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Everyone has a stack of business cards just laying around somewhere, and for those of us in the professional world, we have entire drawers dedicated to the tiny rectangles of paper. I for one have about 1000 business cards I have collected from the past year alone, and unfortunately that is just too many for me to organize and keep track of. LinkedIn and Evernote are both very aware of this issue and each have separate business card digitization apps to help alleviate the stress of keeping up with your contacts.
Today the two companies announced that they have teamed up to create the perfect business card. LinkedIn is leveraging its 300 million professional user base along with Evernote's excellent business card scanning feature to enhance the way business cards are captured, sorted and stored. "Benefitting from LinkedIn's network of more than 300 million professionals, Evernote can now automatically build a content-rich note around every business card you scan," the company said in a blog post. "With full contact information, a link to their current LinkedIn profile, and a photo, plus a section for notes, business cards become searchable contacts in Evernote."
Google Maps has received an update that will be most welcome by those who use the app to get around. The app for iOS and Android devices now offers lane assistance so the driver knows what lane they need to be in to make their upcoming turn.
The app also gets the ability to save a map to use offline so you won't need a connection to a data network to use the Google Maps app. All you need to do is select the "Save map to use offline" option and use a name for your map. To get to your saved maps login, tap the profile icon, and then find the name you saved the map as.
There is no denying that Angry Birds was one of the most popular mobile gaming franchises in history, but I might dare say that FlappyBird may have been just as popular as any of the Angry Bird titles. Because of this genera's popularity Rovio has figured out a way to capitalize on it in a new and fresh way. Today Rovio soft launched a new game called Retry that is very FlappyBird-esque.
The games description reads: "From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes Retry - a game so hard, so addictive, so old school that you'll think you've stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986. Totally rad!" Instead of a bird, gamers control an airplane that fly's in loops rather than straight lines. Unfortunately as of this morning the game is only available for download in Finland, Poland, and Canada, but it should make its way to the US and other regions soon.
If you are a heavy online shopper, you probably search for a lot of things via Google. Since Google knows, what you are searching for it is taking that information and making it easier to find stuff you are interested in at local stores. A new feature has been added that will tell you when those items you searched for online are available in a store you are passing.
The feature would be triggered if you are out and a store you are near has the exact item that you had used Google to search for. The card for the feature could show multiple products if more than one item you have been looking at online is available at the location.
John McAfee is a name tied most closely in the tech world to the anti-virus software that bears the McAfee name. McAfee has rolled out a new messaging app called Chadder that is designed specifically to help users secure their chats.
Chadder was created with cooperation from McAfee Future Tense Private Systems and a company called Etransfr. The app is currently available for Android and Windows Phone users and is focused on privacy and security. Data sent between users who are taking advantage of the app is sent in the form of an encrypted message.
Foursquare is breaking out one of its more popular functions into its own app to better compete in the current market. Foursquare's check-in function is being split off to a new app called Swarm. Swarm is aiming at take on other apps in the location-based review market.
Foursquare announced last week that it would be making the big change to its app. The new Foursquare app will no longer have a check-in feature. It will aim to compete with services like Yelp moving forward with local recommendations.
Snapchat is an app that gained fame for allowing people to take pictures of themselves that promised to delete themselves shortly after viewing. The idea was to let you send images that you might not want to be around indefinitely, but it turned out to be pretty easy to store those pics early on. Snapchat turned out to be particularly popular with those who wanted to send nudie pics with less fear of them being posted online.
One thing that Snapchat has never had was the ability to actual chat in real-time. That has now changed with Snapchat gaining a chat feature. Chat is initiated by swiping on a friend's name. Once the user leaves the chat screen, the chat messages are automatically deleted.
When Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars films, we all knew that lots of new movies and other items were going to hit the market. Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced that it is launching a series of apps for iOS users called Star Wars Journeys. These apps are episodic stories with heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe features.
The apps include fast-paced activities and game play and are designed to introduce people new to the franchise to the Star Wars universe. I am sure more than a few old school fans that have been around since the original Star Wars hit theaters will like the apps as well.
Google Now is quite incredible as it is, but it seems like it gains a new superpower every couple of weeks. It's new show off ability is remembering where you parked your car.
The way it does this, is utilizing your smartphones on-board sensors, remembering when you've exited a moving vehicle, storing that location in its memory. It's a great feature to have, especially if you park out in the sea of cars in a parking lot. There are also some new features being blasted out with the update to Now, including the ability to give contacts nicknames.
There's also a new reminders interface, and you can now control some new settings with your voice. The new update is rolling out as we speak.
After enjoying the new darker theme on desktop, Spotify for Android has received an update pushing in the new look, and more. The new darker theme is joined by refreshed typography and rounded iconography.
The Spotify blog notes: "We're not only improving our interface though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you've been looking for more ways to organise your favourite songs, albums and playlists. So over the past weeks we've rolled out Your Music: a feature that will help you save, organise and browse your favourite tunes. We're also improving our Browse feature. Regardless of whether you're looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, we got you covered".
The latest version of Spotify is going out to users sporadically, but it should be available on the Google Play store soon enough.