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Mobile apps

  • Tidal app shoots to number one, malfunctions after Kanye West album launch

    Tidal, Jay-Z's music streaming service, is experiencing a meltdown. And it has something to do with Kanye West, the king of meltdowns. By virtue of being owned by Jay-Z, Tidal is positioned to have exclusive rights to music by artists that are friends and associates of Jay-Z, Beyonce and their extended circle, however, Tidal appears to not be taking advantage of this. The Life of Pablo, Kanye West's anticipated album, was released on Tidal on the weekend. The release was no small affair with Kanye building up momentum by releasing a song every Friday in the months before and then...

  • The honeymoon is over: dating apps now a hotbed of crime

    Like so many aspects of daily life that have moved online, dating is another that has exploded in popularity in the last few years. Unlike online dating sites, dating apps appeal to a new generation of online daters because of their simplicity and ability to link with other social networks to generate automatic profiles for their users. But despite the ease of downloading these applications, do we consider the risk of using such applications on our personal data? The rise of dating apps has been met with much controversy. In January, UK police announced an increase in the number...

  • This new ttrumpet feature aims to make communities safer

    Whilte-label over the top (OTT) app ttrumpet on Monday announced the launch of a new services aimed at improving safety in communities and around businesses. According to ttrumpet co-founder Grant Theis, this new "Community Channels" feature is designed to be the second part of its security ecosystem. The first part of that ecosystem involved the launch of Tag Me, which allows users' family and friends to follow each other’s journey remotely (in real-time) and raise the alarm if they go off-route or don’t reach their destination when expected. Community Channels means that users can now also report suspicious activity in...

  • 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...