Ford and Glympse have announced the first in-car, voice-activated location sharing app for Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink. Now, by just using simple voice commands, drivers can share their location with others by saying “Send Glympse”.
This feature is helpful to let friends and family know where you are without having to get distracted and make a phone call or send a text.
To use Glympse, drivers just need to have the app installed on their smartphone, and have it connected via bluetooth or USB connection. Once the driver chooses to “Send Glympse”, it will send their location to a friends email, mobile number, FaceBook, or Twitter. The recipients can then monitor that person via real time on either a smartphone or desktop computer.
Glympse is available on iPhone and Android, and is now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink vehicles.
Instagram for iOS received an update to version 3.2, which includes improvements to the look and speed of the camera and brings a new filter called Willow.
Improvements made to the camera are instagram-themed shutter and shutter release button, you’re able to preview the most recent photo on your camera roll, improved camera roll image selector (iPhone 5 only) with quick access to your last picture, optional grid guide for live photos and a permanent grid guide for the scale and crop screen.
Other improvements include:
- News Feed redesign
- Larger images
- New welcome screen design
- Infinite scroll on user profiles and other grid views
- Filtered photos are now saved to a separate album called “Instagram” in the iOS camera roll
- Foursquare integration
You can download the upgrade if you haven’t yet through the links below.
Instagram 3.2 – iOS, Apple App Store
Instagram 3.3 – Android, Google Play
One of my favorite iOS sports app on iPhone ScoreMobile has changed names to theScore. With every update come even more features. This is great to see in a free app.
Along with the name change they even completely optimized theScore for the iPad. You can quickly share information from the app to your favorite social network with a simple tap. You can check out our previous review of the app via this link.
Other feature updates included in this version:
- iPhone 5 support fully optimized for the larger screen to get you more scores and news
- iOS 6 optimization
- A variety of bug fixes and improvements
You can follow this link to download the update!
Facebook for iOS has a new update Version 5.1, which has added a number of new features making it easier for users to chat with their Facebook friends and share multiple pictures at a time.
Your even able to send gifts; I mean real gifts to your friends on Facebook using the new Facebook Gifts option. This feature is only available for users in the U.S. currently.
- Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message
- Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites
- Share multiple photos fast
- Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only)
- When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply.
Follow this link to download your update if you haven’t already.
Pictures are “Frozen memories in time” some would say, but there isn’t always enough space on your smartphone to hold all those capturing moments. AT&T understands this and has provided their customers with AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use picture and video sharing service for both Android and iOS users.
With AT&T Locker, customers can get 5 GB of storage for free, which is enough for up to 5,000 average sized photos.
“Customers use smartphones to capture special moments in their lives. That’s why we designed AT&T Locker to help you store those memories,” said Mark Collins, senior vice president, Data and Voice Products, AT&T Mobility. “With Easy Upload, every photo and video is uploaded directly to AT&T’s cloud, which can be accessed safely and securely anytime from a customer’s smartphone or the Web.”
AT&T Locker allows users to upload their pictures or videos to a secure online storage and easily share them to their Facebook or Twitter. Your even able to customize albums online from a web browser.
If you love taking photos and 5 GB might not be enough space for you, AT&T has different tiers of storage available at very reasonable costs. For $3.99 a month you get 30 GB of storage and for $10 a month you get 100 GB.
Google has been trailing behind Apple in their application market, but now Google has closed the rather significant gap between the two. The Google Play Store has reached 700,000 applications available across all Android devices.
Last week at Apple’s iPad Mini event they announced that they have 700,000 applications available for download in the App Store, and less than a week later Google announced that they have reached the same amount of applications in the Google Play Store.
While the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store may have the same amount of applications avaliable for download, Apple still leads the pack with over 35 billion downloads and Apple has a much tougher approval process.
When it comes to training and keeping track of your results there are number of different applications out there on Android and iOS. When it comes to training like a Spartan that races through a number of different obstacles over long distances what do you use?
Spartan racer and Life On My Mobile Fan Dallas Bessette uses Nike+ Running and MAPMYRUN on iOS.
