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February 27 2014

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February 02 2014

Wearable Transmitter Turns Your Palm Into a Touch Interface
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The world could be at your fingertips, thanks to a new wearable, gesture-based gadget.

Fin enables users to control up to three devices such as smartphones, car radios and smart TVs using only swipes and taps. The ring-shaped technology is worn on the thumb, and communicates with different devices using Bluetooth

Fin has five pre-programmed gestures; in its final iteration, users will be able to create custom ones on an app that will come with the device.

"People in today's world are becoming more busy, but still they are wasting a lot of time interacting with their smart devices, " Rohildev Nattukallingal, founder of RHL Vision Technologies, the startup behind Fin, told Mashable. "Fin removes this interaction gap by allowing users to quickly interact with those devices." Read more...

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January 30 2014

Facebook Announces News Reader App 'Paper'
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Well that didn't take long

Just 24 hours after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised more standalone apps in 2014, the company announced Paper on Thursday, a standalone news reader mobile app that has reportedly been in the works for years

The new app will surface content from 19 different "sections," including sports, tech, pop culture, and "LOL." The app also has a "Newsfeed" section, which is the same News Feed users are accustomed to on the native apps, but with a new design

Each section will have a rotating carousel of images across the top, and individual cards and stories below that image. The new app was specifically designed to look different than the native apps, and has larger images and content cards without the typical blue trim present on Facebook's native apps Read more...

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January 07 2014

Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Launches Q&A App Jelly
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Twitter cofounder Biz Stone is taking another crack at changing the world

Stone and a seven-person startup launched a question-and-answer style social networking app on Tuesday called Jelly, available for free on iOS and Android. The app asks users to submit questions alongside a picture captured from their phone's camera

Connections from the user's Facebook or Twitter accounts can then respond to the question through the app.

"In a world where 140 characters is considered a maximum length, a picture really is worth a thousand words," Stone wrote in a post on Jelly's blog. "Images are in the foreground of the Jelly experience because they add depth and context to any question." Read more...

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December 18 2013

Smartphone App Uses Selfies to Check Your Cholesterol Level
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A team of engineers has designed a smartphone accessory and app that allows users to monitor their own blood cholesterol levels. Think of it as a sort of cholesterol selfie — or maybe a healthie?

As researchers from Cornell University explain in a paper in the journal Lab on a Chip, all you need — aside from their attachment and a smartphone — is a reagent test strip and a willingness to draw your own blood. Cholesterol tests tend to rely on reagent strips that turn different colors, depending on the cholesterol levels of the blood placed on them. The researchers’ achievement was to design an attachment to be placed over the smartphone flash and camera that can illuminate and capture the color of the strip, rendering unnecessary specialized equipment or an in-person health professional. Read more...

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December 13 2013

Ask a Dev: Should Every Website Have an App?
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If you want to build an app, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is whether to build it on the web or "go native," meaning write it specifically for iOS or Android.

Our developer this week, Jake Riesterer, says the best performance is likely to come from designing the app with a particular operating system in mind. Both iOS and Android provide frameworks to make writing the app easier; your app will probably look better than anything designed through the web because you can use the graphics processing unit that comes with the hardware Android and iOS devices use.

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November 15 2013

New Coaching App Puts a 'Moneyball' Spin on Pro Football
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A new app called scoutPRO could change the way the NFL and college football coaches prep for games and recruit talent.

ScoutPro, which is currently in beta, displays a team's strengths and weaknesses in subtle ways coaches might miss when watching hours of video. It analyzes tendencies: Does the team usually passes on third down? Is the quarterback is best when he stands behind his linemen or when he's on the run? It also determines a team's most effective defensive plays with the tap of a few buttons

The app doesn't forget about the competition, either. It provides the same data for opposing teams, so coaches can analyze their strengths and match them with the competitors' weaknesses. Read more...

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November 13 2013

Sony Launches PlayStation App for iOS and Android
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Sony has launched the official PlayStation app for iOS and Android, ahead of the PlayStation 4 launch later this week

The app lets users access the PlayStation Network from their smartphones and tablets. Even if you're away from your PlayStation, you can now compare trophies and see what your friends are playing, chat with friends, receive notifications, game alerts and invitations

You can also browse the PlayStation store, buy games and add-ons and push them to your PS4 system at home

Other features include using your mobile device as an on-screen keyboard for your PS4 and access to PlayStation system guides, manuals and the official PlayStation blog Read more...

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October 29 2013

Social Media App Lets You Live Vicariously Through Friends' Experiences
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Vycarious, a new social-media app that is available for iOS, lets you create, follow and comment on friends' experiences, ranging from a two-week vacation to handcrafting a dinner table.

To start, users create an "experience description," such as "cooking Pad Thai." They then choose a photo or video as the lead image, denote a starting date and time, and include hashtags to make their experience searchable. After that, users can upload posts, videos, images and other media until their experience ends. However, friends can still write comments even after users hit the end button to signal that their experience is over Read more...

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October 26 2013

Capture 3D Photos on Your iPhone With This App
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Seene, a free app developed by tech company Obvious Engineering, uses "scene reconstruction technology" to give your iPhone the ability to capture 3D photos.

Although other devices have been able to turn smartphones into 3D cameras, the company claims this is the first software that allows your phone to make 3D images. You can compose a shot just like you would a 2D image, but must move around what you're photographing, taking multiple shots, so the camera can capture it from different angles, adding depth to the picture. The software then compares distances from the different viewpoints, and builds a life-like image. Read more...

