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Google Creating Majel, Android’s Response to Siri

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Dec 15th 2011 - No Comments

The only real novelty of the iPhone 4S is undoubtedly Siri. This is one of the only business case for Apple in new ad campaign for this holiday season. Google is working on its own voice assistant for Android to compete with Siri, Codename: “Majel” .

A new unverified report claims that Google is working on a similar solution with its own voice recognition assistant for Android. This would be called Majel , according Androidandme as a tribute to actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry, she had lent her voice to the Starship Enterprise’s computer on Star Trek.

More than a voice service, Majel would be a real virtual assistant. It could analyze natural language as Siri. Other clues come to confirm this rumor, Google has to redeem CleverSense, the publisher of the mobile application Alfred. A year ago, it was the company Phonetic Arts, which was acquired by Google, they specialized in speech synthesis.

In short, Majel should arrive in a few weeks. Patience.

Source : Apple Insider

Google Currents : Magazine Style News Aggregator for iOS and Android

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Dec 11th 2011 - 1 Comment

Google’s long-awaited magazine styled newsreader app for android and iOS, Google Currents has been released. This is the strong competitor to apps like Flipboard and Zite. Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed offline reading. You can browse, read, and share favorite content, presented in a swipable magazine format.

Google Currents, a new application for Android devices, iPads and iPhones that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger.

With the Google Currents, Google is joining a crowd of companies packaging digital content in a magazine-like format for mobile devices. Google Currents is a brand new way of exploring your favorite news and RSS feed subscriptions on your Android & iOS.

Publisher editions – Publishers such as Forbes, Techcrunch, Saveur, Popular Science, Good, 500px, Fast Company and more have produced hundreds of editions including in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, slideshows, live-maps, and social streams.

Google trending editions – Google Currents uses Google search technology to hourly build a set of editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures.

So Guys, with this new app you can instantly turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

Google Currents for iOS and Android

Arrived: Tell Your Friends About Your Arrival to a Particular Place Without Check-in

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Nov 15th 2011 - No Comments

If you’ve reached the point of leaving to check-in applications like Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, or Batch when you enter a location determined by pure sense, perhaps Arrived is your solution if you want to notify your contacts of your arrival, or your presence. 
The fact is that Arrived sends an automatic notification to your favorite contacts when you enter a key place. Of course all this works depending on how you configure it, notifies the contacts of your choice and only when you come to bars, restaurants, parks and clubs from which you want to launch your notice.The application works by geolocation and alerts your contacts when it detects that you are in the area you have selected. For now is only available for iPhone and you can download it from the apple App Store

Links: Arrived | App Store

Gmail for IOS

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Nov 4th 2011 - No Comments
Finally Googlehas released native Gmail application for IOS and is available through the App Store. Works on both iPhone, iPod touch as iPad.

Among other things, the application has the following features:

  • Alert messages through notifications and sounds
  • Search / find emails in seconds
  • AutoComplete email addresses from Gmail contacts or device address book
  • Upload photos with one click, using the attachment button
  • In iPad, you can browse the mailing list and view the contents of an email at the same time

Google aims to speed efficiency and trying to bring the same system of organizing emails the web version of an application. There is no cost and works with any Apple device with at least iOS 4.

Download Gmail From iStore

WhatsApp for IOS becomes free

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Oct 15th 2011 - No Comments
The arrival of iOS 5 that among all the news, came with an instant messaging application, IMessage. This application, in the end, I remembered a little inbreeding of BlackBerry Messenger, that is, only the users could enjoy this platform and, if you have friends in the world of IOS, WhatsApp could stop having sense. Thinking is not displaced, WhatsApp has decided to eliminate the only insignificant, a barrier that had in the world iOS: iOS WhatsApp becomes free.

Although WhatsApp is a very popular service, and allows communication between users of multiple platforms, IMessage was a risk for WhatsApp service since it took the same philosophy of BlackBerry Messenger: a totally integrated into the platform to which is added the special to allow communication devices without phone connection (like the iPod and iPhone without 3G modem). While 79 cents is not a very large capital, to have a free system, fully integrated in IOS was a threat that is better not to risk when you can offer, as well as other platforms, your application for free.

Click here to download WhatsApp from the AppStore.

