Posts Tagged ‘app’

EasyJet allow you to check-in with photo

October 14th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

easyjet 300x180 EasyJet allow you to check in with photoEasyJet are allowing passengers to check-in for their flights via the budget airline’s official app, by taking a photograph of their passport.

This means, thanks to an update to the Android and iOS apps, you now don’t need to manually tap-in all your details when registering for a trip.

The idea is that, this new feature makes the check-in process a whole lot quicker, by allowing everyone to sign in with their smartphone up to two hours before their flight at the 110 EasyJet airports.

“Our new mobile passport scanning function will save time for the millions of customers who use the app to input their travel documentation details,” said EasyJet head of digital James Millett. ”It’s another example of innovating to make travel as easy as it is affordable with EasyJet.”

The app is free on the App Store and Google Play.

New hayfever gadget warns of pollen hotspots

July 31st, 2014 No Comments By Lucy Sweet

sneeze New hayfever gadget warns of pollen hotspots If hayfever has you streaming, sneezing and dribbling your way through the summer months, then worry no more.

Nosee is a prototype sensor that is always on the look out for high pollen counts, wherever you happen to be.

It sends information about air quality and sneeze risk to an app, and if you can see it for all that mucus, you’ll know whether to stay indoors with a wet towel over your head.

Nosee is being developed by a digital design company in Birmingham called 383, and it uses a simple traffic light style system to warn you of an attack of the face squits.

It also asks you to tell it how you’re feeling: Sneezy, Itchy, Scratchy, Runny…(and all those others who failed the audition for the Seven Dwarves).

You can put Nosee outside, and it combines local air quality readings with pollen count data and weather forecasts from the Met Office, giving you more tailored and specific information about your personal pollen hell.

‘The daily pollen forecasts issued by the Met Office paint the country with broad strokes either of high, medium or low scores, but it’s often specific locations or pollen types that cause the most irritating effects,’ says a spokesman for 383.

But what actually is Nosee? Is it an app? Is it a hand-held pollen thermostat? Well, as it’s a prototype, at the moment it could be anything. They think a Snotwatch would be nice, but maybe it would be more useful to embed the sensor into a hanky?

Tinder copies Snapchat

June 6th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

tinder Tinder copies SnapchatWomen. Be scared. Tinder has decided to adopt a Snapchat element to its app, which means you’re going to be getting a LOT of unsolicited cockshots.

The newly updated app will now see users able to send photos that will self-destruct, and on images, you can add text, filters or MS Paint style doodlings.

As soon as two people swipe right on each other, you’ll be able to start sending pictures to each other. Great for 1% of users who want to use the app simply for NSA hook-ups, great for the 1% of people who solely use Tinder so they can screengrab creeps and complain about it online, pretty irritating for the 98% left over.

The difference is that, on Tinder, instead of having a few seconds to view an image, you’ll have 24 hours to stare at a man playing with himself next to a magnolia painted wall.

Either way, Tinder is doing really well. It has only been running for 18 months, but has already seen over 850 million ‘swipes’ and somewhere in advance of 10 million matches per day.

That’s a lot of people taking photos of their junk. Still, straight people are still pretty rubbish at hooking up with randoms through an app. Grindr still leads the way in people bumping uglies togther – Tinder’s just introduced an element that will see even less straight people hooking up.

Ah well.

Imagine, you’re slumbering happily, and then suddenly you wake up to a message on your phone from some mysterious dobber/s calling themselves ‘Oleg Pliss’, telling you you’ve been hacked. Not only that, but your phone will be locked until you pay them a ransom of $100 via Paypal.

oleg pliss apple ios mac 300x168 iPhone users get ‘iJacked’ by the mysterious Oleg Pliss

Well, this is what happened to Apple users across Australia in the early hours of Tuesday morning, who found themselves phoneless and iPad-less thanks to the hackers. Some were woken to alerts in the night, and others, when they came to use their devices, found that they were locked.

So who, or what, is Oleg Pliss, and how did they manage to lock random devices across a whole country? Well, users reported a breach of the ‘Find My Phone’ app – which means they could have accessed devices through the iCloud and then set them to ‘lost mode’.

Or if they users had the same passwords across a number of devices, that might explain it, too. But at the moment, nobody knows.

As for who Oleg is, there are a few theories – there’s a guy called Oleg Pliss who works as a software engineer at tech company Oracle, and a few dotted about on Linkedin in Ukraine and Russia.

Unfortunately, victims of the hacking have reported getting short shrift from Apple and mobile providers. And apparently Vodafone told one customer that ‘Apple can’t be hacked.’ (Hmm, REALLY?).

