Apps

  • A new smartphone app that detects text and reads it aloud for visually impaired people Yesterday

    San Francisco: Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app...
  • A new smartphone app that can tell your state of mind 2 days ago

    Washington: Your smartphone may tell if you are depressed, stressed or lonely, thanks to a first-of-its-kind app that automatically tracks users' mental health, academic performance and behaviour. The StudentLife app, which compares students' happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also may be used in the general population -...
  • Apple's HealthKit gets bitten by a bug before iOS 8 launch 4 days ago

    Apple said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors...
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on the Apple App Store 5 days ago

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending September 15, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon 3. Goblin Sword, Eleftherios Christodoulatos 4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 5. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 6. Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB 7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 8. 7 Minute...
  • Coffee app turns job search into a social experience 1 week ago

    Washington: Two Boston University graduates have developed a new smartphone app to turn job hunting into a thrilling social experience. The app called Coffee helps people build a social network quickly. Once the users sign in and enter information about them, the app automatically shows share them with other like-minded users. Using the...
  • A smartphone app that judges how moral you are in daily life 1 week ago

    London: Can a smartphone app judge how moral you are in daily life? Yes it can, say researchers. In a bid to track moral judgements in everyday life, researchers used a smartphone app to track moral and immoral acts committed or witnessed by more than 1,200 people as they spent the...
  • Happyness app tracks what makes you truly happy 1 week ago

    Washington: Do you think the smartphone is a source of undue stress? Try this app created by three students at the University of California-Berkeley that claims to make them a source of goodness. The Happyness app is marketed as a tool to help you focus on what truly matters in life. By...
  • Google Voice integrated into Hangouts messaging app; allows users to make free voice calls September 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Google began letting people use its Hangouts message application for mobile devices to make free or lowcost voice calls over the Internet. "Hangouts already makes it easy to send a quick message, or start a group video chat," Google product manager Amit Fulay said in a blog post. "But, sometimes...
  • Airtel's Wynk music streaming app crosses 1 lakh downloads in 4 days September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel's cross operator music application Wynk has crossed one lakh downloads in 4 days with more than 50 per cent of consumers are from other telecom players. "Wynk Music crossed its first milestone witnessing 1 lakh downloads in just 4 days of its launch. Wynk is now...
  • How WeChat is helping Apple drive up revenue in China September 9, 2014

    Beijing: Apple has a lot for which to thank people like Deng. A Beijingbased quality analyst, she gave only her surname as she's embarrassed by how much money she spends playing mobile games on WeChat, a hugely popular messaging app developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings. "The most expensive time was...
  • Bharti Airtel launches music streaming app Wynk September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel has launched Wynk Music, a carrier agnostic music streaming mobile application, with a music library of over 1.7 million songs including Hindi, regional and international hits, an official said Tuesday. "In India, Internet is predominantly on mobile. This music application Wynk can be used in both Android...
  • A new Google Glass app that detects human emotions in real time September 1, 2014

    Berlin: German scientists have developed a software for Google Glass to measure human emotions by analysing their facial expressions, in addition to gauging a person's age and detecting gender. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits adapted its SHORE realtime face detection and analysis software to work with Google Glass,...
  • WhatsApp to soon launch free voice calling feature: Reports September 1, 2014

    New York: If media reports are to be believed, mobile messaging service WhatsApp is set to launch a free voice calling feature for its 600 million active users. Recent changes in the interface of the app suggests the feature is coming soon. "The leaked images of the upcoming user interface shows that...
  • Facebook tries to assuage Messenger app privacy fears with a 'Get the Facts' clarification August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Even though the widespread privacy concerns about Facebook's Messenger app did not deter over 500 million from downloading the app from Google Play, Facebook has issued a 'Get the Facts' clarification to assuage some of its users' concerns. Facebook is now pushing an alert to users that directs them...
  • Hyperlapse: Instagram launches a new app that lets you capture smooth timelapse videos even while in motion August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Instagram has launched a new app Hyperlapse that lets users capture highquality time lapse videos even while in motion. Traditionally, timelapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features builtin stabilisation technology that lets you create moving, handheld...
  • Tom Hanks recreates the nostalgia of the typewriter with the Hanx Writer iPad app August 26, 2014

