At long last, a brand new Apple product category is almost here. In 2015, five years after rewriting the whole tablet rulebook with the iPad, Apple looks to do the same to wearable technology with the Apple Watch. However, while watching its debut during the most recent Apple press conference, I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing trend amidst all the talk of fitness integration, luxury gold bands, revolutionary payment systems, and elegant digital crowns: when it comes to how we actually communicate with each other, Apple Watch seems like a big step back.
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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
StitMe, by Boolean Tech, is a security app that allows users to call or text others while keeping their mobile phone number private. In place of your phone number, the recipient’s caller ID will show a unique StitMe-generated number which a permanent number that the recipient can contact you with. This protects the user from unwanted return calls, sales pitches, and harassment. The app can provide an added layer of security when dealing with things from online dating to selling things on Craigslist or eBay.
Stitme is available for free on the App Store.
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
A new and hefty update has just been released for video texting app, Glide.
The app now offers tabbed navigation, making it easy to switch between friends, chats, and more. You can view when your friends were last active, as well as add distinctive names to personalize and better identify your group chats.
Alongside that, users can now create personal profile pages for themselves, as well as easily forward messages to other chats or share via email/SMS and various social networks.
The update is available now from the App Store and Glide is a free download.
Today, the internet is full of ways for users to connect and interact with each other and with the brands vying for their engagement. It can sometimes be overwhelming just trying to navigate this landscape. Engagement Media Technologies is making things a little easier with their new Stringfly app.
Stringfly features a whole suite of services designed to help users communicate through various online outlets. Engage.Me connects consumers directly to brands and advertisers. OneNews is a citizen journalism news portal that allows users to upload text, videos and photos for quick crowwdsourcing. Finally, Gevius is a database providing consumers with text, video, and photo information on everything from product security to product compliance. Stringfly even boasts that users can earn money by cooperating with these partners.
Stringfly is a hub for the latest forms of digital communication and interaction. Best of all, it is available now on the App Store for free.
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Social Networking
Poking people on Facebook is just sooooo 2010. 2011 is all about jabbing friends! Or at least that’s what JabMe‘s developers think.
JabMe is an app that lets users send jabs to their friends alongside fun sound effects. Using Push Notiications, it’s unlimited with a plethora of different sounds and jab actions. Jabs can be anything from a Kung Fu Kick jab to a Burp or a kind hearted Happy Birthday.
There’s a game element to it, too, with GameCenter Leaderboards helping users keep track of the highest number of jabs they’ve inflicted on their friends. A Jab Back action means it’s pretty easy to up the jab count and fast.
Once bored of the free supply of jab actions, users can then purchase other packs for $0.99 a pack.
It’s certainly quirky but hopefully JabMe will make for a fun messaging service for those who like to be in regular virtual contact with friends.
It’s out now.
I don’t have children of my own but having spent plenty of time around my young cousins as they vie for increasing amounts of independence, I can see one such difficulty that parents face. It’s not just the independence of going out by themselves that’s the problem either. They want to sign up to Facebook and Twitter despite being too young to go on either, all thanks to the wonders of peer pressure.
I’mOK might not entirely solve all these arguments but it does do its darndest to minimize problems. The app is part social network, just for the privileged few and part way of parents keeping an eye on where their kids are going when they’re out. It’s not done covertly though, instead it encourages kids to share their lives more with their long suffering parents.
Kids can voluntarily share their location with parents in order to earn points which eventually lead to rewards, previously approved by the guardian. Nothing is done passively so it’s all done by the hopefully responsible child that’s keen to show off how trustworthy they are. It also means that parents can worry less, knowing that their kid will check in with them at the touch of a button.
I’mOK is a free app so well worth a look for any concerned parents or kids keen to show off how responsible they truly can be.
Hopefully of particular interest to those with mobility issues is Jumvo, an app that offers a group messaging service that’s entirely voice based.
Offering the advantages of SMS texting, Jumvo allows users to log into it through Facebook, thus having access to their entire friends list quickly. There’s no need to remember usernames, handles or phone numbers as everything can be done via the Facebook friends list. Users can then send individual messages or start a group orientated conversation thread simply by talking. The app uses the iPhone’s proximity sensor so that it automatically begins recording once the user holds their phone to their ear. Push alerts then inform the user when a reply is received. It’s all extremely simple.
The main benefit is the lack of interaction required. For those suffering from the likes of Repetitive Strain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Arthritis, it’s not always as easy to text as it once was, making Jumvo an ideal way of incorporating similar communication methods without the pain.
The app is out now and it’s a free download.
It’s an expensive business keeping in touch with friends via cell phones. Even with the advances of technology and the changes in price plans, it still costs a small fortune to call a friend in another country.
While some users might want to go the Skype route, others might fancy a change. That change is called Voypi.
It’s an app that allows users to call or text other Voypi users anywhere in the world for free. There’s not even the irritatation of ad banners getting in the way!
Voypi is always on so users are always connected to others just like a regular mobile phone network, but according to the developers the phone battery isn’t affected negatively by this.
It also works with the phone’s contact list making it easy to find friends without having to set up a separate account.
Voypi works over 3g and Wi-Fi and it’s available now for the grand total of nothing. Why not give it a whirl?
Things are getting crazy and are just going to get much worse before Apple opens up a little. Apple, a traditionally very closed company, communication wise, should have learned a little something from the Mobile Me fiasco. It should realize that with it’s increased reach comes increased need for open communication. People need to know that Apple isn’t being evil. That’s getting harder and harder to defend by Apple zealots.
The App Store has been a constant source for thoughts on this since well before it opened. The questions have always existed on how applications will get approved. And now, as applications continue to disappear from the App Store for unknown reasons, unknown even to the developers, it’s looking more and more like Apple has, once again, not thought through the process. First it was Mobile Me, now it’s the App Store that’s giving Apple issue.
Then, they need to explain to users who have bought an application when it gets removed. We, as users need to know if an application was removed for a security reason. We need to know if we need to remove the application because it will send out our address book over a non-secured connection.
Apple also needs to explain to developers who have applications still sitting in the approval queue why they haven’t been approved. There are some developers whose applications have been in queue for over a month. No communication as to why.
Apple, it’s time to open a dialog with your users. Not just once a year at WWDC – though that seems more one sided. This needs to be ongoing, open, approachable. If not, the massively positive user opinion will take a huge nose-dive and Apple will be thought of in the same terms as Microsoft.