Our Mobile App of the Day is Instagram for Android.
Instagram - A beautiful way to share your world. It's fast, free and fun!
Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects 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.
☆ 100% free custom designed filters and borders
☆ Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn't see before
☆ Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare (Flickr coming very soon)
☆ Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
☆ Works with Android versions 2.2 and above that support OpenGL ES 2
☆ Full front & back camera support
☆ And much much more...
Google have just pushed out an updated Gmail app to the Play Store which includes new features, mostly for their Honeycomb-based tablets. The app now sports some benefits that the Ice Cream Sandwich OS offers:
Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:
- Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
- Tap your account to access Recent labels
- Set custom notifications for individual labels
- Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline
Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users aren't left out, they get:
- New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
- Performance improvements
Head on over to the Google Play Store right now if you want to update!
SwiftKey is something I simply can't live without on my Samsung GALAXY S II, it's an amazing piece of kit, and the developers behind it have just let loose SwiftKey 3 Beta. The latest version of their multi-award winning Android keyboard that they've been working "flat-out" on for the last six months.
The new version includes a larger spacebar with an improved typing UI, but they've touting that "SwiftKey 3 is also the most advanced touchscreen keyboard the world has to offer". Them be fighting words. They reckon they've cracked one of the hardest problems that exist in text entry: how to correctly determine when a user has missed spaces.
SwiftKey 3 sports the developers new "Smart Space" technology, where SwiftKey 3 can figure out when you've missed a space, or accidentally hit a letter across long strings of sloppy text. The software is smart enough to work out if you accidentally type "Lleasexqllme", it knows that you meant "Please call me". There's a video above that even shows this off, and it seems to work impressively well.
A new piece of software from IDrive Online Backup syncs your Google Docs onto a virtual folder on your computer in a DropBox-esque way. The software has drag-and-drop capabilities, sharing, and conversion built in. You can even save the documents into your existing IDrive account which gives you 5GB of free storage.
The best part of this is that the software is free. That's one thing I can never resist: free software. This way, if it doesn't work as advertised, I'm not out any money. It's available for both Home and Server versions of Windows, Mac OSx, iOS, and Android. Time for me to go check this out!
Our Mobile App of the Day is Notability for iPad.
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Handwriting is happiness! Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.
Notability is the perfect note-taking companion for iTunes U! Liberate yourself from piles of paper and books by keeping this data in Notability. Our full-featured and easy to use tool set enables all types of annotating and data capture.
** Full-featured Handwriting **
Amazingly smooth ink makes capturing ideas easy and awesome. Notability's zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail and the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Our scissors let you copy, move and even re-style the color and width of any ink. Reordering notes is a joy: drag-and-drop thumbnails, while adding or removing pages as needed. Your notes should be as unique as you are, so choose a paper to fit your style and use a variety of pen colors and widths to create beautiful notes.
** PDF Annotation **
The same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability equip you to annotate PDFs: record, type or handwrite on anything. It's easy to share your annotations with anyone using email or Dropbox and more.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Siine Keyboard for Android.
New dynamic keyboard. Super-fast shortcuts to text fast and fun. Try it!
Siine. A sweet new experience of texting like you talk. It´s not just about speed, its about having personality. Also gives a clock and calendar in your keyboard for typing times - GENIUS!
Be patient, it takes some time to get used to a new idea like this. Siine is a small team and free so please be generous with stars :)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE. OTHER LANGUAGES COMING SOON, LET US KNOW WHICH ONES YOU WANT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!
If you create a good set of siines, send them in to us at email@example.com and we may post them in the gallery for others to choose. The best "goodnight" siine wins a place in our next release! We love to see what you can do with it.
Siine the new dynamic keyboard app gives you a great keyboard, but with extra, brilliant features that make texting fast and fun.
Siine gives you shortcut icons called "Siines" for typing frequent phrases in just a couple of taps. Forget about typing letter by letter and customize your keyboard with your own style and slang.
Two of Apple's university partners both reached some huge milestones this week using Apple's free education service, iTunes U. Stanford and Open University reached 50 million downloads of their respective content. Brent Izutsu, the senior program manager for Stanford on iTunes U said:
It shows there is a huge appetite for high-quality educational content. And that will only grow as more people look online to supplement their education.
Stanford includes over 100 collections of course lectures in a variety of subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to clinical anatomy. iTunes U launched back in January, with subscriptions to Stanford's channel hitting 300,000. Open University did even better than this. Open University is the first school in Europe to reach one million active subscriptions through iTunes U. They also see more than 40,000 new downloads each day.
Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University says:
With more than 50 million downloads to date, we know that students value our high-quality learning materials, and that is really underlined by the speed with which we have reached one million iTunes U app course subscribers.
Reading magazines on a tablet is something that tablets can do better than most smartphones, because of their size, and it seems Next Issue Media has taken the next step of providing a publisher-neutral outlet by previewing its first native app. The Android-based title will provide a native approach to reading magazines from Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, and Time.
