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Touch Technology Making Devices More Useful and Personal Than Ever

Best pointing device in the world is our fingers. Everyone will agree to it. Even Steve Jobs will. It all started with the general human tendency to point anything through their fingers and slowly got engraved in our technology too. Smartphones adopted it initially and now it seems that no part of the technology will be untouched with the “touch”.

Pointing through fingers is basically effortless. You take out your smartphone, tap an application and its running next moment. This could not have been easier. With Qwerty phones the problem is half of the screen is occupied by the keypads itself, giving user-interfaces less scope to change according to the applications. On the contrary, touchscreen phones take the advantage of the entire phone screen, allowing user interfaces to change accordingly.

Once the touchscreen technology was whole heartedly adopted by  the smartphone arena, it made its way towards our other computing devices, i.e. Laptops, tablets, smart-watches.

In a way we have been using the touch technology on our previous generation laptops too. In the form of track pads. The vision was lately realised by the Intel and we started talking to our laptops through our fingers.

It was few months back when i used the touch screen laptops for the first time and “loved it” wont be enough to describe my experience. I started playing games (such as Subway surfer) more on my laptop then on my smartphone.

Looking back, we never thought touch screen will be able to effect and ease our lives in so many ways. Be it your smartphone, or the ATM machine, at the end you require your fingers to make it work. The ease which the touch technology comes with is simply addictive. The joy of toggling of interfaces from one program to another application is more than overwhelming.

Personally, when a picture gets clicked by just tapping on my smartphone, i consider myself the boss of everything. When i connect to my family members through a tap of my finger, i really feel thanking to the technology.

In a sense, touch technology has completely evolved and simultaneously changed the way we use technology. It is because touch, we have been embracing technology like never before.

The way we looked at our devices has changed. Its no more the same integrated mechanical machine to use. We interact with it with feel as if it was also a living being .

As i write this blog post on a touch screen Windows 8 machine, i am going to save and publish it through touching the menus, just to make myself more connected to it and also feel more personal.

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Bubbly Voice Lets You Hear What Indian Celebrities Have To Say

Bubbly motion has introduced their bubbly voice app for iphone on indian apple app store which lets you share a voice or text update with your friends. They call it voice blogging, but the same thing you can do it with Whatsapp as well for free however whatsapp is not free on app store but this app is free. It lets you post the voice or text update on facebook and twitter. Another interesting app feature of this app is that it lets you listen to your favorite celebrities in india like Amitabh Bachchan and R.Madhavan etc.

One of unique feature of this app is that you can follow your celebs through this app platform and listen their voice updates however you will need to pay 2.99 $ once the 30 day trail expires. To continue listening to all or the one celebs for life forever you will need to pay this amount one time atleast. The list of all the celebs on bubbly voice app is listed below. When it comes to voice updates you can record upto 90 seconds.

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For Android ?

Yes, they are soon coming up with the android phone version of this app which is under development right now, they expect to release it by the end of march 2012 in indian android market place. On the other hand they can’t say about the windows phone 7 os.

We used the app on own iphone and found it pretty good for all those indian celebs lovers and fans of bollywood and tollywood, below are some screenshots which explains different features of app we explored during our review.

Creating an account is really easy, just filling 3 boxes and its done.

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Once you have created the account, you can connect the same to facebook and twitter.

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You can follow the celebs right away and start listening their voice updates from the app as shown in the image below.

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I followed the most famous amitabh bachchan sir, as shown in the image below.

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Last but not the least you can only record audio message upto max of 90 seconds only. 021

Install the bubbly voice app from the apps store from this link [ it will work for only for indian app store account ]

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Save, Store Your Favorite Meals As Notes In Your Evernote Account With Evernote Food

Evernote is a brilliant app that takes yournote making experience to another level. The app was such a bit hit that the developers were tremendously motivated to develop another app known as Evernote Food. Evernote Food is specifically designed to capture the moments of meals that you like and that you wish to remember forever.

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This app offers features like clicking pictures, tagging, adding the location etc. So for instance you are having a meal somewhere and you like the food, just click some pictures, enter the location and tags, make it richer by adding meal notes and make an entry of it in the app. This way you will not only remember that enjoyable moment but can also show it your friends and share your experience in a much better way.

