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Travel media company Lonely Planet has introduced a new mobile app called Trips by Lonely Planet. The app provides modern travelers with a simple and intuitive way to share their travel experiences by uploading content directly from their camera roll, and create stories to describe their adventures.

 

On the app, travelers can ‘Like’ trips, find new trips, follow other travelers, and more. Lonely Planet intends to make Trips an independent app that provides users with access to great shared experiences, as they typically get on social media to do research when planning a trip. Not only that, writers and editors from Lonely Planet contribute to the app by curating top suggestions for trips.

 

Trips by Lonely Planet can be downloaded for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

 

More information on the app can be found here.

In preparation of the upcoming SEA Games 2017, the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has launched its first ever First Aid app for mobile devices.

 

The app was developed and made in partnership with the Prudence Foundation, as well as with the support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

 

The MRCS touts the apps as the first of its kind in the country. It is designed to provide first aid advice through videos, animations, as well as interactive quizzes, all of which will be easy to access. There is something that makes the entire thing.

 

“During an emergency, a lack of first aid knowledge could lead to lasting injuries and disabilities, and even unnecessary deaths,” Dato’ Sayed A. Rahman bin Sayed Mohd, Secretary General of the MRCS said. “As a national society that is advocating the importance of first aid, we believe that having this mobile app allows users to access crucial, life-saving information at the touch of their fingertips.”

 

The app is already available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The contents of the app be delivered in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, thus making accessible the Malaysian majority. However, Dato’ Syed did state that while the app itself provides first aid information, it is in no way a replacement for proper first training and certification, or the need to seek medical advice when (and where) necessary.

 

 

AgileBits has introduced Travel Mode for 1Password, a way to keep your passwords safe while traveling abroad.

 

1Password, a password manager app for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, stores and organizes passwords in ‘vaults.’ When Travel Mode is activated, every vault is removed from your devices, except for the ones marked ‘safe for travel’. The information isn’t hidden, it’s actually removed.

 

After you arrive safely at your destination or back home, you can turn off Travel Mode, and the vaults are downloaded back onto your devices. 

 

However, Travel Mode is not available for users who’ve bought perpetual licenses, which doesn’t include sync. It only works for users who are on the 1Password subscription plan, which syncs accounts using 1Password’s own services.  

 

The unfortunate reason why something like Travel Mode is necessary is that border guards are increasingly demanding that travelers hand over their passwords for security checks. 

 

If your device only contains your personal info, you face a loss of privacy, but if it contains sensitive work or government data, you face losing much more — like this NASA engineer who was forced to unlock his phone at Houston’s airport. And if your device leaves your sight for a few moments, there’s a chance that its contents may have been copied over.

 

On the other hand, if you don’t surrender your passwords, you risk being deported or detained. It’s not a pleasant state of affairs, and there’s already debate whether or not it should even be allowed.

 

With 1Password’s new Travel Mode, you can at least contain the damage done if you do surrender your passwords. Only select accounts in the ‘safe for travel’ vault risk being compromised, and because you’re not actually hiding information, you’re not breaking the law by using it.

 

 

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Apple has just released a new app called Music Memos, that was clearly designed with musicians in mind.

At its heart, Music Memo is a recording app and draws a lot of inspiration from Apple’s own Voice Memos app. The idea is to take Voice Memos and improve it for musicians by adding features for songwriting and developing ideas for songs and music.

To begin, once you launch Music Memo, the app is intelligent enough to begin automatically recording once it hears that you are playing or singing.

Once you are done, the file is saved in an uncompressed file format, so you don’t lose any audio fidelity. Users can then name, tag and rate it to organize their recordings.

Beyond that, the app can also analyze your recording and can split your recording to measures, and suggest what chords you were playing. It can even fill in with drums and a bass line to help you get your song going.

That said, you can’t add tracks or dub in other musical instruments, these functions will require the more capable GarageBand app.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams said, “Sometimes ideas come faster than I can get them into my notebook so I’ve used Voice Memos and Notes to quickly capture songs before they’re lost. Music Memos is like if those two apps came together to form some kind of superpower for songs. It quite literally blew my mind how Music Memos could transform a single guitar idea into a whole composition with a virtual drummer loose enough that it felt like you were having your mind read by some A.I. musician and a choice of stand-up or electric bass accompaniments.”

Unfortunately, I can’t play any instrument to save my life, but hey, if it’s good enough for Ryan Adams, I guess it should be good enough for most musicians too.

Music Memos is available for download now from the App Store.

   

A thriving app ecosystem is vital to the success of a mobile device and it seems that the Apple Watch has what it takes to succeed.

