Dropbox App for Windows 8 Available in Windows Store

January 9, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps, X

Back in October last year when Microsoft launched its new Operating System Windows 8, we first saw the Dropbox app. But now this app is available via the Windows Store and runs on windows 8 or Windows RT devices.

Dropbox for Windows 8 brings the ability to sync Windows 8 devices to the cloud. It also enables to browse and preview all files on Dropbox along with the option to open, edit and save Dropbox files from other Windows 8 apps.

The app comes with Metro-style UI and Share Charm. The Share Charm lets users to share and search files, folders and photos across their Dropbox files by using the name or extension of the file.

You can share the file via e-mail or a social networking sites. Dropbox is a popular file-sharing service that has currently over 100 million users until November 2012.

This file sharing service is available on almost all mobile and desktop platforms such as Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, BlackBerry and Android. The Dropbox for Windows 8 is a pretty good move from Microsoft, but in our opinion, the app still needs a few modifications to make it appealing.

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Apple App Store Downloads Hit 40 Billion as 2012 accounts for 20 Billion of them

January 8, 2013 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, News

Each year, when the annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off you can pretty much rest assured that there will be some sort of headline-grabbing news from Apple as well. There is absolutely no coincidence in that and it seems Apple has once again made it a point to make its presence felt around the same time CES 2013 is in full swing. Apple has always stayed away from CES, but it is sharing the spotlight with the event as the company has announced that the Apple App Store has crossed the 40 billion mark when it comes to the total number of downloads.

That obviously is news that should surprise people very little as it was only a matter of time before the numbers added up. The success of the iPhone 5, the new iPad and even the iPad Mini along with holiday season frenzy has allowed Apple to reach the 40 billion landmark by the first week of 2013. Having said that, the important thing to note is how the App Store came in with figures of 20 billion app downloads in 2012 alone, which means half of all the App Store downloads happened last year alone!

This number is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years as well and considering there were 5 billion app downloads between October 2012 and January 2013; one should not be surprised if Apple get more or less close to the 100 billion mark sometime next year. While that looks like a long shot for now, factoring in the growth rate, the increasing number of Apple devices and predictions by research firms like Flurry Analytics that say there will be over 2 billion downloads each week on iOS and Android platforms combined, that seems like a pretty possible landmark.

Currently the App Sore has 775,000 apps available for download with over 500 million active accounts and last month alone Apple saw the download of over 2 billion apps thanks to holiday shopping and Christmas festivities. Things are looking more upbeat than usual for sure!

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eBay rolls out update for iPhone and iPad users that helps with sales while on the move

January 8, 2013 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Shopping

eBay has just updated its app for the iOS platform and the latest fix comes with many improvements that help eBay users in carrying out transactions while on the move in a faster, sleeker and better fashion. The new update allows eBay users to sell and purchase items a lot more easily from their iPhone and iPad devices and it also allows power sellers an option to create and save listings from their iOS devices, which can be accessed later on other devices as well.

The update offers options which ensure you can start creating a listing on your iPhone or iPad using your eBay account and then can simply continue and finish the process on PC or laptop at your convenience. Apart from this cross-platform link, the new updates also help with search process thanks to the new enhancements and also a faster checkout process for buyers using iOS devices.

You can now also add photos from your iPhone in a far more easier fashion and the new upgrade helps in bringing out the best of the images snapped by your iPhone camera using in-built editing tools. This also means you will no longer need to jump apps and use another external app for photo-editing while creating a listing on eBay.

There is also a new sales guidance feature that comes in the form bright orange speech bubbles that offer you appropriate tips and an option to save up searched results that are indicated using bright orange stars on the home page when you log in next time. Faster, sleeker and far more convenient the new look offered by eBay app on iOS should encourage more users to browse through the site and make purchases while on the move.

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Boost Headphone Performance with Moshi Audio Burn-In Tool app

January 8, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps, X

Burn-in software tools always come handy when you want to go for a stress test for a particular hardware. We often use benchmarking tools and burn-in tools on our PCs for performance boost and to find out the optimum limit from the defined standard conditions. Like every other hardware, headphones also can be burn tested and if you have an expensive pair of earphones you might want to look at Moshi Audio Burn-In Tool app for the iOS.

Audio experts say the performance bar for good headphones will spike with the usage over time. Moshi Burn-In Tool can improve the overall quality of your headphones despite of waiting for the whole smoothening process, which may indeed take some time.

This app has a special list containing variable frequency audios and tones to shook up the diaphragms on suitable resonances. Developers say “the process will relax and reach the speakers optimal sonic performance level”.

The app well suits Moshi audio plugs but other third party headphones can also be tested for the boosting process.

