We like to think of our phones as our own, tools that we purchase and then control once they're in our possession. That's only ever partially true, even if we get the phone without a contract through a company. But there are ways for people to have even less control of their elaborate pocket computers. Like this patent recently granted to Apple, which would allow infrared transmitters set up in specific locations to prevent phones from recording video or audio.
An app called I SEA made a splash last week when it purported to give anyone, anywhere the power to save Mediterranean migrants. With just a smartphone, a few spare minutes, and a sharp eye, users of I SEA could help spot migrant-laden vessels in distress and alert authorities. Numerous publications including Reuters, Wired, Fast Company, and Newsweek published positive coverage.
Tracking your every step, breath, and hour of sleep you get is a rising trend in the health tech world, and Apple seems to finally be stepping up its game to compete with other fitness trackers like Fitbit and Garmin. Today, at the company's annual World Developer's Conference (WWDC 2016) in San Francisco, Apple announced its newest additions to its Watch: the Activity app, Wheelchair, and Breathe.
The VSCO Cam app for iOS and Android has long been a way to give your photos a film-like look. The photo editor not only allows for eye-catching photography, but peak Instagram likes after posting to social. Now the company is more heavily touting its own social features in the app's latest update.