Smartphone app detects anaemia using fingernail snapshots

An app has been developed that enables smartphone users to check for anaemia simply by snapping a picture of their fingernails. The software records levels of haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, by measuring the paleness of the fingernail bed. Scientists believe the app will ultimately replace the need for invasive blood tests…

Huawei launches AI-based story time app for deaf children and parents

A new app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help deaf children and their parents learn to read together has launched in the UK. Chinese technology giant Huawei has created the StorySign app, which uses the firm’s own AI and a smartphone’s camera to recognise words on a page and translate them into sign language…

What is the Hollie Guard safeguarding app? How you can use it to stay safe

BBC regional news presenter Alex Lovell revealed that an app called Hollie Guard provided her with great comfort during two years of rape threats from 68-year-old Gordon Hawthorn. The app in question uses a number of safeguarding features designed to help those in a threatening situation, and has been downloaded more than 25,000 times. #HollieGuard…

Deliveroo riders display missing person posters on backpacks

Deliveroo riders in four cities are to display missing person posters on their backpacks as part of a campaign to find them in time for Christmas. Five hundred of the food delivery app’s riders in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol will display 'Ride to Find' posters on the bags used to carry food as part…

Video looping app Vine to re-launch as Byte next year

The creator of short video looping app Vine has confirmed a reincarnation of the service will launch next year as an app called Byte. Dom Hofmann took to Twitter to reveal the new “looping video app” will go live in spring next year. It already has its own website and social media accounts in place…

The Inexorable Rise of the Enterprise E-Commerce App

Major smartphone developers such as Apple and Google seem to be churning out dedicated applications by the thousands. In fact, it is estimated that more than 10,000 of these apps enter into the marketplace every month. This figure has not been lost on enterprise-level organisations, as they are understandably keen to jump on board the…

How Mobile Phone Apps are Transforming the World of E-Commerce

Although it is hard to believe, mobile applications have already existed for just over a decade. Stemming from rather humble roots and initially designed to perform the most basic of tasks, these handy programs have become an integral part of our daily lives. Mobile applications are used to chat with friends, to access live news…

Virtuo promises to disrupt car rental market with UK launch

Pictured: Karim Kaddoura (co-founder) and Michael Alton (General Manager UK & Ireland) of car rental start-up Virtuo If you've ever hired a car at the airport, you know what a huge pain in the backside it is. You get off your plane feeling tired, have to find the right car rental…

Want to put your business ahead of the competition? There’s an app for that

If you run or manage a business, you can’t help but notice that competition gets more fierce with every passing year. It is being seen in each sector and across all sizes of business, from the Walmarts and Microsofts of this world to sole traders working in every sector from web design to window cleaning.…