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Now for self-service in card cancellation

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FNB customers will now be able to cancel a lost or stolen debit or cheque card at an FNB ATM, ADT or Slimline.|FNB customers will now be able to cancel a lost or stolen debit or cheque card at an FNB ATM, ADT or Slimline.

FNB is the first bank to enable debit or cheque card cancellation across all its electronic banking platforms and the only bank to provide the functionality on self service devices.

This type of card cancellation is already available through Cellphone Banking, Online Banking and the FNB Banking App.

“The ability to cancel a lost or stolen card as soon as a card is compromised is vital in reducing the angst that customers might experience regarding the safety of their money. We are offering customers as many debit or cheque card cancellation alternatives as possible,” says Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO of FNB Points of Presence.

“Since it is not guaranteed that a customer will have access to a mobile phone to cancel a card, the next logical step was to make provision for this functionality on our vast network of self-service devices,” adds van Zyl.

During the development of the functionality speed and ease of cancellation was kept in mind and the end result is a four screen cancellation process. Customers choose the cardless option on the ATM or ADT, key in their ID number, key in their PIN, select the card that they would like to cancel and confirm the cancellation. For those who wish to do so, new cards can also be ordered immediately.

“Customers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with existing debit or cheque card cancellation functionality as well as the new feature on FNB’s self-service devices so that, should they be in the circumstances where they have to cancel a card, they can do so intuitively. We trust that this will empower our customers to be in even greater control of how they manage their everyday banking,” concludes van Zyl.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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