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GST goes mobile – and crowdsourced
Inland Revenue has taken GST returns mobile with the launch of myIRmobile app - the result of a crowdsourcing competition.
iOS app review: Papers, please
It’s a game. It’s just not like any game I’ve ever played before. For a start, it’s kind of depressing. Claustrophobic. Unsettling.
Android and iOS inch toward world domination
Android and iOS are continuing to move toward total domination of the worldwide smartphone market following results from 2014.
iOS app review: Astropad. Free to try, $US49.99 after that
All you need to do is load up your favourite design tool and get cracking.
Apple iOS 8.3 beta features CarPlay, emoji and verification updates
Apple continues its flood of releases with the first beta of iOS 8.3. Available to registered developers, it comes just a week after Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2.
Apple says out with iPhoto, in with Photos app
Apple has released its preview of Photos, the new image and video application which will replace iPhoto, for Mac developers.
iOS app review: Superhero Workout (Six to Start)
The title gives you an idea of what it is and what it intends: to trick lazy reprobates like me into exercising through that most odious of current tech buzzwords, “gamification”.
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 5 to developers
Apple has seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2 to Apple developers.
Microsoft releases Outlook app for iOS and Android
Microsoft has announced the availability of Outlook for iOS devices, and a preview of Outlook for Android. It was also announced that Office is now available for free on Android tablets.
Apple about ready to push Samsung off the smartphone leaders board
Strong sales of Apple’s latest round of smartphones are pushing Samsung Electronics as the world’s top seller of smartphones.
Apple shouts out to developers with new records in 2015
"Developers of all sizes, across the App Store’s 24 categories, create incredible apps for iOS, and an especially inspired segment is the newest generation of independent game creators."
Smartphone growth declining as consumer models get cheaper
While premium phones aren't going anywhere, we are seeing increasingly better specs in more affordable smartphones. Consumers no longer have to go with a top-of-the-line handset to guarantee decent hardware quality or experience.
Kiwi developed wildlife tracker to help endangered kea
When a photo is taken or submitted, the app takes the user to a list of birds and animals endangered in New Zealand. Once the user has selected the animal they have photographed, the information is directly submitted into an email.
Kiwi app Get Home Safe still going strong a year after launch
In its first year, Kiwi app Get Home Safe (GHS) has been downloaded by thousands of people and received interest from everyday users as well as corporate clients.
Apple releases developer kit for Apple Watch developers
With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies.
Find the right word with Oxford Learner's Thesaurus app
The app offers over 17,000 synonyms and opposites with clear explanations, an alphabetical index, making it easy to find the word users are looking for and guidance on the most frequently used synonym.
Emirates increases mobile presence with iPhone app
"iPhone represents the majority of the mobile traffic to the Emirates websites, which is why the company has launched on iOS first.
New Maori language app to help Dunedin families speak te reo
Aki is a free Māori language vocabulary and phrase-learning app for iPhones and iPads that involves participants in an interactive game. Its aim is to develop Māori language skills.
Oxford Dictionary develops app for non-native English students
The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English was developed to help non-native English speakers with their studies.
Custom apps enable customer engagement and collaboration
The Good Technology Mobility Index Report Q3 2014 shows enterprise mobility is moving toward custom apps and iOS tablets.
'New era' as iOS comes under malware attack
Security experts warn that a new malware family is targeting Apple iOS and OS X, marking a 'new era' in malware.
Apple blocks WireLurker infected apps
Apple moves to block apps infected with WireLurker, but warns users to download and install software from trusted sources only.
New Kiwi app makes it easy for job seekers
There is a gap in the Kiwi market for a quality app that would offer an easy, free and fast way for skills to be offered and traded in local areas.
Facebook jumps on the anonymity bandwagon with new Rooms app
Rooms is all about building identity, but outside of Facebook.