In an effort to help students and teachers work together digitally, Apple has launched some interesting new features for iTunes U.
With the updated and redesigned iTunes U, students can submit homework and other assignments directly from their mobile devices. The submitted work is timestamped, so teachers know exactly when it was submitted.
An integrated grade book will alert teachers when a student’s work is ready for grading, as well as which students may need a reminder.
A new chat function will continue the classroom discussion digitally and serve as a direct line of contact between teachers and students.
iTunes U also now allows teachers to [...]
Facebook Messenger no longer requires users to have a Facebook account. Starting today, users in the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, and Peru can sign up using only your full name and phone number.
Facebook still encourages users to sign up for a regular Facebook account to “take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets,” which suggests that signing up with a name and phone number won’t sync your conversations from device to device.
The company says the aim of this move is to reach more people. All of Messenger’s standard features—photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, and stickers—are [...]
Mylo is a new app that helps men select the perfect outfit for any occasion. It pairs items from a wardrobe of 20 staple pieces, taking both the weather and the day’s activities into account.
After installing the app, you simply select your style and tell Mylo what clothing items you own, and it will tell you exactly what to wear each day—based on the weather and what you’re up to. If you’re missing any key items, you can purchase them from a curated selection within the app.
If you need an opinion on something, Mylo can connect you directly to a human stylist, who will make recommendations over a video call.
Mylo is in currently pre-launch [...]
NYC startup LawTrades has unveiled Larry, a just-crazy-enough-to-work service that provides users with legal help via text message. It’s an invisible app—half human, half robot—that answers legal questions 24 hours a day.
It’s a bit like having a lawyer in your pocket.
LawTrades, which we profiled last year, makes legal help more accessible to small businesses and consumers by offering a marketplace that connects clients with lawyers.
I spoke to Ashish Walia, COO of LawTrades, to see what this new service is all about.
He explained that when someone subscribes to [...]
Bluebridge, the SaaS company that helps universities, corporate enterprises, and other organizations engage their audiences with custom mobile apps, has just closed a $2 million financing round co-led by Cultivation Capital and Allos Ventures. Angel investors Bill Godfrey, founder of Aprimo, Scott Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of ExactTarget, and the HALO Investor Group also participated in the round.
This round of funding follows the $1 million seed round the company closed in September.
The company has also announced the next generation of its mobile app content management system, the Bluebridge Mobile App Studio. “The one-of-a-kind platform will make it [...]
In its ongoing effort to offer faster deliveries, Amazon wants to turn ordinary people into couriers.
The company is currently developing a mobile app that will pay individual users, rather than carriers like UPS, to help deliver packages, The Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon is also considering paying local retailers to store packages en route—either renting space from them or paying a per-package fee.
Such a service could offer Amazon greater end-to-end control over the buying experience, lower shipping costs, and leverage when negotiating with larger carriers. With that said, it’s not clear how Amazon will vet deliveries or who will be held responsible for [...]
In March, we showed you how to install Movie Box—the popular free movie streaming app for iOS—without jailbreaking. Unfortunately, quite a few people have run into problems with the installation process, so we decided to put together a list of some alternatives. If you couldn’t find a solution to your problem in the comment section, give these apps a try instead.PlayBox
PlayBox is a great movie-streaming app and probably the best alternative to Movie Box. The only caveat is that its installation process is a bit wonky—it requires a specific username and password on the first run, and occasionally the account gets disabled. But once you’ve got it installed, [...]
If you’re looking for a free movie-streaming app to use on your non-jailbroken iOS device, you’ll love PlayBox. It offers a wide selection of popular movies right at your fingertips, and you don’t need a jailbreak to install it. It’s also a great alternative to Movie Box, for those of you who have been running into problems with it.
To install PlayBox on your iOS device, follow the instructions below:
1) Visit this link on your iOS device.
2) Tap the “PlayBox HD Download” link, then tap “Install.”
3) Important: When the app finishes installing, open it and sign in using the username and password on the [...]
Show Box is a free movie streaming app available for Android devices. It’s quite similar to Movie Box, the popular iOS app. Show Box is not on Google Play, so the installation is a bit different from that of a typical app—but if you follow this tutorial, you’ll have more movies and TV shows than you know what to do with in about five minutes.Go to Settings -> Security and turn on Unknown Sources. This will allow you to install apps that don’t come from the Google Play marketplace. From your Android device, click here to download the Show Box APK file. Open the file and tap Install to install the app.
That’s all there is to it!
After installing Movie Box on a non-jailbroken device, many people have noticed that the app doesn’t seem to work with AirPlay. While it’s unclear why exactly that is, we’ve determined a quick and easy fix to make sure you can enjoy Movie Box on your Apple TV.
Don’t use the AirPlay button in the app. Instead, do the following:Slide up from the bottom to open the Control Center. Tap AirPlay. Select your Apple TV. Turn on Mirroring.
This will mirror the entire display of your iPhone/iPad to your Apple TV, so even if the AirPlay button in the app doesn’t work, this will. Just start a movie, switch to full-screen mode, [...]