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We download mobile apps like it’s nothing; Apple and Google’s respective app stores each hit the 50 billion download mark recently, after just a few years each in the business. Yet mobile apps are, as Natasha Singer of the New York Times calls them, Trojan horses of sorts. We let them into our lives and onto our devices without really knowing what sort of information they might extract and what parties they might send it to. The mobile industry, app developers, and associated advocacy groups, led in part by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), have developed an idea that could help consumers have some clear information about which and how much personal... Read more...
It seems like such an obvious feature, but Uber's car-hailing app did not have a way to easily split fares until this week. Now, at last, users can ride together without worrying about settling up later. Now, riders can just request a pick-up, tap the 'up arrow' near the driver information, tap the 'Split Fare' option, select your friend and hit 'Send.' Then, your friend will get a notification that someone is about to split a fare with them, and then can accept or reject. (But don't worry, they'll accept.) It's the latest feature to an app + service that's truly disrupting the taxi industry at large. Still, pricing remains fairly high, but as soon as normal yellow cabs can become an integral... Read more...
The cloud wars are seemingly only beginning, and while enterprise mainstays like Oracle, Microsoft and Google are certainly grabbing up market share left and right, smaller players such as Box, Dropbox and even Kim Dotcom definitely have a stake in things. After the whole MegaUpload fiasco, Dotcom launched MEGA -- a file sharing / cloud service that he hopes will see more success (and less police intervention) in the market. But of course, a service these days is only as solid as the app that allows users to interface with it. So, this week MEGA launched its first app: MEGA for Android. It's available for free right now in the Google Play Store, enabling users to browse one's MEGA account, download... Read more...
A new mobile app from AT&T is aimed at helping city governments and their citizens keep in touch. Governments can use the app to keep people informed about community events and road hazards, while citizens can use it to find parks and contact government departments. Perhaps one of the best things about the new Community Central app is that it lets you use your smartphone to upload a picture of that axle-wrecking pothole so the city can see just how big that sucker is. The app is also designed to provide real-time info about public transportation systems so you can catch a bus or avoid delays. The app’s data crunching is done in the cloud via AT&T’s Mobility Solutions service.... Read more...
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers the world over who let their little charges play with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have probably all at one time or another experienced the cold sweat that comes with the fear that Junior may have gone crazy making in-app purchases in whatever game he’s been into lately. It’s happened enough that Apple has had to deal with a class action lawsuit over kids racking up purchases on an iTunes account that belonged to a parent or caregiver. Now Apple has offered a settlement in which affected users can opt for a single $5 iTunes gift card; an iTunes store credit equal to the amount a minor charged to your account without your... Read more...
Universal remotes were all the rage for some time, but these days, it's clear that the phones most of us already carry are fully equipped to handle remote duties. Logitech has announced the Harmony Ultimate Hub, an "appcessory" that fully converts your phone into a remote. And it'll soon be available as a standalone purchase. As you may know, the Harmony Hub is included with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control, but with the standalone unit, everyone in the house will be able to download the free Harmony Smartphone App, and turn their smartphone into a personal universal remote. Using only your smartphone, you can control up to eight home theater devices, and swipe... Read more...
Satellite radio is about to become an even more integrated experience in new Ford vehicles. The automaker has announced plans to become the first in the industry to launch MySMX and SiriusXM On Demand alongside satellite radio in vehicles. For the first time ever, subscribers will be able to control SiriusXM Internet Radio programming and listen to SiriusXM's personalized commercial-free music channels using their vehicle's in-dash radio. It's essentially an extension of what has been possible before for subscribers, tying in some nice interplay with smartphones. Ford drivers will be the first to enjoy access to the MySXM and SiriusXM On Demand features of SiriusXM Internet Radio alongside satellite... Read more...