Once you install the app on your iOS device, select your model from the list or create a profile for your headphone. Put the volume bar to normal listening point and start the action.

Try not to push volume to maxed-out levels for it may harm your headphones. After every burning cycle it is highly recommended to 4-8 hours of resting time. You can check the quality variation in-between the burn cycles. The app is free and works on devices with iOS 4.3 and above

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WTF: Weather Travel Fashion App Launched for iPhone and iPad

January 7, 2013 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

How about opting for a personal stylist who not only gives you smart suggestions on what to wear, but also offers travel advice and weather predictions that allow you to plan perfectly for an upcoming fun weekend or even a lovely holiday trip? Well, if you want a digital stylish that can do all this and a whole lot more, then the latest iOS App from Siveron is the one for you. Branded as ‘WTF’, the app brings together weather, fashion and travel domains to give you cool suggestions on what to wear and the essential things that you need to pack ahead of your next trip.

The app uses the local weather data and the prediction for the next few hours to days, to suggest stylish outfit options that that range from outwear to the shoes and hats. Perfect for those who not only are style-conscious but also would like to mix and match the latest trends with comfortable clothing that suits the current weather conditions, the iOS app is built for frequent travelers and even for those who have a hard time picking the right stuff from their wardrobe.

Even if clothing suggestions are not what you need, you can simply plan yourself after taking into consideration the detailed weather report that the app offers that include wind, humidity and even a UV index. You can pick from the Basic Neutral Wardrobe collection or even the Basic Color Collection for a plethora of color and pattern combinations. Available for $0.99 in the iTunes Store, it promises to make your life a lot easier indeed!

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BBC Sport App now available for download for iPhone Users in UK

January 7, 2013 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Sports

BBC has finally launched an App for users in UK that is exclusively aimed at sports fans and tries to cater to their insatiable appetite for live scores, news, views and analysis while on the go. The BBC Sport Mobile App has been launched for iPhone users and just as in the case of BBC News App when it was launched, the app is initially only available exclusively in the UK alone and it will take a bit of time before international iPhone users get an access to it as well.

Also, the initial launch of the app saw only an iOS version that was custom-designed for iPhone and iPod Touch devices and an Android version of the BBC Sport App is expected to be available for download in the next few weeks. While one can access the app using the new iPad as well, it has not been optimized for the tablet since BBC feels that the mobile version of its BBC Sport website should suffice for ardent sports fans using the tablet.

The app comes loaded with the usual features that you would expect in a top-notch sports app and offers an in-depth look at all the major sports in UK. You can custom craft your own homepage news by adding or removing various popular sports like Football, F1, Cricket, Golf, Tennis and Rugby. But on feature that is missing at the moment is the video and live radio access, but these features would also be available in subsequent improvements that are set to come in very soon.

Overall, the BBC Sport App gives the eager sports fans in UK a comprehensive look at all the happening sports news and latest scores and with an Android version expected to come in very soon, expect the app to top charts in both the platforms soon.

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Pure Jongo in Vivid Colours for Pure Music Experience

January 7, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment, X

With so many manufacturers racing towards the target of releasing so many speakers and audio related products, there have been works in the Pure plot too. These guys have burnt many days and have finally came out with their most appealing product and accessories.

Known as the Jongo, it is a speaker system that is well fabricated, wireless, aesthetically colored and absolutely ravishing with app support for multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if your tablet runs on iOS or Android, you can play whatever you choose in almost all equalizer presets known to mankind.

With their advanced wireless technology, music can be played in these wireless speakers using either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. These speakers are special too.

Always front-facing, these speakers have sub-woofers attached to them. Also, these are capable of giving the ultimate music experience as they have a rotating speaker system built into the dome.

Available in multiple colour shades, these gadgets are a must have for any music lover as these will fit perfectly in every room. With around 10 hours of battery backup, these devices can deliver their performance all night long if you intend them to.

The Pure Connect app is also a thing that needs some special mention. The Pure Connect app gives you free access to thousands of Internet radio stations, on-demand radio programmes, podcasts and ambient sounds.

Along with all these, the user can get all the music he wants via the Pure Music subscription service. This app allows music to get streamed on to Jongo and in short, this is the best product-app-music combination available in the market.

Priced at $229, the Jongo S340B portable speaker is the debut speaker in the series and it looks like a fair bargain.

PhoneSheriff App Adds Muscle to Parental Controls

January 7, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps

The PhoneSheriff parental control app, with the help of its web interface, can let us monitor things that are going in and out from our mobile devices.

If you want to keep an eye on your child or your staff members regarding confidentiality or even stalking your mate if there is a possibility of cheating, the app is for you. But formally we can call this one as an app dedicated to parents who are bothered about what their children are doing on their smartphones.