Apple have yet to comment, probably because they have no idea how Oleg and his pals actually did it…

Taxi drivers are very unhappy about Uber

May 12th, 2014 10 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Picture 2 Taxi drivers are very unhappy about UberThis weekend, you may have seen a load of taxis doing the rounds, with ‘Uber’ branding on them. They’re doing a big push to get our attentions, directing us toward their new service which is Taxis For The Mobile Generation.

Basically, you download an app and you can request a ride on your phone as well as being able to split your fare, get a quote, rate drivers and read reviews and more. It’s a new way of getting a cab and, the other taxi drivers are not at all happy about it.

Uber allows drivers to start their own businesses without all the training and and licenses and you detect a driver’s whereabouts thanks to GPS and the driver comes to find you by using the GPS on your phone. No money changes hands either - once you complete your journey, the fare is automatically charged to your credit card on file and you get a receipt emailed to you.

It has been reported that over 10,000 London taxi drivers are planning a mass protest over Uber, with Steve McNamara – the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association’s general secretary – saying that the problem with the app is that it allows drivers to work as a taxi without having to follow the same rules as other services, which gives them an unfair advantage.

He says: “All we’re saying is if you want to come to London and operate the business model you’re operating, you should operate within our laws.”

“For me to persuade 10,000 guys to take a day off work shows you the strength of feeling,” he added. “They’re not a commercial threat to us. It’s a sense of fair play.”

Over in France, they weren’t happy about Uber either, with Francois Hollande going after them (unsuccessfully) and cabbies staging a protest where they blocked traffic from airports. In Belgium, those using the app are subject to a €10,000 fine.

This is definitely going to be something that people will disagree on. On one hand, it does seem unfair that the UK’s existing cab drivers had to get licenses and meters and all that, with this new lot not having to bother. On the other hand, taxi firms already feel a bit lawless as it is, so how would Uber be any different for the consumer?

What do you think?

If you’ve got a mobile and you want to send cash to any bank account, a new secure payment system called Paym can do it for you –without the need for sort codes or fiddly account numbers.

paym Forget sort codes – soon you can transfer money by Paym

According to the Payments Council, Paym (like, you know ‘PAY ‘EM’) will be available to 40m banking custiomers very soon and will be integrated into banking apps. All the information you’ll need to complete a payment will be the person’s phone number.

So if you’re a Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Halifax. HSBC, Lloyds, Santander or TSB customer, you can be one of the 30 million people who can start using PayM. Then later on in the year, it will be available to Clydesdale Bank, First Direct, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Yorkshire Bank.
It’s expected that the service will be used to make small payments, like repaying your mate that tenner you borrowed for a lapdance/kebab, but the daily limit will be £250.

Adrian Kamellard from the Payments Council said: ‘Paym will enable millions of people to pay securely using just a mobile number from spring this year. In a world where many of us are inseparable from our phones, it’s readily believable that more than one billion of these payments could be made in the next five years.’

It’s readily believable alright, Adrian!

Of course, Pingit from Barclays has been doing this for a while, but Paym has much a wider range of customers. There’s also Zapp, which will launch in the Autumn and allow you to pay bills with your mobile.

Which is all very well, but can someone think of some better names for these things? Paym, Pingit and Zapp sound like aliens in rubbish Cbeebies programme.

Are you completely neurotic about your health? Well, join the growing army of the worried well who are using technology to plan, plot and monitor every breath with this new iPhone case from Azoi.

wello New iPhone case monitors your heart rate and blood pressure

We’ve seen enough wearable health tech in recent months to clog up landfills for millions of years, but this is the first phone CASE that can check your blood pressure while you’re on the move.

The Wello case looks like an ordinary, boring black phone protector, but inside there are multi-purpose sensors that can accurately measure your ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen and lung function.

It’s a must for health freaks or just people with an abnormally high rate of self-absorption.

All you need to do is hold it in your hand, wait a minute and see whether it flashes red and starts beeping the Funeral March. (Actually, your readings are transferred to an app, which you can show to the doctor when you arrive at A&E, clutching your chest.)

The Wello case is out this summer and will cost £120 – which would probably be better spent on pies because you’re going to DIE ANYWAY.

As if Google Glass isn’t daft enough – now it seems that a young developer is hellbent on making you look daft while you’re having sex, too.

sex with glass Have offputting sex while wearing your Google Goggles

A new app called Sex With Glass, which is being created by randy Central St Martin’s student Sherif Maktabi, is intended for use during the act of love. All you have to do is say ‘OK, Glass, it’s time’ and Glass will stream what you’re seeing to each other. When you want to stop, you just say ‘OK, Glass, pull out.’

