Posts tagged ‘iphone’

January 2, 2012

GamePad for your tablet

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

60Beat – GamePad for your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch is the new kid in the block. It brings a full-sized game pad designed for iOS devices and it connects via headphone jack. Being an ardent gamer myself, I like the classic touch to the new generation of gaming devices. However, I would rather not shell out $50 for 60Beat if instead I could use my PS3 gamepad to do the same task! 

Android users have an advantage. They can connect their Wii remotes with their Android devices using BlueTooth and the XBox 360 controller wirelessly with an additional device connected to the Android USB port. 

The gamepad though isn’t the future of gaming, in my opinion, Kinect technology is! How would you like to be entertained? 😛

[Source] TechCrunch, Android Simplicity

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November 12, 2011

Adobe dumping mobile Flash! Hail HTML 5?

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Get ready to say goodbye to flash on your new mobiles or tablets. If you use an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you are already used to living without Flash. 

Adobe Systems on Wednesday announced that its ending development on Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices and moving to HTML 5 and Adobe AIR software development. In it’s statement, as part of restructuring efforts, the company indicated an elimination of 750 full-time positions in United States and EMEA. 

Adobe quitting the mobile Flash business, reminds me of Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash criticizing Adobe and Apple’s dedication to dump the technology

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML 5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML 5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Fandroids have always found solace that they have one thing Apple users don’t – Flash support that enables them to experience the full web. Maybe it’s time to learn the web via the HTML 5 lens 🙂  

 

March 26, 2011

Microsoft and Nokia trying to make a comeback with $1 billion?

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Have you seen the latest numbers reported by comScore survey? Out of 30,000 subscribers, Google took the lead with 31.2% of the market share! RIM came in at 30.4%, Apple at 24.7% and Microsoft at 8.0%.

With Microsoft at 8% no wonder they’re paying Nokia $1 billion to manufacture their Windows Phone. If they succeed, it will benefit both parties. However, are they too late? It’ll be a long trek up from the bottom of the ladder, let’s see how this pans out.


source: comScore,bloomberg

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

A Securities and Exchange commission document indicates that Nokia expects to transition to Windows Phone 7 platform in about two years. Yes TWO years! Can you imagine where iPhone and Android phones will be by then?

Nokia also indicates that until it moves to Windows Phone 7, it will continue to leverage its investment in Symbian. Nokia has had a setback in the phone industry with the advent of the iPhone and Android devices. I really doubt if tieing the knot with Microsoft is going to help them to make a comeback.

What do you think?

source: ComputerWorld

January 29, 2011

Apple Patent Song

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

The Antenna Song guy, Jonathan Mann is back with an Apple Patent Song. The patent images are from Patently Apple (who we had spoken about earlier) and Jonathan Mann sure knows how to attract some attention 🙂 Check it out!

 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

If you liked the Apple Patent Song, you can make your own. Download the app Songatron and you can be singing along with Jonathan Mann.

January 29, 2011

Google Voice is ready to port your number!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl is going to have a field day with this one. You now have the option to port over your cell phone number to Google Voice. What does this mean? You can use your existing cell phone number as your Google Voice number instead of having a new number assigned.

The only caveat is that by porting your number to Google Voice it would cancel your cell phone plan. So, in other words, you won’t be able to use your cell phone! Once the number is ported over, you’ll have to request your cell provider to set up a new number just so you can receive calls. Confused yet?

Thanks but no thanks Google!


BY THE APPLE GIRL  

It’s funny that I’m on Google’s side this time 🙂 I like that we can port over our numbers and a single service will maintain all our calling needs. However, there are some drawbacks with porting your number to GV (especially if you are an iPhone user)!

If you are new to Google Voice, GV is a layer of services over your regular cell phone or landline. It lets you block/screen callers, route your calls, make free VoIP calls from your computer, and even send text messages from your computer. So if you don’t already have a GV account, you should go get it (Did I mention that it is free?)

Here are some things to help you decide if you want to port your number to GV.

1. If you would like to use GV services and are really really keen on keeping the contact number (say your business depends on it), then it makes sense to port the number right away.

2. Remember that it comes with a $20 fee and possible termination fees from your operator. The best time to port your number would be when your contract with your mobile operator has ended. You can just port over that number to GV and get a brand new number for your cell phone.

3. You cannot MMS with your GV number. So if you are an MMS addict, this is probably important to you.

4. No more FaceTime on iPhone if someone called the GV number and GV forwards the call to your iPhone. Although you can still Facetime using your bare phone number.

The point is that number porting is not for everyone. But I’m sure it would be extremely beneficial to those who are going to use it.

On a side note, GoogleChic, I hate the fact that Google will now have more private user information to mess up with. We know it’s happened before 🙂

Source: Gizmodo

January 23, 2011

Angry Birds – Valentines Edition!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

I don’t get why everyone is so crazy about Angry Birds! There was a Halloween edition, a Christmas edition and now (surprise, surprise!) a Valentine’s edition. In fact if you are left home alone without a date it would actually make sense to spend on the new edition to drown all your sorrows! 🙂 While you are at it you might as well splurge on the plush angry bird cuddlies and T-Shirts!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Angry birds is super addicting and not to mention fun!

Here’s another one for you, it’s called Fruit Ninja. It’s not as cute as those angry birds, but it sure gave me a good laugh. Fruit Ninja is available on both the iPhone and Android.


January 23, 2011

Verizon iPhone Ad!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Check out the Verizon iPhone ad! After a long wait Verizon customers can finally get their hands on the Apple iPhone starting February 20, 2011. Any thoughts on Verizon iPhone subscriptions squashing Verizon Android sales? 😀

 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Looks like Apple released its own ad stating that two is better than one. I like the features vary by  carrier disclaimer 🙂

Don’t hold your breathe AppleGirl, the iPhone 4 doesn’t support the Verizon’s LTE network. However, there are quite a number of Android phones like the HTC ThunderBolt and the Motorola Bionic which will take advantage of it. With phones like those, I think Android will be squashing the iPhone sales 🙂

Update: Looks like there’s already a spoof out there. It’s hilarious, check it out!


January 15, 2011

Love iTunes, but don’t have an iPhone?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Now you can control your iTunes via a Windows Phone 7 App. The Remote App lets you to browse and control your iTunes playlists and albums from the palm of your hand. To make it work, you will need to install a pairing utility software on your computer. The software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7  and Mac OS X.

I don’t get why someone would want a Windows phone 😉 but in any case the $1.99 Remote App for Windows Phone 7 has limited functionality when compared to the free Remote App for the iPhone which lets you control media streaming (Airplay) to Apple TV, create genius playlists, control music streaming to Airplay enabled speakers and control speaker volumes.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

If you own music on iTunes, it leads me to believe you have some type of Apple device (iPod, Mac book etc). With that said, I’m not sure why an  Apple user would choose a Windows Phone 7 over an iPhone. To me, it seems like a no brainier and we all know that I’m not an Apple advocate.

I saw a Windows Phone 7 in action just the other day and it was so slow, it was pathetic.  It was like watching a turtle crawl! Not to mention, it took way too many keystrokes just to navigate to where you want to go.

Better yet, get an Android phone 😉  Android offers a remote app for iTunes as well. You can get the TunesRemote for free!


December 21, 2010

WordLens – Best iPhone App ever!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

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 🙂

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

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!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

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


BY THE APPLE GIRL  

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



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