A new app has been produced that alerts parents when their children send an image of themselves to another user.
By using sophisticated image recognition algorithms, the Gallery Guardian can identify inappropriate pictures and alert parents immediately.
The app has been developed to meet parents’ growing concerns when suspicious material appears on their children’s mobile phone.
The aim is to fight back against the craze of ‘sexting’.
The child’s and parent’s phones are synced together which then enables the transfer of information between the devices.
The app will then monitor images as they are received or created and will detect genitalia, naked skin as well as breast exposure.
Should an image be detected, the app will alert the adult with a message stating ‘suspicious image detected’.
For Android phone users, parents will be told how the image appeared on the phone – whether it’s an Internet download, or from Snapchat or WhatsApp.
‘March of the Smombies’ warning
Scottish researchers say that pedestrians who are so focused on their smart phones and apps could lead to a rethink in road safety rules.
They say the smartphone zombies, or ‘smombies’, and a new type of transport user and they will influence the future design of our streets.
A study is underway in Glasgow to understand how people are being distracted by their mobile phones and what the impact is for road and pavement users.
A spokesman for the project said these people are at greater risk of accident because they change direction frequently and walk more slowly.
Android users warned over malware
A warning has been issued over Android users accidentally downloading a malware strain known as FalseGuide.
Researchers say that more than two million handsets now carry the software within a number of apps that have been downloaded from Google Play Store over the last year.
The apps have been promoted by fake developers and mobile phone security experts say it cannot be removed once the infection has been installed.
The result will see the victim being bombarded with adverts.
The apps are no longer available on Play Store but researchers Check Point say there’s been a big rise in recent months for malware hidden in apps.
Music apps boost interactivity
A report reveals that a growing number of musicians are resorting to new technology, including apps and 360° cameras, to reach new a generation of music fans.
The smartphone generation is discovering new music on tablets and smartphones and artists are now delivering content and apps to enable them to enjoy live concerts, music videos and to interact with the band.
One country singer in the US has created her first music media video using mobile apps as a framework that can be watched on tablets or phones more easily; it is not available for broadcast but only viewable on a phone.
In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …
A Japanese firm has unveiled a smartphone case that will reduce phone usage, help social media addiction and prevent drunk texting. The Otomos case is available now.
The Emaar Hospitality Group is claiming a world first by launching five apps that will boost the experience of guests at events. The apps are being integrated with the reservation system of a hotel and will offer access to loyalty programs, social media, city guides and special offers.
The United Nations has unveiled an app that enables a user to walk ‘a mile in a refugee’s shoes’. The app replicates the daily struggle of a Malaysian refugee who has been forced to flee her home.