The television industry could use a swift kick in the rear, or at least a revolution in terms of the UI used to access pay-TV content. But until then, it looks as if the second screen is the only place where innovation is ongoing. TiVo's latest efforts on this front is in the app world, where its mobile companion software is being used to power cable operators' second screen experiences. Thomas Elam, Vice President and General Manager Service Provider Business, TiVo, said, "TiVo's operator solutions help the provider's subscribers realize the full value of their subscription and enhance content related transactions. We are excited to provide the full power of our mobile applications 'powered... Read more...
In the grand scheme of things, Google Drive is a relatively new product in the company's portfolio. And on Android, things are getting a little smoother today. This week, the Android Drive app got several enhancements to make creating and viewing cloud-hosting material even easier. To help you find the content you care about, Drive files will now be displayed in a clean, simple card-style. You can swipe between files to see large previews that let you quickly review and discover the information you’re looking for. And if you want to keep some Drive files on your Android device, you’ll now be able to “download a copy” from the actions menu inside settings. The updated Drive... Read more...
On one hand, this is huge news for BlackBerry. But on the other, it would've been far, far more monumental if this had happened five years ago. During BlackBerry's annual developer event in Florida today, the company announced that BBM (its proprietary messaging service, similar to iMessage for Apple devices) would finally be available outside of the BlackBerry family. This summer, BBM will be available for Android and iOS, allowing BlackBerry users to now message their friends who refuse to switch platforms. Initially, the BBM App will support iOS 6 and Android 4.0+. Upon release, BBM customers would be able to broaden their connections to include friends, family and colleagues on other mobile... Read more...
Technology is a wonderful thing, particularly when it's used to advance the lives of those who would otherwise never be able to enjoy it. Over the years, much has been done to increase the joy in the lives of those who are visually impaired. Screen readers, Braille devices, and even apps have been designed to enable the blind to enjoy certain aspects of technology in much the same way as those with normal vision. Now, colleagues at UC Santa Cruz have come up with a new smartphone program that helps blind users take excellent photographs. The program was built around solutions that were asked for in a survey of blind smartphone users; the students took the most-needed features and tried to construct... Read more...
The battle for the living room has become a war, and if Apple really does introduce a television-style product, you can bet that grenades are going to be lobbed from every direction. Samsung isn't wasting any time stocking up on munitions, with a TechCrunch report suggesting that it has just purchased MOVL in order to build out superior multi-screen mobile / TV apps. The company's WatchON app, which launched on the Galaxy Note 8.0, has a lot of holes, despite being a solid concept. Hopefully, MOVL's technology can patch some of those holes. MOVL is the maker of the Kontrol.tv API platform, "which lets developers create apps to connect TVs via the cloud, as well as mobile phones on home networks."... Read more...
How do you make a serious splash? You either invent something amazing, or you acquire something that you believe to be amazing. Yahoo has been on a serious spending spree of late, recently picking up Summly and now plunking down for Astrid. Astrid is a fairly popular app that aims to help people become "happier, healthier and more productive." The app maker is claiming that things will remain the same for the next 90 days, but it's unlikely that the service will remain alive beyond that. Instead, Yahoo is apt to roll its services into Yahoo mobile products. Around four million people currently use Astrid, but it's about to be introduced to even more. In a nutshell, Astrid is a task management... Read more...
Looking for imagery on your mobile? No need to just randomly search the Web any longer; Wikipedia has just released the official Commons app for iOS and Android. Commons is a free image repository used by Wikipedia and many other projects, and now it's being transported to the smartphone arena. The official Wikimedia Commons app for iOS and Android allows you to quickly and easily upload your photos to Commons. You can also upload multiple files and add categories (Android only so far) and share your uploads through your favorite image sharing sites. In the future, the entity hopes to "add more features and make it easier to browse and discover all the great content Commons has to offer." Wikipedia... Read more...
While Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is unlikely to ever get a proper Gmail app (nor Windows 8, for that matter), those who use Google's archrival OS continue to see a flow of updates. Those who use Gmail for iPhone and iPad were treated to a version update this week (v2.1), which allows users to swipe left or right to move between conversations without forcing them to return to the inbox. For those dealing with massive loads of messages, this is a real boon. Moreover, the app's tweaked design makes it easier to take action on multiple messages. Selecting a message in the inbox now enables edit mode. Once in edit mode, tap on messages to select them and then choose to archive, delete, or... Read more...
