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


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…)

Top 5: Valentine’s Apps to pretend that you care about Valentine’s Day

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments


Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love and what better way to make the day memorable that capturing those special moments. Or you realise that it’s just a capitalist scam that’ll force you to spend a bucket load of money in order to keep your other half happy.

Here are the best apps out there to do both mentioned above without breaking a sweat. (more…)

It’s a new dawn: Microsoft acquires Sunrise

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, No Comments


Seeking to re-assert itself as the kingpin of productivity, February 11th saw Microsoft officially confirm its acquisition of mobile calendering startup Sunrise.

The news was first broken by TechCrunch on February 4th, where it was rumoured that Microsoft had allegedly acquired the vendor behind one of the most popular calendering services on the mobile front. A week later, Microsoft has now publicly confirmed that it has spent over US$100 million to acquire Sunrise. (more…)

Katy Perry to get mobile game a la Kim Kardashian

Published by on Feb 5th, 2015, No Comments

Katy Perry

Celebrities are always looking for more ways to make a ton of money. Whether it’s fragrances, couture or even mobile games and apps – they can’t resist plastering their face on almost everything.

And now it looks like pop princess Katy Perry is set to follow in the footsteps of another famous celebrity by getting her own mobile game.

Just like reality star Kim Kardashian, Katy will launch her own mobile game that will feature her voice and most likely a character of herself.

According to a press release released yesterday, Katy Perry’s game looks set to have a similar premise to that of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, where players will have to climb a metaphorical ladder and build a career to gain success and reach the top:

“…(sic)[the game will] introduce players to a digital playground of global success and talent” a portion of the press release read.  (more…)

Report: Google working on ride-sharing app and Uber wants to build self-driving cars

Published by on Feb 4th, 2015, No Comments


Over the past year, there has been in immense rise in two fields of auto technologies: taxi and ride-sharing apps and the research and development of self-driving cars. The two head honchos of these two fields are, of course, Uber and Google – and  now it seems as though these two tech giants may go head-to-head with competing apps on both ends of the sphere.

While Google has made the most headlines with their autonomous vehicle initiative, Uber has just announced that they are moving into that very same field.

The company announced yesterday that they are partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to create a ‘Uber advanced Technologies Centre’ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This centre will be aimed at researching (and possibly developing) autonomous vehicles as well as other vehicle safety technologies.

“The partnership will provide a forum for Uber technology leaders to work closely with [Carnegie Mellon University] faculty, staff, and students — both on campus and at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) — to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology,” they said in a blog post on their website.

There is also a formal event for the research centre scheduled to take place within the next few weeks.  (more…)

Check out these cool Apple Watch app concepts

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2015, No Comments

Apple WatchApple is likely to release the long awaited Apple Watch in April this year. There has been a lot of speculation around how the watch will integrate into the iOS system. We still need to find out how the watch will perform battery wise and if it will only be another gimmick watch (as many of them seem to be these days).

A big question will be how Apple integrates 3rd part apps on the Apple Watch and how the app designers design them. Traditionally companies do a good job with their own integrated apps but either do not support or have crappy 3rd party apps avaiable on the watch platform. Well a few talented designers have given their input into 3rd party app design. (more…)

Vine launches VineKids

Published by on Feb 2nd, 2015, 1 Comment


There is no denying that Vine’s 6-second, looping videos are really popular. With an estimated user-base of 40 million, these little videos have a substantial market share in the social media landmark.

Vine has also catapulted many a internet star to fame – so much so that they are now being called ‘Vine artists’ – and the 6-second video format has become a go-to platform for internet bloggers, artists, performers and pranksters.

Of course the ‘funny’ Vines are without a doubt the most popular on the platform, closely followed by ‘prank’ Vines and extreme stunts. While this is all good and well and sometimes really impressive, sometimes a certain viral Vine can be a little NSFW and PG13.

Considering the fact that a large portion of Vine’s user-base are pre-teen teeny-boppers and kids under 10, as a parent, you might be concerned as to what exactly it is that your child is watching on the platform – albeit only 6-seconds long.

Vine, obviously concerned with the same matter, has decided to give kids’ the entertainment they want, all while giving parents peace of mind with the launch of the new VineKids app.  (more…)