Nearby Will Alert Users to Local Offers

Mobile phone app users with Android phones will soon be using a new feature for the system called Nearby which alerts the user to apps that may be of interest based on their current location.

There aren’t many apps supporting the function currently but they do include an in-flight entertainment app for an airline and a photo printing app when close to a High Street chemist store.

However, Google believes there is huge potential for the service as it could offer users discounts at their favourite stores by responding to a Nearby alert to download an app and claim a discount for using it.

The idea is that the user not only saves money but then uses a shop they would probably walk past.

Another proposal is that a growing number of local taxi companies are providing apps for their users and for someone new to a particular town or city then Nearby could flag up an app for a taxi firm close by.

There’s also the opportunity for using it when going abroad to find apps for museums as well as downloading apps to help translate while visiting the country.

Nearby is currently limited but the potential for the system is huge and offers mobile phone developers incredible opportunities to meet demand from local firms and organisations.

Ransomoware is on the rise

According to a report, ransomware is on the rise and 21 popular mobile phone apps could be a gateway for the activity.

The report from McAfee says it found 5,000 different versions of just 21 mobile apps that are being used to target victims; the hackers use two or more apps in a bid to launch a sophisticated attack.

The most popular apps that hackers are using are those for health monitoring, video streaming and travel planning. One reason for the rise in attacks is that app users are not regularly updating their device software.

Mobile phone use to access the Internet will rocket

Researchers have revealed that the amount of time mobile phone users spend accessing the Internet is set to skyrocket in 2016.

The news from Zenith Media reveals that mobile phones have overtaken desktop computers as the preferred device when accessing the Internet. The trend is set to jump by 28% this year.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Desktop use for Internet will fall by 16% this year and 70% of all Internet use is now carried out on a mobile phone.”

On average, mobile phone users will spend 86 minutes a day accessing the Internet from their phones, compared to 36 minutes using a desktop computer.

Safari apps could be curtailed

The South African government has announced plans to curb the use of apps which help safari park visitors to find wild animals since there’s been a huge increase in animals being killed by cars.

The mobile phone apps help give to give visitors tips in real time about where to find animals – but this is leading them to speed to the areas and they are killing wildlife on the way. There’s also been a rise in road rage as well as traffic jams.

A spokesman for the National Park Service said: “Mobile phone apps are inducing visitors to break the rules so we are exploring legal ways to curtail their use.”

Best new mobile phone apps featured

The Gizmodo website has published an interesting feature on the latest mobile phone apps available including, for Android, a facility to add security to apps by using biometrics.

The Applock Face/Voice Recognition system recognises a specific passphrase and the user’s face to help keep mobile phone apps secure.

The Notify app is a floating bubble which enables a user to respond to a notification more quickly and easily without having to switch on another app such as WhatsApp or Gmail.

The new Android Pay also gets a thumbs up and enables users to pay for items using a contactless card reader.

Among the apps being highlighted for iOS is Sorted which utilises sticky-notes to place into a calendar and add reminders.

Gizmodo also flags up Battery Share which will switch friends and contacts when the user’s phone is about to run out of battery power – it also enables users to see how much battery their friends have left too.

There’s also Opera VPN which is a free mobile phone app aimed at unlocking the Internet and getting around digital geographic blocks. The app also blocks ads and prevents trackers.

New apps for Windows Mobile include Facebook messenger, You-Doo which is a to-do list app and Tiles to enable users to access their calendar on their home screen.

In other mobile phone app news…

Message app developer Wand Labs has been snapped up by Microsoft with the firm’s work on chat bots and intelligent agents boosting their appeal.

Apple is promising users of the new iOS 10 that iPhone users will be able to delete apps that they do not want to use. Of the 23 apps preloaded as standard, this is the first time users can delete the ones they don’t like including Stocks, Tips and Compass. However, iPhone users will not be able to delete among others, Safari and iMessage.

Users of the Instagram app on Windows 10 Mobile are apparently unable to install it because the system does not meet the app’s hardware requirements.

NHS Considers Heart Attack App

The NHS is considering a mobile phone app that can detect a heart attack a week before it occurs.

The smart phone app works by analysing the tone of the user’s voice to tell if they are in danger of having a heart attack; in trials the app predicted accurately those with congestive cardiac failure a week before they became ill.

The app is one of several currently under review with a view to revolutionising personal health care. Other apps include peak flow meters for asthma sufferers and a blood pressure monitor.