It's not just Windows Phone 8 fighting for flagship apps -- it's also Windows 8, to some degree. As Microsoft throws its weight behind those two major operating systems, at least one major developer is joining the Win8 fray this week: Twitter. That's right -- starting today you'll find a proper Windows 8 Twitter app available to download, so you won't have to use third-party clients or the Web if you don't want to. In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features. First off, there's Snap View, which allows users to use another app right alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter... Read more...
You know what I hate? What I really hate? Not being able to "Dislike" something on Facebook. If a "friend" on Facebook splashes Haterade all over my favorite sports team, I want to be able to "Dislike" it. In fact, I should be able to. If a relative just lost their job of 20 years, I couldn't think of a better time to "Dislike" something. I sure can't like it, can I? Save for commenting, the only other option is to ignore it. I hate that. I sure seem to be in good company with the developers of a brand-new iOS app called "Hater". Hate girls that make a duckface? Hate waiting in line at a restaurant? Hate being hungover? I sure do today. Hate that childhood memory of you dipping saltine crackers... Read more...
A mobile operating system is arguably only as strong as the ecosystem it fosters, and that explains why Nokia is charging so hard to get Instagram onto Windows Phone. BlackBerry knows that BB10 is going to live or die based on the apps that ships alongside of it, and early adopters will be glad to know that the new Z10 now has access to Twitter and LinkedIn programs. The updated editions bring native support of each to the new OS, and Twitter v10.0.1 and LinkedIn v10.0.1 are available as free downloads in the BlackBerry World storefront. Tried 'em? Let us know how it's going. What’s new in Twitter v10.0.1:     Doing more on the Compose Tweet Screen – An enhanced Compose... Read more...
Adobe is bringing its powerful Photoshop editing software to Android and iOS smartphones in the form of its Photoshop Touch software. This app, which sells for $4.99 on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, offers many of the Photoshop features users love in a mobile form. With Photoshop Touch, you can combine images, apply effects, and share images with friends and family. Photoshop Touch for Android, iPhone, and iPod touch offers many of the same features as the tablet version including the ability to create layers, add graphical text, combine images, and more. Other noteworthy features include selection tools, adjustments, filters, painting effects, and a Camera Fill feature. With the Scribble... Read more...
It may seem like most app stores are loaded to the brim with games, but the market has plenty of truly useful apps too, if you’re willing to dig in and find them. One app that could make a big difference for some smartphone users is Xpression, a yet-to-be-released app that will record a person’s emotions so the data can be shared with a mental health professional. There are plenty of mood trackers already out there, but Xpression will have a unique capability: it can listen to your voice to sense your emotions. If Xpression works as well as its Emotional Intelligent Technologies expects, the app could provide doctors with much better data about their patients than they get from most... Read more...
These days, a conventional phone number is becoming less and less vital. As e-mail, IM, texting, and other methods of Internet-based communications take hold, getting in touch with someone (even via voice) doesn't actually require a phone number and voice services. Facebook's latest iOS app update is proof of that, with the new edition rolling out live voice calls to other Facebook members. You'll need to have friends in the U.S. and Canada, have a solid data connection, and a few good things to talk about. It's a feature pulled over from Messenger, and while it has yet to be implanted into the Android / Windows Phone versions of Facebook, we're guessing those will hit soon after assuming the... Read more...
As the world grows more mobile and more connected, users are increasingly relying on things like geolocation apps in order to spot great / recommended venues nearby. And Foursquare knows it. As one of the top 'check-in' apps in the world, the company is updating its Android client this week with three major changes. First, it's making it easier to find places nearby with the Explore feature. Foursquare has built a moother search experience and moved Explore to the top of the home screen to make it easy to quickly find a place. Tap the search bar to find “nachos,” “Mexican,” or “margaritas,” or browse categories like coffee, food, and nightlife. Next, you'll... Read more...
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