- HTC Desire HD ROM Gets Extracted
- Samsung Galaxy Tab to ship with Qik video chat
- Ford marketing 2011 Fiesta with new iPad app
- Unofficial Google Voice apps officially land in the App Store
- Turn iPhone videos into cartoons? Doodle Cam can.
- Facebook adds grey area to friend denials with “Not Now” option
- Munich. Oktoberfest. Check-in app. Heaven.
- Download Part Of Trent Reznor’s ‘The Social Network’ Soundtrack For Free
- Google Makes Prediction API More Predictable
- The Google Mobile App will now search cloud-based items for Blackberry users.
- Despite a strong quarter, RIM not out of the woods yet
- Posterous fires back at TwitPic; releases an application so you can rescue your TwitPic images.
- Annoyed by search? Google wants to track your frustration in real time.
- Hipstamatic update adds snappy new features.
- Interstate: Project roadmaps, done exceptionally well.
- LG CEO Bows Out Over Mobile Weakness
- Wanting to make the Gmail switch? Import your mail from other accounts. [Updated]
- How To Auto-Tweet Your Facebook Places Check-ins
- UK’s Metro newspaper posts reviews as Foursquare tips
Posted: 18 Sep 2010 12:31 AM PDT
Just four days after the device was launched, somebody has managed to get their hands on the new handset and extract a ROM from the device.
As PocketNow reports, the ROM is just a raw image dump. In its current state, the ROM cannot be ported to run on another Android device but it will allow developers to get a closer look of the software and possibly extract some of the apps and features (like HTC Sense) that are unique to that ROM.
If you want to follow developer progress on the ROM, or to download a copy yourself, head on over to XDA-Developers for more information.
Original title and link for this post: HTC Desire HD ROM Gets Extracted
Posted: 18 Sep 2010 12:00 AM PDT
Also demonstrated was the Qik Video Chat service, a service that saw huge subscription growth when it launched as the primary video chat service on the HTC Evo 4G, a handset that runs on Sprint’s 4G network. The Galaxy Tab will allow users to take advantage of the dual cameras on the device, enabling two-way live video conversations via 3G or Wi-Fi.
If a friend, family member or colleague is not available, Qik’s service allows users to record and share their videos, whether it be video email, a social network, blog or even video mail.
Qik was demoed at the Galaxy Tab’s US launch:
Samsung’s decision to include cameras on the Galaxy Tab could help win over consumers who were unimpressed with the iPad’s lack of camera equipment, the availability of an Android FaceTime equivalent would be enormously useful for business users or consumers who have to spend a lot of time away travelling.
Original title and link for this post: Samsung Galaxy Tab to ship with Qik video chat
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 05:05 PM PDT
Car companies seem to really like the iPad. A number of car brands including BMW, Audi, and others have produced iPad apps that act as brochures or magazines, and today Ford has released its first iPad app, a digital brochure for the 2011 Ford Fiesta.
While not exactly groundbreaking, the app really doesn’t need to be – it just needs to be slick and work well, and it does both nicely. Also, it is what it is – it isn’t an “app” anymore than the Audi Magazine “app” is – it’s just a nice way to view marketing focused content that people interested in this car might find appealing. So what exactly does it offer? For one, the app lets you swipe the screen in any direction to go to the next screen and also includes the following features/content:
We reached out to Scott Kelly at Ford’s Digital Marketing department to see if this app would be the start of many iPad apps to come, and he responded in an email:
As Kelley says, this app is an experiment, and Ford is certainly not alone in experimenting with the new tablet form factor. That said, hopefully moving forward we’ll see more interactive and fully featured iPad apps that really take advantage of the form factor and go beyond slick marketing, whether in the auto or in other industries.
You can download the free app on iTunes.
Original title and link for this post: Ford marketing 2011 Fiesta with new iPad app
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 03:13 PM PDT
Clearly, by now, you’ve heard the scuffle surrounding Apple’s relaxing of the App Store rules. One of the biggest things that iPhone users have been waiting for is some way to run Google Voice on their devices, as all ways were previously banned from the Apple marketplace due to terms of service violations.
Now, it appears, that trend is over. GV Connect (an unofficial, third-party Google Voice application) has appeared in the App Store and is ready for download.
While it’s never quite as good as the “real thing”, we’ll certainly take an unofficial application that gives full control over Google Voice for your iPhone. It will run you $2.99, but seems to be well worth the money for anyone who is in the market.
