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Magaya Launches A WhatsApp Alternative: Let’s Chat

Magaya Launches A WhatsApp Alternative: Let’s Chat

Applications
So a couple of days ago I came across the Let’s Chat app by Yadah Connect, I’m sure by now you’re familiar with Yadah Connect. Frankly speaking (or typing), I took a look at it and didn’t see anything screaming “write about me”. I just thought of it as a standard application that most religious congregations now have. Well, maybe to say most is a stretch but you get the idea. I downloaded the app from the Play Store on Tuesday (2 January 2018) and it had 100 – 500 downloads, which I thought were quite low considering the following that prophet Magaya has, I mean it’s obviously not just the PHD congregants that would be interested in it. Remember, PHD is not really a Church (in it’s most commonly used meaning), but a Christian gathering meaning you can belong to any other congregation
These Are The Apps I Couldn’t Do Without In 2017

These Are The Apps I Couldn’t Do Without In 2017

Applications
We have Apple to thank for the current app lifestyle we have. That is despite the Android Market coming before Apple’s App Store. The iPhone made it so that everyone was talking about the best app, the coolest new app and so on. Smartphones made it seem like apps only came about with this current crop of smartphone OSs. So focused was the conversation around apps that we forgot that we already downloaded apps on our old Windows computers. In recent years however, people have not been downloading apps as they did back when Android and iOS where still finding their feet. People hardly talk about apps anymore and that is because people now have their favourites and stick to those. In the US, they found out that over 50% of people do not download a single app in a calendar year. They us
An artist accused Microsoft of stealing their idea for a video game ad, and gamers are furious

An artist accused Microsoft of stealing their idea for a video game ad, and gamers are furious

Applications, Breaking News, Entertainment
Reddit user Macsterr claims that Microsoft stole a design of theirs for a video game ad without crediting their artwork as the inspiration. In November, Macsterr posted a distinctive design for an ad for "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," the most popular video game of 2017. On Tuesday, Microsoft's Xbox social media account posted a similar image to Twitter, without crediting Macsterr. The tweet has since been deleted and Microsoft says it's "investigating" the matter. As the situation has gained traction on Reddit, Macsterr says that they're mostly looking to get credit for the overall design. Some Redditors are up in arms on Wednesday after a Reddit user claimed that Microsoft stole the overall design of a piece of their artwork to promote "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," the hottest v...
Microsoft Takes Path Less Traveled to Build a Quantum Computer

Microsoft Takes Path Less Traveled to Build a Quantum Computer

Applications, Gizmos
In the race to commercialise a new type of powerful computer, Microsoft has just pulled up to the starting line with a slick-looking set of wheels. There's just one problem: it doesn't have an engine - at least not yet. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant is competing with Google, IBM Corp., and a clutch of small, specialized companies to develop quantum computers - machines that, in theory, will be many times more powerful than existing computers by bending the laws of physics. Microsoft says it has a different approach that will make its technology less error-prone and more suitable for commercial use. If it works. On Monday, the company unveiled a new programming language called Q# - pronounced Q Sharp - and tools that help coders craft software for quantum computers. Micr...
The ZIMRA E-Services Platform Is Down, Make Plans For Manual Submission

The ZIMRA E-Services Platform Is Down, Make Plans For Manual Submission

Applications
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) launched an e-services platform, which is an online system that handles a number of tax obligations electronically back in 2015. The platform has helped ease the frustrations that came with interacting with ZIMRA employees in person. The platform is down at the moment. Well, not down completely but you can’t submit returns at the moment. The other fe-services unctions are working. This is not the first time this has happened. ZIMRA then made it so that certain returns could only be submitted electronically unless one faced problems with the e-services platform. VAT and PAYE for example need to be submitted electronically as ZIMRA won’t accept manual submissions unless there are special circumstances. We have gotten used to the convenience of
Budget Smartphones Are About To Get Better And Cheaper With Android Oreo Go

Budget Smartphones Are About To Get Better And Cheaper With Android Oreo Go

Applications, Gizmos
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. An attendee enters the Google Inc. Android stand on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg) There are two billion devices on earth running Google's Android system right now. That's a staggering number no matter how one looks at it, least of which when taking into consideration that an Android device can mean so, so many different things. Whereas Apple can develop iOS knowing exactly the hardware on which it will run, Google has to build Android unsure if the software will operate on a $1,000 South Korean smartphone with the most cutting-edge processor or a $70 tablet with the cheapest parts coming out of one of the myriad of Shenzhen OEMs. ...
These were the most downloaded Apple apps of 2017

These were the most downloaded Apple apps of 2017

Applications
LOS ANGELES — Snap, Inc., the parent company of the Snapchat app, had a rough first year on Wall Street. Consumers couldn't have cared less. The Bitmoji app, owned by Snap, came in at No. 1 on Apple's annual list of the most downloaded free iTunes apps of the year, followed by Snapchat in second place. Last year, Snapchat was the top app of the year, and Bitmoji, which can be used to create avatars that slip into Snaps and e-mails, wasn't in the top 10. As with years past, consumers mostly gravitated towards familiar favorites. The rest of the top 10 include: —3. YouTube (up from No. 6 in 2016). Video viewing. —4.Facebook Messenger (No. 2 last year). Chat. —5. Instagram (5th place, like in 2016). Photo sharing. —6. Facebook (No. 6 again). Social network. —7. Google
Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Applications, Entertainment
Google is trying to stop Amazon Echo Show devices from streaming YouTube videos – and from January, it will block Amazon’s Fire TVs from accessing the vid service, too. It appears the ad giant is killing off access to the YouTube app on Amazon's gadgets. From today, opening the YouTube application on an Echo Show or Fire TV will instead direct folks to the YouTube.com website. We're told the plan is to cut off all access to YouTube from the devices, and Google will end support for Amazon's gear. At this rate, anyway. This is all due to Amazon refusing to sell Google's kit – such as Chromecast and Google Home – from its online store, not allowing Google Cast to access Amazon Prime Video, and so on. Amazon also earlier booted hardware from Google-stablemate Nest from its web souk. B
Instagram introduces Stories Highlights and Stories Archive features for its iOS and Android app

Instagram introduces Stories Highlights and Stories Archive features for its iOS and Android app

Applications, Social Media
Instagram announced that it has unveiled two new tools for both its iOS and Android apps. These new features are called as Stories Highlights and Stories Archive. The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. Reuters With the Stories Archive feature, all your stories will be stored in a private archive after the 24-hour time-period has expired. This way the story can be relived on a future date in the Stories Highlights feature. Tap the Archive icon on your profile and you will see your Post Archive and Stories Archive. In the Stories Archive, all your stories will appear as a grid where the most recent story would be at the bottom. The archive is private and therefore only you can see it. You can also turn off auto-archiving in your profile
AI.type Keyboard App Said to Leak Personal Data of 31 Million Users

AI.type Keyboard App Said to Leak Personal Data of 31 Million Users

Applications
A popular virtual keyboard app from Tel-Aviv, AI.type, has leaked personal data of customers due to a server security failure. 31 million users are said to be affected. Confirmed last week, the leak was from AI.type's server that is owned by the app's co-owner Eitan Fitusi. The keyboard app claims to have more than 40 million users globally. The leak was detected by the Kromtech Security Center, which reported over 577GB of data was leaked from the company's server. It is believed that the data was accidentally shared when the server was not secured with a password. The database contained records of only the app's Android users, ZDNet reports, adding that Fitusi acknowledged the breach this weekend. According to the Kromtech Security Center, the AI.type server had been us
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