Archive for the ‘Apple Apps’ Category

Mobile App Makers Take Data Without Owner’s Knowledge

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Mobile news – App developers are free to take user’s personal data without permission from the phone’s owners. App developers mostly get data from address book in smartphones.

Makers of most popular smartphones apps routinely get information from the phone’s personal address books and in some instances they store stolen information on their own computers. The practice was under investigation by members of Congress after seeing the news that getting such data was an industry best practice.

Based on the published rules on apps, Apple expressly disallows that practice. The company was sent a letter by lawmakers how approved apps were allowed to get address book data without the knowledge of the owners. However, it its statement, Apple did not mention reason why those apps had been approved.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said that that such practice in collecting user’s data secretly is strictly now allowed on their guidelines. He added that they are taking necessary steps to stop the practice and any app that want to access contact data will need user approval in a future software release.

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates the use of data from consumers on the Internet, has sanctioned big companies such as Google and Facebook over privacy concerns. However, the commission still has no comment regarding the practices of app makers.

The most popular applications for iPod, iPad and iPhone such as Foodspotting, Hipster and Gowalla were not stopped by Apple from taking user’s contact and transmitting without user’s permission.
Android OS maker Google forces developers to ask user’s permission to access any personal data up front.

The purpose of app makers to collect data is to help easily expand the network of people using their program. The practice of getting information from address book came to light when mobile social network Path was noticed by a developer uploading the whole address books to its servers without permission from users. The company has promised to stop the practice and destroy the data it has collected after the news came out.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Preferred Mobile Apps in Watching Online Videos |Mobile News

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Many people now days tend to use Youtube for watching online videos. We cannot deny the fact that enormous numbers of computer enthusiast watch their favourite videos on Youtube. We tend to use the Youtube application on our smartphones, tablets and desktops. Even Android devices have Youtube application installed including on Apple’s devices

There are many applications that allows user to watch online videos and stream just as the same like Youtube. People are required to be open-minded and explore other applications.

Below are applications that are recommended to try and are different from Youtube.

Showyou – iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for free
Showyou does a great job in streaming videos that are uploaded by active members. Videos are categorized depending on your interests like Youtube. The application was alienated hooked on a sequence of grids that separates popular videos, individuals and broadcasters you preferred to chase. Videos uploaded by your friends on Facebook and Twitter that are in your contacts will also be separated on another portion.

Showyou chooses a catchy caption of every video that makes visitor interested and videos are arranged by popularity or even backwards. For iOS and second generation Apple TV users can experience watching videos on full size with Apple’s AirPlay wireless connectivity service. Showyou is also available for Android users but is only exclusive for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.

Touchtv – iPad for free
The Touchtv application covers news, sports and entertainment including 40 media partners such as ESPN, CBS and Travel Channel. The application does not give live networks from channels covered but at least you can watch missed episodes. Though the application has many things to improve, it can be useful in any way especially when you have not paid your cable bill. With this application, you do not need to rely on your cable or satellite.

IntoNow ¬– iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android for free
IntoNow was titled to be the best networking apps in iPad. IntoNow features voice recognition technology that similar to Shazam and Sound Hound applications. The app also recognizes programs that you are watching and gives information about the program every commercial break. You can also share statuses from friends who had installed IntoNow on their devices. The application was also founded by Yahoo.

Fanhattan – iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for free
This application features an integrated video streaming and social networking. It serves as a search engine focusing on television shows and movies. The application automatically suggests movies and shows depending on your interests and most-viewed by your friends. iTunes and VUDU preview and rent or purchase videos can also be seen using the app.

Viggle – iPhone, iPod Tough for free
Viggle is like INtoNow where it can recognize the show you are watching. What makes it amusing is that you will be rewarded from checking in to your favourite shows in all time. You will be receiving coupons from the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and Fandango.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Mobile Apps for Music Enthusiasts

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

There are many music applications in very high quality available to download on tablet devices and even for smartphones. Even apps that specifically not developed for iPads and Android tablets can run beautifully on the larger screens with stronger audio capabilities.

Here are some of the mobile apps available for music fans out there.

Band of the Day
Anyone has a variety of choices when it comes in listening to music from favorite musicians and bands but it is difficult to know new recording artists. Band of the Day application can definitely save the day if you find it difficult to discover histories, discographies, videos and songs of a certain new band each day. It is designed for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and can be obtained for free.

