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"BroApp is Your Clever Relationship Wingman", the website crows. The Android app "Automatically message your girlfriend sweet things so you can spend more time with the Bros", apparently - conjuring images of the loud and unpleasant jocks who only really seem to exist in American high school teenage dramas. But is it real?


The website has been doing the rounds on social media as the world has been trying to figure it out. The way the app purports to work is pretty clever. Essentially, you tell it which contact is your girlfriend, and with some regularity it will text her some "sweet things", so you can continue to ignore her. You can even set it up so that if you're connected to her wifi network, it won't text, as that will give the game away. Similarly if you've actually deigned to text her recently, it will refrain from texting for a while, lest the incongruity suggest that it is automated.

I know what you're thinking: "But astonishingly, I actually enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and like to talk to her and treat her like a human being".

Clearly you're not in the target market. Watch this pretty hideous trailer to see more:

So whilst the default reaction is to be pretty horrified, there are definitely questions over whether it is real - or just an elaborate parody. Perhaps the biggest giveaway is the incredibly knowing video - not only does it feature references to Doge and Flappy Bird, but check out the supposed contact list:


Amongst the list is well known feminist writer Germaine Greer, and Jordan Belfort - the man who The Wolf Of Wall Street is based on... surely the creators know what they're doing is intensely sexist? Belfort isn't a man one would want to consciously emulate.

Bemusingly Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is also on the list. And under Kabosu - the Doge dog's listing isn't a phone number but what looks like could be encrypted text: 6Jogrfow5bzpW2V8piu4arc3TFcEe4uCScjkxp4VfFJwmnLXYhj - can anyone decode this? Does it contain a hidden message?

And besides... surely no one would be crazy enough to actually make this app?

The depressing thing is that we can't tell for sure. Given the tech industry's, umm, somewhat hostile approach to women in the past, it could be that someone truly thought that this was a good idea... but we're just hoping that it's a fake.

Unsurprising news this afternoon thanks to following research by App Annie, who have released a report highlighting some interesting mobile trends.

Despite some controversial business practices, the game, which is essentially a combination of "Bejewelled" and "Your Wallet" was the most popular app in terms of number of downloads in 2013. In terms of revenue bought in - it also tops the charts globally:


Other interesting stats out of the report suggests that in June 2013 for the first time the amount of money spent on mobile games eclipsed those of handheld games consoles - which they note could be why Nintendo has issued a profit warning in recent weeks.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that it turns out that one of the biggest apps in the world is one that you've probably never heard of. Line is a messaging app with similarities to the likes of WhatsApp and BBM - and whilst those latter apps have conquered mobile here in Britain - in Japan the kidz love to use Line... and apparently, love spending money with Line too, with it being the most profitable non-game.



Similarly shocking is a chart showing the most popular publishers of apps. Being British, it is perhaps easy to assume that the West dominates - surely American, European and British companies are all going to be the top ones? It turns out... not so much.


It turns out that whilst the US is indeed home to five of the largest publishers that China is the next biggest - with Chinese social network Baidu amongst them. Even the European entries are a little weird - with one company based in repressive Belarus, and not, as you might expect, in the more prosperous European Union. So much for US hegemony - Noam Chomsky must be laughing.

So are apps a sign of things to come? The trend towards China is notable - and today's news of Google's sale of Motorola to Chinese firm Lenovo is further proof that this is China's century. I just hope they keep translating their apps into English.

The popular iPad science app The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome has a boxing day treat for anyone who unwrapped a new Kindle Fire or Kobo yesterday morning - the app is now available for Android, as well as PC, Mac and anything with a web browser - through a new web-based app.

We last featured the iPad version of the app in October, a in round-up of the best apps for science geeks - and it just keeps on giving. In what is a bit like a cross between an encyclopaedia, a magazine and a TV show, the app features extended video interviews with the great and the good of science world like Professors Brian Cox and Richard Dawkins - as well as other famous names who are science enthusiasts, like comedians Stewart Lee and Dave Gorman.

Every month the app gets new updates - and the latest has added astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, made famous by his incredible Space Oddity video, and his regular tweets from the International Space Station.

Previously the app had only been available for iPad, but this latest update is a browser-based version. So whilst not listed in the Android app store, Android users who head over to the Cosmic Genome website can sign up and watch the videos in their browser - as can users of PCs, Macs... even Windows Phone!

