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Gadget and Alcatel are giving away a Pixi 3 4.5″ smartphone and an Alcatel 2004C feature phone. To enter, simply follow Gadget and Alcatel South Africa on Twitter and name three apps that are preloaded on the Pixi 3.

Earlier this year, Alcatel announced that the Pixi 3 (4.5) smartphone is available from Vodacom outlets across the country from the recommended retail price of R899 on prepaid and R179 per month on a uChooseFlexi 200 contract.

The Pixi 3 smartphone is selling like hotcakes in South Africa, from stores like Edgars, Game,and Ackermans. With 3G connectivity and running on the Android OS, the Pixi 3 smartphone offers affordability and accessibility, in one phone.

“Our vision focuses on ease, convenience and affordability for our customers and the Pixi 3 family has delivered just that,” says Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager Southern Africa at Alcatel. “Our new Pixi 3 smartphone makes mobile Internet available to everyone, while offering on innovation and style”.

With an 8 megapixel camera at the back and 2 Megapixel front camera, the Pixi 3 lets one capture crisp-looking photos. The Pixi 3 smartphone is available in volcano black, white and silver.

Pre-loaded with the most popular apps, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and graphic filters and photo editors, the Pixi 3 smartphone ensures fun for everyone. The Pixi 3 smartphone also permits its principal user to enable Guest Mode, which protects user privacy in certain applications, photos and videos.

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @AlcatelZA on Twitter

2. Name three of the apps that are preloaded on the Pixi 3 in a tweet – don’t forget to mention the @GadgetZA and @AlcatelZA handles in the tweet.

3. Winners will be selected at random and will be announced on Monday, 1 August 2016, when the competition closes.

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AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense

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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/

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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 would have worked.

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