Grab it, and let us know what you think, won’t you?Via: MobileCrunch
Original title and link for this post: Unofficial Google Voice apps officially land in the App Store
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:46 PM PDT
TNW Quick Hit
Doodle Cam lets one capture photos or videos on an iPhone and turn them into hand drawn, cartoon, animations.
Love It: Results of Doodle Cam’s creations are visually appealing, app is easy to use and cartoon renderings add a very neat element to one’s iPhone-captured moments.
Hate It: Only 11 effects at this point, which I don’t hate, only semi-dislike.
Another app, Doodle Cam ($1.99), has now drawn (intended) me in to the world of mobile video capturing.
Doodle Cam is an app that allows iPhone users to record a video or take a photo, and using your choice of 11 different effects, and 5 soundtracks for videos, turn what you've captured into a hand drawn, cartoon animated piece of art. After doing so, one can then share a creation on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or email, from within the app.
One of the really neat features of the app is the fact that it renders what you see as a doodle sketch in real time, not after you've captured the moment. There's no editing required after the fact, what you see as you're creating your video, or taking your photo, is what you'll get.
Other features include:
Doodle Cam is extremely easy to use, creates extremely impressive renderings as you create them and allows you to share what you’ve created as quickly you created it. Doodle Cam is a grand app and provides another, unique, way to capture any moment worth capturing anywhere, at any time.
Original title and link for this post: Turn iPhone videos into cartoons? Doodle Cam can.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:43 PM PDT
Facebook will roll out a new option for friend requests according to Inside Facebook, adding “Not Now” to the current ways to accept/deny friend requests on the world’s largest social network.
When a user chooses the “Not Now” option, the friend request will be moved to a “Hidden requests” folder and the user will be able to go back later and approve or deny. If you go back later and then deny the request, Facebook will offer you the further option of marking the person as someone you don’t know, and then that person won’t be able to initiate a friend request with you in the future. So likely in effect this will mean a total block on this person.
As with the current system, none of these actions will be visible to the person that is getting denied / put on your wait-list.
By adding “Not Now” as an option, Facebook would seem to be making a smart play on two fronts: first of all, it is a way to make users feel less guilty when they don’t really want to be friends with someone, and on the other hand, Facebook might see some more connections as a result of this as some people may actually go back later and accept a friend request that they may have simply denied when that was the only alternative to accepting a friend request. Of course, Facebook thrives on friend connections, so any up-tick in those conversions can only help its network and bottom line.
We’ve sent Facebook an email asking when this option will be rolled out for the entire network, and what will happen to the current “Ignore” button, which seems to be absent in the screenshots taken by Inside Facebook.
UPDATE: Facebook just got back to us saying that the “Not Now” option will roll out over “the next day or two” and that it is indeed replacing the “Ignore” option.
Screenshots: Inside FacebookInside Facebook
Original title and link for this post: Facebook adds grey area to friend denials with “Not Now” option
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:07 PM PDT
If you happen to be heading to Munich for 2010 Oktoberfest starting tomorrow (and why wouldn’t you be right?), then boy do we have the app for you. Developed in conjunction with the city government, the new Wiesn iPhone app is a check-in app with a sole purpose – to help you find beer tents, communicate with others that are enjoying a stein, and of course to help you find ATMs so you can keep buying those steins.
Beyond just the focus of Oktoberfest, the Wiesn App isn’t all that innovative, but that’s really not the point – the point is that it is a dedicated app that is centering its social media experience around check-ins, which in our opinion is the right way to go at this point for any event.
That said, the app developers (Germany based check-in service Daily Places) have obviously put a fair amount of thought into the app including Facebook and Twitter integration – here are all of the features, followed by some more screenshots:
Note: there is understandably a lot of German in the app’s timeline, just fyi.
Original title and link for this post: Munich. Oktoberfest. Check-in app. Heaven.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 11:41 AM PDT
Quick heads up here everyone, if you have ever heard of Nine Inch Nails or Trent Reznor you are in for a treat: Reznor (the man behind Nine Inch Nails) co-scored the upcoming movie about Zuckerberg, ‘The Social Network.’
To kick up some dust around the music and the film, Reznor has released the first five tracks of the score for free. Yes, for free, you can grab them and get listening in a jiff with no threat of a lawsuit.
Head over here, give them your email address, and get listening.
Adding to the hype is a special promotion that Reznor and Amazon are running. The two are planning a special 2 day sale of the digital version of the full soundtrack for a mere $2.99, a rather low price for a full 19 track album.