The NHS’s clinical director for innovation described Cordio, the voice monitoring app, as being among the ‘most brilliant’ creations he had ever seen.

Windows 10 Mobile gets a boost

Microsoft says the Windows 10 Mobile platform will get an update to pitch it as a better rival to iOs and Android.

Apps on the phones will now be allowed to access the phone’s notifications, as users of IoS and Android can do. Users can now enable apps to receive notifications and access new features.

Some mobile phone apps need access to a phone’s notifications so they can work as the developer intended but until now the Microsoft platform has prevented this from happening.

The new feature is set to be part of the firm’s big planned Anniversary Update which should take place in July.

A bad date saved?

A new mobile phone app has been released which the developer says can save a user from a bad date.

Bod – bad online dates – goes against the trends of apps such as Tinder and Hinge by offering new matches in real time without the effort of emailing and texting first. The idea is to escape a current bad date by going on a new date.

The geolocation-based app enables a dater to leave their date and meet someone who could be a better match instead. This, they say, will save them from pretending there is an emergency at home to escape the date.

The firm behind the app says around 11% of Americans are using dating apps which means that there are millions of people being stuck in what could be very bad dates so Bod gives them an opportunity to escape.

In other mobile phone app news

Users with Tesco Mobile phones are being offered £3 a month off their monthly bill if they agree to see special offers and adverts every time they swipe to unlock their phone. Available to Android users only via Google Play the idea is that users will get ads local to them for cafes and shops, for instance, and for those who like to receive discounts.

Increasing the penalties of drivers who use their mobile phones while driving will not work, says the RAC. The government is currently looking at plans to increase the penalties for drivers caught using mobile phones while behind the wheel from the current three penalty points and a £100 fine.

Mobile app research firm Nomura says that the numbers of US smart phone users downloading mobile phone apps fell last month by 20%. However, the world’s mobile phone market continues to grow and, along with it, the market for apps as well. The exceptions to the apps seeing a drop in US downloads are Snapchat and Uber.

Sony has ditched its Small Apps feature – the apps for accessing things like email and a calculator – for its Xperia X devices. The feature struggled to attract support and there were only a few third-party apps available in Google’s Play Store to support the feature.

Briton’s in Relationships Use Dating Apps

The growing popularity of dating apps for mobile phones has been underlined with news that around one in four Britons use these apps even when they are in a relationship.

The study by phone maker HTC found that Brits kept their dating app profiles active even when they began a relationship though the figure rises to 34% for dating app users in Northern Ireland.

This survey also revealed that 25% of Brits admit to having at least one or more mobile phone dating apps installed.

It does appear though that mobile phone dating apps do work, with 35% of respondents saying they have met a partner from using an app and 35% of Scots said they found a meaningful relationship from using a dating app.

The report also reveals that the exponential growth of dating apps for mobile phones has seen them overtaking many dating websites that have been popular in recent years.

Unused mobile phone apps recommended for installation

Google’s Play Store will soon be suggesting which of a user’s unused apps should be uninstalled for creating more space on their phone.

Play Store will automatically suggest a list of the apps that are used less frequently so that a big app can be downloaded with sufficient free space.

Women enjoy more time on their phones than men

It’s not going to be the most startling survey you’ll read this week, but apparently women are more likely to use the internet on their phones than men are.

They will spend their time interacting with social media, games and retail sites.

The research was conducted by online audience measurement body UKOM who found that 49% of women’s internet time is spent on a smartphone.

This figure rises to 59% of women who are aged between 18 and 24.

However, just 39% of the time men spend online is with a mobile phone.

The use of a laptop or PC is the device of choice for going online for 48% of men.

UKOM says its data will help advertisers target more effectively the platforms of those they want to reach and it is also useful for mobile phone app developers too.

Google records your conversations

Did you know that Google was recording many of the conversations that users of its products have? They have been doing it for years, apparently, and users can listen to the recorded conversations.

The problem has been highlighted because the Google voice search function is recording conversations in a bid to boost its language recognition abilities.

It’s possible, however, to visit Google’s history page and inspect their list of recordings which will also highlight where users have been on the Internet.

The portal was launched last June and may contain recordings from a user who may have believed what they were saying was private.

A report on the Independent’s website gives details of how to find the recordings and delete them.

Mobile ad blocking use rockets

The numbers of people using mobile ad blocking software has rocketed over the last year, according to new figures.

