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Brewster has less to do with drinking beer than the name suggests. It could make it a heck of a lot easier to arrange meeting up with friends, however.
The app offers a personalized address book experience. Appreciating that everyone is involved with numerous different social networks, Brewster brings everything together to create a personalized and merged view of your contacts.
Working in conjunction with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Foursquare and the iPhone Contacts list, Brewster adds images to every contact, while also providing updates and trends, job changes, house moves, and everything else anyone could ever want from such a consolidated service. It’ll even figure out mutual connections which can uncover some surprising results.
Lists ensure that nothing feels too overwhelming, with a favorites list for extra organization. Throughout the app, everything about Brewster is stylish and intuitive to use.
Brewster is out now and it’s free to download.
Plaxo is a company that has found itself battling an identity crisis of sorts over the last few years. However, it looks like the company has finally decided what it wants to be, announcing today a re-launch of its address book-focused strategy.
The company today announced Plaxo Personal Assistant, a service that intelligently keeps your address book or contact list up to date with the most relevant information. The service is available for iPhone and iPad via an app on the iTunes App Store, although it can also be accessed through the Web and on other devices.
Plaxo is designed for the user who has several different address books spread across different e-mail accounts, social networks and devices. Once you have an account with Plaxo, it will sync all of these accounts with the same contact information so that no matter what platform you’re using, you’ll have access to the most current, up-to-date version of your contact list.
To make this possible, Plaxo has formed relationships with several public profile databases, such as ZoomInfo. The Plaxo Personal Assistant crawls these networks, looking for the most relevant and recent changes to contact information for the people in your address book.
In the beginning, each time the software finds new information for one of your contacts, it will alert you for approval before updating your own address book. But over time, if the service has been successful in its task of finding new and accurate information, it will eventually automatically make updates to your address book. Of course, if you’d prefer you always have to approve changes, you can turn this feature off. But the goal is for the service to learn as it goes, eventually becoming as seamless and unobtrusive as possible.
One major concern when it comes to a service like Plaxo, which contains around 600 million people’s contact information in its cloud, is security. The company told TechCrunch that keeping this information secure is a top priority. As a result of this, Plaxo has had to reject working with several database companies who did not meet the company’s strict security standards.
Plaxo Personal Assistant is now available and costs $79.99 a year, which breaks down to $6.67 a month. A basic version is available for free as well, which “unifies all your contact info in a single, smart address book” according to the company. But if you want the on-going maintenance offered by Plaxo Personal Assistant, you’ll have to pay.
Somewhere deep in the heart of Felix Labs and Entertainment lies a handful of developers (presumably) who were tired of the typical ho-hum address book. Possibly because of their work making Human Computer Interaction hardware, and possibly because of the excessive rain in British Columbia, they decided that contacts should be represented as popularity balls, and that each ball should be moveable not only with your finger, but also with the accelerometer.
The key to the app is definitely its simplicity. Without any additional input, Filter Fish grabs all of your contacts and seemingly sorts them by popularity and relevance. For example, if you type in the letter “t,” your little contact globules will reposition themselves in order of relevance. Type in more letters and you’ll see the irrelevant globs fall off of the screen, leaving your desired contact front and center, or wherever you want to fling it. Type in nothing and the app will show you a mighty universe, one that has your close friends as huge planets and your minor contacts as space dust, all ready to be moved around with a ferocity that can only be described as Biblical.
Oh right, you can also click on the globules to retrieve contact info, but I had much more fun creating a spinning universe of my friends names.
Being more of a tech demo (I think) than an app that will get a ton of usage right away, Filter Fish is a great little product, and one that I would like see expanded to do even more. One thing that I would love to see is a company function, allowing an extra large 148apps (acting as the sun) to be circled by all of its employees. Extra little features like this will do wonders for Filter Fish, and I definitely hope that it lives on to reach its true potential.
Back in the early nineties, nobody would have understood the meaning of “Googling” something, but Google is now one of the most powerful companies on the web. The team at INYFX, Inc hopes that Whoodl will follow the same path. While not a search engine, this app does return fast results – the names of people you’ve forgotten. You know the scenario, someone spots you across the room, waves and begins making their way over to you. You smile back, attempting to stay calm as the icy realization that you’ve forgotten their name hits. So what do you do? Hope that a simple “Hello, how are you?” suffices? Maybe, but what if you have to introduce them to someone else who joins you? The first thing you need to do is to PAY ATTENTION next time you meet someone. If that doesn’t work, download Whoodl.
Whoodl is a very simple app that allows you to quickly tap in a name along with certain keywords and save them for quick access later. Dave you met at the golf course goes in as Dave Shore with the tag “golf”. Next time you see him out of context at the supermarket and struggle for his name, type golf into Whoodl and you’ll have your name in a matter of seconds. The company claims the app is far faster than the iPhone’s address book and that it’s designed for those names you wouldn’t necessarily add to your Contacts anyway.
We do worry that adding multiple names to a single tag could lead you to calling someone by the wrong name entirely, but this is nevertheless an interesting app that could help you out of some very sticky social situations.