ShinyShiny tech roundup: Apple dealt blow in Epic Games trial

Apple faces losing billions of dollars in sales after a US judge ruled that the tech titan must allow developers to bypass controversial fees on its App Store. The company was told to lift a rule that forces apps to use Apple’s own payments system, which charges fees of up to 30pc, amid growing opposition…

Snapchat launches feature for remembering birthdays

Snapchat has launched a new feature to make it fun and easy to remember and celebrate your Snapchat friends' birthdays! The Birthdays Mini pulls together a list of all your friends who have allowed their birthday to be seen on Snapchat (instructions on how below), so you can see all the upcoming and recent birthdays,…

You can now officially hide likes on Instagram

More than two years after it first began experimenting with hiding likes, Instagram is now making the feature official. The app will now allow all users to hide likes, though it’s keeping the feature optional and users will need to enable the hide like count option in their settings. The change is a watered-down version…

Wellness app spending to rise 15% to £1.6bn in 2021

After a record-breaking 2020, the velocity of some mobile wellness apps has slowed down considerably. But top apps in the segment, particularly under the telehealth subcategory, will continue to enjoy elevated demand throughout 2021. According to the research data analyzed and published by ComprarAcciones.com, the top telehealth apps in the US had a surge of 33%…

Dating apps thrive during pandemic. Top 5 hit $100m in monthly revenue

Global dating app usage continues growing during the pandemic, despite concerns that people would avoid meeting with strangers in times of isolation and lockdown. According to data presented by Finaria.it, the combined revenues of the top five dating apps globally hit $100 million in January. As the most-profitable dating app Tinder generated $64.6 million in revenue…

Demand for sleep apps soars as Brits struggle during pandemic

It’s been a full year since we first felt the impact of the pandemic, and it has had an adverse effect on our sleeping patterns too. New research from Uswitch to coincide with World Sleep Day has revealed that Brits are facing more sleepless nights than they were a year ago, and as a result,…

Record downloads for Women’s safety apps following Sarah Everard murder

Downloads for women‘s safety apps have surged following the death of Sarah Everard, with WalkSafe becoming the number one downloaded app on Apple iOS, according to The Independent. The WalkSafe app scans the road ahead, notifying users of reports of sexual assault, knife attacks, mugging and pickpocketing. It has been downloaded 300,000 times in one week and is in the top…

Top 5 Best Coffee Apps

The world of coffee can be overwhelming, intimidating and complex with dozens of varieties to choose from. But did you know that technology can help you drink better coffee? Coffee apps can tell you how to brew your coffee based on the weight of the bean, help you find the best café near you, and…

Average adult spends over £500/year on subscription services

  A study of 1,000 consumers found two thirds of UK homes are currently signed up to regular subscription services, with an average of SEVEN contracts per household. Each month, they spend an average of £46 on entertainment subscriptions, as well as others such as food and meals and grooming services – a total of…

Bolt teams up with Mayhew for £5 ride codes Valentine’s Day

Ride hailing app Bolt has teamed up with London-based animal welfare charity Mayhew to offer 675 x £5 ride codes this Valentine’s Day. Whether travelling to a date, going home to see your pet, or just getting around town, you can use the Bolt app and receive the ride credit by entering ‘BOLT’ and the…