App tracking firm, Priori Data says that numbers have soared by 90% compared to the same period last year.

From their data, around 420 million mobile users around the world are blocking ads. That’s every fifth person using a mobile phone.

However, the use of ad blockers is more popular in China, Pakistan and India than it is in Europe and North America but, the firm points out, ad blocking is growing in popularity in the West too.

New mobile phone app makes it easy to enrol in clinical trials

The brains behind a new mobile phone app have their fingers crossed that it will now become easier to recruit patients for clinical trials when testing new devices or treatments.

Since it takes around 17 years on average for a laboratory breakthrough to reach a patient, there is huge potential for the app.

The app has been developed by the University at Buffalo with the aim of boosting clinical trial recruitment.

Report Reveals Smartphone Platform Use

It may not come as much of a surprise to many mobile phone app developers but it looks like the opportunities offered by Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS are coming to an end.

According to the latest report from market researchers Gartner, smart phone sales around the world grew by 4% in the first three months of 2016 but the market share for Windows Phone has dropped since the first quarter last year from 2.5% to just 0.7% this year.

The figures are even worse for BlackBerry; its market share fell by half to 0.2% this year.

In recent months, WhatsApp and Facebook have stopped offering support to the platforms and recently PayPal has dropped them too (see report below).

Now industry experts say there is little point in mobile phone app developers either supporting or releasing apps for BlackBerry and Windows Phones.

However, neither firm is exiting the smartphone market with BlackBerry developing two Android-based phones that are affordable and Microsoft is developing Windows 10 for mobile devices.

Concept of the mobile phone app is changing

An article on Techradar suggests that the concept of what a mobile phone app is, is changing so quickly that we are now entering a post app era.
Not only will the number of apps begin to fall, but how people interact with them will also change.

The article says that users will start to use virtual assistants such as Siri more often rather than use apps for smartphone functionality.

However, the amount of money being generated by apps will continue to grow for the coming years as will the number of apps being installed. Essentially, users are looking for ‘quality’, over ‘quantity’.

Smartphone makers are also adding standard apps to their products which replaces the need for buying and then installing many previously popular apps.

Apparently, by 2020, around 40% of mobile phone interactions, according to market research firm Gartner, will be using virtual private assistants.

Mobile app ads to be blocked

Mobile telephone network Three UK has announced that it is planning to block ads across its service to help keep service user’s bills down and their users safe.

All of their customers will enjoy a trial day in June when they will not see any ads on any pages they visit or apps they use. Three UK says the advertising model is ‘broken’.

Customers will have to sign up for the trial and Three says it does not believe that its customers should be paying for data charges to receive advertisements – instead, this should be borne by the advertiser.

Critics say there are some privacy concerns over ad blocking since Three will have to intercept and then read content being sent to their customer’s phone to determine which parts of it are advertisements.

Google’s new app enables everyone to be a scientist

Google has launched a new mobile phone app which enables budding scientists to access their smartphone sensors to conduct simple experiments. The generated data can then be plotted on graphs and annotated with photos and notes and comparisons made with past measurements.

This means that users can use their phone’s gyroscope, ambient light sensor or accelerometer, for instance, to boost their scientific productivity.

Campaign group takes 30 hours to read T&C’s

The length and complexity of the terms and conditions for many mobile phone apps has been a subject for debate over several years and now one campaign group has read them out aloud.

The campaigners from Norway took more than 30 hours to read out the terms and conditions from a range of common mobile phone apps to highlight what is an impossible task for many consumers.

They also highlighted that many mobile apps ask for permission to do what they like on a consumer’s phone. Among those that were read out were for popular apps including Twitter, Netflix and Facebook.

Now campaigners want mobile phone app developers and publishers to trim T&Cs and say that to compare the effort, it would take someone 70 hours and 40 minutes just to read the Bible.

In other mobile phone app news…

PayPal has announced its support for mobile operating systems is being reduced with BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Amazon Fire OS being discontinued from the end of June. Instead, PayPal will only support iOS and Android.

A survey of satnav apps for smart phones has revealed which are the best. The research was conducted by motoring magazine Autoexpress which found that CoPilot Premium occupied the number one slot followed by TomTom GO mobile and then Waze. They were closely followed by Scout and Google.

Google has announced that it plans on giving Chromebook users access to its Play Store which could offer mobile phone app developers a big opportunity by making their apps available to laptop users with ‘relatively few teaks’, according to one mobile app expert.

