The recent weeks have seen a flurry of Mango updates for a number of popular (and some not so popular) apps. That is quite understandable, with the expected date of the fruity release just days away (15th September maybe). Hopping on to Windows Phone 7’s new Mango bandwagon is Park It
. The useful little app has been around for quite a while now, but the latest update makes it available for Mango in addition to adding some handy new features. The basic concept of the app is to help you remember where you parked your car and find your way back to it. This might sound like an insignificant task to some, but the truth of the matter is that in a crowded parking lot, it can get pretty confusing to find your car.
iOS is a pretty well-populated platform when it comes to apps (and users). Think of anything, and there’s the likelihood that there’s an app for that. Not only that, there’s probably more than one app for a similar function in the App Store. So, it’s up to the user to choose which app best suits his or her needs. Food-related apps are pretty common too and you have giants like Foursquare offering food finding services. A new addition to this field is Forkly,
which not only lets you find the food you want, but also allows you to stay in touch with your Twitter followers by sharing what you are currently eating. The app serves the dual purpose of letting you find the best place to eat, and sharing all your culinary updates over your social network. In addition to all that, you can also use Forkly as a food journal!
You might be a little confused by the the title, but you read that right, it’s not location-based tagging of photos, but the other way around. The concept behind the Trover
app is unique enough to warrant a caption like that. For iOS users, there are a bundle of apps dealing with travel and photo sharing, but this app somehow manages to combine these two utilities in one, allowing users to see what attractions lie near them. And by "seeing" we mean really see, as a picture uploaded by past users! So rather than merely reading about a place and the attractions it offers, you can actually see every notable thing related to a particular area, and learn loads more that way.
Today seems to be the day of note-taking apps. After covering 7Notes for handwritten notes
, we ran into another handy app from the same genre. If you're an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch user who likes to write as much as we do, then Post-it’s PopNotes
is just what you need. The free app lets you combine your drawing skills with your writing, all in a miniature post-it note. There are many other post-it apps available in the App Store, but PopNotes distinguishes itself from other due to the way it presents information on notes, and its own map that lets you see exactly where you created a particular note. So if you like to stay in touch with your loved ones via notes, and happen to be living in the US, then read on to learn more about this app.
is a cross-platform location-based crowdsourcing app that allows you to communicate with people present in a location of your choice (pub, hotel or multiplex) and ask them questions about that place. Users checked-in at a certain location through various social media services can use Localmind to answer questions coming in from other Localmind users who might be interested to get some guidance/information about a particular place and services around it . As of now, Localmind supports check-ins from four popular services: Facebook, Twitter, Gowalla and Foursquare. Although, iOS client of Localmind has been around in the iTunes App Store for quite some time, its public beta (v1.0) has recently been released for Android users.
Almost any person who has more than 2 friends has experienced the situation where you all want to meet up at a café or a mall and a flood of confusion breaks loose before everyone can finally get to the place decided earlier. The person who organized the whole thing is left frantically texting and calling everyone else to find out their whereabouts and expected time of arrival. If you are a Windows Phone 7 user, then say goodbye to this scenario. Thanks to Bing, now there’s an app for handling such situations. We’re In
comes with the sole aim of keeping you connected with your friends based on their (and your) location. Now, you don't have to call and interact with all the people separately. In fact, you don't have to do anything at all. We're In maps the location of all your friends, and you can easily broadcast a message to the whole group with a single tap.
Android app stores - Android Market, Amazon Appstore, AppBrain et al - are a great way to keep a close tab on various apps that hit the market. Not only these platforms help you find the latest offerings from the developers community, but also let you sift through the entire catalog to kook out for your favorite apps. That said, there aren't too many easier means to filter the rather huge lists of apps to whittle down the options accordingly. Yes, there are simple ways to part the paid apps from the free ones, but what if you were to find out the app taste of the people from a specific region? Local App Market
is a great way to find out popular apps among Android users around you. The app sports a rich graphical UI and can provide ample information about various genres of apps that are liked more in a particular part of the world. Also, Local App Market can help developers across the globe to reach out for specific target market and devise solutions pertaining to local app preferences. User defined search locations, app rankings, filtered search criteria, one-touch access to the Android Market and quick hands-on information about a particular app are some of the salient features of Local App Market.
Social networking has seen a big boom in recent years, with sites like Facebook and Twitter becoming web giants in the blink of an eye. So there is quite a market for ideas relating to social networking. Windows Phone 7 is a relatively new platform, and the number of users aren’t as large as some of the other operating systems. So there is a sense of community among WP7 users whenever they get to know each other. Based on these facts, I’m a WP7
is an app that uses the concept of social networking, but only for a very exclusive club. You have to be a user of Windows Phone 7 to be a part of this network! Update:
The app has been renamed to 'Outsider'.
