‘Selfie surgery’ – the pinnacle of social media self-absorption or natural evolution

Vanity, though sometimes frowned upon, isn’t new to our species and in fact it can produce some very helpful byproducts. An elevated self-perception has been known to trick one’s audience into thinking the same and the ‘selfie’ phenomenon has undoubtedly pulled the very same wool over our peer-pressure-prone eyes, garnering the pretty or the ‘perceived …

Now you can test-run your Insta pics for likes before you post them

So we’ve accepted we’re not all capable of an Ellen DeGeneres-style, Twitter-crashing, multi-celebrity selfie, in fact, we need as much help as we can get if we’re trying to rack up those precious likes. Even digital favourites One Direction didn’t manage her 3 million retweet record. Luckily, a new site engineered by MIT researchers serves to …

‘Mingleton’ – Move aside Tinder there’s a new dating app in town

This week we were presented with further evidence that we are completely incapable or absolutely unwilling to meet people the old fashion way. ‘Mingleton’, a new smartphone dating app, makes the search for everlasting love (or temporary acquaintance) that much easier by connecting you with people in your immediate vicinity. The brainchild of two Harvard …

First National Bank takes tech seriously in a bid to beat the competition

Major South African bank, First National Bank (FNB) is leading the home-grown technology race with a successful App, a prominent on-line presence and  cashless dotFNB branches. Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations spoke to News24 about the company’s aggressive approach to on-line and how they are changing the face of South African …

Profile of a teenage tech millionaire – Nick D’Aloisio sells Summly app to Yahoo! for £20 million

Having just bagged a monstrous amount of money after selling his Summly app, 17-year old Nick D’Aloisio explains that although his bank balance has changed, he remains the same. The Summly app summaries web articles of all kinds into three concise paragraphs for easier reading whether studying, catching up on news or just browsing through general interest …

‘Social Me’ app uses your Facebook activity to gauge your personality

Depending how much time you spend on Facebook, for how long and how much activity you’ve had, it’s completely feasible that this information builds a pretty interesting picture of your personality, interests and character.  The question is, can you handle the truth? Researchers from the University of Cambridge developed the Social Me app based on …

New ‘UChek’ app tests urine for medical ailments by camera phone

Yes you read correctly.  ‘UChek’, unveiled at TED in Los Angeles yesterday is a smartphone application that tests your urine for possible illnesses by way of camera pictures.  Can this be true? Yes.  What seems like a very unlikely story is in fact a very useful tool, particularly in the developing world where the use of mobile phones is revolutionising remote healthcare. The invention by …