Posts tagged ‘Facebook’

September 25, 2011

Facebook reinvents itself!


I usually don’t care much about Facebook upgrades or its F8 conference. But this year’s conference was something we all might remember as the day when the social explosion occurred. Yes, you can say that Facebook just whipped out an Apple! 🙂

1. Timeline:

Facebook announced a feature called Timeline, that it calls the “story of your life”. In short, it is a single scrolling page which contains much of your existence on Facebook. I don’t think I have ever said this about Facebook or any social network, Timeline is beautiful.  If you are geeks like us and cannot wait until Facebook rolls it out , you can try the developer mode here.

2. Apps and Open-graph:

Timeline is integrated with Apps in a new way. They can be added to your Timeline and when you use the Apps it will show on the recently launched Ticker display on the right. So if Googlechic is listening to a song, the ticker display will say “GoogleChic is listening to New Soul” 🙂 Open graph will usher in a new era of Apps which will increase sharing among users and in turn marketers get more data to use.

Facebook has now “friended” a bunch of media companies like Spotify (and Spotify is sweet!) Netflix, Hulu and all the other big wigs by plugging their technologies into Facebook. It is sitting on this big social gold mine – an explosion of user likes and dislikes. In other words, Facebook seems to be turning into the next Google 🙂


It looks like Facebook may have gotten some inspiration recently and decided to reinvent itself. I wonder if Google+ had anything to do with it? 🙂

I do like the timeline feature but to be honest are you going to go back and post baby pics? Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of everyone knowing what I’m doing 24/7 much less have my entire life story posted online. I actually prefer Andy Samberg’s spoof concept of “I’m not really my friends with these people” bucket and would find that more useful 🙂 How many times have you been friended and felt obligated to accept? That’s one thing I like about Google+’s circle but unfortunately Google+ has not taken off and sad to say I don’t think it will (Applegirl is probably jumping for joy at this point!).

There’s already a preferred social medium out there and it’s really hard for people to make the switch.Bottom line you’ll either love the new FB or find it complicated and hate it 🙂

Tell us what you think!

June 5, 2011

iOS 5 and iCloud rumors – What to expect?


Apple has started preparing Moscone West Conference Center, SF for its WWDC conference, when Jobs is expected to launch the new iOS 5 and iCloud on June 6. Apple will set the new mobile software bar for Android? 😀

Here are the rumors flying around:
  1. iCloud: This will be Apple’s cloud storage feature for accessing all your iTunes content and more. It is more of a revamped MobileMe, Apple’s already existing cloud storage service. Apple has reportedly locked up agreements with the four major music companies – Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner on streaming music via iCloud. A special treat would be if Apple lets streaming of movies and TV shows too.
  2. Free iCloud: Rumor has it that Apple will offer a free trial for those who buy music on iTunes and later charge about $25/yr for the service. I hope this is true. It would make sense for Apple to give away iCloud with limited storage for free at least for a while in order to woo its customers. 
  3. Twitter and Facebook Integration: With Facebook and Twitter users going crazy over mobile photo uploads, deeper Facebook and Twitter integration should be great news for them. 
  4. Better notifications: GoogleChic will be thrilled about this 🙂 I haven’t really felt the need for a notification system like the one on Android, but let’s see what Apple has in store! Apparently Apple hired the notification add on (available on jail broken phones: check out the video below) developer, Peter Hajas. Rumor has it that widgets are also coming to iOS 5, but I doubt that.
  5. iOS 5 not supported on 3GS: All you iPhone 3GS users, it’s time to move on. Apple might just abandon you all with the iOS 5.0 update.
  6. Automatic app update: This is not a big deal. It leaked out this morning from the Apple website. Currently, iOS users have to manually go and update the apps. Apple will add a automatic over the air app update feature on the new iOS 5.0.
  7. Voice Recognition: One of the good rumors is that speech recognition will be updated with iOS 5.0. This feature has never been big on the iPhone. Apple’s licensing talks with Nuance hopefully has something to do with deeply integrating voice recognition into iOS. Apple’s acquisition of Siri in 2010, is also a harbinger of Apple working on advanced voice technology. 
Along with iOS 5.0 and iCloud, Apple will also released Mac OS Lion that it previewed last year.
Mobile Notifier for (jail broken) iOS 
What to expect at WWDC?