If you are a developer for Windows Phone 7 and are not allowed to post your new app to the Marketplace because of your location, this can be quite a big problem. Also in some countries Marketplace offers limited functionality and availability for a lot of apps. If you are not happy with the Marketplace of your country and want to switch over, it is just like moving to a completely new country (at least that’s how your WP7 device will think of it). There is a simple (albeit irreversible) way of doing this which will turn your Marketplace into the Marketplace of the country of your choice. Of course you will only be able to use the Marketplace of one country at a time, but that should not be much of an issue if you revert to the US Marketplace (as most region-specific apps work in the US).
For any smartphone, its camera is one of the deciding factors for most users. Most Windows Phone 7 devices are equipped with cameras that are pretty good in quality and give nice results. When you have such a high quality camera present in your pocket all the time, you are bound to take full advantage of it and shoot as many photos as you can. As time passes by, and the photos keep accumulating, you are sure to forget certain things about some of the photos. Your camera provides you with the date and time of the capture, but what about location? How can you know where exactly was a certain photo taken?
We all know that our WP7 phones are equipped with a GPS for position locking and tracking, which lets you enable location services. Making use of these services Where Did I Take That
is a rather simple app which tells you where you took it. Read More
Foursquare is one interesting app, combining the flavors of social networking, map usage and location-based, real-time gaming. Once you become a Foursquare addict, there is no turning back. Windows Phone 7 had an official Foursquare app but it was taken off the market for a variety of reasons. If you are a dedicated WP7 user though and still miss being the mayor
of your favorite check-in place or the thrill of getting a well-earned badge
then no need to be nostalgic about it anymore. A third-party foursquare client is now here for all you WP7 users out there! What’s more, it is improved and free.
Are you a frequent traveller? Would you like to know more about the countless places you pass by during your journeys? If you own a Windows Phone 7 device, we have just the app for you. Wiki Talking Tours
for Windows Phone 7 is a free location-based app that indicates geotagged Wikipedia articles on a map complete with the distance (in miles or kilometer) from your current location, allowing you to view detailed information on locations near you. When invoked, it begins reading the introductory portion of each article aloud, automatically starting with the ones tagged closest to you.
The controversy involving the iPhone and anonymous location-data collection has now expanded to the Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, too. While the iOS and WP7 dev communities are yet to join the fight for user privacy, Android developers are already on the move. Developed by XDA member mopodo, Location Cache
is a free tool for rooted Android devices that not only allows you to view and wipe all cached cell-tower and WiFi hotspot locations, but lets you block location caching altogether and unlike the alternative method that involves disabling location collection through wireless networks (Settings > My Location > Use Wireless Networks
), the app does so without slowing down location fetching. Join us after the jump for more.
Do you find yourself switching your Android phone’s volume and ringtone profiles often depending on whether you are at your office or home? Do you manually turn WiFi off when leaving for outdoors? With free app Modus Operandi
, you will be able to set your device to automatically do all of this and more for you, based on your current location.
With Mozilla Firefox 3.5, a new API was introduced in the browser dealing with the user’s geolocation. Basically, when you visit a website, the hosting server usually requests the accessing client’s geographical location. On cellular devices, this is usually triangulated using GPS, or through the data signal that your carrier assigns you. In desktop computing, geolocation is calculated either through WiFi, your ISP’s location, IP address etc. The geolocation API calls this data and provides with your geolocation to the website. This, however, never happens without the user’s consent.
Geolocation triangulation on desktop computers isn’t always very accurate, especially when done through WiFi. Most of the time, chances are that you’ll be thrown outside of your actual location by a rather unacceptable margin, effectively rendering the geolocation API useless. To handle that, Firefox add-on Geolocater
comes into play.
Windows 7 has a build-in platform called Location and Sensors Platform, the API is provided that allows 3rd party developers to integrate their applications and use it to share the location. But this location can only be shared in those laptops that contain a GPS sensor, this is a serious drawback since no hardware manufacturer includes a GPS in a laptop or netbook.
Sailwx is a simple service that allows you to track any ship’s position in real time. Whether it’s a cruise ship or a cargo ship, you can track multiple ships at the same time. Additional information such as tides, pressure, air temperature, water temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and wave height are also available. You will be able to see the live location of the ship on the map. Read More
The first thing you are going to wonder is why I wrote Maverick in the title? Some are going to laugh and some are going to take it seriously. I regularly check what my readers are searching for before coming to my blog. And surprisingly “How to use IP to find where you live” was one of the question many people were looking an answer for.
I wondered who will type such a question in Google? Even the dumbest person in the World knows where he is living. Then something else stuck my mind, suppose you get kidnapped or get lost somewhere in a crazy way(don’t know which one), you will surely want to know where the heck are you? So maybe someone typed this question because he could be in this exact situation.
But to know he needs a computer and a internet connection, maybe he searched using his Kidnapper’s laptop (Yeah I am thinking crazy at the moment). Read More