Bank Holiday Catch Up: Apps

As we continue to catching up on all the stories we missed over the bank holiday weekend, its time to round up all the apps that have been released, starting with Microsoft Hotmails Greymail Inboxer for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. The Augmented Reality game is designed to illustrate the challenge of greymail overload – the ever-growing amount of newsletters, deals and updates filling up inboxes.

The app overlays virtual emails falling from the sky over a live video feed, and challenges players to catch as many as they can, with Hotmails Sweep, Schedule Cleanup, and Flag tools incorporated as power-ups.


Mobile search company Taptu, meanwhile, has opted for a HTML5 web app for its news reader, which syncs up with its existing iOS and Android native apps. Users can create customised visual streams of news feeds, which can of course be shared via social media.

“Taptu’s main advantage has always been our powerful search and aggregation technology that allows us to take any topic, source or keyword search and create a beautiful news reading experience around it,” says Taptu CEO Mitch Lazar. “Today we are taking a huge step towards making Taptu a universal tool for both discovering and sharing all your personal interests.”

Finally, Fashion resale site Threadflip has launched an iOS app, following the closing of a $6.5m Series A investment round. Users can buy items of clothing; take photos of items they want to sell, and upload them along with a listing; and share purchases across Facebook and Twitter.

“We know that fashion inspiration can strike at any time so, the new Threadflip app provides a fun way to buy or sell clothing and accessories, no matter where you are,” says Manik Singh, Threadflip founder and CEO. “With quick and easy access to your curated listings, orders, shopping cart, favorites and purchase history, the app is a streamlined, high-utility extension of the online Threadflip experience.”