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High school student creates mobile add-on to diagnose malaria

Last month we reported on an app which can identify malaria, and now a California student has developed an add-on for smartphones which can help identify the disease. The project, entitled Athelas, uses a lens attachment for smartphones to identify and magnify blood samples, while a corresponding app provides analysis of the images. Athelas promises…

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Sadie HaleHigh school student creates mobile add-on to diagnose malaria
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Pact is the app that fines you ACTUAL money for not going to the gym or eating your greens

Do you, like a lot of other people out there (including us), have trouble sticking to your original plans to eat super-healthy and go to the gym, despite all your best efforts? Pact may be the app for you then! Pact is a new fascinating app, where you pay the price, with ACTUAL money, for…

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Hayley MinnPact is the app that fines you ACTUAL money for not going to the gym or eating your greens
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New campaign uses iPhones to diagnose malaria

We've heard crowdfunding stories about cool new gadgets which need extra cash to get them into distribution, but this latest campaign is for something altogether more altruistic, and potentially life-changing: an app which can identify malaria. If caught in its early stages, malaria can be treated, but the traditional microscopic method of diagnosis costs both a lot of…

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Sadie HaleNew campaign uses iPhones to diagnose malaria
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The iblazr is the world’s first external LED for smartphone cameras

We take photos of basically everything in the known universe with our smartphones, but the one persistent drawback with this is trying to get a good picture at night or in low light without a good flash on your smartphone. Well, prepare for well-lit pictures at all time, as iblazr, a new LED flash for…

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Hayley MinnThe iblazr is the world’s first external LED for smartphone cameras
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MindRDR: This Google Glass app lets you take photos and share them – just by thinking

The ability to mind-read is fast becoming a reality, thanks to a brand new app for Google Glass, which allows you to take photos and share them using only your brainwaves. Called MindRDR, the app was developed by London-based user experience company This Place and requires the NeuroSky EEG Biosensor to work. It's this additional sensor, which…

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Sadie HaleMindRDR: This Google Glass app lets you take photos and share them – just by thinking
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Spruced Up: Meet the app that will make our photos perfect

Just when you thought life was filtered enough, a new tool comes along to set the bar for photo perfection even higher. Unlike the usual amateur apps, Spruced Up! offers the chance to have your photos retouched by professionals. Founded by photographer Rob Willingham, the team behind the screen claim to have had a hand…

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Lauren BravoSpruced Up: Meet the app that will make our photos perfect

Forget about IOUs with new app Payfriendz

Do you ever find yourself out with friends, and neither of you have cash? Well, this new app Payfriendz makes that situation a lot less awkward, allowing you to make transfers to friends through your smartphone there and then, meaning no more IOUs. To register for a Payfriendz account, all you need is a smartphone…

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Hayley MinnForget about IOUs with new app Payfriendz

Drivology monitors your driving, giving you bigger insurance discounts the safer you are!

We love when a new idea comes along that is so simple we wonder why no one had thought of it before, and Drivology is exactly that. The app monitors how safe you drive, offering you bigger discounts on car insurance the safer a driver you are. The app is free, and, once downloaded, automatically…

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Hayley MinnDrivology monitors your driving, giving you bigger insurance discounts the safer you are!
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Uber's row with London cabbies headed for High Court

Transport for London (TfL) has referred its row over car hire app Uber to the High Court. TfL was challenged by black cab union the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) over its decision that Uber doesn't break the Private Hire Vehicles Act. The union claims that an app used by Uber drivers to calculate journey…

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Diane ShipleyUber's row with London cabbies headed for High Court

New app Smart-Me can manage your energy consumption from your phone

Do you worry about how much energy you're wasting at home while you're not even there? Then you might want to have a look at Smart-me which launches in July. Compatible with iOS and Android platforms, Smart-Me, so the maker says, is 99% accurate and communicates through an Internet connected Wi-Fi network to the Smart-Me…

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Hayley MinnNew app Smart-Me can manage your energy consumption from your phone

New app, Noisli, can keep you motivated to work

Are you guilty of listening to the radio while you're working, in order to have some background noise, only to get distracted and start singing along to your favourite song instead of writing? Don't worry, that exact moment just happened to us, but now there's a new app, Noisli, which its makers claims provides the exact…

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Hayley MinnNew app, Noisli, can keep you motivated to work

Google has acquired another app – this time it's Word Lens

Google looks set to go further in its plan to take over the world, having acquired yet another app. The search giant has revealed that its has acquired the makers of Word Lens, an app that can translate printed words between languages without the need for a network connection. Designed to help users read foreign…

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Hayley MinnGoogle has acquired another app – this time it's Word Lens

Yahoo buys self-destructing messaging app Blink

Yahoo has acquired Blink, an app that allows users to share messages that self-destruct, in order to poach the talent behind it. The app will be shut down in the coming weeks so that Blink's seven-person team can work on Yahoo's 'smart communication' products, but details of the deal have not been disclosed. Blink's users…

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Hayley MinnYahoo buys self-destructing messaging app Blink
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New iPhone case lights up to show your friends' mood

We thought we couldn't know any more about what our friends are doing at any given moment, thanks to the world of social media, but The Feeling Skin has now created a social network based on emotion, complete with a smartphone case that lights up to tell you what mood your friends are in. The…

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Hayley MinnNew iPhone case lights up to show your friends' mood

Moves breaks its promise and changes its privacy policy

11 days after being acquired by Facebook, and assuring users it wouldn't change its privacy policy, our favourite fitness-tracking app, Moves, has done exactly that - changed its privacy policy to allow broader sharing of user data. On Friday, Moves's privacy policy still read that the company did not "disclose an individual user's data to third…

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Hayley MinnMoves breaks its promise and changes its privacy policy

Anonymous mobile 'burn book' Secret launches in the UK

This week Secret is launching its popular anonymous sharing app in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, bringing the secretive, school yard-style gossiping that's made it so notorious in the US to the rest of the globe. You can't see anyone's name in Secret, so you won't be able to tell who's posted that…

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Becca CaddyAnonymous mobile 'burn book' Secret launches in the UK

UpTo launches calendar app for social butterflies

On the surface UpTo looks like a regular calendar app, sync it with your existing calendar and you're presented with a much slicker (and yep, not to mention prettier) way of seeing what's going on in both your personal and professional life. But UpTo is also aiming to create one huge shared calendar for everyone…

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Becca CaddyUpTo launches calendar app for social butterflies