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 “SweepSouth” Launched in South African



SweepSouth logoSweepSouth, a South African cleaning service has launched a mobile app. Expanding on their already existing web-based platform, the app bring convenience to customers, who can now book a cleaning service within seconds.

SweepSouth logoSweepSouth, a South African cleaning service has launched a mobile app. Expanding on their already existing web-based platform, the app bring convenience to customers, who can now book a cleaning service within seconds.

Since launching in June 2014, SweepSouth has enabled the booking of tailored cleans with a couple of clicks. The service is targeted towards clients who require a quick and convenient way of connecting to reliable cleaners – SweepStars, as they are known. Their client base includes young professionals, families with ad hoc cleaning requirements, holidaymakers, guest-houses and short stay rentals and graduates.

“We saw an opportunity to disrupt and modernise an inefficient and outdated industry,” says SweepSouth co-founder and company CEO Aisha Pandor.

Customer experience and efficiency has driven product design from the get-go, with the new app offering clients a fresh and completely hassle-free experience. The app automatically tracks and saves addresses through GPS technology – eliminating the need for directions. It sends customers discreet real-time notifications when their cleaner is en-route, has arrived and clocked out for the day. Once a job is completed, secure, cashless payment is processed and both sides of the transaction are given the opportunity to rate their experience.

The app allows easy access to future and past booking details, as well as cleaner profiles – an important personal touch. “We provide customers with a photo of the person assigned to their job and a little information on her background, interests and family. Inviting someone into your home requires trust, so when connecting customers to a stranger, we think it’s important that they are introduced,” says Pandor.

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Alen Ribic notes the importance of the app having been built in-house by engineers who, based on tens of thousands of bookings, have become familiar with customers’ requirements and the specific challenges of the industry.

“Our product uses cutting edge technology to provide our customers with the most seamless on-demand experience available,” says Ribic. “As geolocation tracking and travel time estimates become more accurate and incorporative of transport delays, the app will become more and more powerful.”

The app employs an enhanced algorithm for matching available cleaners with customers and the founders insist that it will not be the last innovation that the company brings to market; “Through this platform, we will continue to launch even more sophisticated features and service improvements.”

SweepSouth will introduce its services in Durban later this month and are looking at international expansion next year. Their services are currently available in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Source: ITNewsAfrica

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Facebook is experimenting with prompts that ask users whether they are concerned that a friend is ‘becoming an extremist.’




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In the United States, some Facebook (FB) users are receiving a prompt asking if they are concerned that someone they know is becoming radical. Others are being alerted about the possibility of being exposed to extremist information.
It’s all part of a test that Facebook is conducting as part of its Redirect Initiative, which tries to tackle violent extremism.

This experiment is part of a wider project to see how we can provide tools and help to people on Facebook who have interacted with or been exposed to extremist content, or who know someone who is.

“Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?” one of the notifications reads, a screen grab of which went viral on social media Thursday.

According to a screenshot shared on social media, the alert stated, “We care about avoiding extremism on Facebook.” “Others in your situation have gotten discreet help,” she says.
The user is then directed to a support page by the alert.

Another alert reads, “Violent groups try to use your anger and disillusionment.” “You have the ability to protect yourself and others right now.”
The user is also redirected to a help page as a result of the notice.

Facebook is sending users to a range of resources, including Life After Hate, an advocacy group that helps people quit violent far-right movements.

Over the last few years, Facebook has been blasted by detractors for failing to take sufficient steps to combat extremist content on its platform. For example, in 2020, the firm was chastised for failing to take down a militia group’s Facebook page, which encouraged armed residents to go to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The company has also committed to do a better job of preventing the spread of false information and conspiracy theories. In May, Facebook’s independent oversight board encouraged the corporation to look into the role of its platform in the January 6 uprising.

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YouTube Is Redesigning Its Descriptions for the Web, With a Greater Focus on Comments




YouTube is reportedly putting a new description section on the Web to the test. The revamp aims to make the comments, video view count, publish date, and video description more prominent. The video description, which presently appears beneath the YouTube channel name, will now appear directly beneath the video title. Other improvements are being tested as well, with the goal of putting a greater emphasis on user comments. When these modifications will be available to all Web users is unknown.

The view counts and published date are much bolder than previously, appearing just below the video title. The video description appears right after the publication date and requires more concise content than before. If the video description is too long, the new design makes it appear tight, and if it spills over to the second line, a “Show More” option emerges. With this makeover, the ability to create connections may be more challenging. Depending on the size of the window, buttons for like, unlike, share, and save show next to the video description. In a barely drawn area below the view count is the channel name. The number of comments and the top comment are both noted in different boxes next to it.

The option to add a new comment will be located just below the channel name, followed by other less popular comments located beneath the video. This redesigned description for YouTube Web users is still in beta and is only visible to a select users at a time. There is no guarantee that it will be commercially available, and Google may decide to scrap it during the development phase. The design is also a little confusing and cluttered, and Google may make some changes before deciding to give it out to everyone.

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Binance Faces Criminal Complaint From Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission for Operating Without Licence




The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand has filed a criminal complaint against cryptocurrency exchange Binance for operating a digital asset business without a license, the latest in a series of crackdowns on the platform around the world.

The SEC said on Friday that “it was discovered that Binance has provided platform services for trading or exchanging digital assets via its website…” Only licensed organizations are authorized to provide services linked to digital asset trading in Thailand, according to the country’s regulator.

A request for comment from Binance was not immediately returned. Last Monday, the UK’s financial watchdog restricted Binance from engaging in regulated activities in the country.

The company has previously stated that it takes its regulatory commitments seriously and is dedicated to following them everywhere it operates.

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