, a new app for creating engaging interactive stories
, is now available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad. Explory can be used to create all kinds of stories, from DIY Maker projects to product overviews, journalism, or sharing a recent vacation. Explory departs from the current trend toward sharing short-form, 'disposable' videos, instead making it easy to create deeper stories with structure and narrative.
"Many of us want to share experiences that are more in-depth than what can be conveyed with a single photo or a six-second video clip. At the same time, few people want to take the time and effort required to edit a video," said Peter Goldie, one of the founders of Explory. "Explory makes it fun for anyone to quickly create rich, interactive stories, right on their phone. But we've gone further, by giving viewers the ability to control the pace of the story and the level of detail they want to explore, so watching a story is never boring."
"I've been having a lot of fun with Explory, sharing stories with family and friends. It's easy to use and creates great results quickly. I know my clients are going to be excited to use this to craft their business stories in a compelling and cost effective way. It's really the next evolution of corporate video," said Chuck Easler, owner of Easler Communications.
See Explory in action: http://explory.com/home/Explory: Share your experience!
Who is Explory for?
- Story creation made easy. Creating a story with Explory is simple and fast. The "Story Ideas" feature automatically creates stories for you by analyzing the time and location data of photos and videos on your device. You just edit the draft, dictate some narration, and add text and music if you wish. You can also start with a blank canvas and pick content from your photo library, or use Explory's camera to record a story as it happens.
- Great viewer experience. Explory's blended media story has a "play" button, but it's not a traditional video: it's interactive — viewers can control the pace and depth of the story. Explory allows the viewer to easily swipe ahead to skip sections, or explore details that would not normally be part of watching the main story. Your stories won't bore anyone because they choose the length!
- Easy to share. You can share your explories privately with friends and family via email, messaging, and social media or publish them publicly in the Explory gallery. People don't need the Explory App to view your stories; they can use a mobile or desktop Web browser. Explories can also be embedded in a Web page or blog, just like a traditional video.
- Continuous Publishing. Explories are stored in the cloud and optimized for playback on your device. Share your story immediately and continue to refine it over time. Explory's cloud synchronization feature lets you to work on the story from multiple iPhones and iPads.
How to get started with Explory
- "Makers" who want to share step-by-step how-to instructions such as building, repairing, and recipes.
- Journalists who want to quickly assemble a rich story with photos, videos, and audio.
- People who want to share their life—birthdays, weddings, vacations, special moments—with family and friends.
- Small businesses that don't have the time, skill or money to create a corporate video.
- Students who want to create structured project reports.
- Educators who want to deliver differentiated learning with more detailed content optionally available.
- Anyone who wants to describe the world around them and share it with others.
Explory is a free download in the Apple App Store. It requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6 or better. Once you've installed it, tap on "Story Ideas" and see your stories! If you want more than the 50MB free storage Explory provides, sign up for a month-long or annual subscription. For more information about Explory visit: http://www.explory.com
"To see the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky is a 'once in a lifetime experience'. We want to enable more people to experience the Northern Lights in Norway this winter by making it more accessible," says Per-Arne Tuftin, Director of Tourism at Innovation Norway. Today he launches a brand new mobile app, Norway Lights, making it easier to predict the appearance of the Northern Lights.
According to scientists, 2013 is said to be a record year for the Northern Lights. Now researchers predict the winter season of 2014/2015 to be another good year for spotting the Northern Lights as well.
"Arctic Norway is the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights," according to the director of tourism in Norway, Per-Arne Tuftin. He promises a spectacular display this winter.
If the conditions are right, you can experience the Northern Lights all over Norway; however, the northern lights appear much more frequently across the Arctic Circle in the northern parts of Norway.
"Norway is in the centre of the Northern Lights zone, so the probability of seeing the lights are very likely on any cloud-free night between October and March. Though the Northern Lights are visible in other countries, Northern Norway's easy accessibility and optimal conditions make it one of the best places on Earth to see them," Tuftin claims.
"Accessibility and climate conditions make Northern Norway a great destination for experiencing the Northern Lights. There is no other place in the world where chances are higher," adds Per-Arne Tuftin.
During the last decade it has become easier to predict the weather and upcoming Northern Lights conditions. VisitNorway wants to make this knowledge available to anyone interested in experiencing the Northern Lights for themselves and launches a brand new free mobile app, called NorwayLights
"We are happy to see that an increasing number of tourists are coming to Norway to chase the mysterious Northern Lights for themselves. We hope that our new free app, NorwayLights,
will make it even easier to spot the northern lights this winter," says Tuftin.Download the free app here:http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Games-and-more/New-app-from-visitnorway/
Shop It To Me
, the free personal shopping assistant, has introduced its first iPhone app, making it easier than ever for shoppers to buy the clothing they want on sale in their size – just in time for holiday shopping.
Shop It To Me has been delivering personalized sale updates to its shopper-members since 2005, alerting them when clothing brands they love are on sale in their sizes. Shop It To Me searches more than 100 online department stores and specialty retailers to uncover sales on items that exactly match each shopper's preferences. Relevant sale items are compiled into a single email and delivered to the shopper, who can click through to a retailer to make the purchase.
Now, members can get those customized sale alerts right on their smartphones as well as via email and online, so they can check for sales anytime, anywhere.
"Consumers want to shop sales but are tired of being bombarded with emails from dozens of different retailers pushing everything under the sun," said Charlie Graham, founder and CEO of Shop It To Me. "We let you see when just the items you care about go on sale in your size."
"At Shop It To Me, personalization is part of our DNA. We act as the personal shopper, searching all the top retailers and bringing each person only the things she cares about, in the sizes she needs, all in one sales alert. With our new mobile version, she can feel confident that she won't ever miss a sale on something she loves!"Shop It To Me for iPhone
is part of a new unified interface that enables shoppers to check their latest sales, to save favorite items for later and find out what's trending. The mobile app is available exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Shop It To Me plans to add social shopping to its offerings this winter.
