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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 many protections in place. People can't install out-of-market apps by default, for example, and scanners... 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 of "(Your Friend) commented on this post", only to be unable to find it among the 2,000 other comments.... 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 a Google Play Music subscriber, next time you open the app you’ll be prompted to play music for... 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 much help either in this particular incident -- though it issued a distress call after the accident... 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 dynamic, but it looks pretty snazzy even on Apple's newest version of iOS. For avid Google users,... 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 you can, say, share a photo of your sister’s birthday part with family and then send your friends... 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 what's going on. However, Hyperlapse comes with built-in stabilization technology to mimic what... 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, including Starbucks, United Airlines, OpenTable, TripAdvisor, Tripcase, and Hyatt. Of course, Uber... 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 can remotely lock the phone from doing anything except calling pre-defined people as well as 911.... 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 among the mainstream options. It falls completely flat on its face when compared to Apple's App... 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. Importantly, Spring isn't enabling a platform for reviews or communications; it'll be the brand's... Read more...
Just over a week ago, we warned of the pending deadline for the forced transition to Facebook's Messenger app for those who wanted to continue having messaging capabilities. In that post, I wrote, "I personally believe that Facebook shouldn't force this transition, because not everyone (including me) wants to have two separate apps for the same service." As it turns out, a lot of people agree with that statement. Today was the day that Facebook pulled the plug on the messaging capabilities in its primary app, making it mandatory to download and install the Messenger app in order to continue having private chats. To say that many people were upset at this is an understatement. Very quickly, the... Read more...
One of the most frustrating realizations as consumers is knowing that you just purchased the wrong item, or that the item doesn't live up to your expectations. Heck, it might not even work at all. Where mobile marketplaces are concerned, running into this issue is common. When an app costs only a buck or two, people tend to be a little more laid-back when it comes to purchasing. That still doesn't mean that people don't get burned though, or run into an issue that warrants a refund. While it was once a staggering 24 hours, Google's Play Store currently offers a 15-minute return window that kicks-off as soon as an app is purchased. The idea is that if you download the app and don't like it, or... Read more...
LinkedIn is focused on being a bona fide social network, and to that end the company has created a new iPhone app called LinkedIn Connected that promises to “take the work out of networking”, according to a LinkedIn announcement. “Connected gives you relevant, and timely, reasons to reach out and keep in touch with the people in your network,” reads the post penned by the company’s David Brubacher. The app can alert you to various happenings concerning people in your network, such as when they switch jobs or have a birthday.     It uses a card-like interface to make it easy to see quick info about people, and with anticipatory computing features and a synced... Read more...
For anyone that follows the technology space, you're used to this refrain. A promising startup is acquired, and the monolithic corporation that acquired it dabbles on a bit before shutting it down entirely. Sometimes, it's more frustrating than others. When Google acquired Sparrow, many were left upset about the state of the left-for-dead email client. But when Google acquired Quickoffice, it went on to integrate those features into its own products while leaving the core product available to download. It's a best-of-both-worlds scenario, but it doesn't happen often. And, these things don't last forever. Following Google I/O, the company has quietly announced that Quickoffice will be yanked from... Read more...
Windows Phone is improving all the time. Sure, there's a huge discrepancy in market share between Windows Phone and either iOS or Android, but Microsoft isn't standing idly by. Just the opposite, Microsoft just released its Files app for Windows Phone 8.1, which introduces a file management system to the mobile OS. Files is free to download from the Windows Store. With it, you can access files stored on your phone and SD card; browse, search, and launch files; easily share one file or multiple files; create folders to organize your files; and copy, move, rename, and delete files. Windows Phone users seem to like the app so far -- it has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating so far based on 2,138 reviews.... Read more...
Apparently fed up with being rejected by Snapchat, Facebook for the past several months has reportedly been working on a video sharing and chatting application of its own. It's called Slingshot, and like Snapchat, it allows users to send short video messages to recipients with just a few taps. However, it's not yet clear if Facebook will release the app. Citing "people familiar with its plans," Financial Times says Slingshot boasts a simple and responsive user interface, and if launched, it would stand on its own two feet separate from Facebook Messenger -- this would fall in line with Mark Zuckerberg's plan to de-bundle the social playground's mobile services. Image Source: Flickr (Maria Elena)... Read more...
Adidas is relaunching its "mi adidas" app late this summer, though it comes with a twist to sneaker customization. This time around, mi adidas users will be able to apply any photographic image, including Instagram photos, to the 2014 model ZX Flux. Once you're happy with the result, Adidas will build the customized kicks and deliver them to your door. "For the sneaker lovers, it's an exciting chance to make a statement that's all your own, following in the footsteps of the sellout ZX Flux Photo Print Prism shoe released in April," Adidas explains. "For Adidast Originals, it's just the next logical step in breaking the mold of sneaker customization." It's not clear exactly how much customization... Read more...
When Marcel Fernandes Filho was 13 years old, he smashed his Dell computer in a fit of rage because the monitor wouldn't stop flickering. Suddenly without a PC, the young teenager from Brazil began using his iPhone 3GS more often. Such began his journey to becoming the world's fastest texter, as recognized by Guinness World Records. Part promotional stunt (okay, a huge promotional stunt), Filho broke the texting record using Fleksy, a third-party custom keyboard available for Android and iOS devices. He wore a Fleksy t-shirt as he pecked away on his phone, typing "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality... Read more...
For many fledgling companies, consolidation becomes necessary after a period of, quite frankly, throwing anything and everything against a wall to see what sticks. For Foursquare, the opposite's happening. The check-in app is splitting into two apps, with "Swarm" being introduced as a companion to Foursquare, which will remain around as a slimmed-down app. The purpose of Swarm is to quickly and easily see where your friends are, share what you're up, and see if anyone around is up for meeting later. Swarm will be available on iOS and Android in the coming weeks, and soon after on Windows Phone. Once that happens, Foursquare will shift as well. It'll become more like a Yellow Pages application,... Read more...
It's downright incredible just how quickly things change in the technological world. It feels like an eon ago that netbooks were all of the rage, but in truth, it was just 3-4 years back. Those tiny notebooks were selling for well under $400, offering mobile computing at a price that had not been seen before at that time. They were a bit slow, thick, and underpowered, but they offered the basics and they sold quite well for a time. In fact, they were so popular that Intel itself planned on launching an app market specifically tailored for netbooks, called AppUp. That was MWC 2010, and just weeks before MWC 2014, AppUp is being shuttered. Granted, four years is a pretty long run in this space,... Read more...
There’s a lot of news out there, but there’s also a lot of “news”--that link bait stuff with sensational headlines and other detritus that just clogs up the Internet. Jason Calacanis is seeking to offer a tidier way of curating the news with a mobile app called Inside.com. The goal is to provide a stream of news headlines every day that are hand-curated by real people and link back to original sources. The Inside.com team just wants the good stuff, actual journalism, and Inside.com promises over a thousand posts every day. The posts will include a headline and up to a 300-word summary with the salient facts listed. Ideally, users will hit the source links and read the... Read more...
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