Chirp iPhone app introduces sharing via sound

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a story about some sort of jukebox from my House (of Crackpot Theories), but this is news about a real app called Chirp.

What’s Chirp? “Half Bump, half Soundhound.” On your iPhone, you choose an item (photo, note, or link) and then you can share with everyone around you who also has the app. It plays a high pitched series of tones, which other phones nearby (also running Chirp) listen for; the tones convey the URL to the item uploaded, and the other phones download it. (The app does require data access to work, so it’s not true peer-to-peer sharing, but it’s good enough.)

I loaded it today, and since the TUAW staff doesn’t all report to one big office, I was sitting here by myself wondering how to test it. Luckily the Chirp Blog has a couple of test items you can use to try it out, and I have to admit, it’s pretty slick.

Something I hadn’t thought about when I first downloaded the app was doing something with audio on a website or in some other fashion, like an audio QR code. At first that sounded kind of cool, considering all the useful kinds of things to be done with something like that. Then I thought about hearing the same brief tone many many times a day and I think that would get old in a hurry.

As of now it appears to be just the Chirp app that uses this technology, but for a quick way to share files it looks reasonably handy.

hat tip The Next Web

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Chirp iPhone app introduces sharing via sound originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Until Apple jumps in with its hypothetical offering, the Google Nexus 7 may be the best small-sized tablet on the market. With a US$200 starting price tag, some Mac users may be tempted to pick one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

Android devices, though, don’t easily sync to a Mac like the iPad or the iPhone. To help new Android owners manage their device, Macworld has a short, informational video that steps you through the process of transferring items to and from your device. (Hint: you use the Android File transfer app.)

You can check out the video by Christopher Breen on Macworld’s website.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Until Apple jumps in with its hypothetical offering, the Google Nexus 7 may be the best small-sized tablet on the market. With a US$200 starting price tag, some Mac users may be tempted to pick one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

Android devices, though, don’t easily sync to a Mac like the iPad or the iPhone. To help new Android owners manage their device, Macworld has a short, informational video that steps you through the process of transferring items to and from your device. (Hint: you use the Android File transfer app.)

You can check out the video by Christopher Breen on Macworld’s website.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Trapit for iPad is a unique news discovery app

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

I have found several news apps I really like over the last couple of years, like Zite, Flipboard and Pulse News. Still, there’s always room for something new, and Trapit is different and useful. Trapit for iPad was born out of an artificial intelligence project completed by DARPA and SRI, and has some of the same DNA as Siri.

You sign up for a free subscription, and start selecting some topics you are interested in. By having an account you can also sign in from a web browser. Unlike Zite, subjects are completely open. You can type anything and get hits from the more than 100,00 sources that are currently available.

Even better, like Zite, the app learns from your selections and fine tunes your topics over time. There are also a great many pre-selected subjects, like the White House race, daytime TV or the British open. You can also share your discoveries to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Email sharing is also supported.

So how does it work? Frankly, I didn’t find the setup particularly intuitive, and I was surprised to find absolutely no detailed help built into the app. The app is not impossible to set up, but I just found it a bit clunky. Topics are in alphabetical order. I’d prefer to arrange them myself. With all the articles available, Trapit has a nice feature that shows brand new items on the right side of the screen so you don’t miss them.

Results were good, both in the pre-selected subjects, and some really obscure topics I created. The search algorithm seems quite sophisticated, and if there are mistakes you can find tune them, and eliminate topics that you no longer want to search for. Mailing articles was flawless. I think the biggest advantage of this app is the freedom of topic selection, and the ability to learn as you seed more and more topics. I wouldn’t replace any of the news discovery apps I have now, but I certainly think Trapit is worth a look, especially for free.

Gallery: Trapit for iPad

Trapit for iPad is a unique news discovery app originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily iPhone App: Over: text+ photos lets you annotate your photos with ease

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

If you’re looking for an easy way to add text to your photos, then you should check out Over: text+ photos. The lightweight photo editor only does text overlays, but it does so with style and ease.

Over uses a dial as its menu, which is a nice change from the traditional button-driven interface. It includes 19 fonts, and you can buy more via an in-app purchase. Besides changing the font type, you can also adjust the size and alignment of the text. If you want to change the text, just tap on it. The text box will re-open and let you make changes.

The only drawback I found is the text color, which is limited to shades of grey, white and black. These colors are compatible with most photos, but this limitation might be disappointing for users who like to add a splash of color to their text. This is an easy feature that hopefully will appear in a future version of the app.

Once you’ve tweaked the text to your liking, you can share the annotated image via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or email. You can also save it to your camera roll. Interested iOS owners can download the Over: text+ photos app from the iOS App Store for US$1.99.

