Google Maps App now available for download on iOS with Turn by Turn Navigation and Street View

December 13, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

We were only talking recently about how Google Maps App for iPhone and iPad users was in the works and while we were not given any particular date of release, the growing amount of criticism that Apple’s own version of maps was getting surely led us to believe that a release could be expected sooner than later. Well, the wait is now over for all those using Apple devices as Google has indeed come out with the standalone come out with a feature packed Google Maps app for all Apple devices running on iOS5.1 and later.

Google Maps available on iOS6 Google Maps App now available for download on iOS with Turn by Turn Navigation and Street View

Google did supply the map function for Apple until the advent of iOS6, where both the parties apparently parted ways as Google reportedly refused to offer the turn by turn navigation feature for its maps on iOS. While this prompted Apple to launch their own version of the maps that has been nothing short of a disaster as it was filled with errors that led to great embarrassment for the company. The following events saw the reported firing of iOS software chief Scott Forstall and Richard Williamson and also a public apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

But the real solace for iPhone and iPad users across the globe comes now as the new Google Maps App comes to the iTunes Store with a plethora of features that include turn-by-turn driving directions, 360-degree street view and live traffic updates. It seems like every time Apple try to get rid of Google from their iPhone and iPad screens, Google comes back with chart topping apps that offer a multitude of amazing new features for consumers.

It started with the release of the Gmail App, continued with the YouTube App and seems to have come full circle with the Google Maps App. While the delay was a bit inconvenient, none of the Apple users seem to be complaining about the new dynamic that is ultimately benefiting them!

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Google Maps App for iOS6 apparently in works even as Apple struggles with its own maps

December 12, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

There is definitely now love lost between Google and Apple at the moment and while one can only imagine how the war might continue if Steve Jobs was still around, it seems neither side is willing to give an inch at the moment. Apple have done all they can to try and wipe out Google off of the home screens of both their tablets and their smartphones. The latest version of both iPhone and the iPad and an update to the latest iOS has seen the disappearance of both YouTube and Google Maps.

Google Maps App on iOS 6 Google Maps App for iOS6 apparently in works even as Apple struggles with its own maps

Apple launched their very own version of maps for the iPhone 5 and iOS6 users and so far, it has been more of a miss than hit. The problem with something like ‘maps’ going wrong is that it is not just another email or video streaming app that people can simply ignore and move on in search of other alternatives. Many drivers do rely on their smartphones and the directions that the maps offer and when this goes wrong, you not only have fuming consumers who are lost in middle of now here, but potentially dangerous on-road situations.

The news coming in from Google headquarters is that they are already working full throttle on a Google Maps app for iOS6 users and while it will still need approval to make it to the iTunes Store, at this point Apple will do well to let it slide into its App Store. Google have already said that they would like their maps to be available for “all users across every platform and device”; the current stalemate is no endearing Apple to potential consumers.

With YouTube and Gmail apps now out, it might be well a matter of time before Google Maps tops the iTunes App Store as well!

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Barnes & Noble launches Nook App in UK for both iOS and Android users

December 12, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Education

Following the launch of Nook HD and Nook HD+ in the UK, it seems Barnes & Noble is ready to step it up with the launch of the Nook App for users in UK. The company has launched its free eBook reader app that will give those in the UK an access to download digital version of books, magazines and newspapers directly from the Nook store from now on. The best part of the move is that the new app is available both on iOS and on Android platforms and that allows plenty of eager consumers to now explore the vast digital book collection that is available through this medium.

Nook App Barnes & Noble launches Nook App in UK for both iOS and Android users

Apart from the 2.5 million titles that one can explore through, there is also a free 14-dar trail to its Newsstand, that will enable those interested to flip through the latest magazines and newspapers while on the go. The move does mean that unlike before, those on iPhone and Android devices will also be now able to access the Nook Library and not just the ones using the latest Nook products like the Nook HD and HD+.

Barnes & Noble representatives claim that their digital content library contains twice the amount of content on offer at Amazon’s Kindle Store and this would be play an instrumental role in bringing more users on to its platform. With multi-platform synchronization and a multitude of features, it is an app that is definitely worth trying out!


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Google delivers with latest YouTube App maximized for iPad and iPhone 5 users

December 12, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Entertainment

Updating your iPhone or your iPad to the latest iOS can be a bit of an ordeal at times and if you are new to the platform then you will realize that it is not always pretty smooth sailing. That has absolutely nothing to do with the operating system of course, as Apple delivers pretty well each time. The problem is largely with apps and in the recent past, that has been mostly centered around the ones dished out by Google.

YouTube App from Google for iOS 6 Google delivers with latest YouTube App maximized for iPad and iPhone 5 users

There was a time when both Google and Apple got along absolutely fine, but those were the days before the advent of Android platform. Since then, from Google Maps to YouTube, the apps that we took for granted on the iPhone and the iPad slowly started disappearing. And with each iOS update, the one only saw things become a bit more difficult for those who used these apps extensively on Apple gadgets. While the latest upgrade to iOS 6 saw the disappearance of the YouTube app on both the iPhone and the iPad, Google launched a free YouTube app for iPhone and iPod Touch users very soon.

