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  • Truemessenger blocks spam SMSes from flooding your phone

    Truecaller, the Swedish company behind apps like Truecaller and Truedialler, has launched a new Android app called Truemessenger. The app is aimed at making SMS smarter and spam-free. Truemessenger utilises the company’s network of users to verify the identify of those who send text messages. The app, like Truecaller, identifies the sender of the SMS and detect, block or report spam, fraud, telemarketing, sales, and unknown phone numbers. Read more: Why ecommerce companies need to reassess the ‘traditional’ call centre If a user marks a number as a source of spam Truemessenger saves this contact as a spammer. It then uses this...

  • Is Uber the best travel app ever?

    Is Uber ever not in the news? Between battles in France, Cape Town and the South African taxi industry, the hugely successful ride hailing app has made plenty of vested interests very uncomfortable. A lot of the tension focuses on the supply side of the equation -- the taxi drivers -- rather than the users who benefit from the service. Here's something to consider: Uber is a godsend for foreign visitors, and it's presence in a city is a competitive advantage. I speak from personal experience. Recently, Uber made a huge difference to my visits to Tokyo and then Bangalore. ...

  • You can now read The New York Times articles on WhatsApp

    The New York Times is publishing articles on WhatsApp. For the first time Whatsapp users will be able to read their news from the platform. Though this is a first of its kind, it should not to surprising. WhatsApp has more than 800 million monthly active users and using it as a publishing platform -- like Facebook has done -- should be no brainer. The New York Times began the experiment with a story on Pope Francis. Its vatican correspondent, Jim Yardley, was travelling with the Pope in his Latin America trip. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and...

  • Shazam now allows users to see what their favourite artists are listening to

    Shazam has released a new update to its app that allows fans to discover music from about 30 famous artists. Starting today, Shazam users can follow artists like Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Avicii, Jason Derulo, Coldplay and others to see what “they are Shazaming”. Each artist will have a page with their Shazam discoveries, featuring their top tracks on, music videos, and more. “The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans. They use Shazam every day to explore new music, and for the first time ever, their fans can share in those moments as they happen,” said...

  • Apple Music is finally launching tomorrow

    Way before Apple even confirmed the news Apple Music, it had been worldwide rumour. After hiring music DJs and signing artists, Apple Music is finally here. Tomorrow morning at 11am ET/8am PT, Apple users will have access to a three-month period of the service. To get the update users will have to upgrade to iOS 8.4. An hour after, Beats 1 will launch, with the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast presented by DJ Zane Lowe. Apple Senior Director and former beats CEO Ian Rogers has laid out the details of the roll out. Apple had announced a few weeks ago...

  • From apps to platforms: the evolution of software

    The consumerisation of IT and the rise of social media and mobile apps are changing employees’ expectations of the software that they must use to do their jobs every day. That means that payroll and HR software vendors and the enterprises that use their products must look to provide end-users with software as intuitive, attractive, and social as the personal tools people use daily on their smartphones. One of the trends we’re seeing is that end-users want applications that resemble tools they use all the time in their personal lives, such as Facebook. People want to interact with their employers...

  • Instagram announces explore page, with trending tags and places, and more powerful search

    Instagram has announced two major updates. One is to its explore feature, adding trending tags and places, and the other is making its search more powerful and easier to find people, places, and tags. According to Instagram, 70-million photos and videos are posted to the platform every day. It is clear from this that seeing all of them is impossible and even tracking back to see all of them is like navigating a minefield. With the new changes, things are about to get better. “We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless.”...

  • Are Facebook’s video views closing in on YouTube’s?

    A new survey by Ampere Analysis suggests that Facebook video views are growing so fast that they could catch up with YouTube’s in a few years. YouTube has long reigned as the king when it comes to watching videos online. Its video views reach billions. But of late Facebook and Twitter have made strides in catering for video playback in their own platforms. Facebook has made its intentions about hosting video clear, partnering with NFL and Fox Sports. And it would seem that it is now paying off. Earlier this year, Facebook revealed that in just one year, the number...

  • 3 Productivity apps even app haters will love

    Maybe you treat your phone as nothing more than a classic telephone that also happens to have the ability to send texts and emails. Maybe, to you, apps are at best clutter and at worst interfere with your phone’s basic functions more than the iPhone’s pull-down stock widget. (Average use of that widget: “Let me just find that address real quick…well, the Dow is up.”) If you’re one of those app-adverse people, that’s okay; this list is for you. These apps make the three core functions of your phone easier to use and if you try them out and...

  • Your move Apple Music: Spotify completes new funding round

    Spotify just closed its latest financing round, a day after Apple launched Apple Music. TeliaSonera, a Swedish mobile network operator company, had bought a stake in Spotify. The compnay has announced that it it is investing US$115-million for a 1.4% stake. This round values Spotify at around US$8.2-billion. “We’ve set-out to create a New Generation Telco where innovation is key to our success. Spotify is a great company, loved by customers and with a world class take on innovation I’m excited to join Spotify’s journey as investor and key partner”, says Johan Dennelind, President and CEO, TeliaSonera. Read more: Apple...

  • Uber is testing a cash payment option in Nairobi

    Uber has launched a cash payment system in Nairobi, Kenya. Uber has been operating with a credit card-based system, a strategy that made sense in the US and other mature markets. But the moment the private driver hailing app started operating in emerging markets, it needed to adopt a different strategy. It is for this reason that the company has adjusted it payment options. Uber’s cash payment began in India and now has branched into Kenya. Launching in Nairobi is a move into the unbankable African market. Last week, Uber announced its plans about its cash payment option, stating that...

  • Microsoft acquires Wunderlist for around $200m

    Microsoft has acquired Wunderlist, a to-do list app based in Berlin. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has not only made more inroads towards being more mobile friendly but also has begun making acquisitions that makes the company a major player in mobile apps. The other thing the company has done well is to make its apps work across platforms and devices and not confine them to mobile devices that run Windows. This has led many to refer to Microsoft as the company that is beginning to be cool. There has been rumours of this for sometime but no statements from both...

  • Pinterest introduces ‘buyable pins’, making it possible to make purchases within the app

    Pinterest has revealed a new feature that will see users buying things from without leaving the platform. The feature, ‘buyable pins’, will launch in the coming weeks in the US, and to Android in the future. The feature works by showing a blue pin button next to the normal option to pin. This buyable pin allows users to make purchases of items they like. Furthermore, users have the option to search for buyable pins and make use of the price filter to choose a specific price range for items. Users can choose to see what they want to buy in...

  • Put your phone on a data diet with Opera Max, cuts up to 50% usage

    Student life is a tough one. Life is expensive and income is practically non-existent because you're a student. Ironically it usually comes at a time when you have to start paying for things and cutting costs. Norwegian software giant Opera has stepped up its game and optimization seems to be the catch term; trimming the fat and getting the biggest supernova out of your buck for data is where Opera Max app is leading the technology. The app's latest update compresses videos, photos and media on apps or websites on your mobile (both mobile internet and Wi-Fi), which means you're putting your...

  • Live video streaming for everyone as Periscope finally comes to Android

    It has taken two months for Periscope to arrive on Android but it is finally here. The Twitter-owned live video streaming app has had an incredible run with iOS users, trying to dethrone Meerkat of its title as king of live video streaming. Meerkat came out of beta a few weeks ago and now its nemesis has followed it to the Android operating system. “When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation -- by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast. As a small startup, our initial launch was limited to...