TouchMyApps » Android http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Etymotic delivers Awareness app to Android and iOS http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/04/etymotic-delivers-awareness-app-to-android-and-ios/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/04/etymotic-delivers-awareness-app-to-android-and-ios/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:44:35 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69657 Audiophiles are already aware of Etymotic, the company that single-handedly invented the world of inner earphones. Their ER4 series revolutionised portable audio before you were born. I can think of no other name to which my silly bicycle hat is tipped to more often. God bless you Etymotic. Well, their rather well-known app collaboration with … Read more]]>

Audiophiles are already aware of Etymotic, the company that single-handedly invented the world of inner earphones. Their ER4 series revolutionised portable audio before you were born. I can think of no other name to which my silly bicycle hat is tipped to more often. God bless you Etymotic. Well, their rather well-known app collaboration with Essensy, Awareness, has finally made it to Android, too. Awareness allows you to hear what’s around you no matter that you’re plugged into some of the best noise-isolating earphones in the world. Etymotic have always been about hearing safety. Awareness uses the microphones in their hf3 and mc3 headsets to filter in the important stuff: announcements, safety alerts, etc., so that you can enjoy your music in safety.

Awareness has been available on iOS for a while, but it’s great to see Android getting some love (especially since I’ve become an iBasso DX100 owner). Evidently, you don’t have to be plugged into 4,1 Ice Cream Sandwich to use the functionality, either. (God knows you are damned lucky if you can get 4,1 working on your system.) Now, I don’t have either earphone to test Awareness in iOS or Android, but damn it, it doesn’t matter. Someone will. Enjoy your music in safety, people.

Press stuff after the jump

IFA, Berlin, 4th September 2012 – Etymotic Research, an innovator in hearing wellness solutions, today will debut StreetSonics!® for Etymotic, an app made for Android hf2-an and mc2-an noise-isolating headsets and earphones. The StreetSonics! for Etymotic app lets consumers experience high noise isolation and exceptional sound quality and still be completely aware of their surroundings.  Etymotic is showcasing the hf2-an and mc2-an headsets and earphones, enhanced with StreetSonics! for Etymotic at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Fair, IFA Berlin, Germany.

StreetSonics! is part of the AWARENESS! for Etymotic app family and is designed to work with legacy Android (pre 4.1 OS – Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphones. The app “listens” to a user’s surroundings and allows the user to mix outside sounds directly into the earphones at a level of their choice. Existing users of Etymotic earphones can check compatibility, register for an unlock code (www.etymotic.com/awareness) and download the StreetSonics! for Etymotic app via the Google Play App Store in mid-September.

UK-based audio app specialist Essency Ltd. developed the new StreetSonics! for Etymotic App specifically for legacy Android (Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich OS) smartphones.  StreetSonics! for Etymotic is based on Essency’s award-winning Awareness!® The Headphone App for iPhone.  The AWARENESS! app was originally available for Etymotic hf3 and mc3 headsets and earphones, designed for use with Apple products. Now, Etymotic makes it possible for owners of legacy Android smartphones (pre 4.1 OS) to program their noise-isolating headsets as well.

By putting control in smartphone users’ hands, StreetSonics! allows listeners to change sound level settings and to hear the world around them as they workout in the gym, jog, ride a bike outdoors, watch TV or a movie, relax at the coffee shop, await a boarding call at the airport, or listen to a podcast while watching kids at the playground.

“Until now, noise isolation meant tuning out,” said Mark Karnes, managing director of consumer products at Etymotic. “When we launched AWARENESS! for Apple devices last year, we brought programmable noise isolation to market for the first time, changing the way people listen to music.  Now, we are able to bring that same experience to millions of legacy Android smartphone devices in time for Christmas.”

Pricing and availability
hf2 at £129.95 and mc2 at £79.95 are in stock now at an authorized dealer, see the Etymotic dealer locator for a dealer or online retailer near you. http://www.etymotic.com/dealerlocator

About Essency
Formed in 2009, UK developer Essency specialises in cutting-edge audio apps for mobile devices, designed to make headphone use safer & more convenient. Essency apps are available for all Apple iOS devices and now for Android. Versions for Windows Phone, Blackberry, PC and Mac will follow. Please visit www.essency.co.uk.

About Etymotic
Etymotic Research is leading the way through all of its company initiatives to educate, advocate, protect, enhance and provide enjoyment of the listening experience for consumers at all ages and stages of life. For more information about Etymotic its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit www.etymotic.com.

