At last week’s IFA 2016 expo in Berlin, Alcatel launched the Shine Lite, a feature-rich smartphone aimed at tech-savvy young consumers.
Alcatel says it created the Shine Lite “to meet the needs of price-conscious twenty-somethings with an eye for style and a need for functionality that’s intuitive, secure and fun”. It includes a fingerprint scanner and front flash, in a budget-priced device.
“Our aim was to develop a high-end product without a high-end price, and we’ve done just that,” says Nicolas Zibell, General Manager of International Business and President of TCL Communication. “Shine Lite has flagship-product design and relevant features, tailored to meet the needs of our Gen Z consumers who look for a combination of style and substance, without a hefty price-tag.”
Alcatel provided the following information:
For young consumers who want to impress friends or make a statement in their first job, Shine Lite offers a sophisticated symmetrical design with 2.5D glass on both sides and stylish metal frame, while a fingerprint scanner on the back helps users to effortlessly access their phones.
Shine Lite comes with an exceptional 5-inch HD IPS display that provides vivid, true colour photos and graphics. The advanced technology offers enhanced security with a fingerprint scanner that unlocks users’ phones quickly and discreetly, and gives access to a private Safe-box, where users can store private photos, videos, music and documents. Users’ fingerprints can also be preprogrammed to launch up to five favourite apps directly from standby mode.
Offering a front flash, unusual at this price point, Shine Lite produces brightly lit selfies that can be easily accessed via a dedicated Selfie Album, where user can generate fun selfie videos called Face Show. A dual-tone flash for the 13 MP rear camera assures the most natural-looking, balanced light for photographs. Meanwhile, the Split Catcher app creates a multi-view collage, allowing users to capture the scene with both front and rear cameras.
Shine Lite is available in a range of colours – Pure White, Prime Black, Satin Gold, Gold Duo and Silver Duo – and offers affordable luxury in the smartphone market.
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
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