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CES 2016: Best of baby tech

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The Bump Best Baby Award winners were announced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with companies coming to the fore that excelled in tech innovation, design and utility.

When it comes to raising babies, what tech gadgets should parents turn to? The Bump, a pregnancy and parenting resource, together with Living in Digital Times, producers of the Baby Tech Summit at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, last week announced the winners of The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards at CES.

The winners, who have excelled in tech innovation, design and utility in the fertility, pregnancy and baby product space, were recognised at The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards ceremony hosted by The Bump site director, Julia Wang, and one of the judges, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and New York Times bestselling author, Randi Zuckerberg.

In addition to being named The Bump Best of Baby Tech Award Winner, each winner will receive a one-year distribution contract with Best Babie, the largest national distributor in the baby, children and toy market, allowing their product to be distributed in top US baby retailers, electronic retailers and/or online e-tailers.

“According to a survey of more than 9,000 moms on The Bump, 78 percent say that technology helps make parenting easier,” said Julia Wang, site director of The Bump. “The Bump is excited to help make the lives of these moms, and all parents, easier by introducing them to transformative technologies and new products.”

“We all know how important technology is to our lives and now it’s being used to make parenting much easier,” said Jill Gilbert, producer of the Baby Tech Summit. “The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards winners underscore that technology is redefining everything from conception to how we care for and raise babies.”

Results were based on a compilation of online votes, in-person votes at CES and expert judges.

The Bump Best of Baby Tech Award Winners were:

Baby Eats

Baby Learn & Play

  • The Starling by Versa Me word-tracking system nourishes a child’s brain during the most rapid stage of development through activities that encourage talk and feedback between parent and child.

Baby On the Go

  • Evenflo ADVANCED Evenflo SensorSafe™ Embrace™ DLX Infant Car Seat reminds the driver that there is a baby in the car upon arrival of their destination.

Baby Safety

  • Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart sock monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximeter—to alert parents if baby stops breathing or heart rate fluctuates.

Fertility & Pregnancy

  • Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are online tests that provide fertility patients with personalized probabilities of their likely success with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Healthy Baby

  • Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer uses the latest technology to take a one-second, one-button temperature reading that syncs wirelessly to a smartphone to keep a record of your child for yourself, a caregiver or doctor.

Audience Favorite

  • Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart sock monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximeter—to alert parents if baby stops breathing or heart rate fluctuates.

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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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