Thursday, July 28, 2011

Instagramers make money with Keepsy

This is for the Tip Top, Cream of the Crop Instagram users. If you are not in this bracket...

Keepsy is an online keepsake/scrapbook maker that is currently publishing the top 15 Instagram users, selling their work and forking over 50% of the profit. (with their permission of course)

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Amateur photographers, designers and artists have become budding iPhoneographers thanks to the insta-styling and sharing of iPhone app Instagram and its burgeoning user base. Now, top Instagramers can also make money on their filtered iPhone photos.

Startup Keepsy, a photo album and scrapbook maker, is showing off the work of Instagram’s most-celebrated users — many of whom were profiled in our feature on the top 15 photographers on Instagram. Keepsy is featuring curated photo albums and making them available to the public as printed keepsakes.

The Keepsy Instagram gallery spotlights the photo collections of 21 Instagram photographers from across the globe. Fans can browse the photo books or purchase printed copies. Instagram artists — who set the price of their books — will take home 50% of the profit from album sales.

The Instagram photo gallery, says Keepsy co-founder Blake Williams, is meant to highlight “exceptional talents and give them a place to showcase and sell their best work,” as well as “inspire other mobile photographers to discover and push the limits of this amazingly powerful piece of technology that they hold in their hands.”


Nintendo 3DS price cut to help sell units?

Seems Nintendo has decided to cut the price of their 3DS portable gaming device to help motivate sales of the device.

$249 drop to $169

In order to keep the people happy... those who have already purchased at $249 price will be eligible for 20 FREE games after they meet certain criteria.

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Nintendo has taken the dramatic step of slashing the price of its 3DS handheld less than six months after its launch. In a statement on its US website, the company says that on August 12, the 3DS will drop from $249 to $169. The company added that it would assuage the 830,000 existing owners of the console in the US with 20 free games after they sign up to its Ambassador program.

To get the free games, existing owners must log into the Nintendo eShop over a broadband connection at least once before August 11:59PM on August 11. These users will automatically be registered as part of the Ambassador program. Starting September 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public.
The games, which include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
A second batch of ten games will arrive by the end of 2011 and will be exclusive to current owners. Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Nintendo says that it currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.
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Keep track of Beer Debt with BeerBank for Android

What a great concept!

An easy to use app that lets you keep track of all beer debts owed and satisfied. Keep your friends honest with the currency of beer.

You can also use this app to track any type of other debt type transactions such as 'who did dishes last?' 'I mowed the its your turn.' etc. Its completely customizable as far as type of debt.

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[App] BeerBank - beer debt manager
manage debts of beer, liquor or similar type of items. Useful if you want to be that guy who remembers if someone bought a glass for beer to him last night and pays back later with a favor of similar kind!

You can track beer, liquor, money, cigarettes or add custom items.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Facebook for iPad

Seems the development of the Facebook app for the iPad has been all but completed. Actually it turns out that the updated/new Facebook app for iPhone is (or could be) the actual Facebook app for iPad.

Flip the Switch.

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The Facebook for iPad app has been prematurely revealed, after the social network pushed out an updated version of its iPhone software that secretly contained code for the tablet. Using a new side-swiped left hand menu bar, the new app relies on a combination of HTML5 and native code, TechCrunch spotted, to allow access to a user’s Wall, info, photos and friends, along with friend requests, Facebook Chat and Facebook Places.

Version 3.4.4 of the Facebook app for iOS appears to be a Universal Binary – i.e. the same download will eventually be used for both iPhone and iPad users – and so despite being billed as merely a minor update (restoring the “Send” button for comments and chat, for instance) in fact it’s a far bigger change behind the scenes. Usability-wise it’s already getting glowing reviews, with sensible use of pop-up menus, a Photos gallery that fits in aesthetically with the iPad’s own native app, and responsive mapping in Places.

