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Twitter is looking for new ways to collect data in order to fuel its ad-oriented business model. To that end, the company is rolling out an update that will let its Twitter app track what apps users have downloaded and are on their mobile devices. The data collected, according to Twitter, will help the company to provide a more “tailored experience” and content to its users. As a result of the information gathered, “who to follow” suggestions should be improved, more relevant promoted content will be displayed, as well as adding Tweets, accounts, and other types of content to a user’s timeline... Read more...
Few things are as annoying as waiting for a cable technician to arrive. You know the drill -- you call customer service to schedule an appointment and the person on the other end of the line says a technician will arrive on Thursday sometime between 7:00 AM and the year 2020. Well, there goes your day, right? Perhaps not -- Comcast has a new app that will let you know precisely when a technician is scheduled to arrive so you can go about your normal business. "This is how it works. Customers with scheduled appointments will be alerted through our app when our technician is about 30 minutes away... Read more...
Swype, the top paid third-party keyboard for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users running iOS 8, just learned a whole bunch of new languages -- 16 to be exact, bringing the total number to 21. Also new to Swype version 1.1 in iTunes is intuitive Emoji input. When you compose a message, Swype will analyze your choice of words and suggest appropriate Emojis, whether you're feeling happy, confused, tenacious, or satisfied. "The response to Swype for iOS 8 has been amazing, and we’re thrilled to have quickly updated the app with 16 additional languages – the most currently available for any... Read more...
We've talked a lot in the past about the rather large number of security risks that have existed on Android, and Google's Play Store in particular. While part of the reason that so much bad can happen on Android is due to its openness, something I appreciate a lot, Google still takes security and privacy on its platform extremely seriously. In fact, company chairman Eric Schmidt adamantly said last year that despite all of the malware on Android, the OS is still a more secure than iOS. I'm sure that point can be debated for a while, but what's hard to argue is the fact that Google's already put... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we reported on a secret app that Facebook has been working on that would allow people to "poke, stalk, and whine" anonymously. Well, today, the company has taken the veil off of that app, and we can see that the rumors were quite on-the-mark. You will have the ability to remain anonymous with 'Rooms', though that's not really its purpose. Ultimately, Rooms brings back the magic of Internet forums or BBSes, where communities can congregate and discuss a subject in a far more sane manner than with a Facebook status. I'm sure we've all seen a message on Facebook to the effect... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google acquired a company by the name of Songza. Now, we're seeing some fruits of the integration. Playlists have become awfully important for all music apps, from Beats to Rhapsody to Pandora. And now, Google Play Music is joining the fun with curated music stations that respond to whatever it is that you're presently doing. The only major catch? It's just available to All Access members that pay a monthly subscription fee, so those who use the free version of the service won't be able to partake. Here's a description of what's new, right from Google itself: "If you’re... Read more...
Apple developed its Find My iPhone application to help users track down lost or stolen iOS devices, but never could the Cupertino company imagined that its software would be used to save someone's life. Yet, that's exactly what happened when a 28-year-old woman rolled her car 500 feet down an embankment on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California. After failing to show up at home, the woman was reported missing by her stepmother at around 3 AM on Tuesday, Campbell Police Capt. Gary Berg told the Los Angeles Times. Attempts to reach the woman through her mobile phone were unsuccessful. OnStar wasn't... Read more...
Google may be an archrival of Apple, but you know what they say: keep your enemies closer. The search giant has never shied away from producing excellent apps for the iOS ecosystem. After all, a Google user on an Apple phone is still a Google user. In a bid to continue to expand its footprint in the Apple App Store, Google has just published a "News and Weather" app for iOS that combines two of the most commonly used scenarios on a smartphone into a single, tailored app experience. The News and Weather app works on iPhone and iPad, but the visual cues are straight from Android. It's an interesting... Read more...
Although Facebook hasn’t made any official comments about a new app, reports are surfacing that an app, codenamed Moments, make break cover soon. If these reports are accurate, the app will be meant to give users a better tool for sharing messages with specific groups of people privately. That’s a feature that both Facebook and Google+ have been working to achieve with mixed results. The Moments app, if it comes to pass, is expected to provide a visual representation of different groups in your life (it’s probably a safe bet that you’ll be able to customize the groups) so... Read more...
Technology is pretty amazing when you take a moment to stop and truly appreciate how far things have come. Back when our folks were kids, they were filming silent, choppy videos on Super 8. And today? There are a number of mobile apps available to shoot hiqh-quality video -- with sound! -- on your smartphone. One of them is Instagram, which now supports time lapse videos. It's called Hyperlapse, and it allows you to take high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. That's a pretty big deal -- taking time lapse videos usually requires holding a phone or camera perfectly still while you film... Read more...
Since the company's founding in 2009, Uber's ultimate goal has been to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. As it is today, the service is generally considered to be very efficient, but the company's not happy enough with that - it wants to make things even more efficient. That's where the company's new mobile API comes into play. With it, any mobile app developer can integrate Uber's service in their own app, potentially making it even easier for anyone to hail a ride. So far, at least eleven companies have already jumped on board,... Read more...
Being a teenager is "tough," or so we're hearing from various teenagers within earshot. Little do they know that things could be getting a lot tougher as soon as their parents get wind of Ignore No More. The brilliantly named app was developed by an annoyed and frustrated parent who, like so many parents, could not get their teenager to quickly respond to calls or text messages. Not to mention, the parent is the one paying the phone bill. In an effort to remedy her own situation, Sharon Standifird researched and built an Android application that works as such: if the child won't respond, the parent... Read more...
Of all the things that Windows 8 brought to the table, it's the much-maligned Start Screen that seems to get most of the attention. That's unfortunate, because there were many other aspects of the OS that made it a major release. Take for example the fact that it was the first version of Windows to include an app store. That feature might seem minor to OS X and Linux users who've had access to their own app stores for a while, but for Windows, the addition was significant. However, as significant as the addition may be, the app store in Windows 8 is easily one of the worst around - if not the worst... Read more...
Mobile is clearly the future when it comes to Web, communications, and potentially even photography. So, it makes sense to assume that shopping is going to gravitate towards mobile as well. That's where a new app from New York-based Jello Labs comes in. The company suggests that Spring (a nod to Spring Street in Manhattan) will enable each seller on its virtual storefront to have the ability to present wares in a way that suits it. No clothier is alike, so having that level of customization is vital. The app will allow customers to buy from within it, with Spring keeping a small cut from each purchase.... Read more...
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