Posts Tagged ‘app’

Peeple: the app where you can review human beings

October 1st, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers
old man 300x196 Peeple: the app where you can review human beings

Judge this man

Do you like people you’ve potentially never met, judging you? Well, you could just get a Twitter account and say something (anything) about race, but that might not be enough for you. You might want a proper review, that stays on the internet for all to see.

Well, there’s a new app in the works called Peeple, which aims to be something like TripAdvisor, only for human beings.

You’ll get a 1 to 5-star rating in professional, personal and dating categories, so if you’ve angered anyone or have loads of sarcastic mates, you’ve had it. Your name will be dirt, and then you’ll spend your entire life exacting revenge on anyone your mind can summon.

Developers Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough have been reviewed quite harshly themselves, thanks to the announcement of this app. Their profiles are going to be a trial by fire, clearly. Some people have pointed out that this app will give people the opportunity to harass others.

On Facebook, in relation to these accusations, the Peeple page says: ”Hey Visitors to our page: We hear you loud and clear. 1. You want the option to opt in or opt out. 2. You don’t want the ability for users to start your profiles even if you would only get positive reviews if they did (Our app does not allow negative reviews for unclaimed profiles).

3. People are genuinely good even though Yelp has over 47 million reviews and all the users are anonymous and in that 47 million reviews there are 79% positive reviews. (We are not anonymous as users of the Peeple app which should make our positivity even higher than Yelp)
4. You want this available on Android too (We are building it now)”

The app launches next month and offers no way to remove yourself once someone has started rating you, which is nice. And there’s no way of deleting your reviews either. This is not an opt-in service. Or an opt-out one for that matter. You’re stuck with it, basically. Until someone with a bit of money sues Peeple, you suspect.

You can be added to the app and reviewed by anyone who has your phone number, and when someone adds you, you’ll be notified via text, and that’s it. You’re doomed.

Tinder roll-out ‘Super Like’ for your loneliness

September 10th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

tinder Tinder roll out Super Like for your lonelinessEveryone 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 M: Here to help like Siri

August 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Facebook Facebook M: Here to help like SiriFacebook 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.

champagne 300x300 Look! Someones made the Uber equivalent for champagneAre you always running out of champagne? Do you find yourself frequently in the middle of champagne based emergencies?

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.

Picture 2 App released which is a door to door public transport networkWith all the fuss over Uber, taxi drivers have been really getting it in the neck. And now, there’s another thing that they should know about… but it isn’t a taxi app, oh no.

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.

Google to take on Uber?

February 3rd, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Google Maps Google to take on Uber?A lot of people hate Uber, but there’s no denying that they’re everywhere at the moment, doing rather well for themselves despite all the bad press.

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.

Pavlok: electrocuting you out of your bad habits

December 2nd, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

pavlok Pavlok: electrocuting you out of your bad habitsHave 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.

sex with glass Google Glass app lets you see how awful you look during sexAre 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?

Samaritans launch suicide help app

October 29th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

The Samaritans have created a new free app that detects signs of worry among your circle. The app watches Twitter for any indication of people having a shitty time and struggling to cope, and will send out a message to people to check their chum’s wellbeing.

samaritans Samaritans launch suicide help app

It is hoped that the Samaritans Radar app will give people a “second chance to see potentially worrying Tweets, which might have otherwise been missed”.

It operates with Twitter’s API and searches messages for specific keywords and phrases that could point to the tweeter having issues. These phrases include: “tired of being alone”, “hate myself”, “depressed”, “help me” and “need someone to talk to.”

Of course if someone’s “Jam” is Al Green’s ‘Tired Of Being Alone’ then it probably will dismiss that.

It then sends email alerts to the user – basically a more professional approach to uokhun? – and will offer advice and help. To sign up to the service, which is a web app, users need only to visit the Samaritans Radar website and enter their details.

Samaritans acknowledges that social media is increasingly being used as an outlet for people to share their feelings.

It also marks the start of a wider collaboration with Samaritans which includes a referral process: when somebody gets reported as suicidal, the Twitter “Trust & Safety team” verifies the report and if they deem it accurate they get in touch with both the reported and the reported account, to share recommendations and contact information for Samaritans.

Obviously don’t just rely on posting pass/agg messages about hating yourself and wanting to die. Especially during X Factor, as it won’t stand a chance.

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.