It’s also expected to be the starting point for Facebook’s so-called Project Spartan, the social network’s leaked strategy to take on Apple’s dominance in apps with a system of HTML5 web-apps. Project Spartan is also believed to have Google in its sights, with Facebook rumored to be working alongside Apple on its HTML5 development. The Cupertino company is said to be gaining extra access to Facebook’s 600m-strong database of users in return, valuable information that could eventually go on to educate services like the iOS Assistant voice control system.

That strategy is likely to be more appealing given the recent launch success of Google+, with the new social network quickly gathering users and likely to see even greater adoption once Google begins actively promoting it among Gmail account holders. The release date for the Facebook for iPad app is not currently known, but if it’s already in the binary then we imagine it can’t be far off.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Reddit Mobile page updated

This is awesome!

Developers everywhere...listen up.

"You’ve voiced your concern over several comment threads, and we listened."

It's as simple as that. Listen to your users and implement their suggestions.

Reddit is a very popular site. With that comes the need to be easily available across multiple platforms without restriction. This can only be accomplished with a web based solution.

Hence the Reddit mobile web site!

Read below for more details.

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A little over a year ago, we launched a mobile version of reddit. The original version was designed for webkit only devices, mainly Android and the iPhone. Since then, the mobile space has expanded dramatically. New browsers, such as Firefox Mobile and Opera, have appeared, and phones have gotten bigger.

So, without further ado, I present to you reddit mobile: the next generation.

With this version, we aimed to improve the overall experience. There were some flaws that made the experience less than optimal. You’ve voiced your concern over several comment threads, and we listened.

New features

With the old version, the options button opened to a small dropdown, with difficult to touch buttons. With the new one, we’ve tried to make one of the most used UI elements much friendlier. Now, when you click the options button (which has transformed into a gear), a large, horizontal bar appears, presenting the options and some icons. We think you will find the new bar much easier to use.

We’ve also redesigned the top part of the mobile interface, to feature subreddit logos. Now, when you browse reddit on your mobile device, you get logos, same as on the big site.

Moderators have also gotten some love, as the modmail icon now appears on the mobile interface.

Finally, we've made an effort to improve speed. We’ve cut the number of elements using processor-intensive CSS3 features, so now pages render faster.

Check it out now by going to, on your phone or desktop. And feel free to leave feedback, at any time, in /r/compact.


Games coming to Google+

The speculation right now is that Google will eventually introduce some type of gaming tie in to Google+.

Do you think this is a 'make or break' feature for a social site?

Do you think that Facebook would be as big today if it had not introduced social gaming?

I personally hope that Google doesn't create a mirror image of Facebook. I do understand that companies learn by example. However, I don't thing Google+ needs 5000 stupid games mucking up the gears...just to try and capture a few million subscribers.

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Google’s help pages for Google+ have officially confirmed the upcoming Games Stream, a place where results from what will presumably be social-style gaming on the new network will be pulled together. ”If you’re looking for updates shared from games, check out your Games stream” the help article suggests, though currently the link it mentions leads to a 404 page.

It’s not the first time mention of gaming support has been discovered within Google+, though previous indications of the incoming functionality have been buried within the code. As well as the logo, there were several APIs referred to such as “/_/games/getGameFriends”, “/_/games/getActivities” and “/_/games/postToStream”.

The exact nature of gaming on Google+ has not been detailed, though the search giant has confirmed that APIs will be available for third-party developers to hook into the network. Leaks suggested that Google was already in talks with some gaming companies, with a so-called “social gaming team” responsible for bringing popular titles onboard. However it’s also possible that Google+ could be used to pull in Android game results, turning the site into an online leaderboard of sorts.

Such an inclusion would be another strike against Facebook, which has made significant strides in monopolizing the social or “casual” gaming market with titles such as Farmville. Google is believed to have covertly invested between $100m and $200m in Farmville developer Zynga back in mid-2010.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Angry Birds Rio and 15 new levels

Millions of people love Angry Birds...and people love FREE stuff. Here is 15 new levels for Angry Birds Rio.


