If you think you can’t get enough stalkers thanks to Twitter, FourSquare and Facebook, here’s yet another service by Google that can let your friends and loved ones keep an eye on you. Google Latitude lets you share you location with your friends and even see where they are. This app has been available for Android since a long time but finally it has been released ( after a peek-a-boo release a few days ago ) for iPhone users.
This app is free and uses your GPS to update your location. It uses iOS APIs for location updating in the background when the app isn’t running. You know where to point if you feel your battery is running out too soon after installing Google Latitude.
From the App Store:
With Latitude, you can:
* See your friends on a map – find out who’s nearby and meet up.
* Share your location continuously with whomever you choose – help friends and family stay in touch with you, even when you can’t take out your phone.
* Control your privacy – share only city-level location, hide your location, or turn off background updating at any time.
Latitude lets you share your location in the background, even when the app is closed or your device screen is locked. Background updating requires an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 with iOS 4 or above.
Google Latitude will be best used with iPhone 3GS/4 due to their support for multitasking APIs. Just be careful with your privacy settings.
It is now without a doubt a fact that Inception is probably the best movie of the decade. In honor of the great movie, an iPhone app has been released for FREE in the App Store as a “gift for the inception fans” according to Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer. They say, this app is a dream machine which lets you experience Inception in your real life. It uses augmented sound to induce audio-dreams through the headset of your iPhone or iPod Touch and will change your perception of reality!
If the above description doesn’t really make sense in words, just download the app and try it for yourself with your headphones. As the developers of the app says: “don’t play this app with the touchscreen. Play it with your life.”
Check out the iTunes description and some screenshots below:
This app is a dream machine that transforms the world around you into a dreamworld. It uses augmented sound to induce dreams through the headset of your iPhone and iPod Touch. It will change your perception of reality.
Inception The App transports Inception The Movie straight into your life. New dreams can be unlocked in many ways, for example by walking, being in a quiet room, while traveling or when the sun shines. You will get realtime musical experiences, featuring new and exclusive music from the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer. This app is the first result of Christopher Nolan, Hans Zimmer and Michael Breidenbrückers’ collaboration using augmented sound.
Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ was somewhat quietly announced yesterday (in case you missed it, read this to find out all you need to know about it.) While it’s a relatively minor upgrade, it does sport a slightly improved look which a lot of Android 2.2 users now envy. So unless they get Android 2.3 ROMS for their handsets, there are a few alternatives to give you the Gingerbread look and feel on your device. First up, the Gingerbread Launcher with a cool fade effect and greenish icons.
This is the stock Gingerbread launcher modified to work correctly with Android 2.2. It is available for free in Android Market so just head over and search for Gingerbread Launcher.
Maybe it’s just me, but this launcher seems faster than the default Android 2.2 ( and also the bloated Samsung Galaxy S TouchWiz ) launchers. Let us know your experience with it.
Swap pumpkins for hearts come February 2011, which is when the next Angry Birds Seasonupdate is scheduled. Like the pumpkins in the Halloween release, popping hearts will earn you extra points per level.
A new type of bird is also planned, although the details are unclear. It could be a Cupid-like avian wonder that shoots an arrow from its beak when the screen is tapped. Perhaps it’ll be a heartbreaking songbird that can burst hearts for points by chirping when tapping the screen.
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This has to be the coolest Cydia app to date. Graviboard frees the homescreen icons on your iOS device from their usual positions and adds physics effects so that they move around freely with the touch of your finger or tilt of the accelerometer.
All you have to do is install the app from Cydia and configure the options to your desire from the Settings app. Then watch and enjoy as the icons fall with the direction in which you tilt your device. You can even throw them around and they’ll bounce of each other with realistic physics effects. You can even launch apps in this mode – you just need to enable this from the settings.
Graviboard costs $2.99 and is available in the BigBoss repo. You’ll need a jailbroken iOS device to be able to install this app.