From a technological point of view it's interesting too. Cosmic Genome are the latest in a trend of premium apps like the Financial Times going web-based rather than the app store route. From the content-provider's point of view it makes a lot of sense too - rather than have to build a separate, expensive app for each platform, they can build a single browser-based experience. This also frees them of draconian restrictions imposed by the Apple app store and Google Play (Apple insist on taking a sizeable slice of any in-app purchases, for instance) and with the power of HTML5, browser experiences can do most of the things native apps can.

So will other apps follow? Are the Cosmic Genome blazing a trail? It'll be interesting to see.

Now if you'll forgive me, I'm going to spend the rest of my boxing day catching up with Commander Hadfield.

Why is Instagram launching Direct Messaging?

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Yesterday Instagram held a big press conference, in which they announced the ability to send photos as direct messages to other users - calling the new feature Instagram Direct - but why are they doing it?


To answer this question, we have to look at history, and the more recent shifting trends in mobile.

Remember when camera phone first launched? The cameras were a bit rubbish - but in an era when we were used to sending shrt msgs ovr txt being able to send a grainy picture was amazing. Unfortunately the technology created to convey images to each other is perhaps one of the worst things ever created: MMS.

Despite being a "standard" it was incredibly poorly implemented - no one seems to have thought it wise to impose expectations of how large or small images should be and in execution receiving an MMS (especially one sent from a different make of phone to yours), was a haphazard experience. Horrible. This did, however - leave a gap in the market that was ripe for exploitation. Could anyone come up with a messaging system that would allow images to be sent that, er, isn't shit?

Fast forward a now and Twitter and Facebook are themselves grizzled veterans of the technology scene. Whilst both offer messaging of a sort, none of them have the ease of text messaging. Which is perhaps why over the last couple of years a different type of app has risen to prominence: the instant messaging app.

The likes of BBM, Snapchat and WhatsApp have singlehanded revived a form of communication that it'd be easy to think died with MSN Messenger and ICQ (remember that?). They've essentially done MMS right - and done it better. Want to send a picture? Not a problem. Get reports on when messages have been read? Easy.

What's interesting about this space is that there are different popular apps in different parts of the world: whilst WhatsApp may be king over here, in Japan it's Line where the action is - and Viber in other countries. Snapchat too has made an impact. But they all do essentially the same thing: instant messaging.

These are all hugely popular platforms, with millions of users and millions of messages sent every day. So it's perhaps no wonder that everyone else is racing to catch up.

Both Apple and Google have tried to get in on this - with Apple's iMessage replacing normal text messages, and Google's Hangouts doing the same thing.

Twitter too have recently updated their mobile apps, making a much bigger deal of direct messages - and a couple of days ago enabled the ability to send pictures in direct messages, which hadn't been possible before. They want users to use Twitter DMs rather than WhatsApp.

Facebook too have been making moves - to try and tackle a peculiar dilemma. They've launched a stand alone Facebook Messenger app which does everything BBM and WhatsApp can do but there is one problem: The Kidz aren't using Facebook. Why? Well the thinking is that far from being the cool and trendy social media firm they once were, they're not longer cool because, well, your mum is on Facebook. And the kidz can't possibly be seen using a service where their parents can check up on them.

Facebook do have one thing going for them though: In April last year they bought Instagram, paying a cool $1bn. Unlike Facebook, Instagram is built for mobile phones first, and your mum just thinks it's for stupid low-res pictures of your breakfast. And as such - it's hugely popular.

And I think this is why they're keeping it separate, and even developing a completely separate messaging system through it. Though ostensibly being used for the exchange of pictures, every Direct Message sent creates a new chat window between all of the recipients that enables text messaging. It's a very deliberate play for this type of messaging - and one that if they get it right, could see Instagram become even more vital to its users.

So can it work? Can it make a dent in messaging? It'll be interesting to find out - unless Facebook just gets it's chequebook out and buys Snapchat instead.

HP have today announced the UK availability of their "Live Photo" app and associated printing services - which uses an augmented reality app to turn photos into videos.

livephoto1.pngIt's been available in the US since the summer, and is an interesting idea. The way it works is by taking a frame from a short video and using this a bit like a QR code - which you scan with the app, which will then play the associated video. Check out the above advert featuring some bad-ass skateboarding kids (who are in no-way awkward actors) to demonstrate.

Rather nicely, it seems to augment the video playback on to the shape of the photo - rather than just playing it full screen.