New App Enables Other Apps to be Used Without Installation

Google’s Android Instant Apps enables users to open an app from their mobile phone without having to install it first.

The firm says it is helping to bridge the gap between mobile and web-based apps.

The move follows requests from developers who want users to access their apps more quickly and the new platform enables mobile users to open an app without having to install it.

Instead of spending a few minutes downloading and then installing an app, Android Instant App enables developers to partition their app into smaller parts for downloading in several seconds. The only drawback is that each module is restricted to being less than 4 MB in size.

The platform enables a potential user to trial an app and if they like what’s on the screen they can tap a button which will install the app’s full version.

Apple’s Wallet to support UK driving licences?

The end of plastic photo cards could nigh with UK driving licences set to become digital in the coming future.

The DVLA’s chief executive, Oliver Morely, tweeted an image of an iPhone displaying a driving licence in the Apple Wallet app.

There’s no timeline for the introduction of digital driving licences but the DVLA says it is experimenting with platforms to ensure the system is robust and secure.

Vodafone offers monthly billing for apps

Rather than paying for apps in Google’s Play Store every time one is downloaded, Vodafone customers can now use the firm’s Charge to Bill which will add their cost onto the customer’s monthly phone bill.

Users can download apps, films, music, games, e-books and TV shows to their Android device and pay for it when their phone bill lands.

Mobile app identifies strangers with 70% accuracy

A new Russian app called ‘FindFace’ is causing a stir since it will identify 70% of strangers accurately.

Developers behind the mobile app say it can be used by the police to fight crime and help people track someone down for a date.

The FindFace app can identify passers-by with 70% accuracy – so long as the user takes a photograph of them and that person has a social profile on the networking site.

iPhone app will share video clips

A new app for iPhones enables users to create and then share their collection of one minute video clips, or as they are known to users, Chains, with other users able to add their own video responses.

Called Chain, the numbers of people signing up has been impressive and those behind the app say it’s a new way to communicate and share with fans and friends. It’s also possible for charities to build up support for their cars by using the app, say the developers.

Banking app for blind people

A new mobile phone app which enables partially sighted and blind people to use a bank’s services has been launched by NatWest in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

The bank says it has made dozens of improvements to help people with a visual impairment to access their banking services.

Around two million people are registered as being blind in the UK and NatWest says that 10,000 of their customers will utilise the app.

New mobile app tracks Whales

A new phone app has been launched so the public can help track Whale movements off the Atlantic coast of Canada this year.

The Whale Alert app will display active whale management areas to help reduce fatalities when Whales are struck by ships and the app will highlight those areas to be avoided by vessels.

The app also supports whale sighting reports from those in the maritime community as well as the general public with the information being shared in real time.

Users Want More Mobile Apps

A survey of Internet users has revealed that they expect to use more personalised mobile phone apps over the coming three years.

More than one in three respondents said they are looking for secure and convenient apps that react and adapt to the user’s current location.

In addition, they also expect websites to become more personalised and they believe payment methods will become quicker.

Other apps to improve their lives would be real-time online customer service, ordering products ‘on the go’ and they expect faster delivery times in the years to come.

YouTube launches app to communicate

YouTube is trialling a new smartphone app feature which enables users to discuss and share videos from the platform without using other services to connect with family and friends.

It’s only currently available to a small test group but looks set to be rolled out for use on Android phones and iPhones.

The idea is to keep users on the YouTube platform for longer without them resorting to copying and pasting links into tweets and Facebook messages.

Also, by keeping people using YouTube for longer means they will be able to show more adverts to the site’s one billion regular users.

Phone app to repair potholes

A new mobile app to repair potholes has been trialled.

Entitled ‘Changify’ the idea is for users to photograph a pothole and send it to the private contractor responsible for fixing it and bypassing the local authority’s complaints procedure.

The app has been a success in Plymouth and those behind it say the technology will help better manage our cities.

The apps users can also report where litter is building up and roadworks where no work appears to be done.

Fire hit residents get app

The residents of Fort McMurray where a huge wildfire ravaged most of the city have access to a new smartphone app which enables them to look at the condition of their property.

Launched by the provincial government of Alberta, the app provides satellite overviews of those areas devastated by the wildfire which forced 80,000 people to flee their homes. More than 2,400 buildings were destroyed.

