Archive for ‘iPhone Apps’

December 29, 2010

Hurray for free Satellite Navigation!


NavFree App on the iPhone now offers turn by turn navigation with voice directions, automatic rerouting and the very convenient Google and Bing searches. The best part about the App is that it’s free! No need to shell out tens of dollars to Tom Tom, Garmin and the like.


The App is free because it uses OpenStreetMap which people say is like the “Wikipedia of Maps” meaning that, where necessary users will fill in missing gaps in the maps.  I used it recently and it worked pretty well. So unless you live in no man’s land, you have a good GPS navigation tool on your phone.

Now I’m sure NavFree will drag those prices down for the other expensive navigation Apps like  Tom-Tom, Garmin,  etc. It also doesn’t help Google Maps on which iPhone users were relying on for directions until now.

Source: IntoMobile


Finally! No more reading directions for the AppleGirl. However, Android users have had this for over a year 🙂


NavFree does require a data connection to search for an address very similar to Google Navigation.  Other than that the maps are stored on the phone itself so no data connection is needed for navigation which is a really good feature.

It doesn’t have traffic view which is one thing that I love about Google Navigation. However, Navfree is a good alternative to Google Navigation since it’s not available on the iPhone.

December 26, 2010

12 days of Christmas is here!


Are you ready for more Christmas giveaways? Today, Apple started its “12 days of Christmas” which offers free songs, music videos, Apps and a movie for 12 days from 26 December 2010 to 6 January 2011.

The bad news is that its not available in the US but you can get the Apple goodies if you have an iTunes account in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Ireland.

Download the free ’12 days of Christmas” iPhone app and go get the first freebie, which is a song and video by Cheryl Cole!

December 21, 2010

WordLens – Best iPhone App ever!


This is one of the coolest and most handy Apps that I have seen on the iPhone! It’s called WordLens and it uses the camera on the iPhone along with Optical Character Recognition Technology to translate words from one language to another in real time. So if you are lost in a foreign country because you cannot read the road signs, all you have to do is point your iPhone camera lens at the sign and you can see the translated words on your iPhone screen.

The best thing about the App is that it doesn’t need an internet connection so you don’t have to worry about roaming or phone charges in foreign countries. Albeit it currently only supports Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation, WordLens says it will most likely add French, Italian and Portuguese soon.

Are you saying “How much does this awesome App cost”? It’s $4.99 for the Spanish to English translation and vice versa. But if you would like to see how it works and what the real time translation might look like, then go on over to the App Store and install the free version of the App. Although the free version only reverses and erases words, it will give you an idea of how cool it really is 🙂

GoogleChic, don’t go rummaging through the Android Market for the App, because you won’t find it there yet. Apparently WordLens figured that it would be best to release it first on the iPhone to measure the App’s success. But if you need some help with translation, I will gladly lend you my iPhone 🙂


The WordLens app is pretty sweet! Although there are many other OCR (optical character recognition) applications on the market, WordLens stands out because it doesn’t require a data connection in order to do it’s translation. Most apps requires you to take a picture of the text which then gets uploaded to a server foso tr translation. Hopefully, they’ll release the Android verison soon and support more languages.

For now, Snapit is a pretty good alternative. It has the capability  to extract the text from a picture and allows for you to share it. Of course, it can also translate the text to other languages. However, this requires a data connection. Hey at least this supports more than one language 😉

December 19, 2010

How to fake it on your phone!


It looks like my fake manually set your location comment the other day about Latitude sparked some interest. So here are some quick instructions.

1) Open the Latitude application on your phone

2) Click Menu-> Privacy->Set your location

3) You now have the option to choose your location from the following

  • My current location
  • Enter an address
  • Contacts
  • Point on map


If you are one of those “faking” types, then here are a bunch of Apps which let you fake other things on your phone. You will find them handy when you want to bail out on your girlfriend/boyfriend or get out of a work meeting.

Fake-A-Call Free and Fake ‘Em Out Lite are free Apps that do the basic fake calling pretty well. They let you set up a caller name and set up a time when you want the call. Your phone starts ringing and you can answer it like any regular phone call and quickly slip out of the room.

Fake-A-Call ($0.99) not only does fake calling and fake texting but also helps you fake a conversation by playing out a scripted dialogue from a boss, a friend or whoever is supposed to be calling you. It also dictates lines for you to repeat so you don’t find yourself mumbling nonsense and messing up your fake call 😉

Fake It Free features fake background sounds for you to excuse yourself out of a call. So you could pretend to be in a busy subway when you are actually chilling at home drinking a beer 😉

There’s also a free Fake-A-Location App which lets you pin point a location on the map and send a GPS location update via email and SMS to anyone. However that someone you are sending it to might be stalking you on Latitude, and that’s when GoogleChic’s Latitude 101 cheat sheet might come in handy! 🙂

Most of these Apps are also available on Android and Blackberry, so you can fake it on any of these platforms.

Fake ‘Em Out Lite Screenshots

December 13, 2010

Google Latitude on iPhone!


Today Google officially debuted its Latitude App on the App Store. Latitude lets you see where your friends and family are in real time. The native iOS app includes support for background location based monitoring, which means you can continuously share your location even after closing the App. Sounds a bit creepy? I think so.

Although Latitude is supposed to be a 100% opt-in feature and lets you control your privacy, it takes some effort to make sure that you are off the grid. I don’t know about GoogleChic, but I’m lazy about explicitly turning off features whenever I don’t need them 😛

Google claims that 9 million people actively use the service across a variety of platforms. I hope most of them have consciously opted in to the service and are aware that their location is being tracked.

