Apps & Software

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

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...
Hammad Akbar, The head of a company that sells a spyware application StealthGenie for smartphones has been indicted and arrested for conspiracy and other charges related to surreptitious interception. Undetectable and untraceable by most phone users, StealthGenie was allegedly being advertised by Hammad, the chief executive of the Pakistani-owned, UK-based company...
A pair of former Nokia-Siemens consultants have announced the launch of The Research Browser iPad app, aiming to re-imagine the way we shop, book and look for content online together. Initially available exclusively for the iPad, The Research Browser is a cloud-connected browser for organizing and sharing web research with...
A new program called Cloud Platform for Startups has been announced by Google, where it will give away $100,000 in cloud computing credits to startups that are less than 5 years old and generate less than $500,000 in annual revenue. The company will be working with over 50 top incubators, accelerators,...