Archive for the ‘Mobile Applications’ Category
  • WolframAlpha responds to the great mobile site slaying of ‘09 [follow-up]
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    Yes folks, another follow-up. This time it's the good boys and girls over at WolframAlpha, the intelligent, thinking search engine. If you recall, the big stink was raised yesterday when WA pulled their mobile optimized page leaving the normal page the sole solution for mobile users. To make matters worse, they made it so you were starring at a massive page filling ad encouraging you to purchase the $50 (yes that's $50 with two digits to the left of the decimal) iPhone app. Well, there's a p...
  • WolframAlpha does it all wrong, neuters free version, overprices “real” app.
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    In the book of "Ways to kill your profit", WolframAlpha would have a two-page spread. One page for the insane price of of an intelligent search engine/question answerer and the second page would be about how they took away a dependable service. More on that second point -- WolframAlpha used to have a pretty good iPhone optimized site. That was until they realized no one was buying their overpriced app. Solution: Neuter the free offering and force people to pay the amount of 5 large Pizza Hut...
  • Layar 3.0 released. 3D objects, multiple layers, and more. [Video]
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 am
    Coming from an iPhone when Layar first got into the public eye, unable to actually test the software myself, have longed for a chance to experience all of the social and informational aspects of the mobile app. A few weeks back I picked up a Moto Droid and was excited to give this new premium Android app a go. Unfortunately, at the time Layar wasn't **still isn't compatible with the Droid or Android 2.0. That incompatibility is now a thing of the past Layar 3.0 has officially been relea...
  • IKEA trading spaces, moving in to iPhone.
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 8:17 am
    What are some of your other loves? I mean, you're here so you obviously have a thing for gadgets/technology. But that isn't all of your life. What else makes you tick? For some, interior design and furniture are their second love. If you're unfamiliar with the scene, IKEA is a fairly popular home furniture store with all kinds of classy and trendy pieces of furniture for every room in your house available for purchase. So far, they have mostly relied on their website and traditional produc...
  • Opera Mini 5 beta 2 now available!
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 am
    Using a mobile device to browse the web was nothing short of an excruciating experience not too long ago. In fact, before the iPhone came along, it out right sucked. That is unless you had some flavor of Opera Mini running on your phone. The beauty of this browser was that the main rendering was done on Opera Mini's servers wit the resulting content arriving at your phone being roughly 10% of the original size cutting loading time and increasing browsing speed greatly. Opera Mini 5 ushered i...
  • Waze for Android and iPhone gets updated. “Road Goodies” brings Pac-Man like gaming and monetary rewards to driving.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Think what you will, but navigation apps are pretty much reaching the end of the "feature ladder". That is, there really isn't much else you can add to GPS/navigation apps or hardware that will make it any more beneficial. Sure you can find ways to connect the device to more aspects of our lives, but all in all, getting from point A to point B with some goodies in between is straightforward (figuratively). One part of navigation devices (especially software in mobile applications) that frustr...
  • More App Store stupidity…
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 5:28 am
    Phil Schiller may be walking around with his head up his ass completely oblivious (or in denial) about the real state of affairs concerning the App Store and it's horrendous approval process, but we in the tech scene can see past empty promises and lies. The previous article I highlighted I sourced from Geeky-Gadgets. It's worth noting that I never source two articles back to back, or even in the same day from the same site as it just isn't good blogging manners. However, I stumbled onto this...
  • Twidroid 3.0 for Android coming early December
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 8:11 am
    Even though I wasn't initially enamored with Twitter, I have come around in the last year. While I'm still by no means a twit-a-holic, I do find myself spending more and more time on the popular micro-blogging network. Since I jumped ship from my iPhone to the Android platform, I've been looking far and wide for a comparable Twitter client. Twidroid has generally been crowned the top Android Twitter app, though unfortunately isn't even close to Tweetie 2 for the iPhone. Now I'm not saying th...
  • Google Navigation goes back in time, Android 1.6 gains official support. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    If you were eyeing your non-Android 2.0 device because of it's lack of exciting features -- namely Google Navigation -- Google would like to extend a welcome Happy Thanksgiving to you. The cause for celebration...? Google has gone ahead and ported Google Navigation backwards to Android 1.6 (Donut) devices. Oh happy day. That pretty much wraps up everyone in the Pre-Droid/Android 2.0 game. Heck, even the goldfish memory sized G1 is getting in on the action. How about them apples? And who s...
  • “Touiteur” the best looking Twitter app for Android!
    by Mike
    Posted November 21st, 2009 at 11:51 am
    One of the few faults I have with the Android platform is the lack of killer apps and polished apps. But one app by Levelup Studios called "Touiteur" looks like it will finally bring awesome functionality and eye candy. Ok, I'll admit that this app does take some iPhone-esque styling cues. Even still, I'm definitely buying this app as soon as it becomes available. So after watching the vid, can we all agree that it's easily the most functional and best looking Twitter app for Android? I'd e...
  • Android gaming hitting a setback? Developers investing less in platform?
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 10:26 am
    As much as I love Android, I will admit that it's far from perfect. There are some lag issues on even top notch hardware like the Droid and the bread and butter of the mobile world, the app scene, just isn't as matured as it is on the iPhone. At a an investor conference, Gameloft finance director Alexandre de Rochefort stated that Gameloft has significantly scaled back their Android development (as have other devs) due to one main issue -- money, highlighting the fact that the iPhone platform ...
  • iPhone becomes Wheelchair based command center [iPhone App]
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    Just when I thought I've seen the most clever use an iPhone app can take on I pleasantly get surprised. The fact of the matter is, even though the title says "iPhone", controlling a wheelchair with a consumer device is actually open to a few more Apple branded devices: iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod touch V2.0 and 3.0. Right off the bat, I'm sure many of you are filling your heads with endless and meaningless (in my head) code that will need to be executed in order to get the hardware above speaking and...
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