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Why Nokia went Pure Android

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When HMD Global decided to install Pure Android, many customers where confused. However, the reasoning behind it was simple – it allowed users to decide exactly what is installed on their Nokia smartphones.

Why did HMD Global decide to go Pure Android with Nokia phones? The answer lies in the problem facing many modern consumers: that mobile devices come with bloatware pre-installed, effectively taking the power away from standard apps. Pure Android lets users decide exactly what apps are installed on their mobile devices.

“This is something people really want from the get go,” says Patrick Henchie, head of product for Southern Africa at HMD Global. “It’s a refreshing change for consumers to be able to fully personalise their mobile devices.”

Pure Android also eliminates the restraints put on the general performance of devices. “When you eliminate unnecessary clutter from your mobile device, you are able to improve its performance by maximising its processing capability, RAM efficiency and storage capacity with exactly what you want,” says Henchie.

Furthermore, the time it takes for system updates to become available is considerably reduced. This has the added benefit of ensuring users receive mobile security updates as they are available.

“South Africans have long since realised the importance of having up to date mobile security, particularly with the rise in popularity of browsing, mobile banking and social media,” says Henchie.. “Monthly security updates is an essential factor in keeping your personal information safe and secure. Pure Android ensures this. With other android players, security updates only become available after several months post release.”

An added benefit of Pure Android, is that it will have great appeal to young users, who tend to know exactly what they want and when they want it from their mobile devices.

“It’s fundamental for them to have the freedom to make their own choices. They don’t want unnecessary bloatware forced down on them, they want the freedom to make an educated decision before every purchase. This is where Pure Android can offer them exactly what they desire.”

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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

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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/

Click here to read about the FNB Snapchat lens, Spotify Free with data saver, and 00:37.

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Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole

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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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