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CES 2016: Intel, Samsung, in mobile excellence honours

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Intel and Samsung were among the few high-profile technology companies sharing the honours in the annual Mobile Excellence Awards announced at CES in Las Vegas last week.

Low-profile players and companies not normally associated with technology dominated the Mobile Excellence Awards announced at CES in Las Vegas last week. Among high-profile technology names, only Intel and Samsung made the honours list.

Now in its 9th year, the Mobile Excellence Awards (MEA) recognises companies “that have truly set the bar of excellence in their respective fields”.  Honorees range from leading brands to studios, carriers and startups in mobile technology, entertainment and lifestyle.

Aside from officially announcing the 2015 Best of Mobile winners at CES, it also revealed plans to launch the first MEA Europe which will take place in Ireland in conjunction with the ICONS Festival, a global festival that focuses on the convergence of technology, music and film.

“We are very excited to be moving into our 9th year with new partners, sponsors innovators and leaders who have  been instrumental in shaping the future of mobile.” said Sarah Miller, CEO of Axis PR & Entertainment and Executive Producer, Mobile Excellence Awards. “The MEAs are looking forward to expanding this prestigious awards program to Europe this year as this will give more international companies a wider platform to be recognized  and help bridge technology innovation across multiple countries.”

The 8th Annual Mobile Excellence Award Winners were:

Best Mobile Leadership

Intel Corporation

Industry Star  

Capital One

Best AR/VR for Mobile  

Samsung Milk VR

Best Branded Experience Made for Mobile

FunMobility: Chiquita & Universal Pictures “Minions Love Bananas 2015”

Best Delivery Platform for Mobile

Leadbolt

Best eCommerce for Mobile

Blackhawk Network/GoWallet

Best Payment/Banking  

Capital One Mobile 5

Best Entertainment Related Marketing Campaign  

Heineken’s UEFA Champion the Match

Best International

Turkcell Connect: Internet in Offline Mode

Best Mobile Analytics/Big Data

Hopi

Best Mobile Start Up  

CARDFREE

Best Mobile Utility App  

YouMail

Best Mobile Video  

Opera Mediaworks / Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl Instant-Feed Campaign

Best Original Content  

E! Entertainment- “E! Style Collective”

Best Social Community

ooVoo

Best Mobile App/Service for Connected Daily Lifestyle

HomeAdvisor.

Best Mobile Games  

Kabam – Marvel Contest of Champions

Best Mobile App for Wearable Technology

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Best Mobile Innovator  

Synaptics’ ClearPad 4300 touch and display driver integration solutions for smartphones and tablets

Best Mobile Product

Intel, Eaglespeak

Best Mobile Sports

Sapient Nitro, Surf Pegasus App

Best Technology Breakthrough  

Synaptics’ ClearPad 4300 touch and display driver integration solutions for smartphones and tablets

Best User Experience for Mobile  

Runtastic

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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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