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Archives: April 2012

What’s Your Klouchebag Score?

Designer Tom Scott has created Klouchebag, a Twitter app mocking the Internet’s obsession over Klout scores.

Check it out: ” Don’t take it personally. This is about as scientific as Klout’s own measurements — which is to say, it’s pretty much a crapshoot … Klouchebag uses the ARSE rating system. Anger: profanity and rage. Retweets: “please RT”s, no or constant retweeting, and old-style. Social Apps: every useless checkin on foursquare or its horrible brethren. And English Usage: if you use EXCLAMATION MARKS OMG!!! or no capitals at all, this’ll be quite high.”

Below, we’ve found the scores for some of our favorite Twitter pages. What’s your Klouchebag score?

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App Toolbox For Fixing Your Car

Having your car break down is no fun at all. But there are plenty of apps that you can install on your mobile device to help out when  you are in need. From DIY car repair apps, to apps that will help you shop for the right price on car fixes to apps that will notify loved ones and your mechanic if you get into an accident.

According to data from AppdataRepairPal: Auto Repair Expert, ranks at No. 308 in the Top Free Apps Utilities Genre. The app that helps users find roadside assistance and price repairs.

Below, we’ve collected five other free tools Bible readers can use for iOS and Android devices; they can be downloaded at Google Play, Amazon’s Appstore and Apple’s App Store. Read more

How To Save & Edit Videos with Google Drive

Wish you could build book trailers or YouTube videos straight from your new Google Drive? The video embedded above will show you how.

Today on the Morning Media Menu, Social Times staff writer Devon Glenn showed us how the WeVideo editing app that lets you upload video with Google Drive. The company offers a free 1GB plan, letting users play with the new tool. Check it out:

People can use WeVideo to upload and store their video files directly from their mobile phones, desktop or laptop computers. From there, they can edit the files with tools comparable to those on iMovie, like adding filters or making transitions between clips. They can also add music from a cache of royalty-free tracks. As with Google Docs, WeCreate users can invite friends and colleagues to collaborate on the project without having to email each other the files. When the video is complete, they can share it on social networks like Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitter.

Earn Free eBooks Playing Facebook Game

Baen Books is running a special promotion that lets beta testers for online gamers win free eBooks.  Internet users who sign up to play Plant Baen, the publisher’s social game, will receive a free eBook. Players can earn additional eBooks if they do well in the game.

Here is more about the game from Planet Baen’s Facebook page: “The object of the game is to found a settlement on a lawless planet on the galactic frontier. The OTHER object of the game is to earn free Baen Ebooks by playing. We, of course, hope a player will stop playing, read and enjoy the book, buy all the other books in a series, then come back to the game and play some more. And for developing writers out there, we have a short story anthology that will be linked to the game, Stories from the Bars of Planet Baen.” Read more

Mac App Store Hits 10 Thousand Apps

MacRumors is reporting today that Apple’s Mac App Store has achieved its first major milestone. There are now 10,330 apps currently available in that app store. It is an important milestone, but to be honest I wonder why it took so long.

This app store is nearly 16 months old, and it carries apps for an OS which has existed for quite a few years now. Given the convenience of having a single place for users to find apps for purchase or free download, I expected more developers to leap at the opportunity.

It looks like my fears that Apple might lock down OSX as much as they locked down iOS may not come to pass, and I have to wonder if that’s why developers aren’t supporting the app store with as much enthusiasm as they might.

iPhone Diorama (Video)

The following video is a senior project for a graphic design student. You can’t get any devices or apps capable of doing it yet, but it is still cool.

Don’t you wish your iPhone had an app that could do this? I do.

Nintendo To Sell Video Game Downloads

In a move to make classic video games like Super Mario Brothers more 21st century, Nintendo will begin selling the content as a digital download for 3DS and Wii U devices through the Nintendo eShop, as well as through retail partners.

Wired has more: “The company has long offered two separate slates of game content — high-end games sold on discs and cartridges, and smaller games via download. Nintendo is expanding its digital business into games like New Super Mario Bros. 2 ‘in order to adapt to the changes in the circumstances surrounding the video game industry and to create a new business opportunity,’ [Nintendo president Satoru] Iwata said.” Those changes include the fact that more than 70% of Nintendo 3DS handheld devices in Japan and the U.S. have been used to go online.

Nintendo’s press release explains how the Nintendo eShop works. It “is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos in both 2D and 3D. Users can add money to their virtual wallets using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card.”

Google’s Mobile Playbook

To help businesses navigate the mobile landscape, Google has introduced a new eBook called Mobile Playbook: The Busy Executive’s Guide to Winning with Mobile. The book is a business person’s guide to connecting with consumers using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The book explores the issue of how mobile changes a company’s value proposition and looks at everything from digital destinations to marketing. Here is more from the book: “At Google we believe that mobile represents a sociological shift with how users relate with both the digital and physical world. Businesses that understand this will win.”

Checkout the website version of the Playbook here and download the free eBook here.

Via Alan Meckler.

Appsurfer Wants to be The Youtube of Android Apps

If you’ve ever browsed the Amazon Appstore then you’ve probably come to appreciate its test drive feature. Amazon will let you try an pp on their website before you buy it. While this doesn’t work well for all apps it is a good way to make sure you want an app before you put your money down.

Appsurfer, a 6 month old startup in India, is working to offer a similar service to all Android app developers. Pluggd.in caught up with Appsurfer earlier this week and interviewed them on their progress. Here’s more from the article:

The platform enables app owners to upload their apps (i.e. the .APK file) on Appsurfer site, immediately own an ‘app webpage’ that showcases their app on a virtual phone (like this) and then allow developers to share that page amongst friends, colleagues and clients. With just a few minutes of effort, developers can create a virtual, Internet presence of their app that otherwise remains buried in mobile app stores. Developers/Publishers can also embed the app on their blogs/pages, making it easy for consumers to actually see how the app works.  That is, think of it as a Youtube of Android apps, enabling discovery/presence for app developers.

I’m looking forward to seeing more companies use it. Screen shots are nice, but I’ve lost count of the number of free apps I’ve downloaded and then deleted because they weren’t any good.  With Appsurfer I won’t have to even download the app to know I don’t like it.

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Google Embedded a Game in Search Results

If you have a few minutes to spare this morning, try googling Zerg Rush.

Google is well known for embedding easter eggs in its various services, and today is no exception. This  one is a point and shoot game which references the classic PC game, Starcraft. Your goal is to shoot the zeros before they eat all your search results.

Enjoy, and have a happy weekend.

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