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Mobile apps

  • Absa first SA bank to launch Apple Watch app

    South African banking giant Absa has officially announced the launch of its Apple Watch app. The bank, a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa group, is the first in the country to launch something aimed specifically at Apple Watch owners. The app comes with the tagline "The Smallest Thing in Banking" and is a clear sign that the bank is determined not to get left behind when it comes to technological offerings. The bank was, after all, the last of South Africa's big banks to launch a mobile banking app, nearly two years after FNB's 2011 launch. At this stage, it's unclear exactly what...

  • Facebook introduces messaging on Pages: a new way for customers and businesses to connect

    Facebook is introducing a a new feature for Pages that aims to improve the way businesses and customers interact. The new feature has two main functions, which includes a way for customers to send private messages to businesses and tools for Page admins to easily manage and respond to messages. Gone are the days when a brand and its customers were complete strangers. The new send message button for local awareness ads allows customers to engage in private conversations with business Pages from News Feed ads. This way, Facebook says, customers have a personal channel to connect with businesses directly from ads....

  • Nutrition, barcode-scanning app rates packaged food for South Africans

    In partnership with George Institute for Global Health and Discovery Vitality, nutrition app called HealthyFood Switch has just launched in South Africa. The mobile app lets you scan the barcode of a packaged-food item and provides nutritional information on the energy, total fat, saturated fat, sugar, fibre, sodium and calcium of the product. An algorithm rates the nutrient composition using a star rating system. The user is also shown healthier alternatives within the same food category, allowing them to make a switch to a healthier product before they head to the check-out counter. Discovery Insurance isn't shying away from hooking onto the...

  • SNAPnSAVE: this new SA app lets you earn cash by scanning your till slip

    This is interesting. It's a new South African app called SNAPnSAVE and it allows you to earn cash by scanning your till slip. The app, developed in Cape Town, delivers the cash into an ewallet and is meant to be a way of circumventing problems presented by more traditional reward mechanisms such as paper coupons, plastic cards, expiry dates, and club points. As a SNAPnSAVE user, you select the offers you want, buy them in-store and, using your mobile device’s camera, send a snap of your till slip to verify the purchase. According to a press release sent to Memeburn,...

  • 4 reasons you should get onboard with an enterprise app

    Like most companies, yours is probably taking advantage of every possible digital asset out there to increase its reach and abilities. However, if you don’t have an app for your organization, you’ll be vulnerable to competitors that do. Luckily, all it takes is an enterprise mobility program to create one. Here’s how you find the best option. Easy to use The beauty of an enterprise mobility program is that you can create something as powerful as an app, despite having no track record of ever making one on your own. Most of us would love to have an app built custom...

  • New app aims to help SA kids decide on a career

    Choosing a career path is far from easy, especially when you're still a teenager who barely knows what they want to do over the weekend. A new app, launched by education company Via Afrika aims to remove a little of that friction. Called CareerCompass, the app is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and aims to help young people to gain insight into the careers they are best suited for. It also aims to help them get an idea of current job opportunities that are currently available for a particular career. The app, which is available in...

  • Twitter is testing a dedicated News tab for mobile

    Twitter has released a new feature aimed at showing off the top News of the day, something that could be part of its efforts to up revenue in the face of falling stock prices. Though the feature is only in testing phase, it gives an indication of where Twitter intends to go, in a space where users can use it not only for Tweets but for general news too. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter is yet to confirm all the details but it has admitted that it is testing such a feature. The News tab will offer trending news at the...

  • Google Translate adds 20 more languages, makes voice translation faster and smoother

    Google Translate has received an update, adding 20 more languages. Now users can instantly translate up to 27 languages, making the program available to a wider audience. The update also makes real-time voice translation a lot faster and smoother. These updates are coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days. The new languages that users can now translate to are Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. These can also be translated from English. You can also do one-way translations from English to...

  • Google Now lets you dictate WhatsApp, WeChat messages on the go

    Google has introduced an new feature to Google Now that makes it easier to send an instant message without actually having to type them on your mobile. Since released in 2012, the intelligent mobile assistant has been excellent at aggregating relevant content. Though it has been lacking in other areas. Sending quick emails, using Hangouts or text messages have not been very intuitive nor user friendly. The latest update of the Siri and Cortana contender allows users to dictate and send messages through multiple third party messaging apps. For now these include WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. Read more: Google revamps...

  • Periscope for iOS gets Handoff support, ability to mute notifications and more

    Twitter has released a new update to its live-streaming app Periscope, which sees it get a bunch of fresh and reworked features. The most important of these new features is the ability to mute notifications. There is no doubt that notifications can get too much, making one, every now look at their phones, and find a meaningless notification. Periscope says that this update is important to its user functionality. “We think it’s important to respect this power, and give users granular control over the notifications they receive while still providing the flexibility of seeing more content on Periscope.” the...

  • Slack integrates with Google calendar to remind you of events

    As of today office communication tool Slack will come with Google calendar integrations, allowing events to automatically post reminders inside Slack channels. At any given time here at Memeburn, one will find multiple conversations on Slack about article ideas, deadlines and more deadlines. It is hard to keep up with all of it and sometimes one can miss the multiple deadlines for meetings, interviews, brainstorming etc. Google Calendar is one of the more popular services used by businesses and this integration with Slack will make Slack that much more sexy to companies. Slack’s new integration with Google Calendar allows for any...

  • 67Minutes connects givers and charities for Mandela Day

    On 18 July, former president Nelson Mandela's birthday, people around the world celebrate Mandela Day. In his spirit, the day is set aside for philanthropic activities, in which people set aside 67 minutes of their day to do charitable deeds. In time for Mandela Day 2015, a new online platform and a mobile app called 67Minutes has been launched. “67Minutes has been developed in such a way, that should you have a type of event in mind; a specific budget or if you're simply searching for ideas based on your location, you can quickly and easily discover them. Think of us...

  • New ttrumpet feature lets your friends, family follow your trips

    Over the top (OTT) messaging service ttrumpet has joined a growing list of apps that allow people's family and friends to follow them on their journey home after a night out or while they're out on a run or bike ride. The feature, called ‘Tag Me’, allows individuals to ‘pin’ or ‘mark’ their journey home while on their way back from a specific location, allowing personally selected people to identify their exact location and whether they have gone off route, as well as allowing the user to alert their ‘followers’ in cases of distress. “We are focused on making...

  • This app aims to make sense of South Africa’s new child visa regulations

    South Africa's tourism industry and department of home affairs have been at logger heads ever since the latter introduced new visa regulations for adults traveling with children. The regulations, which came into force on 1 June, have been blamed for falling tourist rates in the country. In a bid to curb that effect, South African car rental agency Drive South Africa has launched an app aimed at simplifying the new child visa regulations. The app, available on web or mobile, is a visa checklist tool for people travelling into or out of South Africa with children. Launched to coincide...

  • Uber’s SA strife: while taxis threaten and government waits, everyone loses

    I'm sitting in the back of an UberX car, on the way back to the office from a press function. Everything seems normal, like the dozens of other Uber rides I've taken over the past two years, until we pass a metered taxi. Suddenly my driver removes the iPhone running the Uber app from its dashboard mount, placing it somewhere more discreet. Things aren't easy for Uber drivers right now. The worried look in my driver's eyes is very real. It's understandable too. Just a day earlier metered taxis were physically threatening their Uber counterparts in Sandton, Johannesburg. Cape...