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  • How can parents consider the suitability of apps for kids?

    Mobile apps have become a central feature of modern life. Many moms and dads welcome this change because apps offer them many opportunities to enrich the lives of their children in all sorts of ways. However, for all the upsides, there are plenty of downsides and this is where many parents can fall short. Fully understanding the safety implications of apps, maintaining visibility of what your kids are getting up to when online and even understanding digital life can be challenging. Here are some of the key things that you should be looking out for when assessing the suitability...

  • HERE leaves Nokia, plans to build maps for self-driving cars

    The sale of Nokia's mapping business unit, HERE, was no small issue. It was quite the funfair. Uber was in the running for it, so was Facebook, but the business was ultimately sold to an automotive industry consortium that comprises of AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG. The sale was worth an enterprise value of €2.8 billion (US$3.07-billion). Today, the HERE team is finished packing its bags and whatever else lay on their work stations and is leaving Nokia. About 6 500 employees of HERE are today shifting gears and officially saying farewell to Nokia. There has not been...

  • Google Calendar gets Reminders, enables tracking to-dos in app

    The Google Calendar app, both for Android and iOS, is getting a new Reminders feature. According to Google, this feature will allow users to create reminders in Google Calendar, enabling the user to track all scheduled events and appointments. Google says that Reminders will stick around on users' calendars until they have been completed. Instead of going away when the set date passes, like normal events, Reminders will sit on top of the calendar, making it easy to see them, ensuring that users do not miss an important appointment. Once a task is completed, a user can swipe the...

  • Facebook introduces live video streaming, photo collages features

    Facebook has introduced its own live video and photo collages features to take on the likes of Periscope and Meerkat. The social media giant says that it has launched these two features to help its users to keep friends and family updated in real time by live streaming their activities and chronicling their journeys with photo collages. This is not the first time that Facebook has experimented with live video streaming. In August 2015, Facebook launched Live, a way for public figures to connect with their fans via live videos. Live, unlike this new video feature, was only available for...

  • Uber introduces ‘Ride Request Button’ for third party apps

    Uber has launched a 'Ride Request Button' that will allow developers to add an Uber button in their apps. The button is in a form of a software development kit that iOS and Android app developers can use to add Uber support to their own apps. The idea, ultimately, is that users can order an Uber ride from third party apps. The button will be visible in third party apps next to their addresses, allowing it to be easily accessible to users, enabling them to instantly get a ride to their destination. Adding the button requires developers to register their...

  • Spotify’s king of the music streaming world according to App Annie

    In a new report by App Annie, Spotify, is wearing the crown as the king of music streaming. Before Apple Music entered the music streaming ecosystem, things were somewhat stale, its introduction certainly shook things up. This was evident in Spotify introducing new features right after Apple Music launched. The competition has continued to be stronger, Google Music made major adjustments and the recent news of YouTube Music entering the scene is making things interesting. According to the report, Spotify is the top music streaming service when it comes to active users, downloads and revenue. In its own report, Spotify claims it...

  • Adobe’s video editor app Premiere Clip finally comes to Android

    Adobe Premiere, the popular video editor, has introduced its Premier Clip app to Android. The app has been available on iOS since last year but it is making its entry to Android only now. The advancement in smartphone cameras has made it possible for users to shoot high definition and some even 4K videos using their smartphones. What has not caught up is video-editing software for smartphones. The ones that are available are either atrociously bad, have terrible UI or they crash before completing the edit, making it impossible to complete an entire short film edit or music video,...

  • Instagram introduces multiple accounts feature, then takes it down

    We here at Memeburn are always having this conversation, about how it is time for Instagram to support multiple accounts. This conversation is always categorised by angry rants every time we have to upload a photo or video on Instagram and have to go through the inconvenience of diving into the dustbin to retrieve passwords and usernames. It appears that we will never have to go through such trauma. According to Android Police, Instagram has introduced multiple account support. This is great for Instagram users who run more than one account -- say, the one professional and the other social. Instagram has...

  • Google Photos update lets you free up space, downgrade photos

    Out of Google’s annual event this year, Google Photos, bundled out of the underwhelming Google+ was an impressive innovation. Over the months since its launch it has served users well. To follow up on that success, Google Photos is today receiving an update. The latest update to Google Photos brings features to the Google Photos app, SD-card enabled devices and the web. Google Photos users on the web will now be able to downgrade photos from original quality to high quality. This feature downgrades already uploaded photos from original quality to high quality. This can be done by visiting the Google...

  • 10 of Africa’s most innovative apps of 2015 you should know about

    Pan-African competition AppsAfrica has concluded earlier this week, announcing the continent's ten most innovative mobile applications of 2015. With entries stretching from Nigeria to Togo and South Africa, the awards recognised a variety of platforms, that include live video and radio streaming to e-readers and many more. "Our mission is always to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa," AppsAfrica wrote in a blogpost. "We had diverse entries from 21 countries and both the finalists and winners are a testament to how technology is being used to disrupt business models, empower people and drive...

  • Google Voice Search now understands superlatives, times and more complex questions

    Google has announced that its search engine is getting better at understanding the way people speak and what they say. Google says that the Google app does this by understanding the meaning of what you are saying, breaking down a query to understand the semantics of each piece. The responses, Google says, to questions will now be focus more on the intent of the entire question. Read more: The symbiosis of content marketing and SEO The company says that Google Search will now better understand superlatives, times and complicated questions. "The Google app is starting to truly understand the meaning of what you’re...

  • Zomato now lets you order food online from your favourite restaurants

    Restaurant listing service Zomato has introduced online ordering capability to its app and web for its users in South Africa. The online ordering capability was introduced in India, Delhi in April this year. With this feature, Zomato users can now order from within the iOS, Android app and on the web. Users not only to see restaurant listings but can make and pay for their food orders within the app, without having to leave their humble abodes. Orders can be followed with real-time notifications. “We do believe it is applications such as this one that will see more restaurants moving in...

  • Facebook introduces Notify, an iOS app that pushes notifications to locked screens from publishers

    Facebook has released yet another app, this time aimed at pushing notifications from a user's preferred content sources to their mobile screen. Notify is an iPhone app and is currently only available in the US. Facebook has not said anything about a release in other markets and when the app will come to Android. "Notifications are becoming one of the primary ways people first learn about things wherever they are" Julian Gutman, Facebook Product Manager, said on a blog post. Facebook has partnered with more than 70 partners, including Bleacher Report, Bloomberg Business, CNN, GQ magazine, The New York Times,...

  • Apple Music now available for Android on Beta, missing some key features

    Apple Music has finally made its way to the Android ecosystem. The arrival on Android comes a few months after it launched on iOS. Apple is hoping to win over the Android market to its music streaming service. On Android, the app will have a three month free period, in which the Android users can test and then after choose to pay the monthly subscription fee when the period expires. In addition to having access the catalogue of Apple Music, Android users will be able to listen to Beats 1 radio. When we used Apple Music, during its three...

  • Social apps continue to dominate SA downloads

    South Africa's appetite for social media shows no signs of slowing, with social apps dominating free downloads on all of the country's major networks. That's according to the latest edition of the the South African Social Media Landscape study by technology research organisation World Wide Worx and media analytics company Fuseware. Back in September, the headline figures for the report showed strong growth for most social platforms but the full report, released on Wednesday, shows just how pivotal mobile's been to that growth. WhatsApp in particular is dominant, topping the list of both iOS and Android downloads. Only in...