Posts Tagged ‘ App ’

Salomondrin Goes Pokemon Hunting On The Streets Of L.A.


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I’ve always loved candid videos of people doing ridiculous things, but now that Pokemon Go is out, the videos are coming hard and fast.  Pokemon Go, as you might have heard is an augmented reality game on Android and iPhone. The game was released on July 6th and has become an overnight success. Now, there are more people playing this game than the total number of active users on Twitter.  Like the rest of the world, Salomondrin has caught the Pokemon Go bug too. So, he went Pokemon hunting in his Porsche 918 supercar.

via supercarblog

Full FX: the RMX-1000 iPad app


The the RMX-1000 for iPad is launching: the tactile iOS app that lets you add high-quality FX to tracks in your iTunes library. The RMX-1000 app comes into its own when linked to the Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio, which will let you add FX to music you’ve made on your iPad.

The Greatest Web App You’ve Ever Mis-Seen.


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Do you read TMZ, Gawker, or The Onion, but feel ashamed anytime somebody catches you? Now you can change your appearance rather than your behavior. Timesify takes your guilty pleasure reading and cloaks it in the facade of a New York Times article. You get to posture as a concerned citizen while still getting your fix of Kanye drama. Timesify was made at Cultivated Wit’s fourth Comedy Hack Day in Brooklyn, NY June 15, 2014.  Check the method below.

Oscar Mayer Wake Up And Smell The Bacon Alarm


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‘Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon’, this device does just that – and who doesn’t love waking up to the sweet smell of bacon in the morning? The premise of the device is simple. Download the app, plug the dongle into your iPhone, and now every time your alarm goes off you will be treated to the irresistible smell of bacon. The brand has been working tirelessly through the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon, which brings all of the world’s greatest bacon minds together to create devices just like this. In addition to releasing the meaty aroma into the air, users will also be met with the sound of sizzling – making the experience that much better.

Starwood Hotels Keyless Check-In


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The new feature, called a keyless key, would enable its Starwood Preferred Guest members to go straight to their rooms and open the door via their smartphone, rather than having to go through the process of checking in. It will be trialed at the Aloft Harlem New York and Aloft Silicon Valley California hotels and builds on Starwood’s existing Smart Check In service. With the Keyless Key all that a guest will need is an Android smartphone running version 4.3 or newer or an iPhone 4S or newer. The locking mechanism works via Bluetooth so as long as the app is running, the door will automatically unlock or lock. If the trial is successful, Starwood plans to roll the feature out to all of its W and Aloft hotels, globally by the end of 2015.

eBay Unveil 3D Printing App


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As the 3D printing revolution continues to gain pace, eBay have jumped on the bandwagon with a new iPhone app that lets users customise accessories before they are printed and shipped out to them. Named eBay Exact, the simple app shows you several items from 3D printing companies MakerBot, Sculpteo and Hot Pop Factory – mostly iPhone cases and jewelry. You then pick an item and modify features like the pattern, material, shape and color. Although the app is rather basic at this stage, it could become key part of eBay’s business, signalling a shift towards highly customisable products.

Duo Gamer – Wireless Game Controller for iDevices


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The Duo Gamer app connects the controller via bluetooth and is fully compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Turn your iPad into a gaming machine with this wireless game controller.

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Mix Vibes – Cross DJ Softwear.


“MixVibes is proud to present the most exciting DJing application they have ever made: CrossDJ for iPad. MixVibes brings you a comprehensive iPad DJing experience with a user friendly yet professional and feature rich layout. This application allows all DJs to enjoy performing quality sounding mixes on an iPad.”  You can check a full report out here.

Facebook Just Wifed Up Instagram.


Instagram rocketed to 30 million iOS users in 18 months and was named iPhone app of the year in 2011. It is one of the best apps for taking and sharing photos from the iPhone. Its square images and assorted image filters let anyone make retro, techno and pretty pictures out of mundane shots of their kids, pets, food. Instagram’s Android version, released last week, got millions of downloads immediately. But $1 billion, if true, is still a crazy number. Instagram doesn’t make any money. Nor did it say it was focusing on revenue. It is still chasing big users. Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO, wrote this to calm down his users in response to the deal. An excerpt:

It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away. We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience.

It’s not clear what the Facebook deal means for the Series B funding round that may have closed last week, led by Sequoia Capital, Thrive, Benchmark and Greylock at a reported $500 million valuation. But the fact that Facebook would pay 2x what the company was supposedly worth within a week’s time suggests this is a defensive move. Facebook has the money (almost $4 billion in cash on hand as of December 2011), and certainly isn’t desperate for more users, most if not all of whom are already on Facebook (which greatly influences the price-per-new-active-user Facebook is paying. See crude math below.)

