Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Casting calls going out for Facebook for iPad commercial

Casting calls going out for Facebook for iPad commercial
If this casting notice is accurate, Facebook is looking to throw some marketing muscle behind their upcoming Facebook for iPad app. Lily . Lead. Female / 25 to 40 / All Ethnicities. Lead actor in a web commercial showing the benefits of a Facebook app by...

Facebook casting for iPad app commercial?

If this casting notice is accurate, Facebook is looking to throw some marketing muscle behind their upcoming Facebook for iPad app.

Lily . Lead. Female / 25 to 40 / All Ethnicities. Lead actor in a web commercial showing the benefits of a Facebook app by using an iPad. The character is stylish, moderately tech savvy, and sociable.

Quite the turnaround from Mark Zuckerberg saying iPad just wasn’t mobile enough to warrant it’s own app, isn’t it?

[CastingNetworks.com, Thanks AE!]



Leave sticky notes places with Post-it� PopNotes for iPhone, iPad

The official Post-it� notes have made their way to iOS and they’re called Post-it� PopNotes. These are no ordinary notes however – you can place them anywhere you want and share with friends with family. This is how sticky notes are meant to be on the iPhone!...

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Announcing iPhone Handbook with Over 130 Tips and Tricks

Announcing iPhone Handbook with Over 130 Tips and Tricks
Today I’m thrilled to announce our first iPhone app called iPhone Handbook. It’s a handy guide for every iPhone user that bundles over 130 hidden tips, tricks and tutorials. We have covered lots of tips and tricks on the blog. So why not bundle all iPhone tips and create an iPhone app? That’s the idea [...]

Today I’m thrilled to announce our first iPhone app called iPhone Handbook. It’s a handy guide for every iPhone user that bundles over 130 hidden tips, tricks and tutorials.

We have covered lots of tips and tricks on the blog. So why not bundle all iPhone tips and create an iPhone app? That’s the idea behind the app.

iPhone Handbook Logo

The app is written specially for iPhone beginner. However, even you’re a long-time iPhone user, I’m sure the app will make you more productive and take your iPhone knowledge to next level. Here are some of the unusual tips and tricks that you’ll find in the app:

  • How to block your caller ID when making a call
  • How to capture a screenshot
  • How to enlarge the font size in Notes, Mail and Messages app
  • How to check your direction in Maps using the built-in compass
  • How to show battery in percentage
  • How to dial a phone number with extension
  • How to use conditional call forwarding (e.g. call forward when busy)
  • How to type foreign language character
  • How to use autofill to fill in a form in Safari
  • How to let Safari to remember websites’ password
  • How to open an attachment in Mail with your preferred app
  • How to sync note and save it to your email account
  • How to create free custom ringtone
  • How to share music with your iPhone friend
  • How to disable SMS preview
  • How to locate your lost/stolen iPhone
  • How to remotely wipe your lost iPhone to prevent unauthorized access
  • How to turn your iPhone into an iTunes remote

Though some of the tips are covered before, all the tips are completely re-written and revised to make them short and compact for easy reading on iPhone. Unlike any physical iPhone book or guide, this handbook app will be kept updated with new tips whenever a new version of iOS comes out. But you just need to pay once and you’ll get all the subsequent updates for free!

While you may need to pay over $10 to buy an iPhone book, this app is now on sale and only costs $0.99. I’m sure you’ll find something useful. With just a dollar, you can easily become an iPhone expert.

The app is now live on Apple’s App Store. Simply click this direct iTunes link to get it.

Finally I’d like to thank you for your continued support. Without you reading this blog, I’m sure the blog would not stay for long, not to say the release of this handbook app.

Hope you love the app and I look forward to reading your feedback.

This article, Announcing iPhone Handbook with Over 130 Tips and Tricks, was originally published at simonblog.com.



Windows 8 to feature adaptive Aero colorization, get it now on Windows 7

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While we've still yet to see anything truly Earth-shattering, the tandem of Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott continues to churn out insight about interesting new features they've discovered in Windows 8 milestone 3. The latest discovery is that Aero in Windows 8 will be able to automatically adapt itself to match your current wallpaper image. It's a bit like what Windows 7 already does with your taskbar icons: if a program alert needs your attention, the icon will glow using the predominant color (e.g. Firefox should glow orange).

And yes, you can already make Windows 7 behave this way if you like. Over at CodePlex, there's a little program called Aura that parks itself in your system tray and automatically adjusts your window borders to compliment your wallpaper images. The effect is quite nice, and you can try it out by minimizing your windows and cycling through your theme's wallpapers (right click on your desktop and choose next desktop background).

