New app will keep walking smartphone users safe

A new ‘walk mode’ app from Samsung is aimed at keeping users safe while they text and walk.

The idea is to prevent distracted mobile device users from bumping into other pedestrians and vehicles.

It’s available for downloading from the Google Play Store and will send an alert to the user when danger is imminent.

The app itself runs in the background and will flag up a danger regardless of what the user is doing.

Android users warned of security issues

Security firm Trend Micro has revealed that more than 800 Google Play Apps have the malicious code Xavier in them.

The full list has been published by the firm and include wallpaper changers and photo manipulators.

A spokesman for Trend said: “The embedded malicious behaviour will download a code from a remote server and execute it. It also goes to great lengths protect itself from detection.”

The firm says that the apps containing dangerous malware can take control of the user’s Android smartphone without them even realising it has taken place.

The warning comes just weeks since the Judy malware strain was also revealed to be infecting 36 million Android devices.

Classical music app will boost concert going

Not everyone is happy to see people using mobile phones during classical concerts and a new app will text notes to users during a performance.

The app will deliver programme notes as the orchestra plays so curious audience members can read along.

The first in Britain to use the app is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which has already trialled the app and will use it in a future performance in a special seating area.

The app is called Octava and is aimed at helping users through the ‘musical journey’ and is aimed particularly at younger and new audiences.

Lack of apps prevent VR take-up

Researchers have revealed that the biggest barriers for consumers taking up VR is the lack of apps, needing additional software and hardware.

The findings from Vibrant Media also reveal that consumers in the UK, US and Germany are worried about ads being delivered with VR services which will use up their mobile Internet data allowance.

A spokesman said: “Those content providers requiring extra hardware for viewing content will only appeal to niche audiences and VR creatives in advertising and content need to learn about consumer’s needs.”

The firm points to the 3-D TV market which is struggling since special glasses are needed for viewing but these have provided a big barrier for the system’s adoption.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

Popular game streaming service Twitch has announced big changes to its Android and iOS app including features requested by fans. Game players will now have the ability for streaming directly on mobile devices from the app and better navigation bars are among the changes.

According to a survey from KPMG, Indian language users will account for a massive boost in the number of Internet and app users in the coming years. Indeed, by 2021, they are predicting more than 500 million Indian language users will be online compared with around 230 million English language users.

App users on Camden High Street in London will be among the first to use a new digital street where they can enjoy ultrafast speeds of 1 GB per second as well as free digital services and free phone calls. The InLink units are replacing payphones with more being rolled out to other major UK cities this year.

Research by Ordnance Survey has revealed that hill walkers are relying on phone apps too much and are unprepared for emergencies, particularly when they do not have a phone signal. In addition, 75% do not plan their route properly or pack the correct gear.

Police forces around the UK are warning parents to turn off ‘Snap Maps’ that may be installed on children’s smartphones after SnapChat introduced the location sharing mode. Police say they have child safety concerns as the app which could be used by stalkers and will reveal the user’s location.

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