The best tech and gadget deals this week

I’m afraid this Friday there’s no mildly-funny intro about ad blockers or Halloween costumes – this week’s opening is a rant.

Special Assignment recently ran a show about debit order fraud in SA, and how innocent bank account holders have their hard-earned cash stolen.

MyBroadband and News24 both wrote about the topic, and the reader comments and responses were along similar lines – What are the banks doing to stop it?

Not much, by the looks of it.

All the banks have to do to stop this theft is set up a user-authentication system where debit orders must be approved before they can be processed – but this does not seem to be on their urgent agenda.

Standard Bank, Absa, FNB, and Nedbank failed to grant Special Assignment an interview on the show – despite nearly a million debit order disputes being lodged every month in SA.

The banks did reply to News24, though. Their response, in short, was that it’s the customer’s responsibility to make sure no illegal debit orders are taken off their account and to check their bank statements every month.

Slow clap for the banks – with suggestions like that they make government seem like market leaders in customer service.


Lenovo A10-70 A7600 10.1-inch tablet from Loot – R2,199

The promotional price is available until 24 November 2015.

Lenovo tablet


Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch and Office 365 from Incredible Connection – R12,999

The promotional price is available until 22 November 2015.

Macbook Pro


Logitech Z313 2.1 speakers from Loot – R449

The promotional price is available until 24 November 2015.

Logitech speakers


Seagate 3TB expansion drive from HiFi Corp – R1,399.90

The promotional price is available until 22 November 2015.

Seagate 3TB drive


Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse from Loot – R174

The promotional price is available until 24 November 2015.

Logitech mouse


Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5-inch SSD from Raru – R2,999

Crucial


Samsung Series 7 28-inch 4K Monitor from Loot – R9,699

Samsung monitor


Sansui 32-inch HD ready LED TV from Incredible Connection – R2,299

The promotional price is available until 22 November 2015.

Sansui TV


WD 1.5TB portable drive and BitDefender security software from Incredible Connection – R999

The promotional price is available until 22 November 2015.

WD drive


DStv HD decoder from Direct Deals – R149

The promotional price is available until 23 November 2015.

DStv decoder


JBL soundbar from Direct deals – R6,999

The promotional price is available until 23 November 2015.

JBL soundbar


Xbox One and Fifa 16 bundle from Game – R5,490

The deal is available until 1 December 2015.

Xbox One


LG 55-inch Smart UHD LED TV from Makro – R12,999

The promotional price is available until 23 November 2015.

LG TV


Lenovo 7-inch PhoneTab bundle from Makro – R1,599

The promotional price is available until 23 November 2015.

Lenovo tablet bundle


Google Chromecast 2nd Generation 2015 from Takealot – R699

Chromecast

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