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Our App of the Day today is Apple iMessage for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 5 or later.
Okay, our AOTD is a little different today. We're are featuring an Apple made "app" called iMessage.
It's the new messaging service built into iOS 5 and it rocks. Why? How about being able to send completely free text messages to other friends who are also using iOS 5.0? Yep, it does and you can also send pictures and video, too. It's fast too and works very well.
The annoying part is that your friend or contact needs to have iOS 5.0 and there is really no way of knowing if they are on iOS 5.0 or not without asking them or just trying for a response. I'd love to see Apple make some adjustments so in your contacts list a person with iMessage support was highlighted with a support icon or something similar.
Do you reckon the folks over at WhatsApp Messenger are a little nervous right now? I'd say so... they did make their app free for 24 hours to regions that usually need to pay this past day. Apple iMessage is not perfect yet and not up to what WhatsApp can do (sharing your location, for example), but I'm sure we'll see improvements over time.
Our App of the Day today is Foursquare 4.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.
With iOS 5.0 being readily available to the public now, app updates with fantastic improvements have been coming out thick and fast the past day or two.
The latest app to get a big and impressive update is Foursquare with version 4.0 that brings a new feature called "Radar" for users running iOS 5.0. It spices up the whole where are my friend's things even more by automatically telling you if a group of your friends are nearby - without the app running. It also has the ability to detect your location and notify you of a nearby To-Do. Very cool!
I'm yet to try out brand new Apple's Find my Friends app yet, but of late it is sure on for young and old with all these location apps. What about you, Google? Are you going to impress us with a new Latitude update soon, too?
Our App of the Day today is Facebook for iPhone and iPad 4.0.1 with iOS 3.0 or later.
With the mad rush of iOS app update recently with iOS 5.0 about to drop on the world, Facebook also joined in on the fun.
Yesterday Zuck and crew finally made the world and its iPad's happy by finally releasing Facebook for iPad. It's pretty much what I expected, but that's a good thing. It provides almost the full desktop Facebook experience on your iPad and they did a good job of it.
Besides the launch of Facebook for iPad, the regular iPhone app has also bene updated with some rather good user interface changes that I like a lot. Today Facebook released version 4.0.1 which fixes some issues with signing in after updating the app from an older version.
Facebook for iPad
With high-res photos, games, chat and more, now you can get the best of Facebook-on your iPad.
- Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album
- Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another
- Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are
- Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends' photos, updates and stories ...
Our App of the Day today is Microsoft Hotmail for Android OS 2.1 - 2.3.3.
Apple cannot get all the spotlight today with its recent launch of the iPhone 4S an hour or so ago.
Microsoft recently released its Hotmail app for Android devices, which is getting some positive feedback so far.
It is interesting to see Hotmail on a Google (Android) device considering the competition between Gmail (Google) and Hotmail is so tough, but it is there on the Android Market and waiting for you to give it a try.
The only official Microsoft mobile app for Hotmail that gives you easy access to Hotmail so you never miss an email.
Key features include:
- With push email get messages on your phone without delay
- Synced calendar and contacts
- View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders
- Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail
- Supports multiple Hotmail accounts
- Send, receive and view attachments
During Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event that is going on now at the Apple HQ, Scott Forstall just got done announcing the Cards app.
No, it's not some type of new poker game. "Cards" is a service for your iOS device which lets you design a greeting card on your Apple phone or tablet and then Apple does the rest for you.
When mailed within the US, the cost is $2.99 per card. What is interesting is that you also get card tracking on your phone, so Apple must have sorted out some cheap rate with Fedex or such to offer tracking. The "Cards" app will be available on October 12.
Our App of the Day today is Instagram 2.0.1 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 3.1.2 or later.
Instagram has become a very popular way to share photos from your iPhone with creative and easy to apply effects with your friends.
The latest version among other things adds the ability to geo-tag your photos.
9 million users love Instagram! It's a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.
Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.
Our App of the Day today is Skype 2.5 for Android devices with Android 2.1 or later.
Skype only just rolled out a new update for iOS devices a little while ago and today they have rolled out Skype 2.5 for Android.
It brings many of the new featured in the iOS app to Android devices such as 14 new devices that are whitelisted for video calling as well as improved support for Bluetooth headsets and more.
Make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, and call phones at Skype rates on the move
Skype 2.5 for Android lets you make free voice and video Skype-to-Skype calls, and call phones and landlines at great Skype rates on the move.
Video calling now supported on more Android phones.
Free* Skype-to-Skype IM, calls and video calls over 3G or WiFi.
Cheap calls and SMS to landlines or mobiles at great Skype rates
Our App of the Day today is Skype for iPhone 3.5.84 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.
Skype has just got done releasing a mega big update for its Skype iPhone app that ushers in some great news features and one that you probably won't be s fond of.
The big ticket item in this update is the addition of Bluetooth support. The next big one that ought to impress is enhanced video through image stabilization which is said to stop the shake effect. The one thing you won't like; if you do not have any Skype Credit, you will be shown ads.
Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone or iPod touch.
Plus call and text your Contacts (or any other number) at Skype's low rates. It's great value with Skype Credit. Skype for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is free to download and works over 3G* or Wi-Fi.
Google has had cloud-storage rumors for a while now but it seems we're edging closer to seeing it unveiled. It was spotted at a Google-backed presentation, with an image of Google Drive sitting amongst a Google Docs section. Google Drive is expected to include desktop and mobile syncing apps to make it very, very useful as a cloud storage app rather than hide it within Docs as an extra. Google Drive is also reported to support folders and other utilities.
As for what platforms it'll support, this is unknown right now. Obviously Android would be their number one priority and iOS could be a second favorite. No ETA is rumored, although it's hinted to be "coming soon". This would make sense as Ice Cream Sandwich launches in the next two months, having built-in cloud storage for the mobile OS would be quite nice indeed.
Google Drive has been in development for as far back as 2007.
Our App of the Day today is Google+ 184.108.40.2066 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.
Sure, Facebook has got all the attention of the web this week with all its announcements during its F8 Developer Conference, but Google+ is still kicking along.
This week it went live to the public and reportedly added 10 million new users in one day as a result. Google has recently updated its Google+ iOS app to version 220.127.116.116 which adds Mobile Hangouts and Messenger (formerly Huddle).
Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.
* Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
* Visit the stream to get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
* Messenger is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.
* Mobile Hangouts allows you to video chat with up to 9 friends while you're on the go.