App to find missing children

Police in China have launched a mobile phone app to help encourage people to report where missing children are being held.

Users of the app will receive updates when a child disappears with their details and a description as the police work to encourage the help in fighting child traffickers, which is a growing problem in China.

In other mobile phone app news…

Google says its ‘Project Tango’ will encourage developers to create mobile phone apps that utilise indoor 3-D mapping. The firm says it sees applications ranging from virtual reality to advertising.

Microsoft has announced that users of some Windows 10 mobile phones will soon be able to use a fingerprint scanner.

WhatsApp has launched a desktop app that will link with a user’s mobile app as it looks to expand beyond web-based and mobile platforms. The new app will run on Windows and Mac OS and will, the firm says, offer a new way to stay in touch anywhere and anytime.

Meeting News Users | MTX23

Planning on using App Store Optimization to get your first 500 downloads, what this!

Watch this video on YouTube.

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EN Transcription:
Hello, today’s video is a metaphor for going outside. Never going to build your app or your first user base, by sitting behind a computer. Where to find these people?

Twitter, your accerator. A very lonely person on the tube. Maybe just that barista you see everyday, that way you can come by and ask if they’ve opened the app that day.

The point is, just go out and meet people, talk to people. They’re gonna be your first and best users, and they’ll tell everybody about you, as long as your apps good, that is.

ES Transcription:

Hola, el vídeo de hoy es una metáfora respecto al salir al exterior. Nunca van a construir su aplicación o su primer año base al sentarse detrás de una compuadora.

¿Dónde encontrar a las personas? Twitter, punto único. Quizá una persona muy triste en la pantalla.

Quizá sea el barista que ven todos los días, el que pueda pasar y preguntar si lanzaran la aplicación ese día.

El punto es, sólo salgan y conocer personas, hablen con personas. Serán sus primeros y mejores usuarios, y les dirán a todos sobre ustedes, siempre y cuando se trate de buenas aplicaciones, claro.

GoPro App, Banks go Biometric & Samsonite App Saves Luggage

Building society launches new app with biometrics

The Nationwide Building Society is the latest UK bank to announce an app for its customers but theirs will use customer behaviour as an extra security layer.
The app will monitor a customer’s ‘behavioural biometrics’ in how they use their tablet or smartphone and use that information to detect and whether it is their customer who is using the device.
Still in its early development, Nationwide says that the biometrics will be used in addition to voice recognition and fingerprint scanning.

Lost luggage can now be tracked by mobile apps

Luggage maker Samsonite has announced plans to install tracking beacons that can be found by customers using a mobile app.
Available to British as well as European travellers, the technology will be launched later this year and will reveal where a suitcase’s location to within 75metres.
There could be a big demand for the app since more than 24 million baggage items went missing around the world in 2014.
Called ‘Track&Go’, the system will utilise tracking beacons which Samsonite will build into its suit cases – the technology will be competitively priced, says the firm.
One interesting aspect is that when the suitcase owner realises their case is missing, they can report it lost via the app but if another registered user picks up a Bluetooth signal when the lost suitcase passes close by them, it is hoped that they can help recover the suitcase and it’s this community aspect that Samsonite says will be a big attraction for users.

Have a GoPro? There might be an app for that soon

In a bid to stimulate developer interest, GoPro has unveiled a specialist program to help inspire new mobile phone apps for its cameras.
The program is offering developers a toolkit to develop mobile apps to carry out a variety of tasks including previewing live footage, connecting and controlling GoPro cameras and handling media. The move is part of the camera maker’s drive for their cameras to be used for other purposes and not just in action sports.

Mobile phone app may replace contraceptive pill

A new mobile phone app that can pinpoint a woman’s most fertile times could replace the contraceptive pill, says a study.
During testing, more than 4,000 women tried to test the Swedish app’s accuracy and researchers found the app was as accurate for use as a contraceptive as the pill was.
Called ‘Natural Cycles’, the app costs £60 a year and users have to enter their temperature every morning for the app to be accurate. The result is a calendar that displays a fertile day when contraception will be needed and ‘green days’ when the likelihood of falling pregnant is low.

