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Mobile apps

  • 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...

  • Dropbox partners with Adobe to make working with PDFs simple

    Adobe and Dropbox are forming a partnership that will allow for easy integration between the two platforms. From now on users will be able to collaborate with PDF files on Dropbox in a few steps, allowing them to achieve optimum results without a cumbersome process. Starting today, users working on a Mac and PC can add their Dropbox accounts from the latest of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader desktop apps. This allows users quick access to PDFs stored on Dropbox without having to exit their Adobe desktop apps. Some of the actions that users will be able to perform once...

  • Small does not equate with simple in mobile app development

    The case for developing mobile apps is clear cut. However, the route to successfully developing and maintaining an app is less clear because of hidden complexities that are masked by the misconception that apps are small and therefore simple. Mobile apps may appear simple -- given their relatively small size and ease of use -- but they demand as much planning and commitment of resources as their non-mobile counterparts. In fact, according to Gartner, the demand for mobile app development resources is expected to outstrip organisations’ development capacity by 5:1 within the next two years. While this points to...

  • Facebook adds doodle photo editing tool to mobile app

    Apart from living in a world obsessed with emojis, we also live in a world where people like to doodle. And now we can doodle on Facebook. Facebook has brought doodle, its popular Messenger feature, to the main Facebook app. The new feature forms part of Facebook’s image editing tools and will allow users to draw on photos and images before publishing them to the social network. Doodle is not by any means a new feature. Snapchat has enables users to scribble on images for a long time. Using doodle on Facebook is simple: you upload an image, press edit, a...

  • Are we really about to enter the post-app era?

    You don't need me to tell you how important apps are. They might not, as Apple claims, be more important as the Industrial Revolution, but they're still pretty important. They've changed everything about the way we consume entertainment, communicate, and stay informed. It's happened pretty quickly too. The Apple app store only opened in 2008 and is today home to more than 1.4-million apps. But is the app's time almost over? Are we about to enter the post-app era? If technology research house Gartner is to be believed then we may well be. It believes that as virtual assistants...

  • Microsoft introduces Invite, an easy way to organise meetings on the go

    Microsoft reckons scheduling meetings and coordinating multiple schedules on a small screen is a bit of a task and has decided to do something about it. Microsoft Garage, a Microsoft wing that works on new ideas, has released an app for iPhone called Invite. Invite, the company explains, is an easier way to organise meetings on the go across organisations. The app is a standalone app but it works best with an Office 365 business and school subscriptions, but also works with Outlook.com, Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Invite’s advantage lies in its simple functionality. The way it works is that...