Posted by Stephen Hall on March 10th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Countless social networks hit the App Store all the time, but it’s not every day that you see a new app completely dedicated to making your music-listening experience a little more social and fun. Caktus, a new app from Caktus Media, was announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas last weekend, and it aims to do just that.
Caktus really, really wants you to listen to the music on your iOS device through their app rather than Apple’s standard Music.app. Why? Because Caktus wants to share everything you’re listening to with your friends in real-time. In return, if you have friends who also use Caktus, you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to as well. The app also lets you see what music is being played among those physically near you, as well as see what music is trending amongst your friends.
You can grab Caktus on the App Store for free right now.
Since it’s been something of a non-stop Real Racing 3 party here at 148Apps we wanted to draw things to a close with a bit of style. Which is why we’re going to capitalize on all the spirit of Time Shifted competition and challenge you, our readers, to a race. Specifically the Pure Stock Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nissan Silvia (S15) Showcase Cup race pictured above. I think I’ve typed that out correctly. Why this event? Because it requires one of the first cars new players will have access to and doesn’t allow for any other; providing as even and easily accessible a playing field as we could find.
All you have to do is drive your heart out. Snap a screen shot (hit the Power and Home buttons on your iOS device at the same time) of your best time and post it in the comments below along with your Game Center username. We’ll pick random winners from all of the entries and post the results here on Monday (3/4) afternoon.
The prizes? We’ll give away three $10 iTunes gift cards to spend how you see fit. Although in the spirit of the contest we’d suggest something like, oh, maybe the Race Car Booster Pack that includes 65 gold and a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X?
Update: We’ll contact our three winners via email. Thanks for playing and look for more Real Racing 3 contests coming up soon.
Plenty of people dream of becoming musicians but few realize just how hard that life can be. To break through, aspiring musicians must not only be good at their art but also know the right people so they can have a chance to show off just how good they are. With Musicr, musicians are now able to connect and share with each other like never before.
The app is basically a social network for musicians. Users can search for fellow artists with whatever skills they are looking for. Whether it’s a local drummer to help fill out a jazz band or someone to explain just how an accordion works, users can connect with them on Musicr. Amateur rock stars can also showcase their own talents and share how far they are progressing in their careers through text, photos, or other social networks. It’s all about bringing performers together so that they can give each other much needed help and exposure.
Make some new musical friends and be a part of the world wide jam session. Musicr is available now for free on the App Store.
Sneaking candid shots of yourself and sharing them with the world has become a staple of the iOS ownership experience. There was always the issue of security when it came to apps like instagram. Under most circumstances your photos were essentially being broadcast into the ether, for everyone with an internet connection to consume. Who would you expect to come to the aid of users who wanted to share their images in a more discrete manner? If you guessed Warner Bros. you may want to consider getting your head checked, but oddly enough that is actually the correct answer.
Despite coming from a completely unlikely source, outmywindow is a hybrid of social networking and photo storage that allows you full control of who can see your photos. Users can even import images from their iOS libraries and create albums to once again share with only those that are worthy of permission. The app is free and looks to be a solid alternative to other providers on the market. Plus, when they are offering 5GB of free storage, there is always an added incentive.
Late last year the PostSecret app was removed from the App Store. PostSecret allowed users to submit their posts to the PostSecret art project (where users send in anonymous postcards with their secrets). The volunteer moderators were unable to keep up with the abusive and threatening submissions, so the app was removed. A new app has just been released with a similar objective, but with security measures in place to prevent the inherent problems with that kind of app. Whisper is being advertised as the “anti-Facebook,” where users can hop on and tell the truth without the “look at me” feel of Facebook.
The app allows users to express themselves with photo filters and fonts, uses a real-time stream (similar to Facebook), and even allows users to share things over other social networks (including Facebook as well as Twitter and Tumblr).
Since the app has been released, the average user of Whisper visits the app ten times a day and spends a total on an hour or more on it. The popularity of the app is rising and it’s free to download. Whisper also has a website to check out as well.
