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Something on the Side: Make your own movies

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This week in Something on The Side we look at (and give away a copy of) Magix Movie Edit, the Sharp Eco-Driver, HD releases of Metal Fear Sold editions, the Verbatim 3TB USB 3.0 Store ‚’n Save, and the powerful Tiny Monster 11 flashlight.

Make your own movies

With Magix Movie Edit package, editing videos and making films has been simplified for the home user, with easy-to-use features, but offering creative and professional results. It allows easy video transfer from camera to computer, and offers more than 30 tracks for audio dubbing, cinematic titles, effects, and transition. Users can edit ordinary footage into films and share it on DVDs, AVCHD and Blu-ray Discs, complete with interactive menus. 3D video options make it possible to convert video to 3D, along with effects, animations, and 5.1. Surround Sound.

The Pro MX Premium version adds professional dubbing options, extensive disc authoring and a hand-picked selection of bonus programs, including effects and cinematic filters.

Expect to pay: From R999 to R1399, depending on the version.

Availability: Magix Movie Edit Pro MX, Pro MX Plus and Pro MX Premium is distributed in South Africa by Phoenix Software and can be found in mass retail outlets.

Gadget is giving away one copy of Magix Movie Edit Pro MX, valued at R999. All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter by filling in your first and last name, e-mail address, and security code in the box on the right, above this article. In our next newsletter, we will tell you how you can win.

Sharp Eco-Driver Encourages eco-friendly print practices

Sharp’s new Eco-Driver for its Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) informs users of their ‚”eco-balance‚” – their environmental impact associated with printing – helping businesses to reduce costs by saving paper and printer resources, while boosting their eco-friendly initiatives.

The tool can form an integral part of an office’s best practice print policy, aiding users to save paper by selecting smart printing options. These allow multi page documents to be printed in duplex mode, or even up to four pages on one side, all with a simple selection on the user interface.

The Eco-Driver also prompts the user to select environmentally friendly settings at every print, with a pop-up window.

Availability and price: The Eco Driver can be downloaded at no cost from the Sharp MEA website (www.sharpmea.com) from the Support Download Centre.

Metal Gear Solid editions now available in HD

Konami Digital Entertainment has released HD editions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for various compatible platforms.

The HD Xbox 360 versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater are now available on the Xbox LIVE Games On Demand service, with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition following next week. HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will follow for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in September via the PlayStation Network.

Verbatim 3TB USB 3.0 Store ‚’n Save convenient desktop storage

Drive Control Corporation has added a 3TB version to the range of Verbatim Store ‚’n’ Save USB 3.0 desktop hard drives that they stock. The drive is USB 2.0 compatible and includes Nero BackItUp and Burn Essentials software for easy backups.

Thanks to movable padded foot cushions the drive can stand upright, can be put on its side or even stacked. Keeping things environmentally friendly is a green button and energy saving software that automatically puts the drive in sleep mode after a specified time.

The Verbatim 3TB USB 3.0 Store ‚’n Save hard drive is well suited for the home user who requires backup and external storage that is not designed for portability but rather for convenience and versatility on your desktop.

Expect to pay: R 1 999

Availability: Contact Drive Control Corporation for a stockist in your area.

Tiny Monster 11 flashlight Will shed light on any situation

The Tiny Monster 11 flashlight offers users four operating modes. The first mode provides 200 lumens, the second mode 550, the third offering 1 100 lumens and the last, a turbo mode, pushing out an impressive 2 000 lumens of light. A single power button operates the torch and each click of the button increases the light intensity. A safety or lockdown mode is also offered for when the light is being transported and a fully charged set of batteries will last up to two years in standby mode. According to the Tiny Monster 11 importers – QBcle Computing – the torch will operate up to 18 hours when used at the lowest lumens setting, but the time drops to just over an hour when used in turbo mode. Due to the high-powered LEDs the light will get extremely hot, but integrated thermal protection circuitry automatically steps down the light intensity to prevent the light from overheating during long usage times.

Expect to pay: R 3 350. This includes a charger and four rechargeable batteries.

Availability: Visit www.nitecoresa.co.za for ordering information.

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Appdate: Volvo on call, Samsung on Pay

In this week’s app roundup, SEAN BACHER highlights Volvo on Call, Money Transfer with Samsung Pay, CharOn, Vodacom Emergency Service App and Malaicha.

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Volvo on Call

Volvo On Call (VOC), an app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars, has arrived in South Africa.

It facilitates a multitude of tasks: with Volvo On Call, motorists can remotely lock or unlock the doors to their car, check the fuel level from their office desk, and cool or heat their car before they get it – all via smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or desktop.

With Volvo On Call a car becomes more than just a means of travel. It becomes a personal assistant. It can tell you about the best coffee spots in town and send the destination to your car’s navigation system. It knows when you have appointments, where they are, and how to get you there.

South African motorists will particularly appreciate the associated safety and security benefits. Motorists who forget to lock their car will get a notification message. Volvo On Call automatically contacts the emergency services if you are involved in an accident and tells them where you are.

Other capabilities of Volvo On Call include the ability to provide an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, which can be accessed by everyone in the car. 

The app can also show the location of the car on a high-definition map with directions, should you forget where you parked it in a car park.

Volvo On Call is a standard feature in South Africa with effect from model year 2020 Volvo derivatives. It is free of charge for five years. Thereafter, it can be extended for a small fee. 

Drivers of vehicles other than Volvos can download the app for free and run it in demo mode.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free service for five years there after it needs to be paid for.

Stockists: Download the iOS version here and the Android version here.