Sending special messages and greetings just got more interesting. FireScribe (www.firescribeapp.com
) is a new photo editing and messaging app that transforms any picture into a fiery animation. For just 99 cents, users can create and send unlimited animations; FireScribe is available for download on the App Store: www.appstore.com/firescribe
"When people see FireScribe in action, they want to try it immediately," explained the app's creator, James Wadley. "It's a unique and creative way to send a memorable, personalized message. As more people begin sharing FireScribe movies, I expect the momentum to grow and for the app to earn a worldwide audience."
Wadley continued: "The versatility of FireScribe is one of its best features. It's compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Everything from anniversary and birthday greetings to a simple 'Hello' is more exciting when spelled out with fire. And of course, I made the app so simple that even kids can use it."
FireScribe users will find that the app has no learning curve. Users start by choosing a background image, then adjusting the image size and adding nighttime effects. Background images can be pulled from the device's gallery, from the user's Facebook account, or simply taken on the spot. The app has built-in tools, such as a dusk slider and a crop tool, to help make the image look ideal. Once the image is finalized, users can type in their custom message, with room for 3 lines of text at 14 characters each; FireScribe even allows for heart and smiley face emoticons. The finished message can be previewed and then sent via an email message, text message, or posted to Facebook or YouTube.
Optimized for iPhone 5, FireScribe takes advantage of Apple's cutting-edge retina display. Finished video greetings consist of a custom message spelled out one letter at a time in flames, complete with sizzling sound effects.
The custom message market niche is crowded, but FireScribe sets itself apart by combining something old with something new: the inspiration behind the app is the traditional firework lattice message. Today's instant sharing technologies bring this art form into the twenty-first century.
While FireScribe works beautifully with photos taken by the user, the app also comes loaded with a gallery of professionally shot background images, just in case the backyard feels a little boring. An October 1 update added even more images to the already well-stocked selection. Startling backgrounds include the Eiffel Tower, Times Square in New York and the Sydney Opera House.
In addition to the paid app, a free Lite version of FireScribe is also available. Although users won't be able to use their own photos with this version, they will have access to a select number of gallery images from which to create personalized video greetings.
Those interested in learning more about FireScribe are encouraged to visit the official website. FireScribe is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Firescribe
PicSketch, an Apple-featured hot and noteworthy Mac photography app, is now out for the iPhone and iPad. As the Mac version received great popularity, Softease Tech., the developer, brings this famous app to iOS to help Apple fans make amazing sketch artwork on mobile devices. Plus, they're taking advantage of the iPhone camera so users can shoot photos instantly wherever and whenever, and then make and edit the sketch on the go.
PicSketch is a powerful photography app to turn photos into attractive sketch artwork. With this app, anyone can make beautiful and charming sketch photography artwork easily and quickly - even though they may not know much about drawing.
Beyond the flat UI and flexible functions, PicSketch boasts an advanced photography algorithm and design. All elements work smoothly and harmoniously to ensure great sketch artworks on this app. On PicSketch, besides abundant preset sketch effects, users have access to multiple edit and customization features, including brightness adjustment, contrast modification, backgrounds variation, and so on. In one word, make what kind of sketch is totally under the user's control; even create his/her own sketch style based on adjustable customization tools.
Executives from Softease Tech. are very confident that PicSketch will become one of the must-have apps on Apple fans' iPhone and other iDevices. The Mac version of PicSketch has already obtained huge popularity, and even was featured as a Noteworthy and Hot App on the Apple Mac App Store homepage. PicSketch boasts advanced functions and well-designed features, which will help it stand out from other sketch apps.
It's quite easy to create a sketch on PicSketch. Load the photo from Camera Roll directly or shoot one using the Camera, then apply a sketch effect and background. A new and incredible sketch artwork is right there. All of this is possible in only a few taps. Of course, the user can crop the photo before making sketch, adjust brightness and modify contrast to place a more personalized touch on the sketch.
PicSketch allows the user to save their sketch in three ratios, i.e. small, medium and larger. For social screens, the app supports one tap to share sketch artwork on Facebook, Twitter, or send via email, as well as open in other apps.
PicSketch is the latest member of Softease's photo apps family, and will become another favorite photo choice for Apple fans. The developer also promises to keep updating the app, and introduce more features in coming days.PicSketch is available in the App Store
A new mobile app, Instamour
, has completely disrupted the online dating space with its revolutionary video platform that allows users to finally see and hear their potential matches before meeting in-person. The app boasts several key features that help members communicate easier as well as a beautifully designed interface. With three modes of communication, and zero harassment tolerated, Instamour is the next evolution in mobile dating.
Unlike other dating apps, the sign up process takes less than 60 seconds using email, and just one button click with Facebook. Users can create unique and fun videos for their profiles, and enjoy watching other member videos to begin selecting Mr. or Mrs. Right. After expressing interest, users can communicate via video chat, instant chat, and email, creating a safe environment to ease first date jitters. Instamour offers more privacy than most apps, and has a zero tolerance for harassment or spam.
The app is free to use, and will have a paid upgrade in the next version within the next few weeks that will give members the option to add video filters, profile picture borders, custom ringtones, and more. It is currently available on the Apple App store
, and coming soon on the Google Play marketplace.
Introducing GameCase, the iOS game controller that propels mobile gaming to unprecedented heights. This impressive device redefines the way games are played on iPad and iPhone. GameCase harnesses the power of iOS 7 and Apple's new MFi controller framework to provide an experience unlike any other. A new era of mobile gaming has arrived.
Mobile operating systems have made significant advancements in recent years with the introduction of more powerful devices. This has allowed developers to create console quality software for iPad and iPhone. GameCase ups the ante and delivers an unmatched level of control previously only possible on PC's and home consoles. Experience the most popular action, racing and sports titles with enhanced performance and controller support. GameCase transforms the iOS device into the ultimate mobile gaming machine with truly unlimited potential.
GameCase revolutionizes iOS gaming as it pairs stunning HD graphics with a natural and familiar console quality feel. Responsive dual analog sticks and tactile buttons provide an increased level of accuracy and precision. The thoughtfully crafted design and non-slip rubber surface alleviates fatigue and allows for hours of comfortable and competitive play. GameCase and iOS developers are currently collaborating to create exciting new games that take advantage of the device's incredible features. Welcome to the future of iOS gaming.
