Apps & Software

News, features and insights about various desktop and mobile applications and software.

Google has published a set of lovely icons, designed for use in mobile apps or whatever else you fancy using them for. The most intersting this is that they are for free. This is part of its Material Design project. The icons have  just been published to Github, and there are over 750...
Software Maker Microsoft has released an early prototype of an Android Wear app that lets you draw letters on the screen to enter text. This is because Android Wear smartwatches don’t include on-screen keyboards, because it’s easier to enter text using voice recognition than it is to type on a...
Information coming in is that Facebook is working on an app that facilitates anonymous texting by the users. The social media giant is looking at the app to elevate the fortunes of the company further. The app will enable the users to send text messages to friends in an anonymous identity. The...
Social networking giant Facebook is looking into mobile payments. This is according to a new report from TechCrunch, where a new friend-to-friend payment option already exists in Facebook Messenger. The social network just has to flip the switch on the feature, and it appears as if users will be able to send each...
Come November 10th, People in India will not be able to use Microsoft's Skype service to make calls to local mobile phones and landlines. The comes after the company has quietly revealed, via an updated support website page, that all those kinds of calls will end in that country. However, people...
Mobile messaging app WhatsApp may soon have a rival in the form of a Google messaging app. This is according to a report in a business daily. The report says that the software giant Google is planning to launch the mobile messaging app and is likely to test the product in...
Today Facebook has launched its mobile Like Button for developers. Mobile developers can now embed a Like Button into their app, and as Facebook explains on its blog, this means that Facebook’s influence outside of its core apps will continue to grow: People using a mobile app can directly Like the...
Over 100,000 people in Hong Kong have downloaded an app called FireChat in a recent 24-hour period. This is because the app allows them to keep chatting, even when their phones lose mobile network connectivity. FireChat works by connecting users in a daisy chain, or mesh network, via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No...
Matchstick and Mozilla have announced an open-source take on the Chromecast. It is a $25 Firefox OS-powered HDMI dongle for streaming Internet. The media stick will be available first through Kickstarter, in the hopes to drive down the price tag. Jack Chang, Matchstick General Manager in the US, described the device to...
Windows 10 is slated to release mid-2015 and Microsoft has already started distributing the Technical Preview of the OS today via its Windows Insider Program. The OS is touted to be the next Windows XP-killer and marking the return of some of the features that Windows 8 had killed. Let’s quickly...