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Owning a smartphone can be costly. But, then again, not owning a smartphone can be costly too! Take, for example, the tale of Sahas Katta, a driver ticketed by police for exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 miles per hour.
Katta, for his part, was confident that he had been driving under the limit. And, thanks to an app he was running on his Motorola Droid, he had a way to prove it--or, at the very least, a way to raise doubt about the accuracy of the charge.
The app in question, Google My Tracks, keep tabs on things like miles traveled and maximum speed attained while in transit. According to the records stored on his phone, not only had Katta not exceeded the speed limit, his maximum speed was, in fact, one MPH beneath it. Coupled with the citing officer's admission that he couldn't recall the last time he calibrated his radar gun, the court dropped the ticket.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/23/android-app-saves-driver-from-speeding-ticket_n_827230.htmlOwning a smartphone can be costly. But, then again, not owning a smartphone can be... more
Whether you're sitting in the waiting room of your doctor's office, sitting in traffic (not advised), sitting in class (also not advised), or just chillin' at home, it offers a bounty of fun and entertaining game apps that will have you continually coming back for more.
link : http://www.onlinecertificateprograms.org/blog/2011/10-free-and-addictive-games-for-your-droid/Whether you're sitting in the waiting room of your doctor's office, sitting... more
Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks to a new iPhone app designed to make confessions a little more convenient.
'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' markets itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." The app provides a step-by-step guide to the confession process, and offers a so-called "personalized examination of conscience for each user," based on a person's age, sex and vocation. 'Confession,' which has already received an endorsement from church authorities in the U.S., was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, from the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Indiana.
Despite its endorsements, 'Confession' isn't designed to completely replace real confessions. Churchgoers will still have to actually sit down with a priest in order to receive absolution for their sins, but developer Patrick Leinen says the new tool can still provide Catholic multitaskers with a unique way to exercise their religion. "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Leinen, of development firm Little iApps.
Speaking to the Reuters, Leinen added that the developers were also inspired by Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for Catholics to engage new technology (albeit with some caution). "Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address," Leinen explained, "our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly new media at the service of the word." And, apparently, at the cost of $1.99.
http://www.switched.com/2011/02/08/confessions-app-approved-by-church/Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks... more
With the need for nurse practitioners on the rise, the amount of patients, paperwork, and more can be a lot for anyone to handle. Technology can also feel like burden, unless you know how to apply it correctly.
link: http://www.howtobecomeanursepractitioner.net/top-15-iphone-apps-for-nurse-practitioners-on-the-goWith the need for nurse practitioners on the rise, the amount of patients, paperwork,... more
Curious to see how you would look if you were a SUMO wrestler? No, you need not buy any new mirror or pack on weight. iPhone app developed by Tokyo based motion portrait Inc allows to upload the photo of their users by the phone.
http://hoowstuffworks.blogspot.com/2011/02/this-app-shows-how-you-might-look-as.htmlCurious to see how you would look if you were a SUMO wrestler? No, you need not buy... more
At an event today, Google announced the Android Market Web Store, which is exactly what it sounds like. An online marketplace for Android apps.At an event today, Google announced the Android Market Web Store, which is exactly... more
The creators of the Google Maps mashup used to track and avoid police and kettling during student protests in London have now released a suite of apps called Sukey that automates the process, simplifying the preservation of the fundamental right to protest while still opening a line for dialogue between protestors and the authorities (the app has a function that allows the police to message demonstrators and explain what they are trying to accomplish):
Sukey is our name for a set of applications designed to keep you protected and informed during protests. When you see something interesting, you tell us. When we're confident that something has actually happened, we tell you.
If you have a smartphone with a good web browser, you can look at a really cool compass-thing we call "Roar". If you don't, you can use our SMS update service we call "Growl". Have a look at our guide to getting involved for more information on how to do this stuff.
You can get more details in our executive summary (we call it that because it sounds a bit formal... but its contents are good and informative). You might be able to extract something from our official press release too.
Sukey brings together in-house code (fuelled by many late nights), resources like Google Maps and open-source software like SwiftRiver. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing the workload.
http://www.boingboing.net/2011/01/28/sukey-an-anti-kettli.htmlThe creators of the Google Maps mashup used to track and avoid police and kettling... more
On Saturday, iTunes VP Eddy Cue called a woman named Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, U.K., to congratulate her on winning Apple's 10 billionth app download sweepstakes, and to award her with a $10,000 prize. Davis, however, politely declined the offer, and hung up.
"I thought it was a prank call," Davis told Cult of Mac. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested' and I hung up." But one of her daughters knew that the call definitely wasn't a hoax because she was the one who downloaded the free Paper Glider app -- the lucky 10 billionth app download.