So how does it all work? To create a "Live Photo", the app takes a short video of up to 45 seconds and then lets you pick a frame from it to act as the photo - it then let's you either print out the frame on a wireless printer, using photo-printing paper. You can also use one of HP's pre-made templates for greetings cards and the like. It'll then upload the video to HP's servers and once you've got the print out it's ready.

To view photos it's a little more cumbersome - not only must you have the app on your phone, but you must add the friend's username to your "view" tab - before scanning the picture. It's a shame they couldn't make it work like a straightforward QR code that loads a URL (how many of your friends are going to have the app installed?). But I guess this is difficult because matching a picture to a video is trickier than a QR code as there's much more variability, and no error correction.

So it's an interesting idea - do you think it will catch on? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 emergency Android apps

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Could an app save your life? If you're prepared - quite possibly! So don't wait until you're on a sinking ship to hope the GPRS will download something that might help, when you can get prepared today. Here's our pick of five Android apps that might come in useful during an emergency.

amazoncoins.pngNot content with controlling a big chunk of Britain's retail needs, Amazon have today announced they're going a step further, and are launching their own currency. Well, sort of. Amazon Coins can be used to buy apps and content, and make in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire - and possibly make it cheaper than using cash.

So how does it work? The exchange rate is essentially 1 Amazon coin = 1 pence (or 100 coins = £1). So why would you want to buy coins? Why not just use cash?

The clever bit is that the more coins you buy in bulk, the cheaper it gets. You can get 500 coins for £4.80, 1000 coins for £9.50, 5000 for £45 and 10,000 for £90 (a whole £10 less than the hundred that would be without the scaling discount).

When you've got the coins, they appear as another payment mechanism in the Amazon app store - and developers won't have to change their apps to support them, as it will be built in to the existing payment dialogues. So if you're addicted to wasting money on Candy Crush, this could be a marginally cheaper means of getting your fix.

Whilst the plan may seem pretty silly, it's actually a rather savvy move on the part of Amazon. If you've ever received a high street gift voucher you'll know how silly it is that it's like proper money, but limited only to a specific shop (as a young boy, one Aunt always sent me Boots vouchers... what the hell would I do with those?). Amazon Coins are smarter as they incentivize this limitation by using the incremental discounts to make it seem worthwhile. This means that if you want the big discount and go for 10,000 coins, you're locking up a guaranteed £90 into Amazon's coffers, and not spending £100 elsewhere.

Now all we need to do is convince Amazon to pay their tax - and NOT let them pay it in Amazon coins.

listen.pngRealNetworks have today announced a new app offering customised "Ringback Tones" - which are a bit like custom ringtones, but for the people who call you. And we can reveal that it's coming to T-Mobile, Orange and Virgin Mobile in the UK.

Remember RealPlayer? It's what we used to use to stream audio and video in those dark, pre-YouTube days. It turns out that the company behind it - RealNetworks - are still around - and are trying something a bit new.

The ringback tone is the "ring ring, ring ring" sound that you hear when you call someone and they haven't answered yet. This ringing noise has been pretty standard for decades - but it turns out that it can actually be customised. And that's exactly what this new app does.

Listen, as the app will be known, has a whole host of clever ringback functionality - and will be available for both iPhone and Android.

You can assign different songs to different people in your contacts - and add images so you can see at a glance who you've customised. This means you can have it play some vile and offensive hip-hop when your friends call - and something a little more wholesome for your mum. You can even set it to play not a song, but specific "voice status updates" for when you can't answer - so rather than have people call and wonder why you're ignoring them, it can tell them that you're currently driving or whatever.

listen2.pngIt can even automatically do special songs for calls on birthdays or other occasions - which I'm sure isn't at all unbearable over Christmas. And apparently there's also functionality to let your friends choose what song they hear when they call you (presumably this will need both of you to be users of the app).

Because it's an app that plays with the very fabric of telephony, simply downloading the app doesn't mean it will work - RealNetworks need to make arrangements with individual phone networks. As above, in the UK this means that when it launches here in a few weeks we can expect it to work with T-Mobile, Orange and Virgin Mobile. I think it's also reasonable to presume that means it'll also be supported by EE, which is afterall just a merged T-Mobile & Orange.

For similar reasons it can't just work using the music from your phone - and is instead powered by a database of "thousands" of songs - so you should be able to find what you want... as long as you're not looking for that unsigned hardcore band you saw in a dive bar that one time.