GameCase, powered by the innovative team at ClamCase, designs, manufactures and distributes the world's best mobile peripherals. ClamCase products are in high demand worldwide for their desirable features and ability to enhance iOS devices. ClamCase & GameCase products greatly increase mobility, efficiency and productivity and have become increasingly popular among professionals, educational institutions and now the gaming community.
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According to classesandcareers.com,
the average college student has an annual food budget of $2,800 a year including beverages. Do the math. It’s not pretty. That comes out to about $54 a week. Campus Special
thinks this budget is a crime against good eats, good stuff, and fun, so they are introducing a new upgraded app that helps bridge the budget gap by providing hundreds of dollars of savings at great places to eat and shop, whether it's on premises or online. There’s even a feature that helps students find off-campus housing.
Campus Special CEO Chau Nguyen says, “You can only eat so many ramen noodles
. We want to help students to get off campus now and then afford a meal without breaking their budget. We want to provide students with a way to quickly order great food for delivery on our app while they are cramming for a test. Our coupon books also offer the same big savings at restaurants and stores. But did I mention the app? Get the app,” said Nguyen.
The upgraded app has a fresh new look and includes great features like:
- Alerts for special offers via push notifications
- Order food online for delivery from your favorite restaurants
- Digital punch card for deals at your favorite restaurants
- Social media integration with Facebook and Twitter
- Apartment finder
- Photos and videos of businesses with hours/directions
- Browse local restaurant takeout menus
The Campus Special app
provides students with tons of new deals and immediate access to great delivery, take-out, and get-off-campus meal deals. No smartphone? Then check out the deals on our website. And if students would rather go retro and see the savings on paper, Campus Special distributes printed coupon books at university bookstores for the price of – free. Because what’s the point of paying money to save money if you only have $54 dollars a week to spend on food and beverages?
Getting better deals for fellow students and herself is what drove University of Kentucky Junior Beth Guinn to earn the #1 over-achiever spot out of 600 Campus Special interns across the country. “We have doubled the number of deals available this year to students on our campus. For upperclassmen, this means there is a great deal to be found at all the great places we already love. For freshman, the deals available in our coupon books, online food court, and the app are like a Campus 101 about where to eat and shop. Plus, the GPS feature on the app can help you find your way around,” said Beth.
Campus Special has been named four times in a row to the Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies in America. In the past year, 150 colleges and universities have been added to the network for a total of 500 schools nationwide. “That’s a 45 percent increase. The high adoption rate tells us that the network we are building for students to save money is filling an important niche,” said Chau.
As students start arriving on campus, they will not likely find that food prices have begun magically going down. It’s a challenge to live on a student budget. Campus Special is dedicated to helping students find bargains on food, shopping, and entertainment to stretch the college experience.
IK Multimedia, the global leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce iRig® PRO, the universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
Pocket-sized, battery-powered and fully portable, iRig PRO
is designed to give mobile musicians and songwriters an interface that can handle the widest variety of audio input signals, so they can create music and audio on the go anywhere, any time.
iRig PRO accepts virtually every type of audio and MIDI input, making it the most versatile compact interface on the market. Users can plug in a dynamic or condenser microphone; a guitar, bass or other Hi-Z instrument; or any line-level source.
Additionally, iRig PRO is equipped with a MIDI input for keyboards, pads and controllers, making it a truly universal compact interface for recording and composing on the go or in the studio. Its audio and MIDI inputs
can be used simultaneously, for example, to control guitar or vocal software with MIDI foot controllers or pedals, for switching presets or controlling effects levels.
Plus, iRig PRO comes with a suite of IK's best music-creation apps like AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iGrand and iRig Recorder, and is compatible with most audio and MIDI processing apps for the mobile musician. Mac users will also enjoy the inclusion of premium software with iRig PRO, like AmpliTube, T-RackS and SampleTank, and will appreciate the unit's compatibility with any type of music-creation software.Universal Inputs
iRig PRO features a high-quality 1/4"-XLR combo input connector for connection with standard XLR cables, 1/4" mono line or instrument signal cables, and a switchable 48V phantom power supply for use with studio condenser microphones. It has an ultra-low-noise, high-definition microphone-and-instrument preamp; a high-quality 24-bit A/D converter; a preamp gain control; plus LED indicators for device status, MIDI, phantom power and signal level.
iRig PRO is powered by the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or USB, when used with instruments or a dynamic microphone. A 9V battery (included) provides phantom power to compatible microphones. iRig PRO also features a standard MIDI input for connection of MIDI devices like drum machines, controllers and MIDI keyboards.Universal Compatibility
iRig PRO comes with three detachable cables, compatible with Lightning, 30-pin and USB connectors, respectively, allowing for digital connection to every model of iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, out of the box, with no need for adapters. A MIDI cable with a standard MIDI jack is also provided to connect the widest variety of MIDI-compatible keyboards and controllers.
iRig PRO is class compliant and compatible with Core Audio and Core MIDI, so it can be used with any audio and MIDI processing apps for iOS and Mac OS, for true plug-and-play performance without additional hardware/software.Universal Apps and Software Included
For iPhone and iPad users, iRig PRO comes with a suite of IK Multimedia's most popular apps for mobile music creation on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including AmpliTube FREE (the #1 app for guitar players) for guitarists and bass players, VocaLive FREE for singers, SampleTank FREE and iGrand Piano FREE for keyboard players and iRig Recorder FREE for recording engineers.
Plus, all these apps work together with Audiobus integration, offering a truly complete set-up for making any type of music. Additionally, exclusive AmpliTube gear and SampleTank sounds are available as free add-ons for iRig PRO users.
