Posts Tagged ‘app’
Microsoft have apparently bought the hugely popular keyboard app SwiftKey for $250 million. It is thought that they’ve bought this, not just for its popularity, but also that it can be used with artificial intelligence in Microsoft’s imminent Word Flow smart keyboard.
The app, if you haven’t ever seen it or used it, allows you to type text without removing your finger from your screen. It uses AI to predict which words you’re using, and analyses your writing style to improve the more you use it.
It has topped the charts on iOS and Android platforms, and has technology that can learn slang, which emoji you prefer, and people’s nicknames. The company themselves say that they’ve saved almost two trillion keystrokes and over 23,000 years in combined typing time.
It looks like this.
However, like a lot of businesses with a good idea, SwiftKey has not exactly been a great business model. That’s where Microsoft are hoping to change things.
Microsoft have indeed been busy of late, buying to-do app Wunderlist, the Sunrise calendar app, and Acompli. It looks like Microsoft are staying relevant by acquiring third-party apps. Could be a winner, provided they don’t make a hash of it.
Well, that’ll be changing as the folks at WhatsApp have said it’ll be free.
They say: “We’re happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well.”
“Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”
“Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today’s announcement means we’re introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from.”
“That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.”
So, there you go. It’ll now be free… but it might start pestering you too. Thankfully, there’s alternatives to WhatsApp, if it ends up doing your head in.
People who use WhatsApp are being targeted with a phishing attack, which obviously, you should keep an eye on.
Basically, you get an email which looks like it is from WhatsApp, often with something saying ‘you have obtained a voice notification’, or ‘an audio memo was missed’, or something along those lines. If you look at the ‘from’ email address, you’ll see it doesn’t come from WhatsApp at all.
Subject lines end with a set of random nonsense like “xgod” or “Ydkpda”, and basically, you should delete the email as soon as you get it. Have nothing to do with it at all. If you do open it, you’ll find that you’ll get a Zip file and, when that is opened, it unleashes hell on your computer.
Not only that, it’ll give hackers access to your computer and all your lovely private and sensitive information.
“Cybercriminals are becoming more and more like marketers – trying to use creative subject lines to have unsuspecting emails be clicked and opened to spread malware,” said Fatih Orhan, Director of Technology for Comodo and the Comodo Antispam Labs.
With over 900 million people using WhatsApp, there’s a lot of people who need to be vigilant with this. Of course, Bitterwallet readers are too smart to fall for such a thing, but this is worth showing to the less savvy who you know.
Whatever the reason, there’s a new app you can have a look at, where you can register a bunch of different numbers on one handset, called Swytch. You can get yourself up to five extra numbers on your phone.
This app is available for both iPhone and Android, but there’s costs involved.
If you download the app, you get 50p in credit, gratis, but after that, when you’re using the app to make a call, it’ll set you back 5p per minute, with calls to mobiles is 6p a minute. Texts cost 6p each too. Then, after six months, your free trial ends, and you need to pay £4.99, or £24.99 for the year.
Of course, you could just set up different free messaging services on your phone with different emails or whatever. This Swytch thing seems like it is answering a question that Bitterwallet can’t properly work out.
Anyway, this might be of use to you, so we’ll share it all the same.
Fancy yourself as a hard man do you? Wish there was a way of organising fights without having to spend all that money down the pub? Well, you might be in luck.
Someone has come up with an app called Rumblr, which you use like Tinder, however you swipe for scraps and a bit of pagga.
If you’ve had a hard week at work, and have a load of pent-up frustration you want to get out of your system, you could get the app, and be getting the living crap knocked out of you behind a car park. You could be happily getting kicked in the throat by a complete stranger, smiling to yourself knowing that this fight you’re in, is consensual.
Naturally, there’s a lot of people who are very unhappy about this, because they think fighting it idiotic and are now wondering ‘what has the world come to eh?’
On the app, you and other people who desperately want to touch each other will be able to check out each other’s stats like weight, stature and whether or not you’ve got any combat experience. Or, if you’re into that sort of thing, you can use the app to watch other people go at it, and not join in with the fights.
