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uLink lets users link apps together like web pages

The web's utility rests on its connectedness, the so-called "deep links" that take you to specific pages on a website rather than just its landing page. But in the mobile app ecosystem such interconnectedness is both rare and time-intensive to setup. Researchers from Microsoft Redmond lab hope to change this with uLink, which allows linking to and between specific, individual locations within different mobile apps – kind of like browser bookmarks for apps.Read More

Mobile-only service provides quick-fire car hire

A new start-up has taken the often protracted process of hiring a car back to the drawing board and rolled out a new streamlined take on the service. Virtuo employs a mobile-only approach, with customers registering, making bookings and gaining access to vehicles all via their smartphone.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Should we use smartphone apps to treat depression and anxiety?

Apps that claim to be able to help with depression and other mental health issues aren't uncommon, but it's difficult to know whether they're actually providing effective treatment. Now, researchers have looked to gain some concrete information as to how helpful an app can be for patients tackling anxiety and/or depression. The results of the study were positive, but they aren't necessarily indicative of mental health apps as a whole, where a lack of regulation has made it extremely difficult to pick out software that can be trusted.Read More

Games

Racing game puts jumpy toy cars on top of tablets

Tablet games where you put an actual toy on top of the screen are nothing new, but what we haven't seen are toys that look like they're interacting with the game. Ptah Tech is a company that has launched a brand-new Kickstarter campaign for a game that will do just that – and the results look surprisingly fun.Read More

BMW's Personal Mobility Companion is part navigation system, part personal assistant

As networked features work their way into our cars, the world's big manufacturers are working hard to pass the benefits of constant communication between vehicles on to owners. BMW used Microsoft's Build event to launch a new Personal Mobility Companion app, designed to learn about drivers' commutes and apply traffic information to let them know when to leave home for arrival at their destination at just the right time. Read More

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