Archive for: apps

RIM Weekend Round-Up: WhatsApp Follows Kik, NFC Being Disabled On AT&T Bold 9900.

  • August 12, 2011 7:57 pm

Before you crack open that cold one and slide that 37th chicken wing down your throat, take a minute to catch up on the latest RIM/BlackBerry news this Friday evening: WhatsApp being blocked from OS 7 devices and AT&T blocking NFC on the new BlackBerry Bold 9900…

Foursquare 3.1 For BlackBerry Finally Brings BBM Integration.

  • July 26, 2011 11:04 am

Ask (many times over) and ye shall receive. The latest Foursquare 3.1 update that just hit BlackBerry App World now features the highly sought BlackBerry Messenger integration. Share away.

Adobe Closes AIR Marketplace And Adobe InMarket Over “Developer Feedback”.

  • July 25, 2011 1:30 pm

The four of you out there working hard at making Adobe’s own AIR app stores the best they can be might want to re-think your future goals and ambitions. Adobe has announced today that both the consumer focused Adobe AIR Marketplace and developer focused Adobe InMarket app portals are being closed down — for good. The company cites “developer feedback” as the main reason, and instructs developers of both platforms to instead re-focus their efforts on the “more popular” platforms such as the Android Market, Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World,Intel AppUp center, Samsung Apps, and Toshiba App Place (among others).

Official Adobe statement after the break…

Facebook Working On Completely Revamped iPhone App (That Doesn’t Suck).

  • July 22, 2011 6:45 am

If we asked you what you thought was the worst and yet most popular iOS app was, would your reply be “Facebook”? Ours would. While Facebook has done a decent job of providing bug fixes and minor feature improvements here and there, the app overall is pretty sub-par. And the numbers don’t lie. Out of 20,000+ revoews for Facebook for iPhone, only 15% give the app a 5-star rating. To put that in perspective, over 65% of Facebook for iPhone users rate the app “unanimously unfavorable” (read: It’s terrible). Our personal gripes with the app include spotty notifications, laggy interface, and an overall clunky UI. But hope is on the way.

Facebook spokesman Derick Mains says Facebook is “well aware of the criticisms” being levied against their app and that the development team is “committed to bringing the best experience that they can to the iPhone”. As such, Derick claims that Facebook is working on a completely revamped Facebook for iPhone app that is due out in the near future.

We don’t have any further details, screenshots, etc. of this revamped app. But rest assured, once we do we’ll throw that stuff up on GS faster than you can shake a stick at.

Anyone want to buck the trend and profess their love and admiration for Facebook for iPhone. (We won’t judge you. Really.)

OS X Lion Apps Start Trickling Into App Store Ahead Of Launch.

  • July 14, 2011 5:35 pm

OS X Lion may or may not be coming tomorrow — And we hope to god it is! — but even if it doesn’t plenty of foot work is being done behind the scenes to prepare for the big day. Just a few short days ago Apple begun sending out emails to OS X devs encouraging them to submit their Lion apps for approval ASAP in order to make it into the Mac App Store for Lion’s official launch. So even if we have to go to bed Lion-less tomorrow, we can do so a bit more peacefully knowing Lion apps are finally starting to hit the web, beginning now with WordCrasher. Besides being one of the first Lion apps to hit the Mac App Store, WordCrasher touts a few of Lion’s new features including full-screen mode and resume.

Where there’s Lion, there’s Macbook Airs laying in wait… *Fingers crossed*

Google Updates Android Market With Revamped UI, New Movie And Book Downloads!

  • July 12, 2011 7:24 pm

Android 2.2+ users will be seeing some fresh paint roll out to their phones over the next several weeks. Besides a much cleaner, modern look, the revamped Android Market now features movie and book downloads too!

Movie downloads in particular will work across devices (desktop and mobile). All that’s needed is a google account to log into. Likewise, books are able to be shared amongst devices as they’re tied to your Google account and not a specific piece of hardware.

While Android users might not like to hear it (and it’s already been said quite a bit online), Google’s new Android Market revamp looks like it borrowed a few design cues from frenemies up north *cough* WP7 *cough*. Hey, you don’t hear us complaining…

The new Android Market will be rolling out over the next several weeks via automatic update to supported phones (Android 2.2+).

Pokemon Coming To Android. (But It’s Now What You Think.)

  • July 5, 2011 11:24 pm

Back in the day when Pokemon was the hot new thing sweeping the U.S. you couldn’t go a day on any street corner without seeing some mention of the game or local meetups. Nowadays, however, it’s kind of like Power Rangers — still there on its 50th spin-off/version. But alas, the Pokemon onslaught is just gearing up for round 2(?) with the Pokemon company announcing a new Android Pokemon game is scheduled to ship this summer…

Jailbreak Hack: Run Two Apps Simultaneously On iPad.

  • June 30, 2011 1:00 pm

Having to fire up a non-iPad supporting app on that vivid 9.7″ display is pretty disheartening. The centered app and/or bloated dimensions featuring the same amount of pixels makes for a rather crappy experience. While there’s not much you can do in regards to clarity and upsizing, one talented developer by the name of Aaron Ash has created a unique multi-app jailbreak hack.

As the image above implies, Aaron has managed to get two apps running simultaneously. Understandably, the app is buggy — audio and the accelerometer neither work. Nonetheless, as a proof-of-concept it’s quite stunning. Two games would be pretty useless played side by side. But what about a map/navigation and browser about local shops tag teaming your eyes, eh? Sounds like there’s some potential to be had.

ETA is still unknown, though Aaron does say it will be “at least a couple of months”. What apps would you run side by side?

iPad or iBad? The Missing Apps We’re All Waiting For

  • June 29, 2011 11:15 am

Apple has sold more than sixteen million iPads. It’s a computing revolution – bringing sexy computing into the hands of consumers in a never-before-seen way. The sleek lines of the iPad make it an aesthetically desirable device, and the touch screen can be satisfyingly activated by the deft flick of the wrist. It’s a thing of beauty and boasts a plethora of ingenious applications.

Why, then, have some of the biggest names in the business neglected this new platform? It works a bit like an iPhone, but the giants of the internet have taken this as an excuse to rehash their existing apps and publish them for iPad in basically their existing state. Porting an iPhone app directly onto iPad results in what can only be described as a ‘rustic’ interface, where the emphasis seems to be very much on making-do.

These are the iPad apps and the iPad gaps we’ve noticed recently…