Pandora and Slacker are known to provide Internet radio websites that are also working on mobile devices as free applications. However, their downside is the frequent commercials which can be annoying to many. Raditaz, free mobile application for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android, eliminate the commercials found in Pandora and Slacker. Randitaz apps and website have over 13 million songs in the library that can be enjoyed without any promotional distractions. Like any other Internet radio services, users can type the name of artists or bands they intend to listen. The app also allows users to listen stations played by people in your place as well as stations that are popular or featured by Raditaz curators.

Audio detection apps such as SoundHound and Shazam have been available for some time now. These apps can recognize popular songs in your place and offer links to download, lyrics and other related information. However, these apps can’t help you if you would like to add a song to your library while on the go. Developed by the same makers of SoundHound, Hound locates tracks simply by voice commands. With the same features to Siri, iPhone 4S’s voice assistant, Hound can completely responds when prompted with the name of the band, artists and title of the song. Hound is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms for free.

For music lovers that want access to any certain song at any given time, Spotify is one of the best bet. This mobile app has 15 million tracks in its library making it the most elegantly designed independent mobile music subscription available. Users of the web-based application can listen to Spotify at no cost but with commercials while apps for Android and iOS devices can enjoy Spotify free of commercials at $10 per month.

Qello mobile app is for individuals who like concert videos. This is exclusively available for Android tablets, TVs and phones. It provides hundreds of HD videos to watch for $5 per month. Its developers are planning to make it available to iOS devices as it plans to dramatically increase the size of its library. (c) 2012

Face detection and touch recognition for unlocking smartphone

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Mobile news presents… The two Giants, Google and Apple announced the all new feature that detects user through sight and touch recognition. This will be a new era of unlocking smartphones and tablets as we are already used in using combinations or sliding to unlock our devices.

Apple signed its new patent ‘Low Threshold Face Recognition’ in US patent office to equip facial recognition on iOS software last week. In the new patent, it is time to say goodbye in sliding or using combinations in unlocking iPod, iPad and iPhone.

“Using a forward-facing camera to recognise an individual user, future iPhones and iPads from Apple could automatically customise applications, settings and features to a user’s personal preferences once they pick up the device.” Apple said.

The Apple Insider Blog explained that the concept will focus on a high information portion of a human face rather than analyzing the whole face which can drain the handset.

The face recognition works through placing your face on the front camera’s sight; once sighted, the phone will immediately measure the distance of the eyes and the mouth of the user and compares it to the original picture which was captured by the user and if passed, the phone unlocks.

In additional, when the phone detects the user, it can access to its customized settings and wallpaper otherwise, guest user will not be able to experience the customized settings.

Google Android supported phones had already built face recognition tool on their platforms – handset with front camera.

Google is still fixing on users complain concerning on the face recognition tool. However, the new concept would not officially terminate the passwords yet until the Face recognition concept will be free of bug issues. (c) 2012

Get Updated Locally with Patch App

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Mobile News… App That Can Bring Communities Closer Together- Learning about your community is never been so easy with the help of Patch app. Both iPhones and Android running devices can download Patch app for easy and quick access to local events and current news. The app also allows users to upload news, comments and photos on the fly. Here are the details on how to connect with Patch apps using mobile device.

Patch for iPhone allows owners to get connected to latest weather bulletin, current events and local business listings. Local community coverage never stops even a single second with Patch app.
The app’s useful features include access to the most important news and local blog posts, the latest information on weather conditions, complete listings in several businesses in the community, interesting events happening nearby and allow users to comment on interesting stories or upload photos through Facebook or e-mail. Additionally, the app can save anything online such as business listings and favorite stories for easy access without the need of internet connection.

Patch Places for Android allows users to walk through their communities through mobile phones. The app has more than 800 Patch towns’ listings. Android owners can select any place nearby to connect to a mobile directory.

Useful features of Patch Places include access to restaurants, shops and nightlife places in the community, surf business locations, browse and upload pictures and share place pages to social network sites and e-mail.

Just like the iPhone, Android users can save anything online with the app for easy offline access. The main objective of Patch Places is to make everything local, thus, bring people in the community closer together. (c) 2012