Category: Applications

Apple Releases 12 Days Of Gifts App

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Apple has realized their 12 Days of Gifts app. Starting December 26 through February 6, Apple will be gifting apps, books, movies and songs through the app. Think of it as 12 gifts from Apple over the holidays.

To take advantage of this, simply install the app on your iPhone or iPad. Be sure to enable push notifications when you open the app so you get alerts to the gifts.

You can install the app now via this link.

Scout Brings New Features To iOS Along With Holiday Icons

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Looking to help put you in the Holiday spirit, TeleNav released an update to their turn-by-turn navigation GPS app Scout. With the new update, you can now choose your vehicle icon to be a Santa’s Hat, an Elf Cap, Rudy the Reindeer (Rudolph) and a New Year’s topper.

On the non-holiday side, this update also includes the following enhancements:

  • Adaptive Routing – Scout looks out for timesaving options as you drive, automatically shows you if a better route is available, and helps you reroute around incidents and hazards.
  • Traffic Speed Indicators – See live traffic speeds on a map and along your route, so you know exactly what to expect when you hit the road
  • Improved One-Box – Now gives you more intelligent suggestions to help you find what matters faster

Scout has become my favorite GPS-Navigation apps to use, especially to avoid traffic. Throughout the year, it became the #1 download GPS-Navigation app in the Apple App Store and stays in the top of the charts week to week.

The new Holiday icons are also available on Scout for Android. Below is a quick video of them action.

If you are just hearing about Scout, you can download it for free for iPhone or Android.

Google Play Music For iPhone Arrives

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Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.

iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.

I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features.  Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more

Copy – 20GB Cloud Storage For Free

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I know many mobile users struggle with storage space on their smartphones. I have run into this especially taking pictures. I have written about Dropbox in the past.  I used it for quickly accessible storage, but the free Dropbox account starts out with only 2GB of data for free and a maximum of 16GB through referrals.

Copy has entered the mix and for a limited time they are offering 15GB to start and 5GB for each referral you bring in. You can quickly get yourself 100GB of free, non expiring cloud storage. While Copy is being very generous during their launch phase you need to keep in mind all the features you may be use to in Dropbox may not be in Copy. The biggest thing missing for me, is that the iPhone version does not offer an automated upload of your camera roll. You can still choose photos to upload but you must select them. I have actually turned this into a benefit as I now choose pictures I really want to upload verses everything. Keeping my photo library much cleaner. The Android version does offer the option to upload all your photos.

I suggest you give Copy a try. You have nothing to lose and starting with 20GB of storage I bet you will find a use.

Signup via our link and get 20GB of storage to start. You will start with 15GB during signup and then once installed on a mobile device or computer you will be credited the extra 5GB.

Follow this link to signup.

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.