After installing the app and logging in using your Evernote username and password, this is the very first interface you will come across. Here you have Title, Place, Tags and Meal Notes section towards the top of the screen. On the bottom you have three buttons, the left one takes you to the camera roll to add previously clicked pictures, the middle one to take fresh pictures while the last one is for sharing purpose.

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To add a meal start with clicking a picture or add a previously clicked picture. At the bottom of the picture you can add a caption as well.

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Now you can scroll down the page and add the title, place etc. Just below it is the Photos section where you can add a couple of photos of the people you are having your meal with, just to make it more memorable. And that’s it you are done.

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To share this meal experience with friends and family on twitter and facebook, you can press the right most button, next to camera and then do so.

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Your meal has been saved now and to see the list of all the meals you added press the Meals button, on the top of the screen.

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There is a small settings section as well from where you can logout your account, enable/disable saving pictures to camera roll, save the meal to notebook and even change the size of the image.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Conclusion: You will fall in love with this app. Do try it

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – No, But It Is Under Development And We Will Update The Section Soon ]

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SBSettings Alternative For Non Jail Broken iPhone

Recently we covered a web-based settings shortcut tweak for users who do not want to jailbreak their apple device. The previously reviewed app had a very limited functionality and therefore a better alternative was bound to come.

Icon Project is a brilliant way to customize your home screen with shortcuts of contacts, settings like WI-FI, Bluetooth, Airplane mode etc. The same could also be used to add shortcuts of homepages, SMS and person info as well.

The interface is quite clean and you would not have to worry much while creating an icon for your desired action. On the screen we have a small square section to display your icon and along with it you have 8 buttons on the side. Other than these you have Contacts, Select type and Create buttons at the bottom.

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Starting from the left you have the first button with a Sun/brightness icon which can be used to apply gloss effect on the icon. The next button \with a square is for adding frame to your icon and you have plenty of frames to apply.

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Definitely you would not like a black icon so with the next button(paint bucket icon) you can add a colour of your choice.

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Then we have the T button to add text to the icon. It is not the Label but the text on the icon itself. Press the font button next to done and you can change the position, resize the text as well as change its font. To give it a label you can tap on the small section Display Name present just below the icon preview image.

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In case you do not wish to give a colour to your icon and instead want to place a picture there you can press the camera button present on the right and then either add a picture directly from the camera roll or take a fresh picture.

You can also place built-in icons to add appeal to your home screen icon.

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One can also add badges to your icon. The folder button on the right contains all the previously contained icons.

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Once you have created your icon in terms of design and appeal now its time to add functionality to it. If you want the icon to call a contact, press on Contacts and select a number. In case you want to assign it some other work press select type.

Under Select Type you have many options like assigning Call+SMS , SMS, Mail, URL and Person Info functionalities. You will easily understand how to configure an icon when you play around with the app.

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The only tricky part is to add shortcuts to stock iPhone settings sections such as Wi-FI, Bluetooth etc. For such shortcuts you have to select URL under Select Type and then use the following urls:

  • About — prefs:root=General&path=About
  • Accessibility — prefs:root=General&path=ACCESSIBILITY
  • Airplane Mode On — prefs:root=AIRPLANE_MODE
  • Auto-Lock — prefs:root=General&path=AUTOLOCK
  • Brightness — prefs:root=Brightness
  • Bluetooth — prefs:root=General&path=Bluetooth
  • Date & Time — prefs:root=General&path=DATE_AND_TIME
  • FaceTime — prefs:root=FACETIME
  • General — prefs:root=General
  • Keyboard — prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard
  • iCloud — prefs:root=CASTLE
  • iCloud Storage & Backup — prefs:root=CASTLE&path=STORAGE_AND_BACKUP
  • International — prefs:root=General&path=INTERNATIONAL
  • Location Services — prefs:root=LOCATION_SERVICES
  • Music — prefs:root=MUSIC
  • Music Equalizer — prefs:root=MUSIC&path=EQ
  • Music Volume Limit — prefs:root=MUSIC&path=VolumeLimit
  • Network — prefs:root=General&path=Network
  • Nike + iPod — prefs:root=NIKE_PLUS_IPOD
  • Notes — prefs:root=NOTES
  • Notification — prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID
  • Phone — prefs:root=Phone
  • Photos — prefs:root=Photos
  • Profile — prefs:root=General&path=ManagedConfigurationList
  • Reset — prefs:root=General&path=Reset
  • Safari — prefs:root=Safari
  • Siri — prefs:root=General&path=Assistant
  • Sounds — prefs:root=Sounds
  • Software Update — prefs:root=General&path=SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LINK
  • Store — prefs:root=STORE
  • Twitter — prefs:root=TWITTER
  • Usage — prefs:root=General&path=USAGE
  • VPN — prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN
  • Wallpaper — prefs:root=Wallpaper
  • Wi-Fi — prefs:root=WIFI

Once you are done adding configuring your icon press create. On doing so you will have the opportunity to save the icon to photo album and even mail it to your friends.

