18 Jul Top Apps in US, UK and China April
Top 10 Paid (not games) – UK, US, and China
- Sleep Cycle alarm clock By Northcube AB- Waking up made easy.
- An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Sleep Cycle helps millions of people to wake up rested!
- Afterlight By Simon Filip- Afterlight is the perfect image editing app for quick and straight forward editing. Our simple design, paired with powerful and snappy tools, will give you the look you want in seconds.
- ThemeLab-This app adds an image of a colored dock, colored status bar, and slide to unlock button to the regions behind them to create the effect/appearance of colored docks, status bars, and slide to unlock bars.
- PRO LockScreen- This application provides a collection of Wallpapers, with high resolution images for your Lock Screen.
- Color Splash- Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. This effect draws the viewers’ attention to the colored areas, creating striking images.
- NOAA Hi-Def Radar By WeatherSphere-Simple yet powerful, this is the only app in the appstore that shows amazing real-time hi-def animated weather radar images in vivid color with snowfall, hurricane tracks and lightning strikes on a highly responsive interactive map, along with weather forecast, severe weather warning boxes, storm direction arrows, wildfires, current drought severity, and snowfall on the same map.
- SkinneePix By PrettySmartWomen LLC-SkinneePix makes your pictures look thinner. SkinneePix makes your photos look good and helps you feel good. It’s not complicated. No one needs to know. It’s our little secret.
- Micromedex Drug Reference Essentials By Truven Health Analytics Inc.-Micromedex® Drug Reference Essentials provides on-the-go access to the industry’s most trusted and comprehensive drug information, when and where it’s needed most. Users will find peace of mind knowing the content is backed by the same thorough, unbiased editorial process as all Micromedex solutions.
- 7 Minute Workout Challenge By Fitness Guide Inc- The “7 Minute Workout” is a research-backed workout program that has become an international hit! Researchers have selected 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds with 10 second rest intervals. This high-intensity training with little rest results in higher daily metabolism and is the equivalent of working out for over an hour – for only slightly longer than 7 minutes.
- Camera+ By tap tap tap- It’s all about one thing… great photos!
- Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.
Top 10 Free (not games) – UK, US, and China
- Field Trip- Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.
- Google Maps- Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.
- Microsoft Office Mobile- You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.
- Facebook Messenger- Instantly reach the people you care about.
- Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It’s just like texting, but you don’t have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).
- Snapchat- Experience a totally new way to share today. Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll view it, laugh, and then the snap disappears from the screen – unless they take a screenshot! If you want to share a Snap with all of your friends, add it to your Snapchat Story, where each Snap lives for 24 hours until it disappears, making room for the new.
- Instagram- It’s a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
- YouTube- Catch up on your favorite videos and playlists from around the world on the couch, in the kitchen or on the go.
- Facebook- Keeping up with friends is faster than ever.
- Pandora Radio- Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love.
- Kik Messenger- 100 million people love Kik, the smartphone messenger with a built-in browser. And since your Kik username – not your phone number – is your Kik identity, you’re in complete control of who you talk to on Kik.
New in Top 100
1. Jinn Expands Its Local On-Demand Delivery App To London
It looks like the same-hour ‘shop on your behalf’ delivery space in London is heating up. In January, French startup Tok Tok Tok raised $2 million for European expansion, with the UK Capital City pegged next. And U.S.-based Postmates, which just raised a $16 million series B round, has hinted that London is on its radar. Meanwhile, amidst all of this VC activity, UK upstart Jinn has quietly expanded to central London after trialing its service in Newcastle, in the North East of England, while taking part in accelerator Ignite100. Red more…
2. An Always-Listening App That Alerts the Hearing Impaired to Alarms
In an ideal world, every audible alarm would include a visual indication that something was wrong, so that the hearing impaired would immediately be notified too. Until that happens, a cheap £0.69 app called Deafalarm could serve as a viable alternative—keeping an ear out for alarms and alerting the user through text and vibrating alerts. Read more…
3. Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services
A very interesting acquisition announcement from Twitter today: it’s buying Cover, an Android lockscreen app that lets you customise what apps you see and when. For now, Cover will remain live in the Play store. Read more…
1. Mobile App Go Dish Brings Dynamic Pricing To The Restaurant World
You’ve probably noticed that your favorite restaurant probably has busy periods, which are usually dictated by when people typically get hungry. No surprise, that tends to be around lunch and dinner. But then there are other times when it’s not so busy. The thing is, restaurants have fixed costs that don’t really waver during ups and downs, like rent and employee salaries.
