Archives for April 2009
April 29, 2009
Something I missed. Two friends actually opened a website last February called Texts From Last Night (TFLN), that collect drunken text messages.
You can browse iBags at random to keep up with the latest styles or search by brand or shape to find the perfect one.
When you see a bag you like, click on "retailer" and it will take you to retailer's Website where you can find out details, pricing and make a purchase. The Bottega bag I clicked on was $ 3,680 at Saks' so I didn't actually go through with the purchase, but you can.
iSuperCart is a challenging game to control your cart to carry more bricks, you don't need touch anything, just tilt your iPhone or iPod touch left or right to steer your cart.
The object of the game is to gather as many bricks in the cart as you can and the longer the distance you carry the bricks, the higher the score.
On the top of the screen, you can check your distance and actual score.
... "Let there be no doubt: Twitter has grown exponentially in the past few months with no small thanks to celebrity exposure,'' he said in a reference to new users such as US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and promoters such as actor Ashton Kutcher.
Zillow iPhone app allows you to view real estate information on every home around you — as you move.
Walk or drive through a neighborhood and see estimated home values, homes for sale, recently sold homes.
GPS technology pinpoints your location and then displays real-time real estate information and data as you go. You can also search any neighborhood, regardless of your location.
Zillow has at least some data on 95 percent of the homes in the country, including photos and contact information for 3.4 million for-sale listings.
Watch the video demo and read The New York Times's review.
April 28, 2009
With the recent pandemic of Swine Flu going around, and the ensuing need to know how you’re affected, US based CellPhones.org has created a new service for cell phone users:
Text PIGFLU to 41411 and we will send updates as news develops about the Swine Flu. The only cost is your cost for receiving regular text messages, and there will be no other billing. We are providing this service in the public interest.
Daily Updates will include:
-- CDC/WHO Updates
We aim to send out info between 1-3 times daily, with urgent information such as new outbreak information, messages from health authorities and travel warnings as they develop.
Image from CBC.ca
Greystripe, an ad network for mobile applications and games, has a new report showing how consumers are using free iPhone applications. WSJ Digits reports.
Among the interesting findings:
-- People use free apps an average of 20 times before getting bored and looking for something else.
-- The average time they spend using/playing with the apps is 9.6 minutes.
-- So-called “tailgate” ads, which are short flash videos or games users interact with before an app launches, are keeping people’s attention for about 22 seconds — a positive development in the fledgling mobile ad space.
Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has partnered with London's Selfridges, to celebrate the department store's 100th birthday by releasing ten bright yellow BlackBerry Bolds with redesigned number keys.
The handsets will be individually numbered one to ten, and should go on sale at Selfridges in London today for £1,000 each.
April 27, 2009
Searching for registered sex offenders. There's even an app for that.
The WatchOut! app is a tool to help you stay safe by helping you be aware of these individuals in your community.
-- Know who is around you by searching for registered sex offenders by zip code
-- Be sure an individual is not an offender by searching for their name in the database
-- Find out where the highest concentrations of offenders live by plotting them on a map
-- Tag selected individuals to access them quickly and easily
[via Phones Review]
LG Mobile Phones, Autodesk and crowdSPRING are partnering to sponsor the Design The Future competition searching for the mobile phone of the future. InventorSpot reports.
Following the successful example of Barack Obama's bid for the White House, widely credited for its effective use of internet resources, many current and prospective Members of the European Parliament are turning to new technologies for their own campaigns, including using Twitter. The European News Source reports.
According to the website Europatweet, a website monitoring and cataloguing the current and/or prospective MEPs on twitter, there are currently 76 current or prospective Members of the European Parliament on Twitter.
Howard Davis is also a phone collector, pictured below are some of is 4000 telephone artifacts.
The World Newspapers app is directory of almost 4000 newspapers with online editions in well over 100 countries around the world.
You can browse by country and region, then view, zoom, and follow newspaper links.
Checking out Geneva papers, I clicked on "Europe", "Switzerland" the "Geneva", and it comes up with only two answers.
We're a small town, New York is obviously better served. Advertising Age, New York Daily News, New York Post, WSJ, Newsday, The Village Voice...
How magazines and newspapers are cashing in with iPhone apps. Adage reports.
Condé Nast Digital's Style.com app, which plays video of Fashion Week runway shows has been downloaded 230,000 times since its introduction last August And it represents the first way publishers are making money from apps: by selling ads or sponsorships on them. The Style app, free to consumers, served 2 million ad impressions for marketers such as H&M in the first quarter of the year.
Read full article.
