The Companion App: Your Virtual Friend That Walks You Home

What is this?

Thousands of people are now hooked to a free personal safety mobile app that allows friends to virtually walk you home at night. The Companion app enables users to request a family member or a friend to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS. The app is available in IOS and ANDROID. The user can send out several requests to different phone contacts, and those who are available gets an SMS with a hyperlink that allows them to track the user’s whereabouts. If for example the user runs, or drops his headset, the app can detect these changes in movement and asks the users if they’re okay.

If the user is fine, they can press a button on the app to confirm within 15 seconds. If they do not press the button, the app emits a real emergency alarm that can scare criminals off and allows you to make a phone call to authorities.

According to co-founder Lexie Ernst, a senior at the University of Michigan, “We’ve had a lot of people outside the US downloading the app. Since we launched, we’ve had dozens of emails from people in the US, as well as many other countries like the UK, Belgium, France, and Norway.”

 

Why is this important?

This app is pretty amazing because this will help commuters at night to somehow feel safe even If they travel alone. A lot of universities can also urge their students to use this app to prevent crimes and keep criminals at bay. This is a game changer in the mobile app industry because it takes safety to a whole another level. This app takes a real life problem (in this case, late night muggings, attacks) and makes a difference. Even if this app saves one person from being mugged then its all worth it. An app that potentially save your life is a great one in my books!

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Roadie: The Uber For Shipping And Delivery

What is this?

The Roadie app is considered as carpooling for cargo. When you have left something at home, say your wallet or a pen, a roadie driver can lend an open hand.No matter what you need to send, chances are there’s a Roadie who can deliver it same day, next day, at night or even on weekends. It’s a faster, cheaper, friendlier way to get your stuff where it needs to go.The item being shipped does not need any kind of packaging since the driver can simply pack the item in their trunk or available seats. Additionally, the Roadies deliver the packages themselves and can therefore be tracked in real time using the app.This app has also been recently funded totalling $10 million. The investors include UPS, Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc. and TomorrowVentures and others.

 

Why is this important?

This App takes a service that is already there and makes it more convenient for the end user. So, the delivery service is already there, but problems come with that. Such as a delivery being left outside as the customer wasn’t home to sign for it. Roadie has solved this issue as you can get a Roadie driver to pick this item up at your convenience. This app has also been developing a proprietary background info to all “Roadies” to ensure the safety of its users.The company has recently partnered with Waffle House in all of its US locations in exchange for making it as the rendezvous of all “Roadies”.

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A New Milestone For Instagram

What is this?

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app has now added a new feature that lets users exchange messages and lets you share content (location, hashtag pages and profiles) from your feed as a DM (direct message). This is an interesting addition because users can now follow the flow of conversation about a certain topic without making a new one each time.

Before, when users see interesting photo or videos they usually do @(name) but this app has made it more convenient to share interesting subjects on Instagram by clicking the arrow sitting beneath a post next to the like or comment button.

“We wanted to design Direct around conversations that are very visual and very rich. It was a natural extension, honestly, for our community,” says Ann Baum, a software engineer who works on Direct.

Instagram is one of the top rated mobile apps in the industry so this milestone is a very good addition to its already stellar features.

 

Why is this important?

Instagram has around 300 million members making it as one of the best apps ever created. This new feature has changed the whole Instagram experience making it feel like a cool messaging app. This is a new way of generating huge buzz in what you see on Instagram. Even though Instagram is huge, they are still finding ways to improve. Its important to keep your app up-to-date with the times.

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