IM + Video: Facebook Video chat in iPhones and Other IOS products

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Sep 14th 2011 - No Comments

I think IM+ is one of the most popular messaging clients, but the title should not be confused because, despite being an application created by the same people, is apart from cross-platform messaging client.

It focuses on interaction between users, for now only uses the Facebook video chat. IM + Video is a messaging client for iPhone that allows a Facebook account and make video calls from your phone to any online contact.
To use it is very simple since we only need to download and install it on your device, then only need to enter a Facebook account and make a video call to a friend on Facebook.

The application is not a client of Facebook because it lets you browse your profile , just access our contacts so we can call them. In itself, is the option needed to Skype to finish complement the original application.

IM + Video to iPhone is a free application and can be downloaded from now on the App Store .

iTunes In The Cloud Allow Streaming and Downloading Music

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Aug 31st 2011 - No Comments

Apple allowed developers to access the beta of iTunes Match, the system of traditional music from the company, now housed in the cloud. The description provided by Apple for the system is as follows:
Match iTunes stores your entire music library in the cloud, allowing you to enjoy your collection at any place, time or iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer.
The system will allow both streaming and downloading songs.

The launch of this service had been anticipating for a very long time, therefore, that  Google and Amazon went ahead with virtual hard disks where you can upload and stream music. However, neither has the weight of iTunes become the largest retail space in the world of online music.
Although Apple announced icloud in June , had not made ​​mention of streaming or said a lot about iTunes, but it is now clear that the implementation of this will be ready for service launch in September .
Other developments included will be the possibility of streaming from the cloud to any number you purchased from iTunes. Apple made a video tutorial style and serve as a “preview” for those who do not have access, then we left.

5 Best Design Apps on Mac App Store

by VISHAL GAIKAR - on Apr 12th 2011 - No Comments

The Mac App Store opened for business on January 6, 2011 with 1,000 apps.

Designers will be happy to know that there is an entire category devoted to Graphic & Design Apps. While some Apps may cross-over into other categories such as Photography, Utilities, and Developer, there is a growing list of Graphic & Design Apps and new titles are literally added every day.

In this post we bring you a selection of Five great Graphic & Design Apps found in the Mac App store.

Acorn is a Mac App for adding text and shapes to digital pictures.
$49.99 by Flying Meat, Inc.

Everyone needs to edit images at some point, but not everyone has the time to learn the super pricey image editing programs.this is why Acorn is made.
  • Add text and shapes to your digital pictures
  • combine images together to create your own
  • work with layers to touch up with your favourites


Alpha is a Mac App for image compositions and is integrated with Aperture and iPhoto.
$229.99 by cf/x AG

It is a leading edge image composition software
  • Create stunning compositions of images in seconds.
  • Turn large image collections into complex collages and mosaics in few clicks.

Art Directors Toolkit

Art Directors Toolkit, a Mac App for web and print design projects providing calculations and information for designers with 8 utilities and 3 tools. Color libraries and CMYK info.
$19.99 by Code Line

Includes licensed data of your favourite color loibraries
  • On screen toolset for Artists and designers working with digital media.
  • one-click-away digital companion dedicated to speeding up your design process.
  • works with almost any tool like photoshop, dreamweaver to create your digital media.
  • no more cluttering your desk or desktop with stickies, swatch books etc.


Diagrammix is a new Mac App for creating diagrams with assorted art elements and connectors.
$14.99 by Igor Belyaletdinov

Diagrammix is a tool for designing preity looking diagrams with minimal efforts. If you are office worker, designer, supervisor, student or a home user then you can draw almost anything in extremely simple way.
  • Diagrammix takes upon itself to connect elements, autosize elements while text entering, aligning elements and connectors.
  • Offers a lot of elements, connectors that eliminate the waste of time for preparing the attractive looking elements in another tools.

Logo Design Studio Pro

Logo Design Studio Pro is a new Mac App for creating logos with over 1000 pre-designed logo templates and 2800 logo-centric vector graphics.
$39.99 by Macware, Inc.

This application is especially designed for creating instant logos in few seconds.
  • Choose from more that 1000 predesigned logo templates.
  • or Start from scratch from 2800+ premium logo-centric vector graphics and shapes.
  • You can add or change text, shapes, color gradients or more to get your logo looking great and awesome.