Apps & Software

ICICI Bank Launches Appathon With Visa, NPCI, and IBM

ICICI Bank on Tuesday announced the launch of a virtual mobile app development challenge, and is calling on India’s developer community to create the next generation of banking apps on mobile. Announced in partnership with Visa and NPCI, and hosted on the IBM Bluemix platform, ‘ICICI Appathon’ offers over 50 APIs from the BFSI sector (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) ... Read More »

CCI Rejects Complaints of Unfair Practices Against Ola, Uber

Competition Commission has rejected allegations of unfair business ways against taxi hailing apps Ola and Uber after finding no evidence of anti-competitive practices by them in the national capital. Separate complaints were filed by rivals Mega Cabs and Meru alleging that Ola and Uber indulged in unfair practices such as predatory pricing, which is hurting their businesses. Taxi hailing apps ... Read More »

Free Gameloft Games With Videocon Smartphones

Gameloft, the company responsible for mobile game franchises like Asphalt, Modern Combat, and Nova is now making its titles available on Videocon’s smartphones. Games like Asphalt Nitro, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Nova 3: Freedom Edition, and Bubble Bash are among those that will be playable on Videocon handsets. Don’t expect all of them to be full versions, playable in ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: A Student Micro-Lending Startup, Rentals Marketplace, and More

Buddy Bengaluru-based student micro-lending startup, Buddy, announced that it has raised a Pre Series-A funding round of $500,000 (roughly Rs. 3.4 crores) from Blume Ventures, TracxnLabs and other angels. Buddy enables college students to buy e-commerce products via short and long-term payment plans, and has partnerships with India’s largest e-commerce players including Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. The startup started operations ... Read More »

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s LetterOne investment vehicle said on Friday it had made a $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,361 crores) investment in US ride-hailing service provider Uber Technologies Inc. It did not specify when it bought the shares or what stake it had acquired in the firm, which has previously raised more than $5 billion (roughly Rs. 34,039 crores) in ... Read More »

Telegram Update Brings Improved Voice Messages, Secret Chats, and More

Telegram, a popular instant messenger, has started rolling out an update to its Android and iOS apps. The update adds several new features along with some improvements and tweaks. The update on Android (v3.5.1) and iOS (v3.5) brings Voice Messages v2.0, which now has a new interface with waveform visualisations. It also has a new player, enabling users to listen ... Read More »

Google My Maps App Receives First Major Update Since 2014

Google My Maps, an app that lets you create and share custom maps, has received its first major update since 2014. The update brings a redesigned user interface based on the search giant’s Material Design UI, along with other performance improvements and features. The app update v2.0 now has a welcome guide for new users along with other features such ... Read More »

Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue on Growing Complaints About Apple Software

Over the past few months, it has become a talking point in the industry that the quality of Apple’s software, once considered as the benchmark for others to follow, has degraded significantly. Amid such commentaries, Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue, senior vice presidents at the company appeared on John Gruber’s The Talk Show last week to clear some of the ... Read More »

Adobe Creative Cloud Bug Can Delete Files on OS X Computers

A recently released update to Adobe Creative Cloud (v3.5.0.206) has been found to be incorrectly deleting files from OS X-based computers. Adobe has acknowledged the issue, and pulled the update. Backblaze, a cloud storage service provider wrote last week that a bug in Adobe Creative Cloud’s update was deleting files the “top-most” directory in the root directory for many of ... Read More »

New App Turns Android Smartphones Into Earthquake Detectors

Researchers have developed an app that can turn smartphones into a worldwide seismic network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from a nearby earthquake. With the help of a smartphone’s accelerometer – the motion-detection instrument – the app, called MyShake taps a phone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake. The android app, which can be downloaded ... Read More »