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All posts tagged "iOS"

  • Facebook Creator app launches on iOS

    Facebook has taken a leaf out of YouTube's book and launched an app and website specifically geared towards "creators" (people who post videos to its platform). The app is essentially a rebrand of the celebrity app Facebook Mentions, which was promoted as a better way to build communities. In fact, users will only be able to find the new Facebook Creator in the App Store when searching "Facebook Mentions", despite the actual title having changed. The app is meant to make it easier for creators to post videos, go live, and connect with their communities. It offers exclusive features like adding intros and...

  • Crime reporting app Namola now available across South Africa

    South African crime response app Namola is now available to use across the country, the company and its partner Dialdirect announced Friday. The app, which was initially available in Tshwane, allows users to request police or emergency assistance by sharing acute details with officials, including current location, and the nature of the emergency from their devices. It has been dubbed the "Uber for police". "For genuine alerts, police, other emergency response and citizen responders are then dispatched and monitored," the company noted in a press release. According to Dialdirect's executive head Warwick Scott-Rodger, the app is a "smart compliment" to other police dispatcher...

  • Instagram wants you to reply to friends’ photos with their own photos

    Instagram is about to give its 700-million users another way to annoy one another through visual replies. According to a blog post, the Facebook-owned social network is tweaking its direct messaging system, allowing users to now "reply with a photo or video to specific photos, videos, and reshared posts". Previously, direct messaging on Instagram was a simple text-and-GIF based affair. The company has allowed users to reply to Instagram Stories using visual media since July 2017, but Instagram hopes the update to direct messaging will encourage more "visual communication" between friends. But here's the kicker. Instagram: you can now reply with a photo or...

  • VSCO gains video editing features, but there’s a premium catch

    Popular photo editing suite VSCO has long let users on iOS and Android edit their fancy photographs. But a new update finally lets users tinker with videos. "Although VSCO has long been home to storytelling through photography, we also recognise and celebrate different mediums of creative expression like DSCOs, design, poetry, and videography," the company writes on its blog. There is of course a catch. The video editing tools are only available on iOS for now, and only accessible to VSCO X members -- the app's premium membership tier. The subscription service also gives paying customers access to a bevy of additional...

  • These new Apple emoji will hit the iPhone before 2018

    In honour of World Emoji Day, Apple has announced a bunch of new emoji coming to its major operating systems before 2018 makes its presence felt. These operating systems include the iPhone and iPad's iOS, Apple Watch's watchOS and macOS, running on its laptops and workstations. "With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message," the Cupertino company notes in a press release. As for the new emoji, there are over 15 heading for users' devices, including a number of completely new icons. A breastfeeding emoji, a woman with headscarf...

  • Spree adds AI-powered image search to iOS app

    Online retailer Spree has today announced an app feature that allows users to find clothing items that are similar to uploaded images. Available now on the iOS app version, the retailer says it's the first in Africa to offer the feature that employs "the latest artificial intelligence technologies". The move, Spree explains, is a bid to remain ahead of disruptive trends in the retail industry. "Searching for items with photos and images saves consumers from having to type keyword combinations, which is especially challenging on mobile devices," Spree's head of customer experience Sven Schoof, explains. "In a world where words are commonly replaced...

  • The ultimate guide to building apps in 2017

    This article is, more than anything, about user experience. Whether it’s an app, a website or something in between, your mobile platform of choice represents an unprecedented opportunity for you to connect to your customers no matter where they are. Connection follows us everywhere we go and permeates every second of our day. However, earning your time and engagement with the millions of mobile users in the market today, means creating an experience that will add true value to the their lives. I’ve long believed that in order to extract value from your consumers you need to create value first. Engagement...

  • Apple bars apps from promoting their prices

    If you're looking to put your free product in the iOS App Store, you're going to have to settle for the simple "Get" button Apple uses to denote a free app. For the past month the company has been rejecting all apps that advertise their price -- or lack thereof -- in their titles, VentureBeat reports. Apps with names like "Extreme Sail Simulator FREE" or "FREE Daily Meditation" are often called that so when users search for "free" apps, they appear higher up in the results. But now the apps will have to rely on the pull of the products' names rather than their prices. While Apple...

