Archive for the ‘Mobile Applications’ Category
  • Upcoming Twitter app for Android: “Touiteur”. [Preview]
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Back when the whole Twitter thing exploded, I wasn't exactly interested. It wasn't until I started Gadgetsteria late in 2008 that I truly realized how helpful Twitter could be. Since then I've been through a BlackBerry, iPhone, and currently have a Droid. Along the way, I've sought out the best Twitter apps for each respective platform as one bad Twitter app can certainly put a damper on the whole experience. Now that I'm on Android, I'll admit that the Twitter offerings compared to iPho...
  • Mophie jumping into mobile transaction arena with “me too” iPhone credit card scanner.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    Think Jack Dorsey's "Square" was as good as it got? Mophie, a popular iPhone hardware manufacturer would like you to think otherwise. While I and apparently several other bloggers in the tech sphere don't see this exactly one upping or even in the same league as Square, there's no doubt the mobile transaction market is quickly heating up. If we were going based on software alone, it would be hard to say much of anything about Mophie currently as their description of the "private label" soft...
  • Geeky-Gadgets iPhone app finally approved. Long waits, multiple rejections, and stupid reasoning aplomb.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    Travel back in time inside your mind to November 25th when we touched on fellow tech blogger Geeky-Gadgets' less than stellar interaction with the App Store and the mindless idiots who run it. November 4th: App Submitted / November 25th app rejected If you remember, the original Geeky-Gadgets app that was submitted on November 4th was rejected because of the contest category and some BS rule in the iPhone SDK that prohibits including or linking to such things. "Fair enough" said Ronald, e...
  • Revamped Android 2.1 (Flan) gallery ported to 2.0. Easy .apk install now possible.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:22 am
    Ok, how about some more Android news? Unless you live in some cave (that doesn't have WiFi or cellular access) then you probably have seen at least 54 times the updated UI of Android 2.1 in stock form. Among the many subtle and not so subtle changes, the revamped gallery is one of the most striking. It finally brings more sophisticated pizazz to a well deserving platform in need of some more eye candy. With that said, it's been available to port over to 2.0 for a little while now, only it in...
  • Swype beta for Android in the open! Best onscreen text input method hands down.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am
    Tapping out your text messages via physical buttons is old, old technology. Touchscreens are a new technology. Why hamper the new with the 'ol ball and chain of old? Such is the problem Swype sets out to correct. Originally debuting on the Samsung Omnia II, Swype developers stated that other platforms would be supported in 2010. Looks as if they got the ball rolling a little early as anyone itching to try out this innovative new way to text on touchscreens can now give it a go on their Andr...
  • iPhone/Apps not just a geek’s hobby anymore. CNBC to air “Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution”
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    If you ever thought the iPhone and mobile apps were just a passing fad, an upcoming documentary/report by CNBC may have you second guessing the iPhone and mobile applications' impact on the global society on a whole. The program is called "Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution" -- clever. Mind you, this isn't some small, time wasting, fluff that the network is cramming in between "real" stories. Airing January 7th at 10pm (repeat at 1am), Planet of the Apps will consume a full hour of...
  • iChat mobile, the iSlate/iTablet/iPad, and domesticated unicorns getting closer to reality…
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    Not a week goes by that I don't see some form of Mobile iChat/iTablet rumor. Such has been the case for well over a year now. Many hoped that the iPhone 3GS would pack some form of the heavily sought after application as well as a front facing video camera for video calls. Truth of the matter is, while video calls are more popular in other parts of the world, here in the states the feature has failed to gain any real traction or even following. Perhaps one potential iPhone 4.0/iTablet fe...
  • Android 2.1 Google News/Weather widget available for download.
    by Mike
    Posted December 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    Android 2.1 (Flan) may or may not be available (depends on your level of Android hackery) yet but that doesn't mean you can't at least have one of the shiny new features 2.1 brings. For 2.1 Google has thrown in a new weather/news widget. It isn't anything groundbreaking but nonetheless is a nice addition to the stock allotment of widgets. The weather widget is rather simple and shows the city, current conditions, and temperature while the news widget is a bit deeper allowing customization...
  • Internet/Web apps to take over the mobile sphere in the long run…
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 9:37 pm
    Smartphones and app stores are the current crack for geeks alike. Back in 2007 however, Apple tried to set a very different precedent by abandoning the traditional native app model and focusing on web apps. That attempt ultimately failed as end users wanted the features native apps provided and weren't too fond of web apps' meager functionality. As the mobile web and mobile browser constantly evolve, would a web app/browser combo once again have a chance at unseating native apps? "Yes" say...
  • iHeart Radio coming to a Droid near you just in time for the holidays!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Pandora, Last.fm, and Spotify are cool and all, but sometimes you want a more online radio type of service. For that, iHeart Radio is your app. Already available on iPhone and BlackBerry, iHeart Radio is simple to use web radio app that allows you to find the exact type of radio station or stations you want be navigating by genre. With over 350+ of america's favorite radio stations, those looking to tune into the infamous radio stations that we so often hear about on TV, movies, and the media...
  • HTC to release widgets for non-HTC devices?
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 9:45 am
    After my colorful rant voicing my displeasure for HTC's move to C&D; LevelupStudios and their "Beautiful Widgets" which mimicked the Sense UI widgets, I was mad, sad, and frustrated. But a few obscure, hidden gems on AndroLib highlighted by one eagle-eyed Phandroid commenter digs up some dirt that could very well make me eat my words. The three test applications in the picture above show nothing more than a "test" application put forth by HTC themselves. Awesome, what's the significance? Th...
  • Zune Twitter app goes the China/Apple-net-nanny route. Censorship now standard! [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:27 am
    **Update: Microsoft pushed out an update for the Zune Twitter app. It's f****** fucking great. Get it while it's hot! Oh joy. Don't you love it when some company, software developer, or hardware manufacturer decides what is and isn't suitable for your senses to consume? I know I sure do. Mmmmm censorship and net nannies how I love thee. /sarcasm Blatant sarcasm aside, having the Zune team tackle the whole net nanny is rather disappointing. Kids may see vulgar content in live, user...
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