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Our Mobile App of the Day is Fragile Earth for iOS.
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Fragile Earth is a stunning photography app giving a birdseye view of climate change, urbanization and nature's raw power - in which rivers flood and dry up, mountains erupt, glaciers melt and cities sprawl outward.
STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY APP
The app contains some of the best environmental images showing before and after scenes of our natural world. This is one of the top photography apps for showing the changing world giving you detailed ecological snapshots from around the globe.
See years pass under your fingertips with our innovative swipe action. Explore how Dubai has grown from a small city to a thriving metropolis over the last 10 years, or how the notorious Warming Island got its name since 1985.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Words by Post for Windows Phone.
Words By Post is the only cross-platform word game that keeps track of your skill level and always matches you against players of similar ability to your own. And since it is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones, you can play your friends no matter what type of phone they have!
Play this classic word game with real people! Challenge your friends to friendly games or play ranked matches against random opponents of similar skill levels. Compete for the highest rating. Play as many simultaneous games as you want!
Pin the app to your home screen and push notifications will let you know when you have moves waiting!
Tap any played word on the board to see the definition and etymology of the word.
Tap on your opponent's name to see your all-time head to head stats against that person.
Customize the board color theme to be either light or dark.
Chat with your opponents using the in-game message board.
Improve your ranking by playing ranked games against comparable opponents. Skill ranking updates using the classic Elo rating system to adjust your rank when you win or lose. A leaderboard view shows you how you compare to the top players.
Words By Post is perfect for players of all skill levels because your matched opponent's skill level will be adapted based on your own skill level.
Shake your phone to randomly reorder your tiles.
Microsoft's Skype acquisition has been relatively quiet, up until now. The Redmond-based company has finally released Skype for Windows Phone, as the video/voice chat program has hit version 1.0.
The private beta has been available since the end of February, but was only at v0.2, but the final v1.0 app has just hit the Marketplace. The new v1.0 Skype app brings the ability to search for and add new contacts, call to landlines, optimizations and the usual improvements. Skype for Windows Phone lets you make video and VoiP calls over both 3G and 4G, as well as Wi-Fi connections.
At the moment, the app has no background functionality which is a bit of a shot in the foot. Not being able to receive calls unless you're in the app is pretty much a show stopper for me. But, if you want to hit up some of that Skype for Windows Phone, you can get the v1.0 in the Marketplace.
Google released Chrome for Android 4.0 devices two months ago now, and while it was just a beta, it has been updated with some very cool new features and additions. The beta release held back some of these, and lacked key features such as file downloads, and requests for desktop views of websites. But, Google are now fixing these issues.
Chrome for Android now has support for 31 additional languages, and is available on all Android 4.0 devices, in all regions, as long as they support Google Play. Chrome for Android has been updated to support file downloads, and Android-configured proxy settings.
Support for complex text layout and right-to-left text is now present, making the browser a truly universal app. Chrome for Android now lets you request a desktop view of a web page, to plage a shortcut onto the Android home screen and to select which apps should handle selected links within the browser. Google is making Chrome for Android a very big contender for number one mobile browser, and with these changes, so quick, they're getting there, fast.
You can get Chrome for Android, here.
Popular social drawing game Draw Something, has been updated. I woke up this morning and on the drive to my day job, pulled over as I was early and checked my e-mail, Facebook, etc. The first thing I noticed is that I had multiple friends talking about an update to Draw Something. Well, it's quite the update indeed.
The new update sports some more social elements that feel perfectly suited to the game, first up when you finish drawing or guessing you can send a comment to your partner. This will be a perfect feature for giving people a little clue to your drawing. Some people will use this to say what the drawing itself is, but people already write the word as the drawing, like my Mom and Sister do to collect coins - cheats.
Before the update, if you wanted to share your drawing you had to screenshot and then upload through Facebook or Twitter, now the sharing is made much easier, where it allows you to upload directly to Facebook or Twitter, and is accompanied by a http://drawso.me URL leading to the Draw Something app download page. Filling out the new features is the ability to pull down on your current games screen to refresh and see if its your turn to draw yet, and let you undo the last line your drew.
