Code or Be Coded
Stressed because your parents, their four dogs and your weird aunt are all coming to stay at your place for the holidays? The app that provides on-demand therapy sessions is now available to a broader range of customers.
Founded in 2012 by Israeli husband-and-wife duo Roni and Oren Frank, Talkspace lets users text with licensed therapists for way cheaper than it’d be to see one in person. Users can either be billed quarterly, at $19 per week, monthly, at $25 per week, or weekly, at $49 per week.
Originally only available for iPhones, the app announced today they’re also available on Android.
Rise of the Drones
Android is eating the planet as more people worldwide take up Android as either their first or latest smartphone. Problem is, those people need apps, and apps need coders to make them, and a number of hiring managers, founders and consultants here in NYC are coming up dry when looking for capable Android talent.
“Hiring for Android is almost impossible,” Ben Schippers, cofounder of dev-shop HappyFunCorp, told Betabeat. “You’re seeing a spike in Android use, and now we’re competing with Samsung, Facebook, Google and the Fortune 500 for talent.”
everything is terrible
When Professor David Sheffler first made a 3D-printed jet engine as a class experiment, one of the students whipped out a cell phone to record the results. That video ended up in the hands of a team at The MITRE Corporation, a research titan with military aviation contracts. When MITRE reached out to Mr. Sheffler, they wanted to know if he Read More
A mobile game that simulates the war in the Gaza Strip was quickly pulled from Google’s Play Store yesterday. The game, called “Bomb Gaza,” instructed gamers to “drop bombs and avoid killing civilians,” however it — obviously — faced a barrage of criticism including one person calling it “absolutely disgusting.”
Us men don’t have many opportunities to add a little pop to our wardrobe. We have a few conservative options in watches, belts and shoes, but every pair of cufflinks needs its own French cuff shirt, and trying to bling every day at the office quickly turns you into Needless Tie Bar Guy.
We do, however, all have smartphones. When treated correctly, they’re the perfect gateway to branch out stylistically. Unfortunately, there are few good tips on how to wear your phone, so if GQ won’t do it, we will.
iPhone-equipped New Yorkers now have something to do outside this summer besides defend their devices from thieves and sweat to death in this heat. Ingress, an augmented reality game popular in urban areas and previously available only on Android, is now officially available on iOS devices.
Ingress uses geomapping to transform real urban landscapes into a playing field that gets players moving around their city, fighting over portals and collecting resources — a smartphone game that’s played entirely IRL. The game’s sci-fi backstory, which involves an invading alien force that opposing teams of players either welcome or resist, evolves and grows constantly depending how well the real-life teams are doing.
Did you think restoring your phone to factory setting meant deleting each and every torrid midnight sext you’ve ever sent or received? So did we, don’t feel bad. But a Czech Republic-based security firm has proven that dick pics and sundry nude photos are actually not that hard to recover from a wiped Android.
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Apples and Androids
Some great firsts live on in history forever. The images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The first words spoken after the first nuclear test: “Now we’re all sons of bitches.” And now, Google has made its great contribution to human triumph with the first game for your smartwatch.
And it’s a clone of Flappy Bird.
In the war between iOS and Android, there are a few things we know: iPhone users are big spenders, live in more affluent neighborhoods and are vastly outnumbered by their Android counterparts. But now, we also intimate knowledge of their reading habits, which shows us more about their personalities than anything we’ve seen so far.
Oyster, the Netflix for books, released a study of their readers this morning, comparing the reading habits of iOS users with the Android users that have signed up since their recent Android release and redesign. Oyster told Betabeat that they pulled from their entire user database for the study.
We already know there’s an app for pretty much everything. Now, we’re also seeing an influx of smart devices that are not only assisting humans, but are also keeping them in check.
New gadgets such as smart kitchen scales and computer-assisted driving systems pick up our human slack and even override our capabilities.