So it's certainly an interesting idea - it'll be interesting to see whether this sort of customisation takes off... and if it does, expect loads more apps trying to do the same thing.

matchday.pngO2 have rolled out an update to the contents of their Matchday app ahead of Saturday's England vs Argentina QBE Rugby International at Twickenham.

The updated app looks set to feature lots of video content, to take advantage of O2's recently launched 4G services. This includes access to a live video stream of Stuart Lancaster's post-match press conference, and up to ten replays of action on the pitch.

There's also going to be free behind the scenes video featurettes showing what happened in the run-up to the match, as well as textual match reports and the ability to browse team line-ups.

Perhaps most intriguingly is the return of Reflink, which was used earlier this year for the 6Nations. Reflink gives the app user a live stream of the referee's microphone - allowing them to listen in on exactly what the ref is saying, and why he's making the decisions that way. If anything, it will enable the verbal abuse shouted at him to at least be more accurate.

What's also cool is that the app has finally launched on non-iOS platforms - so Android and Blackberry 10 users can also get in on the action. Sounds like it'll make a good companion to the game.

Personally I'm hoping that Reflink technology will be extended to other sports - so we can listen in to umpires in Tennis, coxswaines in rowing, or backbench MPs during Prime Minister's Questions.

5 Clever Location Apps

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Nearly every phone has GPS - but are you using yours to the full? Here's our pick of five clever apps that use GPS is an interesting way.

The Android playing field is crowded, but today a new competitor announced it's intention to muscle in on Samsung and HTC's turf. Kazam have unveiled two new Android phone ranges - and an intriguing business model to go with it.


The Trooper range of phones come in a variety of different sizes and look set to challenge the middle of the market - whereas the Thunder range has the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in it's sights.

What's most intriguing though is that to differentiate from the bigger competition, Kazam are offering a full year of free screen replacement after the purchase of a phone (so no need to worry about smashing your screen) and the phones will also launch with "Kazam Rescue", which let's the Kazam support team remotely access your device to help you (a bit like the new Kindle has).

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Spec-wise they're not bad either. The Thunder Q4.5 has a 1.3ghz quadcore processor, 1GB RAM, 4gb of storage (with Micro SD card expansion up to 32GB). The screen is a 4.5" FWVGA IPS - that can do 480x854, and there's an 8MP rear camera alongside the 2MP front camera. Not too shabby. It all runs Android 4.2 Jellybean too.

The Trooper range comes with a variety of different screen sizes - from 3.5" to 5.5" - with a phone every half inch in between. Here's how they stack up:

Name Screen Processor RAM Storage Rear Camera Front Camera
X3.5 3.5" HVGA (320x480) 1ghz 512MB 4GB 3.2MP VGA
X4.0 4" WVGA (480x800) 1ghz 512MB 4GB 5MP VGA
X4.5 4.5" FWVGA (480x854) 1.2ghz 512MB 4GB 5MP VGA
X5.0 5" FWVGA (480x854) 1.2ghz 512MB 4GB 5MP VGA
X5.5 5.5" FWVGA (480x854) 1.2ghz 512MB 4GB 5MP VGA

A quick heads up for Android users - if you have the Amazon Appstore, today you can download seven Halloween-themed games for free!


It's a savvy move by Amazon, who are aiming to raise awareness of their competing App Store - they don't want users to be using Google Play - they'd rather take the money themselves. The seven games are only free for today only - so get on it before it's too late!

The games are as follows:

Zombie Highway - a driving game where you must shake off the zombies that attack you en route.

Slender Man! Chapter 1: Alone - a survival horror game in which you must attempt to collect missing pages... before the Slender Man gets you!

Zig-Zag Zombie HD - a physics-based puzzler which, of course, is Zombie themed. The HD version has higher resolution graphics - so is designed for tablets like the Kindle Fire.

Zig-Zag Zombie (SD) - the smaller-screen version of the above!

Greedy Spiders - a puzzle game in which you must help save insects stuck on a web from the spiders, by doing stuff like cutting the web in strategic places.

Age of Zombies - a shooter in which you must blow up the zombies in a number of different settings - from a prehistoric dinosaur level to ancient Egypt.

Hidden Objects - Zombie Madness - a game for kids in which they must pick out the right objects from the pile... er, with a zombie twist.

Don't forget you'll need the Amazon App Store to get these - they'll cost you on Google Play!

IOC Hub .pngThe International Olympic Committee have today launched a new app - aiming to connect up fans with athletes via social media.