Apple isn’t setting the new bar for mobile software. In fact, I’m appalled at that fact that Apple is a copy cat.  What happen to Apple being innovative? Apple added the wallpaper concept with the last iOS update, so now with iOS 5 they decide to finally add widgets and notifications? They mind as well throw in the desktop concept and iOS and Android will just be the same! 

I’m sure all the fanboys are ecstatic about the new features with iOS 5, but it’s old news for us Android folks.

1. Music Beta: Google has released music beta by invitation only. Music beta allows for you to upload all your music to the cloud and listen to it with any device; laptop, tablet or phone. Whenever a new play list is created it automatically syncs it to your devices. Also, there’s even an offline mode to allow for you to listen to recent music that’s been played on your device in the absence of internet.

2. Free Music Beta: Right now, this service is offered free of charge.

3. Twitter and Facebook Integration: Wow, we’re now in 2011 and after all the iOS releases Apple is just now introducing this? Us Android folks have been taking pictures, hitting the menu button and sharing to our hearts content! 

4. Notifications: AppleGirl, I’m not thrilled about this, Apple pretty much ripped of Android’s notification system! We’ve had this feature since day one 🙂 I can’t wait to see the final product, if it’s like the jail broken version it isn’t as nicely integrated as the Android notification drawer. 

5. Hardware & OS issues: This is an issue for Android users as well so I leave this one alone 🙂

6. Automatic app update: Again, nothing new over here, automatic Market updates has been available since the last Market app update.

7. Voice Recognition: Hmm, has speech recognition never been big on the iPhone because it doesn’t work well ;)? I’ve been using the speech to text feature for quite some time now and I have to say it’s awesome! Again nothing new over on this side!

If those are all the new features of iOS 5, it sure looks like Android is setting the bar! All you fanboys, just jump on the Android bandwagon already. You’ll be much happier on this side of the fence 🙂


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 15, 2010

Steve Jobs knock off!

BY THE GOOGLE CHICApple has over the years dominated the market, not just in the US but throughout the world.  Due to Apple’s popularity many of its products have been  “replicated” . The Meizu M8 looks a lot like the iPhone, similarly the iPed to the iPad.

Surprisingly, an Apple device was not the one that was knocked off this time! There’s an Asian version of Steve Jobs promoting an iOS app and handing out real iPhones 🙂

The Asian Steve Jobs made his appearance at a launch party for MTR mobile in Hong Kong. MTR is Hong Kong’s public transit railways and let me tell you it’s a massive network (I’ve actually experienced this first hand)! MTR mobile helps you pick the fastest route to go from point A to point B and provides the fares associated with it.  It even has an offline mode  and augmented reality to help you locate what’s nearby, I have to say it looks pretty kool 🙂

When asked if MTR will create a Android version of the app, it looks like that they’re watching the popularity of the platform and it could be a possibility in the future. Does that mean we’ll see an Asian version of Eric Schdmit? 😉

Check out the video here.





BY THE APPLE GIRLGoogleChic, this speaks volumes about Apple’s famous products. The Chinese made a wise decision to use Steve Jobs’s personality to boost their launch. After all, imitation is the best form of flattery 🙂 I only wish I could understand what they were saying in the video 🙂

Cult Of Mac recently interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on the subject of Steve Jobs. Sculley explains “Steve Jobs methodology” about designing products from a user’s perspective. “Steve always believed that the most important decisions you make are not the things you do – but the things you decide not to do”. Sculley goes on to describe his experience with Steve, the minimalist perfectionist, and how Apple followed Steve’s ideas  even during the time when Steve was not with Apple.  It’s quite a long interview, but it’s worth a read! I have to admit that I had goose bumps while reading some parts of it.  If you want a gist of the interview, go on to MacRumors or find the full transcript by Cult Of Mac here.