    Toronto: A new app for the iPad aims to recreate the nostalgic sense of typing on a manual typewriter, but ramped up to meet the demands of digitalage word processing. The brainchild of Oscarwinning actor and collector of vintage typewriters Tom Hanks, the app, perhaps aptly called Hanx Writer, replicates the...
  • A new app that lets you add 3D backgrounds to your photos August 25, 2014

    New York: It is time to jazz up your photo albums with 3D sunsets or other scenic backgrounds on photosharing platforms like Instagram, Flickr or Tumblr. Just download the latest photoediting app called "Matter" from Pixite, a digital studio that makes apps for iPhones and iPads. "It is going to help people...
  • Here's why most people are not downloading apps August 24, 2014

    New York: Most apps are free and even when these come with a price tag, the amount is nominal. Even then, people are not downloading them. Why? According to a latest report by American internet analytics company comScore, most US smartphone owners download zero apps in a typical month. It may be...
  • Can't make it to the gym? Here are some apps that put fitness fans through short, sharp workouts August 24, 2014

    Toronto: Fitness buffs who can't make it to the gym but still want to exercise can turn to apps for a short, intense workout when they are pressed for time. The US Centres for Disease Control recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity weekly. But recent...
  • Researchers exploit OS weakness to hack into Gmail with 92 per cent success rate August 23, 2014

    Washington: A team of US engineers has developed a method that allows them to successfully hack into apps including Gmail up to 92 per cent of the time. They have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal...
  • Facebook Messenger downloaded over 500 million times on Android devices: Report August 20, 2014

    New York: Although it initially faced backlash by people, the new Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded over 500 million times on Androidbased devices, reports Google Play Store. The Messenger app earlier received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to download...
  • Kuddle: A new Instagramlike photo sharing app launched for children August 20, 2014

    Oslo: Kuddle, a Norwegian picture sharing app designed for children and billing itself as a rival to Instagram could have one million users by the end of the year and plans an aggressive push into the US market, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Kuddle, which raised $2 million in funding...
  • Snapchat Discovery: Snapchat's new service will let users read publications, watch video clips; may come in November August 20, 2014

    Bangalore: Snapchat Inc, developer of a mobile app that lets users send messages that disappear within seconds, might expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The Californiabased company is in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery,...
  • Review: Unlike the new Foursquare app, Swarm feels like a clumsy afterthought August 16, 2014

    New York: A loyal Foursquare user since 2010, I was annoyed to learn that my favourite "checkin" app was reinventing itself. The service has split into two and got rid of quirky features such as naming a mayor for each venue. Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people...
  • Google buys social travel app maker JetPac August 16, 2014

    Google is buying JetPac, the startup that designs social travel applications disclosed on its website on Friday, without providing details. "We'll be removing Jetpac's apps from the App Store in the coming days, and ending support for them on 9/15," stated a posting on JetPac's homepage. San Franciscobased JetPac has created a...
  • New health apps, games reward patients who take their medicines August 16, 2014

    San Francisco: A group of exgaming industry executives say they can use their design chops to solve a major health challenge: Sick patients neglecting to take their medication and costing employers and insurance providers billions of dollars. Jason Oberfest began thinking about applying game design tricks to complex medical problems in...
  • Facebook's Messenger app gets poor reviews from users August 15, 2014

    New York: The newly launched Facebook Messenger app has received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to download a separate app to access their messages. The Messenger app has received nearly 50,000 reviews with a rating of one star across all...
  • Yahoo bolsters local search with Zofari recommendation app August 13, 2014

    New York: Yahoo said Tuesday it was bolstering its local search capabilities by absorbing the team from the smartphone recommendation app Zofari. "Zofari and Yahoo share a common goal to make the world an easier place to explore for as many people as possible," Californiabased Yahoo said in an email. "We're thrilled...
  • Timeful: A free app that uses artificial intelligence to get your tasks done August 13, 2014

    Toronto: Too many things to do and not enough time to do them? New apps are designed to act as personal time assistants to get tasks done and improve productivity. Timeful, a free iPhone app available in the United States and Canada, uses artificial intelligence to schedule tasks in users' calendars...
  • Facebook's messenger app and privacy: 5 things you must know August 12, 2014

    New York: Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacyconcerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral, making the rounds on the social network recently because...