Reznor himself is something of an innovator in music, having worked with various business models after saying good riddance to major labels. He felt they were screwing him, so he took off and is running his own show.
Original title and link for this post: Download Part Of Trent Reznor’s ‘The Social Network’ Soundtrack For Free
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 11:06 AM PDT
Google has added new features to its Prediction API that launched as a preview at Google I/O earlier this year. Haven’t heard of it before? Well, the Prediction API, “enables quick and easy automation of repetitive tasks. It accesses Google’s machine learning algorithms to analyze your historic data and predict likely future outcomes,” according to its Google Code page. Basically, the Prediction API is supposed to be used by developers to make their apps more automated
The new features that Google has added include:
Google says that it is continuing to only offer the Prediction API in limited preview, and developers can sign up for a waitlist if they are interested.
Original title and link for this post: Google Makes Prediction API More Predictable
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 10:52 AM PDT
A few months ago, when Google updated the Blackberry mobile app to give on-device searching for email and contacts, it was a great step for Blackberry users. Today, according to the Google Mobile blog, some other big changes have landed as well.
Most other devices that use the Google Mobile App have the ability to search not only email and contacts that are on the device, but also stored Gmail items, Google contacts and even Docs. Until today, though, that wasn’t available for Blackberry owners.
You can now search for any of your cloud-stored Google items just by entering your search term to the Google Mobile App:
Give it a shot, Berry fans, and let us know what you think.
Original title and link for this post: The Google Mobile App will now search cloud-based items for Blackberry users.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 10:19 AM PDT
RIM announced its second quarter results yesterday, and while the results were extremely strong, there are rumblings that these results are hiding something more problematic. Before getting into the problematic issues, here is the good news:
All good stuff. CEO Jim Balsillie commented specifically on the units shipping with this quote:
The CBC was generally positive about the results, but both CrackBerry and the Globe and Mail point out facts like a large part of RIM’s growth was outside North America (ironic given RIM’s troubles in the Middle East and India) and while the Torch is the #2 smartphone on At&T (after the iPhone), there are delays in launching the Torch in Canada.
When I’m out and about here in Vancouver, I pay attention to the phones people use (occupational hazard). What I see are iPhones and Blackberries, a lot of Blackberries actually, sure I see a ton of “normal” phones, and a handful of Android-based devices, but I do see a lot of Blackberries. Here’s what I’m wondering: what will that person’s next phone be? I know that the Torch is supposed to be great, but I haven’t seen one yet, and it sounds like we won’t see then in Canada until October. Analysts have pointed out that user growth isn’t that strong, which I think means that RIM is feeling the pressure from other smart phone makers drawing users away from them. I’m a great example of that. I’ve had a Blackberry since about 2005, but since Telus started offering iPhones a year ago, I’ve been counting down the time when I could ditch my Blackberry for an iPhone. Why did I switch? It wasn’t because the iPhone is a great email device (it isn’t), it’s because it’s a great app and browsing device. I would say that many people might be feeling the same way and when their contracts are up, is the Torch going to catch their fancy?
RIM’s biggest challenge as I see it is that the smartphone world moved from being focused on email, SMS, calendars, and contacts to browsing, apps, and games. RIM just didn’t keep up. The Blackberry OS and the browser is really a nightmare to develop for. I’ve tried to build sites, for a company developing a Blackberry app, that looks great on all Blackberrys and it was a fool’s errand. Just not possible with the mix of OS versions and browser versions out there in the wild. If the Torch doesn’t blow minds (all over the world) and RIM doesn’t do something to really consolidate and improve its browsing experience, I think RIM has a hard row to hoe.
Original title and link for this post: Despite a strong quarter, RIM not out of the woods yet
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 09:59 AM PDT
Over the past few months, Posterous has made some big changes that brought growing pains along with them. While introducing services that would import your data from 15 sites over 15 days, one of those growing pains was being threatened with legal action by TwitPic.
You see, TwitPic didn’t take too kindly to Posterous providing a way for its users to snag all of their images from TwitPic and post them to their Posterous blog. In fact, it didn’t take long for TwitPic to fully block Posterous and then threaten that legal action as I mentioned before.
Posterous, not ones to take things like this lightly, has now fired back with an Adobe Air-based application that will allow you to snag your TwitPic images and dump them directly to an archive of your choosing. The service, which will authenticate your Twitter credentials, will allow you to log in and save your images either to your computer or upload them directly to your Posterous.
For now, the tool is exclusive to Posterous, but we’re being told that it will go open source in the next week for those who want to post their photos to Flickr or another location.