Daily iPhone App: Over: text+ photos lets you annotate your photos with ease originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Siri’s novelty is wearing off … for some

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

New York Times technology writer Nick Bilton may be breaking up with Siri, per his post on the NYT Bits blog.

Bilton’s on-again, off-again love affair with Apple’s intelligent assistant seems to be familiar territory for some other iPhone 4S users. He notes that “Many people I have spoken to have switched Siri off and reverted to the iPhone’s voice dictation service, which is more reliable because it doesn’t use Siri’s artificial intelligence software.”

According to Bilton, Gene Munster — our favorite securities analyst from Piper Jaffray — ran a series of 1,600 voice tests with Siri. It could hear requests fairly well, understanding 89 percent of requests made in a quiet room and 83 percent of those made on a noisy city street. But Siri’s understanding isn’t that great; Munster said that it could only accurately answer a question 68 percent of the time in a quiet room or 62 percent of the time on the street.

Munster gave Siri a “D” and says that the beta service needs to sharply improve. Bilton has spurned Siri for another sexy voice, that of Google Voice Search on Android phones. He may not realize he can already use that same technology via the free Google Search app on his iPhone 4S.

The public seems to still have a fondness for Siri. A survey by John Barrett of Parks Associates cited in Bilton’s article showing that 55 percent of respondents gave Siri a high rating, 21 percent said it was “satisfactory,” and only 10 percent completely dissatisfied with it.

For me, I’ve found that the more I use Siri, the better my success with her. Maybe Siri likes me just because I used her as the lead character in a book, but I still find her enchanting, helpful, and sometimes mysterious. Don’t worry about that breakup with Nick Bilton, Siri; you’ll always have me, even if my love is a bit one-sided…

Siri’s novelty is wearing off … for some originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TUAW Origin Stories: FlipBook HD

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

I’m a bit of an animation fan, both finished works and the tools that make them. iOS devices can come close to the old methods of drawing, moving and capturing animation because they can simulate “touching” the objects and moving them around as your would on a light table.

FlipBook HD is as much like an old light table as possible with the addition of a handy timeline and digital drawing tools. I spoke to the creator, Josh Anon, about why he created FlipBook HD. Josh also wanted to point out FlipBook HD was developed by MartianCraft, after he had created the iPhone version. Either version provides a fun tool for discovering the basics of animation while creating some of your own.


TUAW Origin Stories: FlipBook HD originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily iPhone App: Photo Mapo turns your photo into a postcard-style map that you can share

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

The next time you go on vacation, you might want to install Photo Mapo from Ripe Bytes on your iPhone before you head out. The app is more than just a photo frame. It’s a photo-mapping app that will take your photo, display it on an attractive map and allow you to share the resulting composition with your friends and family.

The app lets you take a photo or use an existing image from your camera roll. It pulls the GPS data from the shot and finds the location on a map. You can customize the style and the zoom level of the map, add a description and then combine them both with your photo. In the end, you get an eye-catching composition that you can send to a friend. Photo Mapo has a fun, touristy feel that makes you want to go on vacation just so you can use it.

Photo Mapo is available for free from the iOS App Store.

Daily iPhone App: Photo Mapo turns your photo into a postcard-style map that you can share originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cocos2D 2.0 available now

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

After months of testing, the team behind the latest version of the extremely popular Cocos2D game engine for iOS has released version 2.0 of the framework, and it’s available for download right now. The framework isn’t completely compatible with version 1.0, so devs currently using the previous version on a big project might not want to upgrade in the current build. But the new version is quite fast, includes support for OpenGL ES 2.0, and much simpler code for setting up and maintaining lots and lots of on-screen sprites.

Cocos2D is probably the number one open source engine for iOS game development. It sits inside Apple’s Xcode software and allows developers to easily and quickly prototype and develop 2D games and apps. This new version of the software should allow for even easier and more powerful development, leading to even better games and apps for end-users.

Cocos2D 2.0 available now originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Jul 2012 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Andreas Illiger announces Tiny Wings 2, coming next week

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Andreas Illiger, creator of the iPhone hit Tiny Wings, told us he had a new app coming very soon, and now we know exactly when: July 12. That’s when Tiny Wings 2 is set to arrive, according to this extremely adorable handmade trailer video, which you can watch below. There’s no information at all on new features or gameplay, but you can probably expect that it’ll be more of that cute little bird trying to jump from hill to valley to hill, and going for as long as possible.

Illiger had originally promised something completely new back in May, but a recent tweet says that he’s not working on a new game at all any more, so if he had something else planned, it might have been canceled. And it’s not completely clear yet whether Tiny Wings 2 is an update to the current game, or a brand new app from the popular (and rather shy) developer. Either way, we’ll know very soon. The update (or sequel) is expected out next week.


Andreas Illiger announces Tiny Wings 2, coming next week originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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