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  • Yahoo’s got a growing interest in the weather across South Africa, here’s why

    Two years after launching its acclaimed weather app, Yahoo is gradually taking interest in displaying weather from locations outside major cities. Up until now Yahoo Weather has only been successful in showcasing beautiful Flickr snaps from big cities. But what about Benoni residents who don’t associate Johannesburg’s Ponte Tower with what it looks like outside? Or surfers at Noordhoek for whom a cloudy Table Mountain looks different from that pic taken from Signal Hill? The Yahoo Weather Team is aggressively scouring its photo-sharing website for weather images from lesser-known locations. At a time when millions of location-specific photos are shared...

  • App Annie Raises $55 million, launches new product for tracking app usage

    App Annie has announced a new $55 million round of Series D funding. App Annie is a resource that has become a go to resource for conclusive data on app downloads, rankings, and app store trends. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), and included existing investors Sequoia Capital, Greycroft Partners and IDG Capital Partners. In addition to the round of funding, the company is rolling out ‘Usage Intelligence’ its new product into beta. Usage Intelligence will allow app publishers, marketers, investors and other mobile industry leaders to gain deeper insights into usage patterns within applications. It will...

  • Je Suis Charlie iPhone app gets over 1 million downloads in just two days

    Of course there’s a Je Suis Charlie app. In the name of freedom of expression and as a tribute to the massacre of 12 people in Paris, France last week, a Je Suis Charlie (or I Am Charlie) app has been launched on iTunes, achieving massive popularity around the globe. A rather quick launch at that as iOS apps usually face lengthy approval processes from Apple. The developers from Nice Martin reportedly contacted CEO Tim Cook via email, asking for special treatment and support. As you can imagine, Cook isn’t alone in his stance as over 1 million people (and growing...

  • WhatsApp, Snapchat could be banned in the UK

    Snapchat and WhatsApp might be banned in Great Britain if Prime Minister David Cameron has anything to do with it. Cameron said that he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications. The call for technology companies to cooperate with investigations is nothing new: there have already been calls by European politicians for Google and Facebook to provide greater information about people’s online activities. Following the recent attacks in Paris, France, European leaders called on Internet service providers to report potentially harmful online material aimed at inciting hatred or terror. Cameron...

  • Overall app usage grew by 76% in 2014

    In 2014, according to Flurry Analytics, overall app usage grew by 76%. Flurry defines app usage as a user opening an app and recording what the company call a session. The company obtained the data by tracking four millions sessions every minute, 2.079-trillion sessions in 2014. On 31 December, with users being busy, sharing, looking for rides, messaging, chatting, the company tracked 8.5-million sessions. Shopping, Utilities & Productivity, and Messaging experienced triple-digit growth. That’s not surprising, given that mobile devices have become increasingly important for shopping, working, and communication. Working has also begun to see smartphones move in that direction,...

  • WhatsApp continues to surge, gaining 100 million new users in just four months

    WhatsApp cofounder and CEO Jan Koum has announced that the messaging app has reached 700-million monthly active users, with some 30-billion messages sent every day. Koum wrote, “Today, we’re thrilled to share that WhatsApp has more than 700 million monthly active users. Additionally, every day our users now send over 30 billion messages.” In the post, WhatsApp’s Koum vowed to continue improving the app. Last year, WhatsApp added encryption for messages sent between...

  • 10 awesome corporate productivity apps

    With the large range of professional and enterprise apps that are out there today, finding ones that are the best for enhancing workplace productivity is likely your top priority. A lot of businesses are making use of these applications because it enables workers to complete work outside of the office more efficiently. Communications and collaborations are made simpler, leaving no excuse for workers to not get projects in by deadline. Keeping everyone on board is possible with mobile technology, but which ones are the best on the market today? Here is a list of the 10 business productivity and...

  • 5 apps that make being a student easier

    Being a student can be a tricky affair. In university, no one really cares whether you take your work seriously. You’ll find yourself on a slippery slope: missing lectures, procrastinating, and neglecting note-taking and hygiene. So here’s a list of five apps that can make your academic life easier, in addition to having a menacing alarm. 1. Google Drive Google Drive is essential when it comes to work. It allows you to create word documents, PowerPoints, and spreadsheets, and houses everything in one place – all you need to do is log into Google. Drive can also act as...

