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Microsoft’s Cortana coming to iOS?

Published by on Mar 16th, 2015, No Comments

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We all know that Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana and Apple’s equivalent, Siri, are fierce competitors. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft has even mocked the rivalry in an advertisement for Cortana.

So you can imagine our surprise when we heard that there are rumours doing the rounds that Cortana may soon be available on iOS – and for good measure, on Android, too!

According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft is planning on making Cortana available as a stand alone app that both iOS and Android users will be able to download.  (more…)

Updated iOS Nokia HERE navigation app available on iTunes

Published by on Mar 13th, 2015, 2 Comments

Nokia HereApple released Apple Maps back in 2012 and to be honest, as an Apple user I have never used it. All my navigation is done through Google Maps and the reason is obvious. Apple Maps had a disastrous debut and hasn’t really recovered since then.

I know there has been a lot of advances made with Apple Maps but still most iOS users prefer to use a different navigation application. Apart from Google Maps there are other options, and the best is Nokia’s HERE Maps. The updated HERE application is now available for iOS on iTunes. (more…)

YouTube releases child-friendly app

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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To the relief of all parents anxiously watching their children navigate the minefield of the internet, the YouTube - under Google - has released a child-friendly app client aptly named YouTube Kids.

YouTube’s group product manager, Shimrit Ben-Yair, cites that the decision was made following many requests from parents to help make navigating YouTube a far more child-friendly experience. “Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids”, Ben-Yair says.

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Preggie – a social network for pregnant women

Published by on Jun 5th, 2014, No Comments

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Listen up, expectant ladies. If you consider yourself to be a tech savvy mum-to-be, then this mobile social network is just for you.

Preggie is a mobile-based social network developed specifically for pregnant women. The aim with Preggie is to connect expectant mothers from all around the world with each other.

Preggie will then serve as a platform for these women to discuss all things baby and give advice and motivate each other during their 9-month ordeal.

According to the app’s description on the App Store, the network is based on a “same-pregnancy-stage” principle. This means that the app is designed to connect mothers that are in the same stage of pregnancy. When you create your profile, you need to indicate at what stage of your pregnancy you are.  (more…)

Uber coming to SA – an Uber Bad Idea?

Published by on Jul 4th, 2013, 6 Comments

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A recent job posting by Uber.com shows the service is coming to both Cape Town and Joburg according to this job posting. If you’re like me you’re probably thinking: “what the hell is Uber.com?” Here are the details:

Uber is a venture-funded startup company based in San Francisco, California that makes a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of luxury vehicles for hire. The company arranges pickups in the San Francisco Bay, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Diego, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Denver, London, Melbourne, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Munich, Baltimore Phoenix, Stockholm, Sydney, Baltimore, Detroit, Milan, Sacramento, Rome and Singapore.

Uber drivers have cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedans. Cars are reserved by sending a text message or by using a mobile app. Using the apps, customers can track their reserved car’s location.

Uber has indicated it is planning to expand operations to include non-taxi ridesharing in the near future.

Considering they’re taken the service to large parts of America, Europe, Australia and some parts of Asia I guess they’ve run out of places to try market the service. It’s great to see a massive startup looking at South Africa and Africa as a whole to enter however I wonder if someone forgot to do their homework. While it’s technologically a great product (you hail a car with your phone) and it’s going to be a good employer for drivers and the tech industry I’m skeptical. (more…)

Everest app launches in SA

Published by on Jul 4th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Everest, the popular iPhone app aimed at helping people achieve life goals and dreams, has announced its launch in South Africa on Thursday, July 4th, available for immediate download on the Apple App Store.

“Nelson Mandela, Christiaan Barnard, and Elon Musk have inspired me”, says co-founder and CEO Francis Pedraza, “so I am excited to see the goals and dreams the rest of the people of South Africa will accomplish with Everest!”

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From learning a new language, to getting in the best shape of their life, to teaching their kid how to ride a bike, Everest helps people break goals into smaller daily steps, get support and accountability, and beautifully capture their journey.

People had added over 1,000,000 steps to their goals since the app was first released in the United States in January.

Everest is also announcing a new feature this week: Dream Journeys, a beautiful new web interface for sharing progress and asking for suggestions.

The first South Africans who accomplish these goals on Everest will be recognized: (more…)

Whatsapp for iPhone moving to subscription model

Published by on Mar 20th, 2013, 3 Comments

WhatsApp_logoWhatsapp is the little messaging app that has taken the world by storm – it has quickly become one of the first apps most users install on any smartphone. Whatsapp is currently sending 17 billion messages daily, much more than Apple’s iMessage which sends “only” 2 billion. Until now Whatsapp has been using a subscription based pricing model of a dollar per year on a lot of its platforms. But the iPhone has stuck to a once off $1 price.

But now the developers behind Whatsapp have made public that they intend to move iPhones away from this pricing strategy as well. So within this year, Whatsapp will become a free app, that charges you a dollar after a year’s use. Current users of the app (who have paid the once off $1 for the app) will be informed when they will be charged as well.

The new subscription model would apply to new users, Koum said, and would likely follow the same pricing structure as its other apps, which are free for the first year and then cost $1/year, compared to the single, for-life $0.99 purchase that users make on iOS today. “We’re relaxed on dates, but definitely this year. It’s on the road map,” Koum said. (more…)

Mailbox – How to Botch a Good Launch

Published by on Feb 26th, 2013, No Comments

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I’m so sick to death of waiting for the Mailbox app on my iPhone I’m almost at the point of deleting it yet something keeps me hanging out. For those not in the know:

“The Mailbox app uses gestures to make quick work of incoming mail, allowing you to clear out your inbox in a jiffy.”

The app is apparently life changing, however I’m tired of waiting and I think this reservation system is a bad way of going about things. The reservation system is fairly simple: “Demand for Mailbox has been incredible, and in order to deliver a world-class email experience we’re filling reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’ve already reserved your Mailbox, download the app and enter your reservation info. If you don’t have a reservation, download the app to get your place in line. Everyone can watch the line move in real-time from inside the app.” (more…)

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