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Those of you using the the Amazon Appstore version of Angry Birds Rio were able to get your hands of the “Upheaval” update a week early. I am happy to report that the rest of the world can now get the latest update to the Rio series from the Market. Just pop into your apps and update away.

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Do It Tomorrow increases your ability to procrastinate

Do It Tomorrow started out as an Android app and has now become a web app for everyone to use. Don't worry can still get it on Android.

Put off till tomorrow what you could have done today! Not a bad idea to have a time organizer that can sync to your mobile device.

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Do It (Tomorrow) – Add Tasks From Browser & Sync With Android

Do It (Tomorrow) was an Android app we reviewed earlier this month; there is now a web interface for the app that lets you manage the tasks from your browser. Do It (Tomorrow) is a task management web app for the average procrastinator; it plays on our I can do that tomorrow mindset and lets us plan tasks accordingly. As opposed to making a weekly schedule or entering tasks by date, you enter things to do either for today or tomorrow.

Do It (Tomorrow)

The web app is different from others because it effects your mindset; you have either today or tomorrow to do something. The slight quirk that exists when syncing the app with the Android version is that while you must enter the same email ID when you sign up, you must also use the same password as you did for the Android app or the tasks won’t sync.

To enter a task, click add a new task and start typing. Arrows appear next to each task to move them from today to tomorrow. To edit a task, click edit on the top. Once a task is done, simply click it to cross it out. an iPhone app is also available but the free version doesn’t let you sync with other devices. The best reason to use this app is of course the great interface.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Virtual desktops for Windows7. Multi-Tabber

Multi-Tabber give you up to 10 Virtual Desktops on your Windows7 computer. This is an awesome feature...but for some reason Microsoft keeps forgetting to add virtual desktops as standard fare.

I would like to see the ability to set different backgrounds for each desktop. These would act as instant visual reminders as to which desktop you are on.

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Multi-Tabber Adds Up To 10 Virtual Desktops, Extends Windows 7 Taskbar

Multi-Tabber is a Windows application which adds additional virtual desktops. Handy for people who require running many applications and often find their taskbar to be cluttered with multiple items. Multi-tabber allows having upto 10 different virtual desktops which can be easily switched by small buttons which appear just above the taskbar. The virtual desktops are intangible and can be easily removed by exiting the application from the system tray. You can also change tab colors and select the number of screens to view simultaneously. This can give your Windows PC a Ubuntu style work space-switching functionality.

Once Multi-Tabber is installed, it displays different virtual desktop buttons above the taskbar. You can click on any of the virtual desktop buttons to switch to them.

Virtual Desktops
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Google Labs put to what?

Seems that Google is doing more house cleaning/consolidation. I believe this could be a fantastic move on their part.

It may hurt in the beginning, all this change, but in the long run...Google will be able to focus better and improve on core features such as Search, Gmail, Google+ and others.

I just hope they leave Google Alerts alone ;)

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Google’s ’20 Percent Time’ Will Survive The Death of Google Labs

Google announced this morning that it will be shutting down Google Labs, a platform that allowed users to interact and give feedback on experimental products produced by Googlers in their 20 Percent Time.


While many were left wondering, Google tells me that the company has no changes to announce with regards to the 20 Percent Time program; killing Labs doesn’t mean the discontinuation of the one day a week Googlers get to spend on “projects that aren’t necessarily in [their] job descriptions.” “We’ll continue to devote a subset of our time to newer and experiment projects,” Google representative Jason Friedenfelds tells me.

Google has yet to respond to my inquiry about where all the 2o Percent Time projects will go after Labs’ shutdown, but it’s a good guess that a lot of those efforts will be refined and funneled into Google+. Instead of a bunch of random and unrelated ideas we’ll start seeing bigger Google+ bets like Gmail+  or Aardvark integration in addition completely independent projects like Photovine, Disco and Pool Party.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Starbucks for Android

Starbucks has released their official coffee card app for Android phones yesterday. Now Android users can experience the fun of purchasing coffee and goods with a flash of their Android screen.

