Apps.

Ben Logan
4 April 2012

Many Android smartphone users will be feeling chuffed today as Instagram (the popular photo-sharing app that’s had iPhone owners feeling superior since 2010) is now available on the Google mobile platform. Instagram’s biggest selling point is its use in social networking – it facilitates an excellent online community of photo-lovers of all types, allowing the sharing of a massive library of pictures. This free photo sharing application lets users take pics, apply a filter, and share it on the Instagram service or via a variety of other social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr and Posterous. Following…

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Ben Logan
30 March 2012

Hulu Plus, the subscription service that has gained popularity by delivering TV shows on more devices in HD, has recently received a facelift to its user interface. What’s more, they are now flaunting the new look by making the Hulu Plus app, which can be installed free of cost through Google Play, compatibly available on seven more Android tablets. These include the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG G-Slate. The software display revamp aims to deliver a less cluttered and more appealing interface to keep viewers…

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Ben Logan
29 February 2012

Voice mail has never been a very exciting experience, but this looks set to change thanks to an innovative app from On Voicefeed. The app branches away from the largely audio-only interactions of traditional voicemail systems to present a clean visual user interface that allows the saving, deletion and sorting of messages, as well as a handy voice-to-text functionality which displays messages in a readable format. In the same way that people use different styles and tones when speaking with their various friends and colleagues, the On Voicefeed app will allow users to personalise their voicemail messages to suit the…

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Ben Logan
16 February 2012

Google is once again under fire from industry experts for releasing beta products and services that have not had adequate usability testing. This past week, a worrying exploit hack was discovered which made it possible to give criminals access to a person’s Google Wallet mobile payment app on the Android platform. Since this flaw was fairly simple to fix, it begs the question as to why such a potentially damaging vulnerability was not noticed by Google before the service was released. It seems that the giant isn’t too bothered about thorough beta testing to ensure no major flaws make it…

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Ben Logan
21 December 2011

Many industry experts and users feel that if Google was as careful about the apps it sells as Amazon, the tremendous surge of Android targeted malware would be taken in hand. Google has come under increasing fire for not vetting their apps aggressively. While the giant has been seen to pull apps from the Market when they are reported to contain malware; the problem is that by the time this happens, thousands of user’s mobiles might already have been infected. This is in stark contrast to Amazon – their Kindle Fire tablet uses a heavily modified version of Google’s Android…

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