For Mac users, iRig PRO includes AmpliTube Custom Shop, the industry standard guitar-and-bass processing software; a free version of AmpliTube Metal; T-RackS Custom Shop, the mixing-and-mastering effect suite with a free version of T-RackS Classic; and SampleTank XT, a sound workstation that includes over 1GB of sounds. All these software titles are available both as plug-ins for the most popular digital audio workstations (including GarageBand), or as standalone applications for immediate plug and play.Pricing and Availability
iRig PRO will ship in September from music and consumer electronics retailers worldwide for $149.99/€119.99 (exc. taxes). iRig PRO can now be ordered from the IK Online Store and select retailers.
For more information on iRig PRO, visit http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irigpro
Available now in the iTunes App Store, the Kritk
enables movie lovers to discover new films through brief and relevant reviews posted by friends and influencers, as well as earn incentives by posting their own ratings and reviews. Since Kritk launched in the App Store on Aug. 8, its users have reviewed 4,000 movies in the app.
Kritk was developed by Bonfire Tides (http://www.bonfiretides.com
), a Massachusetts-based digital production startup, as a way to help filmgoers connect with friends to quickly discover, rate and review movies. The app limits user reviews to 150 characters, effectively side stepping lengthy, formal reviews from professional critics to deliver concise and fun opinions from the people users trust most – friends, family and influencers.
Incentives for Kritk users include a point system where clever or insightful reviews are up-voted throughout the network and displayed in a trending ticker at the top of the home screen, making it easy to view the most relevant opinions right away. Users can search for a title or browse new releases and detailed information including the full trailer, movie poster, cast, synopsis, release date, and more are available with the swipe of a finger. A new update to the app allows users to find and follow friends from the search bar, and upcoming plans include adding movie trivia, new badges, and movie recommendations.
"With the seemingly ever-rising cost of movie theater tickets, it’s more important than ever for casual moviegoers and novice film buffs to have access to honest critiques from relatable and reliable sources," said Ryan Capers, co-founder and technical lead at Bonfire Tides. "Unless you’re a true cinephile, a glowing movie review from your best friend will probably sway you more than one from a film blogger."
"A year and a half ago we decided that the world needed a great new way to share and discover movies – everything from the Oscar winning to the awesomely bad," said Craig Henry, co-founder and creative lead at Bonfire Tides. "We’ll always revere the opinions of professional film critics, but sometimes you just want a quick answer from a trusted friend: did you like it or not and why? Tell me in 150 characters or less."
A talented group of long standing friends in Atlanta, Georgia are seeing their dreams coming true thanks to their fundraising success on Kickstarter
The aptly named product, juiceBee
, is an innovative 2-in-1 battery backup pack and wall charger that can solve a myriad problems for frustrated owners of smartphones and other rechargeable electronic devices.
Their Kickstarter campaign has received an enthusiastic amount of support from consumers nationwide.
Raising over $25,000 in pledge money, juiceBee is more than halfway towards their startup goal.
The inspiration behind the product came from the need to keep a smartphone or game console charged and backed up without having to carry multiple cords and chargers.
Thus, the idea of juiceBee was created. Consisting of a battery backup and wall charger dock together via a built-in USB port, juicBee can be used separately for one electronic device, or together, allowing consumers to power up their mobile phone and battery backup pack simultaneously, a plus for those who tend to forget to recharge their backup pack. This new solution allows users to utilize either an electric wall outlet, computer or any other device with a USB port.
A fully charged juiceBee stores enough power to load an iPhone 5 from dead to fully charged with lots of power to spare (Whereas a typical backup carries 2200 mAh, juiceBee carries 3000 mAh.)
Additionally, it is lightweight, fits in the palm of your hand and can be used anywhere in the world, even while traveling by car or plane. As a final touch, the design team gave it a built-in LED light for those occasions when lighting is less than adequate.
JuiceBee’s dual 2-in-1 power solution system still needs starter funding, but with so many features and an enthusiastic development team behind it, Kickstarters from across the country are hurrying to get in line to back it up themselves.
Cisco Systems, the networking giant, and GeekGaps.com have collaborated to bring “Digital Graffiti” to the public. Using the open Wi-Fi pilot in Nice, France, a smart city demonstrator, Digital Graffiti will go live on June 17th, 2013. Digital Graffiti will showcase the benefits of location based free Wi-Fi by allowing iPhone/iPad users to create graffiti messages for others to view and comment on when they are in range of the message.
In Place Mozart and Bd Victor Hugo (a large tourist area in Nice) Digital Graffiti messaging will allow people from different countries to discover messages either left behind by their fellow countrymen or any country of the user’s choosing. Digital Graffiti will also be introduced at the Innovative City Convention on June 18th & 19th, positioning it for additional smart city deployments.
Anyone with an Apple iPhone or iPad can create or view a graffiti message at a particular location covered by the free Wi-Fi pilot (Android devices to be added later). With the free service, users can create one message per day (each message lasting a period of 7 days), choose the size and distance the message is visible (starting from 5 meters to 200 meters), and are alerted by email of how many people viewed their message. Premium features will allow graffiti authors to create additional daily messages as well as change the size, coloring, shelf life, and height of the message. Additionally, the premium service allows future decoration capabilities of the message remotely, which will include decorating it like real graffiti with graphics. The graffiti message can be placed anywhere within the free Wi-Fi outdoor space allowing others to see it when they walk within range of the message.
Mina Dillard, artistic director and co-founder of GeekGaps.com says, “Digital Graffiti in the Place Mozart deployment is a fun creative way to connect with fellow countrymen and other nations without becoming a felon by spray painting or carving your initials into a tree, wet cement or a bathroom stall.”
In the near future, Digital Graffiti will also be available anywhere in the world that is location enabled by Cisco’s Wi-Fi – outdoor or indoor. Cisco is the leader in the Wi-Fi market. Users will be able to leave messages for their colleagues, roommates, professors, family or anyone.
To leave a message, the user aims the iPhone/iPad, where the message is to be left (Place Mozart, colleague’s cubicle, dorm room door, professor’s office, airport terminal, amusement parks, retail stores, restaurants etc. . .) The graffiti author then simply enters his message. He selects the size, color, graphics and delivery confirmation. Also, unlike a yellow sticky note or traditional graffiti message, Digital Graffiti can be private; the user can select the recipient(s). If desired, the author of a message left for more than one person can receive separate notification when each recipient has viewed his message. For example, “Janice, congrats on your new baby girl!”, can be viewed either by Janice, a select few or anyone.