WHAT A TURN ON, EH?

As well as swapping each other’s viewpoints, you can also watch the whole grunting, unattractive extravaganza afterwards with a bag of popcorn, but the movie will be deleted forever after five hours, so no Kim Kardashian sex tape for you. The app also allows you to control mood lighting if your lighting system is wifi connected.

If you want to peer at your own flabby bits on your goggle telly instead of actually experiencing all the fun in Triple X real life 3D, then that’s up to you. But it seems that the app could be an exercise in futility for people who aren’t self-absorbed, show off sex people. I mean, do you really want to have your coitus interrupted by anguished cries of ‘Oh my God, my arse is really hairy’?

Hmm, thanks, but no thanks, technology.

Awful plastic surgery app for girls gets the chop

January 15th, 2014 6 Comments By Lucy Sweet

Apart from perhaps an app telling you how to dismember a body and bury it in some wasteland, there can be few things more heinous than the catchily named ‘Plastic Surgery and Plastic Doctor and Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie’ game.

barbie app 300x169 Awful plastic surgery app for girls gets the chop

Aimed at NINE year old girls, who are already being hothoused to think that they’re fat and worthless, the ‘fun’ app features an ‘unfortunate girl’ who is so hideous that only surgery can help her. Then, with a swipe of your finger, you can cut up her face and body and suck out all that gross fat.

But thanks to a Twitter campaign by the pressure group Everyday Sexism, Apple has agreed to lipo suck the app off iTunes and consign it to the digital dustbin. Over 4000 Twitter users railed against the app developed by a company called Corina Game, calling on Apple to withdraw it immediately. While Apple didn’t comment, the game was deleted from the App Store last night.

Over on Android, it turned out that you could also buy a similar plastic surgery app, which featured a woman called Barbara who ‘liked to eat a lot of burgers and chocolates and found that she is ugly.
Today plastic surgeon is going to make operation on her body and face in order to return cute Barbara’s look. She is afraid of all of this.’

Ha ha! Fear! Knives! Mutilation! What a fun game for little girls, eh? After Everyday Sexism found out about that too, Google also quietly removed the app from Google Play, but not before it had been downloaded nearly 1 million times.

Perhaps Apple and Google need to pay a little bit more attention to some of the garbage they’re peddling in their app stores?

pothole 300x199 The DfT like the idea of pothole app, so they dont have to fix the roadsThe Department for Transport (DfT) like a new app so much that they’ve decided to back its development. This new app will show everyone where the potholes of the UK are. The app saves anyone having to actually fix our decrepit roads, which resemble one long sink hole.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill has pledged £30,000 to enable CTC, a cycling charity (are all cyclists in need of charity now?) to make their ‘fill that hole’ site slicker and create a brand new Android app.

The app is already used by 9 million iPhone-havers, which is designed to help people report potholes to their local council.

Goodwill said: “At best they are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists. That is why we want people to tell councils where to find them so they can fill them in. This app means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily.”

Clearly, it is cheaper to give people the power to report things, which won’t be acted on, than it is to actually pay to fix the problem in the first instance.

Auto Shazam to record everything around you

December 23rd, 2013 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

 Auto Shazam to record everything around youIf you weren’t being watched enough by everything ever, Shazam is now going to listen to you all the time with an update that brings the ‘Auto Shazam’ feature to the fore, which will stick an ear in your day and make playlists of all the songs that surround you.

Of course, you’ll have to check in so it isn’t exactly invasive. It could be a great tool if you go to a club or a pub that has a killer jukebox. It’ll operate independently so you won’t have to keep logging-in and it will run in the background so you can use your phone.

It might be a bit of a drain on data packages and your battery, although the app itself will switch off after two hours.

“The one thing we have with us all day, every day, is our phone. With today’s Shazam update for iPhone, our users can now capture all the media playing around them in the car, at a café, in a cinema, or while watching TV, even when their phone is locked or they’re using it to do something else,” Daniel Danker, Shazam’s chief product officer, said in a press release. “This update is another leap forward in achieving our vision to help people effortlessly recognize and engage with the world around them.”

The app will notify you of new songs and saves it to playlists grouped by date so you can pinpoint where you heard that song you liked. Might be one to switch off if you’re doing last minute Christmas shopping as it’ll end up being 40 versions of Now That’s What I Call Christmas.

