What’s the price of a free app? That’s not a zen koan, that’s what I ask myself when I know I’ll be faced with a million annoying in-app advertisements in an otherwise free app. Google is trying to make it a little easier on us with a new labeling scheme.
- Google now lets you know when an app has ads in it. A new labeling scheme in the Play store prominently shows you if the app you’re checking out has any type of advertisement in it, alongside the “in-app purchases” designation. [VentureBeat]
- Biz Stone has relaunched his Jelly app as a search engine. Have no idea what I’m talking about? You’re not alone! A few years ago Twitter cofounder Biz Stone launched an app called Jelly, sort of a social network on which you could ask your friends questions. Any question! But the only person who used it was Biz Stone, left asking himself why no one adopted it. Jelly 2.0 is still about asking questions, but now the service intelligently delivers your question to someone who might know the answer. So it’s a modern Ask Jeeves. [Medium via The Verge]
- Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile is now available. With video support! What an age we live in. [The Verge]
- Apple just launched CareKit to help developers make more useful health apps, along with the first apps to make use of it. OneDrop, for example, helps diabetic patients keep track of their symptoms so that they can share the data with their doctors. You can expect helpful new health apps to be arriving on iOS soon. [Gizmodo]
- You can now doodle on your Periscope broadcasts. Just touch your phone screen and you can draw on your live video, with the lines fading away after a few seconds. The sketching feature was being tested a few weeks ago and is now available to everyone on iOS. [The Next Web]
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