africa’s first on-demand cleaning app, recognised as this year’s Best Consumer App and overall MTN App of the Year, has now been rolled out in Johannesburg. Once installed, users make a selection from one of over 500 reviewed cleaners, specify the date and time they would like their help to arrive and choose whether they would need them for a full or half day. Users also have the option of searching for their help based on price, and payment is made directly from the app through a credit card or EFT.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: www.domestly.com

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Typeeto

Typeeto makes typing long texts on a mobile device much easier and quicker. It does this by connecting a Mac keyboard to devices like Apple TV, iPads, iPhones and also Android devices.  In addition to using a full-scale keyboard to bang out text for WhatsApp messages,

the app allows users to play/pause/rewind or fast-forward any media file. It also offers the option to switch from one device to another when copying and pasting text. In order to use the Mac keyboard, users install the Typeeto app on their device and pair it to the keyboard using Bluetooth – no additional software is needed.

Platform: Android and iOS

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

Expect to pay: A free download.

 

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds is a programming app designed for beginners. It is specifically designed for use on Apple’s range of iPads and uses real coding concepts which are brought to life with an interactive interface – no more hard-coding lines and lines of codes and then spending hours filtering out all the bugs. Despite being aimed at beginners, the programming language is currently being used by professional developers to create world-class apps.

Platform: iOS

Stockists: Visit the Apple app Store

Expect to pay: A free download

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

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Now download a bank account

Absa has introduced an end-to-end account opening for new customers, through the Absa Banking App, which can be downloaded from the Android and Apple app stores. This follows the launch of the world first ChatBanking on WhatsApp service.

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This “download your account” feature enables new customers to Absa, to open a Cheque account, order their card and start transacting on the Absa Banking App, all within minutes, from anywhere and at any time, by downloading it from the App stores.

“Overall, this new capability is not only expected to enhance the customer’s digital experience, but we expect to leverage this in our branches, bringing digital experiences to the branch environment and making it easier for our customers to join and bank with us regardless of where they may be,” says Aupa Monyatsi, Managing Executive for Virtual Channels at Absa Retail & Business Banking.

“With this innovation comes the need to ensure that the security of our customers is at the heart of our digital experience, this is why the digital onboarding experience for this feature includes a high-quality facial matching check with the Department of Home Affairs to verify the customer’s identity, ensuring that we have the most up to date information of our clients. Security is supremely important for us.”

The new version of the Absa Banking App is now available in the Apple and Android App stores, and anyone with a South African ID can become an Absa customer, by following these simple steps:

  1. Download the Absa App
  2. Choose the account you would like to open
  3. Tell us who you are
  4. To keep you safe, we will verify your cell phone number
  5. Take a selfie, and we will do facial matching with the Department of Home Affairs to confirm you are who you say you are
  6. Tell us where you live
  7. Let us know what you do for a living and your income
  8. Click Apply.

 

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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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