The Hindu: On a mission to create an Indian answer to Google. “This is the story of 15-year-old A Suryachandra Pavan, a self-taught app developer hailing from a family of modest means, who claims to have developed five apps in a short span f five months and is now working to develop a platform similar to the Google Playstore which will feature all Indian-made apps. His ultimate dream is to create an Indian competitor to take on the world’s most powerful brand Google and in the process, get the ‘Make in India’ slogan louder.” China has Baidu, Russia has Yandex. Why shouldn’t India have a search engine specific to its country?
Google Blog: Now on iOS: Get paid to share your opinion. “There’s an old saying—the customer is always right. And certainly, the world’s best companies are always eager to hear directly from customers. That’s one reason we created Google Opinion Rewards, an app that pays people to give their opinions and answer questions from companies, big and small. Today we’re bringing Google Opinion Rewards to iOS.”
BetaNews: Free online service tests mobile app security and privacy. “When you download a mobile app you sometimes get more than you bargained for, Uber’s app that tracked iPhone users for example. It can be hard to know exactly what apps on your phone are up to. Now though, application security testing company High-Tech Bridge is launching a free ‘Mobile X-Ray’ service for developers that analyses native and hybrid iOS and Android apps and detects the most common weakness and vulnerabilities.”
Lifehacker: What Parents Need to Know About New “Honesty” Apps Sarahah and TBH. “We’re all curious about what others think of us. For teens, the yearning for validation is intense. Does anyone think I’m cool? Was the outfit I wore today too much? Am I fun to be around? Two new ‘honesty’ apps let them receive the peer feedback they crave, anonymously.”
The Spaces: Will the new ‘Shazam for art’ app change the gallery experience forever?. “New app Smartify aims to be the ‘Shazam of the art world’, giving users instant information about thousands of artworks on show in public galleries across the world. The smartphone and tablet app uses image recognition technology to scan and identify artworks, earning comparison to the famous music app, founded in 1999. Smartify also provides audio interviews with artists, as well as hidden stories about the pieces and curatorial information, acting as a free hand-held tour guide for curious gallery-goers.” 30 institutions participating so far. Sounds awesome!
Reuters: Spanish court orders Google to delete app used for Catalan independence vote. “Catalonia’s High Court on Friday ordered Google (GOOG.O) to delete an application that it said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about a disputed independence vote this Sunday.”
ZDNet: This new app can detect wireless credit card skimmers at gas pumps. “Credit card skimmers on gas pumps and ATMs are more common than you think — and anyone (including yours truly) can get hit by them. Now, there’s an app that might just stop you from getting stung in the future. The app, currently only available for Android, works by looking for a Bluetooth module nearby that’s commonly used in modern credit card skimmers.” Very cool!