You can get Rumblr here, from today
Everyone knows that, if you want to meet people on Tinder, you ‘swipe right’ for absolutely everyone and then ignore anyone you don’t want to bump your uglies with. However, for some, that might not be enough.
So Tinder has decided to try and liven things up, by introducing a new method of selecting a potential mate – you can now ‘Super Like’ someone.
Basically, this features allow you to show a higher than normal amount of interest in someone when you’ve stared at their photo and checked to see if they’ve got any fantastically annoying quotes in the bio section of their profile.
If someone Super Likes you, then you’ll be notified of this interest by a blue footer on your admirer’s profile.
“A ‘like’, or ‘Swipe Right’ has long served as an anonymous way to express interest in someone, similar to a glance across the room,” Tinder CEO Sean Rad said. “Because they’re so limited in number, a ‘Super Like’, or a ‘swipe up’, sends a more powerful signal, conveying an especially high level of interest.”
“People like to know that someone finds them special, and we think this will lead to even better matches.”
Of course, it won’t take long for people to try and Super Like absolutely everyone they stumble across on the app and simply ignore anyone they don’t actually fancy. However, users will only have a certain amount of Super Likes to use in a day, which means you’ll have to be a bit selective. Or not. We don’t care.
Tinder have made a video showing off this new feature, complete with super heroes and creepy internet men. Have a look. Good luck with being less lonely. MWAH!
Facebook are launching a virtual assistant, that basically is a rip-off of Siri. It’ll also have support from real humans in a call centre somewhere, but basically, it is another thing you can talk to and it will respond accordingly.
This thing will be called Facebook M, and will work within Facebook’s Messenger app. This being FB, you can assume that these things are a wonderful tool for gathering all manner of data on people, which can then be sold for huge sums of money.
Anyway, what does David Marcus from Facebook have to say about it all? He said: “M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.”
“Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.”
There’s no date given for a rollout and indeed, it is still being tested.
In Wired, there is more information: “Facebook’s M trainers have customer service backgrounds. They make the trickier judgement calls, and perform other tasks that software can’t. If you ask M to plan a birthday dinner for your friend, the software might book the Uber and the restaurant, but a person might surprise your friend at the end of the night by sending over birthday cupcakes from her favourite bakery.”
So there you go. Fancy letting Facebook be your party planner? That’s if your phone has enough memory on it to cope with yet another pissing update from this shower.
Well, aren’t you in luck, you hooting posho? Yes you are. That’s because the taxi/delivery service Gett, has launched a service that will allow London sorts to get champagne to their door. Naturally, this isn’t available to everyone in London.
You’ll have to live in Knightsbridge, Chelsea, The City, Belgravia, Chelsea, Kensington, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, if you want in on all this.
The fizz will be supplied by Amathus and you can get deliveries within 10 minutes of ordering.
So whether you’ve used up all the champers by bathing in it while on the phone to your favourite oil baron, or whether you’ve been pouring it down the drain with your oligarch mates just to annoy some poor people, you’ll be able to get some more booze in with a few taps on an app.
For £50, you’ll be able to get a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with a couple of flutes, but sadly, it will be delivered by a working class person on a motorbike, so you might have to shake hands or make eye-contact with a commoner. JOLLY GOOD, BALLY SPIFFING SOMETHING OR OTHER OLD CHAP, etc.
The preposterously wealthy Nat Rothschild has unleashed a new app for London that allows you to book individual seats in shared black cab journeys. Sounds like a taxi service, but in fact, we’re assured that it is a ‘door-to-door public transport network’.
It is called Maaxi and wants to make riding in black cabs cheaper. Or, if you prefer, maximising your money in a taxi, hence the name. Of course, there’s going to be a few safety concerns for those who don’t like the idea of sharing a cab with some strangers.
That said, Maaxi does require all users to sign-up with a UK address, which is their way of trying to make the thing safer. This is a kick in the pants if you’re a visitor from overseas. Customers can order female-only (or male-only) fares if they prefer.
Once you’ve signed-up, via the app, you are matched through a departures board screen which will show you the details of both the taxi availability and where the taxi wants to go, and price and all that. Other people can jump-in your cab en route.