Telstra and MOG team up, will soon offer Australians unlimited, on-demand access to more than 15 million songs
Until today, music streaming services in Australia have been quite lacklustre, if existant at all. Yes, you could use a VPN or other methods, but its not the same and most people don't know how to do it, which means the masses are left without anything like Spotify, etc. Until today.
Telstra has announced a deal with subscription music service, MOG, where they will soon offer unlimited, on-demand access to more than 15 million songs, streamed to their smart device (mobile, tablets, etc), computer, or certain Smart TVs. The service will be ad-free, and offer unlimited music on connected devices for less than the price of a CD each month.
Instagram, ever heard of it? Yeah, neither have I. But apparently it's this really cool photo-taking and sharing app that is taking iOS and Android users by storm. Just 10 days ago they were at 30 million users. Then its Android version launched and all bets were off. They gained roughly 1,000,000 new users a day since the launch.
Shortly after the launch, Facebook announced its acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion. This gained the app wide publicity from our news posts all the way up to it being covered on The Daily Show. Instagram has just over 40,000,000 users, or roughly 5% of Facebook's active users. It took Facebook four years to reach 100 million and it looks like Instagram is on track to beat this.
The nice thing about all of the timing of this is that it shows that Android users can't be ignored by app developers. Most of the new users probably came from the news of the acquisition and Android users going onto Google Play and downloading it like it had always been there. But, I'm sure plenty of users were waiting with baited breathe for the launch.
OnLive Desktop, that popular app that gives you a hosted Windows 7 environment and full Office 2010 support, will no longer be giving you a Windows 7 environment. Instead, you will now be receiving a Windows Server 2008 environment. The App that was first shown to the world back at CES 2012 in Las Vegas immediately sparked a debate about licensing terms.
Microsoft had remained silent about whether or not the app was breaking their license terms. In March, however, the software giant spoke out saying that they didn't believe that the app was operating inside licensing terms. They said that they were in talks with OnLive to reach an acceptable license agreement.
"We're pleased to have been told that the OnLive Desktop application is now accessing our software by hosting it on Windows Server, an important step in delivering any Microsoft-licensed desktop-like service to the public. Based on this information, we will work with OnLive to take a closer look at its service and ensure it is operating according to its license like thousands of other partners and utilizing our standing pricing and licensing terms," Microsoft said in a statement to The Register.
A co-founder of tuCloud, a VDI consultancy says, "We think they may have skinned Windows 7 to make it look like Server 2008R2. We're seeing traces of Windows 7 in there, but can't prove it. [...] If they have downgraded to R2, then at least they are playing on the same playing field as the rest of us."
San Francisco-based Flurry hardly makes any direct revenue from its mobile app analytics, yet the product has become so popular that 1/3 of iOS apps and 1/4 Android ones downloaded from Google's Android app store includes it. The company, revenue aside, is revamping the app to include several more features.
These new features are custom dashboards, alerts and funnel analysis. These allow users of the software to more easily see what they want and need to see. This includes important metrics such as user retention or the number of users who complete an in-app purchases. Alerts can be set up to alert a developer if usage suddenly spikes or decreases.
The app has some incredible stats associated with it. The company sees about 500 million unique smartphones or tablets per month, tracks 300 billion data transactions per month and sees 1.2 billion sessions per day. All of these are continuing to increase as well. The free price tag is pretty attractive and has pulled down the market prices for in-app analytics.
Google, Bing, and many other start up mapping companies have offered indoor maps for a while now. But these maps suffer from some issues that outdoor maps don't: accuracy. When outdoors, a user's GPS is remarkably accurate and if that fails, a user can use cell tower triangulation to at least get close.
Inside, however, GPS doesn't work very well and cell tower triangulation isn't accurate enough for the smaller scale that is indoors. Also, neither of these technologies are able to accurately tell you which floor you are on when inside a massive venue such as an airport. This is a key detail so that Google knows which floor's map to show you.
Google has a solution now, though. They have uploaded an Android app that will allow a venue owner who has uploaded maps of the venue to walk around with that app. The app will collect data such as WiFi access points as well as data about nearby cell towers to be able to later use this information to better locate a user inside.
It's sad to see that Google is only offering this to venue owners and those who have uploaded maps. Imagine having maps for almost every indoor venue around. It's something that is possible with crowdsourcing. Think about how many people are always in these commercial spaces. A free army of volunteers would have everything mapped in a matter of weeks.