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Gmail to become all-encompassing email app?

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The application Google created for their Gmail service is already extremely simple and easy to use, and great at linking multiple Gmail accounts (especially on Android). With a new version of the app on the horizon, we weren’t quite sure what we could expect in terms of new functionality. (more…)

Skype launches Skype Qik: a disappearing video-message app

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

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With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two. 

Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app. 

Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.

Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service. 

The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users. 

Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the  video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature.  (more…)

Uber launches uberCHOPPER in Cape Town

Published by on Oct 10th, 2014, 3 Comments

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o celebrate Uber’s one year anniversary in Cape Town and the official start of the festive season, we are taking to the sky with uberCHOPPER, powered by Cape Town Helicopters. It is available from today, 10 October.

Uber is bringing you a chance to request a helicopter ride on-demand using the same seamless technology you have learned to love the last year in Cape Town. (more…)

Facebook working on an app for anonymity

Published by on Oct 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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According to recent reports, Facebook is reportedly a standalone app that will let its users interact and communicate under the cloak of anonymity. This would be a departure from Facebook’s usual mantra of connecting people, as real names and identities are of no consequence within the new app. (more…)

WhatsApp now officially belongs to Facebook

Published by on Oct 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Eight months after we initially heard that Facebook had acquired WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion, the deal has finally been approved by the various commissions involved in the US and Europe. In fact, the deal’s price tag has actually increased to $21.8 billion. (more…)

Facebook Messenger hack shows hidden mobile payments feature

Published by on Oct 6th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Facebook wants to be more than just your go-to social network and platform for talking to your friends. It seems that the social giant now also wants to be your preferred platform for sending money to your friends – well at least when they enable their newly unearthed mobile payments feature.

Andrew Aude is a computer science student from Stanford University who brought Facebook’s plans for mobile payment to light after he hacked the code of Facebook Messenger and discovered the new feature.

Aude, who posted screenshots and a video of the feature in action on Twitter, used Cycript – a iOS and Mac hacking tool – to enable the feature on his jailbroken iPhone.

As the screenshots and video show, the mobile payments feature allows you to send money to your friends in Messenger, just as you would send a photo or video.

Aude says the entire process is fairly simple. You simply tap a button to start the payment process, select the amount and hot send. Easy and fast – apparently. (more…)

Experience virtual reality with your iPad

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

airVROver the past couple of years the iPad has been adapted to perform various tasks which it was not originally designed for. Most of these adaptations were to be expected, for example using the iPad as a carry around powerpoint presentation, but others were less predictable. Enter AirVR, a kickstarter project from Toronto design firm Metatecture. The project aims to raise $20 000 in funding to create an affordable headset that will turn your boring iPad Mini or iPhone 6 Plus into a portable virtual reality viewer. (more…)

Checky – an app that tells you how many times you check your phone

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

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In our connected world, we are pretty much joined at the hip with our smartphones. If we’re not using it browse the web or send emails and messages, we’re constantly checking for social media notifications or updates.

Thus, it has become quite the habit of many of us to check our phones regularly – if not too regularly.

This is what Checky wants to make you aware of. The new app is designed to make you aware of exactly how often you check your phone everyday. And in turn, try to encourage you to cut down on the phone checking.

The app works very simply. It just tells you how many times you have checked your phone each day while also mapping out where and for what you’ve used your phone the most. It’s clear that the company behind the app, Calm.com, is trying to encourage you to put the phone down by giving you a visual representation of your annoying habit.  (more…)

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