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Skype launches Skype Qik: a disappearing video-message app

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

Skype Qik

With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two. 

Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app. 

Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.

Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service. 

The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users. 

Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the  video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature.  (more…)

‘Selfie’: a new sitcom that exposes our social media obsession

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2014, No Comments

Selfie

When last did you get invited to an event through a different avenue other than Facebook? Have you recently bought a newspaper instead of checking the headlines on your Twitter feed? And can you honestly say you haven’t social media-stalked your new crush? Probably not, because this is the world we live in now.

The revolution that is social media has consumed us and in the process changed the way we interact socially. Of course, it’s wonderful and we are more connected now than ever, but it has also deprived us of real social interaction, in the real (non-virtual) world.

‘Selfie’ is a new sitcom produced by ABC that aims to expose the world in which we operate nowadays – meaning being social through the dozens of social media platforms and not IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ in case you didn’t know.)

Let’s face it, millenials are obsessed with social media and everything digital. It’s the centre of their (our) world and has shaped the way we operate irrevocably.

Satire has long been used to show the world its faults through a relatable, non-threatening, funny way. And this is exactly what ‘Selfie’ is doing. (more…)

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

intel

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

twitter

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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