It won’t save or sending any personal data, adding that “only digital fingerprint summaries of the audio are sent to Shazam’s servers to identify media content in Shazam’s databases.”

Yes, Barclays’ online banking service is knackered

November 18th, 2013 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Barclays PA 300x225 Yes, Barclays online banking service is knackeredIf you’re a Barclays’ customer who has been trying to do some online banking, you’ll know that their service seems to be down. Customers are unable to access their accounts and the mobile app isn’t working either.

The site has been showing a message that says: “5 – Sorry – Barclays Online Banking is currently unavailable.” If you hit ‘next’, you get an error message.

The site isitdownrightnow.com is showing that disruption is widespread too.

Of course, Barclays customers are taking to the internet to get angry about it, and as yet, there’s no word from Barclays themselves from their main account. The UK wing apologised yesterday for some app disruption, but it appears it has all gone awry again.

Looks like customers will have to wait ’til the morning for an answer or apology. Until then, Barclays customers are advised to complain direct to the company themselves, rather than complaining so everyone else can see it (that only ensures that people will think you deserve your financial predicament).

We’ll follow this up when we hear more.

Original Blackberry Mobile Phone 7290 BlackBerry Mobiles BlackBerry Mobile Prices 300x300 BlackBerry to keep BBM free for all... but is their any point if weve got WhatsApp?Now that BlackBerry have allowed everyone – not just BlackBerry owners – to enjoy their BBM messaging feature, RIM have been moved to say that the app will remain free for the foreseeable future.

“It’s definitely a free service,” said Andrew Bocking, executive vice-president of BBM for BlackBerry. “We have other ideas on how to monetize that service.”

Basically, the service will make money through adverts and marketing.

“We continue to plan to evolve the service and keep making it more engaging and have more reasons why people will come back to use the service,” said Bocking. ”This is one we’re definitely investing in, this is definitely one of our key strategies, but it’s one of many.”

BlackBerry have been crowing about how the BBM app has been downloaded 10 million times on Apple and Android devices, but that is nothing compared to how many people use WhatsApp and, with WhatsApp existing (as well as Twitter, Facebook, Skype and all the rest), is there a place for BBM?

pint of beer 300x180 Ordering your beer with your phone to end the bar queue?There is nothing quite as irritating as getting into a pub and all you want is a lovely beer and it is ten-deep and the barman is doing one drink at a time. And then he does the Guinness last.

Well, one pub is trying something different in a bid to kill the queue – they’ve got technology involved so you can order through your mobile.

If you go to the Keyworth Tavern in Nottingham you can even order your round while you’re on the way, thanks to this Orderella app. You can order from your table once you get in and a bartender will bring over your booze. You’ll only have to stand up to defecate or dance badly to the jukebox.

All drinks are charged to an account to avoid actually using cash and the app will be rolled out at 50 pubs across the UK next month.

Landlord Adrian Clarke reckons the app has already gone down well, saying: “A group of customers even had a bet to see which would be quicker – ordering a drink on the phone or going up to the bar as normal. The phone app won.”

Naturally, the advent of not using cash could mean that the app generates a feeling of ‘pretend money’ and you might end up buying far more than you intended, but at least you’ll get a roaring night out of it. It won’t matter if you’re legless now.

Have a look at the app here.

Will HMV’s new digital service revive Nipper?

October 18th, 2013 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

hmv 300x202 Will HMVs new digital service revive Nipper?HMV have relaunched their digital service in a bid to stay relevant after the company was a dog’s whisker away from being put down at the vets. Now, with Nipper’s new service, we can browse HMV’s digital catalogue, buy and pre-order MP3s and generally obtain a service that’s available elsewhere.

There will be a HMV app, whic is the first non-iTunes-based service on Apple’s iOS platform which will allow music downloads through a native app, according to the company.

In the app, there’s a nifty thing called ‘image search’, where you can scan album covers with your phone and listen to a 30 second preview. There’s also ‘sound search’, which allows you to discover tunes they hear while you’re going about your business. So, Shazam then?

While these things are all well and good, people will surely still listen to leaks on YouTube or get stuck into torrents? HMV isn’t exactly offering a solution to a problem here.

“For the first time, music lovers have the ability to experience the traditional feel of HMV on the high street and have the option to discover and build a digital music collection, delivered and managed across devices, from HMV, the Home of Entertainment,” said James Coughlan, Managing Director of HMV Digital.

“An exciting vision is unfolding and I look forward to announcing further developments regarding our plans for 2014 in the coming weeks – this is just the beginning!”

The HMV app is available from today, free of charge, if you want to test drive it.