Windows 8 to feature adaptive Aero colorization, get it now on Windows 7 originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible to get Gingerbread in September

HTC ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible to get Gingerbread in September

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HTC took to its Facebook page today to announce the good news that the ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible will finally be receiving their Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates in September. No word yet on exactly which version of Gingerbread they're getting -- we're hoping it's Android 2.3.4 -- or whether video chat will work, or whether it means anything for unlocking their bootloaders. But this is certainly a day of celebration if you own either of these devices. You may now take 5 minutes for a Snoopy dance.

Source: Facebook; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!



Daily Crunch: Rained Out Lunch Edition

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Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/06/24/daily-crunch-rained-out-lunch/

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Reminder: Last chance to win a 3D phone with SpeedX 3D and Android Central!

Reminder: Last chance to win a 3D phone with SpeedX 3D and Android Central!

EVO 3D and Optimus 3D

Update: Here's a quick reminder that there's just a few more hours left for you to win an LG Optimus 3D or HTC EVO 3D in our super-awesome contest, brought to you by HyperBees and SpeedX 3D. The contest closes as 5pm EST this evening, and the winner will walk away with a 3D phone of his or her choice.

All you have to do is prove your worth in Hyperbees' SpeedX 3D, an addictive tunnel racer that includes plenty of levels, challenge modes and full stereoscopic 3D support in the paid version. Here's how it works --

  • Download either the free or paid version of SpeedX 3D from the Android Market. If you already have SpeedX 3D, make sure you're on at least version 2.5.5.
  • Select "Play" and then "Contest" from the main menu and see how long you can race before being eliminated. The longer your run, the higher your score.
  • Compete against other players (top scores are available here).
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt to improve your score, so keep trying!
  • The contest is open to readers worldwide and runs until Wednesday, 31 August at 5 PM EST.
  • Winners will be announced here on AC on Thursday, 1 September.

Join us after the jump for the QR code and Market download link for the free version, as well as the full contest rules.

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Firefox 4 rockets to 5% global usage share, IE9 wallows at 1.5%

Firefox 4 usage share graph
Using some early numbers from both StatCounter and Net Applications, Mozilla's noisiest hominid, Asa Dotzler, has illustrated Firefox 4's meteoric rise to around 5% of Web browser global usage share. Internet Explorer 9, which launched two weeks ago, seems to be enjoying a much more casual stroll in the park with just 1.5% of the global Web usage share.

Interestingly, we can see IE9 dipping between March 20 and 21, just before the 'Important' Windows Update rolled out. It's hard to say whether IE9 is only growing because of the installed-by-default Windows Update, but that small dip definitely sticks out -- did excitement peter out? Did people download IE9, try it out, and summarily uninstall it? Perhaps, given their close proximity, the stats show an attention shift from Microsoft to Mozilla?

Numbers-wise, if the bottom left corner of the graph shows 2.3 million downloads for IE9, we can guesstimate that that it has now been downloaded 5 million times. Firefox is clocking in at 37 million downloads after five days of public availability.

We wonder whether Microsoft knew its release schedule would coincide so closely with Firefox 4. Internet Explorer 9 -- a great browser by almost every metric -- was never going to do well against anything emanating from the maws of Mozilla. The main thing, though, is that Microsoft has now shown that it's serious when it comes to the Open Web. If Internet Explorer 10 is good, and 11 and 12, then we might finally see it compete with the zealous Mozillan horde.

Firefox 4 rockets to 5% global usage share, IE9 wallows at 1.5% originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 05:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/28/firefox-4-rockets-to-5-global-usage-share-ie9-wallows-at-1-5/

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Announcing iPhone Handbook with Over 130 Tips and Tricks

Announcing iPhone Handbook with Over 130 Tips and Tricks
Today I’m thrilled to announce our first iPhone app called iPhone Handbook. It’s a handy guide for every iPhone user that bundles over 130 hidden tips, tricks and tutorials. We have covered lots of tips and tricks on the blog. So why not bundle all iPhone tips and create an iPhone app? That’s the idea [...]

Today I’m thrilled to announce our first iPhone app called iPhone Handbook. It’s a handy guide for every iPhone user that bundles over 130 hidden tips, tricks and tutorials.

We have covered lots of tips and tricks on the blog. So why not bundle all iPhone tips and create an iPhone app? That’s the idea behind the app.

iPhone Handbook Logo

The app is written specially for iPhone beginner. However, even you’re a long-time iPhone user, I’m sure the app will make you more productive and take your iPhone knowledge to next level. Here are some of the unusual tips and tricks that you’ll find in the app:

  • How to block your caller ID when making a call
  • How to capture a screenshot
  • How to enlarge the font size in Notes, Mail and Messages app
  • How to check your direction in Maps using the built-in compass
  • How to show battery in percentage
  • How to dial a phone number with extension
  • How to use conditional call forwarding (e.g. call forward when busy)
  • How to type foreign language character
  • How to use autofill to fill in a form in Safari
  • How to let Safari to remember websites’ password
  • How to open an attachment in Mail with your preferred app
  • How to sync note and save it to your email account
  • How to create free custom ringtone
  • How to share music with your iPhone friend
  • How to disable SMS preview
  • How to locate your lost/stolen iPhone
  • How to remotely wipe your lost iPhone to prevent unauthorized access
  • How to turn your iPhone into an iTunes remote

Though some of the tips are covered before, all the tips are completely re-written and revised to make them short and compact for easy reading on iPhone. Unlike any physical iPhone book or guide, this handbook app will be kept updated with new tips whenever a new version of iOS comes out. But you just need to pay once and you’ll get all the subsequent updates for free!