When a recipient walks near a graffiti message, it triggers a chime on his iPhone/iPad; the augmented reality application allows him to view the message by simply holding up his iPhone/iPad. Digital Graffiti can also be leveraged as advertising in new and creative ways, especially since the location capabilities are built into the network and don’t drain your iPhone’s battery like GPS.
This space is heating up with the recent acquisitions: Apple acquired WifiSLAM and Aruba Networks acquired Meridian in the last few months. They provide turn-by-turn directions on mobile devices in indoor Wi-Fi locations, solidifying that location proximity is the next trend in Wi-Fi.
Peter Michael Gits, Digital Graffiti inventor, Cambridge University Judge Business School accelerator member and co-founder of GeekGaps.com, says, “This is just the beginning of location proximity and what we can do. If you have ever visited another city, you probably have experienced the frustration of sub-optimal internet-connectivity due to the mobile service providers not having proper bandwidth coverage with 3G and 4G plans. And if they do have connectivity, the price is prohibitive when roaming. However, now that city officials worldwide acknowledge the increased demand and necessity for free Wi-Fi and its benefits, they are rapidly opening up Wi-Fi broadband connectivity, which leaves innovative mobile service opportunities like Digital Graffiti wide open. And presently, there is nothing else out there like Digital Graffiti. It is unlike any other messaging site.”
GeekGaps.com is now offering limited non-equity royalty shares for Digital Graffiti’s profits for a period of 7 years from the first deployment. Up until June 17th, 2013, individuals interested in getting a share of the profits can invest as little or as much as they want to help GeekGaps.com complete the premium features of this soon to be global app. To find out more about how to get involved and share the profits, follow the link to Digital Graffiti royalty shares
, the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce the new version of the highly acclaimed AmpliTube® App
, which now adds a complete multi-track Studio with timeline audio editing and new gear models, making it the most comprehensive guitar and audio production app
available. Now users can play, practice, compose and record complete songs from start to finish, anywhere inspiration strikes, on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The new release of AmpliTube completely changes the game for mobile music production
and offers everything musicians need to quickly and easily record complete songs: a full guitar/bass rig; a multi-track recorder with effects; a new timeline audio editing suite for arranging, editing, mixing and mastering; a built-in programmable drummer; professional export features for sharing creations with the world; and the possibility to work simultaneously with other audio apps.
When used with the IK Multimedia iRig® line of guitar interfaces (like the new high-quality iRig HD, iRig STOMP or the iRig adapter), microphone products (like iRig Mic or iRig PRE) AmpliTube 3.0 provides an all-in-one solution with unmatched sound quality, guitar tone, recording
flexibility and ease of use for the professional mobile musician.
The New AmpliTube Studio
— Timeline Audio Editing Suite
The newest feature in AmpliTube 3.0 is the Studio, where users will see their audio tracks on a timeline with a waveform display, much like they are used to on their DAW
(digital audio workstation) software on their computer. Audio regions can be manipulated with a full set of commands and controls: cut, copy, paste, delete, normalize, split (at playhead), create fades and crop clips.
Clips can easily be moved and adjusted with a simple gesture for precise alignment with other clips, and a grid feature provides “snapping” of regions to the timeline for easy positioning. Recording into a track is as simple as touching it, arming it and hitting record. AmpliTube Studio makes recording, arranging, editing and perfecting a complete song from start to finish a breeze, and once again revolutionizes the way musicians create on the go.
The new Studio is an extension of the AmpliTube recorder, which starts as a single-track recorder, and can be expanded to 4-track (iPhone/iPod touch) or 8-track (iPad) putting a full multi-track recorder with mastering effects the fingertips of the user. The multi-track recorder has features rivaling even the most sophisticated studio setups, like effects send and master multi-effects, which can add that professional feel to any recording. The recorder with the new Studio section is designed to allow players to quickly and easily get their musical ideas recorded, polished and ready for prime time.
A Complete Guitar Rig with New Gear
At its core, AmpliTube continues to be all about outstanding guitar and bass tone, and offers a full guitar/bass rig including tuner; selectable stomp box effects; amplifiers from the world’s top amp manufacturers like Fender®, Ampeg®, and Soldano®; collections from artists like Jimi Hendrix™, Slash and others; plus selectable speaker cabinets and microphones.
Exclusively for iRig HD users, AmpliTube 3.0 now also offers four new free gear models that address the tone needs of the most demanding metal and rock players — the Metal 150 and Metal W amps, and the X-Flanger and Wharmonator “Whammy” pedals. Never before has such a massive and comprehensive collection of tone machines been offered to mobile guitarists, right at their fingertips.
A Drummer Always in the Pocket
With AmpliTube’s built-in Loop Drummer, players will always have a professional drummer with them. Loop Drummer features complete groove “building blocks,” including intros, fills, main and alternate rhythms, and outros. It’s extremely flexible and easy to use, and covers virtually every style of music. Start with the free Rock style installed, and add more genre packs via in-app purchase, covering most musical styles, including Metal, Funky, Blues, and many others.
The Perfect Rehearsal Tool
AmpliTube also features a robust Song section that allows you to load pre-recorded material into it, change the tempo and/or pitch if desired, and practice along. This is a great tool for learning new material, or simply creating new riffs over existing material by using the “No Voice” center-cancel button that mutes audio panned to the center of the stereo field.
Supports Other Favorite Mobile Music Apps
AmpliTube is also Audiobus compatible
, which means that it can be used simultaneously with up to 4 other compatible audio apps. Players can use other IK apps like SampleTank®, iLectric™ Piano or iGrand™ Piano; record material directly into the AmpliTube recorder or studio section; or use the AmpliTube signal chain as a tone generator, effects processor or recorder for other apps like GarageBand.
