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3D Robotics releases DroneKit open source API for app development

3D Robotics has released the DroneKit API for drone app development, and the free open software can be used for drone apps or onboard drone software.

 

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The purpose of releasing the API for the community is so those interested in drones are able to customize how they use them in the field. DroneKit allows for waypoint flight paths, drones can follow GPS targets, view playbacks and log analysis of flights, and other advantages currently unavailable.

 

"Unlike other APIs for drones, there are no levels of access to DroneKit; it's completely flexible and open," said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering for 3DR. "The platform works on laptops as well as mobile devices. Best of all, once an app is created, the app automatically works on any computing platform - the interface is always the same."

IBM: Mobile app developers aren't focusing enough on security

Even though mobile apps are becoming more popular in the workplace, ensuring the apps are secure isn't a major priority. Companies must ensure that apps are properly tested to make sure only authorized users have access to data, even if that makes bring your own device (BYOD) a bit more complicated.

 

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"Building security into mobile apps is not top-of-mind for companies, giving hackers the opportunity to easily reverse-engineer apps, jailbreak mobile devices and tap into confidential data," said Caleb Barlow, VP of mobile management and security at IBM, in a statement.

 

Security verification is important, and companies that neglect this process leave themselves open - especially when apps access company Wi-Fi networks, and are used to share corporate documents. Even worse, clever hackers are finding new ways to breach confidential networks, relying on unsecure mobile apps as an entry point.

McDonald's embracing technology to stay ahead of fast food competition

McDonald's wants to fully embrace technology to boost sales and keep one step ahead of fast food and fast casual restaurants. The company could use kiosks, wearables, smartphones, mobile apps, and other technology solutions to give customers a wider method of ordering food.

 

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One such development could be using next-generation kiosks, so customers can walk into a restaurant, sync a smartphone to the kiosk, and receive food recommendations, see order history, and get an updated menu.

 

"We see the experience being made so much better through technology," said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at McDonald's, in a statement to Fast Company. "It's an environment where it's really built around you as opposed to operations of a restaurant."

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HERE maps reaches iOS and offers offline map navigation

First being released solely to Windows OS, we've seen HERE maps now expand to the Android and iOS platforms.

 

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As according to the HERE team, the old version of this app was based on HTML 5 and an unworthy product for general use, however, it has now been updated and completely redesigned.

 

Nokia Press Services has told us that HERE has already seen 4 million downloads of its Android version alongside being provided to users for free - making it a serious competitor for Apple's and Google's standard maps offerings.

 

There are over 150 countries available for their offline maps service, alongside public transport support for 950 cities in 50 countries and traffic information updates for those in France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and more.

Google ramp up Play Music support

Google Play Music has been steadily improving its services in the recent past in order to compete with other popular streaming platforms like Spotify. The latest installment has seen it increase the capacity of its free locker service from 20,000 to 50,000 total songs.

 

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This means that you can store 50,000 of your own songs on Google's cloud storage and listen in to these tracks from any device that you may have connected to the service. Spotify has some kind of local file support, but nothing as large or in-depth as Google's offering.

 

After taking over the playlist company Songza in 2014, Google allowed users access to a song suggestion feature alongside letting subscribed members play YouTube content in the background on their mobile devices.

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Presto has launched on Android and iOS

How much time to you spend being entertained by your phone? Presto has joined Stan and Quickflix, fighting for your eyes by providing another video streaming subscription option in Australia.

 

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With Netflix said to launch in 'The Land Down Under' next month, Citrix Mobile Analytics claims that "the mobile user experience is, increasingly, a video experience," which would explain the sudden surge in openings.

 

Compatible with iPhone 5S, 5S and higher Apple models, Android users will see multiple devices supported across Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE. Access can be granted through the Presto app on either the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Samsung App Store.

 

As we've written previously, Presto is a project by Foxtel and Seven West Media in order to take control of this emerging scene.

Google Now updated to include gas stations while you're driving

Google Now continues to get more powerful, with the Mountain View-based search giant adding in a way to find gas stations for that possibly long drive of yours.

 

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Many drivers have noticed that Google Now is now showing "gas stations on your route" as a Now card, which pinpoints gas stations that are near you. Not that you'd be using this feature while driving, but Google Glass users could find this super useful. Better yet, if it found its way onto an Android Wear-powered smartwatch, it could be a really good feature going into the future.

Technology destined to make you feel good, really good

"Miss On the Go lets you tone your pelvic muscles at all times. Fantasies come alive with our app!" is what the Kickstarter headline reads, instantly jumping out at you.

 

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So what exactly does this product intend to do? The answer is "combine utility & pleasure with technology to rev up your day!" The 'Ladies, Miss On the Go' claims to tone your pelvic muscles while delivering a vibrant experience -all controlled by a mobile application. If you're still not sure exactly what's going on, you can dig deeper.

 

Setting Canadian's back $95 CAD and the rest of the world $105 CAD for the first batch, it will be priced at $169 CAD once it's available for retail.

 

This product is water resistant, will last 3 hours on one charge and is reportedly whisper quiet. We certainly haven't seen anything like it before on Kickstater before.

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Spotify has gone full stalker mode - here's the songs you have sex to

Gone are the days of Barry White and Marvin Gaye's sexual healing - Spotify has gone completely stalker mode and compiled 2.5 million user playlists together with "sex" in the title.

 

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Low and behold, this is apparently the music we're listening to while 'bumping uglies' - how many of these songs ring true for you?

 

Move over Diana Ross, Hozier is number one now - apparently.

 

Take a look at the compiled list within the full story.

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Uber Australia claim to be creating 20,000 jobs in 2015

In an email sent a few hours ago, Uber's Queensland team stated that they will be "committed to creating 20,000 new jobs in Australia in 2015."

 

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This release went on to ensure customers that all patrons will be safe, claiming that "each of these new jobs will be filled by people who have passed rigorous criminal and driving history background checks, who are fully insured, and who are seeking to earn a flexible income to support their families," as there have been some major concerns in the past as to how safe Uber drivers really are.

 

20,000 jobs in any industry is certainly not a small task. Especially when you consider that there are only approximately 23,000 Taxi drivers employed as a whole in Australia's most populated state - New South Wales.

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