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How tech firms make us feel like we own their apps – and how that benefits them

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.

Anonymous apps risk fuelling cyberbullying but they also fill a vital role

The explosive popularity of YOLO has led to warnings of the same problem that led to Yik Yak’s shutdown, namely that its anonymity could lead to cyberbullying and hate speech. But in an age of online surveillance and self-censorship, proponents view anonymity as an essential component of privacy and free-speech. And our own research on anonymous online interactions among teenagers in the UK and Ir...[Read More]

Huawei’s OS, Hongmeng, is allegedly faster than iOS and Android

In an interesting twist in the tech Cold War, Huawei claims its own operating system called Hongmeng OS will be faster than both Android and iOS.

Google is killing its standalone Trips app in August 2019

Google is killing off its Trips app in August 2019 and rolling many of its features into Google's 'travel' service and Google Maps.

Huawei AppGallery is adding South African apps and themes, but will people use it?

Huawei has teamed up with local app developers to feature their content on AppGallery, as well as local designers to feature in the Themes Gallery app.

Google Play Store will help you save storage on Android soon

If you’re one of those people who love accumulating apps that you never use Google Play Store is rolling out a solution that’ll notify you about unused apps.

Our smartphone addiction is killing us – can apps that limit screen time offer a lifeline?

Technology is designed to be addictive. And a society that is “mobile dependent” has a hard time spending even minutes away from their app-enabled smartphones. In 2017, U.S. adults spent an average of three hours and 20 minutes a day using their smartphones and tablets. This is double the amount from just five years ago, according to an annual survey of internet trends. Another survey suggests ...[Read More]

Spotify is testing playlists combining tunes and podcasts, and now has 100m paying subscribers

Spotify rolled out a new playlist to a select few users on the down-low that includes short news-related podcast segments woven into a curated playlist of songs.

Spotify confirms it will acquire podcast companies Gimlet Media and Anchor

Spotify has announced that it will acquire Gimlet Media, an independent podcast producer, and Anchor, a platform with tools for podcast creators.

Mario Kart is coming to mobile this year

Now you’ll be able to ruin friendships even if you don’t own a Nintendo console of any kind. How, you ask? Nintendo’s mobile Mario Kart will be available on Android and iOS before March this year. Mario Kart’s mobile version, Mario Kart Tour, was announced early in 2018 on the Nintendo US Twitter account. Nintendo said at the time that development had started and that the game would be available b...[Read More]

Mini Meme: Be a real guitar hero

From tentative strummers to professional Hendrix impersonators, we can all improve our plank-spanking with judicious use of these rocking apps. Yousician Free / Android, iOS Learning a new instrument can be a right old trudge, which is why Yousician wisely reimagines plucking and strumming as a game. Its exercises are like Guitar Hero turned on its side, as you time your efforts to match coloured ...[Read More]

TikTok: the world’s most valuable startup that you’ve never heard of

Anticipation has long been building about the impending takeover of the tech world by Chinese digital giants like Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, and JD. Efforts so far, however, have been largely disappointing. The most popular messaging app in the West is WhatsApp, not WeChat; people use PayPal, not Alipay, for digital payments; Google dominates the search market, not Baidu. Indeed, Google, Facebook, I...[Read More]

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