Price and Availability
AmpliTube 3.0 is a free update for all previous users and it’s available now on the App Store both as a free or paid app for iPhone/iPod touch or iPad
for only $19.99 for new users. The new Studio feature is available as in-app purchase for $9.99 on iPhone and iPod touch and $14.99 on iPad for users who have already purchased the multi-track recorder, or at a special bundle price that includes also the multi-track recorder for new users.
The four new gear models are exclusively available to iRig HD interface users, through simply connecting the interface to the app.
For more information:http://www.amplitube.com/studiohttp://www.irighd.com
Independent game developer XLUSH has just announced that its newest title Ninja Wrath
is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, bringing swift arcade action and the thrill of classic beat-em-ups to mobile players everywhere.
Featuring a unique mix of brawler action and stat-leveling gameplay, Ninja Wrath invites players to become a deadly yet agile ninja warrior. Responsive controls inspired by nostalgic console-game favorites have been tuned for a smooth and intuitive touchscreen combat experience like never before, and allowing players to unleash lightning-fast attacks and string up powerful combos.
Seamless animation and hi-res hand-drawn visuals capture each strike with eye-popping clarity and flair. Waves of mystical foes and fearsome beasts will be asking for trouble across 60 epic stages, including Boss fights, Survival and Time Attack Modes. Players can hack and slash harder, dash and smash faster as they earn experience points, collect items, unlock new attack skills, combos, and weapon upgrades. Magic spells can also be used to crush, poison, burn and snap-freeze enemies in the blink of an eye.
Ninja Wrath Features:
- True arcade-style controls inspired by console brawlers & classic beat-em-ups
- Intuitive combo skill system and fast-paced action combat with cartoon flair and a dash of gore
- Hours of top-tier gameplay across 60 levels including Boss fights, Time Attack, Survival Mode
- Weapon, item, combo, magic, skill stat upgrades and unlocks
- Fluid hand-drawn illustrated graphics, seamless framerates, optimized for iPhone 5
- Over 30 Game Center achievements
Packed with hours of non-stop action, top-tier combat gameplay and intuitive console-inspired controls, Ninja Wrath is now available for $0.99 USD and equivalent from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Get Ninja Wrath in Apple’s App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/ninja-wrath/id635492232
Chicago-based development company, Zappitize launched BodyShuffle
, a new entertainment and photo app for the iPhone. Available in the iTunes App Store
, BodyShuffle lets you to take photos of your favorite living things, swap out heads, torsos and legs to create hilarious mash-ups of your friends, family, pets and anyone. The possibilities are endless and ridiculous.
BodyShuffle is the photo-tainment app that answers age-old questions such as: “What would I look like with giraffe legs?” “Do you think my boyfriend could rock a prom dress?” Or, “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if grandma’s head were on our baby brother’s body?”
Perfect for any age group, BodyShuffle puts laughter and amusement at your fingertips. Great for shuffling it up at birthday parties, Halloween parties, wedding receptions, family reunions, bachelorette parties, car trips or just a night out with friends. BodyShuffle is great fun whenever the urge to shuffle strikes.
How it Works
It’s easy to use; just snap, swipe, size and share! BodyShuffle makes framing the perfect shot easy with a body outline-guide and once you add a friend to your BodyShuffle library you can use their photo again and again.
SNAP photos of your friends, family and pets.
SWAP in and out different torsos, heads and legs with just a swipe of your finger.
SIZE each section as needed with pinch-zoom for a seamless swap.
SHARE your favorite swaps on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or email with the click of a button.
Tap the SHUFFLE feature or shake your device to generate endless shuffling fun in a snap.
Start Shuffling Today
BodyShuffle is free until October 15, 2012 so download it from iTunes today and get shuffling! Click here to see BodyShuffle in The App Store.
You can also interact with BodyShuffle on Facebook and Twitter.
modulR, the leader in mobile iPad solutions, today introduced ionSwipes, a new weapon in the fight to stop the spread of germs. ionSwipes long-term antimicrobial wipes eliminate 99.9% of germs, viruses and bacteria on your devices for over two weeks.
“We live in a touch screen world, and those screens are highly effective at transmitting germs,” said Josh Beatty, founder of modulR. “In fact, cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on our devices. Think about how many times you handle your phone throughout the day. ionSwipes offer the most advanced germ defense for all your devices – perfect for offices, schools, hospitals, and anywhere else screens are shared.”
With flu season on the way, the transmission of germs poses a potential public health hazard. Seventy-two percent of people admit to working sick and spreading germs, and it is the surfaces we touch that are the major causes for transmission.
Other screen cleaning products may disinfect, but only ionSwipes eliminates germs and prevents them from coming back. The core technology of ionSwipes is based on decades of university research, development and experience. Harnessing silver, copper and zinc ions at the nano-scale, ionSwipes is able to provide broad-based infection control that is completely safe, natural and long lasting.
To help spread the word about spreading germs, ionSwipes has started a campaign for clean screens everywhere at RememberToWipe.com
. The site includes "viral" videos and educational infographics through a partnership with Keeping It Kleen – a health education resource.
ionSwipes is also offering a free sample to visitors on their website.
For more information, visit ionSwipes.com
The RealHelp App uses the power of your social network to stop would-be rapists and abusers. By broadcasting voice, location, and pictures to dozens of pre-selected contacts, the RealHelp App has been designed to destroy the secrecy and isolation that is so necessary for rape and abuse. Its creators hope that it can help keep users from being victimized.
RealHelp, now available for the iPhone
, may be the most powerful entrant among so called “Rape Apps
”. With the touch of a button it’s capable of notifying dozens of pre-selected contacts that the user is in trouble, broadcasting audio live from the user’s phone, and sharing the user’s location. “Contacting so many people greatly increases the chance that someone’s close by and in a good position to come to your aid.” explains RealHelp’s founder, James Medina. Even if no one is close by, those contacts can listen in, assess the situation, then direct emergency services to the user’s location. Any contact who misses the notification will still be taken to an archived recording of the alert session. “Pretty much from the moment that alert is triggered, a potential rapist or abuser’s chances of getting away with anything drops to near zero,” says Mr. Medina.