To deal with that, a new app called Go Dish seeks to get more eaters into restaurants during off-peak hours by offering discounts on meals picked up before or after a typical restaurant’s lunch rush. Read more…
2. Printic Lets You Quickly Build Photo Books From Your Smartphone
Printic, the smartphone application that lets you order Polaroid-like photo printswith your own custom captions, is now expanding its product lineup to also include photo books. The books are similar in style to those from competitor Mosaic (owned by Mixbook), with a black linen hardcover and cut-out windows on the front, allowing you a sneak peek at some of the photos inside. Read more…
3. Colorbay Is A New Way Of Looking At Instagram, Flickr And Other Photo-Sharing Platforms
Colorbay is a beautiful iOS app that lets you browse images from popular photo-sharing sites like Instagram, 500px, and Flickr. If you are a longtime user of these services, Colorbay is also a time capsule that lets you rediscover old favorites. Read more…
1. Yahoo launches news app for Taiwanese users
Yahoo Taiwan Holdings launched a mobile news application Monday that includes web-based features such as a viewer rating system for each news story. The Chinese-language Yahoo News app, which currently only runs on Google’s Android operating system, integrates over 30 news outlets in Taiwan into a single platform, said David Lee, director of Yahoo’s Taiwan and Hong Kong Mobile Product Development. Read more…
2. Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones
Secret and Whisper have hit a dubious benchmark of success. Both have been cloned by developers in China. Secret posted about its Chinese duplicate this weekend, while Tech In Asia was the first English-language publication to report on both apps.
Mimi means “secret” in Chinese, while Xiaosheng means “quiet.” Mimi was made by Shenzhen Wumii Technology Limited, which publishes lifestyle apps, while Xiaosheng’s developer shares the app’s name, according to its site. We’ve contacted both for comment. Read more…
3. Meet Pokr, The Dongle That Touches Your Cervix So You Don’t Have To
Sometimes it takes a dongle to do a finger’s job. Or at least that’s the premise behindPokr, a new device that helps women check the quality of their cervical mucus so they can enter that data in fertility tracking apps including Glow, Fertility Friend,Kindara, Clue and Ovia. Read more…
New in to Top 100 in Business
1. UK manufacturing sees strong growth
The rise – driven by pharmaceuticals, transport equipment, food, beverages and tobacco, – was the biggest since September, and ahead of forecasts. The year-on-year figure saw output 3.8% higher than in the same month of 2013. Read more…
2. Time will raise $1.4bn to buy UK business
Time, the American publishing company behind Time, Fortune and People magazines, is aiming to raise $1.4bn of debt to help it buy its British sister-company, and keep the global Time empire intact.
The US publishing company is currently being spun out of Time Warner, the media behemoth whose empire spans the film and television studios Warner Bros and HBO. However, it was going to be forced to leave its UK counterpart behind, as part of Time Warner, unless it came up with a deal. Read more…
3. Independent Scotland would face immediate 23 billion pound debt – report
An independent Scotland would face an immediate debt repayment of 23 billion pounds to the UK Treasury, British media reported, citing a leading economics research body’s estimate.
According to newspapers including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times, The National Institute for Economics and Social Research (NIESR) has warned that Scotland would have to borrow 23 billion pounds in its first year of independence, at interest rates of up to 1.65 percent higher than the UK Treasury’s rates. Read more…
1. Untaxed U.S. corporate profits held overseas top $2.1 trillion: study
Foreign profits held overseas by U.S. corporations to avoid taxes at home nearly doubled from 2008 to 2013 to top $2.1 trillion, said a private research firm’s report, prompting a call for reform by the Senate’s top tax law writer. “The new numbers … certainly highlight what is one of the key challenges for tax reform. I do think there need to be some reforms in this area,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden told reporters on Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Read more…
2. Big U.S. banks must boost capital by $68 billion under new rules
The eight biggest U.S. banks must boost capital levels by a total of about $68 billion under new rules, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday, prompting industry complaints that less-stringent global standards will give overseas competitors an advantage. The rules would limit banks’ reliance on debt, part of efforts to prevent another financial crisis. By 2018, banks must rely more on funding sources such as shareholder equity, rather than borrowing money. Read more…
3. Wall Street snaps three-day losing streak as tech rebounds
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, snapping a three-day losing streak as investors bought beaten-down social media and Internet shares. Read more…
1. Goldman, Warburg advance in China Huarong sale: sources
Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) and U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus are among the companies that have advanced to the next round of the sale process to buy a stake inChina Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
China Huarong Asset, the nation’s biggest bad debt manager, has short-listed eight suitors, including Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional KHAZA.UL, private equity firm Apax Partners and a unit of Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), the people said, declining to be identified because the information is not public. Read more…
2. Nokia wins Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
Nokia has won approval from Chinese competition authorities to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp without having to change its main technology patent practices, it said on Tuesday. The Finnish company agreed in September to sell its flagshipbusiness to Microsoft in a 5.4 billion euro ($7.4 billion) deal. However, it kept its patent portfolio, viewed by analysts as a promising source of future growth. Read more…
3. Funds boost China wagers as defaults signal reforms push
China’s first-ever domestic bond defaults, a weakening currency and slowing growth are not normal buy signals, but money managers see them as a sign that the country’s reform drive is genuine and that stocks offer long-term value. Read more…
New in to Top 100 in Lifestyle
1. Hunt for Nazi art shows museum failings: former minister
A German pensioner’s decision to let experts check his art trove for Nazi-looted treasures contrasts sharply with the approach of some museums that may hold works stolen from Holocaust victims, a former minister said on Tuesday.
