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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…)

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…)

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

Published by on Jul 16th, 2014, No Comments

BarkCam

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…)

Apple to stop development of iPhoto, Aperture

Published by on Jun 30th, 2014, No Comments

iPhoto & Aperture

At Apple’s WWDC conference earlier this month, the company introduced us to a new photo app for it’s new desktop platform, OS X Yosemite. And on Friday, Apple confirmed that the new app will act as a replacement for the long-standing iPhoto app and it’s editing partner, Aperture.

Development for both iPhoto and Aperture will stop as soon as OS X Yosemite ships in September.

Aperture, Apple’s leading photo editing software, was first introduced in 2005 and was (and is) aimed at professional photographers.

iPhoto on the other hand is one of Apple’s oldest ‘brands’ and has become an integral part of the OS operating system.

While it may be sad news for loyal Aperture and iPhoto users, Apple promises that the new Photo app for Yosemite will be a kind of mash-up of both of these app, along with new, better features.  (more…)

1.7 Million watch USA vs Germany on ESPN app

Published by on Jun 27th, 2014, No Comments

espn

Traffic on apps can be difficult to track in most circumstances, but when you are ESPN its a breeze. At some point during the USA vs. Germany match that aired earlier today, 1.7 million visitors were watching the game at the same time through ESPN’s site and its WatchESPN app.

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This unofficial MyCiti Bus app is all you need for traveling in CT

Published by on Jun 23rd, 2014, 2 Comments

MyCiti

One of the greatest things about traveling in Cape Town – whether you are a local or a tourist – is the marvel that is the MyCiti bus. The MyCiti busses have changed the way people travel around Cape Town and made it easier for people to take in the Mother City from almost every angle.

Because of the service’s popularity, it is almost expected that a MyCiti app see the light of day; as a way to help commuters stay up to date with everything MyCiti.

However, there has not been an official MyCiti app developed as of yet. But one MyCiti commuter has developed an amazing, unofficial* MyCiti bus app that will make your MyCiti experience that much better.

Alex Koller says that he developed the app to solve problems he faced while using MyCiti. Realizing that his app turned out to be “pretty useful”, Koller then decided to share his creation with the rest of us.

And aren’t we glad he did.  (more…)

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…)

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