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Just last week announced its Facebook App Center, currently more than 600 apps are featured in the App Center. These apps are not new, and are already able to sync with your Facebook account, should you let them. but it wasn’t immediately clear how users would benefit, or whether it simply added another layer between you and apps you download to your smartphone.

So now you can go to Facebook.com/appcenter, and choose apps you want to download on your Android or iOS device. Those apps then show up as notifications in your Facebook mobile app. Click the notification and it will take you to the regular app store on your phone so you can download the app in question. But you still need to go back to the Facebook app to authorize the app you just downloaded.

When you access an app on your phone that you synced with the Facebook app, and one of your Facebook friends visits the App Center, it will show your friend which apps you use.

In that sense, it’s more like a recommendation center than a store. For newbie smartphone owners, this might be useful for finding popular apps. There are numerous app review sites, but this would be a place where users can see which apps their friends are using. You can see what apps are popular with Facebook users in general.

Facebook earlier announced 60 apps integrated with Timeline and its Open Graph that made sharing easier than ever and opened the gateway for developers to put their apps on Facebook. The app center makes it easier to view and read about these apps. Is this worthwhile for you? Will you be using Facebook’s new app center? Let us know

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Every year on April 1st Google comes up with this amazing April Fools Prank to all its users. This time Google couldn’t wait for April Fools’ Day to prank the web with its 8-bit version of Google Maps, temporarily replacing its standard version. Shortly after the “upgraded” Google Maps went live, users were posted world landmarks and historic sites that could be viewed on the map: the Parthenon, Area 51, Mount Everest (with a Yeti or hiker, say commenters), and many more “Easter eggs.”

“PLEASE don’t let this be a joke. 8-bit Street View is the greatest achievement in the history of all mankind,”. Someone else added, “Google… I want this for android navigation! You already did the work. Just release it.”

On Friday, Google posted this YouTube video:

Accessing the 8-bit map is easy. Use Google Maps as you normally would to search for cities or landmarks, then click on the “Quest” picture icon in the right area of the screen to view the map as large colored pixels. Another April Fools’ tease: When you load the map, you may see this joking response: “Your system may not meet the requirements for 8-bit computations.”

Last year, Google pranked the interwebs by introducing a faux new feature called Gmail Motion that would let users type emails by using gestures. The Institute of Creative Technologies later brought the concept to life.

What do you think of Google’s April Fools’ Day prank? Would you like to use this map every day of the year? Leave in note in the comments section below.

Do you use your mobile phone more for calling or texting? If it’s the second option, you’re probably grumpy about the cap of 200 SMSes a day imposed by the telecom regulator. Of course, a big SMS bill doesn’t help. Yes, you can opt for the special SMS package, which is offered by most service providers and one that lets you send messages at a lower rate. However, this special offer is confined to a small number of people.

So, what’s the way around this dilemma? You can get past both budgetary and regulatory restrictions by moving from conventional text messaging, which is billed to the operator, to applications and services that are either provided by third parties or mobile phone manufacturers. Many of them let you send text messages, files, photos and videos to your heart’s content, as long as you can access the internet on your handset. Most of the apps come at no extra cost. You only need to pay for the data used in sending and receiving messages, which usually works out to be much cheaper than conventional texting. Here are some such options.

BlackBerry Messenger

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0ne of the smoothest messaging services, BBM is incorporated into the BlackBerry handsets. Users can send (and receive) an unlimited number of messages, pictures, even files. You can add people to your contact list through their PINs (a distinct number that comes with with BBM).

WhatsApp

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While there is no doubting the efficiency of services like BBM and iMessage, the fact that you need to invest in expensive handsets limits their utility. This is where a service like WhatsApp comes in handy. Just install the app on your mobile phone and exchange messages and pictures.

It works across platforms, and though it is separate from your regular messaging app, it scans your contacts and automatically includes other WhatsApp users in your contact list, saving you the trouble of sending out invites. However, it is not free for all platforms. While you don’t have to pay for Symbian, it costs about Rs 52 for an iPhone.

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Messaging apps do not charge per message or require a special plan. They work fine with your standard GPRS/ EDGE connection. If your network is erratic, you can switch to Wi-Fi.

Most messaging apps let you swap videos and photos, some even let you send files, without incurring any extra cost or requiring any special service activation.

When you use a messaging app, you only pay for the internet data used, which is generally a small amount. This is particularly handy if you want to send messages to people in other countries. It’s the best option if you travel frequently as most service providers don’t charge for roaming for GPRS/EDGE on post-paid connections. So you can text away without worrying about the bill.

iMessage

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iMessage arrived on the iPad and iPhone via the latest version of iOS (iOS 5) and the service, which is free of cost, has become a rage. What sets it apart from other services is that if the person to whom you are sending a message has either of the above two devices, it converts it from an SMS to an iMessage.

Nimbuzz

Nimbuzz combines several instant messaging (IM) clients, so you can exchange messages, photos and videos with your friends across a number of IM services, such as Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, even Facebook Chat. You can even use it from a computer and make free phone/video calls to other users.

Twitter

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and off course Yes, this is a social networking site rather than a messaging service, but it allows you to swap messages, pictures and links with all your followers. You don’t need to install an additional program on your device and can access Twitter from a computer too. Its restriction to 140 characters may be a blessing or a bane.