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CNET: 5 Reasons Why Android better than iPhone [Video] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/11/cnet-5-reasons-why-android-better-than-iphone-video/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/11/cnet-5-reasons-why-android-better-than-iphone-video/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 03:48:02 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42641 According to Gartner’s recent Smartphone Market report, Android accounted for 25.5% of worldwide sales, compared to “just” 16.7% for the iPhone. But numbers aside, which is the better smartphone? Well, leave it to CNET’s Brian Cooley to answer this hotly debated question. Comparing the “two universes” (OS, devices, apps, carriers), Cooley takes a quick look … Read more]]>

According to Gartner’s recent Smartphone Market report, Android accounted for 25.5% of worldwide sales, compared to “just” 16.7% for the iPhone. But numbers aside, which is the better smartphone? Well, leave it to CNET’s Brian Cooley to answer this hotly debated question. Comparing the “two universes” (OS, devices, apps, carriers), Cooley takes a quick look and explains why Android is the superior product. He certainly gives valid reasons, but there’s no denying that faithful iPhone 4 users will think otherwise and can just as easily give 5 reasons of their own on why Apple’s phone takes the cake.

So what do you think? You agree that Android is better than the iPhone because of things like native flash support or the abundant choices of handsets? Video after the break!

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Android Marketplace strangled by porn and piracy http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/android-marketplace-strangled-by-porn-and-piracy/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/android-marketplace-strangled-by-porn-and-piracy/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38673 The Android Marketplace has real success stories such as Aaron La’s Advanced Task Manager; its open slant gives opportunity to many developers who can’t afford a Mac to join a huge market place. Every day, Android grows, and barring the all-out success of Windows Phone 7, it is destined to remain at the top, at … Read more]]>

The Android Marketplace cracked

The Android Marketplace has real success stories such as Aaron La’s Advanced Task Manager; its open slant gives opportunity to many developers who can’t afford a Mac to join a huge market place. Every day, Android grows, and barring the all-out success of Windows Phone 7, it is destined to remain at the top, at least as market share leader. But, all is not well.

According to the Reg, Google’s hands-off approach allows its Marketplace to drown in oceans of porn just as the App Store was chocked by useless apps (fart and flashlight) in its early days. There is another negative effect: piracy. Despite the fact that the average selling price for Android apps is less than their iPhone, developers are strangled by app pilfering. The net result is that 49% of Android developers are making less than they expected and only 27% making more than they expected. Again, there is no question that Android is the market leader. For developers, it is an attractive platform. But it isn’t the heaven and spice that disgruntled iPhone developers may think it is. Google needs to adapt to keep its most important customer, the developer, happy. Happy, loaded developers make great apps. Currently iPhone Development, while a lot more controlled, has a friendlier, more lucrative face; it also tends to sport much more high quality apps.

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Carriers: Samsung Galaxy – is this the Android phone you want? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/carriers-samsung-galaxy-is-this-the-android-phone-you-want/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/carriers-samsung-galaxy-is-this-the-android-phone-you-want/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:57:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38668 Ongoing’s Tim Bray wonders how Samsung did it. They managed to launch the Galaxy line of Android smart phones around the world on almost every carrier of note. That IS a significant feat, especially considering Apple’s comparatively meagre iPhone 4 rollout, but it is insignificant if you put it into perspective. Firstly, adapting Android to any … Read more]]>

Ongoing’s Tim Bray wonders how Samsung did it. They managed to launch the Galaxy line of Android smart phones around the world on almost every carrier of note. That IS a significant feat, especially considering Apple’s comparatively meagre iPhone 4 rollout, but it is insignificant if you put it into perspective. Firstly, adapting Android to any piece of hardware is easy. And if you own pretty much every piece of mobile hardware as Samsung does, it is even easier. Secondly, Samsung’s revenues put it in the top ~30 of the world’s largest GDP’s. Samsung are richer than most countries in the world. They are by far, the largest conglomerate in the world. How hard is it for them to get their grungy phones to carriers across the world? For a company that dips its enormous fingers into almost every country (legal or not) and still has the resources to personally attack ordinary citizens, not hard at all (TWSS).