In other mobile app news

Facebook has announced that it is planning to add a news section to its smartphone app with users being offered multiple news sections. There’s no launch date as yet but the aim is to encourage Facebook users to use their app rather than switching to Google news or Twitter.
Google has unveiled a new API for its Consumer Surveys to help developers create or integrate surveys into their own mobile apps. The idea is to help businesses and people utilise data more efficiently.
According to reports, the App Store may be changing since Apple has, apparently, formed a secret team to develop opportunities. Among the proposals, is a way for developers to pay for their apps to appear on top of search results, similar to Google’s model.

App Store Optimization for First 500 App Users | MTX21

Planning on using App Store Optimization to get your first 500 downloads, what this!

Watch this video on YouTube.

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EN Transcription:
Hi, I’m Nick Duddy, founder of Miratrix, and welcome to this week’s video. I’m going to ask the initial question, are you planning on app store optimization, delivering your first 500 users, in a small period of time?

If you answered yes, you’re not going to like this. Unless you’re doing some serious out of app store activity, PR, buying traffic, or whatever, or doing spam, this isn’t going to work for you, so if you’re looking for your first 500, you’re going to have to go out to your network, do outreach, do a power of stalking, and look at your competitors. Find out where their users live, and talk to them, because the app store, just launching it live in there is not going to deliver users quick enough for you to properly test.

So, that’s this week’s video.

ES Transcription:

Hola, soy Nick Duddy, fundador de Miratrix, y bienvenidos al vídeo de esta semana.

Voy a hacerles una pregunta inicial, ¿están planeando optimizar su tienda de aplicaciones que lleve a sus primeros 500 usuarios, en un corto periodo de tiempo?

Si respondieron sí, esto no les va a gustar. A menos que hagan alguna actividad en su tienda drástica, relaciones publicas, comprar tráfico, lo que sea, o haciendo spam, esto no va a funcionar para ustedes, así que si buscan sus primeros 500, van a tener salir de a su red, acercarse, acosar muy de cerca, y observar a sus competidores. Busquen dónde viven sus usuarios, y hablen con ellos, porque la tienda de aplicaciones, solo abriendo en vivo ahí no va a atraer usuarios lo suficientemente rápido para
hacer una prueba apropiada.

Ése es el vídeo de esta semana.

Apps For Keyless Cars, Charity and More!

First keyless car is unveiled

There will be no more frantic searching when someone can’t find their car keys to get to work in the morning with Volvo unveiling the first keyless car.

Instead, owners will use a mobile phone app to unlock the doors and the boot and also start the engine remotely. Mercedes is also following the same route with its E-Class.

However, for owners who aren’t comfortable with the prospect of using a mobile phone app to unlock their car, they can specify a key instead. The firm says that ‘within a generation’ using a digital key will not be seen as a novel way to open a car.

The only downside, says Volvo, is that a smartphone could run out of battery but the firm insists that if the owner appreciates that the phone is their car key then the battery will be fully charged at all times.
The new system will be operational in Volvo’s V90 and S90 cars which will be in showrooms in the next few months.

Mobile apps boost church collections

A mobile phone app is boosting church collections as growing numbers of people opt to use it rather than put cash onto the collection plate.

The ChurchApp enables parishioners to make donations via their smartphone and user numbers have increased by 10% over the past year.

The man behind the app says it probably will not bring an end to the collection plate but for those parishioners who carry cards rather than cash, then the smartphone app is a convenient way to donate money.

Mobile app for bank account does away with the need for PIN

We have all done it, struggled to remember a PIN number or the security password to access our bank account but a new app does away with this need and HSBC customers will soon be able to use a mobile phone app for fingerprint or voice verification instead.

Around 15 million customers of the bank, along with those from First Direct, will no longer need to type in numbers or passwords in what is called the ‘largest roll-out in the UK of voice biometric security technology’.
A spokeswoman for HSBC said: “The launch of touch and voice ID makes it quicker for customers to access their bank account and will use the body which is the most secure form of passport technology.”
Customers of First Direct will be able to enrol in their voice ID program in a few weeks, while for HSBC customers this will occur in the summer. The customers can also use touch ID by downloading a specific mobile banking app.

The Miratrix mobile phone app news round-up

Microsoft has finally started rolling out its Windows 10 Mobile platform and users with phones running Windows 8.1 can download an app to check whether their device will handle the upgrade to Windows 10. Tinder for pets? That’s the app idea launched by Zeppee to help potential owners adopt abandoned dogs, cats and even snakes. Nato has been warned that people smugglers in the Aegean can track their ship’s movements via the £2.99 MarineTraffic mobile phone app to avoid detection when smuggling people to Greece.