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Mobile apps

  • 7 things you need to know about building mobile apps in 2016

    The market for mobile apps keeps growing infinitely like a hydra on steroids. The use of mobile devices is limitless. For every use the mobile has been put to, there must be an app. Each original app spawns hundreds if not thousands of copycat apps. Interestingly, apps get downloaded with such an astonishing frequency that even rookie developers get their 15 seconds of fame. But what does it take to be a top app development service? Photo Source: netdna Choose the niche The market for your app will be as frequent as the need for its functionality. If you developed...

  • This app lets you make free calls without an internet connection

    Hush. No one tell South Africa's mobile networks about this. Swedish mobile communications service Rebtel this week announced a new in-app feature that allows users to make free international calls without an internet connection. The service, which costs US$1 a month, works by hijacking local phone lines and, according to Rebtel, the call quality is as clear as it would be with a conventional landline call. The new feature adds to Rebtel's existing offerings, which allow people to make unlimited app to phone calls, app to app calls, and the ability to call any phone in the world via...

  • Apple raises the price of apps in seven territories, including South Africa

    Have you already adjusted your budget for the year ahead to include your new Netflix subscription and the ever-rising price of a loaf of bread? If so, then there’s one more thing you need to tick upwards – Apple just announced an increase in the cost of apps on its App Store for seven territories, including South Africa. Tech blog The Next Web reports that “following fluctuations in exchange rates, Apple has informed developers today that it’s planning to change the App Store pricing in a number of countries within the next 72 hours.” The territories affected by the price...

  • 6 travel apps that will save you a fortune

    Travel is awesome, but it can also be fantastically expensive. Traveling to the location, booking a room for an indefinite period of time and spending while you are there are all quite serious expenses and should always be treated as such. Truth be told, financial reasons are probably the only ones that prevent us from traveling all the time, so the only sensible things to do would be find some ways to travel smarter and waste less money while at it. This is where some of these incredible apps can help. Kayak The first, and probably the greatest expenses one encounters...

  • 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...