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MWC: Dark Matter launches World’s most secure phone

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DarkMatter has launched KATIM, the world’s most secure smartphone during the Mobile World Congress the week.

KATIM is designed to offer the highest level of protection against mobile attacks for users who have the most demanding security needs.

Designed by DarkMatter’s team of secure communications experts, KATIM provides a comprehensive, integrated and non-compromised solution to meet the needs of nations and enterprises requiring protection of critical data and communications.

The four elements to KATIM’s security are the KATIM Phone, KATIM OS, KATIM Secure communications application suite and KATIM Cyber Command Centre. Together, these form a unique and ultra-secure system that is the most secure communications suite available today.

Commenting on KATIM, Faisal Al Bannai, Founder and CEO of DarkMatter said, “Cyber attacks have become a new frontier of warfare and espionage, and mobile security threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with serious repercussions for enterprise and governments. While smartphones have become a vital tool for business users and high-level officials, they also offer a vast attack surface for cyber criminals to gain access and compromise the sensitive information stored and consumed via these types of devices. According to Luminet, 75% of mobile apps would fail a basic security test, since the majority of smartphone apps do not have basic security protocols in place.”

Faisal Al Bannai continued, “Many secure phones available today cater to the needs of larger market segments, which can compromise security. KATIM addresses the portion of the population for which security of is paramount.”

KATIM uses a hardened Android 7.x (Nougat) operating system to safeguard against vulnerabilities, and features end-to-end data encryption and secure storage for keys. Multilevel tamper protection also provides high assurance against physical threats, and frequent security patches protect against evolving vulnerabilities.

The KATIM Phone will begin shipping to qualified customers from the fourth quarter of 2017.

As the world’s largest gathering for the mobile communications community, Mobile World Congress has attracted over 100,000 delegates from more than 200 countries and territories. Mobile World Congress presents an ideal platform for DarkMatter to showcase its Secure Communications offer, while also featuring its recent developments in Big Data & Analytics, along with its proprietary Cyber Security Resilience Platform, Public Key Infrastructure offerings, and advances in Crypto.

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Low-cost wireless sport earphones get a kickstart

Wireless earphone brands are common, but not crowdfunded brands. BRYAN TURNER takes the K Sport Wireless for a run.

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As wireless technology becomes better, Bluetooth earphones have become popular in the consumer market. KuaiFit aspires to make them even more accessible to more people through a cheaper, quality product, by selling the K Sport Wireless Earphones directly from its Kickstarter page

KuaiFit has an app by the same name which offers voice-guided personal training services in almost every type of exercise, from cardio to weight-lifting. A vast range of connectivity to third-party sensors is available, like heart rate sensors and GPS devices, which work well with guided coaching. 

The app starts off with selecting a fitness level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Thereafter, one has the ability to connect with real personal trainers via a subscription to its paid service. The subscription comes free for 6 months with the earphones, and R30 per month thereafter. 

The box includes a manual, a USB to two USB Type B connectors, different sized soft plastic eartips and the two earphone units. Each earphone is wireless and connects to the other independently of wires. This puts the K Sport Wireless in the realm of the Apple Earpods in terms of connection style. 

The earphones are just over 2cm wide and 2cm high. The set is black with a light blue KuaiFit logo on the earphone’s button. 

The button functions as an on/off switch when long-pressed and a play/pause button when quick-pressed. The dual-button set-up is convenient in everyday use, allowing for playback control depending on which hand is free. Two connectivity modes are available, single earphone mode or dual earphone mode. The dual earphone mode intelligently connects the second earphone and syncs stereo audio a few seconds after powering on. 

In terms of connectivity, the earphones are Bluetooth 4.1 with a massive 10-meter range, provided there are no obstacles between the device and the earphones. While it’s not Bluetooth 5, it still falls into the Bluetooth Low Energy connection category, meaning that the smartphone’s battery won’t be drastically affected by a consistent connection to the earphones. The batteries within the earphones aren’t specifically listed but last anywhere between 3 and 6 hours, depending on the mode. 

Audio quality is surprisingly good for earphones at this price point. The headset style is restricted to in-ear due to its small design and probable usage in movement-intensive activities. As a result, one has to be very careful how one puts these earphones, in because bass has the potential of getting reduced from an incorrect in-ear placement. In-ear earphones are usually notorious for ear discomfort and suction pain after extended usage. These earphones are one of the very few in this price range that are comfortable and don’t cause discomfort. The good quality of the soft plastic ear tip is definitely a factor in the high level of comfort of the in-ear earphone experience.

Overall, the K Sport Wireless earphones are great considering the sound quality and the low price: US$30 on Kickstarter.

Find them on Kickstarter here.

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Taxify enters Google Maps

A recent update to Taxify now uses Google Maps which allows users to identify their drivers, find public transport and search for billing options.

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People planning their travel routes using Google Maps will now see a Taxify icon in the app, in addition to the familiar car, public transport, walking and billing options.

Taxify started operating in South Africa in 2016 and as of October 2018 operates in seven South African cities – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane.

Once riders have searched for their destination and asked the app for directions, Google Maps shares the proximity of cars on the Taxify platform, as well as an estimated fare for the trip.

If users see that taking the Taxify option is their best bet, they can simply tap on the ‘Open app’ icon, to complete the process of booking the ride. Customers without the app on their device will be prompted to install Taxify first.

This integration makes it possible for users to evaluate which of the private, public or e-hailing modes of transport are most time-efficient and cost-effective.

“This integration with Google Maps makes it so much easier for users to choose the best way to move around their city,” says Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa. “They’ll have quick comparisons between estimated arrival times for the different modes of transport, as well as fares they can expect to pay, which will help save both time and money,” he added.

Taxify rides in Google Maps are rolling out globally today and will be available in more than 15 countries, with South Africa being one of the first countries to benefit from this convenient service.

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