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China now has special sidewalk lanes for those using cellphones

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, 1 Comment

Cellphone lanes China

The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.

So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.

On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”

Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not  be such a bad idea at all.  (more…)

Mom develops app so son can’t ignore her text messages

Published by on Aug 21st, 2014, 3 Comments

Ignore No More

Teenagers; they are constantly in their own world and are only interested in texting their friends – definitely not their parents.

And for one Texas mom this was not going to fly. She got so fed up with her teenage son not replying to her text messages or phone calls, that she decided to fight fire with fire – by developing an app that would force him to reply.

Ignore No More is an app that allows parents to block their kids’ phones remotely, even when they are not in the house.

The app essentially disables the child’s phone – that is until he or she decides to reply to mom or dad. It blocks them from texting or calling anyone else (or even use the internet) except contacts listed on an emergency number list or emergency responders like the police or paramedics.

To unblock their phone, they will be forced to call their parents to receive a passcode to disable the block.  (more…)

Intel’s Pocket Avatars: Chat app that uses cartoons to mimic your face

Published by on Jul 14th, 2014, No Comments

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We would usually associate Intel with processing chips and other PC parts, not software and applications. That may be the case, but they recently released a social app for Android and iOS called Pocket Avatars.

On the surface the app doesn’t offer anything different to the hordes of other social apps out there, but it does actually have an interesting feature. With some software wizardry, the mobile app will relay your facial expressions through a cartoon avatar of your choosing.

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Facebook explains why it experimented with users’ feelings

Published by on Jul 1st, 2014, No Comments

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We were all quite bemused as to the reasons Facebook would artificially change their users’ news feeds, as we reported yesterday, as was most of the world. Why exactly did the company feel the need to experiment with your emotions? One of the co-authors of the study, Adam Kramer, has come out to explain.

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Could this be the simplest app in the world?

Published by on Jun 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

YO APP

We know there are thousands upon thousands of apps out there, and a good few of them are really very simple. However, this app could quite possibly be one of the simplest apps we’ve ever come across.

It even has a simple name; Yo. And much like it’s name suggests, all it allows you to do, is say ‘yo’ to your friends via push notifications.

You don’t have to sign in with an email address or via Facebook, either. You simply choose a username, invite your contacts to Yo and then, by the tap of a button, you can ‘Yo’ them.

However, should you want to step it up a notch, you can double tap the button to send your friends a ‘Yo Yo’ instead of just, well, a ‘Yo’.

An app like this surely has some kind of backstory? For sure.  (more…)

Twitter now supports GIFs in tweets

Published by on Jun 19th, 2014, No Comments

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Twitter certainly took their time to include one of the most asked for features to their social streams. The GIF support argument has been raging for years with users not understanding why Twitter simply don’t allow them to function properly.

The feature is now available on the web, iOS and Android. You’ll be able to watch a GIF in your timeline by clicking a play button that shows up on the image.

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Facebook launches new social app Slingshot

Published by on Jun 18th, 2014, 1 Comment

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As if there weren’t enough social applications out there, Facebook has just launched another – Slingshot. It was tipped as a competitor to Snapchat, although the functionality seems to be a bit different, and truly unique at first glance.

Snapchat had become a massive hit due to the idea that messages, apps and videos being shared would expire after a certain amount of time the recipient looking at the message. As you can imagine, this lead to some of the internet’s more ‘adult-friendly’ activities seeing the light of day on Snapchat.

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New emojis coming soon

Published by on Jun 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Ah, what is a great text-based conversation without a few emojis? Emojis have become an integral part of our texting life, and if we can get our hands on more, we’d be forever grateful.

And now it looks like that might happen in the near future.

Unicode, the industry standard that regulates text and emojis across various software platforms – like iOS and Android – updated their arsenal of emojis today to include 250 new emojis.

Of course, this is good news for any text loving person, but, it is still up the Unicode partners (i.e iOS and Android) whether or not they will implement and develop the new emojis.  (more…)

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