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The Appszoom News Round-up #15

It’s week 15 of the Appszoom News Round-Up, and once again, your faithful Appszoom editors have delved into the world of tech, mobile and app news to share their favorites picks – just for you. Now ain’t that sweet?

It’s been a busy news week and we’ve been spoiled for choice! But after much deliberation, we’ve narrowed our picks down to the following:

Emmanuel’s Pick: Be My Eyes: An App For Helping The To Blind See

Janel’s Pick: Monument Valley team releases infographic revealing $5.8 million in revenue

Anna’s Pick: Google Translate… With Images

Jayne’s Pick: Xiaomi Launches ‘iPhone 6 Plus Killer’ – But We Still Can’t Get The Name Right

Tara’s Pick: Staying Ahead Of The Game

Scroll down to find out what it’s all about!


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Emmanuel’s Pick: Be My Eyes: An App For Helping The To Blind See

Emmanuel says: Apps can be way more than pieces of mobile software for having fun, being more productive and communicating with our peers. We can also use them to help each other.

Recently launched Thunderclap’s Be My Eyes (iOS) is a good example of what a supportive app should be. Be My Eyes connect volunteers with blind people who need help with simple tasks, such as checking the expiration date of milk, giving directions and describing places.

New users must indicate if they are sighted or need to be assisted by the network. From then on, when a blind user needs support from a sighted one, he/she only has to launch the app which will start a live video call with a volunteer. As the developers claim “Be My Eyes is all about contributing to and benefiting from small acts of kindness”.

A great app concept which has already gathered around 10K volunteers and 1K blind users.

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Janel’s Pick: Monument Valley team releases infographic revealing $5.8 million in revenue

Janel says: The Monument Valley team not only released their game to huge success, but have also been incredibly detailed about chronicling the dev experience. Today, they’ve compiled some of the most revealing data as regards their coding, designing, launching, and eventually profiting from their app.

Besides the big pretty numbers – namely, that it took $1.4 million to build and has racked up over $5.8 million in revenue to date – they provide a ton of fascinating data in terms of their users. A full 50% of players who started the game played it through to completion (which I suspect is far, far more than your average bubble-popper time killer), and nearly a quarter of them sprang for the Forgotten Shores expansion via in-app purchase.

In an era with massive competition in the app stores, it’s encouraging to see such a tangible, open-book example of success.

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Anna’s Pick: Google Translate… With Images

Anna says: Although it will probably fail many times before it gets it right, the Google Translate app’s new ability to work with images has the potential to become the best thing ever. The new update of the app includes instant visual translation and it’s kind of fun to use.

Using it is a piece of cake. Simple point your device at the text, and watch as the letters transform, translating from the source to the target language you pick – instantly. In addition, you can also scan and select random snippets of your choosing, and see them translated within the app.

Undoubtedly, an effective tool that will lead to endless memes and Internet jokes. Just you wait.

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Jayne’s Pick: Xiaomi Launches ‘iPhone 6 Plus Killer’ – But We Still Can’t Get Their Name Right

Jayne says: Many folks might think of Samsung as Apple’s biggest rival. But Chinese firm Xiaomi is vying to knock both competition out of the park. The Beijing-based company has announced its next-generation flagship phablet – Mi Note – and has boasted that it’s larger, thinner, lighter and cheaper (hand’s up if you’re singing this in your head) than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

With a 5.7-inch display, 6.95mm thickness and weighing in at 161g, the Mi Note is therefore a whole 0.2-inches larger, 0.15mm thinner and 11 lighter than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. And it’s a hell of a lot cheaper too, working out at $370 USD v the pricey $949 that an 6 Plus will set you back.

There’s one thing, thought, that Xiaomi’s growing success and popularity still can’t guarantee: that consumers in the English speaking world can actually pronounce the name. A BBC blog unravels the mystery of the various versions that have been flying around.

It’s all Chinese to me.

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Tara’s Pick: Staying Ahead Of The Game

Tara says: Well, it wasn’t like we didn’t know this was going to happen! I’ve had my iPhone 6 for about four weeks now, and it’s not hard to understand why Android’s market share would start to drop.

Yep, you can customize to your heart’s content on an Android, but unless you’re a techie, why would you want to? I wonder if the iPhone 6s (rumored to be on its way) will put a bigger dent in the Android world? We’ll have to wait and see.

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What news stories have grabbed your attention this week? Keep us in the loop in the comments!

The Appszoom News Round-up #15

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