SPOTNSAVE: The Smart and Simple Security Bracelet

The spotNsave security wristband is a wearable smart device with Bluetooth 2.0 and linked with a smartphone app for keeping you safe at all times. It is fast overtaking existing security apps due to its ease-of-use, functionality and very reasonable price-tag.

SpotNsave Security Wristband & Pendant

spotNsave Security Wristband

Launched in December 2013 by tech-savvy entrepreneur, Chirag Jagtiani, the spotNsave security wristband has been keenly adopted by parents, daughters, sons, wives, the elderly and most recently, hospital patients.

“I never really expected that spotNsave could be used in so many different fields of life", says Jagtiani. "I initially started this product just keeping women and senior citizens safe, but now I do see a bigger picture and there could be a lot of businesses that could benefit by using spotNsave.”

Using the spotNsave security wristband is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply:

  • Download the spotNsave app (free) and buy the bracelet for just $38
  • Create and activate your spotNsave account
  • Choose up to 5 guardians and pair any smartphone with the wristband via Bluetooth and you're good to go!

Unlike other smartphone security apps, the spotNsave security wristband works by allowing you to activate an emergency alert system without having to touch you phone. An SOS button on the device itself is activated by two clicks with your finger whenever you feel you might be in danger.

Upon activation of the SOS button on the spotNsave security wristband, the app will send out an SMS alert to your chosen guardians every 2 minutes (at no cost) until manually deactivated. Guardians will also be supplied with location information, the fastest route to get to you, as well as a low battery alert if the user's phone is low on juice.

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“To activate the emergency alert, you will have to press a button on the wristband twice in quick succession”, says Jagtiani. This design is to ensure that you don't accidentally cry wolf and send out false alerts. spotNsave also allows you to send alerts by pressing your phone’s power button twice.

Amazingly, the spotNsave security wristband battery lasts around 16-18 hours on a single charge. The team is currently working on security apps for the iPhone and Windows phone. iPhone users will be sold a pendant, which can be worn around the neck, instead of the wristband.

“The product currently works in coordination with an Android app, while the iOS app could be ready by the end of April, says Jagtiani. Here on, we are planning to add a push-to-talk feature on the app, along with a feature that lets you report crimes within the app itself.”

You can freely download the spotNsave security app from the Google Play Store and currently pre-order the spotNsave security wristband or pendant from their website.

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StealthGenie Monitoring App

MOBILE TECH REVIEW: The StealthGenie Monitoring App

You just can’t depend on basic monitoring apps these days. There is just so much to monitor, which is why StealthGenie makes it easy by offering you just about everything on your mobile device! It even gives you access to apps, and if you want to monitor Viber messages, then this is the ticket for you.

Only StealthGenie offers Viber Spy:

Because there is so much to monitor on your kids and employees’ devices, you simply cannot rely on just any monitoring app. There are monitoring apps that are fairly good at what they do but not even one of them is good enough for all your monitoring needs. So what would you do? Get different apps for different tasks?

Instead of all this hassle, consider StealthGenie - the monitoring app that will not only let you track the whereabouts of target devices, but also all other device usage stats. What's more is that it lets you keep an eye on all apps they install on their devices. But that’s not all, the main power of StealthGenie lies in its capability to track all free messaging applications like Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger and Viber.

With StealthGenie by your side, you can effectively take stock of all the ways your kids and employees communicate and use their mobile devices. Users find StealthGenie to be an amazing tool for knowing exactly what their kids and employees do with their devices in their absence and find that all the features work well too. But when it comes to Viber spying, only StealthGenie comes to the rescue because currently no other spying app offers this feature.

Spying on Viber chats:

Viber chat tracking is no fuss at all and is more simple than you may think. You don’t have to go through any complicated configurations or feature activation. If you are already using StealthGenie, then you can simply start tracking Viber chats immediately. But if you are new to StealthGenie, you will have to install StealthGenie on the target smartphone, iPad or tablet before you can start monitoring Viber chats. The best part is that StealthGenie automatically starts logging all Viber chats once it is installed!

