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AppDate: AB de Villiers cam app offers social rewards

In his apps round-up, SEAN BACHER highlights a tyre-size service, AB de Villiers’ rewards app, Waze gets voice-control in Ford, kulula.com’s app revamp, and GeleZAR.

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ABD Cam offers rewards to cricket fans

AB de Villiers, in partnership with the JET8 Foundation has launched a JET8 social iOS and Android app called ABDCam. Fans and supporters in South Africa, India, and all around the world will be able to use the ABDCam app to customise photos and videos with AB de Villiers personal Geo-stickers and Geo-frames, and earn points (‘JETPoints’) in exchange for their social influence throughout social media platforms. JETPoints can be used to redeem a variety of rewards and to contribute to youth-related social impact causes supported by the AB de Villiers Foundation.

JETPoints are awarded to fans for likes, comments, and shares of social media posts when customised using AB de Villiers’ Geo-stickers and Geo-frames found in the ABD Cam app. Users are additionally rewarded JETPoints when sharing the posts onto other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: The ABDCam can be downloaded here.

Waze in Ford vehicles now with voice commands

Waze users in South Africa can now project the app’s real-time traffic and navigation service onto the touch screen in Ford vehicles via SYNC 3 AppLink, and control it through voice command, allowing for easier access to features like finding the quickest traffic routes and reporting traffic accidents.

To use the feature, customers connect the smartphone to the USB port of their Ford, select the Waze app on the car’s heads-up display, and access the app’s features on a larger display. Voice commands can then be given directly to the application – making it safer to find alternative routes or getting traffic updates.

To deliver optimal driving directions and traffic updates, Waze uses crowdsourcing to gather information about road conditions from all of its users. People type in their destination and drive with the app open to contribute data to Waze’s community of users. At the same time, people can take a more active role by sharing reports from the road, including notifying the community of accidents, hazards or route changes that were previously unknown.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: In order to use the service, Ford owners need to update their SYNC 3 software here.

Users will also need the latest Waze version, which can be downloaded here.

Tiger Wheel and Tyre tyre size specificator

Tiger Wheel & Tyre has announced a new fast and simple online search functionality that will reveal a vehicle’s tyre sizes – for existing customers, that is.

Now, when customers search for tyres, and can’t recall the size, they input their vehicle registration number into the relevant search box at www.twt.to. Anyone who has shopped at Tiger Wheel & Tyre from 2016 onwards will instantly have their vehicle’s tyre sizes returned to them.

Accuracy is perhaps the most important aspect of this new offering. In their haste to get their search done quickly, online shoppers and researchers often make errors entering tyre sizes. Or, if their vehicle has a staggered fitment (different size wheels and tyres on the front versus the rear), they forget this rather important consideration.

Platform: Any device with an up-to-date Internet browser

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit tiger Wheel and Tyre here

kulula.com’s revamped mobile app

kulula.com’s app has been redesigned with a fresh new look and feel, in an attempt to personalise and simplify its overall digital experience.

The app is still in its first phase, which currently allows check-in, seat selection, flight status and an opportunity to manage their booking and add flight extras. Additional features include sharing of upcoming trips and boarding passes with loved ones, along with the weather forecast at their destination.

When the second phase is included, enhancements will include car rental bookings, sharing on social media platforms, geo-location, push notifications of travel information, and flight bookings – pretty much the reason for most airline apps to exist.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: The app can be downloaded directly from kulula.com here.  

GeleZAR

Experian South Africa’s app called GeleZAR, South African slang for “learning about money”, aims to bring more micro, small and medium sized enterprises into the mainstream economy. 

GeleZAR has been developed to help entrepreneurs gain basic business and financial education skills, and also so that they can more easily access personalised financial products at interest rates that work for them.

The GeleZAR app was developed by Experian in partnership with local South African  fintech developer Flat Rock Solutions. It is designed to provide financial education and credit scoring to micro-entrepreneurs and individuals to ensure that they get the credit score they deserve. The app also advises individuals on how to maintain good credit health and recommends remedial actions, such as seeking a debt counsellor, if the need arises.

With their permission, micro-entrepreneurs will be able to build an alternative credit score using hundreds of mobile data points through the GeleZAR app, to determine creditworthiness. 

Experian and Flat Rock are working with one of the large low-cost mobile phone retailers in Africa to trial the app, which has been pre-installed on a range of its entry-level smartphones. . 

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: To learn more about GeleZAR, visit their site here.

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