Once you are done with the simple installation process, you can set the blocking and filtering actions as you wish. Logging into the online account will give you access to data log library on your mobile actions. The app will be password protected and will stay in incognito mode while doing its job.

You can block calls, messages, applications, websites, and even the phone camera. The app’s data log will record details on incoming/outgoing calls and SMSes and the contact numbers that are more frequently used.

All the contacts, deleted data and the image files and video files saved in the phone can be viewed with the app’s interface. The app will send alert notifications if there are any modifications going on, like SIM replacement or uninstallation of the app. A notable feature is GPS tracking, where the parents will be able to locate their child wherever he is.

All the app versions including Android and iOS are free for the first 7 days and after that it comes with $49.97 subscription fee per year. We need to believe that this app could take digital creepiness to the next level. Hey, sometimes privacy matters too.

Facebook Voice Message on Messenger App for iOS and Android

January 4, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Communication, X

Facebook has brought in a remarkable phase shift to its mobile space with the addition of voice message on the Android and iOS Messenger apps. The update adds the ability to record our voice upto one minute length and can be sent to our contacts.

The entire conservation is displayed in the sound waveform view where we can stream it to hear it. The file is also accessible via the web.  Tapping and holding the red record button will activate the mode for you to record your voice message. We are not certain if people use voice message more often, but sure it seems to be a better replacement for lengthy typing tasks, and we couldn’t deny the fact the there will be some occasions where people prefer voice over simple texts.

Rather than hassling on third party apps, this update surely is a relief to do voice while staying on Facebook itself.

Reportedly, another big step they are taking is on the Voice over IP league.  They are on the testing phase for implementing peer to peer VoIP calls through the app without costing a penny. The feature is said to be only requires a data plan or WiFi connectivity.

The pilot program is currently taking place for the Canadian iOS users. And, presumably the feature will be launching in the United States and European regions soon after the testing process is done.

Canadian iOS users will notice the “i” button on Messenger app where you can get the calling option. You need to update the app to the latest version for the service.

Skype New Version Kicks Out People Hub Integration on WP8

January 4, 2013 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Communication

Tried Skype on your Windows Phone? Did it suffer any nagging?

The latest update got some improvements with bug fixes for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows 8. Sadly, with the new update, the People Hub Skype integration has been detached from the app.

They say the reason is to be a part of attaining system stability. The removal is not permanent; they will get it back with future updates.

People Hub is a top notch functionality that act as a multi level contact book where we can do mailing, texting, chatting and all the other social media updates, whatever it is, like Facebook, Twitter , Linkedln and the like. The Skype window on the contact hub really had the pull for the app, but since this Windows app is in preview version we can’t expect it to be in a stable form.

Hope the final version would be without any hiccups. One notable feature of the app is the push notification, where we don’t need to always ‘on’ the app for getting incoming call alerts.

With the new update, the notification and calling functionality will raise the performance bar to a much more fluid level. Also the update puts some polishing to Chat keyboard’s autocomplete and autocorrect features.

After the acquisition of Skype, Microsoft is ongoing with their  process of swapping users from the Windows Live Messenger.

Christmas Frenzy: 1.76 Billion Android and iOS Apps Downloaded Globally in the Last Week of 2012

January 3, 2013 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps

If you ever wondered about all the hype generated around Christmas time regarding sales and shopping frenzy, then the stats from Flurry Analytics regarding mobile apps downloaded across the planet for the Christmas week should more or less put an end to the speculation. The latest figures released by the company suggest that there were 1.76 billion iOS and Android app downloads in the last week of the year gone by and that is number, which is 65 percent higher than app downloads for the first three weeks of December in 2012.

It is not just a record downloading of apps though that makes the numbers special as 50 million iOS and Android devices were activated in the same week with over 17.5 million of them happening on Christmas day. The facts that gifts are generously exchanged during this time definitely showed a significant impact on the numbers, but when it comes to app downloads the many offers that were thrown around for the festive season also helped a great deal.

Many of the app developers came out with exclusive offers that included huge price slashes and even at times limited period offers that promised a free download. This would have obviously helped immensely and some of us here can ourselves vouch for this phenomenon having downloaded FIFA 13 finally after a generous discount! Among the nations with the most downloads it is the US that tops the list as it stands way ahead of the rest followed by China and the UK. Smaller European nations, South East Asian countries, Australia and Brazil make up the rest.

Numbers from Flurry indicate that even the first two weeks of December saw over a billion downloads/week and those close to the mobile world believe that that numbers should easily surge past two billion/week by the last few months of 2013. Seems like good times for both makers of handheld devices and mobile app developers!

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