Knowing what’s going on in the world at large is certainly useful. Sometimes though, it’s more important to know what’s going on across the street instead of what’s going on across the globe. Recognizing that, the EveryBlock app seeks to fill that local news niche and with its the new update it is hoping to fill that niche even better.
The 2.0 update adds a host of new community features bringing the app more in line with the EveryBlockwebsite. Users can now more easily connect to their neighborhoods by choosing the specific locations they want their news to come from all the way down to the block level. Users can become citizen journalists and share breaking news and photos of events as they unfold. Using the app, users can also send questions to their neighbors or even just start a conversation in real time.
Be aware that currently EveryBlock is only available in the following 16 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The updated EveryBlock app is available now for free on the App Store.
Apparently good photo-sharing services are potentially worth billions of dollars (see: Instagram). Former Vice President of Business Operations at Twitter (and ex-team manager for Search Quality Operations at Google), Santosh Jayaram, has just released a photo-sharing service of his own called Dabble. It’s not to be confused with the word game, Dabble, or Dabble, the iPad sketching app. This Dabble is a “social postcard” service.
In THIS app, users create location-based postcards of the places they’ve been. For example, if I go get a burger at a local place near me and take a picture of said burger, I may share a Dabble postcard of the burger and write a short comment like “best burger in town.” That Dabble postcard is now linked to that particular location and anyone who comes to or views that location later can see the postcard. It’s the ultimate “I was here” app.
Other Dabblers (that has a great ring to it) can comment on those postcards and those comments are also linked to that location. It’s an interesting service by an interesting guy. We look forward to see how it works out.
Recommendation apps and networks generally either try to give users recommendations based on some kind of automated system or give recommendations in a small niche market like books (Goodreads) or restaurants and nightlife (Yelp). LoveThis is a social network where friends can give recommendations to each other on almost anything imaginable (movies, TV, books, restaurants, and more).
LoveThis, a name that vaguely reminds me of a portion size at Coldstone Creamery (I keep accidentally typing Love It), helps users get recommendations from people that really matter to them. Users can save recommendations to their collections for later viewing and discuss those recommendations either in-app or via Facebook. LoveThis is displayed on a clean and easy-to-use interface.
The app even works for people that haven’t downloaded or registered in the iOS app. This is way LoveThis stands out from other recommendation apps and networks. The app allows users to send and receive recommendations in other ways including Facebook and email. This is a great way for new users to become exposed to LoveThis and to expand recommendations beyond the app itself.
LoveThis is free to download. Grab the app and start recommending anything and everything to friends.
Anyone can start a diet, but sticking to it is a different story. Between watching what one eats, doing scheduled weigh ins and generally making sure that they are staying on track, a diet can be a hard thing to maintain. To make getting in shape a little easier, as well as prove that the internet can be used for more than just lazy web browsing, Body Chef has released Diet and Weight Loss Buddies.
The app calls itself “the world’s first social network app for people who want to lose weight and feel great.” Through the app, users can put in their personal diet information and schedule reminders to make sure they stay on the wagon. They can also look up new diets and strategies online by connecting with fellow dieters around the world. It has everything dieters need: information, encouragement, and support from others.
Diet and Weight Loss Buddies is available now on the App Store for free. It can help make up for that lost time spent sitting down, playing with an iPhone.
Before, the Peel app from Peel Technologies was content just being a television social network. However, in addition to connecting users through their love of television shows, Peel is now looking to connect users with the shows themselves. Peel is kicking off their new “Second-Screen TV Engagement Platform” with “American Idol.”
Starting with the final few episodes of this season, Peel will be offering “American Idol” fans what they are calling a “Real-Time Social TV Experience.” Using the app, viewers will be able to cheer or boo performances, results and even the judges themselves all while watching the show. The app then collects and shares these results so one can compare what they think with the thoughts of fellow watchers.
The updated Peel app is available now for free on the App Store. To celebrate, Peel Technologies will be giving one lucky user free VIP access to the Idols Live concert this summer.