Microsoft provides Bing as the default search engine for Windows Phone 7 just like Android has Google. But to make googling more convenient, Google has released a free Search App for Windows Phone 7 that lets you search the web, images, local and more – in a nutshell, the complete search package.
The first release of this app isn’t too heavy on features. It provides search as suggestions, shows search history and uses your location to provide relevant search results ( this, of course, is optional ).
Along with all the search goodness, you can also pin it as a tile to the Windows Phone 7 home screen as shown in the first image. Looks so much better than iPhone icons, doesn’t it? Wish all tiles were this colorful on WP7.
If you’re a Windows Phone 7 device owner, head to the Marketplace to download Google Search app.
It’s clearly obvious that apps on iOS are just a different ball game altogether when compared to their Android versions. Take the Facebook app as an example. Although it got an upgrade yesterday, it still doesn’t match the speed and features of its iOS version. Similarly, Twitter for Android has also received an upgrade, bringing it on par to its iOS sibling in terms of feature set. It brings features that iOS users are already used to, such as, Pull to Refresh, Swipe to Reveal, Tweet Details Page and much more.
Here’s the full list of features from the Twitter blog:
Tweet details page. We changed the layout of the timeline and introduced a Tweet details page, which you can access by simply clicking on a Tweet. This feature – which is already available in Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for Windows Phone – makes it easier to click on links and reply to, retweet, or favorite a Tweet.
Speed. The app is now even faster. In this version, we’ve tried a new way of drawing a timeline of Tweets that optimizes for scrolling speed. Try it out, and you’ll see how much faster and smoother the timeline loads and scrolls.
Polish. We added some more nice touches to the application as well:
Pull to Refresh: This popular feature, which was first available through our iPhone app, functions just as it sounds – when you’re at the top of your timeline, simply pull down to load new Tweets.
Swipe to Reveal: Swipe across a Tweet to get quick access to several options, such as viewing a user’s profile, sharing a tweet, or replying.
Quote a Tweet: Clicking the retweet icon now gives you the option to quote a Tweet. Of course, you can still retweet as you normally would.
During my short test run with Twitter for Android, it’s definitely better than TweetDeck when you compare the memory, CPU and battery usage but somehow, TweetDeck seems faster as it loads all the user images instantly where as you still get to see the blue bird for a short while despite the image having been cached offline in Twitter. It’s definitely better now but it also takes a bit of getting used to with pull to refresh. Also, search doesn’t work for the timeline unlike in the iOS version. Another major unfixed issue – it still doesn’t remember where you were in your timeline if you quit the app or switch to another one.
That being said, the swipe drawer as well as pull to refresh are actually welcome upgrades. Since it’s free to download, don’t forget to get it from the Android Market.
No doubt, it’s the best Twitter App for Android despite some flaws.
Although this rumor wasn’t looking like it could turn into reality but still, those who were looking for the launch of a Facebook phone would have realized that its not coming. But today in their live mobile media event, Facebook announced an update to their Facebook app for Android. This updated app has some new features such as places, groups and improved notifications. The update has gone live now and you can download it from Android Market.
All Android users had been waiting for this news since a long time: Skype for Android is now available for every Android user. Previously, it was restricted to only Verizon users, just like Microsoft’s Bing app is which was totally ridiculous to be honest – it puts the ‘open’ness of Android to shame. But that’s in the past and the app can now be downloaded for free from Android Market. You can make free Skype-to-Skype calls (no matter PC, Mac, iPhone or Android etc) and chat with friends as well. Calls work over both WiFi and 3G but for US users, it’s WiFi only. And of course, you can buy Skype Credit to place calls anywhere in the world!
Netflix App has gotten an update and now supports video out on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G. Weirdly, they’ve left out iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G users out for the new feature. Keep in mind that iPhone 3GS is still being sold as an 8GB model, so it’s a really stupid decision on the company’s behalf to not support video out on a current product. The Netflixapp is a universal binary so this also means that video out isn’t supported for the iPad too.