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Peeple app to let anybody publicly rate anybody with no opt-out

A new app that will make it possible to publicly rate anybody without their knowledge is preparing for launch. Dubbed 'Yelp for people', the review-and-rank app will be impossible to opt-out of, to the fury of campaigners against cyber-bullying.

The new 'Yelp for people' app is a psychologist's nightmare

You've probably heard about Peeple, the new app that lets you rate anyone including your friends, neighbors, and ex-romantic partners the same way you rate businesses on Yelp.

Twitter experimenting with native polls in tweets

Twitter has confirmed it is working on adding native support for polls in tweets. Voters will be able to click option buttons embedded in the tweet to cast their ballot. The feature is currently being tested with a limited number of users.

Op-Ed: iOS 9 ad-blocking one week on: Developer pulls app from sale

Last week, Apple opened the gates to ad blockers on iOS. Since then, the new genre of apps has dominated App Store charts but also created waves of controversy. One developer has withdrawn his app from sale, describing the situation as a "kind of war."

Microsoft Office 2016 adds new features for more productivity

Microsoft has launched the next generation of its renowned productivity suite, Office. Office 2016, available today, includes support for enhanced collaboration on work as well as several other new features designed to "work for you".

Leaked renders of Microsoft Band 2 show a more cohesive wearable

Images of Microsoft's upcoming second-generation wearable device have emerged online just weeks before the company's New York launch event. The Band 2 appears to be a much more developed design that loses the "concept" feel associated with the original.

App Store security breached as malware found buried inside apps

In what is thought to be a first for the platform, Apple has confirmed its usually secure App Store has been subjected to a large-scale malware distribution effort affecting several major apps used by hundreds of millions of people.

A day after iOS 9 goes live, ad blockers claim App Store charts

With iOS 9, Apple is allowing iPhone and iPad users to install ad blockers for the first time. In a clear indication of the demand for these products, the genre has risen to the very top of the App Store charts just two days after iOS 9's launch.

Dying Dutchman's last wish: To build brain cancer app

Amsterdam - Dying of a brain tumour, Frederik van den Broek had one last wish on his "bucket list": serving as his own guinea pig to build a smartphone app for fellow cancer patients.

Apps and websites caught collecting personal data from children

A group of privacy advocates has found many apps and websites aimed specifically at children collect personal information and then share it with third parties. Others run marketing campaigns or prompt children to sign-up to mailing lists.

Google tells app developers to bypass Apple's secure new ad tech

Apple is making some changes with iOS 9 that could make it harder to display some types of advert and may break existing ones. Google, one of the largest ad providers, isn't happy and has issued guidance to help developers get around the system.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Google wants your food photos to power a new Maps feature

Google has reportedly found a use for all of the photos of food that people take on their phones. The company is testing a Maps feature that lets users easily tag images to restaurant listings, letting everybody see what the food looks like.

Smartphone device performs laboratory tests for disease

San Francisco - A new smartphone-based device that can examine laboratory samples in the field, to a high level of accuracy, has been developed. The aim of the device is to scan for infectious diseases.

YouTube app 'streamlining' makes vertical playback easier

Earlier this week, Google announced an update to its YouTube app for mobile devices. It introduces a proper vertical video playback mode, making it easier for people to view clips taken on smartphones in portrait orientation, alongside a refreshed design.

Angry Birds 2 flocking to app stores later this month

Finnish game developer Rovio has announced it will be releasing a proper sequel to its hit "Angry Birds" title later this month. Details on the new game are currently scarce but fans are told that they will be able to play from July 30.

Facebook working on a shopping assistant dubbed 'Moneypenny'

Facebook is apparently working on creating its own digital assistant. Unlike Siri, Cortana or anything else, "Moneypenny" will not be focused on productivity but rather something else entirely: shopping.

Google Chrome has now been downloaded 1 billion times on Android

The Google Chrome web browser has now been downloaded over 1 billion times onto Android phones and tablets, a significant milestone for an app that is only available on relatively new devices and launched just three years ago.

Facebook expands payments on Messenger across the entire U.S.

Everybody in the United States can now send and receive payments using Facebook Messenger after a large expansion made the feature mainstream. Users of the app can transfer funds with their friends quickly using just a compatible debit card.

Google Maps to warn drivers of approaching railway crossings

Google has entered a new partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration that will see its Maps software alerting drivers when they approach a rail crossing. The aim is to ensure that people are aware that they may have to stop ahead.

You can now use Facebook Messenger without Facebook

You can now use Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account by using just your name and phone number. It represents another move by the social network to capitalise on the success of the app in its reinvented form as its own standalone platform.

Facebook's new Moments app highlights photos of friends

Facebook has released a new photo management app that uses facial recognition to detect forgotten pictures of your friends in your camera roll. It then suggests tags, syncs the friends and tags to the photo's subject and shares the images with friends.

Emojis could be the future of security and PIN codes

A software company has claimed that emoji could soon replace PIN codes as the primary security form for bank accounts. The smiling faces are viable because they are easier to remember than PIN codes and there are many more combinations available.

iOS 9 gets proper split-screen multitasking for the first time

In a bid to attract more professional and enterprise users away from Microsoft's Surface Pro, Apple has added proper split-screen multitasking to iOS on iPad for the first time. Users will be able to run two apps side-by-side.

Joke app destroys App Store charts, nobody knows how

A fake app that allows you to supposedly see which of your parents you look most like has somehow managed to rise to the top of Apple's charts despite producing completely random results and having hundreds of one-star reviews.

Microsoft has bought popular to-do list app Wunderlist

Microsoft has announced that it has bought the immensely popular productivity app Wunderlist. The acclaimed app allows users to create synchronised to-do lists with reminders and due dates and then share lists with friends, family and co-workers.

Snapchat is now worth over $16bn, snaps up $538m more funding

Popular messaging app Snapchat has raised another $537.6 million by selling off stock, leaving it valued at $16 billion. The app has gone from strength to strength since launch, helped by its popularity with teenagers and simple but intuitive appeal.

Crash your friend's iPhone by sending this specific text

A new bug in Apple's iOS means anybody can crash an iPhone by sending a very specific message over text or iMessage. On doing so, the app will crash and — if the phone is on the lockscreen — causing the entire device to restart in a major annoyance.

Twitter is in 'ongoing talks' to buy Flipboard for over $1billion

Twitter is reportedly in ongoing talks to buy popular magazine app Flipboard in a deal worth at least $1 billion. The companies have apparently been in talks since the beginning of the year although discussions are said to be stalled currently.

Instagram to start sending 'Highlights' emails to inactive users

Photo-sharing app Instagram is now rolling out a new feature that copies other rival social networks by sending inactive users regular digests of what they have missed. New "Highlights" emails feature some of the best unseen photos in a users' feed.
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