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APP UPDATE

Help for veterans 

Suicide prevention charity Samaritans has launched a free app to help UK military veterans deal with the emotional challenges of adjusting to life after the Forces. The Samaritans Veterans App lets former Armed Services personnel keep track of their mental wellbeing; access wellbeing information, including videos, exercises and podcasts; create wellbeing to-do lists; and connect with the veteran community. www.samaritans.org 

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Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Prior warning of disruption 

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) is helping Scottish organisations protect themselves from business disruption by launching a new app that warns of imminent risks including cyber threats, traffic problems and protestor activity. Notifications from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Government and the CyberScotland Partnership, coded red, amber or green, are pushed out to app users based on their preferences. The app also provides quick access to SBRC’s Cyber Incident Response Helpline for SMEs that have fallen victim to a cyber attack; links to a LinkedIn community; and a library of guidance on subjects such as cyber security, working from home and social media reporting. www.sbrcentre.co.uk 

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Services platform for smart buildings
Witco, the Smart Tenant app, has raised $14m in Series A funding to power its global expansion. The tech start-up has developed a white-label app that enables HR managers and building owners to bring digital services together in a single platform. With more than 50 customisable modules, Witco’s mobile and desktop apps enable users to manage a range of functions including hot desk/meeting room bookings, digitalised access, incident reporting, visitor management and event organisation. www.witco.io 

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Feeding demand for online sales
Sysco Speciality Group, a member of the Sysco global family of foodservice businesses, has launched four online ordering apps for the M&J Seafood, Fresh Direct, Fresh Fayre and Wild Harvest brands. The apps, powered by SwiftCloud from Huddersfield-based Adventoris, enable customers to see products, communicate with the company and place orders 24/7. Additional SwiftCloud features include a tablet app for processing orders face-to-face, a desktop ordering portal, a telesales portal, a van sales portal and a B2C module. www.adventoris.com 

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Photo Studio app

Professional product photos on the go

Square, the digital payments, hardware and software provider, is making it easier for sellers to take high quality photos for their online site or marketplace with the launch of a new Square Photo Studio app. This enables sellers to take product photos on a mobile device and sync them to a Square item catalogue or online store. Features include prompts to take the best photo; automatic isolation of the product from its background; and a choice of stylised scenes with new backgrounds, shadows and colours. David Rusenko, head of eCommerce at Square, said: “With Square Photo Studio, sellers can give their items the look of a professional photo studio shoot from the comfort of their home, the office or on the go.” www.squareup.com/online-store 

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micrisift GroupTranscribe

All join in 

New from Microsoft, Group Transcribe provides real-time speech-to-text transcription and translation for in- person meetings and conversations. The free iOS app is powered by cutting edge speech and language technology with highly accurate speaker attribution so participants can see who said what in their preferred language. The live transcript enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing or non-native speakers to participate in conversations by following the transcript in real time. Users can start a conversation from their phone; invite others to join; automatically save the transcript after each session; view previous transcripts; and share transcripts with others. https://www.microsoft. com/en-us/group-transcribe/ 

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Call It! App tackles bullying 

Hull-based smart tech firm Sauce has developed an app to tackle workplace bullying and discrimination in the TV and film industry. The brainchild of director Delyth Thomas and producers Jules Hussey and Kate Wilson, the ‘Call It!’ app will enable people to provide anonymous feedback on their treatment at work, using a simple traffic light system, and record any incidents of bullying, harassment or discrimination. Companies and productions can use the app to monitor the wellbeing of their staff and identify any issues that need to be dealt with. 

www.sauce.dev

2018