Facebook's App Strategy Is Bad News For Anyone Who Uses Apps

Starting this week, to check Facebook messages on your phone, you’ll need to download Messenger, the company’s standalone chat app. This is part of a bigger Facebook strategy to create many standalone mobile apps. That might make sense for Facebook, but it sucks for you.


Facebook Makes All Users Switch To The Standalone Messaging App

Over the next few days, if you go to send a message through Facebook’s smartphone app, you’ll see the alert shown above. Starting this week, Facebook is fully unbundling its messaging service, as part of its move to become a network of related apps.


Spotify Adds Surprisingly Exciting Equaliser To Its iOS App

Remember equalisers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they’re making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify’s iOS app, and I’m unduly excited about it.


US Government Wiretappers Can't Keep Up With All These New Chat Apps

Wiretapping used to be straightforward. Potential drug lord? Bug his phone! But the proliferation of online chat options is making it hard for law enforcement officials and intelligence agents to carry out court-ordered wiretaps.


An App That Dims Your Phone So That Other Concertgoers Won't Hate You

Look at any concert photo taken sometime after mobile phones started including built-in cameras, and you’ll see a sea of glowing screens that end up distracting from what’s happening on stage. So the next time you’re at a concert, be courteous to your fellow attendees with an alternative iOS camera app that keeps your smartphone’s display dim while you’re shooting.


NPR One Is An Infinite, Personalised Stream Of Awesome Radio Stories

There’s something wonderful about listening to radio soaked in that soothing NPR gravy. The public radio powerhouse’s new NPR One app keeps a personalised stream of lovely stories pumping into your ears at all times.


Report: Apple Is Buying Talk-Radio App Swell For $US30 Million

A report by Re/Code suggests that Apple is buying — and swallowing whole — the talk-radio app Swell for $US30 million. The report suggests that according to “multiple sources” Apple will take control of the startup, currently funded in part by Google Ventures, very soon.


Our Favourite Android, iOS And Windows Phone Apps Of The Week

It’s finally the weekend, and your smartphone has been faithfully by your side all week. Time to reward its tireless service with a gift — in the form of some shiny new apps!


Why You Should Never Use Pixelation To Hide Sensitive Text

Pixelation is great for hiding faces and covering up nakedness, but it’s not good for disguising text. It’s so bad, in fact, that it might not even protect you at all.


Turn Your Dumb Selfie Into A Textable Emoji, Annoy And Delight Your Pals

Do smartphone-wielding citizens of the world need an excuse to snap more selfies? Absolutely not! And yet, against all odds, there is something undeniably charming about Imoji, an app that allows you to turn your face — or anything you’ve got a photo of — into a little textable you-moji.