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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…)

This app makes emojis of your face

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

Imoji

Are you getting a bit bored with the standard emoji options? Would you like to express yourself in a more personal way – especially when it comes to emojis? Then this app is definitely for you.

Imoji is an iPhone app that allows you get a little more personal when it comes to sending emojis. In a nutshell, this app will allow you to create emoji’s (or stickers) of almost anything you want.

You simply crop photos – whether it’s a selfie or a picture of your cat – and then, the app turns them into stickers. You can then send these stickers to your friends via iMessage.  (more…)

Turn any Android device into a PC gamepad (video)

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, No Comments

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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…)

Is there a Facebook, Uber partnership looming?

Published by on Jul 25th, 2014, No Comments

Uber

If recent reports are to be believed then we might see a new, powerful partnership between Facebook and Uber in the near future.

According to a report by Re/code, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg,  reportedly had a meeting with Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick about a possible partnership between the two mega companies that would reap a lot of benefits for both.

Apparently, the two discussed the possibility of integration the Uber service into Facebook’s Messenger app. This would then essentially mean that you would be able to order an Uber while you are talking to your friends on Messenger.

We already know that Facebook is very interested in turning their messenger app into something more than just (another) messaging/communication tool. And it seems that they are looking into e-commerce to expand the horizons of Messenger. (more…)

LokLok Review: No more boring lock screens

Published by on Jul 24th, 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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Yo, the world’s simplest app, receives further funding

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

Yo

A few weeks ago, we reported on what we thought could possibly be the world’s simplest app. Yo, the single-function app basically does exactly what it’s name suggests; it let’s you say ‘yo’ to your friends.

And while the app was considered rather strange by many critics and tech journalists, Yo has just gone and given the finger to all it’s naysayers after it received a second round of funding – to the tune of $1.5 million.

Betaworks, a seed-stage VP firm that is based in New York City is one of the investors along with Mashable founder and CEO, Pete Cashmore.

But just what is it about Yo that makes people want to invest large amounts of money into it? (more…)

Facebook to add “Buy” button to your newsfeed

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

Facebook-buy2Facebook will be taking “liking” to a whole new level by introducing the “Buy” button on their users’ news feeds. This particular function is set to make its debut on Thursday this week and will test the self control of many an online shopper.

Facebook has made several attempts at cracking into the ecommerce industry over the last couple of years. It tried the collections-feature (Pinterest-style) with buy buttons linking you to the site back in 2012. Last year Facebook introduced the Donate Button through which users could make on-site payments to charities. More recently they unveiled the auto-fill with Facebook feature that automatically enters your payment details when you’re making a purchase in a third-party ecommerce app. (more…)

Snapchat planning mobile payment service

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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Applications are a dime a dozen these days, especially social networking apps. While Snapchat it a massively successful one, they still have to turn a profit, right?

At this point in time Snapchat isn’t profitable, but it may plan to make money in the way WeChat is doing in China. Snapchat may be looking to monetize by launching a mobile payment service, according to trademarks filed earlier this week. (more…)

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