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Dad Creates App to Demand Child Returns Calls

An angry dad has come up with a way of making sure his child responds to his messages. He's built an app that makes the phone go berserk and sets off all the alarms until the child responds. Read More >>

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This AR App Turns New York Subway Ads Into Art

Advertising is everywhere. On the street, in magazines, and even on our computers. One place they're very prominent is on public transport - especially New York's subway system. People have been trying to take back the Subway for years, but now developers have come up with a novel approach: an AR app that turns the ads into artwork. Read More >>

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The Week’s Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

It's cliche to moan about the weather, but where did Summer go? I know more than one person who's resorted to putting the heating on in recent weeks. I've had to put on slippers while I'm working because my feet are too cold. What gives? My bills are expensive enough without having to worry about all that. Read More >>

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Uber’s Introducing In-App Chat for Better Driver/Rider Communication

There are a lot of reasons why people like using Uber. It's often cheaper than traditional cabs, plus it's convenient because you can order a ride directly from the app and see roughly how much your journey will cost before you get in the car. Now the company is stepping things up an extra level, with an in-app chat system to let drivers and riders communicate more easily. Read More >>

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FaceApp Launches Digital Blackface Options Because the World Is Filled With Idiots

This really isn’t that hard, people. Just last year, Snapchat apologised for adding an offensive Bob Marley selfie filter to its stable. Now, FaceApp—the silly photo editor you probably downloaded in March and totally forgot about—has outdone Snapchat by throwing in options for people to virtually switch between multiple races. No. Don’t do this. Read More >>

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You Don’t Need Desktop Apps Anymore

Fire up your Start menu or Dock and think carefully for a moment: out of all your ageing desktop apps, how many do you really rely on these days—or even better, how many of them don’t already have very capable web app alternatives you could use instead? Unless you’re a film editor or a graphic designer, it’s probably time to let those old-fashioned, clunky desktop apps go. Read More >>

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The Week’s Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

Well it certainly doesn't feel like summer right now, seeing as I have to keep leaving the house with an umbrella, but I still wouldn't want it some other way. Rain is rubbish, but it's a hell of a lot better than baking in my own bed while I sleep. Read More >>

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Phone Storage for Digital Railcards is Coming This Autumn

Any national railcards that you're young enough to have or travel enough to have will soon be able to be stored digitally, with a system to let train travellers store their discount-enablers in a smartphone app finally ready to launch. Read More >>

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Yeah, Maybe Don’t Use This App That Supposedly Identifies Poison Mushrooms

While Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are busy debating whether a malevolent, future AI could dispatch machine-gun toting drones to kill us all, a current-day “revolutionary AI” could get you killed right now. Read More >>

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The Week’s Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

Last weekend was San Diego Comic Con, which I'm always very conflicted about. Conflicted because all the good footage is exclusive to the show floor, and film companies then refuse to release it online. Why? Who knows, especially since it gets leaked in crappy quality anyway. Some say it's to make it more appealing for con-attendees, which I say is bullshit. There are a lot of reasons to go to SDCC (like the exclusive toys, and actually being inside panels), and exclusive footage is a very small part of that. Read More >>

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Brilliant Augmented Reality App Lets You Star in Your Own ’80s Music Video

One of the most memorable music videos of the 1980s is A-ha’s “Take On Me” featuring a young woman who’s pulled into a world that looks like it only exists as crude pencil sketches. The video took 16 weeks to animate by hand, but Trixi Studios created an augmented reality app that can recreate the effect in real-time. Read More >>

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The Week’s Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

It's always lovely when a bunch of health maladies hit at the same time. I'm currently tackling a cold, an angsty and swollen wisdom tooth, an oncoming cough, and the fact I want to sleep almost all the time. It's been a fun few days, to say the least. But perseverance is a classic British trait, so I soldier on. Plus it's not easy to find someone capable of covering my day job, so I can't really skive and spent a day in a semi-coma. Read More >>

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Lawsuit: Over 99% of Uber’s NYC Cars Inaccessible to People With Disabilities

Getting rid of CEO Travis Kalanick has apparently not magically resolved all of ride-hailing giant Uber’s many, many problems, with the company now facing a lawsuit in New York over its near-total lack of cars accessible to people with wheelchairs. Read More >>

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Oyster Card App Gets Top-Ups on Quicker

London's old contactless Oyster card technology has had its back ends tidied up, with a number of changes making it easier and faster to buy and add tickets to the system. Read More >>

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LinkedIn Has Found a New Way to Annoy the Shit Out of You

Not content with constant pestering emails because someone you've never heard of is "waiting for your response" LinkedIn has decided to further plunge its tendrils of hassle into your Windows 10 notifications. The new app for Windows 10 will allow new requests to appear as little popups in the bottom right of your screen, as if they were as important as oxygen itself. Read More >>