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Mobile apps

  • Evernote introduces more affordable premium plans

    Online workspace provider Evernote has rolled out a new pricing plan. The new plans are Basic, Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium. Basic is free, and the company says that though it is free and has limitations, it is nothing that would slow an early user. Evernote Plus is one of the new plans and costs US$2.99 per month US$24.99 per year. The tier has 1GB monthly uploads, allows for offline access to notes on mobile, passcode lock, and has the ability to automatically turn emails into notes in Evernote. The other new tier is Evernote Premium which has unlimited uploads and is...

  • Instagram launches official community called @Music

    Instagram has launched a new official community called @music. The community is aimed at music lovers, dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from both the musicians and the listeners. The tech company says that the community is a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans. The service appears to be a pseudo-publishing platform more than anything else. Instagram is a publisher of narratives in photos and videos but with the new community layout it wishes to transcend this and embrace text. There has already been such moves...

  • Human app data gives insight on how we move in cities

    Almost every mobile phone, including smart wearables, possesses capabilities to track one’s movement. There has however been no clever way of using this data to provide clues about people’s movements. The companies have held on to it and have done nothing. The users have simply been pleased with themselves for reaching their daily goals and moved on to the next day. The Human app, an all-day activity and calorie tracker that inspires you to move 30 minutes or more every day, has just mapped the total duration for human activities in 30 cities. Human an iOS app, runs in...

  • Tinder introduces Instagram integration and more common friends

    Tinder received an update that integrates its users directly with Instagram and revamps common connections. This allows users to scroll through the Instagram profiles of other users without leaving the app. Before, users could only scroll through the Facebook photos that users have allowed to show up on their Tinder profile and had to search for users’ Instagram accounts on Instagram. Users can now click into a user’s Instagram profile and see the most recent pictures, with the option to click directly into their profile, check out the comments on the photos, who liked it, and more details. And...

  • Standard Bank debuts South Africa’s first Biometric Banking App feature

    Standard bank has launched South Africa's first Biometric mobile banking solution for clients. The new feature enables you to sign into the bank’s app via iPhone or iPad, using Apple’s TouchID technology. Now that there is an upgrade to the app, customers with Touch ID enabled on their smartphones and tablets have an option of using Apple’s fingerprint identity sensor in order to sign in their accounts. According to Standard Bank, the feature is designed to make banking easier and safer for customers. “Our customers’ security is of the utmost importance to us," says Standard Bank mobile banking head...

  • Worried about being cheated on? The mCouple app could put your mind at ease

    Are you scared you're being cheated on? Then this new app might be just what you need. While most people rely on old-fashioned private investigators or sneakily looking at their spouse's phone to determine infidelity, mCouple reckons it's got a much more tech-savvy solution, which allows you to keep track of everything your partner does. The company's built an app designed to keep track of everything your partner does, from text messages to Facebook inbox texts and call history with exact time history on everything that was done on that day. It can also show you the GPS co-ordinates of...

  • App revenues on course to hit $99bn by 2019

    There's still money to be made in apps and not just from massive acquisitions either. According to mobile research house Juniper Research, annual revenues from apps accessed via smartphones and tablets are expected to reach US$99-billion by 2019. The majority of these revenues, the company says, will continue to come from games for the next five years. It adds however that the highest growth will likely be experienced in areas such as lifestyle applications (such as dating and navigation) and eBooks. Dating especially looks set to go big. Juniper's research shows that a significant proportion of online dating activity is...

  • Facebook introduces Analytics For Apps for cross device mobile analytics

    With 1. 39 billion users per month, Facebook is officially the most populous nation on earth. In the spirit of a country, as we already think of it as so, the company is building resources to meet the demands of its growing population. Much like a city does to address urbanisation, Facebook is bolstering every aspect of itself. Amongst the list of announcements Facebook has made at F8, is Analytics for Apps, a new tool for marketers that makes it possible for them to track people who are access their apps and website across multiple devices. The service is available...

  • New Santam app lets family, friends know you’re safe when you’re out on the road

    South African insurance provider Santam has released a new smartphone app. In and of itself, that's not particularly interesting (it's far from the first to do so). Some of the features on the app are however pretty innovative. Alongside the usual insurance stuff, which allows you to report, document and submit an accident or incident report directly to your insurer, there are a few additional features designed to make the process easier. You can, for instance, scan the barcode of your vehicle licence disc (and those of other vehicles involved), record audio statements, take and store incident photos, find...

  • Instagram launches Layout, its own photo collage app

    Instagram has launched a standalone app that allows users to combine multiple photos into a single image, dubbed Layout. Instagram described the app as fun, simple and it offers a new way for users to flex their creativity, allowing users to remix up to nine photos at a time. “From imagining mirrored landscapes to sharing multiple moments from an entire adventure, we’ve seen these kinds of visual storytelling happening on Instagram and we’re inspired by it. With Layout, it’s easier than ever to unlock your creativity — and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make next,” the company said...

  • Airline apps review: the best, the worst, and the one that makes you feel good

    There’s actually no reason whatsoever for anybody in this day and age to walk around with paper boarding passes. When airport companies came up with the bright idea of introducing self check-in kiosks it didn’t make the experience any easier either. Meanwhile most of those travelling by air are carrying smartphones these days. So why not invest in an app? It’s mostly been American airlines which have commissioned some incredible apps these last few years. Surprisingly it doesn't seem to be much of a priority for European or Gulf airlines. Instead of trying to save on leg room, they could...

  • Lyft raises $530m in funding, is now worth $2.5bn

    Ride hailing is almost sysnonymous with Uber, owing largely to its controversies and rapid expansion. But there are other major players in the space. One of those players, Lyft, the San Francisco based ride sharing service provider, and it has just raised US$530-million in its new funding round led by Rakuten. Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce giant, has contributed $300 million of the Series E round. This sees Rakuten acquiring 11. 9 % stake in Lyft. “We have seen the future and this is it. By empowering human connection, the sharing economy is going to fundamentally transform the service industry...

  • Facebook adds new feature for suicide prevention

    On 25 February 2015, Facebook began rolling out a feature update that would aid suicide prevention. The effort was announced at the fifth annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The news first broke on the University of Washington website. The tool will allow users to flag concerning content on Facebook and notify it easily. Every now and then users see ‘I cannot take it anymore’, ‘Everything is just too much’ status updates and do not know what to do about it, but now if you spot amongst your friends a status update that is...

  • Product Ads by Facebook will automatically show business products that you want to see

    Facebook has your data and it is going to use it. With its new service, Product Ads, the company is trying to simplify how businesses display ads. Product Ads is aimed at businesses that sell more than one product. Instead of displaying all the products to every customer, Facebook will help them display products to a particular user, ending the wild goose hunt for buyers, going direct by using the users’ interest and activity. All your likes, cookies, ad clicks, shares will be used to execute the service. In the blog post announcing the service, the company says, “With product...

  • South Africa’s app economy is about more than just fun and games

    When cellphones were first introduced to South Africa twenty years ago, the focus was almost entirely on the networks themselves. There were huge debates over rates, coverage, signal strength and benefits. It didn’t take long for the networks to become little more than tiny logos in the top right hand corner of the actual device. The quality gap between phones began to widen and consumer attention shifted towards the hardware itself. The ability to take and send grainy photographs or pixelated birthday messages was nothing short of revolutionary to us, not to mention the new trend of being able...