The RealHelp App was built on the theory that rapes happen because the perpetrators think they can get away with them. It’s unfortunately all too easy for a rapist to argue consent after the fact if there were no witnesses. The egregiousness of the crime makes it harder for people to believe that someone they know could do it. Consequently rape victims face the possibility that they may be accused of maliciously lying if they report the rape. The RealHelp App does everything it can to destroy any chance that a potential rapist or abuser can get away with anything.
RealHelp is easy to set up and easy to use. A user can load contacts quickly using his or her Facebook account. They can then specify what levels of alerts each contact receives, and how those contacts will be notified. The alert levels inform all alert recipients as to the severity of the situation and how they should respond. For example, Red Alerts include the script: “I need help now! Come right away and listen in.” In a potential crisis, the user can load the app, swipe one of three alert levels, and the contacts set to receive that alert level will receive notifications connecting them to the live alert session. The alert session includes a live updated map of the user’s location, streaming audio from the user’s phone, pictures taken by the user, and a chat session where RealHelp App users can coordinate. If the user’s friends don’t have the RealHelp App to receive push notifications through; they’ll still be able to receive notifications through Facebook messages, Facebook wall posts, or email. The Facebook and email notifications will include a link to a mobile optimized web based alert session. “The important thing is that your contacts are able to respond to an alert effectively, whether they have the app or not. Every one of those Facebook notifications should trigger push notifications for smart phone users with a Facebook App. Even if you’re the only RealHelp user you know; you should be able to light up dozens of people who care about you, and give them the tools they need to respond.” explains Mr. Medina. For a more visual look at how RealHelp works, there's a graphic step by step guide
While any app on an iPhone may have its limitations, RealHelp stands out as a powerful tool; capable of using your social network to get a real world response, and create real world consequences for anyone who might seek to victimize a RealHelp user. RealHelp’s founder has this to say: “We thought through the scenarios we’re targeting and tried to tailor RealHelp to be as useful as possible in every situation. It’s the app that we’d want our friends and family to have if they were ever in trouble. Ultimately, we’re hoping that RealHelp can keep a lot of people from being victimized.” RealHelp’s team goes into more detail on why they built the app here: Why RealHelp Works
RealHelp is currently available for the iPhone, and an Android version is slated for the next few months. It’s completely free to download and use indefinitely, but they’re hoping that users will donate to support it. Interested parties can learn more at RealHelpApp.com
Bladepad, a detachable iPhone game controller, is getting their product noticed through their Kickstarter funding campaign. The campaign is also providing legitimacy for Bladepad and showing strong demand for support from popular iPhone games.
The Bladepad is both a protective case and a video game controller for the iPhone. The game controller slides out for easy gaming and fits comfortably in your hand. When not in use, the controller can be stored in the case, or can be easily removed.
“I wanted to make playing games on the iPhone easier” said CEO of Bladepad LLC David Baum. “Bladepad gives the gamer dual analog sticks and a full console-controller button layout, making iPhone games much more enjoyable.”
The Bladepad currently works with the iPhone 4S by connecting to Bluetooth 4.0. The Bladepad comes with a protective case that can be used even with the controller detached. To keep the iPhone game controller charged as well as the iPhone itself, a USB charger is included which will charge both devices simultaneously.
There has already been press surrounding the Bladepad. They have been mentioned in iPhoneBuzz, Chron.com, and Appadvice
Bladepad began their Kickstarter campaign on August 1st and will end on August 26th with a goal of $55,000. Early adopters can get the black Bladepad for $69 and backers can receive the special Kickstarter white and green pad for $79.
Bladepad is already gearing up to build an iPhone 5 version of the Gamepad. An android version will also be made available in the future.
To pre-order your Bladepad, visit their Kickstarter page
Since its inception in 2009, bloggers all over the world have been increasing their monthly revenue with VideofyMe
, an online blogging tool for uploading and sharing video. Today, the team behind VideofyMe announces the release of a newly updated mobile version for the iPhone
, featuring social video editing that allows users to shoot video directly on their phone, add custom color filters, share it, and earn money for the content that they share.
Initially developed with video bloggers in mind, the new version of VideofyMe is a simple way for anyone to earn money for their video content. VideofyMe works directly with leading brands and advertisers to automatically encode every uploaded video with ads. Direct in-app integration across top blogging platforms and social networking sites like WordPress, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Blogger, Facebook
make for easy sharing, and once the video has been shared its creator earns money for every view.
“VideofyMe is all about empowering social media talents with the tools they need to create and publish videos,” says co-founder Oskar Glauser. “We’ve developed an easy to use social video service, but unlike Social Cam or Viddy, VideofyMe is the only tool that gives publishers, no matter their size, the ability to earn money for the content they are making.”
With over 250,000+ users all over the world, ranging from top fashion bloggers and mobile enthusiasts to college students documenting a trip abroad, VideofyMe is quickly gaining ground as a must have tool for anyone looking to grow their online presence and add cash to their wallet at the same time.
VideofyMe is a free app which can be found in the Social Networking section of iTunes® and Media & Video section of Google Play®.
Hackers, makers and other technology do-it-yourselfers will soon be able to easily and affordably connect “things” to the Internet—ranging from people to pets, other objects and locations.
Startup firm Rowdy Robot is currently developing its new tōd
(pronounced “toad”) device and open development software platform. The company is actively attracting investors on the tōd Kickstarter website
Scheduled for release in October 2012, the company’s small rounded disks—known as a tōd Smart Beacon—and accompanying software will let tech savvy creators connect real-world objects and events to the Internet and even offline using their smartphones and other Bluetooth 4.0 enabled devices.
Using tōd Smart Beacons and their smartphones, people will be able to virtually bind together various people, places and things. Imagine being able to know the instant your child gets separated from you in a crowd...or your pet wanders too far from home...or a store’s customers come in and are instantly greeted with that day’s specials...or a nursing home is alerted if a patient with Alzheimer’s leaves the facility.
