Snapchat planning mobile payment service

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments


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…)

BarkCam – the app that will capture the perfect pic of your pooch

Published by on Jul 16th, 2014, No Comments


If you’re an animal lover fond of taking pictures of your furry friend, then you’ll understand the headache that ensues when you’re trying to get your pet to sit still so you can capture them smiling at the camera.

This is what the BarkCam app looks to eliminate and help you look like a sane person when trying to get your pet’s attention.

The app, which was developed by Bark & Co, a New York based, pet-focused startup, is designed to do the attention grabbing for you, so all you have to do to snap a pretty pic, is to press the shutter button on your smartphone.

Bark & Co are also the pet-loving masterminds behind the BarkBox – a subscription-based, dog-centric service that delivers delicious doggie treats an toys to your door every month. It’s almost like Rubybox, but for your dog.

The app, in all its clever quirkiness, allows you to choose from an array different sounds to grab your dog’s attention. These include squeaky sounds, doorbells, bag of treats rustling and of course, the ever important cat meow.  (more…)

World Cup final breaks Twitter and Facebook records

Published by on Jul 15th, 2014, No Comments

Germany win World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was certainly one to remember. Besides the fact that it was held in Brazil, the undisputed home of football, the tournament offered some amazing high’s and shocking low’s.

It’s natural then that World Cup cause quite a stir on social media – a record breaking stir, in fact.

The World Cup seemed to dominate conversation on two of the world’s biggest social networks. The event broke records on both Facebook and Twitter as the world became consumed with soccer-madness.

This year’s World Cup final is officially the most talked about sporting event on Facebook, ever. According to data released by Facebook, Sunday’s final generated a lot of interaction on the site.

88 million people interacted with the site – and they did that 280 million times. This is in the form of posts, comments and likes. It broke the previous record, which centered around last year’s Superbowl in the US.  (more…)

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

Published by on Jul 14th, 2014, No Comments


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.


Your World Cup tweets could light up Christ the Redeemer

Published by on Jul 11th, 2014, No Comments

Christ the Redeemer lit up

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup drawing to a close on Sunday with the epic final between Argentina and Germany, you can make a memorable contribution to whichever team you’re supporting – all thanks to Twitter and the Archdiocese in Rio De Janeiro.

While its easy for you to dress in the colours of either Argentina or Germany on Sunday, it probably won’t make as much of an impact as seeing on the world’s most famous statues ‘dressed’ in the colours of either Argentina or Germany.

And that’s exactly what Twitter wants to do.

Twitter, with the help of the Archdiocese in Rio that manages the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, will give football fans across the globe the chance to have the iconic landmark be lit up in either blue and white Argentinian colours or the black, red and yellow of Germany. (more…)

Germany’s crushing of Brazil becomes most tweeted sports game ever

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, No Comments

Brazil loss

Last night’s World Cup 2014 semi-final between Brazil and Germany was unlike anything we have ever seen before. It almost felt unreal, as Germany absolutely destroyed Brazil and in the process, broke 200 million Brazilian hearts.

But besides breaking hearts and (hopes and dreams), this historical game also broke many a record, including becoming the most tweeted sports game ever.

Some are calling it one of the biggest disasters in football history, as the Germans completely crushed the host nation 7 – 1 in the first of this year’s semi-final matches. And while the Brazilians lost terribly, it was clearly a win for Germany – and Twitter.

Not surprising, the previous record for the most tweeted sports game ever also involved Brazil at this year’s World Cup. When Brazil took on Chile on the 28th of June, it was a nail biting finale as the game ended in the dreaded penalty shoot-outs.

This game racked up an astonishing 16.4 million tweets. However, last night’s unbelievable game more than doubled that of the Brazil, Chile game. Amidst Brazilian humiliation, their shocking loss racked up 35.6 million tweets – officially making it the most tweeted sports game in history.  (more…)

Sony Xperia C3: The Selfie Smartphone (video)

Published by on Jul 9th, 2014, 1 Comment


Today’s smartphone generation has ushered in the advent of the word “selfie.” Very few people don’t know what selfies are now, and Sony is trying to ride this trend all the way to the bank with, what they call, “the world’s best selfie smartphone.”

What is this world coming to…?

Sony has just debuted the Sony Xperia C3, a mid-range smartphone which has a 5-megapixel wide-angle front facing camera and LED flash for “selfies.” (more…)

Apple, Facebook & Google march on for gay pride

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pride

On Sunday, 29 June, San Francisco held it’s annual gay pride festival. It is one of the biggest pride festivals in the world, and, considering the fact that it takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley, giant tech companies also got together to show their support for equality and the LGBT community.

The three big guns – Apple, Facebook and Google – were there in full force and further cemented their place as forward thinking, compassionate companies.

Apple took the cake, though. The company invited all of it’s San Francisco based employees and their family members to take part in the march. Apple employees all wore special t-shirts featuring the Apple logo in rainbow colours with the word ‘Pride’ etched across.

Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made an appearance and handed out t-shirts and pride flags to hundreds of excited employees.  (more…)