The video will help explain:

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It's the fastest way to pay, track your Stars, and reload your Starbucks Card!Available in nearly 6,800 U.S. company-operated Starbucks, and over 1,000 Target locations!

A Starbucks Card is the fastest, most convenient way to pay at Starbucks. And Starbucks for Android™ is the perfect companion to your card. Your Android™ phone will display a barcode that you use just like your card to make purchases at Starbucks. It’s fast. It’s easy. And it’s a revolution in mobile payment.

As you can see below, the app is quite colorful and this makes it just plain fun.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A super encrypted safe zone in Android

Here is an inexpensive way to make sure your passwords and other sensitive data is safe on your Android device. CryptoSafe Pro

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CryptoSafe Pro
CryptoSafe is a professionally developed Android application that allows you to store your sensitive information, passwords, bank accounts, credit cards, etc. safely and securely inside an encrypted database.
A unique feature of CryptoSafe is that it allows you to create multiple passwords and to maintain multiple sets
of entries. If one of your passwords is stolen or compromised the other passwords are still safe. If your phone is confiscated, or if you are forced to reveal your password, you can always keep some harmless-looking set of
"Decoy" data encrypted under an alternate password, give up that one and keep the real entries secret.

This feature is called "Deniable Encryption" and it is only one of the ways in which CryptoSafe maintains the confidentiality of your private information, as CryptoSafe has been carefully hardened against attacks, much more than other password apps in the Android Market.

* Strong Triple-DES+AES Encryption
* Deniable Encryption
* Encrypted Database
* Multiple Passwords
* Passwords NOT stored in the phone
* Encrypted Backup to SD Card
* Encrypted Backup to e-mail
* Encrypted Backup to Google Docs
* Encrypted Backup to FilesAnywhere
* Remote Wipe via SMS
* Easy browse to websites
* Automatic Timeout
* Duress Password
* Stealth Mode
* Self-Destruct

* Website Passwords
* Bank Accounts
* Credit Cards
* Notes
* Private Contacts


Voice Search, Visual Search and Results Prerendering

Google is constantly innovating. Other companies would settle into a nice comfortable niche and start exploiting their customers.

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Two of the most important Google mobile services: voice search and visual search will now be available from your computer.

Voice search, a feature that's built into Android, also works in Google Chrome and allows you to search using your voice. Chrome added support for the Speech Input API back in April and it's the only browser that implemented the API. Right now, Chrome's speech input feature is only available for English.
While voice search and visual search are useful, the most impressive search feature launched by Google today is Instant Pages. The new feature only works in Chrome 13+ (available in Canary/Dev Channel and soon in beta), but it will radically improve your search experience. Chrome prerenders the top search result if it's likely that you will select it, so you no longer have to wait for the page to load. You might remember a feature called "prefetching" that was first supported by Firefox. Prerendering is a lot more powerful than prefetching.

The HTC Sensation 4G

This is the hottest phone right now! Too bad I'm not a T-Mobile subscriber.

Make sure to click through to see the video for this phone.

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T-Mobile’s best phone right now? The HTC Sensation 4G

T-Mobile’s newest high-end smartphone, the HTC Sensation 4G, launches June 15 in the carrier’s retail stores for $199 with contract. The Sensation 4G is T-Mobile’s first phone to use both a dual-core Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm and a 960 x 540 high-resolution screen. I’ve been using the Google Android 2.3.3 handset for nearly two weeks as my primary phone to see how this hardware combination pairs with HTC’s newest user interface software, called Sense 3.0.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Online RadioX for Android

Online RadioX is currently in beta. This app is designed to allow you to listen to the music that you want to hear from the region you choose. This is a global app in that it draws from more than 1800 different radio channels across the globe.

This is a new application, for listening to more than 1800 channels, from more than 40 countries in the world. The useful features, which make the using of the program an enjoyable process. Here are over 1800 Radio channels for almost all over the world. Which are, of course categorized by countries. The other great feature is that you can create your favorite list of the most preferred channels, what will make your future screenings easier!!

