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  • Google launches PhotoScan to save your old photo albums

    Google Photos has become an indispensable tool for scores of people, allowing them to seamlessly back up their smartphone snaps. But what about physical photo albums? You could take a picture of it, or you could use PhotoScan, Google's latest app. Available for Android and iOS, PhotoScan allows you to simply scan your old photos with your smartphone. But the app also offers a number of tweaks, fixes and features to go with the basic scanning functionality. "PhotoScan gets you great looking digital copies in seconds -- it detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation, and removes...

  • Opera: OLX, Letgo tracks you more than Takealot, Gumtree

    New research from Opera Software found that over half of the top 60 Android shopping apps collect personal information via trackers. However, South Africa's OLX and Letgo were mentioned as some of the worst offenders as well. The two South African services were joined by the likes of Flipkart, Amazon, JC Penney, Best Buy and eBay Kleinanzeigen as the shopping apps with the highest amount of trackers. These trackers collected information such as your name, email address, location, phone number and search terms, Opera wrote in an emailed press release. The results were obtained using privacy mode in the updated Opera Max...

  • Here’s why Snapchat is Snapchat’s own worst enemy

    It's tough to think of another mobile platform that's enjoyed as much success in as short a time as Snapchat. The service has managed to successfully shed its early reputation as sexting platform number one. In the process, it's transformed into a service that prides itself on being a platform for authentic media-sharing. Who needs carefully shot, crystal clear DSLR snaps when spur-of-the-moment, blurry shots can feel more intimate? Who cares about smooth, 4K video clips when shaky footage happening right now feels more authentic? Or at least that's the thinking... As a result of the app's live nature, it's quickly become a social media icon alongside...

  • 10 WhatsApp tricks you should know about

    One of the world's most popular messaging platforms, WhatsApp has gone from strength to strength since its 2011 launch, eventually being swallowed by the giant known as Facebook. Whether you're a newbie or just not tech-savvy, here are a few cool tricks you should know about. How to italicise/strike through/bold words The platform introduced the ability to format text a while back, so how do you do this then? To italicise a word or sentence, you'll simply need to add an underscore (_) to either side of the word/sentence. Bolding is a similar affair, as you add an asterisk (*) on either side....

  • EFF: 4 big security concerns for WhatsApp

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been on WhatsApp's case this year, taking the platform to task over its new data-sharing policy with Facebook. Now, the US watchdog has hit out at WhatsApp, listing four major security concerns it should tackle. Unencrypted backups The first issue raised by the EFF was the way WhatsApp handles backups to the cloud. "In order to back messages up in a way that makes them restorable without a passphrase in the future, these backups need to be stored unencrypted at rest," the watchdog noted. The watchdog says users should never back up their WhatsApp data to the cloud "since...

  • Google Sprayscape: spray weird 360 snaps with this app

    Another week means another app from Google, but this one, dubbed Sprayscape, comes from its Creative Lab. In other words, expect something less like Allo and more like Lip Swap. Sprayscape, released on Android, allows users to essentially create a Photosphere/360 photo with a "spraying" mechanic. The app isn't super accurate at all, even claiming to be a "quick hack" in the Google Play description. "Sprayscape is a quick hack using the phone's gyroscope to take pictures on the inside of a 360-degree sphere. Just point your phone and tap the screen to spray faces, places, or anything else onto your canvas," reads the description. Google Sprayscape...

  • Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news

    The South African rand isn't doing well today. In the midst of finance minster Pravin Gordhan's summoning over the SARS "rogue unit", the national currency has tanked around 4% of its value against the US Dollar since the day began. While you may be on the road, frantically trying to find a television to see the news unfold, you don't really have to. Thankfully, the most popular mobile platforms have a slew of apps available for you to monitor the financial news emanating from South Africa, and beyond. Here are three great picks for Android, iOS and Windows 10. Currency FX About as...

