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66% of Mobile Users Ditch ‘Free’ Games Within 24 Hours

swvreWhen users download a new game app, the first impression is the most essential. Even if the game is “free,”  two out of three users will dump the app within the first 24 hours after downloading it.

The study from Swrve said its survey tracked over 10 million players over 90 days in November of 2013. Game makers like Activision, Epic Games, Gameloft, WB Games, and ZeptoLab were all included in the survey, which warned against app statistics such as download numbers. The study showed that approximately 19% of new players open the game only once, while 66% of players will ditch the game within a day. Read more

Google’s Modular Smartphone Project Gives New Hopes to Terrible Batteries

ara-diagramGoogle’s Project Ara is the latest development in phones using modular components. Conceptually, it allows users to create infinite variations of their desired device, but let’s be real, it’s going to be very difficult to make this work like Legos. There is however, some glimmer of hope in the project’s first trajectory: batteries. Read more

The Latest Tool in Mobile Security: Your Identifiable Gestures

iphoneAs it turns out, not all smartphone users are made alike. researchers can detect and identify users simply comparing gestures and usage of each individual. The findings are based on a study by cybersecurity researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Called LatentGesture, it’s capable of an accuracy 98% of the time on smartphones. Read more

Facebook Removes All Chat Features From App

Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger is enjoying a momentous ride to the top of the Android App store, now that Facebook is removing all chat services from its main app, Facebook. It is #2 in the Android Play Store and #6 in the App Store.

Chatting in Facebook Messenger may be cleaner, easier, but users will now have to download both apps if they are to keep using the full service. By keeping the services separate, Facebook can keep it leaner, but no doubt the company will bloat it with advertising or in-app purchase options.

This change will not be affecting all phones – older Android devices, windows phones and tablets, and if you want to keep one app for Facebook, you can look into its Paper app.

Marvel Turns Your Napkin Sketches Into App Prototypes

We’re not all app developers around here, so it’s nice to have options when it comes to product pitches, app concepts, and just everyday tech tinkering. To get started, take a napkin or any scrap of paper. Draw out your schematic diagrams for some buttons, user interface, and menus. Next, let Marvel turn it into a tappable, interactive demo. No coding required.

What’s not to like? It’s free!!

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Booktrack: Music Soundtracks Paired With eBooks

Book lovers and music lovers – have  you ever paired your two loves into one experience? That’s what Booktrack is offering, and according to science, the consumption of literature whilst streaming compatible audio is beneficial to reading comprehension while extending average reading time. The best of both worlds, possibly?
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‘Facebook’ is Leading the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is dominating the Android app marketplace with the social app permanently staking a home at the #1 position as the most popular free app. In the #2 position this week is Facebook Messenger followed by Pandora and then Facebook’s other app, Instagram. New to the List this week: Cut the Rope 2 and Super Bright LED Flashlight.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week and two video demos of Cut the Rope and LED flashlight. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Gralbum: An iPad Mashup of Graphic Novels and Music Albums

Musicians who are talented storytellers, check out Gralbum – it’s an iPad app dedicated to narrating your acoustical narratives. The name comes from the term ‘album’ and ‘graphic novel,’ both abundant with visuals and poetry. We think it’s a great way to experience art:

A combination of animated graphic novel, art book, and music album, Gralbums enable musicians to meld their music with artwork and deliver an interactive experience on touch devices. They are a new creative medium for collaboration, multimedia art and immersive storytelling.

 

Google Glass Live-Steam App Helps Doctors Get Instant Advice

remedyGoogle Glass, despite its social awkwardness, is getting a lot of attention in the public service sector – firefighters and doctors alike. With the wearable interface, doctors can use it to quickly access patient information during critical periods, and now, they can also use it to ask for a second opinion.

The technology comes from Remedy, a Google Glass platform that allows doctors to live-stream sessions to other professionals in order to seek advice. Created by Noor Siddiqui and Gina Siddiqi, the sisters bring medical school experience to the health profession via emerging wearable technology. Read more

Artificial Intelligence Being Used to Count Calories in Food Photos

ceresSRI, the makers of Siri, have developed an app named Ceres, that’s capable of counting calories based on image recognition. So, basically, it goes like this: snap a photo, share it to Instagram, review your calorie count, get depressed, eat chocolate.

In the future, the app would be able to cull data from anything like your location in a restaurant to the conversation you’re having at the table – all to determine exactly what is in your meal. If you’ve got food habits, it will remember those as well, unlike your server or boyfriend. Read more

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