It has been a couple of months now and just ahead of the holiday season Google has unveiled the YouTube app that has been maximized for iPad and iPhone 5. The news is particularly sweet for the new iPad users as they saw the disappearance of YouTube from their tab after the latest OS upgrade. The new app is sure to top the charts once again in the App Store and with more than 25 percent of YouTube users watching videos ‘on the go’, the launch of the app sure makes plenty of sense.

With features like enhanced AirPlay support, videos that start faster and play more smoothly, and improved accessibility, it is just in time for some festive fun as you plan your trip around the Christmas and New Year time.

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Addappt for iPhones will Automatically Update All Information

December 12, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps, X

Simply checking your address book on your smartphone and computer makes you realize that they hold too much of outdated information. Your friends and colleagues change their jobs, phone numbers, email address and residence frequently and it is almost impossible to tackle this problem.

Addappt Addappt for iPhones will Automatically Update All Information

But now, Addappt a new app launched for iPhone, can resolve this problem by manually updating the countless contacts when changes occur.

It works in a very simple way –  when you add someone’s email address into your phone they will receive an invitation to send their contact information. If the receiver doesn’t have the app they will get a notification to download the app.

If someone has an update regarding like their phone number, address, etc. they can make the change in the app and it will update the information for other Addappt users in the list.

Though it is a promising app but it has some limitations and flaws such as only iPhone users can benefit from this app. Another problem is that in order to use this app you need to convince your friends to download and use Addappt.

The app supports many features including a list of connected users, and your entire address book and also has a timezone feature that will show you the location of your contact.

Well, it is an excellent app and we wish if it could run on all platforms. What do you think?

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Animationist App Helps You to be a Professional

December 12, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment

Synium Software has released a simple but powerful app called Animationist 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app lets you create title art animations, logos and images for your YouTube videos, iMovie, Final Cut projects and even TV broadcasts.

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The app offers a variety of presets, samples and tutorials and these are animated using keyframes. You can even animate light sources and font kerning and can assign inner and outer shadow, blur, color control and reflectivity.

The software also permits you to combine effects with shaders and compress your movie to save space and deliver it without degrading the quality.

Every edit is displayed in real time and exported as a movie file, a PDF, an image file and or as a layered Photoshop file.

Animationist comes in with an easy to use, yet flexible user interface.  Therefore with this app, you will be able to create your own designs like a professional.

The Animationist requires OS X 10.6 or higher, and is currently available in English and German languages.

It is a 76 MB download app and available at the Mac App Store at a special introductory price of US$24.99.

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Google launches all new iOS App for Gmail to the delight of iPhone and iPad users worldwide

December 10, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

Google has finally delivered when it comes to offering Apple users with a Gmail app that matches the sleekness of the iOS platform, but also brings in all the amazing features that users of Gmail expect and often, take for granted. The latest iOS app for Gmail unveiled by Google has already received some rave reviews and if you have not already stumbled upon it in the App Store, then you definitely should give it a try right away.

Gmail 2.0 App for iOS Google launches all new iOS App for Gmail to the delight of iPhone and iPad users worldwide

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Zensorium’s Tinke iOS Accessory to Monitor Cardio-Respiratory and Stress Level

December 10, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Health

Zensorium has introduced a new accessory for owners of iOS devices that help them to stay healthy. The device that is named Tinke will help you to monitor your cardio-respiratory health and stress level just by simple touch.

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The Tinke is a tiny sensor that uses optical sensing technologies to capture blood volume changes. The device plugs into an iOS device with a 30-pin Dock connector.

The manufacturer claims that it will also work with new devices like iPhone 5, iPad Retina and iPad Mini with Apple’s lightning to 30-pin adaptor. The plugging in the device will launch the app and you just need to place your thumb over a pair of two windows, all the while maintaining a constant pressure.

The readings are taken by the red and infrared light. The free Tinké app will calculate a pair of indexes: Vita index and Zen index.

The Vita index is created by the data collected from heart rate, blood oxygen level and respiratory rate, whereas the Zen index measures variation in heart rate to determine your stress level. The whole application is also equipped with sharing capabilities that enables the user to share their results with your Facebook friends, or via the Tinké community.

The Tinke sensor is available in different color options such as black, blue, pink and white and priced at US$119.

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Curiosity-What’s Inside the Cube Game: iOS and Android Users Might Get a Life Changer

November 8, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment

A cyclopean cube is appearing in front of you and you realise that it is needed to be bulldozed down so as to find the mysterious secret inside the cube’s belly. If you are welled up for that kind of task, it will definitely be the curiosity inside your mind and that’s what the new game ‘Curiosity-What’s Inside the Cube’ for Android and iOS demands.