While you may need to pay over $10 to buy an iPhone book, this app is now on sale and only costs $0.99. I’m sure you’ll find something useful. With just a dollar, you can easily become an iPhone expert.

The app is now live on Apple’s App Store. Simply click this direct iTunes link to get it.

Finally I’d like to thank you for your continued support. Without you reading this blog, I’m sure the blog would not stay for long, not to say the release of this handbook app.

Hope you love the app and I look forward to your feedback.

This article, Announcing iPhone Handbook with Over 130 Tips and Tricks, was originally published at simonblog.com.



Cloud Girlfriend will use a swarm of females to satisfy men

The social network Cloud Girlfriend
Cloud Girlfriend, despite what it sounds like, doesn't really have anything to do with cloud computing. Rather, it uses a cloud of women to pose as your girlfriend on Facebook, or your favorite social network of choice. The service is scheduled to launch 'soon,' and there's no indication of how much it will cost.

With the tagline 'The easiest way to get a girlfriend is to already have one,' Cloud Girlfriend promises to be a very interesting startup indeed. The brains of the operation, David Fuhriman, speaking to CNET, says it's all about fulfilling Maslow's hierarchy of needs. "CloudGirlfriend.com can fulfill Maslow's higher needs, even though the users know that the interaction is virtual. They will interact with a real person and see real profile images of the girl with whom they interact. This interaction can build confidence and esteem as well as provide real training experiences in navigating a friendship and a relationship."

Our concern, of course, is that it's very nearly April 1. We're also worried by the fact that Fuhriman has a name that sounds ominously like a social subculture that we've grown strangely attracted to here in the Download Squad bunker.

Finally, just stop and think about it for a second. Because your cloud girlfriend will be entirely virtual, she could be based anywhere. She could be underage -- or overage -- or she might be someone who you know in real life. She could even be a relative of yours, and you'd never know.

Let's not forget this is the Internet we're talking about, folks. Worst case scenario, she could turn out to be a hairy, male truck driver from Texas. Such as... your dad, perhaps?

Cloud Girlfriend will use a swarm of females to satisfy men originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 06:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Scan the World with Junaio Augmented Reality Browser

Scan the World with Junaio Augmented Reality Browser
Augmented reality isn’t limited to scanning QR codes and barcodes, it essentially implies being able to unlock the digital secrets for all of the places, products and sights in your vicinity. The last month has seen a number of high-profile AR (Augmented Reality) apps – Blippar, Zappar, Layar and others make their debut on the Apple [...]

Junaio for iPhone LogoAugmented reality isn’t limited to scanning QR codes and barcodes, it essentially implies being able to unlock the digital secrets for all of the places, products and sights in your vicinity. The last month has seen a number of high-profile AR (Augmented Reality) apps – Blippar, Zappar, Layar and others make their debut on the Apple App Store. Joining the AR gang is Junaio - the most advanced mobile augmented reality browser, a mobile companion and instant source of information about places, events or bargains.

First things first, Junaio is a veteran in the AR space. It was initially launched by German AR firm Metaio in 2009. In March, Metaio launched the iPad 2 version of Junaio. The latest update – Junaio 3.0 has a key feature labeled “Scan The world” which allows users to scan anything from pictures to bar codes or QR codes and get information about it from Junaio’s channels. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? That’s the reason why I couldn’t resist the temptation of reviewing it here.

Once installed, the app prompts you to grant permission for using your location. The home screen provides a list of app features that you can access including nearby channels, scanning QR and barcodes, Favorites, History and Getting Started.

Junaio AR Browser

Using the Junaio app is simple – click a picture of the target object, ‘scan’ it and if Junaio finds a match in its database, it will show up. The company claims the app comes in handy to know what’s on at the movies, where is the nearest cash dispenser, taxi stand or subway station.  For example, the below screenshot illustrates how Junaio identifies a Lego.

Junaio AR Browser #2To view the Junaio database, click the ‘Nearby’ button and the app shows a list of popular and new channels.

Junaio AR Browser

Junaio can read  standard 1D barcodes and QR codes. However, it currently does not support reading 2D barcodes. Despite this limitation, it’s a pretty solid AR app power packed with useful features. Go, grab it from the App Store while it’s free.

Check out the video demo to see it in action!

This article, Scan the World with Junaio Augmented Reality Browser, was originally published at simonblog.com.