March 15, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps
Google Glass has been the main focal point of almost all discussions among techies around the world as this is a product that is capable of revolutionising the tech world. It is already associated with various apps, and some of them were shown at the SXSW. Some of them are indeed very cool.
Fans are expecting a special app that can monitor carbon emissions. If developed it could monitor almost all artificial things and we can learn more about how each of them are contributing to the global warming phenomenon.
If the carbon emission monitoring app ever comes out, it can give out the results in various formats ranging from literally showing the statistics to turning the glass into a dark shade that would indicate carbon emissions are there in front of the viewer.
Meanwhile, the New York Times and Google are planning to integrate a breaking news feature, where headlines are flashed as soon as they are published online. The Gmail app for Google Glass was showcased at the event by Larry Page.
When a new mail comes, an image of the sender and the subject line pop-up on the screen of Google Glass. In order to reply to emails, users will only have to say the words and the device will type them.
Other apps showcased by Google included Skitch by Evernote. It allows users to send images to their Evernote accounts and then edit them.
The other app everyone is expecting is called ‘InSight’ that offers visual fingerprinting which can turn anyone who wears the glass a ‘007 agent’!
Tags: Carbon emissions, Google Glass
March 14, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment
Deezer music streaming services currently has 26 million customers. Among them 3 million are subscribed users. Now Deezer is expanding into other entertainment spheres. It introduced the App Studio last year, a conducive place for app developers to come up with great app innovations in the music scene with the integrated Deezer service.
Deezer’s App Studio was an evolution of the Open Deezer API Programme that allowed the Deezer library integration with third party apps. Now the App Studio has an ecosystem of music-based apps within the Deezer platform. Stepping to the next level, Deezer has now announced new API-based services for beefing up the studio.
They have introduced an affiliate marketing scheme for developers, expanded the social and gaming aspects, and most notably the portability of Deezer integrated apps to mobile platforms like the Android and iOS.
Axel Dauchez, Deezer CEO, says music streaming services isn’t for “soulless databases of songs”. According to him, the new API additions and affiliate scheme will bring developers to make a sea of music to their apps.
Whenever a new user subscribes to Deezer via apps with Deezer integration, the developer will receive a payment equal to a one-month subscription price on Deezer.
The API improvement and other new integrations may push Deezer to new heights, but it still has to go long way to dominate the field.
Tags: Deezer, Entertainment
March 13, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Shopping
Crowd funding platform for purchasing gifts? Really! We have heard of fundraiser programs for some social cause, or the crowd sourced platforms like Kickstarter where we get a stage for raising money for our start ups or new whacky projects. But Jifiti is an oddball. Yaacov Martin, Meir Dudai, and Shaul Weisband have developed this smart app for Android and iOS.
In today’s online shopping epidemic era, this app tries to stick close to physical stores out there in our premises for gifting purposes. Jifiti’s idea is very simple. You go to a nearby retailer, pick something you like, and then scan the item’s retail barcode with the app.
If you love the item to gift someone close to you, you can attach the particular person’s email and he/she will get a redemption code. The person can redeem the code in stores near them to purchase the item.
What makes Jifiti unique from other social gifting services is its closeness with the real world. There will be moments when you wouldn’t be able to buy a specific item due to money shortage.
With Jifiti you can make known your scanned item via social networking sites, SMS or email to initiate a fundraiser. Your good friends or relatives can donate to your fund and when the goal is reached Jifiti will notify you. All you need to do is to show the barcode at your nearest store for making the purchase.
Jifiti has a partnership with Simon Property, which owns 333 retailer properties across North America. Currently, there are only 21 stores where you can use Jifiti, but in future they will be expanding to more retailers.
Tags: Android, iOS
March 12, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Education
We go online every day, checking our emails or signing in to our social networks or simply surfing while on our commute. But ever wonder how the internet actually works, or imagined what it looks like. The Internet is obviously complex, and it will be hard to explain how it functions to ordinary minds. Now, an app shows what the internet physically looks like in a map form. The internet hosting company Peer 1 Hosting has released an app called Map for the Internet for iOS and Android devices.
The app gives a very beautiful interactive 3D map in the shape of a globe showing the links between all the interconnected networks between the internet services providers, exchange points and other network hubs that completes the internet. There are two ways we can view the internet map in the app – one is the global view and the other is network view. On both view modes, we can use the touch screen gesture controls for rotating and zooming the map. Upon entering the global view we can see all communication hubs or nodes represented in glowing circles and their connections physically located in our planet. We can zoom into specific locations to find out nodes and the networks originating from that particular area. There is also a search option for networks like Google or Apple or Yahoo and see how it is connected with other nodes.
Switching to network mode displays a hierarchy map with largest internet exchange points placed on the top. The nodes are represented as glowing globes of different sizes based on the number of adjacencies. Internet service providers like Level 3 and Hurricane Electric are placed on the top. Other big networks like Google and Facebook can be found slightly lower down
Tapping on the nodes will give additional details like name and what they are connected to. The best feature in this app is the traceroute function where we can locate our connection with any other node on the global network. We can even trace how the traffic goes from our iPhone to Facebook and all the way back.
Another notable feature is the timeline of the app situated at the bottom of the screen. Dragging the timeline bar will take us through to the various evolving stages of internet starting from 1994. The app also predicts how the internet will look like when it is 2020. The timeline also highlights notable events in the history of internet like the launch of Apple iTunes store.
Tags: Android, Internet, iOS
March 11, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment
Relic Rush for the iOS is a perfect throwback to the Nintendo 8-bit days. Remember the Donkey Kong, where we could see the entire stage on the screen and all we had to do was time our button presses to reach the goal? Well, Relic Rush is more simple than Donkey Kong.
Relic Rush has 160 stages divided in 20 sets (each set containing 8 levels) to challenge our timings. Each eight level set has a timer on the top of the screen. The gameplay is smooth and responsive. Graphically, developer Jason Pickering has done it in the old-school pixel art style.
Relic Rush is available on the App Store for US$0.99. Definitely, worth checking out.
Tags: iOS, Relic Rush