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Yo, the world’s simplest app, receives further funding

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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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…)

Could this be the simplest app in the world?

Published by on Jun 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

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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…)

Tesco planning to launch their own smartphone

Published by on May 8th, 2014, No Comments

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More and more companies – other Apple, Samsung and friends – are developing their own smartphones. Just last week, Amazon announced their plans for their own smartphone and now it seems that Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – is releasing their very own smartphone.

CEO of Tesco, Philip Clarke, announced the news during an interview with BBC’s Radio 5. The so-called ‘Tesco Phone’ will run Android and, according to the BBC, the device will be comparable to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 – which might not be a good thing considering Samsung’s love for a patent battle…

Clarke said that the phone will also be pre-loaded with exclusive Tesco services. These include Tesco shopping services as well as Blinkbox; the company’s video streaming service. Some other services include film, music and e-books store.  (more…)

Is the return of Flappy Bird imminent?

Published by on Mar 12th, 2014, 2 Comments

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The prodigal son of mobile apps is possibly going to make his shocking return. Fans of the highly addictive and highly frustrating Flappy Bird game will be happy to know that the app’s controversial developer might let the popular game see the light once more.

After a very publicized freak out, Flappy Bird’s creator, Dong Nguyen, sat down for an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone magazine to talk about the rise and fall of his (now infamous) app.

The magazine met with Nguyen in his native of Vietnam, where he is currently residing with a friend of his. He says the media attention surrounding him and the game got too much for him and that both international and local Vietnamese paparazzi would bombard his parents home, where he had been living.

Obviously, it is understandable that international, and especially US media, are obsessed with the Flappy Bird saga. However, Vietnam is not really a custom to internet millionaires – so having someone like Nguyen in close proximity is a BIG story.  (more…)

The Flappy Bird Saga

Published by on Feb 10th, 2014, 1 Comment

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If you’re into mobile gaming or tech at all, you’ve probably heard of Flappy Bird – the mobile game that has recently taken the world by storm. However, just as quickly as the app rose to fame, it came crashing down last night as it’s developer pulled it from the App Store and Google Play.

Flappy Bird first made waves around the app industry in January of this year. Although Flappy Bird has been available on the App Store since May 2013, the game only rose to prominence early in 2014. It was also only released for Android in January.

The game itself is actually so simple, its hard to believe it is so popular. Drawing inspiration from 90’s 8-bit gaming, Flappy Bird seems to be easy, except it’s not; it’s really hard.

The object of the game is to navigate the Flappy Bird through poles that look like the green pipes in the original Super Mario game. However, controlling the bird is almost impossible.

Because of the combination of perceived simplicity and level of difficulty, the game is extremely addictive. This, of course, contributed to the rise of Flappy Bird, making it the number one free app on both the App Store and Google Play. (more…)

MXit branches out to India

Published by on Jan 29th, 2014, No Comments

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MXit, one of South Africa’s largest and most successful social networks, has spread it’s wings and branched out to India.

Founded in 2007, Mxit has become a prominent messaging system within South Africa. While Mxit is available in a handful of other countries, it’s new presence in India looks set to be as successful as it is on home soil.

There are over 900 million cellphones in India, more than half of which are feature phones. This is of course a key target for Mxit, as the network is mostly aimed at feature phones that don’t have the full capability to handle other popular messaging systems designed for smartphones, i.e WhatsApp.  (more…)

Jimmy Wales joins The Peoples Operator

Published by on Jan 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Its hard to imagine that a mobile operator isn’t out to get your money, someway, somehow – because lets be honest, most people with a mobile phone has complained about their operator service at some point or another.

Keeping this in mind, it is hard to fathom that any mobile operator would want to give back to the people; or in the case of The Peoples Operator, to a good cause.

However, this is exactly what this UK-based operator claims to do.

The Peoples Operator (or TPO), is a mobile provider based in London that pays 10% of your mobile spend to a cause or charity of your choice. Sounds too good to be true? Apparently, it isn’t – and the company is starting to make waves all around the world.  (more…)

Infographic: The Rise of Mobile 3.0

Published by on Jan 9th, 2014, No Comments

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MEF’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey was launched in December, and they have gone through the effort to re-mine the data to create this infographic that looks specifically at the emergence of “Mobile 3.0″ – a new emergence that is charactarized by “Super” apps displacing traditional pay once models with subscription models like Netflix, as well as in-app purchases.

In addition to the growth of the super-app, there has been a shift down in terms of volume of goods purchased and a shift up in their value with mobile users migrating their spending on big ticket items from online and the high street to mobile. [MEF’s 2013 Global Consumer Survey shows that the high spend threshold grew to 39 per cent in 2013 (up eight per cent from 2012) on items over $151].

To see the full infographic, see below: (more…)

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