Top 10 Hot Music Apps

Posted: October 30, 2011 in All Categories, Apps
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Apps may have started out as mere instruments of consumption – simple programs or casual games for tablets and smartphones. But, of late, these offerings have grown rather complex, and to such an extent that the music industry, for one, swears by them.

In fact, Bjork, an artist who has always pushed the envelope when it comes to her oeuvre, has released her latest music album ‘Biophilia’ in the form of an ‘appbox’. “It’s a fusion of nature, songs and an app suite for the iPad,” she says.

The Biophilia ‘appbox’ comprises ten individual apps. In addition to the songs, each app also includes animation, games, scrolls of lyric sheets and an academic essay about each composition written by musicologist Nikki Dibben. Here are some popular music apps I am aware of not to be rated since each one of them are good in there own ways. If you have some intresting apps to share post them in the comments section I will definitely review them..

GarageBand

Made by Apple, the GarageBand app packs together a virtual piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums into an easy-touse music suite for recording songs. The app is so good that it is actually capable of replacing a lowend music studio for new musicians.

Price: $5 (Rs 250 approx)

The History of Jazz

This ipad application is used to make a timeline of history for jazz in ipad. With this app the ipad looks more attractive for audio and video interfaces. With this app you can traverse the history of jazz with a art form and traverse through different genres very easily. The navigation in ipad is very easy and fun. You can have fun with multiple touches at a time.

The cost of the app is $9.99 (Rs 500) and its size is 69.4 MB,

Bebot

Bebot is a voice synthesizer that can create and tweak different sounds. It lets users play around on the screen with a tiny robot to create music. The app includes nine ‘instruments’ to choose from.

Price: $2 (Rs 100 approx)

Sound Cells

Sound Cells is an interactive music app that turns sound into visuals on a matrix. It lets users tap to create moving ‘cells’ that create sounds when they hit a wall in the grid.

Price: $1 (Rs 50 approx)

Peterson Strobe Tuners

These apps offer a great degree of precision as instrument tuners; the company claims it is a mobile equivalent to the long line of respected Peterson hardware tuners. The tuner also comes with built-in input boost and noise cancellation technology to ensure that your instruments are always tuned to the right note.

Price: $10 (Rs 500 approx)

Gravilux

Meant for artists/composers, this app lets users draw a star-shaped envelope that carries information about the song. Each star is a combination of painting, animation, art, science, and gaming. As users touch the screen, they can draw simulated stars of information with things like lyrics, videos, etc. Touching the edge of the screen, musicians can change parameters including gravity and number of stars that reveal different information every time they hit the screen.

Price: $1.99 (Rs 100 approx)

iElectribe KORG

The hip-hop group Gorillaz created an entire album on iPads using this app. It acts as a virtual beat-box system with controls that work like a vintage analogue synthesizer.

Price: $10 (Rs 500 approx)

Bubble Harp

Bubble Harp draws bubbles around songs, recording and replaying your movements while creating music. It’s a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry, and gaming.

Price: $1.99 (Rs 100 approx)

SongPier

This app is a content and media management system for musicians that lets them add interactivity to songs. Songpier lets musicians create a web-based app for both Apple iOS and Android. But instead of being restricted to just tablets, these can be accessed from any web browser. Musicians can add song information, including pictures, events, merchandise as well as a link to the artist’s web site using SongPier.

Price: Free

DJ Rivals

This cool app is from US startup Booyah who had success with its facebook game called the Nightclub city and My Town iphone app. This application is up to reclaim the music. We can use rhythmic tapping moves, Flangers, Mashups, Rolls and other features to put an end to the Bland Corp in our own real town, this is really one of its kind RPG.And its Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and ix.Mac.MarketingName. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. The size of the app is around 42.5 MB and its completely free of cost.

Cloo’ App Lets You Rent Out Your Bathroom

Posted: September 18, 2011 in Apps
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You know when you absolutely need a bathroom, but there isn’t a public one to be found? Well that problem is headed the way of the dodo thanks to Cloo’, an app that allows people to make their private restrooms available to the public for a small fee. It would use your Facebook contacts to connect you to friends of friends who have made their toilets available. Great idea? Or just weird ? You can check it out here http://www.cloo-app.com

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CLOO app

iPhone 5 Rumour Roundup

Posted: August 12, 2011 in All Categories, Apps, Firmware, Gadgets
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iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 4S, as some are calling it) rumours are flying thick and fast already.

Let’s raid the iPhone 5 rumour fridge to find the tomatoes of truth amid the stinky stilton of baseless speculation.

The iPhone 5 is coming. Maybe it’ll land in September, maybe October, maybe some time after that, but sooner or later Apple is going to release a sequel to the wildly successful iPhone 4. That successor might have a larger screen, NFC, a slimmer design, or any number of other features… if the rumors are to be believed. Before every launch we hear all sorts of rumors/leaks and some of them inevitably end up being true, so while we take everything we hear with a healthy dose of skepticism, it’s still worth it to pay attention.

What top features do you want to see in the next generation iphone..??

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Free Web Hosting

Free Web Hosting

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