Upon realizing her mistake, Davis frantically tried to return Cue's call, but Apple's helpdesk operator was unable to help her out. Fortunately, a company exec called her back a couple hours later, much to the relief of the Davis clan. "The girls were getting quite tense," Davis said. "They never would have forgiven me. They would have held it against me for all eternity."
http://www.switched.com/2011/01/24/gail-davis-wins-10k-from-apple-itunes-hangs-up/On Saturday, iTunes VP Eddy Cue called a woman named Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent,... more
To herald its 10 billionth app download, Apple has released lists of the most popular free and paid for apps.
Top 10 free apps
1. Facebook - The dominant social network
2. Pandora Radio - Personalised internet radio. Sadly not available in the UK
3. Google Mobile App
4. Shazam - digital magic. Hold the phone to some speakers and the song that's playing is instantly revealed
5. Movies by Flixter - US DVD rentals
6. The Weather Channel - Worldwide forecasts
7. Google Earth
8. Bump - Easy data sharing between two iPhones.
9. Skype - Free VoIP calling
10. Paper Toss - Addictive time-wasting video game
Top 10 paid apps
1. Doodle Jump - game
2. Tap Tap revenge 3 - Guitar Hero-style rhythm game
3. Pocket God - game
4. Angry Birds - (amazing) game
5. Tap Tap Revenge 2.6 - more tapping fun
6. Bejewled 2 + Blitz - puzzle game
7. Traffic Rush - puzzle game
8. Tap Tap Revenge Classic - another tapping game
9. AppBox Pro-Alarm Clock - Fully featured utilities suite
10. Flight Control - air traffic control game To herald its 10 billionth app download, Apple has released lists of the most... more
Hey pals, remember my post about a cool vocabulary building app – “PowerVocab” developed by Faqden Labs. The application is ‘Live’ on Apple store now. As I mentioned in my previous post, PowerVocab is surely a smart utility app for building vocabulary. The biggest USP of the app is its simple and fascinating user interface, and the navigations are really swift and smooth.
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http://paragonist.blogspot.com/2011/01/powervocab-is-live-on-apple-store.htmlHey pals, remember my post about a cool vocabulary building app –... more
Touchscreens? So two years ago. Gesture recognition? How 2010. Everyone knows the future lies in thought-controlled interfaces.
At least that's what InteraXon, a tiny Toronto startup, is hoping to convince attendees of at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The company, which made waves at the 2010 winter Olympics by allowing users in Vancouver to control the lights on the CN Tower in Toronto with mere thought, will be showing off two new applications for its mind-control technology at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
One of its prototypes is a modified version of Zenbound, an iPad game that requires players to wrap a rope around wooden models by tilting and moving the device. InteraXon has partnered with designer Secret Exit to produce a demo-only version where movements are instead controlled by wearing a pair of headphones.
The headphones are equipped with a pair of sensors that sit against the user's left ear and forehead, forming a circuit that gauges electrical signals occurring in the brain. The signals are relayed to the iPad through an attached Bluetooth dongle.
Alpha brainwaves increase as the player relaxes and beta waves jump while focusing. Getting good at Zenbound is thus not unlike playing golf, InteraXon chief executive Ariel Garten says.
"To play golf, for example, you have to be incredibly relaxed. You also have to be highly focused on what you're doing," she says. "That peak moment of 'in the zone' of focus and relaxation is the optimal state you want to be able to achieve."
Indeed, talking while playing takes the user out of that zone and brings the game to a standstill. Stats at the end also show players when their concentration was at its best.
One real-world application of the game, Garten says, is that it can teach players to concentrate better, thereby combating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The company's other demo resides on a 3D-enabled laptop and features a diorama scene of a snowy mountain village. While wearing 3D glasses and a headset, the user can control puffs of smoke from chimneys, birds flying around in the sky, or the falling snow.
They're both fairly blunt applications of thought-controlled computing but it's an area Garten thinks will only see big advances if researchers seek out commercial partners, which is why InteraXon is going to CES.
"I'm often asked if we're creating this technology for people who are disabled and the answer is no, we're creating it for everyone," she says. "Once you open it up... you have six billion people driving the innovation."Touchscreens? So two years ago. Gesture recognition? How 2010. Everyone knows the... more
On Tuesday it was announced that Kindle apps are making their way to Windows and Android-based tablets, Amazon decided to sweeten the deal even further by revealing today that its Kindle app will now be made available to Windows Phone 7 owners. This of course comes two months after the Microsoft phone’s U.S. debut.
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http://www.ddgameworld.com/2011/01/kindle-app-available-now-for-windows-phone-7-owners/On Tuesday it was announced that Kindle apps are making their way to Windows and... more
The App Store has now cleared over 250,000 Apps. Great selection, but are the amount of choices a real productivity killer?The App Store has now cleared over 250,000 Apps. Great selection, but are the amount... more