The Google Play store is essential for downloading Android apps. However, without the right settings, it can be less enjoyable. Alcatel offers these tips in order to make the Play Store experience more satisfying.
Controlling automatic updates off Wi-Fi
By default, the Google Play Store is set to update apps when your phone is connected to the Internet. If you do not want your smartphone to perform updates via your personal mobile data plan, you can disable this option and set updates to allow for Wifi only. Go to settings in the Play Store app, click the Automatic Update option and select the desired method.
Tip: If you have a limited mobile data package, it is recommended to upgrade via Wifi only. Your wallet will thank you.
Secure all your purchases on Play Store
The Play Store app allows you to add a password that will be required for any purchase. This avoids fraudulent purchases. To enable authentication, go to the application settings and click the “Require Authentication” option.
Protect your children
If you allow your child to play on your mobile phone or tablet, it is recommended to activate the parental control, in order to restrict access to applications offering sensitive content. Based on the European classification, Play Store will offer you applications according to your age bracket parental contral settings : 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+, and 18+.
To activate parental control, go to the Play Store settings and select the “Parental Control” option. All you have to do is choose an option that suits you and your family.
No to shortcuts
You don’t enjoy automatic shortcut creation of newly installed applications on your home screen? Don’t panic. You can disable this action. In the Play Store application settings, uncheck the “Add icon on home screen” option.
Take advantage of promotional offers
Have you received promotional codes for your purchases on Play Store, but not sure how to use them? Go to the Play Store app. Display your profile menu by swiping the screen from left to right. Then click on “Use a code”. All you have to do is fill in your promotional code and take advantage of the Play Store offers.
AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense for app
DStv Now app expands, FNB gets Snapchat lens, Spotify offers data saver mode, in SEAN BACHER’s apps roundup
DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense
Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).
Expect to pay: A free download.
Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.
Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.
Santam Safety Ideas
Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding.
The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab, Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.
Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/
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Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole
Epic Games has repaired a vulnerability that exposed Fortnite, the world’s most popular game of the moment, to hackers. The hole, which was left in Epic’s web infrastructure, allowed hackers to target players with email that appeared to come from Epic Games, but would have led them to a phishing site, where their log-in details would have been stolen.
Researchers at cyber security solutions provider Check Point Software alerted Epic to vulnerabilities that could have affected any player of the hugely popular online battle game.
Fortnite has nearly 80 million players worldwide. The game is popular on all gaming platforms, including Android, iOS, PC via Microsoft Windows and consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In addition to casual players, Fortnite is used by professional gamers who stream their sessions online, and is popular with e-sports enthusiasts.
If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and their personal information as well as enabling them to purchase virtual in-game currency using the victim’s payment card details. The vulnerability would also have allowed for a massive invasion of privacy, as an attacker could listen to in-game chatter as well as surrounding sounds and conversations within the victim’s home or other location of play.
While Fortnite players had previously been targeted by scams that deceived them into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, these new vulnerabilities could have been exploited without the player handing over any login details
Click here to read how the Fortnite hack worked
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