I say let’s make a movie about Steve Jobs!  If  Zuckerberg can get a movie about Facebook, then Steve Jobs should get a trilogy about Apple! 😀 And of course, the perfectionist that he is, Steve Jobs wouldn’t let it release until it was utterly beautiful.

September 10, 2010

Google instant search


Today, Google announced it’s newest feature, Google instant. Essentially,  Google will now search for the results as you type, it’s able to instantly return results even before you hit enter! I have to say I found this to be pretty cool, type “a” and Amazon automatically pops up in the search below.  This feature will be availbe later this fall on mobile devices.

Check out the video to see for yourself (I’m sure AppleGirl is going to call this a boring geeky google video :P)

P.S AppleGirl, Safari is a supported browser for Google instant. Like how Google doesn’t leave anyone behind 🙂


GoogleChic, I have to say that Instant Search is impressive and also very scary, predicting results as you type each letter. Should I remind you of the GoogleToilet that is draining all your personal info? With Google Instant, they might even be able to predict what you want to have for lunch today!

Don’t get too excited though! Google might be serving you some heated leftovers. A product manager at Yahoo claims that an interactive  search engine like Google Instant has already been rolled out by Yahoo in 2005! Hmm, does this mean Google copied Yahoo? GoogleChic, doesn’t that sound familiar? 🙂 It does make me wonder if Instant is another Google hype  over nothing.

If you think Google Instant is cool, check this out. Feross Aboukhadijeh, a CS major at Stanford, wagered with a friend that he could replicate Google Instant model with You Tube in an hour. Although he did it in 3 hours and lost the bet, his You Tube instant puts Google Instant to shame. Ofcourse, You Tube CEO, Chad Hurley offered him a job at You Tube over twitter! I see the makings of another Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) in Feross!

July 29, 2010

How does HTC name ’em?


Have you wondered why HTC names all its phones with lame superlative names? If you  know what HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation) stood for, you would probably understand why they have naming block going on.

But partly I dont blame them for the “spectacular” (that’s a  pun intended!) names they come up with. For a company which is pumping out dozens of models a year, it must really be tough to name its products!

So what’s HTC”s “brilliant” (again, pun intended!) idea? The company turned to its Facebook followers to come up with names. Why not crowd source the work? They know their marketing team sucks anyway. Or wait, maybe they should have asked the “genius” Windows Phone 7 Series guys to help them out.

Here’s the poll from Facebook. Sounds like someone went to a Bon Jovi concert the day before they created the poll!! I am a little disappointed with the options given. HTC, I know you could have done better (HTC Scorpion, HTC Rolling Stone, HTC Sting?)

As if that were not enough they even had an ad campaign which says “Set your fingers free” (like free to clench my fist  and punch you in the face?)

Now here’s the cherry on top. The company logo itself! ROTFL! GoogleChic, I can imagine you fuming with anger. But it’s okay to laugh a little! After all, you wouldn’t want to change your name to “GoogleChic Incredible” would you? 😉


HTC utilizes energetic superlative to indicate that its phones can squash its competitors’ in a heartbeat!

If you want to compare, I guess if you can count then you can name an iPhone. There’s the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (I swear at one point it was iPhone 4G).  Wait, where’s 2? Oh never mind, I guess the numbering system is too overrated for Apple. Let’s name it according to it’s features instead. iPhone 3G for it’s 3G capabilities. iPhone 3GS, S for speed since it has a faster processor. I’m not quite sure how iPhone 4 came about, but if I were to guess, they “borrowed” a good to have feature (4G capability) from one of its competitor (hmm let’s just say HTC EVO)  and coined it iPhone 4G. Oh wait according to the AppleGirl it’s iPhone 4 (drop the G since it doesn’t really support 4G speed).

And for the icing on the cake, let me just remind everyone of the iPad debacle. Need I say more?

As for HTC’s “quietly brilliant” slogan, I think it’s brilliant! HTC let’s the power of its device “quietly” speak for itself. Unlike the “there’s an app for that” catch phrase we see in EVERY commercial.

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