Web-clipping app Sight has launched for readers on iOS, allowing users to snap screenshots of articles they’d like to read, but just don’t have time to at the moment. Instead of bookmarking articles, or copying and pasting URLs, the app analyzes screenshots to pull in the original articles, in their entirety, from the original web sources.
Leading retailer Target is testing its newest iOS app, In a Snap, which works to help users learn more information about, and gain access to purchasing Target-branded items displayed in advertisements in magazines or catalogs.
The app uses the camera on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices to recognize items, and then shows users additional information about the products. From there, the item(s) can be added to the user’s cart and purchased.
Ad-free music service Radical.FM has launched on Google Play, bringing Android users access to the service’s 25 million searchable tracks and pre-created stations. While the existence of a free, commercial-free radio experience might be hard to believe, Radical.FM offers its ad-free service on a “pay what you can” donation basis. This business model allows Radical.FM to support artists, composers and labels for the music streamed within the app.
Tip-sharing social network Trusper has begun experimenting with paid, brand-related tips on its service, as users are now able to purchase content within the app. The platform’s new “Music, Movies, Books” category allows users to share tips about their favorite songs or bands, movies and more, complete with links to sample or download these items on iTunes, Amazon or YouTube, without leaving the app.
Travl offers a rundown of information about a selection of countries, including how to access emergency services, and details on expected tipping behaviors at restaurants or in cabs (among others). The app offers details on famous landmarks within each country, as well as the local cuisine.
Ad tech platform Scoopr Media wants mobile users to be rewarded for the branded content they already post to social media. Whether it’s a picture of new Nike tennis shoes or a picture of a Starbucks cup in the morning, social media is full of these branded messages, and users can share them directly with interested brands via Scoopr on mobile devices in order to earn those deserved rewards.
Personal activity tracker Mini Hug wants to help parents spend more quality time with their children, by encouraging them to keep a log of the time and activities they spend / complete with their little ones.
Created by Bitsmedia founder Erwan Mace and his 7-year-old daughter Lia [pictured], Mini Hug acts like a journal, tracking activities completed with kids, like swimming or exercising, playing a game, cooking a meal, doing homework and so on. The app currently supports 40 activities, but more will be added in future updates.
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