Fred Wilson has said that Facebook is really about photos and this only underscores that. The mobile-social photo sector is still amorphously led but if anyone is harmed by this deal it is Yahoo. Facebook is really going after its Flickr property here, to put the nail further in Yahoo’s coffin. (To its discredit, Yahoo hasn’t done anything with Flickr lately). Zuckerberg is playing chess, making a defining move in how it stands in the photo space. It’s like what Google did with YouTube.

One problem this will solve for Instagram’s 30-something million users is that sharing an Instagram photo on Facebook from your phone pretty much sucks right now. Here comes the much needed integration: bigger photos, more detailed info about the filters, etc. Right now all you get when you post an Instagram photo on Facebook from your phone is a small link and a thumbnail image. A better integration will stimulate more sharing through Instagram.

But a $1 billion for 30 million users that pay nothing for the service? Sounds crazy but consider this: Instagram is getting bought for $33 per user. Facebook is supposedly trading with a market cap of close to $100 billion and has 850 million users, giving it a value of $117 per user. So it looks like a decent bit of funny-money arbitrage, using well-endowed Facebook shares to acquire users and solidify hold of a strategic asset at a lower valuation. We don’t yet know how much of the deal is in cash vs. stock, so this calculation could be less favorable sounding but it still makes sense with Facebook currency.

Here’s a video Forbes editor Michael Noer did with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom for our 30 Under 30 special. According to Wired’s Mike Isaac, Systrom netted $400 million from the sale.

The Finder.


Finder is a two-part RFID Locator comprising of the main terminal and tab stickers.  Basically you are supposed to stick the tracking stickers to objects that you tend to misplace often, like keys, phone, wallet etc.  Configure the sticker with the appropriate label on the main terminal and you are set to use it.  No more lost keys again, (yay).

Hows About Them Dranks.


Being the alcohol connoisseur that I am,  I routinely check the web for new and exciting drinks.  (or Dranks as my boy keeps calling it right now).  I found an amazing project made by Konstantin Datz, 22 years old and studying design on university of applied science, Potsdam (Germany). The cocktails poster is the ultimate collection of the 35 most common cocktails and shows an abridgement of the ingredients of these cocktails.  If you love cocktails and if you love design, this poster is perfect for you.  Based on this poster there is also an app to view the cocktails on your iPhone, be sure to check out the website for this app, it has an amazing design.

The iBottleOpener?


Oh, third-party accessory makers; is there anything you won’t make for the iPhone?  You’ve made it into a wallet, you’ve made it into meat thermometer and now you can also make this thing.  For just $19.99, white boys can go h.a.m. by turning their $500 phone into a 50 cent bar tool.  Given that the name is “iBottleOpener“, this thing probably warrants no explanation… but here goes: Because nothing mixes with alcohol like expensive gadgetry, the iBottleOpener converts your boring, not-covered-in-beer iPhone into a bottle opener. It’s one part bottle opener, one part protective case, and all parts swag.  Still perplexed as to how it works? Check out the promo video below. At the very least, it’s worth it for the “Yeaaaaah, buddy” about 15 seconds in.

Aston Martin for iPhone?


Following on from the success of the free ‘Explore’ App released in December 2010, Aston Martin announces the release of the premium ‘Experience’ App.  Apparently developed with the “same ethos” with which Aston Martin designs and engineers its cars, the new app combines some of the functionality of the automaker’s former app, Explore, with some new, premium features.  The most useful is a partnership with luxury city guide series “A Hedonist’s Guides” to provide guides to 40 global cities, with images and video for each destination.  A database of some of the world’s best driving roads is also included, allowing drivers to ‘check in’ to each one to share their experiences, while the app features a speedometer overlaid onto the camera display, capable of measuring the speed at which the iPhone is traveling.  Best of all, the app comes preloaded with Aston Martin sounds, meaning that if you can’t shell out for one of the company’s £80,000 ($116,000) supercars, you can listen to the sound one would make while going about your everyday business.  The app itself is rather expensive, costing £3.49 in the UK and $5.99 in the US — but at least it’s cheaper than an Aston Martin.  The top-end British brand isn’t the only marque to be found in the App Store — Bentley offers its Pure Bentley app and Rolls-Royce offers a Ghost app that allows users to customize its cars from their iPhone.

Road SMS.


Keeping an eye on the road ahead may be difficult at times.  The one time I know it’s always hard to keep focused on the road is when I’m getting head while driving, other that, texting and walking takes the cake.  Now people would assume it should be fairly easy to walk and type, bu they all think that until they walk face first into another person.  The Android and the iPhone each have apps now that make it possible to safely text while walking. The built-in cameras project an image of what’s in front of you and set it as the background while you’re texting.  What a useful invention.