An app is a small computer program. The features are limited, it is being used on the smartphone, tablet or desktop PC. Common applications include image or text processing software and games.
The word is short for "application". Since the establishment of the iOS App Store in 2008, the term is often used interchangeably with "mobile app" – meaning that the applications work on mobile devices exclusively.
On this week’s edition of Pulse, we broach the subject of sex, look through the lens of black artists and meet a Senegalese woman doing her bit for the environment – by designing a novel smartphone app. Plus, an online community in Kenya is blogging for change.
The average person in Senegal produces about 116 kilograms of waste per year. But a group of students in the West African country is trying to change that. At a summer workshop in Dakar, they came up with an app prototype to try and get people recycling.
On this week's show: The German start-up that is hiring and integrating refugee seamstresses. How a dating app is helping a Syrian in Berlin break through stereotypes. The football players helping African asylum seekers find their feet. The Mexican queens of cabaret, for whom no topic is off-limits, and we get to know the Ultra-Orthodox Jew performing stand-up in a synagogue.