Latitude is somewhat of a far cry from other location based services like FourSquare, GoWalla, Facebook Places which broadcast your location, recommend places, find discounts for businesses and offer tips on locations in your vicinity. But Latitude seems to be Google’s first step towards a location based social network.


Latitude is a 100% opt-in feature and not only does it let you control your privacy, it lets you fake manually set your location too 😉 Pretty neat, if you don’t want to be stalked. Of course, if you’re like me, I decline all Latitude invites. Somehow, I just never got into the share your location with the world concept (no offense to those who like this).

The one good thing about Latitude is that it’s real time, there’s no “check-in” required unlike FourSquare.

All you iPhone lovers, now you can stalk follow the Andorid lovers to your heart’s content.

P.S AppleGirl, I know you’re just dying to check this out. I’ll make an exception and accept your invite 🙂

November 21, 2010

Apps for the hungry!


With the growing popularity of location based services (Facebook, FourSquare, GoWalla), Yahoo doesn’t want to be left behind. It is launching Yahoo Local Offers which gets you the best local deals and savings in your area.

One of the new Yahoo features I like is the Sketch-A-Search iPhone App which brings a very unique approach to search nearby restaurants.  Pull up a map and sketch a circle (or any shape you want to indicate the area in which to search for restaurants) and the app shows you all the restaurants in that area and lets you filter with a specific cuisine. Not just that, Yahoo has partnered with Zagat and Open Table so you can get restaurant reviews and book a table all through the same free app. For those of you with an iPad, no need to fret! Yahoo has now released the App optimized to the large screen display.

But if you own an Android, you might have to look for other options! GoogleChic, anything interesting?
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Yahoo who?  They may not want to be left behind, but the Sketch-A-Search app maybe too little too late.

I think it’s a different concept. However, instead of drawing a circle around the area you’re in, why not just have your GPS detect that and pull up nearby restaurants?

Just to name a few, Yelp and Google Places are apps that can detect your location using GPS and provide you with nearby restaurants, it can also provide you with the reviews as well. It’s also able to provide you with places such as bars, hotels, gas stations etc.

So AppleGirl, you can use the Sketch-A-Search app to your heart’s content. I’m the lazy type, would rather have my GPS do the work for me 😉

October 12, 2010

There’s an App For that!


Apple has been awarded the trademark for the phrase “An App for that” – the line that brought about the app explosion in our mobile world. GoogleChic, Eric Schmidt better watch the use of the word “App” or Steve Jobs might be dragging him to court on that 😀

Check out this website called App For That which lets users submit “An App For That” jokes. There are some very funny jokes and it gets better as you scroll down. GoogleChic, don’t be surprised if you find some targeted at Android.

Here’s a funny video on the “App For That” phrase. Girls, don’t watch this one!


There’s an app for that is old news! It’s such a cumbersome phrase as opposed to “Droid Does”. Droid Does just packs such a punch line, I hope Verizon puts a trademark on that.

In the meantime, check out the video below on how Droid Does hotspots. AppleGirl, I guess you can use there ain’t an app for that for this case 😉

September 22, 2010

Apps that will save your day!


Were you almost run over  because you didn’t hear the car horn? Or are you that person who was stuck in the building when the fire alarm went out and you were the only one who didn’t hear it? If yes, then I am sure you have had many more close encounters, all because you had snug earphones with music blaring in your ears!

Essency’s Awareness App allows you to listen to your music peacefully, without having to worry about not hearing  outside noise like warnings, sirens, horns, shouts, alarms or conversations. It uses the built in microphone on the iPhone and iPod touch to pick up outside sounds and relay them to your ear buds when they cross a certain threshold (and of course, it comes with loads of settings so you can personalize the App!)

For $4.99, you get to hear everything that’s going on around you while also listening to your music.  Is this an App that will save your day?  Do I see any nodding heads?

The UK company Essency was formed by a collaboration of sound recording engineers, programmers and musicians, who share a passion for technology and music. Essency has more apps coming your way! So keep an eye out for them!

GoogleChic, do you have any life  saver apps in the Android Market Place? Got nothing better than Type n Walk? Humor me 😉


The Awareness App is pretty kool, but my problem is always forgetting to turn off the ringer volume. There have been times when I have forgotten to turn off my ringer at work and have walked off to the other end of the floor. The next thing you know, my cubbies are swarming around my desk trying to turn of my ringer which is at full blast (we have low cubes so you can see across the whole floor). It wouldn’t be that embarrassing if you had a normal ringtone, but for awhile I had  it set to One Step at a time by Jordan Sparks 🙂 (hey I just love that song). What’s worse is those iPhone fanboys (cubbies of mine) tries to operate the Nexus like an iPhone (big mistake!). Everyone knows you swipe left to end a call, right to answer one. Every time, they decide to swipe right, which in turns answer the call; can you picture the clusterF 🙂

So here comes Locale to the rescue. You can control your ringer volume (amongst some other things) based on either location (office) or time (9-5 pm). I found that the volume control feature works really well based on time. On the flip side, the location feature is not as accurate and it drains your battery as it attempts to use your GPS. You’ll have to dish out $9.99 for Locale, so there are some other options such as FoxyRing. FoxyRing utilizes ambient noise detection like Awareness to adjust your ringtone.

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