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PTI launches app to help voters directly reach Imran

ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to bridge gap between voters and their leader, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has launched a mobile application that allows citizens to directly send message Imran Khan regarding any issue they face in their respective constituency, reveals a PTI social media team official. In an interview with a local media outlet, PTI Social Media Secretary Arslan Khalid said, “The ‘one click to Imran Khan’ app will allow voters to send a message to the leader about key issues in their area.” “Every day, the…

Google launches second app in China, woos top smartphone market

BEIJING: Alphabet Inc’s Google has launched a file managing tool in several Chinese app stores as it looks for fresh inroads into the world’s biggest smartphone market, where most of the internet giant’s top products remain banned. The U.S. firm on Thursday released a China-specific version of ‘Files Go’, a storage management tool for smartphones, the second China-specific app it has released since its flagship services were banned. The app, which has a small number of users compared to Google’s flagship search and app…

Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

TOKYO: Uber may be shredding business models for taxi firms the world over but it is struggling to make inroads in Japan, where risk-averse passengers prefer to stick to their high-quality traditional taxi service. Japan, with its wealthy customer base and megacities like Tokyo, should represent rich pickings for Uber. In 2015, the national market for taxis had a turnover of 1.73 trillion yen ($15.2 billion), according to transport ministry data. There are 50,000 taxis in Tokyo alone -- instantly recognisable with…

‘Walking Dead’ zombie game seeks Pokemon-style success

HELSINKI: Finnish game studio Next Games said on Friday it will launch a new augmented reality smartphone game in the coming months based on AMC Networks’ hit TV show “Walking Dead”. The game, in which players fight zombies that are superimposed onto the real world on smartphone screens, is tapping into the trend of augmented reality (AR) which gained mass adoption last year with the release of Niantic’s Pokemon Go. Next Games said the "Walking Dead: Our World" game, which it hopes will mirror Pokemon Go’s success,…

App developer access to iPhone X face data spooks some privacy experts

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers, such as pinning a three-dimensional mask to their face for a selfie or letting a video game character mirror the player’s real-world facial expressions. Apple allows…

Facebook buys popular teen app tbh

CALIFORNIA: Facebook Inc has acquired tbh, an app popular among teens, as the world’s largest social network looks to attract more users. The app, an acronym for “To be Honest”, allows users to anonymously answer multiple choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll results as compliments. Over 5 million people have downloaded the app and sent over a billion messages in the past few weeks, tbh said on Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The app, launched this summer in 36 US…

Saudis urged to report on fellow citizens via mobile app

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have called on the public to supervise and report on the social media activities of fellow citizens, while issuing broad definitions of "terrorist" crimes. "When you notice any account on social media spreading terrorist or extremist ideas, please report it immediately," a Twitter account under the umbrella of the interior ministry said late Tuesday. It directed citizens to report suspicious activity via a government-run "We are all security" mobile application. The app was…

Father creates app that forces teens to reply to parent’s texts

LONDON: A frustrated father has created a mobile app to stop kids from ignoring their parents' phone calls or texts. Nick Herbert was unable to contact his son, Ben, so came up with a way of stopping the 13-year-old from screening his calls. The 45-year-old built the ReplyASAP messaging app which takes over the recipient's phone screen and sounds an alarm - and doesn't stop until it is answered. Parents are told if their kids have seen their message and if the troublesome teen's phone is turned off then a…

Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook's interest in China has led it to discretely create a photo-sharing application released there without the social network's brand being attached. "We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways," a Facebook representative said Friday in an email response to an AFP inquiry. "Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform."…