TECHNOBYTE for 15 August 2014
Live Inspect wins MTN App of the Year award. It’s an app which, according to the judges of the MTN Business App of the Year 2014 Awards, may not be impressive in terms of traditional metrics like numbers of downloads and unique users, but it does make hundreds of people’s lives easier every day. That’s Live Inspect, from South Africa’s Lightstone Auto, which just scooped the prestigious top gong and an R200 000 prize in this year’s awards. Available here and here, it’s designed to help insurance underwriters perform fast an accurate vehicle inspections from the comfort of their smartphone. Details can be logged quickly in the straightforward interface and details like tax disc bar codes, drivers’ licences and photos of car damage can be captured using the phone’s camera. Not showy, but definitely needed, it won over the judges in both the overall category, and the Best Android Enterprise App. Lest we forget that there was other competition, the complete list of other winners is below.
Best iOS Enterprise App – Sync Mobile (Runner-up = Lexus Mobile)
Best iOS Consumer App – SuperSport (Runner-up = Property24)
Best Android Consumer App – MyBelongings (Runner-up = Flickpay)Best use of the cloud – Viggo (Runner-up = Creative Cape Town)
Garage Design – Rea Vaya for Windows (Runner-up = Wildlife Tracker)
Best app for Microsoft – Zapper (Runner-up = Investec)
Most Innovative – Wildlife Tracker (Runner-up = POPI)
Consumer Choice – Zapper
Zelda Williams posted some thoughtful, heart-felt social media posts about her recently-deceased father, Robin Williams, to Twitter the other day and was promptly besieged by people with nothing better to do than be cruel to the grieving.
Zelda’s tweet was little more than a quotation and a brief message to her father. The responses were ugly and baffling. Replies included fake, photo-shopped pictures of her father’s death and accusations that she was responsible for his death.
The same day, Zelda signed off of Twitter, saying “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”
In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device’s microphone. But researchers have found there’s another, little-considered sensor in modern phones that can also listen in on their conversations. And it doesn’t even need to ask.
Apple is strongly rumoured to be preparing to release a larger version of the iPhone next month. While the company is almost certain to retain its focus on the high-end smartphone market, its strategy appears to be propelled by a growth in large-screened devices which began in Asia and is taking off in emerging markets. A new report from reputed market research firm Jana suggests that consumers in emerging markets favor smartphones with a screen that is at least five inches in size.
Four-inch devices accounted for a decent portion of responses in all markets, but in each case it is consistently lower than others. In South Africa, for example, nearly one-third of respondents want a phone that is more than 5.5 inches, while five inches is the most common response in five of the nine countries
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