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October 05 2013

8 Apps You Don't Want To Miss
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From an application that helps you book appointments to one that reinvents how you video chat with friends — it's been an exciting week for apps.

Don't worry if you missed out on any, though, as Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

Notable apps include an Android launcher that makes your device look like it's running iOS 7, and a new app that helps you get creative with leftovers

Check about the gallery, above, for a look at this week's highlights.

Still looking for more? Check out a previous Apps You Don't Want to Miss for more great apps worth downloading. Read more...

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October 04 2013

Build Your Own Death Star With New 'Tiny Tower' Game
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Get ready to build your very own Death Star.

Disney Interactive has teamed up with NimbleBit, the company behind the highly addictive 8-bit game Tiny Tower for a new Star Wars-themed version of the game.

The Star Wars: Tiny Death Star mobile game lets you live the life of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine and build your own Death Star. Much like Tiny Tower, in the new game you’ll run intergalactic businesses and try and get other "bitizens" to join the dark side and move into your combat-capable planet.

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Disney has a history of teaming up with popular developers to create Disney-themed versions of their games. The company joined with Temple Run creator Imanji to launch Temple Run: Brave, Temple Run: Oz, and worked with Get Set on a Monster’s Inc.-themed version of its game Mega Run. Read more...

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September 26 2013

Evernote Begins Selling Branded Bags, Scanners and Socks
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Now you can own an Evernote-branded stylus, book bag, scanner and even a pair of socks.

The note-taking app launched Evernote Market on Thursday, a new online marketplace for purchasing real-world goods that the company thinks will help make you more productive.

“Our goal is to make the ultimate products for the modern worker,” Evernote CEO Phil Libin told a crowd at Evernote’s annual developer conference in San Francisco.

New products announced Thursday include a new Evernote-branded Jot Script stylus created through a partnership with Adonit. The fine-tipped stylus has a smaller tip than many others on the market, allowing you to write on your phone or tablet's screen as though you were using a pen Read more...

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JumpCam App Helps You Crowdsource Real-Time Videos With Friends
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Creating a real-time video with your friends around the world is now a lot easier than you might think.

A new iPhone app called JumpCam lets you create collaborative videos with up to 30 different people at once. In Instagram Video-meets-Final Cut Pro style, the app can combine up to 30 different 10-second clips into a single video to be shared with friends on Facebook, Twitter or embedded on a website. You can add filters and music to the final product to give it a polished look.

Either record videos within the app or pull them from your phone's video library. You can add clips over time to existing videos, which will almost instantly update the video in each place it exists. You can customize the viewers and the contributors, restricting that ability to only friends, people you invite or the entire JumpCam community. Read more...

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September 25 2013

Instagram Launches iOS 7 App
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Instagram is now optimized for iOS 7.

Version 4.2 of the app launched in the App Store on Wednesday, and it's designed specifically for the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

The updated Instagram received a new look — similar to that of other iOS 7 apps — as well as new features.

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Photos in your feed are larger, and both the photos and videos are displayed at an increased resolution. Photos and videos can also be expanded to display on the edges of your screen

Content appears larger in grid view, too.

What do you think of Instagram's new look? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Read more...

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September 19 2013

'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' Game Arrives for Mobile
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The weather forecast for your mobile device today is cloudy, with a chance of meatballs.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to the popular animated film is set to hit theaters later this month. PlayFirst in cooperation with Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced Thursday the mobile game for the movie, an addictive arcade game featuring characters from the film.

In the movie, the same invention that caused it to rain food in the first film is now not only creating food but living food. Strawberries are sweet friends who help keep the gang safe, and Cheespiders (a cheeseburger with fry legs and sesame seed eyes) are an animal to be feared, while traveling through the now jungle that is Swallow Falls. Read more...

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September 17 2013

'Rookies' App Immortalizes Your Photos as Retro Baseball Cards
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A new free app called Rookies is tailor-made for sports fans and brings a new twist to the infinite number of photo apps on the web

But its secret sauce comes from a place far off the digital grid: the paper stock baseball cards that remain dear to the hearts of sports fans who grew up before YouTube highlights and Twitter shout-outs

The Rookies [App Store link] premise is simple but cool. First, snap a new photo with your iPhone, or grab an old one. Then place your pic in one of more than a dozen templates modeled after classic baseball card designs of the 80s. You can tweet your new card, post it to Facebook or simply save it to your phone to email friends, all for free. But here's where it really gets cool: For $12.99 plus shipping, you can get a pack of 20 cards — complete with vital stats on the back, actual old-school card stock and waxy wrapping — delivered to your doorstep Read more...

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September 14 2013

'Shadow' App Helps You Track Your Dreams
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You probably don’t remember what you dreamed about last night.

A new app called Shadow is attempting to change that, offering an easy way for you to record your dreams, track them, and discover what they might all mean.

According to Shadow, 95% of dreams are forgotten if they’re not recorded shortly after waking up. It aims to combat that by working first as an alarm clock that gently wakes you up through escalating alarms, transitioning you smoothly from sleeping to being awake

Once you wake up, the app instantly has you type or speak answers to questions about your dreams, recording those memories while they’re still fresh in your mind. The longer you use the app, the more information you’ll be able to record, and the better your chances will be to discover patterns within those dreams. Read more...

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