  • FNB introduces FNB Pay, fingerprint ID support in app

    FNB has announced version five of its banking app, with several big features in tow. The first feature is FNB Pay, allowing users to pay for goods/services under R200 by simply tapping their NFC-equipped Android phone against a contactless-enabled point of sale terminal. Purchases of more than R200 will require a PIN code in addition to fingerprint authentication, it seems. Unfortunately, iOS owners seem to be out of luck regarding Pay for now. The bank has confirmed having talks with Apple about Apple Pay however, but there's no ETA on this feature. "As of today, FNB customers with an NFC enabled Android device can...

  • Allo: Google’s latest app demystified [Video]

    It was earlier this year that Google revealed Duo and Allo. at its I/O developer conference. Duo is meant to be a video chat service and Allo a messaging platform with artificial assistance capabilities. Duo launched to very little fanfare and the app has, since launch, attracted a fair share of attention. The reviews have been mixed, with some applauding Google's efforts and others questioning its purpose and how it separates itself from rival apps. Hadlee Simons, who was an early adopter of Allo, downloading it before it even launched in South Africa, takes a look at the app. Having been using it...

  • Tinder for sperm? London Sperm Bank has an app now

    There have been a slew of "Tinder for X" type services around, but now it's time for sperm banks to jump on the bandwagon. And that's just what the London Sperm Bank has done, QZ reported, releasing an app for both Android and iOS. The bank boasts over 25 000 vials of sperm "at any given" time, according to the app description. But the app makes finding the ideal donor quite an effortless process. Clients can browse through a series of donors, with each donor having a variety of physical characteristics included in the listing. These characteristics include race, "ethnic origin", eye/hair...

  • Feeling impatient? Here’s how to get Google Allo in SA

    It's been a long time coming, but Google Allo is finally rolling out across the world, bringing a variety of cool features to a messaging platform. As with many app rollouts, these things can take a bit of time and Google Play isn't granting access at the time of writing. But if you're feeling a little impatient like us, we show you how to get Google Allo in SA... Enable installations from third party sources For starters, you'll want to visit your settings menu and the privacy or security sub-menu. From this sub-menu, you should be able to enable installations from third party/unofficial sources. You'll need...

  • SNAPnSAVE hits 150 000 downloads, R1m in cash returns

    South African loyalty shopping app SNAPnSAVE today announced that it has reached a new cash-back milestone of R1-million given to shoppers subscribed to its service. Users get cash back on items by scanning their till slip from selected retailers and uploading it with the SNAPnSAVE app. Shoppers then accrue a percentage of the till slips' value in return via a wiCode, which can be redeemed at 13 partner retailers. 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...

  • Uber China to merge with Didi, creating $35bn business – report

    Uber's Chinese operations will merge with Chinese smart cab service Didi Chuxing, it has been reported. The deal will result in a company worth US$35-billion and also sees Uber China investors get 20% of Didi, Bloomberg claimed. However, Uber China will continue to operate as its own separate business for now. Didi will also invest US$1-billion in Uber China, the publication reports, citing "people familiar with the matter". "As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart," said Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, in a blog post obtained by Bloomberg. "I have no doubt that...

  • Businesses can now arrange Uber rides with UberCentral

    Uber has been making quite a few moves to cater for businesses, such as the ability to use company credit cards and the introduction of the Uber for Business platform. Now, the smart cab service has announced UberCentral, effectively being a dashboard that allows businesses to request, manage and pay for their customers' Uber rides. The service allows you to make and track multiple rides on one account, complete with billing/reporting in one place. Customers simply receive an SMS with their details, as well as a link to a map with live tracking. UberCentral allows patients to get to and from their appointments Uber...

  • Google Play Family Library is now a thing – but not in SA

    Apple's iTunes makes sharing purchases with loved ones rather easy, but Google-toting users can get in on the action now as well. The Google Play Family Library feature allows up to six family members to share purchases, the company announced in a blog post. "When you buy an eligible app, game, movie, TV show, or book in the Play Store, you can now share it with your family -- across devices -- with no additional sign-up fee," the company elaborated. Android devices have access to all shared content, while movies, TV shows and books can be shared via iOS devices and the web...