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In an interesting move, streaming music giant Spotify has just announced Spotify Running. Running will detect your running page, rhythm of your feet, and from that information, select songs that are matching the way you run. Spotify Running is exclusive to iOS for the moment, with no ETA on the Android version.
Spotify will be delivering this new feature to Nike and RunKeeper in the near future, with the company announcing it has formed partnerships with the two fitness-focused companies. Spotify also wants to provide users with 3 key elements: the perfect soundtrack for any part of your day, new types of content, and better experiences with innovative solutions.
While there's nothing revolutionary here, it's an evolutionary step for Spotify, soemthing that will help them better compete against the likes of Apple iTunes and Google Play Music.
This application produced and self-titled by Confidential CC is set as a safety net for professionals worldwide, allowing users to send 'self destructing' emails through their normal Gmail or Outlook accounts.
This app adds an extra line to the normal 'TO', 'CC', and 'BCC' options called 'CCC' and ensures the messages sent cannot be printed, forwarded or saved and are deleted immediately after closing - think of it something like SnapChat for email.
There are other opportunities opened such as deleting sent emails, attachment options and also settings for what time an email will be sent - which is something very handy for those involved in Press Releases.
The app is currently on the Apple store and will become fully functional come May 21. There is no word yet as to a desktop or Android OS version.
Cheryl Treadway, 25, reportedly used the Pizza Hut mobile app to alert police when her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, 26, allegedly held Treadway and her three young children hostage.
"She told him, 'The kids are hungry. Let's order a pizza. Let's get them some food,'" said Nell Hays, Public Information Officer at the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, as reported by ABC News. In addition to placing an order, she submitted the following message: "Please help. Get 911 to me. 911hostage help!"
Once the app order was received by Pizza Hut, employees contacted the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, and police were immediately dispatched to the house. Treadway managed to take one child and flee the residence, and police convinced Nickerson to surrender.
Social chat app Secret is closing, with operations winding down in the next few weeks. The app was used by more than 15 million people and allowed for open communication with a certain level of anonymity that is unavailable on other social networking sites.
"After a lot of thought and consultation with our board, I've decided to shut down Secret," said David Byttow, co-founder of Secret, in a blog post. "This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it's the right decision for myself, our investors and our team."
Byttow says most of the team has moved on already, and he will help remaining staff find new opportunities elsewhere. The company helped raise $35 million after three successful rounds of venture capitalist funding, with Secret once valued close to $100 million.
Microsoft is opening the door for Google Android and Apple iOS app developers to port their software and games to Microsoft Windows 10. If everything works out, more Windows 10 apps will be available to users, and developers won't be forced to rebuild the app from scratch.
"Initially it will be analogous to what Amazon offers," said Terry Myerson, executive VP of operating systems at Microsoft, in a statement to The Verge. "If they're using some Google API... we have created Microsoft replacements for those APIs."
The company, which hopes to give new life to its smartphone and tablet effort with Windows 10, will give Android and iOS developers access to new software development kits (SDKs). "We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications."
If you're in constant communication with friends, family and loved ones, video calls can really come in handy. Until now, it is something that has been mostly dominated by the likes of Skype and Hangouts, but now Facebook is joining the fold with Messenger.
Messenger is now capable of video calls thanks to the latest app for both iOS and Android, where a single tap has you starting a video call with a friend. Facebook has rolled the feature out to 18 countries across the world, including the US and UK. Let us know what you think, especially if you use something like Skype or Hangouts for your video calls.
Google has released the Arc Welder tool that is able to test Android apps on any device with a Chrome browser, opening the door to cross-platform testing on Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, and Mac OS X.
Arc Welder is currently in beta/developer preview right now, and can only run one app at a time. Once it has been downloaded, interested users must download and install APK files, which can be done using something like Raccoon.
There is still a discussion among many coders saying it's better to have natively created apps, but a conversion tool seems to be a step in the right direction.
The current marketplace for mobile apps is maturing and usage is mellowing, according to a survey from the Gartner research group.
Users are integrating apps more deeply into their lives, but it's now becoming more difficult for app providers to try to stay one step ahead. App creators must focus on development, marketing and branding as even more apps seem to hit the market for smartphone and tablet users.
"It's not that smartphone users have lost interest in apps, users remain excited about what apps can do for them in their daily lives, including for work and nonwork app scenarios," said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. "However, app users need to be convinced about the value of the app. Their willingness for new app experiences is open-ended, but their plan is to keep their same patterns of use. Users will try new apps, but they need to be convinced of an app's value before they adopt them and change use patterns over the long term."
Google has released an updated version of Gmail for Android that includes a new "All Inboxes" option which does exactly what it sounds like; offers all of your inboxes in one spot.
Even if you have inboxes from Outlook or Yahoo, Gmail for Android will display them, and you'll be able to read and reply to each e-mail, without swapping tabs or logging out. The Mountain View-based search giant has also teased that e-mail threads from external accounts will now be displayed with the same threaded conversation format that internal Gmail e-mails use.
The new integrated accounts will also make use of the improved autocomplete function, larger attachment previews and one-touch saves to your Google Drive account.
A growing number of mobile users in the United States are relying on smartphones and tablets to access their bank accounts, using apps and mobile websites.
Thirty nine percent of mobile phone owners are using mobile banking in 2014, a slight increase from 29 percent in 2012 and 33 percent in 2013, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve.
If you have a bank account, chances are very good that your bank has a mobile app that you can utilize to check your balance, recent transactions, and other typical activities. Regional and national banks are pushing users towards mobile banking - and it's becoming a major selling point - as 26 percent of respondents noted they switched banks in the past year because of a more enjoyable mobile experience elsewhere.