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  • Uber China to merge with Didi, creating $35bn business – report

    Uber's Chinese operations will merge with Chinese smart cab service Didi Chuxing, it has been reported. The deal will result in a company worth US$35-billion and also sees Uber China investors get 20% of Didi, Bloomberg claimed. However, Uber China will continue to operate as its own separate business for now. Didi will also invest US$1-billion in Uber China, the publication reports, citing "people familiar with the matter". "As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart," said Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, in a blog post obtained by Bloomberg. "I have no doubt that...

  • Businesses can now arrange Uber rides with UberCentral

    Uber has been making quite a few moves to cater for businesses, such as the ability to use company credit cards and the introduction of the Uber for Business platform. Now, the smart cab service has announced UberCentral, effectively being a dashboard that allows businesses to request, manage and pay for their customers' Uber rides. The service allows you to make and track multiple rides on one account, complete with billing/reporting in one place. Customers simply receive an SMS with their details, as well as a link to a map with live tracking. UberCentral allows patients to get to and from their appointments Uber...

  • Google Play Family Library is now a thing – but not in SA

    Apple's iTunes makes sharing purchases with loved ones rather easy, but Google-toting users can get in on the action now as well. The Google Play Family Library feature allows up to six family members to share purchases, the company announced in a blog post. "When you buy an eligible app, game, movie, TV show, or book in the Play Store, you can now share it with your family -- across devices -- with no additional sign-up fee," the company elaborated. Android devices have access to all shared content, while movies, TV shows and books can be shared via iOS devices and the web...

  • Apple still gets it first, but Prisma app gets Android port

    Android and iOS apps tend to get released at the same time these days, but there are still a few notable exceptions. Whether it's because there are fewer devices to target or a perception that Apple fans are more likely to pay for in-app purchases, the practice of releasing an app on iOS first is nothing new. One of these high-profile apps is Prisma, a popular photo tool that turns your snaps into works of art. It's been exclusively available on iPhones for a few weeks -- until now, that is. The team behind the arty app have released Prisma on Android, allowing the...

  • Snapchat acquires 3D photo app Seene, expect 3D selfies

    Snapchat is growing at a stellar rate, having surpassed Twitter in user numbers according to a new report, for one. Now, TechCrunch reports that Snapchat has stealthily bought 3D photo startup Seene. Seene's work involves capturing 3D models with a simple smartphone camera - no specialised hardware needed at all. This approach is a different one to the likes of Microsoft's Kinect and Google's Project Tango, which requires infrared cameras and/or multiple cameras. What does Seene do? In fact, Seene has an Android and iOS app out for a while now (the former chalking up between 100 000 and 500 000 downloads), giving users the ability to create 3D selfies, 3D...

  • 7 niche dating apps for Android & iOS that actually exist

    Many people are familiar with the likes of Tinder and OkCupid, but what if your needs are more specific than a mere dating/hookup app? Fortunately, there are quite a few alternative and niche apps around, whether you're into the BDSM scene, cannabis, threesomes or more. 3nder (free - iOS) Always wanted to try a threesome but not sure how to find willing partners? Then consider trying 3nder, branded as Tinder for threesomes. Anyway, the app is available for couples and singles, while passcode and fingerprint authentication is supported to keep nosey people out of the app. 3nder also supports photos and group chats, naturally. In...

  • Norway’s consumer council reads app terms in live-stream

    Norway's consumer watchdog has decided to protest lengthy app terms and conditions by reading these policies out in a live-stream. The live-stream, which has been going on for almost two hours as of publication, will see policies for 33 apps being read as part of an #appfail campaign. The figure represents the average number of apps installed on a Norwegian's phone, the Norwegian Consumer Council explained in a press statement. The council said that to use apps you often have to waive your "fundamental" privacy, accept that the app will track you when it's not being used and that your personally identifiable data can be resold....

