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All posts tagged "iOS"

  • Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more

    A while ago Dropbox and Microsoft formed a partnership to bolster cross-platform integration, and now this relationships is beginning to bear fruit. In a Dropbox iOS update, the company has added new features, including the likes of file commenting and recent tabs. The commenting feature allows users to add comments on files via the Dropbox website. Users can gather feedback or respond to discussions even when on the go. This social media like feature is taken a step further by introducing notifications: “If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the...

  • Apple is dropping iPhoto, Aperture for cleaner Photos app

    Since 2007, when first introduced, the iPhone has taken the art of taking photos out of the hands of niche photographers and into the mainstream, where everything from selfies to citizen reporting now fit in the palm of your hands. However cute that sentiment may be, Apple's official iPhoto application started feeling outdated after 13 odd years of updates. This is why Apple went back to the drawing board and is now introducing Photos. So what does dropping an "i" and adding an "s" really mean for Apple's photographers? As the name change suggests, the app looks a lot cleaner. For...

  • Rise of the Android: 1 billion devices shipped in 2014

    Globally, the shipping of mobile phones has passed the one billion mark for annual shipments with 1. 28 billion devices in total passion from OEMs to retailers and carries for sale, in which, Android smartphones have continued to dominate, accounting for more than one billion handsets. That's according to the latest figures from research firm Strategy Analytics. This is for the first time that any platform has surpassed the one billion mark for shipments, claiming in the process 81 percent of the whole market. Things were not so rosy for Apple, which accounted for 15% of the market in 2014,...

  • Memeburn’s 3-minute look at the updated Google Translate app [video]

    A few days ago Google gave Google Translate an impressive update. Before the update, the online service was great for translating text which is handy from time-to-time. Now, after the update, all that impressiveness looks very basic. The new Google Translate is able to translate between 90 languages, take a picture from your phone camera and translate it directly into any language, translate offline while traveling, save your translations and access from any device. Some of the notable languages include Sesotho, Igbo, Yoruba, Swahili, Chinese, Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati amongst many, many others. To test some of these languages out, we...

  • App Annie December 2014 data shows rise in security and selfie apps

    App Annie, the intelligence company and analyst firm, has released data on what apps people downloaded in December 2014. Interestingly, apps in two categories at seemingly opposite ends of the privacy spectrum -- security and selfie apps -- came out tops. Dubsmash, an app by Mobile Motion, topped iOS charts with strong downloads. Dubsmash allows users to select a well-known song or a quote from popular celebrities and then record themselves singing that song in their words. During the December holidays, App Annie has revealed, Christmas songs were the most popular as dubbed playbacks were often used as Christmas...

  • Smartphones now make up 75% of mobiles sold in Gulf States

    International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, has released new research that reveals that shipments of 4G LTE handsets to countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have increased by a staggering 400%. Increasing by more than four times over the last year. The research was conducted by IDC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which provides a unique insight into the forces shaping the handset and smartphone markets in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. IDC’s market intelligence firms Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker shows that smartphones...

  • Google Play gained more new apps than Apple’s app store in 2014

    A new report by appFigures, an analytics service that monitors data from the thousands of apps that use its platform, claims that Google's Play store grew by more than 50% last year, beating out the iOS app store for the first time as it did so. The report looked at Google Play, the iOS App Store and Amazon’s app store and reported that all three had major growth but Google Play's was the most significant. Google Play ended the year with more than 1.43 million apps compared with 1.21 million on iOS. Amazon, although a distant third, grew its...

  • Apple to increase iOS app prices

    Apple is increasing billings on its app store. The Cupertino-based giant revealed that “prices on the App Store will increase for all territories in the European Union as well as in Canada and Norway, decrease in Iceland, and change in Russia. These changes are being made to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) rates and foreign exchange rates.” The move by Apple is a response to the pan-EU policy which requires the company to deduct VAT based on its rates at the customer’s location, rather than the company’s. Until now, the European policy had affected only the developers’ margins...

  • Mozilla Firefox might be coming to an iPhone near you

    It looks like Mozilla is planning on bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS. If current mobile and browser stats are anything to go by, this would be a smart move if the fiery fox is to dig itself out of a hole in terms of gaining market share. Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk said that “We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS." According to TechCrunch, Blakk was quoting Mozilla’s VP for Firefox Jonathan Nightingale. Mozilla Firefox is currently available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. iPhone and iPad users are...

  • Twitter can now identify apps users have downloaded for targeted advertising

    In an effort to gather as much information about its users' habits for more relevant advertising, Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone. The company released an announcement on its website and this is said to begin with the new version of its iPhone app which rolled out yesterday. A new Android version will roll out sometime next week. Twitter says it will alert users of its new data policy via an in -pp notification before it starts collecting any personal information. It also stresses that it is only collecting the list of applications users have installed...

  • Wirelurker virus discovered, ‘heralds new era’ for Apple software attacks

    Reports of a new trojan-like malware being pushed around could spell real danger for Apple users, both mobile and desktop. The so-called Wirelurker has just recently been discovered by researchers from Palo Alto Networks -- a US-based network security company. The company notes that its findings are based on over six months worth of research. "We believe that this malware family heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms," researcher Claud Xiao from Palto Alto writes. Apple software is known to be extremely secure. iOS, for instance, was ranked as the most secure mobile platform earlier...

  • Microsoft wants you to creep celebs with its new iPhone app

    Whether you like it or not, celebrities are a big thing. People love knowing popular personalities' every move. To leverage this very creepy human condition of ours, Microsoft has decided it fit to release a celebrity-tracking app called Snipp3t for iOS. Snipp3t is not really tracking in the sense that celebrities are being tracked via GPS. It's essentially a news aggregator slash organisor at its core. Over 100 000 big Hollywood names are given a profile of which the user can choose their favourites. Mentions of these celebrities around the web (or Bing) are then curated into one app...

  • Flappy Bird: how a crazy difficult game by an indie developer went viral

    It's seen more than 10-million downloads on Google Play and is currently the top free game in Apple's App Store in 85 countries. Reviewers say "it consumes you", warn procrastinators to stay away and suggest its developer should rename the game 'Time Vampire'. Searches for cheats and tips are currently lighting up Google, as new users struggle to beat their high score. The game causing all this commotion is called Flappy Bird, and it's the brain child of a single Vietnamese developer who has never had a hit before. Flappy Bird, which was created by the one-man studio .GEARS, seems...

  • Meet Crowdynews: the social media news wire every journo should use

    Twitter frequently works as a kind of alarm bell for journalists. Many reporters, for example, follow hashtags like #disaster or #breaking, and receive tweets about an earthquake, a plane crash or riots in a certain city. These tweets mean it can be easier for them to be on a story as it breaks. Additionally, most newspapers and media outlets are already crowdsourcing, that is, using content from the public. That for example is what's happening when they ask the public to submit photographs or story ideas. The Guardian even has an app for that: the Guardian eyewitness app, currently available...

  • 6 creepy but cool games for iOS and Android

    Flesh-eating walking dead, Cthulhu, creepy ghosts and annoying demons: that’s how we roll on Halloween. We’ve rounded up some of the must-have mobile games that will hopefully fulfil your need to be scared or horrified this month. The Eyes: The Horror Game “Experience fear and the deep horrifying atmosphere” that is The Eyes. The game seems to have taken inspiration from the popular PC title Slender Man and lets players search an old mansion for money in first-person mode. As you’d expect, you’ll encounter various puzzles, creepy things and all kinds of evil. Read more on Gearburn.