Today, artificial intelligence is seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it represents a bright future of possibilities the likes of Star Trek have painted on television for years. On the other hand, it also summons fears of robotic overlords hell bent on eradicating inefficient humans. But at its very core, AI is supposed to help relieve humans of mundane and repetitive tasks. Snips, a young Paris-based startup, believes in that kind of AI vision, and it is starting somewhat from the ground up with an iOS app that focuses on the first, and most important, foundation of artificial intelligence: memory.
Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple. After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market. In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.
Twitter is testing a new feature in its app for Android users and this feature adds a button that allows the users to launch Periscope broadcasts. The new button is labeled as "go live" and can be seen when composing a tweet. For now, the Periscope integration is a test with a small percentage of Android users. Exactly how small that percentage of testers is we don't know. For those who have the "go live" button when it is clicked, they are redirected to Periscope where they can begin a live broadcast.
Apple is giving GarageBand a distinctly Chinese twist, marking CEO Tim Cook's visit to China with a fresh batch of local instruments and more. GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac each gain three new instruments - the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion - along with 300 Chinese musical loops which can be dropped into new or existing compositions.
The full collection of "best" Android Experiments for the 2016 season have been released by Google, and amongst them is this "3D Controller" for your smartphone. What you'll see here is your Android smartphone being converted into a controller not unlike what you might know as a Wii-mote, but without the need of a sensor at the top of your display. This control scheme will open the doors to great things in the Android universe.
Google created its Translate app and service to help make the world a smaller place, linguistically speaking. While the app does work wonders when traveling abroad or talking with foreigners, it presumes the presence of fast Internet connections in those places. Sadly, that isn't always the case in all the countries and locales that Google Translate supports. Good thing, then, that Google has finally added offline support for its 52 strong languages, allowing most of Translate's impressive features to now work even without an active Internet connection.
Sometimes, an app comes along that charms the socks off iOS and Android users by virtue of its simplicity and thoughtfulness. Doing that for calendars was Sunrise, handiwork of a start-up that got so much positive attention, Microsoft swept in with an open wallet and snatched the team up back in February last year.
Prepare your finger for "where's Instagram gone?" confusion, as the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network dramatically changes its app icon and overall style. The refresh, revealed today, sees Instagram switch to a far cleaner, more colorful aesthetic, ditching the detailed - but aging - camera graphic of old, in favor of a pared-back version.
BlackBerry 10 moved few people and as a result, not many devices sold for the company, but lots of folks did like the BlackBerry Hub app that was on those devices. BlackBerry Hub is a centralized communication app that allows users to respond to messages and conversations from multiple locations in one place. Rumors have surfaced that Samsung will have a similar app that will debut with the Galaxy Note 6 smartphone called Samsung Focus.
As much as these instant messaging services would like it to be the case, not everyone spends all day in front of their smartphones (though some really do). Some do have to spend some time in front of full computers, which sometimes means missing out on important, or not so important, interruptions from family and friends. That is why WhatsApp is now offering a desktop version of its messaging app, available for both Windows PCs and and Mac OS X so you won't have to miss a beat just because you really need to be productive.
Slack has introduced a new sign-in option developers can add to their apps — ‘Sign in with Slack.’ With it, Slack users can use their Slack credentials to sign up for an app that supports it. This feature has the added benefit of keeping Slack teams connected with each other across other apps, says Slack, and brings with it a few benefits for developers, too.