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Mobile apps

  • Norway’s consumer council reads app terms in live-stream

    Norway's consumer watchdog has decided to protest lengthy app terms and conditions by reading these policies out in a live-stream. The live-stream, which has been going on for almost two hours as of publication, will see policies for 33 apps being read as part of an #appfail campaign. The figure represents the average number of apps installed on a Norwegian's phone, the Norwegian Consumer Council explained in a press statement. The council said that to use apps you often have to waive your "fundamental" privacy, accept that the app will track you when it's not being used and that your personally identifiable data can be resold....

  • Preserving Botswana’s history via apps? It’s happening

    A new initiative aims to preserve Botswana's history in a series of mobile apps. The Heritage Series of apps, by Botswana's own Intellegere Media, delivers an app for each major tribe in the country, telling their story and charting their history. Itumeleng Garebatshabe, Intellegere Holdings founder and CEO, explains in a statement that acquiring digital information is a cornerstone of the project: The idea began in 2012 when we launched the Project 120 which was aimed at creating mobile applications which were fully focused on Botswana. The idea was to preserve our culture through mobile apps, first; for the future generations to know their history...

  • You can now search for your next house within FNB’s mobile app

    South African banking institution FNB today updated its app with the ability to search for property. That's right, FNB is now expanding its reach into yet another market for consumers. This new feature -- called #House (with # seeming to be a new naming scheme in marketing) -- allows customers to look for home services, find property 'nearby,' and even check your applications online, among other things. It's all quite nifty for those wanting a house through FNB. Properties listed have a breakdown of bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, and floor area. They also have a detailed description of the property, mandate type, monthly...

  • Shocker! Instagram delivers updated Windows 10 app

    In a rather welcome surprise, Instagram has updated the Windows 10 Mobile version of their app. The update brings the same UI and much-maligned logo seen on the Android and iOS versions. "We have a new look! Our updated icon stays true to the camera and rainbow. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app," the Facebook-owned company noted in the app description. The news is rather welcome and points to Windows 10 Mobile actually getting some love from Instagram. After all, the previous Instagram app for Windows Phone often languished for months...

  • Viking Horde is the latest malware on Google Play

    App stores aren't immune to malware by any means, and now it's Google's turn to experience some nastiness. The latest malware, dubbed Viking Horde, creates a botnet to carry out ad fraud, effectively using proxied IP addresses to conduct ad clicks. In turn, this provides revenue for the attacker, Check Point Research explained in a press statement. The botnet affects rooted and non-rooted devices alike. Check Point added that at least five cases of Viking Horde have passed through Google Play scans undetected so far. In fact, the most popular instance of Viking Horde stems from a game, dubbed Viking Jump, which...

  • WhatsApp finally releases proper desktop app

    Whatsapp has dabbled in desktop waters before, but now, the world's most popular mobile instant messenger seems to be going all-in. Yes, after years of user requests, the Facebook-owned company has finally launched a proper desktop app for Windows and Mac computers. It's not the first time that WhatsApp has brought the platform to desktop, launching the WhatsApp Web service last year. This earlier browser-based service used a QR code system to mirror your phone's WhatsApp data. The desktop app works in a similar way, effectively mirroring your phone's WhatsApp messages, chats and contacts. In other words, it's not a standalone offering as...

  • Periscope introduces new features, broadcast search and drone integration

    Periscope today upped its rivalry with Facebook Live Video by introducing a host of new features. The new features follow last week's release of a beta version that include a feature that allows users to save broadcasts for longer than 24 hours. The new features include broadcast search and an integration with DJI drones. Users can now search for broadcasts by title or topic by using the Global list search button. Users will then be able to see a list of recommended topics with topics like travel, music, food, and others. Searching for titles also work in the same...

