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Browsing: App News
Though Stuff is typically all about the biggest and best of the smartphone world, we’ve got a soft spot for more basic devices. The only complaint? App support, specifically the sort that lets us remain in touch with friends and family. That’s about to change, with the launch of WhatsApp for KaiOS devices around the world.
Instagram’s recent decision to remove its “like” counter from its platform in select geographic regions is an interesting, perhaps long overdue, measure. Although recently users in Canada reported seeing the “like” counter back on for a day, the counter is currently off. The roll-out is a techno-social experiment, and there are advantages — and a few unintended consequences — of such an action.
Taxi Live Africa is a new locally-developed mobile app that allows metered, private and owner-run taxi drivers to find customers through the platform.
Plants vs. Zombies is a genuine gaming phenomenon, an oddball concept that worked so well that the original PC game was ported over to many, many different platforms. It spawned its own shooter (two of em), and a so-so mobile sequel that was tainted by Electronic Arts being
Spotify has released an extensive library of Disney songs, which includes the whole Star Wars score by John Williams, Marvel tunes and much more to geek out to.
Digitisation refers to everything from delivering farming advice via text messaging to interactive voice response. It also includes smart phone applications that link farmers to multimedia advisory content, farm inputs, and buyers. And it covers the use of drones and satellite systems to inform farmer activities, such as crops and times to plant; and types and amounts of inputs to use.
So that’s why Lego came out with that Stranger Things-themed set that kept the Stuff team busy for two full days. There’s a new range coming from the Danish makers of addictive bricks, called Hidden Side, which has an emphasis on ghosts. And other things that aren’t actually there, commonly known at Stuff Towers as augmented reality (AR).
People who become heavy users of the apps they download can develop deep relationships with these services, so deep that they take on what we call “psychological ownership” of them. This means they perceive each app as something that belongs just to them and has effectively become an extension of themselves.