New App Said To Heal “Broken Hearts” In 30 Days

If you thought getting over a breakup would not get easy, then you are wrong. Technology has come to rescue the many who are trapped in “heart breaks”.

The app is providing a 30-day guide to getting through any breakup, complete with daily tasks and life lessons.

Rx Breakup is an app created by Jeanine Lobell, a makeup artist and the creator of Stila cosmetics, and qualified relationship therapist Jane Reardon.

They decided to make it after seeing loads of people coming to see Jane after breakups, feeling obsessive and like they couldn’t let go.

The app called Rx Breakup, provides you with a new task each day designed to help you work through your emotions, resist the temptation to get in contact with your ex, and recognise your destructive behaviours so you don’t repeat them in your next dating adventure.

Each day, you open the app, and it tells you what’s happening in your mind right now, psychology-wise – day 1 explains that you’re in ‘withdrawal’, for example. It also gives you a writing exercise for that day and a provides a new technique to help you through the turmoil.

The tone is designed to be like your most understanding, supportive best friend, but with psychological expertise to back it all up.

Its creators are also planning to launch an accompanying social network, which will allow you to chat with other users who are going through a breakup, as well as share inspirational quotes and post photos.


Female Genital Mutilation App Launched In Britain

Female genital mutilation has been a practice for so many communities for as long as we can remember but it has been banned in so many countries worldwide, however it still happens in some places.

An app has been launched to help people learn about the dangers, effects and how to get help for victims of the practice.

The app was created by researchers at the University of Coventry and is called “Petals”

Professor Hazel Barrett from Coventry University’s Centre for Communities and Social Justice, which created the app, said it was targeted at the closed communities where FGM can thrive.

Many girls may not know what FGM is until it is too late, and at the point when they are about to be subjected to it may be told that it is necessary for religious and cultural reasons.

The app is aimed both at them and their brothers and friends who, it is hoped, will use it to find out how to call for help if they or someone they know is at risk.

Boys are crucial, according to Prof Barrett. By catching them early it is hoped that they will grow up to become fathers who find it unacceptable to put their own daughters through FGM.

The app’s creators believe that one of the best ways to target youngsters of both sexes is via new technology. It’s a clever, modern way of tackling a primitive, barbaric practice.

The website has special features to enable it to be kept hidden from prying eyes. Shaking a smartphone makes the app disappear, it leaves no history in the browser if accessed on a computer and there are no pop-up windows, meaning it can be shut down quickly if needed.

“The first thing we had to think about when putting the app together was the safety of those using it,” Prof Barrett said. “We wanted to make sure that these young people could look at the app in privacy and secrecy.”

Users are given access to immediate help on the first page, with links to help groups. Information about what FGM is and why it is so damaging to those put through it is also available along with example scenarios, a glossary, and video testimonies from survivors.

To avoid scaring off girls from what are usually highly conservative communities, there are no gory photographs, no diagrams of genitalia, and even the phrase FGM has deliberately been kept out of the app’s name in favour of the less challenging, and more euphemistic, “Petals.”

And it uses a tiny amount of data – a key factor for teenagers.


Breakup app delivers the ugly truth so you don’t have to

Let’s face it, breaking up with someone is a messy, awkward business. But, good news: Now you can end your relationship the lazy way with an app that will handle your breakup for you. It’s called Binder and it’s absolutely perfect — if you’re a horrible person.

The app, available now on iOS and Android, appears to be loosely based on Tinder — it helps automate breakups by allowing you to end a relationship with just one swipe to the right.

In order to take advantage of Binder’s relationship-ending service, simply choose the gender of your (soon to be ex) significant other, add in their name and phone number, choose from a list of hilariously brutal reasons (like, “our relationship is as patchy as your beard”), swipe right and the app takes care of the rest.

Those on the receiving end are treated to an equally harsh breakup text message and phone call, relaying the sad news in the bluntest way possible, though the phone calls are easily the most heartless.


New Technology Helps People Self- Diagnose STD’s

Forget the shameful doctors visits one has when they are infected with STD/STI’s new app has been created created for tablets and smart phones, that will help you self-diagnose and self-treat STDs from home.

The app will be released next Tuesday, June 23rd but only California residents will be able to use the app as it is intended. They will be able to go into the app and order test kits for two different STDs; gonorrhea and Chlamydia.

The test kits are then sent to their home in discreet packaging complete with instructions. It is a urine sample kit which is then sent back to Planned Parenthood once the sample is collected Once analyzed  the results are sent to the patient through the app.

Should they test positive for Chlamydia they are given the option to have a prescription for antibiotics sent to their local pharmacy. They can take the medication and clear up the infection without ever having to see a doctor.

If they test positive for gonorrhea however they must go into either their regular doctor’s office or a Planned Parenthood clinic for an antibiotic injection. They are able to schedule an appointment right from the app.

This type of technology could lead to more people being able to get help for their STDs since the process is extremely discreet and they do not have to come face to face with another person or answer any embarrassing questions asked by their doctor.

