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AppDate: Shedding light in our times of darkness

SEAN BACHER’S app roundup highlights two load-shedding apps, along with South AfriCAM, NBA 2K Mobile, Virgin Mobile’s Spot 3.0 and SwiftKey.



NBA 2K Mobile

NBA 2K Mobile presents a new way to enjoy the best of NBA 2K on handheld devices. It delivers console quality graphics and lifelike NBA 2K action on the go.

The app lets gamers experience their favourite NBA moments, build teams and step onto the court matches. Users collect player cards to build their squads and use drills to train up their players. They can then compete in seasons to earn new rewards, participate in limited time events for exclusive cards, and rise up the leaderboards.

Platform: iOS with it the game being released on Android later this year.

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the App Store for downloading instructions

Virgin’s Spot 3.0

Virgin Money’s person-to-person payment app, Spot, has been upgraded to make it more accessible, with increased functionality, security and ease of use. For instance, Spot 3.0 now allows users without 3D Secure bank cards to use the app, thanks to the addition of a digital Spot Wallet that allows them to add and receive funds using their bank accounts.

Spot 3.0 also allows users to pay merchants directly using the app. Wherever they see a ‘Pay with Spot’ sign, they can click the ‘Pay a merchant’ button and scan the merchant’s QR code. Some of the merchants already signed up include Cape Town 10’s rugby tournament and an online ticket sales company, Quicket, which will allow teams and spectators to make payments using Spot on the Quicket website.

However, before customers can start making any transactions with Spot 3.0, they need to add a bank account to cash out money from their Spot Wallet. Users can also send and receive money into their Spot Wallet with no monthly subscription fees and no transaction fees.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device


SwiftKey can be thought of as a predictive text input app on steroids. It uses artificial intelligence that enables it to ‘learn’ and predict what a user intends to type.

Swiftkey features autocorrect and gesture typing for faster input. In addition, a built-in GIF search engine adds images to messages and offers the ability to switch keyboards for bilingual users.

The app works by saving words and names so that, the more it is used, the more it ‘learns’ in an attempt to give you the correct word or name as you start typing. That said, it doesn’t save any sensitive information like passwords or credit card numbers.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the Google Play Store for downloading instructions

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