They’re building the tallest building in the world; getting a measly piece of plastic and glass into the hands millions of customers is easy. Of course, Samsung also have a knack for screwing up design, mucking up UI, and forgetting to slip chargers or cables with their phones. So, while Samsung’s Galaxy may by numbers become the biggest Android name out, it will more likely than not, line the bargain bins as another piece of shoddy work. Don’t look to Samsung to show the world how to make a good Android phone, only look to them to show how to make the most circulated, cheap piece of plastic with an ‘Android’ label.

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Fanboi VS Fanboi – there is no middle ground http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/30/fanboi-vs-fanboi-there-is-no-middle-ground/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/30/fanboi-vs-fanboi-there-is-no-middle-ground/#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:39:42 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38501 Get over it Fanbois, you can’t separate your favourite product from the pile of others. Security this, security that, market penetration, user base – irrelevant to proving which product is ‘better’. Want to talk about app numbers? About OEM growth? Go ahead. But no matter how you crack it, you’ll only prove one point: that … Read more]]>

Image courtesy of funny-potato.com/blog

Get over it Fanbois, you can’t separate your favourite product from the pile of others. Security this, security that, market penetration, user base – irrelevant to proving which product is ‘better’. Want to talk about app numbers? About OEM growth? Go ahead. But no matter how you crack it, you’ll only prove one point: that you are capable of only proving one-sided points.

In this article, I will aimlessly rail on the sort of clueless fanbois blogger we see around the net.

In the eternal iPhone VS Android debate, we as fanbois of either platform are too self-serving. We see our two platforms as locked in a perennial struggle. It is good VS evil to the end. This line of thinking is archaic and stupid, especially when dedicated to hand held devices. Pretty soon, fanbois diarrhoea will explode all over the net with another entry: Windows Phone 7. The new platform is bound to build its own customer base, and hopefully offer something for homeless Windows Mobile refugees.

In computing, you can argue that one platform is better than another, that it is more secure than another; but then you can also argue that gold is a better colour than blue. True from one viewpoint or not, nothing will change. Fanbois will rush out to by the product they’ve always leaned against. Others may buy with their purses, or go for the most colourful item, the one with the handsomest model, or any host of other reasons.

Fanbois: simply owning and loving a product does not make you a fanbois. There is no reason to bash a user. Bash instead the marketing, the stereotypes, the image; but by all means, stay away from the user. The platform with the most zealots will accrue the most hatred.

Zealotry is natural; I’m not asking you to drop that. But drop human-bashing when what you really hate is the competition’s evil practices, their platform, their hardware, their apps, their style, their features, their DRM, their dominance, their fecundity, etc. Fanbois-written articles are the worst: they ignore reality for the small pleasures of venting. It should be small consolation that there are others, like you, who loathe something. Anyone can add their opinion to anything. Facebook allows you to like the whole of the bloody internet.

But as many fans as there are, there are detractors, too. You too can join their ranks thanks to comment sections on blogs, to nigh-anonymous posting on forums, and to the strength lent opinions from keyboards. This isn’t the dark ages of the 1980′s anymore. If you hate someone or something, you visit their blog and rail; or you post about them on your site. You find similar-minded people and lump peanuts at them from your salty gallery. You join the ranks of insult-driven drivel, foraging for falsehoods and rooting facts for the sake of ‘+1+ whuffie.

Here are some helpful hints for the burgeoning fanbois:

  1. Spout opinion
  2. Focus on stereotypes, they are important
  3. Ignore facts (especially from the other side) at all costs
  4. Make conjecture
  5. Quote irrelevant articles
  6. Use conjunctions such as ‘if’, and modal verbs like: ‘could’, ‘might’
  7. Never support anything from the ‘other side’
  8. Give props to like-minded individuals
  9. Never concede

There you have it. Now you too can write attention-grabbing, comment-grubbing, click-craving posts too. Oh yes, if you need a model, you’ll have lots to love at ComputerWorld’s blog section. I recommend Fanboi falsehood #1: “Mac security better than Windows”

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ViewSonic’s Android tablet to double up on the iPad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/27/viewsonics-android-tablet-to-double-up-on-the-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/27/viewsonics-android-tablet-to-double-up-on-the-ipad/#comments Sat, 28 Aug 2010 05:20:43 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38421 With year-end holidays approaching, it is high time Apple’s competitors to finally hit the copy button. ViewSonic have a nice looking, ‘seen it before’ tablet coming… sometime soon. It will sport Android (or Windows), expandable memory, dual cameras and a USB port. In other words, it is the same exact same thing you’ll get from … Read more]]>

With year-end holidays approaching, it is high time Apple’s competitors to finally hit the copy button. ViewSonic have a nice looking, ‘seen it before’ tablet coming… sometime soon. It will sport Android (or Windows), expandable memory, dual cameras and a USB port. In other words, it is the same exact same thing you’ll get from LG, HP, from Dell, from Toshiba, and myriad other manufacturers. Expect this copy-cat solution to be fun for a good old-fashioned Apple haters, but worthless on its own merits.

