Apps & Software

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

Search giant Google has released a new handwriting keyboard for Android devices called "Google Handwriting Input."
Mobile apps today have become a part of every conceivable business, irrespective of their size or services they offer. Every business, even the guy making the Rolex (not the luxury watch) at the corner, before you reach your apartment could be working with some devs from Makerere or Busitema...
As part of the latest developer preview of its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) project, Google has made it possible to launch Android apps on almost any device.
Today at the Connected East Africa Summit, Microsoft 4Afrika launched an online hub for Kenyan small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access locally relevant information and resources to  promote SMEs and improve trade. Biz4Afrika is an Africa-wide network of SMEs designed to enable a sustainable and connected community of...
WHEN IT COMES to text-based communication tools, we’re experiencing a kind of Cambrian Explosion. Emoji has long gone mainstream, leading to a wave of niche Ikea emoticons and Saturday Night Live pictograms. Even this week’s New Yorker is a riff on emoji. Amidst all this frivolous growth, it’s a welcome...
Twitter has launched Periscope, a new live video streaming app for iOS which it acquired in January when it was already in development. The app streams video with almost zero friction. It has a clean the chat function and you can save your videos for later viewing. The app also has the ability to line up a...
Today at its F8 conference, Facebook announced its new Messenger Platform that will allow its 600 million users to create and share content with third-party tools, and communicate directly with businesses rather than calling or emailing them. The content tools platform and apps from initial partners including ESPN, JibJab, and...
Messaging app WeChat has introduced a new feature called Voiceprint which allows you to log in to your account without your password by reading a set of numbers out loud.
Facebook’s experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010. But after seeingTimehop hit 6 million daily users on mobile, Facebook is officially launching a competing nostalgia feature called “On This Day.” It shows users their Facebook posts from the current date in past years, like photos from exactly one year...
Instagram has released a brand new collage app —Layout — that lets you use your iPhone to combine up to nine photos in a single shot. In a way, the real question is not why Instagram has now launched a collage app, but why it took the company so...