Firm unveils unusual smart TV app

In the fast-growing market for food delivery apps, one firm says it will grab a big slice of the action with its smart TV app.

The announcement from Foodnfilm says its app will not be available for mobile phones and only for smart TVs.

The market for food delivery in the UK has rocketed and last year there was a 10% increase to 599 million food deliveries while visits to restaurants and other eating outlets rose by just 1%.

Now the new app will integrate with a smart TV’s operating system and enable users to order food as well as convenience items from the big screen and also track their order in real time.

They can do this while watching a movie of their choice.

The firm has now teamed up with Samsung to integrate Foodnfilm into some of its smart TVs and is also looking to partner with LG.

Apple will prevent phone use while driving

One of the new features for Apple’s iOS11 software update will be a new ‘do not disturb while driving’ for iPhone users.

The aim is to reduce driver distraction and silencing all notifications.

In addition, drivers will not be able to access the home screen to open apps when they are behind the wheel.

On top of this, Apple says there’s also an automatic text feature that will be sent to notify family friends that the iPhone user is driving.

The new features have been welcomed by road safety charity Brake who say that drivers using phones while behind the wheel are a ‘growing menace’.

The announcement comes after the UK brought in stricter measures for those caught using a mobile phone while driving with penalty points doubling to six and a £200 fine being introduced.

App will help savers

A new app aimed at freelancers and self-employed people with variable incomes hopes to change the way they save.

It’s been unveiled by the former chief executive of Uber Italy and is called Oval Money.

The personal savings app will enable users to track their spending habits and automatically save money by programming saving goals and tracking transactions as well as setting aside certain amounts of cash every month.

The firm behind the new app says users should, over a three-month period, manage to save £400.

New app will bring about the demise of loyalty cards

A new app has been unveiled that could bring about the end of loyalty cards and create a seamless shopping experience.

Bink is the brainchild of Lee Clarke who developed the idea after realising he did not have his Boots Advantage card when making a big purchase before a family holiday.

He says that loyalty and payment cards should be brought together to help resolve the problem of users missing out on potentially valuable rewards.

In addition, retailers can use the app for sending content, e-receipts and coupons to users.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

Skype has unveiled its newest app and revealed that older apps for Windows users will no longer be able to access many features. The new additions see social media style apps including Highlights and bots to add to chat and group conversations.

A grandmother from Somerset claims she managed to diagnose skin cancer by using a mobile phone app after reading about SkinVision in a magazine. While most of her moles were diagnosed as being normal, an ankle lump received a red warning and weeks later surgeons removed an aggressive form of skin cancer. She has called the app ‘amazing’.

Industry watchers say Microsoft is planning to drop support for its classic Windows phone apps with a release of Windows 10 Mobile. The apps, known as Silverlight apps, will no longer work with the new version of Windows.

A new money messaging app has managed to secure €25 million in financial backing. Plynk works in the same way as WhatsApp but users essentially text money to each other.

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