A very competitive price:

Monitor Viber messages of your employees at all times for a price as low as $8.33 a month. This StealthGenie monitoring app is the real solution to all your business-related issues and this is the app that is going to get rid of all your problems.

- Published on behalf of "Garrett"

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WiPlatform Mobile Transacting Hits the Sweet Spot

Mobile transaction enabler WiGroup has facilitated in-store phone transactions worth over R1bn in 2013 – a 500% increase over 2012 - as major retailers, including Shoprite Checkers and Pick n Pay have come online with applications like EeziCoupon and MTN Mobile Money.

“This shows quite clearly that mobile phones are now firmly part of the transaction landscape,” says wiGroup CEO Bevan Ducasse. “Over 30 000 point of sale lanes in South Africa are now able to accept mobile payments and process phone-based vouchers and coupons using our WiPlatform mobile transacting solution.”

WiPlatform Mobile Transacting (image: www.wigroup.co.za)Ducasse adds that consumers are increasingly comfortable with the idea that discount coupons, vouchers or loyalty points, to take just two examples, can be sent direct to their phones rather than being printed on paper. “Mobile voucher and coupon campaigns are seeing redemption rates of around 50% or more, compared to less than 10% for paper coupons,” he says. “And it doesn’t need a smartphone – some of the most successful campaigns run through WiPlatform have been targeted to lower LSMs where people often have only the most basic phones.”

Ducasse says WiGroup’s core product, WiPlatform mobile transacting, provides an interface between retailers and mobile transaction service providers and applications.

“The link at the point of sale was always the missing part of the puzzle,” he says. “Changing anything at the point of sale is cumbersome and expensive – there is no way retailers can do it every time they want to introduce a new mobile wallet, banking service, loyalty or coupon system. But with a platform in place that allows their point of sale systems to talk to any existing or future mobile application, retailers are free to try out new things, and that is the key value proposition we offer to retailers through WiPlatform mobile transacting – integrate once and accept any mobile transaction service provider or application you choose to turn on at your point of sale.”

WiPlatform mobile transacting is now in place at points of sale throughout the Shoprite Checkers and Pick n Pay groups, including in subsidiary brands like Boxer and Hungry Lion. It’s also enabling mobile transactions in most of South Africa’s major fast food and restaurant franchises, from KFC and Spur to Kauai and Vida e Caffe.

“WiGroup’s aim has always been to simplify and add value to people’s lives through mobile transacting, and we’re now seeing that value in very real numbers,” says Ducasse. “Now that the basic requirements are so widely in place, we look forward to seeing what innovative ideas, that make use of WiPlatform mobile transacting, retailers and developers come up with next. We have built WiPlatform to be open, interoperable and inclusive; key requirements when enabling a new ecosystem.”

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SAMSUNG DIVE: Samsung gets smart with mobile security

AS Smartphones become ever increasingly sophisticated, more and more personal information is stored on them, and the loss of a phone can be far more than just an inconvenience. It is with this in mind that Samsung has launched Samsung Dive – an online access portal to address the security issues associated with a mobile lifestyle.

“If you’ve ever lost your phone, you’ll know it can be very frustrating and more importantly, it can be a huge security risk. We have responded to the security needs of our consumers as the Samsung Dive service will provide peace of mind by allowing you to not only see the details of your phone via the Internet, but where you last used it, and if you have lost it or it was stolen, you can wipe your personal information off the device.” - Paulo Ferreira, Head of Product and Software Solutions at Samsung.

Samsung Dive is in essence a free security assistant. When your device is lost you can lock your device via Samsung Dive and with the Mobile Tracker service you will be able to lock, wipe or see the location of your phone. Key elements include:

  • Ring my Phone feature: This service will use the Internet to send a message to the phone to ring and initiate a call whether the phone is on or off.
  • Receive notification when the SIM card is changed: You can be notified when the SIM is changed in the case that someone uses your phone illegally.
  • Remotely lock your phone: You can lock your phone to prevent people from using it and accessing your personal information.
  • Remotely wipe your phone: If you lose your phone and it hasn't been returned, you can initiate a remote wipe to protect your privacy.
  • Receive the location of your phone: To help you find your phone, the service will show the last location of your phone on Google Maps.