Posterous should be sending out a communication, as you read this, to the thousand of users who had been affected by the TwitPic IP block, but we wanted to help get the information out there as well. They are, after all, your pictures. There’s honestly no telling how long this will work, but using Twitter authentication should help prolong things for users who want to rescue their images.
Want to get started? You’ll need to download the application, set up your accounts and then you should be good to go. Let us know how it works for you, won’t you?
Original title and link for this post: Posterous fires back at TwitPic; releases an application so you can rescue your TwitPic images.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 09:25 AM PDT
An interesting piece of research has come out of Google today that could point at a future where search engines can track how frustrated you are with your results in real time.
It’s obviously in Google’s best interests that you have a happy, successful experience when using its search engine, and the company has been looking at user’s behaviour when they become frustrated.
“In addition to many of them sighing or starting to bite their nails,” writes Google’s User Experience Team, “users sometimes started to type their searches as natural language questions, they sometimes spent a very long time simply staring at the results page, and they sometimes completely changed their approach to the task.”
The team says that it has identified five signals that indicate frustration: “Use of question queries, use of advanced operators, spending more time on the search results page, formulating the longest query in the middle of the session, and spending a larger proportion of the time on the search results page.”
Google says that although it’s early days, this research could be used to allow the company to measure frustration “in real time” in order to help make the search experience more pleasant for everyone in future.
We’d guess that Google Instant is already making search quicker and easier for many users as it allows them to modify searches and see changes in results without waiting, but the idea that websites could one day determine our mood based on the way we interact with them is undoubtedly fascinating.
Original title and link for this post: Annoyed by search? Google wants to track your frustration in real time.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 09:14 AM PDT
Hipstamatic for iPhone is an app that brings back the look, feel, grand beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras from a time long, long, ago.
As a connoisseur of fine and come to find out later, not so fine, camera apps on the iPhone, Hipstamatic is by far one of the best camera apps for the iPhone.
Upon launching the app your display immediately rotates to landscape mode, with your iPhone transformed into a small toy camera. What sets the app apart though is the variety of film, lenses, and flashes one can use and combine to make your photos really, really, slick.
Moreover, Hipstamatic, despite coming with pre-loaded lenses, films, ect… also allows one to purchase "Hipstapaks" from within the app that contain additional lenses, films, and flashes for even more photo taking options.
Things just got even better for Hipstamatic fans with the just updated version of the app, Version 170 adds:
Some photos taken with the new HipstaPak on my iPhone 4 look super neat:
A very retro, and new look from Hipstamatic to go with their already fantastic photo capturing options. To add Tumblr sharing, print ordering, and more, Hipstamatic has cemented the place it’s captured as one of the top iPhone camera apps one can snap up.
Are you a Hipstamatic user? If not, get hit here, and if so, is it your favorite photo app? Why/why not?
Original title and link for this post: Hipstamatic update adds snappy new features.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Interstate is a web-based application that lets businesses and developers create project roadmaps.
Love It: Really clean interface. Huge set of features
Hate It: Adding another step to project management, on a different platform.
When you’re managing a project, setting a roadmap for your goals is always a great place to start. Interstate does just that, but gives you considerably more features as well. In fact, if you’ll take a look at the front page, the site even gives you a roadmap of its own projects, such as Alerted Archiving, Activity-Based Feeds and Tooltip-Based Introductions.
For now, you’re still able to create roadmaps, embed them, manage your staff, track development of new features and even use the site’s API to integrate Interstate wherever you please.
Interstate, according to one of the site’s founders, has been in beta for just over a month with the latest version launching only a few days ago on the 15th of September. A full listing of the changes for the newest release can be found on the Interstate blog, but the short story is that the latest update is nearly a ground-up reworking of the site.
For now, Interstate is still in beta, and requires an invitation to use it. However, you know us here at TNW and we’re not ones to leave you hanging. If you want to give Interstate a try, enter the code “thenextweb” and the first 60 to do so will be in roadmap glory.
Original title and link for this post: Interstate: Project roadmaps, done exceptionally well.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 08:41 AM PDT
It has to be hard to compete in the mobile world these days. Companies like HTC are inhaling market share and ejecting new brilliant phones with frightening rapidity. And that pesky Cupertino giant is just as ravenous for growth.
Some companies are therefore unsurprisingly fairing poorly in the current market. LG is just such a company. Following the mobile division’s posting of a more than 100 million dollar loss, the LG CEO is stepping down.