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When the game opens, you will see this gargantuan cube built on billions of tiny cubes or simply called cubelets. You can rotate to see the whole cube. When you tap it, it will zoom in to that particular position where you will able to see those cubelets. Now all you need to do is tap!

One tap for demolishing one cube and it will reveal the next layer of cubelets on the main cube. You can’t penetrate the other layer without chipping down all the cubelets in the current layer. Since it’s a social game when you enter the game you will be viewing what others are viewing, that is the present altered state of the cube.

Currently, there are many players online doing this chipping process. But according to the developer 22 Cans, only one person can see what’s inside the cube, “something life-challengingly amazing” they call it. Seems like a pretty overwhelming statement, but let’s not underestimate it people, they could be true.

Peter Molyneux, the veteran game designer well known for Fable series, brainstormed this game, better called to be a ‘Social Experiment’, and he aimed it to study the psychology of social oscillations and monetization. Acquiring that much knowledge from the observations, his studio 22 Cans will implement the project into a future game title they have planned to release with a two years time.

You might be thinking what kind of experiment is this? Tapping all day is not that fun. Though we haven’t played for long we never felt that much slip away of fun and the coin reward system will drive you to stay longer.

Tapping on cube blocks will gain you with coins, join your friends to earn more coins and that way you can purchase tools that can do better damages to the whole structure, like bombs, fire crackers, and the finest ‘diamond chisel’.

But acquiring top most weapons requires tons of coins (3 billion for the diamond chisel). So it’s not only curiosity that the game demands, it’s also the patience of the players.

Apart from occasional server issues with the latency, the game works fine and it all up to you to endure with the idea. Need the game, you know where look at, Google Play and iTunes , that is.

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Foursquare iOS Update Brings 10 Point Rating System

November 7, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Social, X

Is your head always pointing down on your smartphone screen while on the go? We guess you are always connected with your emails or your favorite social networks. Staying alone is never a possibility if you have a network-enabled device.

explore rating Foursquare iOS Update Brings 10 Point Rating System

So what about location -based social apps? Do you use them often? Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp do the job all fine, and some of you know other similar apps that serves the same purpose.

If you don’t know what a location based social app does, it’s simple. When use the ‘check-in’ option on your app it will give you your current location, your friends’ location, and almost every interesting sites around your current locale, say hotels, boutiques, bar, restaurants, party clubs, and many mores.

So, with your app activated mobile device you can share your location, invite your friends to your favourite/present location, share reviews or images of your spot, tip about it, and if the app has a rating system you can rate and see what others are given.

Most of the apps belonging to this genre have some unique key features (like Gowalla’s augmented reality function). And it has been usually seen that some of the developers who finds a particular feature of their competitor’s app interesting, they adopt it after some days, may be because of the fan feedback or for the sake of expanding functionality.

We guess that’s what happened in the latest update of foursquare for the iOS. A rating system like that of Yelp but despite the stars, they put the 10 point system.  “A lot different from the other types of ratings you see today”, says Foursquare.

So how exactly is this different?

On the explore bar of Foursquare you can search your businesses and it will give you the ratings.  The overall rating comes from judging the factors like your ‘like’ and ‘dislike’, number of your visits, tips, popularity, local expertise etc. They say they have 25 million people and around 3 billion check-ins, so that’s a major source for them to providing a much more perspective to our local businesses.

For non-members of Foursqaure there is this website they have opened lately and it has everything for your appreciation.  Android and other platforms, we afraid there are no words on the launch date but let’s hope for that to happen soon.

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Verizon App Store Hitting Dead End

November 7, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps

US mobile carrier Verizon Wireless is putting an end to its online application store for Android and BlackBerry devices. The jettisoning process is planned to start by January next year and is aimed for the completion by March 27, 2013.

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So is this bad after all? Verizon doesn’t think so. We all know we are not short on apps today; we have tons of useful as well  as crappy ones too to pick from online stores like Google Play, Apple App Store, Blackberry App World and all such similar hypermarkets.

Verizon says majority of apps placed on the Verizon Apps market are also available from the above specified online stores. Staying with an app store doesn’t seem to have any benefit and those developers who are doing apps for the carrier-exclusive Android and Blackberry devices are getting the same stake (70 per cent of the earnings) even if they are making it on the popular platforms.

When they begin the halting procedure, all categories like monthly subscription models, in-app purchases, usage-based models, and obliviously new app purchases will be disabled. For subscription-based apps, customers can make their last purchase for November with the final billing. And, the service will cease on the customers annual renewal date.

The Verizon Developer Community Go To Market will also be shuttered. But the community portal will remain open so that developer can refer their apps logistics and reporting. However, community dedicated resources for platforms, APIs Verizon tools will not be closed from access.

The enterprise apps exhibited at the Verizon’s Private Applications Store for Business are isolated from the whole deletion decision and so enterprise customers can deal with them whenever they want.

Have you been using Verizon Apps? Tell us how you feel about this!

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