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Checky – an app that tells you how many times you check your phone

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

Checky App

In our connected world, we are pretty much joined at the hip with our smartphones. If we’re not using it browse the web or send emails and messages, we’re constantly checking for social media notifications or updates.

Thus, it has become quite the habit of many of us to check our phones regularly – if not too regularly.

This is what Checky wants to make you aware of. The new app is designed to make you aware of exactly how often you check your phone everyday. And in turn, try to encourage you to cut down on the phone checking.

The app works very simply. It just tells you how many times you have checked your phone each day while also mapping out where and for what you’ve used your phone the most. It’s clear that the company behind the app, Calm.com, is trying to encourage you to put the phone down by giving you a visual representation of your annoying habit.  (more…)

China now has special sidewalk lanes for those using cellphones

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, 1 Comment

Cellphone lanes China

The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.

So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.

On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”

Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not  be such a bad idea at all.  (more…)

Students develop nail polish that detects date rape drugs

Published by on Aug 29th, 2014, 4 Comments

Undercover Color

Date rape – it’s an awful subject to think about and even more awful to imagine happening to you, your friends or family. But the reality is, date rape is rife and the truth is women (even men) need to be vigilant at all times.

In aid of the fight against rape and date rape in particular, a group of undergraduates from the North Carolina State University have developed a product that can give women the opportunity to protect themselves.

According to various surveys, one in every five average college women have experienced date rape or a date rape situation. This group – that consist entirely of men, by the way – is trying to help this terrible statistic.

The group developed a nail polish that can detect whether their is a date rape drug in your drink. To test if your drink has been drugged, you simply need to dip your polished finger into your drink, and if it changes colour, you know that your drink has been spiked.

The nail polish can detect any common date rape drug such as Rohypnol (roofies), Xanax and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).

The nail polish forms part of the students’ company, or initiative, called ‘Undercover Colors’. The men who developed the nail polish said that they were inspired to create a protective tool for women, after hearing horrifying stories from their female friends who have had date rape experiences. (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…)

Facebook explains why it experimented with users’ feelings

Published by on Jul 1st, 2014, No Comments

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We were all quite bemused as to the reasons Facebook would artificially change their users’ news feeds, as we reported yesterday, as was most of the world. Why exactly did the company feel the need to experiment with your emotions? One of the co-authors of the study, Adam Kramer, has come out to explain.

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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…)

Preggie – a social network for pregnant women

Published by on Jun 5th, 2014, No Comments

preggie

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…)

The first ever YouTube video was posted on this day, 9 years ago

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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For most of us, imaging a world without YouTube almost seems impossible. The service has become such a big part of life in the digital age that thinking of it not being here anymore sends one into a panic.

Whether you use the term ‘YouTube’ as a noun, a verb (YouTubing) or simply as a reference, it’s bound to pop up at some point.

Now it’s hard to think that the world’s favourite video sharing website is only 9 years old – however, at the pace of things changing and happening in the digital world, YouTube almost seems like an elder.

While YouTube was officially founded on Valentines Day in 2005, the first ever video posted to the site was posted on April 23rd 2005 – today 9 years ago. (more…)

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