April 26, 2009
Most medical apps offer information, study tools, ranking (how depressed are you), search capabilities for a specific issue (clinical trials), advice (how to reduce your bood pressure) but this is the first app I've come across that claims to actually alleviate symptoms.
In their own words: Tinnitus can help reduce symptoms of Tinnitus ringing in your ears from mild to extreme.
Tinnitus Reliever has been designed using scientific methods to actually relieve tinnitus rather than just mask it as is often the case with other audible treatments.
It has been proven to be an effective temporary relief for many tinnitus suffers. It also produced great results during our inhouse testing.
How does it work? A low-pitched sound, the researchers discovered, applied through headphones suppressed and provided temporary relief from the high-pitch ringing tone associated with the disorder.
We have presented this audible treatment in a variety of frequencies so you can find the one that best suits you.
Simply put your standard issue Apple headphones in your ears and choose the tone that works best for you. It only takes 90 seconds to show results but more use could be more effective depending on the nature of your symptoms.
Residents of the Saudi Arabia may t rocess their re-entry visas through a new SMS service, according to the Saudi Gazette.
Great strides have been made by the Passports Department in introducing new technologies in passport services. 70 percent the administration now carries its services electronically.
April 25, 2009
The iFootsteps app contains 21 different sound of footsteps. Walking on the beach, runing, stomping, walking in heels... Made by a Jack Foley fan?
From Lost and Found Sound: A Brooklynite of humble origins, Jack Foley makes for a rather odd Hollywood hero. His face was never seen on the silver screen, nor was his name ever up in lights. Yet Foley's legacy breathes life into every film and television program you see. It is there every time you hear a footstep, a slap, or the rustling of clothes.
Foley perfected a method of projecting a film and adding all these sound effects in sync with the moving picture, slamming a door when a heroine stormed out of the room, clanking swords when gladiators fought.
It makes swapping contact information as simple as bumping two phones together. Because that is exactly what you do:
1. Open Bump on both phones
Police arrested a teenager who forwarded an SMS to her father about a purported racial riot in Pontian. The Star of Malaysia reports.
The father, a businessman, received the SMS on Monday, not knowing his daughter was the sender. The next day, he lodged a report with the police. It was only at dinner with his family that realised the text message had been sent by his daughter.
April 24, 2009
The Animalizer is a fun app that let's you morph a friend or family's face in an animal.
You can choose from over 25 animal pics, add a message and send it by e-mail.
What's so unusual about this app? It was developed by a woman, Heather Lipner. My feeling is there aren't many out there. Heather is the first I've come across. Yay!
Actor Greg Grunberg (who plays mind reader Matt Parkman on Heroes) has created an iPhone/iPod touch app called yowza!! allowing you to find coupons for stores where you live. [via Digital Media Online]
-- Deals negotiated specifically for Yowza!! users
LG Electronics has partnered with Heidi Klum to promote their handsets, reports MediaPost News.
The promotion is tied to LG's Rumor2 handset, for which users can design personalized back plates. The company has enlisted Klum as its "Ambassador of Style" and is making available five back plates that she designed for the phone.
April 23, 2009
"I had about 45 minutes each way, and everyone who takes the F knows that 45 minutes can turn into an hour and a half." I wrote over 100,000 words on the train" over two years of commutes, he said.
For Swiss-Romand viewers like myself, to avoid the movies dubbed in German, - because in this part of Switzerland we speak French - just click on the UK flag (for all movies in English) or French flag (for all movies translated into French). Often websites use German as a default language for Switzerland, as Swiss Germans are the majority.
You can even download the trailer by clicking on the arrow pointing downwards. Watch video demo here.
The apps were developed by xTEO software.
It was an application bound to rattle. Baby Shaker, the $0.99 app that went on sale at the App store Monday, made iPhones emit the sound of a crying baby, while showing a charcoal drawing of a kid. The only way to make the noise stop was to shake the iPhone violently, until red X marks appeared over the baby's eyes. From The LA Times Blog:
On a plane, on the bus, in a theater. Babies are everywhere you don’t want them to be! They’re always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker there was nothing you could do about it," the app's introduction read.
Two Pennsylvania pals, 29-year-old Nick Andes and 30-year-old Doug Klinger, set a text-messaging record with 217,000 text messages sent in one month. That's 7,000 SMS a day, or 583 SMS an hour. The Post Chronicle reports.
Nick and Doug were surprised by a whopping $26,000 phone bill because they were relying on their "unlimited texting' plan. T-Mobile is reportedly investigating the charges.