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Review: Crystal – the app to revolutionise email

Published by on May 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Those of us who work up a sweat over crafting a succinct and clear email can now take a breath; Crystal is a new platform that comes with a bold promise: to aid you in writing a clear, succinct email that will be appreciated by the recipient. Or, as the service itself phrases it: bring about the end of miscommunication.

Crystal is currently in beta, and has an open waiting list for anyone wishing to give the service a try. We delved in and got to grips with our own psychology to see if Crystal makes good on its promise to revolutionise how well we communicate.

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Here’s an app to help get rid of your embarrassing posts on social media

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2015, 1 Comment

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We all have one or two (or perhaps a couple) of rather embarrassing posts somewhere one one or more of our social media profiles.

Whether it’s a philosophical post by a slightly inebriated, younger version of yourself, an adolescent Facebook rant, or any ‘I-can’t-believe-I-said-that’ post – we know that while you might forget about these little gems, the internet doesn’t.

While everyone has an embarrassing post or two, and of course that’s perfectly acceptable, the problem may come in when your potential new boss stumbles across any f the aforementioned posts and then promptly decides to not hire you.

You know, first impressions…

Luckily for us all, you will now be able to get rid of these embarrassing (read: incriminating) posts way easier; because just like for everything else in this world nowadays, there is an app for that.  (more…)

Top 5: Windows 8.1 apps

Published by on Apr 17th, 2015, No Comments

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What began as Microsoft’s attempt to break out of the mould has undoubtedly achieved a mixed measure of success – Windows 8 brought us Microsoft’s new design language, a dedicated app store, and a flexible operating system across tablets, desktop computers, and now, Windows Phone. Crucially, it also brought all of the above stapled atop a still frustrating Windows 7.

With Microsoft’s iterant update to Windows on the way in the form of Windows 10 – which is set to release in late 2015 – there’s still time to reflect on the legacy of Windows 8 and 8.1, and enjoy the best apps which frequent the platform – many of which will be making the journey into Windows 10 territory.

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First 24 Apple Watch apps revealed

Published by on Mar 27th, 2015, No Comments

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Nearly two weeks before Apple opens pre-orders – and a month prior to general release – reports indicate that the first 24 Apple Watch apps have been approved by Apple’s App Store team.

Interestingly, all of the Apple Watch apps in question will arrive as updates to their iOS counterparts (New functionality present in a future iOS Twitter update, for example) – and will primarily bring new functions to the Apple Watch as a companion/utility device next to the iPhone.

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Uber India releases in-app panic button

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Uber always seems to be embroiled in some sort of controversy. Whether it’s illegal drivers or questionable investors – it seems that wherever Uber goes, controversy is sure to follow.

Last year, the multi-billion dollar taxi company found themselves in some serious hot water in India, when a woman accused an Uber driver of abducting and raping her. Now naturally, these are super serious allegations and one that should definitely not be taken lightly.

And clearly Uber didn’t. The company is now stepping up their security measures by introducing an in-app panic (or SOS) button that will alert local authorities when an emergency arises while you are on your Uber trip.  (more…)

Top 5: Valentine’s Apps to pretend that you care about Valentine’s Day

Published by on Feb 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love and what better way to make the day memorable that capturing those special moments. Or you realise that it’s just a capitalist scam that’ll force you to spend a bucket load of money in order to keep your other half happy.

Here are the best apps out there to do both mentioned above without breaking a sweat. (more…)

Katy Perry to get mobile game a la Kim Kardashian

Published by on Feb 5th, 2015, No Comments

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Celebrities are always looking for more ways to make a ton of money. Whether it’s fragrances, couture or even mobile games and apps – they can’t resist plastering their face on almost everything.

And now it looks like pop princess Katy Perry is set to follow in the footsteps of another famous celebrity by getting her own mobile game.

Just like reality star Kim Kardashian, Katy will launch her own mobile game that will feature her voice and most likely a character of herself.

According to a press release released yesterday, Katy Perry’s game looks set to have a similar premise to that of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, where players will have to climb a metaphorical ladder and build a career to gain success and reach the top:

“…(sic)[the game will] introduce players to a digital playground of global success and talent” a portion of the press release read.  (more…)

Check out these cool Apple Watch app concepts

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2015, No Comments

Apple WatchApple is likely to release the long awaited Apple Watch in April this year. There has been a lot of speculation around how the watch will integrate into the iOS system. We still need to find out how the watch will perform battery wise and if it will only be another gimmick watch (as many of them seem to be these days).

A big question will be how Apple integrates 3rd part apps on the Apple Watch and how the app designers design them. Traditionally companies do a good job with their own integrated apps but either do not support or have crappy 3rd party apps avaiable on the watch platform. Well a few talented designers have given their input into 3rd party app design. (more…)

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