Shopping and utilities apps ‘increasingly popular’

Apps are big business these days, so much so that they are becoming increasingly central to many organisations, from all walks of life. Simply put, there is a huge demand for them.This is backed by research. A new study from Flurry's analytics department found that last year, overall app usage grew by a whopping 76 per cent. Usage, it has to be noted, is defined…

Google’s Classroom now accessible on smartphones

The use of smartphones in all sorts of newfangled ways is one of the most important trends in these devices, allowing people from all spheres, industries and disciplines to utilise handheld technology in any manner of way. We already know the impact that technology can have on education and one of the leading forces in this area is Google, which launched Classroom around half a year…

Ryanair to test streaming to smartphones in-flight

Passengers flying aboard Ryanair may soon be able to enjoy watching movies via their smartphones.The low-cost airliner revealed that it is to test streaming of films, TV shows and other forms of entertainment directly to passengers smartphones and tablets this summer.Speaking to the Telegraph, Ryanair's chief technology officer John Hurley said that this service will be aimed at passengers on flights of two to three hours.He added: "They'll watch a couple of…

Google Play now has more apps than Apple’s App Store

Google has overtaken Apple as the number one provider of apps in terms of numbers. It ended 2014 with 1.43 million apps being available on Google Play, compared to 1.21 million on the App Store. This is a significant development as Apple has dominated the app market across the board. Amazon, which is investing more in this area of its operations, came third, appFigures revealed.…

Translate ‘with a smartphone camera’

Wouldn't it be nice to pick up your smartphone, press a button, point it to a sign when you are abroad and have your intrepid device translate it for you in your native tongue?Well, now you can. The boffins at Google have upgraded their already powerful Translate app to do just that.Writing in an official blog recently, Barak Turovsky, product lead at Google Translate, explained that one…

Apple breaks app records

It seems as though apps are in a world of their own, with Apple announcing that its online store has experienced record-breaking sales.The tech giant, which has been hugely influential in developing apps, reported that 2014 was a landmark year.Apple revealed that the last 12 months saw billings increase by a whopping 50 per cent, while over £10 billion (approximately £8.5 billion) in revenue was…

Smartphones being used to train vets

Smartphones are increasingly being used in innovative ways, with the device coming to be more than just a personal tool.Take for example vets. A few years ago you would have struggled to have thought the tech could be utilised by these specialists, but today, well, there possibilities are now endless.Vets are now using smartphones as educational tools, with the University of Liverpool leading the way in terms of innovation.Speaking to…

Samsung announces its latest – and skinniest – handset

This week is undoubtedly exciting for Samsung lovers as the South Korean company has officially announced its newest handset, the Galaxy A7. While Samsung’s Galaxy A family is relatively new, that didn’t stop the company from going one step further and making the Galaxy A7 its skinniest device yet, which comes in at 6.3mm thin! Aside from being so skinny, the Galaxy A7 appears to incorporate…