Check out Online RadioX in the Android Market

App Widget Picker for Android

This app organizes your widget list in Android so you don't have to scroll through multiple size configurations for each widget. The various sizes get added to what appears to be links to the actual widget.

Hooray for more organization and customization!

I love Android.

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For those of you that like tricking out your home screen, you know widgets are a must. However, many of you might have noticed that having a lot of widgets means your long press widget menu is long and clustered. Thankfully,  boombuler over at xda has thought up a solution.

Enter AppWidgetPicker. Looking at the screenshot, you might notice that you don’t see “Grooveshark 4×1,” “Grooveshark 4×2,” etc. Instead, you’ll notice the subtle “(x widgets).” For those of you who like staying organized this install is an absolute must. You’ll no longer have to sort through 12 different minimalistic text widgets in order to get down to your Pandora widget. It’s such a simple concept and boombuler pulls it off so well. The installation is pretty simple and it will work with all non-sense based launchers.

Hit up the thread on xda to see more! Thanks again boombuler!


Valculator the Voice Calculator for Android

Valculator is a voice activated calculator for android phones.

This app performs your calculations easily by your voice!

You just speak your calculations to it and it will perform them! You just Say "1209 + 33 - 8" and the app will show you the answer "1234"!

Check out Valculator in the Android Market

Acer Iconia Tab for $380... 1 day only.

The Acer Iconia Tab is the cat's meow of Android tablets right now. If you hurry, you can get one for $380 w/FREE shipping from eBay daily deals.

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When it comes to the Android tablet market, pricing is one of the main areas that defines the competition. Acer clearly knew this when pricing its Iconia Tab A500 tablet at $450, but for today, you can score this 10.1 inch Tegra 2 device for the low price of $380 with free shipping from eBay’s Daily Deals site.

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  • 10.1 inch 1280×800 LCD display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front
  • Honeycomb

Greed + YouTube+ Rebecca Black

Seems really lame to put a price on watching a music video on YouTube. It's basically FREE advertising and now you want to monetize it? I predict epic FAIL.

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Rebecca Black’s Friday will now cost you $2.99 on YouTube

Yes, it’s true. The video with over three million dislikes would now appreciate it very much if you would pay $2.99 for the displeasure of having to listen to it in its entirety. Hard to believe? Yeah, for me too. But here’s your screenshot proof:

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The new Touch Pad from HP

The speed and smoothness of the interface looks awesome. I wish I could have amplified the video.

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Poll Technica: do the new TouchPad videos have you lusting for one?

Poll Technica: do the new TouchPad videos have you lusting for one?

Late last week, HP announced that its first webOS-based tablet, the HP Touchpad, will launch in the US on July 1. As part of the prelaunch buzz-building effort, the company has released nine new videos of the TouchPad in action.

The videos linked below don't really contain much in the way of new information, but they reinforce just how good of a fit the webOS multitasking model is for a larger screen size. All of the webOS devices released so far have been hampered by inexplicably poor industrial design and small screens. But with the TouchPad's much larger 9.7-inch display, the card-based multitasking paradigm will be able to reach its full potential. The card paradigm is also the primary edge that webOS has over iOS, since the latter doesn't really have as consistent and OS-wide a way to juggle multiple running apps. (What is it with Apple and multitasking? Does anyone remember how long it took MacOS to catch up to Windows in that regard?).

Overall, the TouchPad looks like the best candidate for mounting a real challenge to the iPad, especially for more business-minded users. Indeed, most of the factors we cited in an analysis of the Pre's demise aren't really relevant to the TouchPad, or they're relevant in a different way. The TouchPad is blessedly not designed for or marketed at women, so the form factor and attendant ad campaign won't suffer needlessly the way that Pre's did. At 0.54 inches thick, the device is thicker than the iPad 2, but not to the point that its bulk will be off-putting. And the strong business orientation could minimize the impact of the "long tail for app stores" factor that I cited as a big barrier to the Pre's mass-market uptake.