Over 2,000 German museums hold works created before 1945 and acquired after the Nazis came to power in 1933, according to the Institute for Museum Research in Berlin. Some of them could have been looted or extorted from Jewish owners by the Nazis. But only 285 museums, or less than five percent, have researched the ownership history of such works. Read more…
2. Lost Fabergé Easter egg on show for first time in 112 years
A Fabergé Imperial Easter Egg made for Emperor Alexander III of Russia and not seen in public for more than a century will go on show in London after being saved from the melting pot by an American scrap dealer who only accidentally realized its value. The Lost Third Imperial Easter Egg was made by Peter Carl Fabergé as a gift for Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1887. Read more…
3. Opera’s Mortier gets posthumous award from opera world
Gerard Mortier, the Belgian opera director and administrator who died last month at the age of 70, has received a posthumous lifetime achievement award at the second annual International Opera Awards in London.
Mortier “dedicated his life to bringing originality to opera and worked at three of the world’s major operatic institutions, La Monnaie (Brussels), the Salzburg Festival and Opera National de Paris”, said a statement issued by the award organizers after a ceremony on Monday night. Read more…
1. More U.S. moms are staying at home with kids: study
More American mothers are staying at home with their children, a shift that reflects rising immigration and the fact many women are unable to find jobs after a sluggish period for the U.S. economy, a Pew analysis released on Tuesday showed. Twenty-nine percent of U.S. mothers, or about 10.4 million women, stayed at home in 2012. That is up from a low of 23 percent in 1999, and marks a turnaround from three decades of decline. Read more…
2. Baby giraffe in Oklahoma zoo dies during risky last-chance surgery
Kyah, a 6-month-old giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, died on Tuesday during a risky surgical procedure being performed for the first time on a giraffe in hopes that it would save her life, a zoo spokeswoman said.
A team of 12 experts assisting in the four-hour surgery was unable to repair a life-threatening condition known as persistent right aortic arch, and ultimately Kyah was euthanized in the operating room, said Tara Henson, spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Zoo. Read more…
3. Activist petition seeks end of SeaWorld California orca shows
The battle over a proposed ban in California on using killer whales in entertainment shows at amusement parks like SeaWorld stepped up on Monday, as animal rights activists converged on Sacramento to present petitions they said were signed by 1.2 million people worldwide. The symbolic move to present the petitions by representatives of the Animal Welfare Institute and others came a day before a committee of state lawmakers was set to debate a bill to end orca shows at SeaWorld’s San Diego park. Read more…
1. Ming dynasty ‘chicken cup’ smashes record in $36 million sale
A rare wine cup fired in the imperial kilns of China’s Ming dynasty more than 500 years ago sold on Tuesday for HK$281.2 million at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong, making it one of the most expensive Chinese cultural relics ever auctioned. The tiny porcelain cup from the Chenghua period, dating from 1465 to 1487, is painted with cocks, hens and chicks, and known simply as a ‘chicken cup’. Read more…
2. China official says Islamists seek to ban laughter and crying
The governor of China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the “tumor” of extremism.
Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, blamed by the government on Islamist militants and separatists. Exiles and many rights groups say the real cause of the unrest is China’s heavy-handed policies, including curbs on Islam and the culture and language of the Muslim Uighur people who call Xinjiang home. Read more…
3. China recruits “guardian angels” to protect embattled doctors
China’s capital Beijing is taking a novel approach to protecting doctors from growing levels of violence from angry patients: volunteer “guardian angels”. The campaign will recruit students, medical workers and other patients to act as middlemen between doctors and those in their care to defuse disagreements and smooth over tensions, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Read more…
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