  • Companies, ask these two questions when developing your app

    "There is an app for that" is one of the most common phrases exchanged amongst smartphone owners. From hailing a taxi, to checking your bank balance, there is almost an app for everything. However, as a brand or SME who has not yet jumped onto this app bandwagon, should you rush in headfirst and join in? With over 1.5-million apps in each App Store (looking at just Apple and Google), should you really add another app to that list? For the last 7 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with brands in their apps execution strategies (back when the word...

  • Introducing Privil: the app to help you keep your privilege in check [April Fools article]

    Privil, a new app for iOS and Android devices, promises to keep user's privilege in check. Grandt Sham, founder, notes in a press release that the number of people who either do not know or deny their privilege is proportionally high, and that as a social entrepreneur, he felt compelled to do something about it. The app has two functionalities: it measures the user's privilege and that of someone else's, ensuring that you and your circle of friends are not suffering from excessive amounts of privilege. The app uses a minimalist design, sporting camera, text input and rewards features. But how does...

  • 5 things you need to know about building a great self-help app

    Mobile technology has changed the landscape of the self-help world. Whereas once people had to read long books, carry around notepads, and try to remember all the life lessons offered by gurus, today they can get everything they need through their smartphones. Each user has his own tailored program in his pocket that will remind him throughout the day of the various tasks he should be doing, and he doesn’t have to pay US$10 000 for the privilege of its wisdom. This technological revolution in self-help is a welcome one. Mental disorders such as depression affect about a third of all...

  • Could a smartphone app really help combat crime in SA?

    South Africa has a brutal crime problem and it affects everyone. The rapes and murders of teenage girls in Khayelitsha (one of Cape Town's poorest areas) and Tokai (one of its wealthiest), bears witness to that fact. In the face of such violence, it's easy to feel helpless, but two concerned Capetonians believe that technology may help people feel safe again. Sham Moodliar and Elizabeth Senger are putting together a 48-hour hackathon, aimed at building an app which connects people wanting to enjoy the outdoors safely, or even just walk from point A to B. Called Hambasafe -- Hamba...

  • Why is this SA radio legend betting big on personality-driven streaming apps?

    Memeburn readers of a certain age might remember blasting their radios to the latest dance hits in preparation for a big night out. And if you were listening to one of those stations in particular, chances are the person mixing those tracks was Derek -- aka "The Bandit" -- Richardson. Now working at an ad agency on the Isle of Man, Richardson is also one of a handful of high-profile South African radio personalities throwing their weight behind a suite of genre-driven streaming apps. Powered by South African media giant Kagiso, Richardson's app is called Databass and features a...

  • Wikipedia iOS app gets update with 3D Touch, personalisation

    Old players like Wikipedia are learning new tricks. Wikipedia today updated its Wikipedia iOS app and the 15-year-old fact-checking company is adding some nifty features. The two notable additions are the inclusion of 3D Touch features and the app's improved personalisation capabilities. The 3D Touch feature was introduced in 2015 with Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s smartphones. From now on, Wikipedia app users on these devices will be able to utilise the peek and pop functionality of 3D Touch. They can also utilise multi-touch gestures like swipe and tap to navigate within the app. Another uniquely iOS feature included in the...

  • 8 awesome apps to help you go green

    Concerns about global warming, pollution, and the carbon emissions are increasing every day, and more people are looking to do their part in protecting the environment. App developers have jumped on this trend to begin offering eco-friendly options. By taking advantage of some of these green apps, you can help to reduce your environmental footprint. 1. Dropcountr Are you concerned about the amount of water that you are using? Dropcountr is a great way to help you conserve water, as you’ll be able to connect via your smartphone to your water utility company. Then, the company can send you information to...

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on Android gets in-app camera, RAW format image support

    It is clear that smartphone users enjoy taking pictures. That in turn means that the ability to process images on the fly has become incredibly important. After all, nobody wants a saturated picture of their breakfast or lunch roaming the internet. When the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom app launched in December 2015, processing images gained a new player that could make things interesting for seasoned players like Snapseed, VSCO and others. Now with its new update, introducing new features, it is looking to cement its place and lure new users. Most of the smartphones that have been showcased at Mobile World...