The service is unique in that way that is has an optional, universal subscription, where instead of paying per title, readers can pay $10 per month to get access to monthly magazines, or $15 for these plus weekly magazines like The New Yorker. Readers still have the option to subscribe individually, or pay for individual issues. The current app has some limitations, where it only works on Android 3.x tablets, and hosts just 32 titles, with big names like Car & Driver, Fortune, and Wired in the mix.
The new Android app should arrive on Wednesday, with iPad version to be near submission to Apple, but exact release dates are unknown at the moment. Next Issue will require to give Apple a 30-percent cut if subscriptions are offered from within the app itself.
Our Download of the Day is SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2012.SP3 18.40.
All around tool, benchmarking, system diagnostic and analyser.
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software. Sandra is a (girl) name of Greek origin that means "defender", "helper of mankind". We think that's quite fitting.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCIe, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
Native Unicode ports for 32-bit Windows (2000/XP/2003/Vista), 64-bit & x64 Windows (XP/2003/Vista) as well as Windows CE (Pocket PC 2002/2003/2003SE, Smart Phone 2002/2003/2003SE, CE .Net 4.20) are available.
You can download Sandra Lite 2012 SP3 18.40 here.
Video cameras are everywhere! From the smallest cell phone all the way up to the professional camera, more and more people are taking video. But wading through hours upon hours of video is both a boring and time consuming task. Enter Highlight Hunter. This free piece of software was created by Noah Spitzer-Williams and team cuts down editing time by up to 80 percent.
Noah spent 5 years at Microsoft at different posts and finally decided to start his company. The way the software works is like this. As one records an adventure, game, or the like, a user simply covers the lens for one second after a highlight to bookmark it. One then downloads the data onto a Mac or PC and uses the free app. It takes a couple of minutes and pulls together all of the highlights that were bookmarked.
The software is compatible with most video cameras and data files. You can choose how much time to record before the highlight bookmark in the settings. The app can take hours of video and cut it down to the highlights in an average of 3 to 4 minutes according to Spitzer-Williams. The team has plans to integrate with video editing software, but they aren't there yet.
There is a free version which adds a small watermark onto the video, or you can purchase a premium version for $29/year and receive premium support as well as no watermark. It's likely that the software will find its way into popular editing software very soon.
Our Download of the Day is ImgBurn 18.104.22.168.
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!
It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:
Read - Read a disc to an image file
Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc
Write - Write an image file to a disc
Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing
ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.
It can burn Audio CD's from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV.
You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.
It supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn't run in to any problems if you're using an international character set.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Paper by FiftyThree for the iPad.
Paper is where ideas begin. It's the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.
MOBILE CREATION DONE RIGHT
Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. No fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place.
ESSENTIAL TOOLS, SETTINGS-FREE
Productivity meets beauty. No settings. Always beautiful-like great tools should be. Just pick up a tool and instantly begin to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline and Color. Draw comes free with Paper.
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::Sketch. Ideas start here. The pencil blends from light to dark for sketching scenes, objects, and thoughts in rough form.
::Write. Words never looked so beautiful. Write messages, add captions, or create lists with this quality ink pen.
::Outline. Think bold. Graph insights, create a storyboard, or outline a presentation with this marker. Black lines stay black.
::Color. Give color to your ideas. Move from a light wash to deep, rich color in one stroke with this watercolor made easy. You've got to try it.
Our Download of the Day is Thunderbird 11.0.1.
Thunderbird 11.0.1 is now out and includes two fixes, and still sports an unresolved issue. The two fixes include an issue that causes Thunderbird to hang when handling IMAP mail, and the second fix is an issue that may cause filters that move mail to specific folders to erronously changed. An unresolved issue is where if you're unable to view content for your RSS feeds in the Wide View Layout, you may need to disable the Lightning Calendar add-on if you have it installed, or switch to Classic View and restart Thunderbird.
You can read more on Thunderbird 11.0.1 and download it here.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Wonders of the Universe for the iPad.
Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.
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Journey up from the smallest particles, past the moons and planets of the Solar System, out through the Oort Cloud to the Milky Way, past our Local Stars and out to distant galaxies before arriving, finally, at the edge of the known Universe. On the way you will encounter the likes of seething Red Giants, beautiful Nebulae, pulsing Neutron stars and confront a daunting vision of a Black Hole sucking down a hapless star, all rendered in spectacular 3D.
Professor Brian Cox provides mind-expanding insight in over 200 interactive articles pinned to the stars, planets, galaxies and other wonders modelled in extraordinary 3D, written in his accessible style and accompanied by two and a half hours of video from the BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. The app also includes hundreds of infographics and images of space objects supplied by astronomy experts, NASA and other space researchers.
Google have just pushed out Google Maps for Android 6.5, and with it, brings a few new features for Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices, as well as some stats which should raise eyebrows on some people.
