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AppDate: Watch wildebeest migrate live

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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Veeam passes $1bn, prepares for cloud’s ‘Act II’

Leader in cloud-data management reveals how it will harness the next growth phase of the data revolution, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

Veeam Software, the quiet leader in backup solutions for cloud data management,has announced that it has passed $1-billion in revenues, and is preparing for the next phase of sustained growth in the sector.

Now, it is unveiling what it calls Act II, following five years of rapid growth through modernisation of the data centre. At the VeeamON 2019conferencein Miami this week, company co-founder Ratmir Timashev declared that the opportunities in this new era, focused on managing data for the hybrid cloud, would drive the next phase of growth.

“Veeam created the VMware backup market and has dominated it as the leader for the last decade,” said Timashev, who is also executive vice president for sales and marketing at the organisation. “This was Veeam’s Act I and I am delighted that we have surpassed the $1 billion mark; in 2013 I predicted we’d achieve this in less than six years. 

“However, the market is now changing. Backup is still critical, but customers are now building hybrid clouds with AWS, Azure, IBM and Google, and they need more than just backup. To succeed in this changing environment, Veeam has had to adapt. Veeam, with its 60,000-plus channel and service provider partners and the broadest ecosystem of technology partners, including Cisco, HPE, NetApp, Nutanix and Pure Storage, is best positioned to dominate the new cloud data management in our Act II.”

In South Africa, Veeam expects similar growth. Speaking at the Cisco Connect conference in Sun City this week, country manager Kate Mollett told Gadget’s BRYAN TURNER that the company was doing exceptionally well in this market.

“In financial year 2018, we saw double-digit growth, which was really very encouraging if you consider the state of the economy, and not so much customer sentiment, but customers have been more cautious with how they spend their money. We’ve seen a fluctuation in the currency, so we see customers pausing with big decisions and hoping for a recovery in the Rand-Dollar. But despite all of the negatives, we have double digit growth which is really good. We continue to grow our team and hire.

“From a Veeam perspective, last year we were responsible for Veeam Africa South, which consisted of South Africa, SADC countries, and the Indian Ocean Islands. We’ve now been given the responsibility for the whole of Africa. This is really fantastic because we are now able to drive a single strategy for Africa from South Africa.”

Veeam has been the leading provider of backup, recovery and replication solutions for more than a decade, and is growing rapidly at a time when other players in the backup market are struggling to innovate on demand.

“Backup is not sexy and they made a pretty successful company out of something that others seem to be screwing up,” said Roy Illsley, Distinguished Analyst at Ovum, speaking in Miami after the VeeamOn conference. “Others have not invested much in new products and they don’t solve key challenges that most organisations want solved. Theyre resting on their laurels and are stuck in the physical world of backup instead of embracing the cloud.”

Illsley readily buys into the Veeam tagline. “It just works”. 

“They are very good at marketing but are also a good engineering comany that does produce the goods. Their big strength, that it just works, is a reliable feature they have built into their product portfolio.”

Veeam said in statement from the event that, while it had initially focused on server virtualisation for VMware environments, in recent years it had expanded this core offering. It was now delivering integration with multiple hypervisors, physical servers and endpoints, along with public and software-as-a-service workloads, while partnering with leading cloud, storage, server, hyperconverged (HCI) and application vendors.

This week, it  announced a new “with Veeam”program, which brings in enterprise storage and hyperconverged (HCI) vendors to provide customers with comprehensive secondary storage solutions that combine Veeam software with industry-leading infrastructure systems. Companies like ExaGrid and Nutanix have already announced partnerships.

Timashev said: “From day one, we have focused on partnerships to deliver customer value. Working with our storage and cloud partners, we are delivering choice, flexibility and value to customers of all sizes.”

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‘Energy scavenging’ funded

As the drive towards a 5G future gathers momentum, the University of Surrey’s research into technology that could power countless internet enabled devices – including those needed for autonomous cars – has won over £1M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry partners.

Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has been working on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG), an energy harvesting technology capable of ‘scavenging’ energy from movements such as human motion, machine vibration, wind and vehicle movements to power small electronic components. 

TENG energy harvesting is based on a combination of electrostatic charging and electrostatic induction, providing high output, peak efficiency and low-cost solutions for small scale electronic devices. It’s thought such devices will be vital for the smart sensors needed to enable driverless cars to work safely, wearable electronics, health sensors in ‘smart hospitals’ and robotics in ‘smart factories.’ 

The ATI will be partnered on this development project with the Georgia Institute of Technology, QinetiQ, MAS Holdings, National Physical Laboratory, Soochow University and Jaguar Land Rover. 

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI and the principal investigator of the TENG project, said: “TENG technology is ideal to power the next generation of electronic devices due to its small footprint and capacity to integrate into systems we use every day. Here at the ATI, we are constantly looking to develop such advanced technologies leading towards our quest to realise worldwide “free energy”.

“TENGs are an ideal candidate to power the autonomous electronic systems for Internet of Things applications and wearable electronic devices. We believe this research grant will allow us to further the design of optimized energy harvesters.”

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