Microsoft just updated its Translator app for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices to support new optimised language packs that are (allegedly) up to 23 per cent better at helping you figure out how to say "where is the bathroom" on your next vacation. They also eat up around half as much space on your phone when you download them -- a wise move, since you don't want to be stuck without the ability to ask for directions if you're lost on your travels.
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If you've been gaming on Valve's Steam service for a decent amount of time, you've probably heard of Steam Mover. It's a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).
Now that the New Payments Platform (NPP) is live and banks are slowly coming to the party in offering access to their own PayID system for transferring funds, the spotlight has turned to security. Is the NPP platform safe for consumers? Can your PayID be compromised or hacked in some way? Or is it really a reverse lookup system for mobile phone numbers?
Android: Once upon a time, Facebook's Messenger app was just a way to send chat message to your friends. Over the years the social network has loaded the app with features such as the ability to send GIFs and play games with your friends. The app has its own personal assistant, and now every time you open it you're also hit in the face with all your friend's Stories. It's a lot of information, and all that information needs a decent amount of bandwidth to work and display on your phone.
Sure, event photographers are great, but what about all those pictures your wedding and party guests are taking on their smartphones? Tracking down all those great images can be a huge pain after the event, but it doesn't have to be. If you get your guests to download this app first, you'll get all their photos instantly, and everyone can still snap pictures using the regular camera app on their iPhone or Android device.
There was a day a few years ago where I received 1000 emails. I'm super careful about using my email address on online forms and what not, but every single time I go to a conference or attend an industry event I somehow manage to get signed up for another dozen or so related lists thanks to someone passing out my deets. Thankfully, there's now an AI assistant for that.
Accounting for over one billion smartphone sales last year, Android is by far the most common operating system. It’s no surprise then that the OS is a prime target for malware and compromised security. While Google is very active in making Android safer, there are also a range of third party apps available. Read on to find out how to improve your security.
Dashcams are a very handy way to keep a record of any driving incidents, and potentially save a hefty insurance excess. In an effort to make them even more useful, DashCam app Nexar plans to use advanced AI algorithms to recognise bad drivers, and warn other road users. It’s a lofty goal, but not without a few problems.
Apple has introduced a few new features to its iOS 9.3 beta including a "Night Shift" mode that automatically adjusts the colours of iPhone and iPad screens based on what time of the day it is. Sounds familiar? It's basically the same thing as what f.lux has been offering on Macs and jailbroken iOS devices for years.
There is a mobile app set to launch in November that will let users rate other people. Called Peeple, it uses a five star rating system and there's no way to opt out of it. Once your name has been put on there by you or someone else, you'll be at the mercy of Peeple app users. Would you want to rate or be rated?
Picture this: You're an developer that has just released a mobile app onto your desired app store. All is fine and dandy until you release that there's actually a bug in your app. It's an easy fix but by you have to jump go through the whole app store approval process again and by the time the new version is ready to download you have already received a swathe of negative reviews from users. Rollout.io aims to change all this by giving app developers more control over their products.
The Commonwealth Bank is piloting a targeted offers program where customers can receive deals directly onto their mobile devices when they're physically in shopping centres. The bank doesn’t want to bug people with deals they don’t like so it has opted for a Tinder-like system to gauge customer preferences.