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Google's updated Photos app will provide more creative control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 25, 2015 6:16 am

Google is reportedly working on an updated Photos app, something that would provide users with more creative control over their photos, according to Android Police.




The updated Photos app will feature one big star: Assistant, which will end up being a swap for the Auto Awesome feature that already does a good job in the current version of Photos. But, it gives users more creative control, where you can create your own stories instead of waiting for Auto Awesome to do its thing.


Not only that, but we should have an updated interface, a better editing interface, new privacy friendly sharing, and pinch-to-zoom gestures for opening pictures. We should expect Google to unveil these new features at Google I/O later this week.

Google updates Hangouts Chrome app for Windows, OS X and Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 24, 2015 5:48 am

Some of you may have already realized this, but Google has pushed out a refreshed Hangouts Chrome app for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The new app is actually quite great, so if you're a Hangouts user, you should update.




Google's Mayur Kamat wrote on his Google+ account about the new update, saying: "New version of Hangouts Chrome App is out. Give it a try, especially if use Mac OS X". He also said that it's available for Windows, ChromeOS and Linux, too. If it hasn't already been updated, you can uninstall and reinstall the dedicated Chrome Hangouts app, which should then refresh and delight you with its new look and features.

Spotify's new Running mode, music based on the rhythm of your feet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 22, 2015 3:14 am

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.

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Confidential CC allows you to send 'self destructing' emails

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: May 7, 2015 1:29 pm

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.

Using the Pizza Hut mobile app to... ask for someone to call 911

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: May 6, 2015 7:09 pm

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.

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Secret founder pulls plug on anonymous mobile communications app

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:10 am

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.

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Microsoft including Android, iOS apps for Windows 10 phones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 9:17 pm

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."

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Facebook enables video calling through Messenger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 12:33 pm

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 lets developers test Android apps in Windows, Linux and Mac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:10 pm

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.

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Gartner: Mobile app usage mellowing, as adoption matures

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 9:40 pm

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."

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