Too many companies debut the same hardware at the same prices sporting the same operating system now. In terms of innovation, the market is already dead. If it ain’t Apple, it’s a dime-a-dozen Android machine, or already-dead Widows 7 platforms.

Manufacturers: think for yourselves. Make something worthy of the OS and then dish it out. Don’t just slap together double-thick iPad and hope for the best. The Android market will eat your lunch. HP have realised this, putting weight behind WebOS. Whether it will work for them, is anyone’s guess, of course, but at least they try. Android tablets are like Legos: anyone can snap them together from the same tub of parts. Rather than tweaking the square wheel, why not try to invent?

For those who can’t make the iPad buy decision, I truly hope that something better for you comes along.

Picture and specs from PocketLint.

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Motorola Droid X and Hitler cozy up in goose-stepping iPhone 4 hate http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/01/motorola-droid-x-and-hitler-cozy-up-in-goose-stepping-iphone-4-hate/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/01/motorola-droid-x-and-hitler-cozy-up-in-goose-stepping-iphone-4-hate/#comments Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:23:58 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=35461 Last week, Hitler’s iPhone 4 badmouthing was the rage. This week, it is just cute. Motorola, you know, the Google Nexus-shafted maker of the Droid, has a new phone coming out. It looms LARGE (and I do mean large). Its 4,3 inch screen is big enough to encourage b-boyism everywhere; its Adobe Flash compatibility should … Read more]]>

Last week, Hitler’s iPhone 4 badmouthing was the rage. This week, it is just cute. Motorola, you know, the Google Nexus-shafted maker of the Droid, has a new phone coming out. It looms LARGE (and I do mean large). Its 4,3 inch screen is big enough to encourage b-boyism everywhere; its Adobe Flash compatibility should be enough to wet the panties of porn-fans everywhere – but that’s not all. Sure, it’s got a noise-friendly 8MP camera and it is black. The real killer, however, is its two antennas; these bunny ears alone will make dead-palming their handset nigh on impossible.

Thanks El Reg

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iAndroid goes iFroyo – the latest Android 2.2 running on an iPhone 3G http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/07/iandroid-goes-ifroyo-the-latest-android-2-2-running-on-an-iphone-3g/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/07/iandroid-goes-ifroyo-the-latest-android-2-2-running-on-an-iphone-3g/#comments Mon, 07 Jun 2010 18:46:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34118 Some time ago we reported an independent dev team creating an version of the Android 1.6 for the iPhone 2G and having updated it later to support the iPhone 3G with over 80% of functionality (minus some minor points like Power Management ) fully supported. Well, an Italian iPhone webblog has taken the project one … Read more]]>

Some time ago we reported an independent dev team creating an version of the Android 1.6 for the iPhone 2G and having updated it later to support the iPhone 3G with over 80% of functionality (minus some minor points like Power Management :) ) fully supported. Well, an Italian iPhone webblog has taken the project one step further and used the OpeniBoot project basis to port the latest and greatest version of the Android platform, even still not available for the majority of native Android phones – the Android 2.2 Froyo.

Of course not everything works, some things, already implemented for the older Android 1.6 have gone wonky, like Wi-Fi and sound support. And remember, the Power Management is also still amiss, meaning your iPhone will get very hot and discharge in about an hour or so. Anyhow, if you’re feeling brave, fins the instructions, translated Italian-to-English by RedMond Piem or just check out the video after the gap.

