Category Archives: Mobile

07Aug/17

Nigerian innovator uses app to fight food waste

Nigerian engineer Oscar Ekponimo has created a web app that could help beat hunger. The app connects disadvantaged communities with stores and non-governmental organisations; giving them an opportunity to buy food approaching the end of its shelf life at a discount.

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06Jul/17

EU may issue new Google fine over Android: sources

EU antitrust regulators are weighing another record fine against Google over its Android mobile operating system, according to Reuters sources. As Sonia Legg reports they have also set up a panel of experts to give a second opinion on the case. Continue reading

06Mar/17

Pendant device turns your voice into text

Ukrainian programmers have developed a device in the shape of a pendant that can record your voice and transcribe it into a text file. Roselle Chen reports.

LVIV, UKRAINE / VARIOUS LOCATIONS, UNITED STATES (REUTERS / SENSTONE INC) – This little pendant packs a lot of punch by making it possible to convert your ideas into text.

Senstone was devised by programmers in the Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Kiev and transforms the user’s voice into notes stored on their phone or tablet.

SENSTONE INC CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, NAZAR FEDORCHUK,

“It’s relatively small. It records your voice once you tap it and converts it into text notes. The good thing about it – it can work anywhere, you can do it on the go while walking, driving, hiking, when your hands are busy or in any other situation.”

SENSTONE DESIGNER, YURIY KYRYLIV,

“Senstone is a sort of alien’s stone which records your thoughts and saves the moment when an idea comes to you and you have a short amount of time to write it down.”

Users press a button, and a series of tiny LEDs flash to indicate that recording is taking place.

Pressing the button again stops the recording.

An app on the user’s phone will sync with the Senstone automatically via Bluetooth.

The sound files are downloaded and speech is automatically transcribed.

The device recognizes twelve languages, including Ukrainian and English.

A Kickstarter campaign that ran to the end of February easily raised the required $50,000 (USD) funding.