Or, you could just stand on the street and wave your arm about and ignore all this nonsense. It is available to download now, if you like making taxi rides slightly complicated.
Despite the laws made against them, the biggest threat to their business could be Google.
A while ago, Google Ventures – the internet giant’s venture capital wing – invested huge sums in Uber (in advance of $250m) and it looked like they were keeping an eye on it, and thinking about an eventual takeover. David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development, joined the Uber board of directors and is still there.
However, rumours abound that Google might be rivals, rather than the boss of Uber with mutterings that they’re preparing their own taxi app service. It has been reported that Uber have been told of this and that there’s even been screenshots of Google’s rumoured taxi hailing app.
If Google are successful in making cars that drive themselves, then they could also end up with a fleet of autonomous taxis, which is very futuristic.
That all said, Google are currently denying all this, after firing off a tweet which said: “We think you’ll find Uber and Lyft work quite well. We use them all the time.”
That’s not going to stop these rumours though.
While Uber’s app is synced up with Google Maps software, Google will be aware that there’s huge amounts of money to be made from a service like this. Uber came from nowhere and is now one of the world’s biggest startups, valued at $40 billion and operating in over 54 countries. Some people don’t trust the Uber brand yet, but with Google branding, they just might.
Have you got a load of bad habits? Silly question. Bitterwallet readers are the most debauched ne’er-do-wells on the internet. Do you want to do anything about those habits? On the incredibly slim chance that you do, then you’re in for a shock.
You can get yourself a Pavlok wristband which will electrocute you in a bid to stop you eating too much or whacking one off in front of The One Show.
The electrifying bracelet has raised around £160,000 through crowdfunding thing, Indiegogo, which is well in advance of what they were asking for initially. You can pre-order one for $199.99 (which is around £130) and will be released in 2015.
The producers are calling it the “personal coach on your wrist” and it will give you an electric shock and, it goes without saying, certain Bitterwallet readers will be thinking of new, dirty bad habits they can do with a electrified strap.
You get an app with the wristband. One is an alarm clock that will jolt you out of bed in a morning. Another is called ‘Productive’, which keeps tabs on your internet habits and if you start dossing off work, you’ll get volts in your arm. The last is called ‘Fit’, which presumably will give you a shock when you stop running or something.
It’ll be open-source too, so you can integrate it with other apps and do what you like with it. You can also set it up so friends can send electricity through your limbs for whatever reason.
The Pavlok website refers to itself in grandiose terms that would make Kanye blush: “Pavlok doesn’t just track what you do – it transforms who you are. You’ll wish you had started today.”
The company say that you can also set it up so that the Pavlok will “shock you when you text your ex-lover” or “beep loudly any time you step inside of a McDonald’s”.
So there you have it. You can turn yourself into one of Pavlov’s dogs (hence the product name) by electro-shocking yourself to change your habits. Marvellous. Please don’t send us the videos you make where you’ve got 5 Pavloks crammed into your undercrackers.
Are you the kind of person who prefers to look at your own arse in the mirror while you’re having sex? Well, LIVE IN THE NOW as someone has come up with an app for Google Glass so you can check yourself out while on the job.
The app is called Glance which captures the viewpoint of your partner, you fantastically vain swine. Of course, this isn’t all about you. If you and your partner like filming yourself whilst knocking your uglies together, then you can both do a movie and play them back side-by-side.
Basically, you can now truly see what your partner has to put up with during your grunting sweatfests.
What happens is that you pop on your Google Glass(es) and say ominously: “Okay glass, it’s time.” The app will then stream the footage. For the full experience, you’ll need a pair of Google specs each. Amusingly, to stop the footage, you need to say “Okay glass, pull out.”
The creators said: “Glance let’s you see two different perspectives, seamlessly. It changes the way you experience something personal. Like sex. Having sex with Glance brings a completely new perspective.”
The inventors also said that they’re very concerned about you and your partner’s privacy and that they won’t host the videos anywhere and that you’ll be the only people to own a copy. Of course, if you store it on a cloud service, that could all go out the window. Either way, the app database won’t store anything and the footage will be on your phone only.
The next ‘Fappening’ is going to be interesting isn’t it?