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Mom develops app so son can’t ignore her text messages

Published by on Aug 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

Ignore No More

Teenagers; they are constantly in their own world and are only interested in texting their friends – definitely not their parents.

And for one Texas mom this was not going to fly. She got so fed up with her teenage son not replying to her text messages or phone calls, that she decided to fight fire with fire – by developing an app that would force him to reply.

Ignore No More is an app that allows parents to block their kids’ phones remotely, even when they are not in the house.

The app essentially disables the child’s phone – that is until he or she decides to reply to mom or dad. It blocks them from texting or calling anyone else (or even use the internet) except contacts listed on an emergency number list or emergency responders like the police or paramedics.

To unblock their phone, they will be forced to call their parents to receive a passcode to disable the block.  (more…)

LokLok Review: No more boring lock screens

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, No Comments

Imagine having a shared lock screen with friends where you can draw on your lock screen and it shows up on theirs. LokLok is a new application that does just that. We are all so used to the social media  apps out there like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but LokLok is a fresh a addition to communicating with close friends and loved ones.

The concept of it is, you connect and add friends found on Facebook or via their Email address, and once connected with each other you now share a lock screen where you can leave messages, drawings and even photos.
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Turn any Android device into a PC gamepad (video)

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, 1 Comment

gamplay

Playing something like a platformer on a PC can be quite cumbersome with a keyboard and mouse, and Ideum believe they have the answer. It has created an Android app called GestureWorks Gameplay which is used as a virtual controller, letting you use your phone or tablet to steer the action instead of either a real gamepad or on-screen buttons. (more…)

Uber accused of booking thousands of fake rides to undermine rival Lyft

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, No Comments

lyft_bypasses_uberUber is one of, if not the hottest start-up company born within the last few years. But even a successful company like Uber could fall to playing some dirty tricks on market competitors. The private taxi service has once again been accused of interfering in the business of their competitors. The accusations come in the form of booking rides with rival companies through their apps and then cancelling them at the last minute. This tactic is known as “phantom requests”, and Uber has allegedly booked and cancelled 5,560 rides with rival Lyft since October last year. (more…)

Welcome to Windows Phone: Uber and Fitbit arrive

Published by on Aug 12th, 2014, 1 Comment

fitbit

As we reported yesterday, more developers are coming on board to bring the biggest apps to Windows Phone. Now there are two more additions to make your life easier on your Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 device.

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Flappy Bird is back – and he brought his family

Published by on Aug 4th, 2014, No Comments

Flappy Bird Family

We are all pretty familiar with the Flappy Bird spectacle. After becoming an overnight hit and then subsequently being pulled form app stores after it’s creator had a bit of a meltdown – no one can say there hasn’t been drama with Flappy Bird.

And now, after months of speculation and waiting, Flappy Bird has finally returned and this time around he brought some of his family members.

Flappy Birds Family is the latest version of the addictive game to come from it’s developer, Dong Nguyen. However, there is a catch – Flappy Birds Family is not available to everyone. In actual fact, it’s only available to a very select group of people; namely those who own a Amazon Fire TV.

For reasons that are not yet known, Flappy Birds Family is only available to download on Amazon’s Android app store and only works with Amazon’s Fire TV. According to The Verge, the app won’t even work on an Android phone.  (more…)

Shazam now available for Mac

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

Shazam for Mac

Popular music recognition app, Shazam, is now (finally) available as a desktop app for your Mac. This means that you can now enjoy all the functionality of Shazam without having to use your phone.

The app was officially released today and is free to download on the Mac App Store. Windows users are not that lucky I’m afraid, as the app is only available for Mac – or at least for now that is. According to Shazam’s chief product officer, Daniel Danker, other desktop versions could ‘potentially’ come to Windows sometime in the future.

But, nevertheless, Mac users can look forward to a smashing Shazam experience on desktop that will no doubt be equally as enjoyable as the mobile app.

Much like mobile app, Shazam for Mac runs inconspicuously in the background of your computer. It will then automatically recognize any song that is played on – or even near – your computer.  (more…)

Report: Apple acquires talk radio app, Swell

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

Swell app

Apple seems to be continuing their recent shopping spree and is reportedly closing the deal on acquiring talk-radio app, Swell for a cool $30 million.

According to a report by Re/code, the talks between Apple and Swell are nearing an end and the official acquisition will go through soon.

Swell, which has been described by many as a ‘Pandora for talk radio’, is essentially a podcast app that you can tailor to your personal needs. The app claims to learn the listening habits of the user and then makes suggestions based on previous content.

Swell will the start building a personalized radio service just for you, so you can listen to the thing that interest you most. However, should you not want to listen to a specific podcast Swell chose for you, you can easily move on by simply swiping it away.

Swell is mostly designed for listening in your car.  (more…)

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