|Samsung SA launches local apps|
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:30
From dialing a taxi, to compiling your taxes, Samsung users in South Africa can now find localised apps in the Samsung Apps store to help them with everything from productivity, protection, planning and playing.
Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced nine new apps relevant to consumers in South Africa. The nine new “smart and simple” apps cover a variety of topics, ranging from nature to nurture, and is bound to appeal to and address the needs of a diverse group of consumers.
“In the pursuit to provide technology that is not only cutting edge, but also relevant, we are looking to add Apps that are locally focused and that will add value to our consumers’ lives,” says Craige Fleischer, Director: Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics South Africa. “The nine new apps are an extension to this and are great additions to our other proudly South African Apps and thousands of internationally sourced best sellers.”
Kickoff Cover Star
Even if they have no hand-eye coordination or ball sense, sporting fans can now have a taste of what it would be like to grace the cover of KICKOFF, the biggest selling sporting magazine in Africa. Users simply snap a picture of themselves or friends with their phones, crop it to fit, write headlines about their imaginary sporting prowess, and publish the end result to Facebook. Shoot from obscurity to imaginary fame without ever shooting a ball by downloading this fun app for free here.
Fans of African music, movies and writing can discover new creative offerings from the continent. This entertaining app delivers the best short films, video, music, poetry and more from various artists across the Mother Continent. Users can listen to the latest tracks from their favourite African musicians and comment on it; they can find out what a particular artist is up to and enjoy videos uploaded by other users. The app is free and can be downloaded from here.
Go! Travel South Africa
Want to plan a vacation anywhere in the country? With more than 25 000 points of interests mapped, including landmarks, nature reserves, restaurants, accommodation, camp sites, shops, etc., this app is your one-stop resource for finding out everything you could possibly want to know about travelling in South Africa. Key features include a interactive map of South Africa, a route planner, stunning photographs from go! Magazine’s award-winning photojournalists and restaurant reviews. Download it for free here.
This app brings Africa’s most exhilarating and fascinating destinations into the palm of your hand. Packed with videos, sound effects, music and photographs, Safari interactive magazine showcases the splendour of Africa’s distinct cultures, cuisine, wildlife and scenery. This one’s another freebie, and it is available here.
Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa
This is another one that will make nature lovers and birdwatchers all chirpy. An interactive, electronic version of the best-selling Sasol Birds of southern Africa field guide, the app includes images and descriptions of over 950 bird species found in the southern African region. Listen to bird calls, compare two birds on the same screen and use the “Smart Search” feature to help you identify birds by beak shape, size, colour and habitat. It includes both the English and Afrikaans names for birds. It is available from the Samsung App store for R260.00 here.
Mobiflock Parental Control
Parents will be able to keep an eye on their own little chicks with this all-in-one safety and security app for smartphones and tablets. Mobiflock My Child will help parents to protect their kids from online threats such as cyber bullying, sexual harassment and prevent them from accessing inappropriate content and sexting. Mobiflock My Life is a free protection service for all smartphones and tablets. It will help users remotely locate and lock missing devices, delete device information, block unwanted contacts and manages all the devices from a household from one convenient dashboard. No matter which version of the service you choose, you have to complete the registration process to properly set up the web dashboard. A great free app, available to download here.
This private social networking platform for families and friends allow them to easily keep in touch with each other. Share memories by uploading family photographs, which can then be viewed by anyone from anywhere in the world with compatible phones, tablets, PCs or smart TVs. Users can also share reminders or messages with each other. Download it for free here.
SA Tax Calculator
As the saying goes, there is no escaping death and taxes. Those bringing home the bacon will be able to use this simple Income Tax/Net Income calculator to find out exactly how much they need to cough up to SARS on their monthly income, how much their Take Home Pay will be and compare their monthly taxes to previous years. Good news is that you won’t have to cough up anything for this helpful app, which you can download here.
Okay, so you still don’t want to do your own taxes. Looking for a number for that accountant? The Yellow Pages app places that hefty directory it is named after right in the palm of your hands. Browsing by category or searching specific businesses, the app allows you to quickly and easily find the business or service you are looking for in your area or anywhere else in South Africa. It even gives you directions and allows you to call directly from the app. You can even save listings to ensure easy access in the future. Download it from here for free.
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