Other technologies are being tested by Planned Parenthood in other states as well. In Washington and Minnesota patients can have a video conference with a nurse and they can get the STD testing kits. The consultations with the nurse practitioners can be either for birth control or other medications. This gives patients a wide variety of convenient options for being treated.


App created to help alcoholics

A smartphone app has been launched by an Australia-based not-for-profit movement Hello Sunday Morning to help alcoholics fight their alcohol dependence.

The app is designed to evaluate your drinking habits to assess how healthy, harmful or dangerous they may be. The idea is to take a break from drinking and spend your Sunday morning doing something else. Users can then post about their hangover-free activity on the app.

The app also challenges you to complete alcohol-free activities, such as sober karaoke, drink-free dating and being the designated driver when you’re out with your friends.

Chris Raine of Hello Sunday Morning said the new app helped educate and give power to people. With the app, people can find straightforward and timely advice on their phones.

Experts believe that the app will flourish because it helps generate awareness about people’s own habits, and helps people conveniently check their health with their smartphones.


Mandela phone app for tourists in S.Africa

A phone app tracing the footsteps of Nelson Mandela was launched Wednesday in South Africa to encourage tourists to explore his life story, 25 years after his release from prison.

Users can use the tool to plan their travels around major sites associated with the liberation icon, including Robben Island, the prison off Cape Town where he spent 18 years of his 27-year jail term, and Qunu, his childhood home and burial place.

The GPS-enabled app, which is named ‘Madiba’s Journey’ after Madela’s clan name, was designed by South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“This app makes ‘walking in the footsteps of Madiba’ much easier than before and greatly enriches visitors’ experiences of the attractions associated with one of the greatest men of our time,” said Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

The revered anti-apartheid leader became South Africa’s first black president after the end of whites-only rule in 1994.

He died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.

Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and led negotiations that paved the way for the country’s first democratic elections. He was president between 1994 and 1999.

Photo Credits : AFP

This app will tell you who your real friends are

Pplkpr, monitors your heart rate to analyse which of your friends has a positive effect on your emotional wellbeing – and who is completely toxic. Apps allow us to monitor many elements of our lives: our sleep patterns, how many miles we’ve run, our happiness, to-do-lists, calorie intake and even who you should cuddle.

Now, we can use technology to control our friendships, too. A new app, called pplkpr (pronounced ‘People Keeper’) is designed to assess how your interactions with certain people makes you feel. What’s more, it can advise you on whether the friendship is having a positive or negative effect on your emotional wellbeing.

It works like this: you download the free app and sync it with a Bluetooth heart rate monitor wristband (it can also be used manually). It then monitors your ‘heart rate variability’ – subtle changes in the rhythm of your heart, that indicate an altered emotional state. The app notifies the wearer when it detects a spike in emotion such as anxiety, excitement, boredom or calmness.

Together with information you input manually, about who your interacting with and how you think they make you feel (pplkpr detects heightened emotion but lets you decide what that emotion is), the app then decides whether or not they’re a keeper. It can even be programmed to write text messages to those people it thinks are a positive influence and you should be spending more time with. And it can delete those it considers toxic from your contacts.


Introducing the birth control app

Keeping tabs one’s fertility by counting your days is as old school as it gets.

With the advancement in technology, a new app aimed specifically at preventing pregnancy has been developed.

According to The Huffingtonpost, The app called Natural Cycles is reportedly able to identify a woman’s non-fertile days and when she is 99 percent safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving.

Their company’s website states that the app uses statistics and analytics instead of chemicals or surgical procedures in order to prevent pregnancies by helping women pinpoint the handful of days per menstrual cycle when they have the greatest chance of getting pregnant.

The app works by warning the user about her fertile window, the stretch of days before ovulation when she is most fertile.

Women’s resting body temperatures generally rise when they ovulate, and the app uses that information to tell the user when she is ovulating, when she has ovulated and when she is likely to ovulate.

It divides her cycles into “red” days, when she’s more likely to get pregnant having unprotected sex; “green” days, when she’s outside her fertile window; and “yellow” days, when the app is unsure of a user’s fertility status because she hasn’t provided enough data.

According to Natural Cycles, the “green” days are 99 percent safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving.

However experts warn that until the forthcoming study is published, it is too soon to weigh many of the claims about the app’s efficacy. And of course, the app does nothing to protect the user from sexually transmitted infection.

New App Lets You Take Back Embarrassing Texts

Strings, started by Be Labs in Seattle, gives you the ability to permanently delete a text message from your phone and any phone you sent it to. Additionally, Strings requires your friends to ask your permission before downloading any photos or videos you send them.

It seems like a dream come true — and if you ask us, it kind of is — but the phone you send the message to must have Strings downloaded as well. And Strings can’t stop the person on the receiving end from getting the text in the first place. The app is also only compatible with iOS.

Strings isn’t the first app that aims to control smartphone screw-ups. Invisible Text lets senders see whether or not the recipient has opened their text yet, and if they haven’t, the sender can delete it. Ansa is the “Snapchat of texting,” meaning your texts self-destruct after a certain amount of time. And the app On Second Thought allows users to recall their texts 60 seconds after sending them and has a “curfew” feature, meaning texts can be “embargoed” until the next morning in case you’ve had one too many.


