PayPal Unveils New Android SDK, Available To US Developers May 15
An anonymous reader writes "PayPal on Monday announced a new Android SDK that tries to make it easier for developers to accept in-app payments on Google's mobile platform. The company says the software development kit will be available for US developers on May 15. The Android debut comes just over two months after the mobile SDK for iOS, which supports iOS 5+ on all varieties of iPhone and iPad screen sizes and resolutions. At the time, PayPal said an Android flavor was coming, and now it has delivered: its SDK will support version 2.2, meaning Froyo (released in May 2010), and above."
Beyond Verbal Gets A $2.8M Seed Round To Develop Voice Recognition That Decodes Emotions
With the introduction of Siri on the iPhone 4S in 2011, voice recognition, not exactly a new innovation, suddenly took center stage with consumers. But before that, and especially since then, there has been a rush of developments to meet the demand for ever better, more responsive technology across smartphones, tablets, computers, phone services and whatever else will come next. Beyond Verbal, a startup based out of Israel, claims that it has developed a way to take computer-based voice recognition one step further, by creating software that is able to detect not just the words, but the emotional nuances of a voice to decipher how a person speaking is feeling. Today, it's announcing its first round of funding, $2.8 million led by the newly-launched Genesis Angels, to roll out its patented technology commercially.
Blink, A New App For Ephemeral Text And Photo Messaging, Arrives On iPhone
Blink, a new mobile application for ephemeral messaging, is debuting today on the Apple App Store allowing users to text, plus share photos, and soon videos, with other friends as well as with groups. The app represents a spin-off from the same technology which also powers social friend finder, Kismet. Though the company says it has no plans to shut down Kismet at this time, its current focus will be on continuing the development of Blink at present. You may remember Kismet, founded by ex-Googler Kevin Stephens and Michelle Norgan, as one of the apps which surged in popularity around the time of SXSW 2012, when “ambient location” seemed to be the latest trend. As it turned out, while Kismet saw some pick up on college campuses, and particularly in the Greek community, its user base remained under a million. Now Blink is repurposing the company’s technology platform to attack mobile social networking from a new angle: disposable messaging. The mobile messaging market is huge, fragmented, ...
H.Bloom Online Flower Delivery Service Launches An iPhone App For Every Flavor Of Gift Giving
H.Bloom, the same service that makes you look like a superhero by delivering floral arrangements to your work which you can then deliver to your lady friend like a boss, is today launching an iPhone app. The app ties in with H.Bloom’s existing online service, but gives users an easy native way to place gift orders on the go. Along with H.Bloom’s standard floral arrangements, users will also be able to choose from chocolates, cupcakes, candles, and macaroons. H.Bloom will only be personally responsible for the flowers, as the company has partnered with other vendors like Sprinkles Cupcakes, Astro Doughnuts, and Niven Morgan to provide the other wares. Here’s what Emily Dubner, director of consumer at H.Bloom, had to say: Gifting has become stressful and time-consuming in recent years with an overabundance of options available. Our new app solves this problem by providing a one-stop shop where people can find high-quality, thoughtful gifts very quickly. We feel confident that the app ...
Trulia Launches Redesigned iPad App With Improved Navigation, Listing Pages And Maps
The U.S. real estate market is seeing a bit of a rebound right now and, with it, real estate-related online services like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia and newcomers like Houzz are also getting back in the groove of launching regular updates. Trulia today launched its redesigned iPad app, which now features new listing pages with large photos, a new navigation menu and an improved map view. The Trulia redesign comes a week after Zillow launched its revamped iPhone app. Previously, Trulia’s property pages looked a bit cluttered compared to some of the competing services, but in this redesign, they are being overhauled. Images are now significantly larger, and the sidebar now features a map view, as well as pricing history and additional information, without trying to cramp all of the details about the home into it. The sidebar now also features a bit more local info, including the median home price in the neighborhood and school ratings. Trulia previously only showed this information in ...