“The possibilities for creating actions tied to people, places and things using a tōd and a smartphone are endless,” said Rowdy Robot CEO and tōd Creator Jonathan Prevo. “We’re especially excited to put our product and an open development platform out there and see what innovative uses people come up with. We want developers to know that we are providing an affordable alternative for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) development. Our solution is entirely unique due to the Bluetooth 4.0 wireless protocol and offers much more than a single use, proprietary platform.”
Early Developer Access
Rowdy Robot plans to ship the first devices in October. However, developers will have early beta access to the hardware in July. “This will be ahead of the software development, so interested developers can begin creating solutions for themselves, us and the whole Smart Beacon crowd,” Prevo said.
Early adopters and project backers are buzzing about the tōd, which has been written about on Mashable
, Geeky Gadgets
and Mobile Magazine
Low-Cost, Low Energy Connectivity Solution
The tōd is a small device, about the diameter of a silver dollar. The current prototype is 38mm in diameter and 13mm in height, which may be reduced slightly in the final design. Depending on the final enclosure design, that will also add about +/- of 2mm all around.
Each tōd is small enough to fit in a child’s pocket or a car’s glove compartment and has a battery life of over a year. The effective range of each tōd is adjustable from three to 500 feet.
Pricing for the Smart Beacon will be about $35, making it one of the lowest priced, ready-to-use wireless devices on the market. Developer kits ranging from $95 to $155 are available and include access to an open development community, SDK, documentation, EULA and hardware needed to start developing your own “Internet of things” or to evaluate Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for your own project.
Connectivity Powered By The Growing Bluetooth 4 Standard
The tōd platform is based on proximity between the device itself and a smartphone enabled with Bluetooth 4.0
. It uses “in range” and “out of range” events to trigger an interaction on the device within the app. Then using the cloud, those interactions can be made into richer experiences.
“Bluetooth 4.0 is quickly becoming the new, ubiquitous wireless connectivity standard for devices,” Prevo said. “Other comparable devices in development rely on WiFi connectivity, which is OK—but we wanted to enable people to use the low power, lightning fast connections with Bluetooth 4 regardless of whether they were connected to the Web.”
The tōd Smart Beacon is a single-mode Bluetooth 4.0 device, also known as Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Rowdy Robot developers are using the BlueGiga BLE112-A module
. The “A” represents that it ships with an on-board antenna and that the model has been RF Certified.
BLE112 Bluetooth low energy single mode module is a single mode device targeted for low power sensors and accessories. BLE112 offers all Bluetooth low energy features: radio, stack, profiles and application space for customer applications, so no external processor is needed. The module also provides flexible hardware interfaces to connect sensors, simple user interfaces and even displays directly to the module.
The BLE112 can be powered directly with a standard 3V source and includes on module voltage regulation. The Smart Beacon design offers enhanced voltage projection with the TI’s TPS62730, an ultra low power DC/DC converter with bypass mode that will reduce the current consumption during transmission nominally by about 20 percent when using a 3V coin cell battery. In the lowest power sleep mode, the BLE112A consumes only 400nA and will wake up in few hundred microseconds, according to the manufacturer, BlueGiga. The Smart Beacon is based on the BLE is module on a PCB that uses Rowdy Robot’s own design and includes the battery holder for a CR2032 coin-cell battery.
The BLE112A module includes the entire standardized Bluetooth low energy stack protocol which includes GAP, GATT, L2CAP, SMP and Bluetooth SIG low energy profiles. It can support an unlimited number of connections (master only) and offer both master and slave modes.
BLE112 has 32 pins, 21 of which are programmable. Rowdy Robot has exposed all 21 programmable pins with quick connectors, 2-2x5 headers for the GPIO and another 2x5 header for the debugger, which allows developers to add any number and configuration of add-on modules including sensors, Human Interface Devices, displays and even motors and servos to control.
Developers can also develop and implement their own firmware using the Texas Instruments Debugger Kit. The debugger is required to license and access the TI software and connect their computer to the Smart Beacon to add their own firmware. Custom firmware solutions are written in BGScript language using the BlueGiga's SDK
Each tōd has a programmable 8051 CPU on board with 128K that can provide simple Arduino-like functionality using Bluetooth 4 and firmware.
tōd Compatible Devices
Currently, tōd is compatible with the iPhone 4S, the new iPad, new Macbook Air, new Mac Mini, the Droid Razr family of phones, the HTC One S and X as well as the latest Samsung Galaxy S3. There are also USB Bluetooth Low Energy Dongles that plug into a PC or Mac for backwards compatibility.
“As far as being able to connect other accessories besides a tōd Smart Beacon to the platform and App, this is still under development, but we are committed to creating the most hardware agnostic platform we possibly can,” Prevo said.
tōd Open Development Technology Platform
“We have an open development environment due to the fact that BlueGiga has graciously allowed us to utilize their SDK, documentation and tools provided that each Smart Beacon ships with the end-user license agreement,” Prevo said. “This allows developers full access to their BG Script and Profile Development Kit at no charge. BlueGiga has provided the FCC and Bluetooth certifications so that we don’t need to.”
Rowdy Robot will provide an API that will be open for development, allowing for unlimited connections into any existing platform such as ifttt, Ninja Cloud and any other system that allows open development.
The free tōd application comes pre-installed with 10 aptly named templates, including functionality for proximity-based events and automatic updates to social media sites like Foursquare and Twitter. Rowdy Robot developers have also created an easy way for non-technical users to build their own interactions.
“We are planning for an array of sensors and add-on modules to extend the functionality of the tōd Smart Beacons,” said VP Don Mallicoat. “We are actively experimenting with existing products and services that could be enhanced by the power of the tōd Cloud, the tōd App and Smart Beacons.”
“Our first priority is to the iOS and Android mobile platforms, and possibly WinMobile if they have their OS and compatible devices ready in time,” Mallicoat continued. “After that, we plan to release an application for PC and MAC desktops.”
To further spur development, Rowdy Robot is building a reusable framework based on HTML 5 that will simplify the process of porting to other platforms.
Sign Up For Developer Access
Developers interested in the project are encouraged to participate in the company’s early funding on Kickstarter
. Everyone who participates will be signed up to be notified as soon as the development materials are available.