Google puts search functions directly into mobile keyboard

Google puts search functions directly into mobile keyboard

Google has launched a new keyboard for iOS devices that directly integrates search functions, such as maps, GIFs or shopping results, into user’s messages. Called Gboard, the keyboard features a button on the upper left that lets users perform web searches, look for images or GIFs, or even search for emoji without ever leaving the […]

Facebook’s controversial facial-recognition app Moments launches in Europe

Facebook’s controversial facial-recognition app Moments launches in Europe

Facebook has launched its photo-sharing app in the EU and Canada after adapting its controversial facial-recognition software to work around each region’s privacy laws. The program – Moments – was released in some countries in 2015, but withheld elsewhere because of local data privacy rules. The company has created a different version of the software […]

Barclays Launching Mobile Payments Service to Compete with Android Pay

Barclays Launching Mobile Payments Service to Compete with Android Pay

Barclays is rolling out its own contactless payment service for Android phones this summer, enabling customers to pay at over 400,000 locations in the UK and placing the bank in direct competition with the upcoming launch of Android Pay. The service, simply called ‘Contactless Mobile’, will build upon the functionality launched to Barclaycard customers earlier […]

Uber rival Karhoo gives full-service account to VCCP

Uber rival Karhoo gives full-service account to VCCP

Taxi app Karhoo works like a price-comparison website and, unlike Hailo and Gett, allows any taxi company (except Uber) to sign up to its platform. Users can sort through the list of taxis available in their area, based on price, journey time or type of vehicle. Karhoo, unlike Uber, also allows users to pre-book cars. […]

Government launches hackathon to help solve child obesity

Government launches hackathon to help solve child obesity

Public Health England (PHE) has launched its first hackathon in Manchester, inviting developers to come up with apps and other digital services to encourage healthy living in children. The initiative follows the success of PHE’s Change4Life campaign in January, centring on an app which measures how much sugar is contained in day-to-day products. Four months […]