  • WhatsApp bulks up its Android encryption efforts

    WhatsApp has made end-to-end encryption the default for all Android users, following a partnership with nonprofit software group Open Whisper Systems. Privacy is a big deal with users and it should be. Private messages and information should remain exactly that, private. With this encryption, WhatsApp messages are more private than they have ever been. Open Whisper System’s encryption protocol is also used to secure TextSecure. The encryption does not need users to turn it on. Read more: Yahoo’s end-to-end encryption tool will combat email snooping According to Open Whisper Systems founder Moxie Marlinspike, Android users are the first users to get...

  • Uber will let you stream your Spotify playlists during rides

    Uber Technologies has announced a partnership with Spotify that will let Spotify premium users ($10 a month subscription) stream their music in participating Uber vehicles. Spotify has been having a rough few days. It got dumped by Taylor Swift and then released numbers around how much money it paid to her, which she then disputed. That said, we are in no way calling Uber the rebound. This is in fact a match that appears to be engineered in heaven. Uber Technologies and Spotify do share some similarities. They both operate popular mobile apps. They have in similar ways disrupted...

  • Samsung, @iLab Africa unveil 8 new Kenyan developed apps

    Samsung Electronics in partnership with @iLab Africa, a research and incubation facility that supports entrepreneurship programs in apps and software development, unveiled eight Kenyan developed mobile applications during the second Samsung Apps Show N’ Tell event. The event brings together Kenyan app developers and provides them with a platform to showcase their innovations. This is part of a research and development programme run by Strathmore University’s @iLab Africa. Speaking at the event, Samsung Electronics East Africa Director of Mobile and IT, Manoj Changarampatt, said that the apps were proof that the partnership between Samsung and @iLab is bearing fruits, offering local...

  • How studying mobile user behavior impacts app marketing

    Before I get into how the analysis of mobile user behavior impacts the marketing of apps, let me briefly go over what mobile user behavior is and why it is important. With literally millions of apps out there, comes a lot of diversity, both in the apps themselves as well as the diverse mix of people who use them. The mobile behavior of those who download and use your app is also highly diverse. Some like a lot of content. Some convert more on Sundays. There are users who like engaging with apps. They like tapping, pinching and swiping....

  • Microsoft Word becomes top downloaded app after price changes

    After being made available for free download, App Annie reports that Microsoft Word has become the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone (although Facebook’s Messenger app has since taken over on iPhone). And other Office apps, such as Excel, are in hot pursuit. The app’s ascent to the Top Downloaded App throne follows last week’s pricing changes by Microsoft. Only as recently as last week, iPad users were required to subscribe to Office 365 in order to create new files and Microsoft had set limited features on iPhone. Read more: Cloud giants Dropbox and Microsoft get snuggly...

  • How vocal apps are reaching illiterate populations in emerging markets

    Illiteracy has been dramatically decreasing over the 20th century, but there still are large areas of the world where reading and writing skills are scarce, preventing further development, as well as basic communications between organisations and individuals. It’s no surprise that emerging markets are places where illiteracy can still be high. In countries of Sub-Saharan Africa such as Chad or Mali, a small third of the population is able to read and write. In South Asia too, countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh just over half of the populations are literate. Surprisingly, even in the US, a significant 14% of the...

  • Apps are changing enterprise software: here’s how

    Like many other aspects of the technology industry, mobility has an indelible impact even on enterprise software. That’s probably most obvious in the recent introduction of apps which are fully capable of running small enterprises, either as stand-alone modules, or as a fully integrated suite.. These apps reflect a remarkable evolution of enterprise resource planning software from the once monolithic, very expensive and highly complex software of yesteryear, to flexible, inexpensive and easy-to-use applications of today. But why an evolution, and not a revolution? After all, aren’t ERP vendors the ones who have traditionally provided those large, complex and expensive...