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Facebook working on transcribing feature for Messenger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 6:29 am

According to Facebook's David Marcus, it looks like a new voice transcription feature will soon be baked into Messenger. This new transcribing feature would take a sound clip that you either send or receive to a friend, and transcribes the content of the message into text, just below the voice clip.




Marcus has said that Facebook is testing the new transcribing feature on a very limited basis, explaining "Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now and we're looking forward to seeing what you think of it before making the experience more widely available". We should expect the new transcribing feature to roll out on Messenger sometime in the near future.

A major tragedy ensures the app Stick Cricket is changed for good

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 5:56 am

This brings me back to my high school days, playing Stick Cricket throughout my computing class while pretending to complete assignments. Well if you haven't kept up-to-date or have no idea what Stick Cricket is, you're in for an awakening. With over 28,000 followers on Twitter and over 15 million app downloads - this game which started out as a cool browser time-waster has become a rather large project.




It's basically a very simplistic and addictive way to play Cricket on your phone or PC, allowing simple controls for users to slog it out and take a break from their Candy Crush Saga addition. If you haven't heard, there was a tragedy recently in the Cricket world, seeing Aussie player Phillip Hughes cop a nasty hit to the back of a head while batting, courtesy of a 'bouncer' (a ball which was bowled and ended up around head height) and eventually saw his life support being switched off.


Stick Cricket decided to change their simple app to reflect respect towards this occurrence. Previously if a bouncer was missed, your character would be struck on the head, eventually falling onto the stump and classifying you as out. However due to this tragedy taking place, Stick Sports' Creative Director, Colin Rowe, has stated in an interview to that "we felt that the landscape had changed," further adding"it was there for comedic value, and when we first made Stick Cricket, no one had ever died from a head blow in professional cricket, so we felt justified to add the comedy. It's sobering now and no longer funny, so we had a team meeting the day Phillip Hughes died and put plans to change the game with the very next update."

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Power naps done right - There's an app for everything

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 14, 2015 12:00 am

Ever been frustrated at your power nap that's turned sour? Sometimes you'll lie down for a quick 15 minute snooze and end up waking 3 hours later feeling much worse than you did previously. We've been contacted by Phase4 Mobile and they claim to have a solution.




Their Power Nap HQ iOS application can be used on Apple iPhone and iPod Touch systems and is designed to prevent you from napping for too long - said to ensure you always wake up fresh and alert. According to their latest information release, the Power Nap HQ works by using "proprietary algorithms to monitor and track your sleep, waking you up at just the right moment." There's some other cool features mentioned, like "after your nap you can view your nap profile on a graph and even compare it to your previous naps."

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The Livescribe 3 Smartpen is coming to Android

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 6, 2015 2:36 am

CES 2015 - Smartphone, smartwatch, smartring, smartpen - everything is smart these days. Giving users the ability to share, store and create information like never before. Smartpen manufacturer Livescribe inc. has just announced they will be supporting Android OS as of this Autumn, using their new Livescribe 3 product as the launching platform.




The Livescribe+ app was designed with Android in mind, supporting Android KitKat 4.4 and above and Bluetooth Low Energy capable devices. Gilles Bouchard, Livescribe's CEO, explained in their recent press release about the partnerships and lead-up to this release, stating that "since launch, we've been adding new features to Livescribe+ for iOS and also introducing expanded functionality through partnerships with Moleskine, Evernote, Microsoft and Fluid Touch. Now we can start to bring those innovations to Android devices this spring and combine the physical world of pen and paper with Android smartphones and tablets."


The Android edition will feature the key points included within the iOS version of this app, including handy features such as the ability to transfer notes from Livescribe 3 pens and search your handwriting and convert it to digital text.

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Strings, a new app that lets you un-send your messages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 10:34 pm

A new app is hitting the market, with Strings capable of un-sending those messages that you didn't want to send in the first place. Maybe you were drunk, maybe you didn't mean to send them, Strings will un-send those items for you.




Strings works like any other messaging app, such as WhatsApp, except it allows you to take back messages after you've sent them. It will work with multiple formats, including text messages, e-mails, photos and videos of unlimited length, and more. The sender also has control of whether or not the recipient has the ability to save, and download the sent content.


The offending material is deleted from the recipients' smartphone, and Strings' servers permanently, as soon as the request is put into the app. The biggest thing here, is that both sides need to be using the app, which will surely cut down on the usefulness of Strings. But, at least it's here, and available for people to use. Strings is available from the App Store for iDevices, with an update arriving in a week or so. Android devices should get it in the future, but there's no word on that yet.

Hyundai announces ability to start vehicles via Android app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 3, 2015 10:36 am

Ahead of CES 2015 next week in Las Vegas, automaker Hyundai a new app that car owners will be able to use to remotely start their vehicles. The Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app allows users to tap an icon or use voice commands to execute functions before stepping into their vehicles.




"This new app expands Hyundai's exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer's lifestyle," said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director of the customer connect and service business development for Hyundai Motor America, in a press statement. "Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. Now, we can provide this capability to owners of Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link."


Features include remote engine start, remote engine stop, remote door lock/unlock, remote flash lights/honk horn, car finder, and the ability to call Roadside and Blue Link assistance.

Google hands out a large bug-finders fee of $50,000

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 2, 2015 12:03 am

A group of Polish security researchers have been rewarded with $50,000 from Google, thanks to their investigation and findings of 30 flaws within the Google App Engine developer platform - said to give hackers possible access beyond their own virtual machines.




This flaw was further explained as allowing intruders the ability to bypass the Oracle Java security sandbox.


While in operation, Google detected this research team conducting their tests and locked them out of their Google App Engine account - meaning no more progress could me made. After two weeks Google allowed this team to continue their research, complete their exploration of the GAE flaws and produce a report on the findings. There was one clear-cut rule however, the researchers must limit their work to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) layer and steer clear from the next sandboxing layer.

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Peel and stick sensor sets out to improve health

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 27, 2014 8:36 am

Pitched as an IndieGoGo campaign, the QButton is claimed as the "world's first post-it Bluetooth sensor."




In simple terms, the QButton is being designed to help remind you when it's time to take care of yourself. Ranging from reminders such as when it's time for you to take a sip of water, or prompting you to stand up from your desk and walk around - this new stick-on technology is trying to work as a preventative, rather than a cure.

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WhatsApp's upcoming voice calling function detailed in a new leak

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 25, 2014 10:37 am

WhatsApp is a near unstoppable messaging client, so I'm sure most people will still balk at the fact Facebook dished out an enormous $22 billion to acquire them earlier this year. The company is now set to launch its new feature, a voice calling function, to its app in the coming weeks or months.




Some new leaked photos are showing us what the latest update to WhatsApp will deliver, where we won't only get voice calling but image files and text support, too. The new details were yanked from the latest version of WhatsApp by Android World, where we can see the new features in all their glory.


We don't know when the voice calling function is coming to WhatsApp, but judging from this information being pulled from the latest version, I'm sure it can't be long now.

Samsung to can their 'ChatOn' service in 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 22, 2014 7:04 am

Have you ever used ChatOn to chat to your friends? We haven't either. Samsung's unpopular messenger service has been marked for closure on the first day of February, 2015.




Unfortunately this messenger app didn't really gain traction in the wider market, which is currently heavily saturated. If you're wanting to chat to a friend there is a seemingly endless list of ways to contact them in this day and age through your mobile. Off the top of my head I can immediately rattle off: Steam, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Xfire, WhatsApp, Line - amongst many others.

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