  • Wikileaks reveals CIA malware for Android, iOS, Samsung TVs

    Whistleblowing organisation Wikileaks has published its latest cache of documents, revealing CIA malware that focuses on Android, iOS devices and smart TVs. Additionally, the documents also show that the CIA has its sights set on vehicle control systems. According to a summary by Wikileaks, Apple's mobile platform was a massive target for the agency. "Despite iPhone's minority share (14.5%) of the global smart phone market in 2016, a specialised unit in the CIA's Mobile Development Branch produces malware to infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads. CIA's arsenal includes numerous local and remote 'zero days' developed...

  • Skype’s new preview beta adds a touch of Snapchat

    Remember Skype? The video conferencing tool is a product we haven't covered in a while, and that's largely because its feature set hasn't changed radically since Microsoft bought it from eBay in 2011. But that's about to change, at least judging by this week's news. Skype's mobile app, available on Android and iOS, is set to receive a number of updates to bring it in line with the other instant messaging apps of this world. Skype Chat will now boast a "Find Panel" which will allow users to "easily find and share links, news, sports results, restaurants, the weather, videos and more...

  • Disable Facebook autoplay videos on all platforms: a how-to guide

    Few things are more annoying than runaway videos on your devices thanks to Facebook autoplay. You can be mindlessly scrolling through your timeline one minute, and the next, some rando in a chicken suit starts dancing on your screen. No one wants that. Thankfully, this system, along with audio accompaniment, is coming to mobile devices too! But did you know that you can switch off the Facebook autoplay system entirely? Absolutely. And here's how you can do just that on Desktop, Android, and iOS. Desktop On Facebook's desktop website, you'll need to navigate to the top right of the site's headline bar and click...

  • Dropbox Paper is for creatives with too many files

    Cloud storage service Dropbox is hoping to modify its company description slightly with its latest product. It's called Dropbox Paper, and it's effectively the company's Google Docs competitor. While, yes, it is yet another online office collaboration tool, the company's Todd Jackson claims that it's so much more than that. "More than a doc, Dropbox Paper is a flexible workspace that brings people and ideas together," he explains. "With Paper, teams can create, review, revise, manage, and organise -- all in shared documents." Google Docs, but for creatives? Largely based on the principle that one basket is good enough for all your office's creative...

  • Bidvest’s Snappdrive app will let you rent, drive its cars without keys

    South African car rental company Bidvest has announced the launch of its first keyless car rental service, Snappdrive. The app allows users to locate, gain access to, and even start Bidvest vehicles, negating the need for physical car keys. "Most often, car rental happens at the end of an arduous travel process," explains Bidvest CEO Paulette McGhee. "With Snappdrive, we eliminate any further hassle or waiting, with the traveller’s phone leading them straight to their waiting vehicle." Bidvest's Snappdrive eliminates the need for key collection or keys to start rental vehicles The company is also able to track its vehicles through the app system,...

  • Think twice before grabbing popular photo app Meitu

    Meitu, an app which allows users to gussy up their faces in an anime style, has quickly gone viral, but reports suggest that it represents a privacy threat. The app allows users to beautify their faces, delivering larger irises, smoother skin and a host of other changes. But several reports found that the app (especially the Android version), like many, requires a notable privacy trade-off. For starters, its Google Play Store listing reveals permissions such as location, running at startup, device and phone ID, and viewing WiFi connections. Not super crazy, but definitely concerning -- especially the ability to access your device/phone IDs...

  • Google’s Trusted Contacts is the app parents will love

    Once upon a time, you could keep track of your friends' and family's whereabouts using Google Plus. But that was the complicated past. Today, Google debuted a new Android app that aims to simplify keeping tabs on loved ones. Called Google Trusted Contacts, the app lets the most important people in your life request your location data from the app. If you fail to respond to the request, the app will automatically ping your loved one with your last recorded location. It's effectively Google's emergency location app. Trusted Contacts seems to pose a boat load of security problems. For one, your...