Google Maps for Android has guided people through more than 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions, which is the equivalent to 130,000 trips to the moon, 334 trips to the sun, 10 trips to Neptune, or 0.005 light years. Absolutely mind-blowing when its put that way, really.
Google Maps 6.5 for Android sports a redesigned Navigation home screen for Android 4.0+, which makes it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right (as seen in the picture above). If your smartphone sports a high pixel density screen, such as the GALAXY Nexus, GALAXY S II, Droid Razr, and others, you'll now be greeted with higher resolution map tiles that take better advantage of the pixels-per-inch on your screen.
Note-taking super-app Evernote, has been updated for Android and now includes a few new features that might either entice you to try it, or excite you to update it. First up we have the integrated speech-to-text transcription to sit side-by-side Evernote's already-in-place audio notes feature.
The original audio is attached to each note, and the new tool can be disabled for sound-only reminders. This feature is OS specific though, where it's limited to Android 4.0 technology and "certain other devices", so be careful with that one.
The standard widgets have also received a new splash of paint, where an update to the Evernote Widget is now in play. The updated widget allows you to customize color, buttons and exactly which notes appear in the large widget. We also have a single function widget which sits on the home screen like the regular app does. And lastly, we have Quick Snapshot, which lets you take fast captures that are added to your account and automatically titled.
The month of March is almost over, but AMD have just dumped a fresh set of Catalyst Application Profiles that will go hand-in-hand with their latest Catalyst driver release. The 12.3 CAP 1 package comes in at just 0.5MB and includes the following profiles:
- FireFall: Resolve corruption when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center on single GPU configurations
- Test Drive Unlimited 2: Improves CrossFire performance
- Ridge Racer Unbounded: Fixes full screen corruption for single GPU configurations
- Stacking: Resolved image quality issues when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center on single GPU configurations
- Dirt 3: Fixes corruption found in particular scenes when CrossFire is enabled
You can download the 12.3 CAP 1 package here.
Adobe launch Flash 11.2 as well as AIR 3.2, won't charge for premium features until you hit $50k in revenue
Adobe are wanting to hit the gaming scene with some punches, where they've announced Flash Player 11.2 as well as AIR 3.2. Adobe's goal: to enable "console quality" games like Shadowgun to run within your browser.
Flash Player 11.2 sports the ability to support mouse-lock, relative mouse coordinates, right/middle click events, multi-threaded video decoding, and the capability for hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics for gameplay at up to 60 frames per second. Not bad for your browser, isn't it.
AIR 3.2 (which is Adobe's platform for building cross-platform web apps) now comes with Stage3D for mobile, which is a technology Adobe released back in October for desktops, that is now used in graphically intensive titles such as Spaced Away and ApexVJ. Adobe also used the announcement to let us all know that they are collaborating with Unity to allow Unity customers to publish 3D games to Flash Player.
Owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime should prepare for a new update hitting your slate, with some "awesome new features" coming to the Tegra 3-powered tablet in just a few days time. ASUS teased the news through their Facebook page, which is shown in the picture below:
At first, Android Police didn't know what the "awesome new features" would consist of, but after the news broke ASUS' Italy Facebook page blew the hinges off the news and released a brief summary of what to expect:
- Market will be updated to Play Store (that should've already happened, actually), as well as Books, Music, and Movies updated to their Play varaints
- ASUS Vibe will be updated from 1.0 to 2.0 with an improved interface and content
- LAN Support via USB to ethernet adapter
- Ad-hoc network support
- The ability to choose between landscape and portrait mode when using HDMI output to a TV
- Face unlock
In the words of Napolean Dynamite - "HECK YES!"
Google have finally gotten around to releasing Google Go, which was announced in 2009, with the software hitting version 1.0. Google Go is set to bring a general networked and multi-core computing language.
Part of the release includes Go supporting Windows-based developers, natively, for the first time. Go, in part, is derived from C. It mixes all design concepts from Pascal, Newsqueak, and Limbo. Go's development team claims that the version 1.0 release is very stable, and will be forward compatible with future releases.
At the same time, Google has updated their cloud-based App Engine SDK to support Go.
First up, if you're not a Gmail user, you should really get into it, it's an amazingly powerful thing to use in this technology driven world. Second, it has just been updated for iOS, now sporting a new important feature: sending e-mails from alternate e-mail addresses.
This is something quite useful for me, personally, as I'll send a bunch of e-mails every day from either my personal @gmail.com account, but I also have all of my TweakTown e-mails forwarded to my personal Gmail account so that they're synched across my smartphone, MacBook Pro, iPad, PC, and any other Internet-connected device I use, anywhere in the world. This way I can "reply as" either @gmail.com or @tweaktown.com, which is just amazingly powerful and easy to use.
The updated iOS app can now send and respond to messages from any address you have within your Gmail account, finally! But, while the new Gmail app is updated, Apple's default Mail program is still pretty powerful and something I'd recommend over Google's app, or Sparrow for iPhone which is quite powerful in itself, but doesn't support push notifications (what the?) at the moment.