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Amazon Flow

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To make money from its apps, Amazon has discovered a new way out which has nothing that involves clicking on various ads. There already exist an official app for iOS of the company and also, the company has now launched a new feature known as “flow”. The function of flow is to allow the users to scan items with the help of the camera of their iphone and thus can buy that particular item on Amazon.com with the help of the app.

According to Amazon the new feature flow only works with iOS7 and will work best when the user is looking for products like books, video games, packed groceries and DVD’s. The only main work the user is required to do is to move the camera of the iPhone towards an item and then the app of Amazon will look up for it and finally will provide the user with the option of purchasing it on Amazon.com. Additionally, users will also have the option of scanning of multiple items at same time. These is possible by saving an item, once it is found, in the histories of the app and then allow the user to add more items in the shopping cart.

It is not the first time flow is seen. A standalone app was also released by Amazon in the year 2011 and the company now has actually made it a vital part of the official app of Amazon. The standalone app of flow is still available for Android and iOS. The ability of scanning barcodes for the users of the smartphones is always very interesting but as the barcodes are not found that easy it is not very convenient to use due to which the amount of complexity users face is more. Also, many users do not even have a bit of idea as to where to look for the bar code on an item and some do not even know about it. It is a surprise yet true which is common in our world. So we can say the effort of Amazon is a genius stroke and it could make a pressure on competitors like eBay to create a similar feature for its standalone app.

As time passes Flow should also be able to recognize various items like headphones or other types of gadgets. The app is now also available on iTunes with a free download for devices with iOS7.

New Android App Alerts You When You Are Being Tracked

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A recent research done by few researchers revealed a very exciting fact about our smart phones. Today’s smart phones are loaded with app which we are depending on. So this research notifies the user about that their phone app might track their location. This group of researchers comes up with an App which notifies us.

The research done by lead project developer Janne told that on our smart phone there is an icon but it is very tiny. On the interface of our android phone we can see when an App accesses our location information. But this knowledge is not known by everyone. Very few people know about it. App which is developed by them place a mark or a banner on the other App saying that this particular App is accessing their location information.

It is quiet shocking when this App is used practically because the results are very annoying. People are continuously using the Apps which are accessing their private location information. Another survey done regarding the said research most of the people want to disable their smart phone of this location information. But there are others also who want to know the details of this collection. In words of Janne the assistant professor the main goal of creating the App is that they want Google and other App developers to become more transparent. This app gives an authority to app user that how much and at what time they want to share their location information and any other data.

This kind of app accessing our location information is done to target a particular user for specific ads. One more reason behind collecting our location data is that it can be circulate to other advertising companies too. Right now the App is on trial basis and in a very short span of time it will be available. Currently the App is added at the Google play store but within the time frame of two month it is becoming available. Now a day’s people use android phone without thinking twice. It doesn’t mean that we should stop using it but we should be very cautious because accessing data from our phone can turn out to be very problematic. Researches are being conducted by people to make our phone more reliable.

More and more apps are coming in market for our android phone but we should be more careful before using it. Might the app is accessing our personal information.