In addition to the above, Samsung Dive allows for the ability to pull up call logs remotely. This is certainly a practical function for parents as it allows them to monitor their child’s cellphone and stay in contact. If your child is out and isn’t answering, for example, not only can your track the phone, but you can also pull up the call logs and dial the last person they were in contact with.

  • Note: The Samsung Dive application is only available for the Samsung Galaxy SII (which will be officially launched locally within the next quarter) and the Samsung Wave II (locally available in-store). Further models will become available at a later stage. Samsung will keep you updated as to these additions.

- Published on behalf of Samsung and Orange Ink.

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APPSOLUTELY FABULOUS: A Pick of Some of the Best Smartphone Apps

A smartphone is basically any cellphone that has a complete operating system and is able to connect to the Internet and other devices wirelessly. To put it simply, a smartphone can be thought of as a handheld computer.

A fully functioning operating system allows users to install and run more advanced applications. It also provides a platform for application developers to create apps. There are now thousands of smartphone apps available across cellphone networks and brands — some free and others available for purchase. The Apple iPhone App Store alone boasts over 200 000 download-able apps to date. Many of them are utter rubbish, but there are a few gems among the rough that are worth downloading.

Apps have become the building blocks for making your smartphone unique and range from travelling guides to learning how to do yoga. Also remember that there are several applications that do the same thing (some better than others), but this also means that an appealing application that appears to be exclusive to the iPhone, for example, may be found for your particular smartphone brand under a different name. What follows are a few of the best smartphone apps available to date.

Application: eSkyGuide App
Platforms: Blackberry and iPhone
eSkyGuide App Logo - Best Smartphone AppsCost: $5 (roughly R35) per year

This traveler’s app allows you to look up flight schedules, airport codes and other critical travel information straight from your smartphone. This particular version also lists phone numbers for airlines, hotels, international emergency numbers and car rental services.

Application: GoodFood App
Platforms: Blackberry, iPhone and others
Cost: Free!

GoodFood App Logo - Best Smartphone AppsThe GoodFood app is a popular restaurant guide for smartphone users. Using your smartphone’s built-in GPS, GoodFood automatically locates your position and shows nearby restaurants. It also displays the ratings for each restaurant submitted by other users of the app. “Find one with a high score, enjoy your meal and post your own rating to share with fellow travelers. – goodrec.com

Application: The Essential Garden Guide App
Platforms: Multiple platforms (also available for iPad)
Cost: $0.99 (about R7)

The Essential Garden Guide - Best Smarthone AppsThe Essential Garden Guide app is a comprehensive guide that covers everything you might need to know to start your very own garden of abundant produce. The app has been created from a collection of 15 years worth of contributions from renowned agricultural. It includes basics such as soil preparation as well as extensive information on all types of fruits and vegetables.

Application: Fuel Saver App
Platforms: Available on multiple platforms
Cost: Generally free

Fuel Saver App - Best Smartphone AppsThere are several fuel saving applications available for different smartphones that all aim to help users prevent wasting petrol. This particular version uses your phone’s accelerometer to sense when drivers are speeding, accelerating or braking too hard and other bad driving behaviour that uses excessive petrol. The app emits a series of beeps when bad driving is detected and is aimed to teach users how to drive in the most fuel-efficient manner.

Application: Anti Mosquito App
Platforms: Samsung Wave and others
Cost: R11 (for Samsung Wave)

Anti Mosquito App - Best Smartphone AppsThis app supports the belief that certain sonic frequencies repel blood-hungry insects such as mosquitoes. Also known as “Sonic Insect Repeller”, this app turns your smartphone into an insect reflector that is claimed to be effective, chemical-free and safe to use around children and pets.

Application: Flashlight App
Platforms: Available on multiple platforms
Cost: R11 (for Samsung Wave)

Flashlight App - Best Smartphone AppsA handy little app that could help you find your way in the dark or get you out of any Blairwitch Project situation. Flashlight apps work by allowing you to switch your camera’s flashlight on for as long as you need or emits a strong beam of light from your entire screen. Very useful for finding lost keys in the dark or signaling for an emergency.

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