Installation Froya iPhone 3G

Needed:

  • Openiboot installed on your iPhone.
  • Download this file and place it on the desk
  • Phoneview or Cyberduck
  • installed on Cydia or SSH afc2add

To transfer files to your iPhone:

1) Open phoneview or Cyberduck and position in the path: / private / var
2) Transfer the files on storage in this illustrated before.
3) Create a folder always on / private / var and name Firmware
4) download this file and position the files in the folder called Firmware

Installation Openiboot:

1) Download this file, unzip it and place it on your desktop;
2) Put your iPod in recovery mode: turn off the device and connect to the computer while holding down the Home button until iTunes recognizes the device;
3) Open Terminal and type the following commands in sequence:
cd Desktop
CD Installer
sudo. / loadibec openiboot.img3
4) compare three symbols on the iPod. Move to the second with the power button, and press the Home button on the top of the bottle. Done what the iPod will appear a series of writings. When display ‘Welcome to OpeniBoot’ the process is finished.
5) From the terminal type this command:. / Oibc
6) Put the device in recovery mode but this time hold down Home and Power until you see the classic iTunes logo with the cable on the iPod screen. Close iTunes on your Mac and move to the terminal;
7) From terminal, press Ctrl and C together;
Replace the Openiboot typing sudo. / Loadibec openiboot.img3 appear again and the three symbols. This time, however posizioniamoci always on the top of the bottle but DO NOT hit the Home button;
9) On the terminal, while remaining in the Installer folder, type. / Oibc and do not press Enter;
10) Last step: now we sull’OpeniBoot and click on Home on the bottle, but we will soon appear on the iPod first written we press Enter on Terminal with the command. / Oibc;
Now displays that appear on the iPod also written on the terminal. Finished loading and joints on ‘Welcome to OpeniBoot’, type install from terminal and see other writing appear.
After missing the written terminal we type in reboot and will always correctly completed the installation.
Turn on your iPod go to the Android robot, press Home, and enjoy your Android device!

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How to get yourself an iAndroid 3G http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/24/how-to-get-yourself-an-iandroid-3g/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/24/how-to-get-yourself-an-iandroid-3g/#comments Mon, 24 May 2010 17:13:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33357 Just a little while ago, we reported about an independent hacker creating custom dual-boot Android firmware for the original iPhone. Well, Droid-fans, the same infamous team just shocked the community with another ground-shattering announcement – they have implemented most of the functionality (barring Power Management) as well as making a custom version of the firmware … Read more]]>

Just a little while ago, we reported about an independent hacker creating custom dual-boot Android firmware for the original iPhone. Well, Droid-fans, the same infamous team just shocked the community with another ground-shattering announcement – they have implemented most of the functionality (barring Power Management) as well as making a custom version of the firmware for the iPhone 3G. Even better – exclusively for PC World David Wang – the brain behind the project, has done a detailed step-by-step walkthrough of making your own iAndroid phone.

You can find the guide over here, but be warned:

Although this port does everything that you expect your smartphone to be able to do, it isn’t usable for day-to-day activities just yet–I haven’t implemented any power-management functions, so a fully charged iPhone running Android will last only an hour or so.

A few bugs and performance issues remain, too, so while the phone will be usable, it won’t be fast. If you do something unexpected (such as forcing the iPhone off), there is a small chance that you may end up restoring your device. However, it is impossible for any bugs to brick or disable your iPhone permanently.

Finally, media syncing is not working, so loading your media onto your phone is kind of a pain. I’m working as hard as I can, though, and I expect to fix these issues soon.

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DreamBook ePad 7 – the iWTF Pad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/24/dreambook-epad-7-the-iwtf-pad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/24/dreambook-epad-7-the-iwtf-pad/#comments Mon, 24 May 2010 14:22:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33376 Just to prove that TouchMyApps isn’t all Apple fanboi, I thought I’d pay homage to the creative competition out there. So many companies have been given glorious opportunity to flex their creative muscles thanks to Google’s open-source Android. The funds they save by going Google allows them to dedicate their resources to create unique and … Read more]]>

The innovative DreamBook ePad 7

Just to prove that TouchMyApps isn’t all Apple fanboi, I thought I’d pay homage to the creative competition out there. So many companies have been given glorious opportunity to flex their creative muscles thanks to Google’s open-source Android. The funds they save by going Google allows them to dedicate their resources to create unique and innovative designs.

Apple lovers may think the iPad is the 2nd coming, but the truth is, that it’s just another silicon device. Strapped with every Google fan’s favourite Android 1.6, Jesus only knows the ePad 7′s sky, or its limits! Hell, with Android’s recent Froyoing around, even Apple’s  smug mountain of doom is heating up.

