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Mobile apps

  • 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...

  • 3 things missing from mobile video app design

    The mobile video experience is broken. This sounds like a controversial or provocative thing to say because the mobile video industry is also exploding. But even though there are countless apps out there that will allow you to shoot, stream, view, share, edit, filter and produce video all through your smartphone, app developers are ignoring a pain point in the market. While there are a proliferation of mobile video apps out there, none of them are addressing the needs of the majority of mobile video takers, who aren’t looking to live stream to strangers or make a six second...

  • Users can now order, pay, track OrderIn orders within WeChat

    A few weeks ago, OrderIn, the popular online food ordering service, ran a promotion on WeChat where users could order three meals and get R50 discount with each order. Today, that has been revealed to have been a prelude to a bigger partnership between the two platforms. It was announced today that OrderIn has become an official channel within WeChat. Users can now easily and securely order and pay for food from their favourite OrderIn’s more than 650 restaurants, fast food outlets and corner café’s in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth. “Partnering with OrderIn is just another...

  • The role of apps in the Always-On business

    Mobile applications have become an integral component of the Always-On business. Whether it is accessing back-end corporate data or creating sales forecasts in the field, the connected worker has come to rely on these solutions. We live in a world where the app is king. Born in the cloud, they are deeply integrated into all aspects of our business and personal lives. And thanks to the consumerisation of technology, many people only care that it works with very little thought given to the back-end systems involved. With many apps available on multiple platforms, it does not matter what...

  • Google Maps takes a giant step into Zomato’s territory with individual restaurant recommendations

    Google Maps has always been about giving users more than detailed directions, and now it seems to be heading into Zomato’s territory. The internet giant announced that Google Maps on Android is receiving an update to its explore feature that will give users curated restaurant recommendations. Google says that the update will allow Android users in the US and UK to enjoy curated restaurant recommendations from Google Maps. The recommendations have options like Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Best spots for dinner with kids this weekend. Read more: Uber and Zomato tie-up to simplify booking taxis to restaurants, even...

  • 4 questions you need to ask before building an app

    We use apps to solve problems. The problem may be as simple as boredom or as complicated as locating cheap gas prices in Las Vegas. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you want people to use your app, you have to build one that fulfills a need. Think about the apps you use every day. If you check your email, whichever app you use fulfills your need to get messages on the go. Twitter connects you with friends and celebrities. Flipboard shows you current events. CNNMoney Portfolio sends you push notifications when your stocks dip so you can...

  • Instagram beefs up messaging capabilities, adds emojis

    Instagram has announced changes to its direct message capabilities. Yes, one can now message people directly on Instagram as an alternative to WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat or SnapChat. Though Instagram Direct was launched in 2013, it's remained a mystery to most users. Whether the world needs anymore messaging apps is an interesting discussion to have, what is however clear that the company is simply exploiting its user base with Instagram Direct. The company claims that the direct messaging feature is being used by 85 million users every month. Read more: Instagram ditches square-only photo format The new features include threaded messages, in which users...

  • Fatherhood app wins at Early Childhood Development Hackathon

    The SA Innovation Summit's Hackathon for Early Childhood Development (ECD) awarded top honours to an app aimed at encouraging fathers to be more involved in the children's early care and development. NappiDaddi, as the app's called, was developed over a period of 24 hours by a team of amateur programmers who competed against nine other teams. The winning team was awarded R10 000 to further develop their platform. In a press release send to Memeburn, Kanya Msila, who participated in the winning team, said that NappiDaddi will encourage dads with various childcare challenges and includes elements such as leaderboards, exchanging of knowledge,...

  • Facebook Moments lets you give, receive photos privately

    Facebook has officially launched Moments, a standalone app that allows you to give your photos to friends, get their photos, and keep them all in a single private place. Essentially the app is meant to help bring together photos from occasions, trips, and moments of your life that you've spent with the people who are most important to you. "With a phone at everyone’s fingertips, the moments in our lives are captured by a new kind of photographer: our friends," the social network says in a press release. "It’s hard to get the photos your friends have taken of you,...

  • AlwaysOn, Uber testing WiFi for UberBLACK rides

    The ever-popular and controversial passenger transport company, Uber, is partnering with AlwaysOn to offer South Africans Wifi in select UberBlack rides. In a newsletter today, the popular WiFi hotspot provider AlwaysOn announced this new partnership with Uber. You may have already used AlwaysOn as they supply most shopping malls, takeaway outlets -- such as KFC and McDonalds, Vida Cafe, as well as partnering with Samsung to give away free data to its users. This new offering is currently in the testing phase but sounds rather interesting. Read more: Desperate for free Wi-Fi? Try taking a ride in a South African minibus taxi According to the...