There’s a new way to sort and display your photos and videos–and it’s called Heyday. This new app, which bills itself as a journaling tool, grabs your images and creates clever collages and date stamps them. It offers a way to add notes and locations, too.
The iOS app is featured in the App Store scroll and No. 1 under Apple’s rotating list of “Best New Apps.” The appeal of Heyday is not only the resulting memories come to life in fancy montages, but the ease of use. You don’t need to be a genius to use the app, nor do you have to do much at all. It automatically creates the collages based on groups of photos, making the app ideal for events or road trips. Read more
Twitter is returning to its SMS roots for mobile blogging – the company has teamed up with startup U2opia to create a phone-accessible feed of localized tweets. The service is set to target emerging markets in areas like Africa and South America where 8 in 10 users do not have data connections on their phone.
In an interview with Reuters, U2opia’s Co-founder Sumesh Menon said, ” For a lot of end users in the emerging markets, it’s going to be their first Twitter experience.” U2opia transmits Twitter feeds using USSD, or Unstructed Supplementary Service Data. It doesn’t allow users to see images or other graphics, but is otherwise perfect for the micro-blog. Read more
Facebook Messenger is the top free iPhone app this week. The social networking app has been redesigned for iOS7. Now users can chat with people in their phone book using the app. They don’t have to be Facebook friends.
Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.
Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more
Foursquare recently gave its iOS app a complete overhaul, freshening up the the design and offering some new features.
The location-based social network and recommendation engine makes frequent tweaks to its app, but it said that in this update: “Everything is new! Foursquare has been completely redesigned for iOS 7. It’s smarter, faster, and has a whole new look.” Read more
We’ve all been guilty of texting when drinking… right? Because this list from Mashable of the 21 drunk texters we all know rings a little too close to home. I’ll go first: I’m the Planner when I am not drunk and the Instigator when I am drunk. Of course, I just like the list because it’s also an accurate description of 21 drunk types we probably know, and since it’s Friday, let’s celebrate the weekend by dreaming up of different ways to use our phone when drinking.
Every day it seems there is a new revelation about just how much the NSA is spying on all of us. The latest is that the NSA spies on 5 billion cell phones around the world daily.
But thankfully there are services to help you encrypt your communications and Internet behavior. The latest is an app called CoverMe, which promises “military-grade encryption” for your texts, phone calls, as well as photos, videos and documents. The app lets you encrypt messages, create self-destructing messages, host private group calls and wipe you phone free from call data.
According to the company, they have already seen more than 500,000 downloads across their iPhone and Android apps.
It’s unfortunate that great app ideas are often mired in their poor execution. It’s often best to wait and develope apps to the fullest function, but too often, we see projects such as this Museum of the Phantom City app, lose the faith and trust of those willing to use it. Fortunately, it’s free, but not free of frustrations.
Museum of the Phantom City lets you view visionary designs created by architects and artists throughout history. Walk through the city and see Buckminster Fuller’s Dome over midtown Manhattan, Adolf Loos’s unbuilt Chicago Tribune Tower, or Archigram’s pop-futurist Walking City, all while standing on the projects’ intended sites. Read more
Skills Factory for Kids recently introduced an interactive story app designed to help young kids — and their parents — get used to the idea of going to school for the first time.
Kids follow an animated little boy named Pete in the Little Explorer in Kindergarten app as he gets ready for school from home — use the toilet first! — arrives at kindergarten and then goes through various activities in the classroom. Kids control Pete’s movements by handing him soap to wash his hands, selecting crayons for art class, picking what to do on the playground first and so on.
Google’s #AutoAusome feature is getting into the holiday spirit with a little animated surprise. Just add your personal photos to Google Plus and the team will add some animated snow or sparkles to your images. It’s super cheesy, but who doesn’t like cheesiness around this time of year? Don’t be a Grinch!