Specs after the gap:

DreamBook ePad 7 specs

  • CPU VIA WM8505+, Up to 533Mhz
  • SSD ROM 2GB, Up to 32GB
  • RAM 256M DDR2
  • Memory Slot T-Flash
  • Camera 0.30M-1.3M Pixels
  • Colour Display 7″ high sensitive touch screen, 800×480 Pixels
  • Battery Type Rechargable Lithium
  • Battery Capacity 2400mAh, Up to 10 hours
  • USB 2.0 Yes
  • Speaker Yes
  • G Sensor Yes
  • I/O Ports Headphone, Built-in Microphone, Exit
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Optional External GPS
  • External Bluetooth
  • External 3G Dongle
  • USB Keyboard/Mouse
  • USB Storage Device
  • SOFTWARE
  • Operating System Android 1.6
  • Browser Google Browser
  • Video MPEG-4
  • Music MP3
  • Photo JPEG, BMP
  • Email Email client
  • GPS Google map
  • Tudou Web Video Player
  • VOIP Fring, Skype
  • E-book CHM, TXT
  • App Store App Management
  • Theme Frame Supports screensaver
  • APK Installer Installation, download

All the excitement can be found at Pioneer Computers

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    Google Image Search for iPhone: New and Improved http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/30/google-image-search-for-iphone-new-and-improved/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/30/google-image-search-for-iphone-new-and-improved/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:05:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32405 For those of you who routinely search for the latest (and hottest) Megan Fox pics via Google Image search on your iPhone, you may already have noticed some interface changes. To make mobile browsing of piccies even more intuitive, Google have redesigned the Image Search module for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices. Here are … Read more]]>

    For those of you who routinely search for the latest (and hottest) Megan Fox pics via Google Image search on your iPhone, you may already have noticed some interface changes. To make mobile browsing of piccies even more intuitive, Google have redesigned the Image Search module for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices. Here are some of the highlights:

    • The thumbnails are square to maximize the number of images we can get on the screen at one time so you can scan them quickly
    • You can swipe to see the next or previous page of results, or tap the large, stationary ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ page buttons
    • We optimized for speed so that the images appear quickly when you browse

    And like an app, you can now swipe across the screen on both the search and individual image pages to view the next/previous results. To start using the new version of Image Search, all you have to do is go to www.google.com on your iPhone/iPod Touch and tap on “Images”. Video of the new interface in action after the gap.

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    HP Slate – already Failed http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/30/hp-slate-already-failed/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/30/hp-slate-already-failed/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:06:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32344 Without a software platform to aim the silicon guns, there can be no platform war. And if TechCrunch’s lead is more than just rumour, HP may be sunning their Slate out of Microsoft’s musty Windows 7 cocoon. HP may even drop Intel’s Atom for a less power-hungry platform, in which case, Windows 7 is right … Read more]]>

    Without a software platform to aim the silicon guns, there can be no platform war. And if TechCrunch’s lead is more than just rumour, HP may be sunning their Slate out of Microsoft’s musty Windows 7 cocoon. HP may even drop Intel’s Atom for a less power-hungry platform, in which case, Windows 7 is right out. WebOS, Android, and Chrome stand primed as candidates, but as I mentioned before, tablet computing needs tight integration of software and hardware.

    Mobile computing isn’t just nerd fodder: spec is nothing. Hardware husks need friendly, pixel-perfect user GUI’s; they need innovation; they need a tailor-made OS. If HP hook themselves into a wrong build of Android or WebOS, the Slate will drop to the wayside as just another Tablet PC. Even if they manage to sell a few, their Slate is destined to be just _a_ good Android.

    Their hardware will never enjoy low-level integration of software and hardware like the iPad. Dropping Windows 7, however, is a good first move to make the Slate work. Alternatively, HP could ferret out keen software developers and coddle together a semblance of coherent computing by buying WebOS.

    But they’d be left with a sad library of apps and possibly, a has-been operating system. Watching Apple’s competition is like watching a discordant army of peasants attack the walls of a well-fortified castle with sporks. I have every confidence that the iPad and iPhone OS will be outsold 3:1 or worse by its rustic rivals. But then again, Apple have never relied on market domination to make great products. Continuing in their simple, but elegant strategy of bottom-up software/hardware integration will secure their platform advantage.

    This ain’t the PC wars all over again – no one is going to undersell the competition to the top. Apple’s years of keen UI study and real-world product development will keep the iPhone/iPad at the top.

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