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App roundup: Konkan Railways, Twitter, Opera, Facebook & BSNL

Konkan Railway releases mobile app

konkanrailwaylogoThe Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) has launched its mobile app for Android and Blackberry smartphones, reports the Times of India. The app will let passengers access various train-related features through their smartphones, like the train timetable and current status for trains running via Konkan Railway route.

The app will also let users view Konkan Railway’s history through pictures of various cultural, social and sports activities carried out by KRCL. Users can also browse KRCL’s website through this app. The app will improve passenger service, as it does away with the need for calling a train enquiry number, and most users own smartphones anyway.

Twitter to track users installed mobile apps

TwitterTwitter Inc will start tracking third-party apps installed on a user’s smartphone, through its own app, apparently to deliver more tailored content and ads, reports Reuters. The new feature, called ‘app graph’, allows the company to see the other apps installed on a given smartphone or other devices.

According to Twitter, this will enable it to deliver a more tailored Twitter experience to its users. Fortunately for those worried about privacy, there is a way to turn the feature off on both iOS and Android, from within the settings. As of now, Twitter claims it isn’t collecting data from within the applications it finds, instead only collecting the list of applications.

Opera to offer subscription based mobile store

Opera LogoNorwegian browser company Opera Software will offer an ‘all you can consume’ based subscription service for its mobile store. This feature will basically let customers download as many apps as they like for a fixed weekly rate.

As of now, first time users will be given a seven day all-access trial, with unlimited access to paid apps. Post this, users will pay a ‘small’ (not yet mentioned) weekly subscription fee. Users can both sign up and unsubscribe from the service through SMS. According to Opera, it will keep updating its service with new apps, although the company has not yet revealed how many apps it has on board.

Facebook launches Rooms in India

FacebookFacebook Creative Labs has launched its new app ‘Rooms’ in India, which it announced through its Facebook page. The company had previously launched the app in the UK, US and other English speaking countries last month.

The Rooms app is reminiscent of traditional IRC chat rooms, where anyone can create a ‘room’ based on the topic of their choice, and invite people to join through private invites or public links, while letting users operate under pseudonyms for each room. The app is currently not linked to a user’s Facebook profile, and in fact, does not let the user sign in using Facebook at all. The app is currently available only on iOS, with no word on the Android app yet.

BSNL launches mobile security app dubbed ‘mSecure’

logo-bsnlState-owned telecom operator BSNL has launched a mobile security value added service called ‘mSecure’ in association with Beyond Evolution, reports IBN Live. The app can be used by users to remotely lock their phones, erase data and track the device location.

The app will also provide users with complete call logs of the lost phone at pre-set intervals, by SMSing to a given emergency number. Additionally, the device will also send its location details the same way. The app also allows users to remotely raise an alarm on the lost or misplaced device. Its not clear yet what kind of phones the app will work for, and what platforms it will support.

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