He was appointed in to the position in 2007. LG remains one of the largest handset manufacturers both in the United States and around the world.
Original title and link for this post: LG CEO Bows Out Over Mobile Weakness
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 07:25 AM PDT
Apparently this has been around for a while. Please see update at end of post.
If you’ve been thinking of making the jump over to Gmail, or maybe you have but you’re still running a second or third email account, Google has just started rolling out an even easier way to make the transition. According to @Orli, she has seen the newest feature of importing mail and contacts from other services:
The webmail thing is great, but the POP3 function is pretty awesome. What this should mean is that long-time Outlook or Windows Mail users would be able to import their address books and contacts with ease. Though we haven’t yet been able to verify this feature, if it works the way that it should, Gmail is about to get a lot more attractive to a great number of people.
So give it a shot. If you’ve been on the fence about converting to Gmail, is this enough to push you over the edge?
Update – Well, color me foolish for not Googling first. Apparently, according ScepticGeek the feature has been around for quite some time:
The link in question takes us to the Gmail Blog, where we can plainly see that the feature has been in place since May of 2009. I believe, if I’m not mistaken, that this was what the word “oops” was invented for.
Original title and link for this post: Wanting to make the Gmail switch? Import your mail from other accounts. [Updated]
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 07:07 AM PDT
Facebook Places went live for the UK and Japan this morning (Europe is said to be getting it soon), allowing millions of Facebook users to check-in to different places and public locations as they went on their travels.
A rash of new locations pop up on our feeds, a couple worthy of noting were “Shitty Work” and “My House”, it seems that people are going to take a little while to used to the service.
At present there are no options to share Places check-ins, something that both Gowalla and Foursquare tie seamlessly into their offerings. However, at the launch of the service today it was noted that additional sharing functionality of Places could be created by third-party developers using its API.
We have seen that a number of users have taken to manually tweeting their location to show where they are. Luckily, they needn’t do that anymore for there is a pretty simple way to automatically tweet your Places location using a service called SocialToo.
SocialToo is a networking tool for Facebook and Twitter, helping users to manage their accounts and become “Power Users”. The service allows you to auto-follow, block auto-DM’s, create social surveys and publish them to your friend network and lots more.
Another service that SocialToo provides is the ability to sync Facebook updates to Twitter. Currently the service allows you to sync your statuses, your links and also your Places. For this article, we will obviously focus on Places.
Setting Up Your Account
Firstly, head over to SocialToo.com, use your Twitter account to sign up. Once logged in, click Settings at the top of the page to assign an email address but also to to connect your Facebook account to your SocialToo dashboard.
Connect your Facebook account using the link provided, once you have done this it should resemble the screenshot above (but obviously with your own details).
Now click the Inbox link on the menu below the Settings link:
Once you are safely onto the Inbox page, focus on the right hand side of the page and the paid options. Below these links is a “Facebook to Twitter” tickbox, click this to reveal three other other options.
To sync your Places check-ins you will need to select the “Autopost Places” option.
You should now be ready to auto-tweet your Facebook locations.
The results of my test were as follows:
We have contacted SocialToo to see if the auto-tweeted locations will be shortened in the future, just in case your location happens to be as long as the 140 character limit. We will update you as soon as we know but for now we hope the service helps you share your location a little easier than before.
Original title and link for this post: How To Auto-Tweet Your Facebook Places Check-ins
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 05:07 AM PDT
Facebook Places may have expanded to the UK today but that doesn’t mean that other location services are going to fall over and die overnight. The UK’s free Metro newspaper has announced that it is to publish editorial content to Foursquare.
Journalism.co.uk reports that users will be able to view location-relevant restaurant and film reviews from within Foursquare when they ‘check-in’ nearby. The service is currently only available to users in London.
Looking at the way it’s been implemented, the move is a smart one. Users see an excerpt from the review as a tip and can click through to the site for the full article, driving traffic back to their site.
The move isn’t the first time that a newspaper has hooked up with Foursquare. The Canadian Metro newspaper (unrelated to the UK title) began using Foursquare in a similar way earlier this year.
Despite having only around 3 million users worldwide to date, Foursquare is beginning to make its mark as an experimental marketing tool. Earlier this month Yorkshire became the first tourism authority outside the USA to launch an officially branded Foursquare presence. Whether marketers will switch to Facebook Places due to the sheer number of potential usersSource: Journalism.co.uk, Image: gwire
Original title and link for this post: UK’s Metro newspaper posts reviews as Foursquare tips
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