  • Preserving Botswana’s history via apps? It’s happening

    A new initiative aims to preserve Botswana's history in a series of mobile apps. The Heritage Series of apps, by Botswana's own Intellegere Media, delivers an app for each major tribe in the country, telling their story and charting their history. Itumeleng Garebatshabe, Intellegere Holdings founder and CEO, explains in a statement that acquiring digital information is a cornerstone of the project: The idea began in 2012 when we launched the Project 120 which was aimed at creating mobile applications which were fully focused on Botswana. The idea was to preserve our culture through mobile apps, first; for the future generations to know their history...

  • Shocker! Instagram delivers updated Windows 10 app

    In a rather welcome surprise, Instagram has updated the Windows 10 Mobile version of their app. The update brings the same UI and much-maligned logo seen on the Android and iOS versions. "We have a new look! Our updated icon stays true to the camera and rainbow. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app," the Facebook-owned company noted in the app description. The news is rather welcome and points to Windows 10 Mobile actually getting some love from Instagram. After all, the previous Instagram app for Windows Phone often languished for months...

  • Here’s why Apple spent $1-billion on Chinese cab service Didi

    Apple has made headlines this morning after it announced a US$1-billion investment in smart cab service Didi. The investment thus pits Apple directly against current cab king Uber in China, with the latter being backed by Google and Chinese web giant Baidu. Aside from Apple, Didi already has heavyweight backing in the form of Tencent and Alibaba. Why would Apple invest in the service though? Well, aside from the expected financial return, the Cupertino firm's explanation was a tad vague... A focus on services instead? "We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the...

  • Viking Horde is the latest malware on Google Play

    App stores aren't immune to malware by any means, and now it's Google's turn to experience some nastiness. The latest malware, dubbed Viking Horde, creates a botnet to carry out ad fraud, effectively using proxied IP addresses to conduct ad clicks. In turn, this provides revenue for the attacker, Check Point Research explained in a press statement. The botnet affects rooted and non-rooted devices alike. Check Point added that at least five cases of Viking Horde have passed through Google Play scans undetected so far. In fact, the most popular instance of Viking Horde stems from a game, dubbed Viking Jump, which...

  • WhatsApp finally releases proper desktop app

    Whatsapp has dabbled in desktop waters before, but now, the world's most popular mobile instant messenger seems to be going all-in. Yes, after years of user requests, the Facebook-owned company has finally launched a proper desktop app for Windows and Mac computers. It's not the first time that WhatsApp has brought the platform to desktop, launching the WhatsApp Web service last year. This earlier browser-based service used a QR code system to mirror your phone's WhatsApp data. The desktop app works in a similar way, effectively mirroring your phone's WhatsApp messages, chats and contacts. In other words, it's not a standalone offering as...

  • Chariot for Women, an Uber-like service for women launches this month

    Uber trips can be rather hair-raising for women if recent news reports are anything to go by. So it's rather refreshing to see one app rising to the challenge, called Chariot for Women. Marketed as a smart cab service for women only, the US app is the brainchild of former Uber driver Michael Pelletz and offers a number of standout features. For one, the service makes use of female cab drivers, but only children under the age of 13 and women are allowed as passengers. The service also utilises an in-app system to ensure passenger safety. "When the passenger requests a ride, a safe word...

  • 10 of Africa’s most innovative apps of 2015 you should know about

    Pan-African competition AppsAfrica has concluded earlier this week, announcing the continent's ten most innovative mobile applications of 2015. With entries stretching from Nigeria to Togo and South Africa, the awards recognised a variety of platforms, that include live video and radio streaming to e-readers and many more. "Our mission is always to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa," AppsAfrica wrote in a blogpost. "We had diverse entries from 21 countries and both the finalists and winners are a testament to how technology is being used to disrupt business models, empower people and drive...

  • Google Now lets you dictate WhatsApp, WeChat messages on the go

    Google has introduced an new feature to Google Now that makes it easier to send an instant message without actually having to type them on your mobile. Since released in 2012, the intelligent mobile assistant has been excellent at aggregating relevant content. Though it has been lacking in other areas. Sending quick emails, using Hangouts or text messages have not been very intuitive nor user friendly. The latest update of the Siri and Cortana contender allows users to dictate and send messages through multiple third party messaging apps. For now these include WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. Read more: Google revamps...