A recent report by Bloomberg suggests that Twitter is planning on letting its users post links or pictures on the website without it eating into the stubborn 140-character limit set for posts. The change could be introduced as soon as June. Twitter hasn’t commented about it, but the change would make sense, seeing as the San Francisco-based company is currently striving to ramp up its user-base as well as increase the amount of communication circulating on the service. According to…

Blendoor: The new app that removes recruitment bias

Written on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:27
Stephanie Lamkin is the CEO of a company called Blendoor, a company which operates an app designed to help companies find the appropriate staff to hire, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Lamkin calls it a “merit-based matching app” as opposed to a diversity app. “Our branding is about just helping companies find the best talent period,” she says. Blendoor is similar to Tinder, matching employers and applicants by skill sets, interests, education level, and which position companies are recruiting…
Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are set to exit the Texas city of Austin after voters on Saturday said fingerprinting should be part of driver background checks, reports have said. The companies had poured $8.6 million into a campaign to keep fingerprinting, which can be expensive and time-consuming, out of driver checks. Results from the vote on Proposition One -- the most expensive campaign in city history -- showed 56 percent in favour of fingerprint checks, compared 44 percent against,…

Brazil bans WhatsApp again for reasons unknown

Written on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:04
For a second time, a Brazilian judge banned the use of WhatsApp for 72 hours on May 2 – a move that sparked controversy throughout the vast country. The last time WhatsApp was banned Brazil was only five months ago in mid-December 2015. The shocking ban affected approximately 100 million people in the South American nation. The reason for the ban on the widespread messaging service is unknown due to legal secrecy in an ongoing court case. On December 15…
Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s mobile payment and digital wallet service, is officially available in Singapore, which marks the service’s expansion into its sixth country, and second country to arrive in Asia. As of now, residents of Singapore can only use American Express cards, but Apple has said that support for credit and debit cards from Visa and banks including DBS, UOB and Standard Chartered will soon follow in the “coming months.” Apple and American Express have already introduced Apple Pay…
Reports have surfaced that Californian-based Apple Inc. has a secret dedicated team working on significant user-facing changes to its App Store search results, such as charging developers to promote content. This could be controversial for aspiring app developers with little revenue to spend on advertising, having to compete for space on the App Store with well-established app market leaders who can afford to spend up large. Is it the right thing to do? Apple reportedly has a team of about…
Twitter recently introduced a new head of operations for what it calls Greater China despite still being banned in the mainland, as it attempts to boost already booming advertising in the region. While San Francisco-based Twitter is not allowed to operate in mainland China under the country's strict Internet censorship, it does have an office in Hong Kong that courts advertisers over the border. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey sent a tweet from his @jack account welcoming former Microsoft and Cisco…
WhatsApp, the instant messaging app owned by Facebook, recently introduced a full encryption for its services as a means of ensuring that only the sender and the receiver can view the messages being sent via the app. The new privacy feature, known as ‘end-to-end encryption', applies to everything that is uploaded within a WhatsApp chat, including photos, videos and group messages. The app is used in more than 50 languages around the world, including Brazil, India, and all of Europe,…

The sheer scale of mobile apps

Written on Monday, 29 February 2016 08:00
It was no less than ten years ago when people were just getting used to the phenomenon of texting. No longer did people have to make a phone call, or even speak for that matter, to contact someone. It introduced a new era of quick, convenient instant messaging. But mobile evolution didn't stop there. Today, with the astonishing efficiency of LTE networks, texting has taken a back seat to apps: self-contained programs or a piece of software designed to fulfill…
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