I know what you’re thinking when you hear Nike+ Running; I have to buy the special sensor piece. With the latest update all you have to do is grab your phone and go. With Nike+ Running you’re able to map your runs and track your progress.
Features of Nike+ Running include:
- Your iPhone’s GPS and accelerometer accurately record your distance, pace, and time. In-run audio feedback lets you know these metrics at every mile, so you can stay focused on your run.
- Get in-ear cheers from your friends on Facebook and Path when you broadcast that you’ve started a run. Tag the Facebook friends who you ran with and share a map of your route with friends and family.
- Have a song that gets you pumped? Set up PowerSongs to give yourself a boost with the tap of a button.
- Syncing your run to the Nikeplus.com website allows you to view your maps on a larger Screen, Set a new goal, and find Nike+ Top Routes in your area.
The other app MAPMYRUN is the winner of the Best Running App 2012 Reader’s Choice. This app is simple to use and allows you to track your runs and log your workouts. If your one that likes to brag about your runs or accomplishments, you can post what you accomplished to Facebook and Twitter.
All your information syncs securely with your free MAPMYRUN account. With MAPMYRUN you’re even able to join sponsored challenges and win prizes like running shoes and trips.
MAPMYRUN Features Include:
- Live Route Map
- Friends (live map, and activity feed)
- Stats (Heart Rate – requires purchase of accessory)
- Voice prompts give you updates on your progress as you go
- Connect with our community of over 9 million fitness enthusiasts
Both Nike+ Running and MAPMYRUN are free apps and are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
If your interested in seeing Dallas in action, you can follow this link as he is currently trying to get into the Epic Racing Arena challenge and would love your vote. If you think he has what it takes show your support and give him a like to help him make it into the race.
Today Microsoft has officially launched their Windows Phone 8 OS and a list of new/enhanced features it has to offer. Joe Belfiore, Program Manager took the stage to detail the features.
With Windows Phone 8, there is a “new lock screen” which will refresh content, notifications and other tiles depending on which mobile apps are being used, such as Facebook. You can also change it into a photo slideshow; display sports scores, weather and more. It is a completely customizable experience.
Skype is now completely integrated into the OS, resulting in an always-on solution. You are able to receive calls or messages at anytime and it does it without running code in the background improving battery life.
If you love Pandora you are going to love the deal they have for you with Microsoft. Pandora users get the service ad free for the first year.
Another major addition is the Data Sense technology. Not only does Windows Phone 8 compress data to conserve expensive cellular data it also keeps track of usage in real time and alerts you to potential problems and apps chewing through your plan. Verizon users will be the first to get their hands on Data Sense feature.
The addition of Kid’s Corner, in directly allows for a makeshift multiuser environment. It allows you to set a restrictive environment to allow a friend or child limited access to your device. You can choose what apps or features the user can access.
The People Hub gets better as it has a new feature called Rooms. If you are a GroupMe user you maybe experiencing a little deja vu. Skype purchased GroupMe and Microsoft purchased Skype. With the list of technology buyouts Microsoft has deployed their own private chat area for family, friends and coworkers.
Microsoft has released a 19 minute video highlighting Windows Phone 8. If you have any interest in the OS we suggest you check it out below.
Sprint’s Direct Connect, “Push-to-Talk” is already available on multiple phones like the Kyocera Rise, but just recently the company has announced that more Android devices like the LG Optimus Elite and others will gain the ability to download the app.
“Sprint Direct Connect Now expands access to next-generation push-to-talk functionality,” said Michael Wallace, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services. “This offering, leveraging Qualcomm’s IP-based push-to-talk platform, enables functionality and device selection ideal for a broader base of consumers.”
Sprint Direct Connect Now key features:
- Interoperable with Nextel Direct Connect and Sprint Direct Connect
- Group Connect calls up to 21 participants
- Call alerts to notify others you want to talk without interrupting
- Convenient touchscreen controls
- Display contacts image for speaker
- Synchronizes contacts with device’s address book
- Creates favorites for most contacted Direct connect contacts
Here’s a link to check if it’s available for your device.