Facebook messenger is the most popular app

Most sane people absolutely hate Facebook Messenger – but the app has become iTunes Store’s most-downloaded app of the year.

The explanation could be something to do with the fact that Facebook decided to force all its users to download the app in July this year.

Since that point, user numbers have rocketed to 500 million .

Messenger was launched in 2011, but remained optional for Facebook users, until July when the network forced all users to either stop messaging altogether or download the new app

The app topped Apple’s list of the most-downloaded free apps of the year, ahead of a list of genuinely popular apps – with Snapchat in second place, and YouTube in third.

In paid apps, block-building game Minecraft was in first place on iPhone and iPad.

Facebook said, ‘Messaging is an important part of how people stay connected and since Messenger launched in 2011 we’ve been passionate about giving people a faster and more expressive way to communicate.’


Anti- corruption app now available

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Indonesia  created an app called Gratis that shows the corruption in institutions there.

The app shows corruption which also includes gifts people receive after services rendered, this is especially common in government offices.

The app features a theme park and includes animated quizzes, graphs and explanations to teach the general public and officials what’s okay and what’s not in terms of receiving and giving presents, explains KPK spokesperson Johan Budi. It also includes games, such as “catch the corruptor,” and one in which you have to avoid or catch gifts according to whether you think they’re bribes.

“Corruption is widespread when it comes to winning public contracts or obtaining business licenses,” explains Wahyudi,  a program coordinator for Transparency International in Jakarta. It’s almost impossible to start a business without having to bribe someone, and people are often expected to pay public servants for services that should be free.

Indonesia ranked 114 out of 177 countries surveyed in Transparency International’s latest Global Corruption Perceptions Index.

The KPK, which focuses on high-level corruption, is hugely popular in the country, and surprisingly efficient. Since the agency was founded in 2002, it has arrested nearly 400 people.

Corruption cases make headlines every month or so. Recent cases include the energy minister being named a suspect in September, the sport minister jailed for four years in July, and the religious affairs minister stepping down in July after being accused of misusing Haj pilgrimage funds.

Source : Global post

New messaging service set to challenge WhatsApp in Africa

Mara Group the Pan-African conglomerate founded by Ugandan businessman Ashish J. Thakkar, plans to challenge the dominance of WhatsApp in Africa with the launch of a new messenger service targeted at Africans all across the world.

On Saturday, Thakkar announced the launch of the Mara Messenger which is set to shake-up the mobile technology space in Africa.

Speaking during an informal launch ceremony in Dubai, Thakkar said the new Mara Messenger App has been tailored to the needs of the African consumer, and will be a more localized mobile messaging application that allows people to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world. He says Mara Messenger is looking to compete directly with the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat.

Mara might be late to the mobile messaging party, but Thakkar says his company plans to introduce a number of never-before-seen features to the messaging App to earn a competitive advantage and enhance user experience.

The App is now available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry and includes features that will allow users to instant message, share locations, doodle on images and broadcast information to groups, and will shortly include voice memos and video features.

Source : Forbes

Want to know when you will die? There’s an app for that

Apple’s HealthKit app is designed to help you get the most out of life by improving your well-being and fitness. But could it also be used to predict when you’ll die?

That’s what a new app called Deadline is claiming, saying the tech can be used to predict exactly when you’ll kick the bucket.

The morbid app uses a variety of data including your blood pressure, height and sleep pattern to come up with the prediction that is apparently accurate to the second.

‘You’re going to die. Sorry, we all do eventually,’ company Gist LLC writes on their iTunes page. The app costs £0.69 (Sh99) and is available now for Apple devices with iOS 8 or later.

‘But, what if you knew the date of your death?

‘Would it motivate you to be healthier?’

The company claims to use HealthKit data, in addition to a few questions about your life style, to give you an estimated time of death.

It pulls in a variety of information and tells you how long you’ve got to live in years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds.

Living a healthier lifestyle will apparently give you a longer life expectancy in the app.

And with Apple’s new notification system for iOS 8.1 the app will keep your ‘ticker’ updated on your home screen.

However, according to Gizmodo the app’s claims of being accurate are not entirely true, instead being just ‘a genetic algorithm that forecasts your death’.


Mother releases app that prevents children from ignoring calls

Frustrated-mother-turned-evil-genius Sharon Standifird has developed Ignore No More, an Android app that gives parents the ability to lock their kid’s smart phone from afar, making it unwise to ignore mum’s phone calls.

“When you lock your child’s phone with Ignore No More your child has only two options – he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder,” it says on the app’s website.

“Now you have their attention. Ignore No More is an easy to install app that gives you control over your children’s phones.”

The parent sets a password that can unlock the phone, which encourages their child to call back quickly so that they can access their Smartphone’s other functions and applications.

Ms Standifird, a Texas mother of two, consulted with designers and developers for months, and is finding the app popular with like-minded US parents.