Anyone who has ever read a copy of Highlights magazine knows what a hidden object game is. Players are presented with a big picture and are tasked with finding the objects hidden within. With the advent of social gaming and its ability to easily feed players new content and connect them with friends, the genre seen new life. Take for example Game Insight’s Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure which has now made the leap to iPad.
The 8 million people that have already played Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure since its release on sites like Facebook and Orkut know that the game’s hook is its atmosphere. In order to break the secret of Mystery Manor and find Mister X players must look for objects inside a hand-drawn haunted house filled with all of the zombies, monsters, gypsies and other creatures that implies. Beyond that though the game seems to offer enough puzzles and challenge modes to make the gameplay worthwhile as well.
Game Insight plans to offer new content like extra characters and quests on a fairly regular basis. They claim one “will never finish the game.” Best of all, Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure is available for free.
I’ve never really been one for direct competition. I tend to prefer working with a team as opposed to fighting against other people, it’s just how I operate I suppose. But even I have to admit Spin Island might be on to something here. Their new app, iBeatThat, is something akin to a social networking YouTube hybrid with a decidedly “Top that!” vibe. Competitive types (read: normal people) will no doubt eat this stuff up.
The overall premise is simple: users pick a “real world activity” such as snowboarding, basketball, etc… and take a video of themselves doing something impressive in that category. Once that’s done, they can upload the clip through the app and see what happens. Which is to say, other users can view the video and rate it or even attempt to one-up the feat and see what the community thinks of their own attempt. They can also issue direct challenges to people on their friends list.
Would-be daredevils or “physical activity” enthusiasts will no doubt get plenty of use out of iBeatThat. And they can give it a spin right now for free. Just remember to play it safe, folks. Don’t go getting seriously injured out there for the sake of fleeting notoriety.
The App Store has seen its fair share of messaging, email and social networking apps. The new grouptime app, from the start-up company grouptime GmbH, hopes to set itself apart from the rest by combining the best of these services into one. Grouptime is a new kind of mobile social messaging service.
Grouptime takes inspiration from three forms of online communication: text messaging, email, and social networking. The app allows users to send SMS-style messages for free. Users can also share content with specific groups of friends in email-style distribution lists. Finally, like with any good social network, users of grouptime can update their status and location, chat with groups, and instantly share audio, photos and other multimedia.
Grouptime boasts extensive privacy features as well as a “simplified user interface.” Grouptime is currently available for free on the App Store for iPhones, iPods and iPads. An android version is currently on the way.
The 26 million users of the Formspring social network now have a new way to send and receive responses from friends, celebrities or whoever else with the launch of the official Formspring iPhone app. Since its launch in 2009, Over 3.6 billion responses have been sent through the network. With this new app, now responses can come from anywhere.
After setting up their profiles, Formspring users ask questions to each other and receive responses, furthering the conversation. With this app, users can now share photos as well, a feature coming to the browser version too. The app can also access users’ iPhone contacts and add them to their Formspring friends list in addition to getting data from Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.
Formspring is currently available for free on the App Store and is coming soon to other mobile platforms. This is just the beginning of Formspring’s big push into the mobile space.
Some time ago, a man by the name of Frank Warren started a little project. He invited people to send him anonymous postcards with a personal secret attached, and a lot of people ended up sending in a lot of cards. In fact, he received so many responses he was able to put all of these secret confessions into several books. And now, the project has entered the world of social networking.
PostSecret, the app, allows users to take pictures and type out accompanying words as they bare any hidden part of their life they choose. Other users can also send replies if they want to. The anonymity this app affords people is no joke: no personal information is ever revealed, exact locations (via GPS) are never stored, it’s possible to choose a general location such as a city or school, no sign up is required and secrets don’t have to be stored on the device. Granted, they need to be stored if a user wishes to monitor responses, but accessing them requires a personalized code. PostSecret takes the privacy of its users very seriously.
Those interested in confessing anonymously to the entire world, or those content to silently dig through random strangers’ dirty laundry, can check out PostSecret on the App Store right now.