Category: Applications

Vine – Now Available On Android

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After a fairly long wait since the iOS debut, Vine has made its way to Android. Vine allows you to share a 6 second video and offers a unique interface for recording that allows you to actually tell a complex story.

Vine for Android comes with one additional feature over iOS and that is the ability to Zoom. We are hoping they add the “drafts” feature back in that existed in the iOS beta. Drafts allowed you to save partial Vines as a draft so that you could easily add content later before publishing.

Your videos will appear to your followers in the Vine app and you can also post to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.

We have found Vine a little addictive on iOS so give it a try.

You can download Vine for Android via this link.

Mailbox App for iPhone Finally Gets iPad Support

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One of our favorite third party mail apps for iOS has finally been updated to support the iPad. You can see our original article on Mailbox via this link. You also no longer need an invitation to become a Mailbox user. You can download the update or install this great mailbox app via this link.

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Google Now Available On iPhone And iPad

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Today Google released Google Now on iOS. “The right information at just the right time”, states the demo video. From our experience with the Android version this is going to be a welcome addition to iOS.

Google Now gives you information at your fingertips, before you even ask for it. Google Now also gives you weather, traffic alerts, as well as live updates on sport scores, news, and updates on stories that you have been following. The more you use Google Now, the more relevant information it provides to you.

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Google Now is built into the Google Search app update and is available via this link from the app store.

Below is a video of Google Now and you can follow this link to download the app.

Navigation App Scout Releasing Major Map & Traffic Update

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TeleNav has announced that company will bring some major updates to their free version of Scout. These updates will provide 3D representations of buildings and improvements to its traffic content and user interface. These updates will push out over the remainder of the year.

With 3D integration being added to Scout maps users will be able to see buildings and landmarks in 3D throughout their route allowing them to have more realistic feel of the landscape along your drive.

“Our primary goal in adding 3D integration into Scout for Phones is to help drivers navigate unfamiliar areas, ” said Ryan Peterson, director of production management, traffic and navigation at TeleNav. “With that goal in mind, we are focusing on ease of use, realistic but subtle graphics, and intuitive views. It’s about providing drivers with additional content on the road so they can so they can better navigate their surroundings with just a quick glance.”

Part of the major traffic update allows users to report an accident they run across. You’ll even be able to report road hazards, traffic jams and police presence with just a simple tap on your smartphones screen.

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Other improvements include:

  • Expanded overall traffic coverage by five times – through the addition of traffic and congestion information for arterial roadways
  • Improvements in updating drivers on upcoming traffic and alternate routes
  • Update mid-route – Allowing drivers to see traffic flow information for longer portions of their trip. Read more

Facebook Home Coming To Android

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Today Facebook announced Facebook Home, a new way for Android users to turn their device into a social oriented phone. Home isn’t a phone or OS (Operating System), it’s an app that puts Facebook front and center on your device.

Facebook designed Home to make it easier to connect with your friends. Instead of having to switch between a number of different applications, Home is both your lock screen and home screen, which makes it easier to access Facebook content.

Home’s major features are Cover feed and Chat head. With Cover feed your able to see what’s going on with friends and family directly from the lock screen, it acts like a window into what’s going on.

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With Chat head, you can chat with friends even when your in the middle of checking an email or browsing the web because when your friends send you a messages, a chat head appears with your friend’s face and your able to see exactly who’s trying to get ahold of you. SMS messages also appear in the Chat head integration.

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Facebook Home will be available for download starting April 12th in the Google Play store for select Android devices. These include:

  • HTC One X
  • HTC One X+
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • HTC One
  • Samsung Galaxy S IV

An Android tablet version is in the works and a few months away. iPhone integration can’t happen at this point because of how strict Apple is with system access and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Hop Back Into Time With The TimeHop App

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What if there was a way you could look at old pictures, Facebook posts, tweets, and places you’ve been to all in one app?

Timehop for iPhone allows you to just do that. With Timehop you’re able to look back at what you were doing on todays date going back as far as your online history allows. The app pulls data from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Flickr.

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Timehop is very easy to use, you just connect to social networks you use and the app does the rest from there. For example, if you posted a year ago today to your Facebook and tweeted a picture, Timehop will pull your post and tweets of just that day for you to see.

If you want to share what you did years ago you’re able to do that too. You can share via SMS, email, Twitter or Facebook. You can even post it to Timehop so your Timehop friends can enjoy the memories.

To see what your friends have shared you tap on the icon that resembles two people and that will take you to your friends feed. There you can like or comment on their shared posts.

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When it comes to using Twitter, if you tweet heavily you’ll need to take some extra steps for in order for Timehop to be able to grab all your tweets from pervious years. You can follow this link to see how to do it.

As a user of Timehop, it’s interesting to see what you have done in years past, pictures I have taken and even places I’ve been. The app has pretty much become a part of my morning ritual. Wake up, check my emails / messages and brush my teeth while looking over Timehop.

Timehop is only available for iOS, but if you don’t have an iPhone you can head to their website and give it a try via email. To download Timehop just follow this link, to give it a whirl. To access via email go to www.timehop.com.

Amazon Cloud Player Version 2.0 Optimized For iPad

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Amazon has updated their Amazon Cloud Player to version 2.0 for iOS users. The new version has been redesigned to be compatible with Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini. The update also brings a new interface for users and adds a new setting that allows you to configure the size of the cache that is used for storing your music locally.

If you’re not familiar with Amazon Cloud Player, users are able to upload their music to a cloud service and stream it directly to their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Cloud Player even scans your music library, searches for matches in the Amazon library and upgrades your files to a high quality copies much like Apple’s iTunes Match.

The free version of Amazon Cloud Player allows users can import up to 250 songs for free. Music purchased from Amazon does not count in the 250 song limit. If your library is bigger than that you’ll need to purchase a premium account, which is $25 a year and allows your library to contain up to 250,000 songs.

 

Facebook Update For iPhone Allows Free Phone Calls In U.S. And Canada

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Facebook for iPhone received an update today that added the features from the standalone Facebook messenger app. If you have a U.S. or Canada based Facebook account you can make free phone calls to your Facebook friends from the message screen. In addition a new button design allows for easier liking, commenting and sharing posts in the news feed.

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To make a Facebook call, simply tap on a friends name in the chat menu, tap the information button and another screen will appear allowing you the option to make a call if the other party is available