Opera Max launches with free data compression

Published by on May 27th, 2015, No Comments


Opera Software, the company that brought us Opera Mini, Africa’s most popular mobile browser, has today launched the new Opera Max. Opera Max compresses all data sent through Android smartphones with world leading image and video compression technology, so users can get the most from their data plans.

Originally launched in Africa with Samsung, the app has seen huge popularity, with Nigeria being home to the most Maxers globally to date. Now launching in 135 countries around the world, it is available free for all Android users via Google Play. (more…)

Apple Maps to receive innovative iOS9 update

Published by on May 25th, 2015, No Comments

Apple MapsApple Maps has been the butt of many a navigation app joke and rightly so. The original mapping service failed quite spectacularly when it was first launched in 2012, navigating people into the sea or to other continents entirely. Apple has since been trying to fix the troubled app and build up its reputation as a reliable mapping service.

Now however it seems as though Apple Maps might just be back in the running. Come WWDC (Apple’s developer’s conference), the navigation app could finally receive an update that gives city-dwellers another reason to take the app for a spin: transit navigation. (more…)

Google releases free I/O 2015 app

Published by on May 21st, 2015, No Comments

IO-2015-AppNext week sees Google hosting their annual developers’ conference with the keynote presentation kicking off events. News and rumors have slowly been building in anticipation of the conference where it’s likely we’ll be seeing high-profile releases at the conference – such as of Android M and other cool and innovative launches.

Many people will be tuning into the goings-on of the I/O event. Whether you are lucky enough to be there or following events on line, Google has released their official Google I/O 2015 app to keep you in the loop. (more…)

New Microsoft Office for Android (phones) preview app now available

Published by on May 20th, 2015, 2 Comments

Office-for-Android-640x358As part of Microsoft’s overhaul of just about everything, Android phone users will shortly have access to an improved Office experience. The update has been available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android tablets for a while now. In this initial release, Office for Android phones is only available as a beta, or preview, with three apps in the Google Play Store – Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (more…)

BitTorrent’s messaging app Bleep goes public

Published by on May 13th, 2015, No Comments


Oh, you didn’t know that BitTorrent created its own secure chat client? Don’t worry, neither did we.

While Bleep had only previously become available as a closed beta, now the news comes that the secure messaging client is moving from open alpha to a release aimed at the general Android and iOS owning public.

As you can imagine given BitTorrent’s roots, Bleep comes with peer-to-peer messaging. You are able to communicate without your friends being online, though, meaning that no servers are required. This, in theory at least, means that there is no threat of hacking. (more…)

Google adds pre-registration and alerts for Android apps

Published by on May 12th, 2015, No Comments


Starting with Glu’s Terminator Genisys: Revolution mobile game, you can now pre-register for apps from the Play store. Now developers can create some buzz before releasing an app by creating a placeholder page in the store where users can sign up and receive an alert on their phone when the app is actually released. (more…)

Uber bids to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping service

Published by on May 11th, 2015, No Comments

uberTo keep the snowballing business that is Uber going the company needs to be ever forward looking. To achieve this the ride sharing service looks to invest in all possible areas of the business, especially its mapping and GPS capabilities.

A report in the New York Times indicates that the company has taken a step forward in bidding to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping service… (more…)

Mango and Microsoft celebrate launch of app with R 1 flights

Published by on May 7th, 2015, 1 Comment


Low cost airline Mango this week launched its third app, this time for all devices operating Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. In celebration of the app launch, the airline has made Windows exclusive fares available from R 1 for a limited time.

Mango was the first African airline to offer a mobi-site and apps allowing bookings, payment and flight management on the go. The Mango app is available for download in all app stores for Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows 8.1 devices. (more…)