Arguably this marks something of a U-turn by the IOC. Before last year's London 2012 games there was a lot of noise made over the draconian social media rules - apparently banning people in the audience from recording videos, and with socially shared photos from Olympic Venues having copyright owned by the IOC.

The new app, which is available for both iPhone and Android provides essentially a database of athletes, searchable by nationality, sport, game or team. Go to an athlete's profile and you can view their Tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts all aggregated right on the page - with built in buttons to follow them on your own Twitter account.

There's already 5000 athletes listed - with many more expected to be added in the run up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Of course - the Olympics is all about competition and the app is no exception. They've tried to gamify the experience, offering you, the user, points for following and liking athletes - which can apparently earn you "virtual" medals.

One of things I found most compelling about London 2012 was that the athletes were tweeting. Many of the competitors were not superstars, but essentially just normal people, who happen to be pretty good at moving fast or throwing things or whatever. And by following them on Twitter, we all shared in their excitement - winning a medal for them was life changing. So I reckon this is a great move by the IOC.

Though they must be hoping that the athletes don't post anything awkward... like criticism of the Russian government's terrible attitude to gay rights.

5 best new free Android games

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Android is increasingly a gaming platform to be reckoned with. Both hardcore and casual games have found a home on the platform - and lately we've seen the release of some of the most ambitious games to date - as well as some great casual titles.

The Google Play store on Android is full to bursting with games - but which to choose? Here's our pick of some of the most interesting recent releases.

quick-office-900-80.JPGIf only having a smartphone or tablet to hand is your current excuse for shying away from Office software duties while away from your desk, you better start getting your skiving thinking cap on - Google have announced that their nifty Quickoffice application suite for editing and creating Microsoft Office documents is now available absolutely free.

Now costing nothing to download from both Google's own Play Store and Apple's App Store, it had previously been available for free only to subscribers to Google's Apps service, a subscription which started at £33 a year, per user.

Sweetening the deal further, Google will be throwing in an extra 10GB of storage on their cloud-based Google Drive for all those that download and sign in to the app with their Google accounts by September 26.

Fully compatible with all Microsoft Office files, Quickoffice also integrates with Google's own Google Docs, Sheets and Slides services, giving you cloud-based access to all your files, wherever you may be. The download now also comes with a raft of new features, including the ability to create .zip folders and viewable charts in Powerpoint and excel files.

The move seems to see Google attempting to retain users who may be tempted away by Windows Phone 8's built-in Office editing functionality, and Apple's recent announcement that the iWork app suite would be offered up for free with all new iOS devices.

bbm-ios-android.jpgBlackBerry's BBM messaging service will be making its long-awaited arrival on Android phones and Apple's iOS devices this weekend.

Those sporting gadgets running Google's operating system will get the first stab at it on Saturday 20 September, with the iOS version hitting the Apple App Store on Sunday 21 September. That sees BlackBerry just squeeze into the summer launch window that they had planned, with barely a day to spare.

BBM for iOS and Android will let users chat with BlackBerry owners and each other, while also letting users share files, images, and voice notes. Group chats of up to 30 participants is also supported. BlackBerry says that its BBM Channels feature will be made available on iOS and Android soon after the initial launch.

On Android, the app will be compatible with Android 4.0 and up, while only iOS users running version 6 and above will be able to make use of the service.

Despite this year's BlackBerry 10 reboot for the company and the launch of a number of critically well-received handsets, BlackBerry has still struggled to make up the ground lost to smartphone rivals Apple and Google with Android.

As such, the company have now begun farming out key software properties to rival mobile platforms, while also potentially considering an outright sale of the company.

bbm-ios-android.jpgBlackBerry's much-loved BBM service may be making its way to Android and iPhone handsets sooner than expected, as a placeholder page advertising the cross-platform messaging service breifly hit the web last night.

Spotted by CrackBerry, the clumsy BlackBerry webmasters quickly took down the prematurely published, half-finished page that appeared last night. But not before a few details were gleaned and screen captures were saved, revealing that the app will be available as a free download across both platforms.

Those hoping to get as fully-featured a service at launch as what is offered through BlackBerry's own BB10 operating system version of BBM will be disappointed however. The page revealed that the BBM Voice, BBM Video and screen-sharing options won't land until later in the year.

With the BB10 platform struggling to gain traction in the crowded smartphone market, BlackBerry will be increasingly looking towards farming out their services to other platforms. Earlier this month, it was even suggested the company may be considering selling up.

