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Applications

  • Players before profit: how gaming companies can hang on to their fans

    Most mobile users have experienced the frustration that arises when a supposedly free gaming app turns out to be nothing more than a pick-pocketing scheme. You come across an app that’s free to download, fire it up, and then suddenly find yourself assaulted by a slew of varied attempts at digging into your wallet. Whether you enjoy gaming online or using an app, I can state with near certainty that you have encountered at least one of the following ploys: A free game turns out to be a trial version, offering perhaps one free level, or it’s riddled with a...

  • Windows Phone App Studio makes app creation child’s play

    We all know that one of the main reasons Windows 8 is struggling with Android and iOS is the fact that its app store is quite limited. In efforts to counter this, Microsoft announced the opening of its new app building platfrom -- the Windows Phone App Studio. The platform promises no coding required from the creator's end and is supposed to be incredibly user-friendly. You can mess around with adding different images, videos, RSS and Twitter feeds -- all in the spirits of casual DIY. Yes, but will you be able to make Angry Birds? Probably not, but you'll most...

  • WhatsApp rolls out one-touch Push-To-Talk for all platforms

    WhatsApp is now serving more than 300-million mobile users monthly, according to AllThingsD. That's 11-billion messages sent, and 20-billion received, daily. But the real excitement, at least for tech lovers like us is the new push-to-talk (PTT) feature which hits Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, some Nokias and iOS devices today. Everyone can join the PTT party and the update should roll out to everyone, worldwide, over the next 24-hours. It's real, look -- proofSending and using the new PTT feature is a doodle. If you look above, you can now see that there's a microphone icon next to the text...

  • Day One for iOS review: a simple, digital journal for life

    My desk at the office is filled with notebooks of varying sizes, Post-its and scratch pads, all filled from top to bottom with notes and scribbled messages that I thought at some point needed remembering. Everything from calculations that I can't do in my head (read: most calculations) to things I need to buy on my way home. Most of these, often illegible, ramblings have some sort of purpose and do end up being filed in other relevant notebooks, drawers or text files on my hard drive. It is in this manner that I handle the duties and responsibilities...

  • SA exclusive mobile shooter ‘Fleet of One’ blasts its way onto iOS, Android

    Fleet of One, the South African-developed game for iOS and Android is now available for Apple's iDevices and will be "released soon" for Google's mighty mobile OS. Developed by Polymorph, Fleet of One is the hard-as-nails lovechild of Space Invaders and Galaga, two arcade-style shooters with little room for error. The enemies show up in waves on the top half of the screen and your five cannons (each one outfitted with a shield) are tasked with annihilating the colourful alien menace. Colin Payen, creative director at Polymorph along with Herman Lintvelt, director and founder, built and designed Fleet of One to recreate...

  • 15 apps for an easier, more productive life

    I am constantly in search of the perfect, “must-have” productivity app. Of course we all know there's no such thing. No matter how much we use a specific app we'll always find flaws. Take the Instagram app for example – the new update is cool, but on my Galaxy S III, I still can't use the camera natively from within Instagram, I have to take a photo on another camera app and then share it to Instagram, otherwise it crashes. And my Facebook app sometimes continues to register notifications even after I know I've checked them. What this does mean however is...

  • Badland for iOS review: an instant, indie classic

    I follow a lot of app blogs online, and have tons of notifications going off everyday regarding apps that have been discounted or set as free for the day. The vast majority of these apps that go free though, are crap, and I end up deleting most of them after the first use, thankful that I didn't waste any money on them, while feeling sorry for those who did. Recently though, in celebration of the App Store's fifth birthday, the net went wild with the list of apps that had been made free. Among them was an indie game...

  • WhatsApp for iOS now free for first year of use

    WhatsApp, the messaging app we all know, love and continuously use is now free, sort of. Instead of the US$0.99 (R10) fee, there's now a yearly dollar subscription model in place that kicks in after the first free 12-months of use. As reported by Techcrunch earlier this year, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said that the app will shift to an annual payment model to bring it in line with "how it's distributed on Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone platforms." Smart move. The now free WhatsApp for iOS comes as version 2.0.1 launches on iTunes. New features include auto-backup of chats to iCloud and...

  • Google Maps Android update includes freshly revamped UI

    Google’s latest update for its Maps app, version 7.0, is slowly rolling out to Android devices that are version 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. There are a bunch of new features, the most important being the “enhanced navigation including live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting” as detailed by the change log for the Maps update. Maps for mobile And Maps for tablets. Slick! The detailed changes for the app are listed below: *This update will be gradually rolling out to Android 4.0.3+ users over the next few weeks. Users with Android versions below 4.0.3 should visit http://goo.gl/5AMJS to find out...

  • Two CyanogenMod security features Android 4.3 needs

    If you are reading this, you probably know what CyanogenMod is. In case you don’t, here’s the official description. CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices. Based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android. In other words, CyanogenMod is the answer to any question that begins with, “what can I do to make...