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When you press create a page will open up in Safari where you need to press the middle button and then select Add to Home screen and your icon will be created.

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A small example of how beautifully you can customize and create icons.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Conclusion: The most fantastic shortcut app for non-jailbroken devices. Very affordable

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: $0.99 | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – No ]

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Best Restaurant Search App For iPhone, Android Phone For India As Per Near Your Location

India is full of foodies and I m no exception and love to visit the best of the best restaurants to taste what they cook with their heart and soul. If you love eating out then we bring you an amazing app called as Zomato which is available for both android and iOS based devices and enlists 14000 to 18000 restaurants across India. Today we will be reviewing the Zomato iPhone app, so let us start exploring some of the best restaurants in the city.

The app has three sections on the main scree Discover, Explore and Search. To see a recommendation by the app you can shake the iPhone and it will come up with a random restaurant.

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One can see a small wrench button i.e. the settings button at the top which can be used to specify your city in case the app does not find your location.

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The Discover section shows a random restaurant from your city along with the overall rating and separate ratings for food, service and ambience. It also displays the various cuisines it offers, the address, telephone numbers, timings, cost for two and facilities. One can also inquire at the very place by hitting the call button at the app will automatically activate call to the restaurant. At the bottom of the same page you have five sections, info, menu, reviews, map and photos. Pressing the menu tab will display the Menu card of the restaurant and under the reviews section you can see a review or write a review if you have visited the place.

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The Map section will show the location of the restaurant on the Map and the Photos section covers some beautiful and exclusive photos of the same. You can either shake your device to get another random restaurant or press the refresh button at the right top corner(as seen in the image above)

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Coming back to the main screen, pressing on the Explore button lets you find restaurants by the zones , localities in your city and even by cuisines.

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Here you can select a category first like All, delivery, dine-out and nighlife and then while proceeding you will have to enter the desired sections. By this I mean that once you have selected your category, go to zones and select a particular zone of your city.

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Tap on a zone and then you will have to select a locality.

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After doing so, the app will list all the restaurants under the category, zone and locality.

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If you further want to filter your search, press the Filter button and select from a list of facilities and cuisines.

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At last we have the Search section where you can look for a particular restaurant if you remember the name or even a part of the name. Again you can also add filters to your search results.

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Note: In Order to write a review or upload a photo of a restaurant you must be signed in with your Zomato or Facebook account.

App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Conclusion: Brilliant app, gives you more than enough information about a restaurant.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – Yes , Download Zomato For Android From here ]

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Find Samsung Mobile Phone Related News, Events, Press Releases On Android Phone With Dedicated App

After Apple the one manufacturer which has been able to give Indian customers a series of smart gadgets is Samsung and if you are a Samsung fan and love to track the latest happenings in its stable then you can download an app for this on your android smart phone. Samsungmobile Unpacked is an app about Samsung and its products and gives you every possible detail on the same.

The main interface is simple and has six sections which are Event Schedule, Event Location, Teaser, Unpacked Live, Press Release and New Product.

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The event schedule section has all the details regarding an upcoming event along with the date and time and month. It also displays the venue of the event.

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The second feature is the Event Location where you can find the venue of the event on the map and the app will locate it.

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The next is the teaser section where it will redirect you to the youtube page of the following product and show the officical teaser.

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Then it is the On Air feature telling you about the Unpacked live and the time and date when it be disclosed.

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The press release section has the press releases for all the events which you can read.

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The new product section is the most interesting one where you get to know all the new products, get a first glance of them. here we have the features listed below

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The section also features the official technical specifications right next to the features tab for the product.

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App Requirements: Compatible with Android devices. Requires android 2.1 and up.