Money Transfer with Samsung Pay

Finablr, a global platform for payments, and Samsung Electronics America, have introduced a Money Transfer feature in Samsung Pay. This new in-app international money transfer service, a first of its kind in the US, offers users seamless and secure cross-border payments to 47 countries through a variety of payout methods, within Samsung’s native mobile wallet. The service combines Samsung Pay’s convenience, scale and security with Finablr’s international reach, and 40 years of cross-border payment expertise to put mobile payments into the hands of millions of consumers.

Money Transfer promises the following benefits:

  • Convenience – The service gives users the ability to send money seamlessly to their recipients through a variety of digital and physical payout methods in 47 countries, with just a few taps on their phone. Consumers simply open the Samsung Pay app and the tools are right at their fingertips.
  • Transparency – With this service, all fees and exchange rates are included upfront so users know how much they will pay before securely transferring funds.
  • Security – Finablr’s network of trusted brands, including Travelex, with its 40 years of experience in cross-border payments, and licensed by over 100 regulators globally, bring security, reliability and peace of mind to the Samsung Pay users of this feature, which uses tokenized credentials and is backed by Samsung Knox security.

Money Transfer in Samsung Pay is available now in the U.S. The service will be expanded to other markets in 2020.

Find out more about Money Transfer here: www.travelex.com/moneytransfer

CharOn app takes TADHack lead

duo #1632 have emerged as the winners of the 2019 edition of the TADHackJHB held at MTN’s head office in Fairland, Johannesburg, earlier this month. 

Their solution called CharOn, is a cell tower protection app, was their claim to the title.

The theme for the 2019 global TADHack was: “Localised and Contextualised – Battle of the Bots”. Participants in the TADhackJHB were required to develop technology solutions to address challenges facing communities in South African townships. #1632 pocketed the prize of $1000 (approximately R15,000) for their winning solution, CharOn, which allows individuals to report suspicious activity within the vicinity of the cell towers. If the app collects enough data of the same case being reported, authorities will be notified. 

More information about TADHackJHB as well as information about the CharOn app can be found here.  

Vodacom Emergency Service App 

 Vodacom has extended a helping hand through the launch of the Vodacom 112 Emergency Service App that enables persons with communication barriers like deafness, speech impairments and blindness to contact emergency services when they need help. 

The Emergency Service App enables deaf users to contact the ER24 emergency contact centre 24 hours, 365 days a year. Users can request emergency services  such as fire, police, sea rescue, traffic and ambulance services which could assist to save their own lives, the lives of loved ones and other people in need.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: In order to get the service, deaf users must download the Vodacom 112 Emergency Service App from the Google Playstore or Apple iStore and register their mobile number. Click here for more information.

Malaicha

A new app created by Hello Paisa makes it possible for Zimbabweans in South Africa to send essential goods and groceries back home.

For Zimbabweans who are far from home, ensuring that their family is fed and looked-after is one of their most fundamental goals. This is often easier said than done when faced with costly solutions, the potential for damaged goods and uncertainty of whether or not their groceries may even reach their final destination. Malaicha.com has changed the way for Zimbabweans to send groceries to their families.

Malaicha allow workers to provide the essentials for their families back home, and is designed to do so in a simple manner. Only three steps are required: a quick KYC onboarding, adding the recipient; shopping for goods and groceries, and finally making payment.

At the moment, Malaicha.com is available for same-day collection and free delivery in the following areas: Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Masvingo and Gweru.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the Malaicha.com website here for downloading instructions

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AppDate: Liberty brings learning channel to app

In this week’s app roundup, SEAN BACHER takes a look at TenFold, Uber ICEplus, KLM’s Travel Guide, MTN’s Supersonic, and Samsung Pay with Discovery Tab.

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TenFold

Liberty has partnered with the Mindset Network to deliver Maths and Physical Science education to learners across South Africa using a mobile app called TenFold Education. It offers educational content and extra learning material for learners in grades 10 to 12.

In the 1990s, millions of school children tuned into the Liberty Learning Channel to watch William Smith and other educators teach Maths and Physical Science in a studio, using a projector. While this format was relevant back then, the learning landscape today has completely evolved.

In addition to TenFold, a 60-minute interactive television show airs on DSTV Channel Mindset TV. It offers a full learning experience aligned to the CAPS curriculum, and is broadcast every day during school terms. The content on the TenFold App provides interactive nuggets of the same information, and houses hundreds of hours of instructional video resources, and exam style assessments.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Download TenFold for Android hereand for iOS here.

Uber ICEplus

Using Uber safely starts with riders checking their ride details. But what happens when an accident or an incident happens on a trip? With safety being a number one priority for Uber, it has provided features to keep riders safe from before your trip starts to after it ends, ensuring transparency and traceability. One such feature is the in-app emergency button which is available to riders during trips in any safety-related incidents.

This feature, which is provided by ICEplus, a mobile panic button solution, can be found in Uber’s safety toolkit, making it easily accessible for riders on their home screen.

Where safety is compromised, riders can call for assistance directly from the Uber app by tapping the shield icon on the map. Once the in-app button has been activated, riders will be connected to ICEplus Incident Management Centre, where a consultant will assess the nature of the safety incident and either dispatch a third-party private security company or medical response team to the rider’s location. The ICEplus agent will stay on the line with riders until they are safe.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Accessible through through the Uber app which can be downloaded here

KLM’s Travel Guide

Alexa users can go in search of the KLM destination best suited to them using KLM’s Travel Guide. The app offers inspiration as well as personal advice in terms of flight duration, budget, travel dates and specifications, such as a “city trip” or “beach holiday”. 

Based on this information, KLM suggests the destination that best fulfils the passenger’s wishes, along with the ticket price and a short description. This KLM service is available on all speakers running the Alexa operating system, with or without a screen.

Platform: Available on any device using the Alexa OS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit KLM here for more information. 

Click here to read about MTN’s Supersonic fibre and Samsung Pay with Discover Tab

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