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First 24 Apple Watch apps revealed

Published by on Mar 27th, 2015, No Comments

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Nearly two weeks before Apple opens pre-orders – and a month prior to general release – reports indicate that the first 24 Apple Watch apps have been approved by Apple’s App Store team.

Interestingly, all of the Apple Watch apps in question will arrive as updates to their iOS counterparts (New functionality present in a future iOS Twitter update, for example) – and will primarily bring new functions to the Apple Watch as a companion/utility device next to the iPhone.

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Facebook unveils massive Messenger update

Published by on Mar 26th, 2015, No Comments

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Nearly one year ago, Facebook made perhaps one of its most controversial moves to date: the social network forced its users to download and use the new Messenger app (a companion to the main Facebook app) to continue sending and receiving private correspondence on a mobile device.

Yesterday, at the company’s own F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, Facebook made it clear as to why this was the case: Messenger will now tightly monitor a user’s web presence – much like Google Now does – as well integrate with third party apps. Dubbed the Messenger Platform, Facebook intends on providing every Facebook user with a ubiquitous platform through which they can navigate using the internet.

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Updated iOS Nokia HERE navigation app available on iTunes

Published by on Mar 13th, 2015, 2 Comments

Nokia HereApple released Apple Maps back in 2012 and to be honest, as an Apple user I have never used it. All my navigation is done through Google Maps and the reason is obvious. Apple Maps had a disastrous debut and hasn’t really recovered since then.

I know there has been a lot of advances made with Apple Maps but still most iOS users prefer to use a different navigation application. Apart from Google Maps there are other options, and the best is Nokia’s HERE Maps. The updated HERE application is now available for iOS on iTunes. (more…)

Uber wants to create 1 million jobs for women drivers by 2020

Published by on Mar 11th, 2015, No Comments

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UN Women and Uber are launching a partnership to work together around the world toward a shared vision of equality and women’s empowerment.

They intend to invest in long-term programs in local communities where we all live and work, as Uber commits to creating 1,000,000 jobs for women globally on the Uber platform by 2020. See some success stories of women driving with Uber in the video below: (more…)

Apple’s new ResearchKit is designed to further medical research

Published by on Mar 10th, 2015, No Comments

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At Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ event yesterday, the company announced that they are taking a step in an all new direction, one that they haven’t been involved in yet – medical research.

While Apple has had their fingers in almost every pie over the last few years, the medical field is something they have only briefly touched on with last year’s launch of HealthKit. Yesterday, however, the tech giant revealed plans to help medical researchers find so-called ‘test subjects’ easier – thus helping the medical world to do their research more efficiently.

ResearchKit is an all new software platform that is aimed at helping medical institutions do more thorough research by collecting medical data from iPhone users.

The platform integrates with Apple’s existing HealthKit tool to essentially turn your iPhone into a tool that will provide medical researchers with informative diagnostics.  (more…)

Top 5: Free Android Antivirus Apps

Published by on Mar 10th, 2015, No Comments

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Many people don’t care about security and viruses hitting their beloved smartphone, because they reckon they can simply factory reset the device and all will be well. That is not always the case, though, and there are masses of malicious software out there that can find a home in your phone.

We think security on your phone is important, and to that end, here are our picks for the top free antivirus applications on Android. (more…)

Facebook developing virtual reality versions of their apps

Published by on Feb 19th, 2015, No Comments

Facebook_VRVirtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) seems to be the latest tech trend these days. From crazy headgear like the Oculus Rift to the “do-it-yourself” Google Cardboard VR. To support these viewing technologies you have to have the software side come to the party as well.

Facebook is currently developing VR versions of their apps. Speaking at Recode‘s Code Media conference in Dana Point, CA, Chris Cox, the company’s head of product, Facebook’d VR app versions are well on its way, but shouldn’t be expected to see the light of day very soon. (more…)

Uber India releases in-app panic button

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Uber always seems to be embroiled in some sort of controversy. Whether it’s illegal drivers or questionable investors – it seems that wherever Uber goes, controversy is sure to follow.

Last year, the multi-billion dollar taxi company found themselves in some serious hot water in India, when a woman accused an Uber driver of abducting and raping her. Now naturally, these are super serious allegations and one that should definitely not be taken lightly.

And clearly Uber didn’t. The company is now stepping up their security measures by introducing an in-app panic (or SOS) button that will alert local authorities when an emergency arises while you are on your Uber trip.  (more…)

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