Conclusion: If you are a true Samsung and its products’ fan, this app is for you

Our Rating: 3.5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

[ This app comes for iPhone – No ]

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Alarm Clock With Flashlight Support For iPhone

The number of alarm clock apps are simply countless and being added to the league is a new app called as Alarm Clock – With Instant Flash and as the name says, the uniqueness lies in the fact that it uses the rear flash light of iPhone 4 to wake you up by lighting up the room. It does work well on other apple devices without flash light support also.

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Now the interface is like what you see above. As soon as you start it, the location services will start tracking your current location and will immediately give you the weather conditions along with temperature and wind speed. The display is quite clear as it features large numbers. To access the settings menu so that you can start settings alarms and enabling other features, tap on the small button on the bottom right corner of the screen so that a list of tabs appear.

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There are four tabs namely, Clock, alarm, settings and more. From the alarm menu you can access the alarm section. Hit add on the top left corner so that you can add an alarm.

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On the next screen you can set options like enabling the alarm, change the alarm volume through the slider. From the repeat option the days can be selected on which the wish the alarm to be repeated.

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Music/Ringtone section lets you set the alarm tone. From the music section you can add a song of your choice as your alarm tone. Similarly you can press the ringtone section to set any of the ring tones as the alarm tone.

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From the settings tab present at the bottom,you can reach out to a couple of options like adjusting the snooze time, alarm shaking, enabling vibration, show weather info, temperature units-either F or C, wind distance unit in miles or kilometersetc.

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You can also change the display colour of the screen from a number of offered shades.

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In the last tab More, you get options for accessing other apps from the same developer and can share the app on facebook and twitter.

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Sharing the app through email is also supported. Just press the mail on the top right corner and add the mail address.

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A very interesting feature is where you can change the whole screen of the alarm app into a flashlight. Just shake the phone when you are on the main screen of the app and it will switch to all white.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Conclusion: The alarm app is nice as has integrated support for iPhone 4 rear flash light and also it gives you the details on surrounding weather as per your locations, so it is a nice app.

Our Rating: 3.5| Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install Alarm Clock – With Instant Light

[ This app comes for Android – No ]

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Daily Exercise Workout App For iPhone To Keep Your Body Fit

Now a days in metropolitans the pace of life has increased to such an extent that we hardly spare some time out to take care of our body but if you own an iPhone then it could of some use in keeping your body fit. Daily Ab Workout is a new app with the help of which one can schedule and perform exercises to maintain a daily ab routine.

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To start with the app, one can set the duration for his or her daily routine from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. The main screen has options like Start Complete Workout, Start From Exercises, Select Workout Routine and of course the duration option.

So before you start using the app I will explain you the functions. Select the duration at first, then the type of workout routine(select 1 if you are a beginner, 2 if you can successfully do the 1st routine since 2 is more difficult and Randomize if you are used to both 1 and 2) and then tap on Start Complete Workout.

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Doing this will start the routine with equally distributed durations for each of the exercises as per your total workout length. If you set the length to 5 minutes, each exercise from the routine will last for 30 seconds after which it will change. Interestingly the app also features visual clips for each of the exercise to help the person who is going to try it. To pause a running workout one can use the pause button and in case he or she wants to go back to the main menu, hit the Home button present in the middle. The app also shows the number of exercises left on the top right corner of the screen.

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In case you want to see which exercises will be covered in the routines 1 and 2 and manually perform your desired ones,without following the whole routine, you can tap on any of the two and then tap on Select From Exercises and the list will appear. For instance the workout 1 covers basic exercises like Basic Crunch, Bicycle Crunch, Reverse Crunch etc.

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The workout routine 2 enlists more complex exercises like Half Curl Back, Heel Taps, Diagonal crunch etc.

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The app also has the functionality to remind you of your daily routines and for which you can use the in-built reminder option by tapping on the settings button at the bottom of the mainscreen next to the I button. Tapping on that small gear like button will land you into the settings where you can switch off and on sounds.

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Besides the sounds option you can also select days on which you wish to perform there routines and the time as well.

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Lastly if finish a particular routine, you can share it on Facebook, Twitter and can also rate the app.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

Conclusion: It is a great app which can remind you of your daily workouts necessary enough to keep your body fit.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: $0.99 | Visit App Store Link To Install Daily Ab Workout

[ This app comes for android – Yes, Visit Android Market Link To Download ]