Mark Rober.jpgIt's not every day you get to interview a former NASA scientist, but that's exactly what Mark Rober was - at least until two months ago. One of a team of about 4,000 people working on the Curiosity Mars Rover, Mark had an idea a couple of years back that would change the course of his entire career.

After doing a Facetime chat at a party with two iPads attached to his front and back so it looked like he'd blown a whole in his body, he came up with an idea for a gruesome digital clothing range, later to become Digital Dudz. "Within hours of putting up the YouTube video we'd made all the money we'd invested in the product and design back in sales," enthuses the young rocket scientist turned entrepreneur.

Now the range comprises six spooky T-Shirts and two iWound bibs which you wear under your clothes to look like you've got a gaping flesh wound or an exposed torso revealing your beating heart. Nice.

The really clever bit though isn't the actual clothing, it's the smart phone app that Mark has developed to interact with the clothes. "What we've been able to do is turn a relatively cheap item like a T Shirt into something worth hundreds of pounds thanks to a processor in your smart phone that is actually more powerful than the one we put in the Mars Curiosity!"

The idea is really quite simple. Digital Dudz has created a range of free designs which you download from its app store onto your digital device (iPod Touch, iPhone, Android). The smart phone then sits inside the £25 T-Shirt or bib to give you the desired effect. A personal favourite of Mark's is the Haunted Mansion Portrait T-Shirt inspired by Scooby Do, though during our interview Mark was wearing the frantically moving eye ball shirt which I must admit was a bit unnerving. "I got some funny looks at first from customs officers when I landed in the UK wearing one of the shirts, but then they seemed really enthusiastic and wanted to know how it all worked."

So what next? Well Mark has just sold Digital Dudz to Scotland-based 'fancy dress' company Morph Costume Company and has left NASA to work full time on new digital designs from California. "For years the fancy dress market didn't really change. It was the same old boring pirate costumes," explains Rober.

"Now we can simulate a flesh wound revealing a beating heart or even thousands of maggots inside a zombie pirate costume." It might not be everyone's cup of tea - but it's sure gonna get you noticed.

You can order the T-Shirts and i-Wounds here

You can see my interview with Mark Rober on YouTube below:

iTunesAppTile.pngSky has launched an app designed specifically for football fans watching their favourite teams in pubs equipped with Sky Sports subscriptions.

Called Sky Sports Pub Challenge, the app lets pub goers pit their wits against fellow football fans for weekly prizes including free tickets to Barclays Premier League matches, monthly prizes up to £2,500 and a grand end-of-season prize of £20,000.

Available free to download, the app will let football fans compete against each other through polls, predictions and answering trivia questions before,during and after the game. All questions answered correctly give players points, which they can accumulate during the season to win the exciting prizes on offer.

After downloading the app, football fans can use the 'pub finder' to locate their nearest Sky Sports venue. On arrival, they check-in to their pub or club to kick start the pre-match quiz, before launching into the in-play predictions and post-match trivia to score points before, during and after the match.

Says David Rey, Managing Director, Sky Business, comments: ''We're expecting Sky Sports Pub Challenge to be a big hit with people who like to watch the big games with friends down at the pub. The quizzes, polls and predictions really bring out people's competitive side and with prizes like weekly Barclays Premier League's a rewarding and sociable way for people to get into the action and make the most of match days down at their local pub."

The app has been launched as figures released by Sky's public Wi-Fi network The Cloud reveal a threefold increase in customers using their Wi-Fi services while they are in the pub, compared to this time last year.

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Thumbnail image for instagram-with-photos.jpgInstagram, the filteriffic photography app for iOS and Android that now also includes a Vine-rivalling video sharing service, has been updated to version 4.1, bringing with it a series of new features and tweaks for iPhone users and wider device compatibility for Android users.

The most significant addition to the iOS app is the new ability to import videos from the phone's media library, allowing you to share videos not shot with Instagram through the app. Users will still have to trim and edit their clips into Instagram's 15-second length limit before uploading them however.

When it comes to still photography, Instagram will now allow iOS users to straighten out wonky photos prior to sharing. There's an option for the app to do this automatically, as well as a slider for manually rotating images.

The Android version of the app doesn't get quite as much loving, but at least more Android users will now be able to enjoy Instagram: the app now supports all versions of Android from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upwards, letting far more Android users take advantage of the video feature.

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