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.