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GE iPhone app lets you set the mood in your room with light

Posted in GE by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

There is an app for everything on the iPhone. Many of the apps are for things that I never really needed or wanted though. A strange new app from GE has surfaced that lets the user take a picture of a room of their house with the iPhone camera.

Once the pic is taken the app then lets the user apply lighting filters to the pic to get an idea what different light moods would look like. If you find a lighting mood that you want, you can get a list of the bulbs to get to set the mood.

Chase iPhone app lets you deposit checks from anywhere

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2010

Looks like banking giant Chase is finally getting itself into the 21st century with the latest version of its iPhone app. It allows you to deposit paper checks into your Chase account using an iPhone. All you have to do is take a picture of the front and back of the check, hit a few icons, and you’re done.

This is a major time-saver for people and it’s super useful. You don’t have to make a special trip to the bank anymore just for a deposit. We love that.

Google uses its Android App Kill Switch

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

It’s common knowledge that Google and Apple can remotely remove apps from their mobile operating systems, and it has now been confirmed that Google has used its kill switch on two apps that infringed on its terms of service.

Google admits that most people who downloaded the apps had already deleted them and that this was just a cleanup operation. Apparently users will get a notification sent to them when an app is removed, but it’s still a bit scary to think that your apps might suddenly disappear.

Microsoft Develops Power Slashing App

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

Many of us keep our work or home PC’s on when not in use. It’s convenient, but it increases our power consumption. So Microsoft has designed a new sleep proxy system that will allow you to switch off your PC or put it in Stand By and still access everything you need whenever you need it remotely.

This will cut power consumption by 60 to 80 percent. That’s awesome news. It’s good for the environment and it will save you some money as well. We like this one a lot.

Need to catch a criminal? There’s an app for that

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

You can’t get a straight answer from a criminal. They are criminals after all. So cops in Brockton Massachusetts are using specially equipped iPhones to make the job easier. Cops could use the break.

The officer uses the iPhone to take a picture of the suspect, which then connects to the department’s database for a biometric comparison. If the suspect has been arrested before, the officer can get his complete file, including info on prior arrests and convictions.

iMaria is a sad app for your pathetic and lonely life

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

It’s not easy being an internet geek. We get that. And we feel for you. But please, get out once in a while. Meet someone. That’s a much better alternative to buying this iMaria app. It’s a sort of Playmate virtual girlfriend for the nerd that lacks everything.

iMaria is happy to stay at home and cook, or go out. It’s all good. She’s a virtual English girlfriend with a cute accent and a great personality, as well as a great pair of… And obviously it’s all very tame and lame thanks to iTunes no-porn policy. Which makes you even sadder if you buy this. Have fun watching her peel virtual potatoes in the virtual kitchen. Probably the highlight of your day.

Kindle for Android coming this summer

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

Kindle for Android is coming. But hold your horses. It isn’t ready to download just yet. Amazon’s free Kindle ebook reader for Android won’t launch until this summer. When it does, devices with Android 1.6 and above (with an SD card) will let you search, browse, and purchase the books in the Kindle Store without exiting the app.

Kindle for Android features Whispersync, which will keep your bookmarks, last page read, notes, and highlights all synchronized across all your Kindle-enabled devices. You still have a wait, but it will be here soon.

Comcast creates awesome iPad app

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

Here’s Comcast CEO Brian Roberts demonstrating Xfinity Remote, a super nice iPad application that lets you control your cable box. It takes the set-top box interface and turns it into an easy-to-use iPad app that features an interface with a keyboard.

TiVo really should have done something like this. You can change channels, program recordings, search the schedule and select a pay-per-view program, all on the browser-based iPad app. Awesome.

Wii remote support coming to Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

Adding to the growing number of apps in the Android market, is the Wii Controller Demo, produced by Ryan Frawley. This fee software allows Android users to create a Bluetooth connection between their phone and a Wii Remote and then input information on the phone’s display.

This opens up some exciting long-term implications for gaming on Android. Frawley is still working on the software but it can already detect the presence of a Nunchuk and Classic Controller. Once the app is working the way they want it to, other developers will be allowed to use it in their games and emulators.

Snaptu app store hits AT&T app beta site

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you have an app store. But if you have a mobile phone without an app store, Snaptu might be able to help. It’s basically an app store for mobile phones that don’t have one built-in, like phones that run Java ME.

Platforms like Windows Mobile and Symbian can also benefit from Snaptu. It’s available on AT&T’s Apps Beta site and has about 20 apps so far, but hopefully that number will grow.

iPhone app chocolates

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Nothing says I love you like iPhone chocolate apps. These iChocolates are a 20-piece gourmet chocolates assortment which resemble iPhone and iPad app icons, boxed in a luxury iPhone-like package.

They look iDelicious. These are handmade in France and on Etsy now for $46.44 per box. Not a bad price for a geeky treat. Come on Apple nerds, if you REALLY loved Stevie Jobs, you’d send him this. And he would be yours forever.

Sirius XM app for Android coming soon

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

iPhone and iPod touch users have had a Sirius XM app for about a year now, and Android users will soon be able to get in on it as well. Right now there’s still no launch date, but the app is “coming soon,”.

Apparently it will be pretty identical to the iPhone OS version, with support for streaming over WiFi and 3G. But it seems like Sirius XM is saying that the app will only be available for the Droid and Nexus One, which is strange.

Human Touch iPhone controlled massage chair

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

The iPhone has more accessories and apps than anything in the history of everything. And this latest is probably one of the largest iPhone accessories ever, the Human Touch HT-Connect.

The HT Connect massage chair connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch via Bluetooth, and comes with an iPhone application that lets you control all the functions of the massage chair. Now THAT sounds relaxing. Until you see the price. I need a massage after seeing that $5,999 price.

idisplay app turns your ipad into a wireless monitor

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2010

Here’s an interesting iPad app that turns your iPad into a secondary monitor. Shape Services iDisplay connects your iPad to your Mac desktop and lets you wirelessly extend your screen onto your iPad’s display.

It will also work on the iPhone, but I’m not sure why you would want to use your iPhone for this. Right now it’s version 1.0 product, so I’m sure they have some bugs to work out, but the users who have problems are using iPhones. It’s a great idea.

Kindle iPad app available on iTunes

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2010

Many of us were wondering if the Kindle app would show up on the iPad and here it is. You can still purchase ebooks despite the fact that it competes with Apple’s iBooks app and store. Pretty nice of them I guess.

It is all official now. The app lets users select from over 450,000 books from the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes things like your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad, and others.