Aside from the plans to launch the Apple Watch in more countries by late June, Apple CEO Tim Cook also revealed that there are over 3,500 apps available for the wearable device. The interest and response from developers have been overwhelming, which helped Apple exceed its own expectations.

TechCrunch – “We’re far ahead from where we expected to be from an application point of view,” Cook said in today’s briefing. “We had an internal goal of beating that 1,000 [that the iPad had] and we exceeded that.”

It is noteworthy to mention that developers were only allowed to start submitting their apps for approval from March 31st and within a month, there are already more than 3,500 apps designed specifically for the Apple Watch. To put that into context, the first generation iPhone and iPad launched with 500 and 1,000 apps respectively. Here are the app numbers at launch for some of its rivals:

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear – at least 70 apps
  • Pebble – more than 1,000 with the launch of the Pebble App Store
  • Sony Smart Watch 2 – more than 300 apps

The Apple Watch App Store currently has a variety of categories such as communication, family, work, travel, creativity and health & fitness. If you are one of the fortunate ones to have received your Apple Watch, do check out the App Store and try the apps out.

Vimeo has launched an update to its iPhone app, and this is much more than just an update. In fact, you could say that the Vimeo iPhone app has been re-imagined from top to bottom, creating what amounts to a brand new app. If you’ve found previous versions of Vimeo confusing and cluttered, the new version has finally gone for the traditional tabbed interface we’ve come to know and love, thus creating a browsing experience that should be much more intuitive.

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Aside from interface, the new app can still do everything the old Vimeo could – you can shoot videos or upload videos from your camera reel, browse other videos, comment, like, etc. The new app adds better sharing integration, with easy sharing on Facebook, Twitter, email, iMessage, or via a link. You can also set automatic sharing for every video you upload, and continue watching other videos while your video is uploading.

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The new tabbed interface includes the new Feed option, the Explore tab, and your Watch Later queue, which you can also manage as you wish. While the new version of the app claims to be available for both iPhone and iPad, the new interface is notably missing from the iPad, which, upon downloading the new app, still features the old, somewhat cluttered Vimeo interface.

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You can download the new Vimeo for iPhone from the App Store. Please do share you thinking after the use.

Wikimapia now on your mobile

By on October 2, 2012

Wikimapia introduced their first mobile version of interface. To use Wikimapia on your mobile phone go to wikimapia.org and the mobile version of the site will open automatically.

The current Wikimapia mobile version is read-only yet, which means you can only browse through Wikimapia data from the map, use search and see places around you. Another useful feature is geolocation, that helps to orientate yourself and shows all places around your location.

Launching the mobile version of Wikimapia is marking the beginning for Wikimapia towards the support of mobile devices and the moment when it will be possible to add and edit places in real time, looking right at them.
I use a lot of wikimapia in the previous day before I bought my first iphone and before I actually know about maps.google.com. Again, with the new mobile version of interface, Wikimapia reach another milestone for their product and we looking forward for more amazing features available in the near future

In April this year, Google announce their Google Cloud storage solution which integrate with Google Docs and now add the value to their Google drive with the new launching of Google Drive native application for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) but it only support iOS 5 and above.

 

The iOS native apps only allow you to view your document  or file online or offline in the Google drive but not to edit it as what Chrome OS or Andriod able to do. You may also share and syn your

 

Google also showed the attendees at the event a few other enhancements for Google Drive one of which is the ability to search within pictures. The demonstration was done by simply typing “Pyramid” into the search box, and an image of a pyramid appears — even though the file name was IMG_9824.jpg. For users who are anxious to try out the new features, Google Drive has already been updated.

Google drive native apps with the document/image preview features

 

The following are some features of Google Drive iOS native apps:

  • Quickly and easily access and view your documents, photos and videos anywhere
  • Make files available offline so you can view them even when you don’t have Internet connection
  • Easily share files with collaborators on the go
  • Sync files across your desktop and all your devices
  • Open files from Drive with other apps installed on your device
  • Star your most important files to easily find them later

Download the iOS Google Drive native apps today to try it out the cool features

Malaysia first Taxi Booking apps – MyTeksi

Malaysia taxi booking apps for iOS and Android – MyTeksi was officially launhed in Apple Apps Store and also Android Market. MyTeksi allowing Malaysians to book for a taxi via this application and SMS.

Taxi driver showing the MyTeksi Apps

The MyTeksi mobile app works on iOS(Apple iPhones/iPads) and Android devices. The application can be downloaded for free. Below are the steps of using the mobile app:

  1. You need to sign up for the MyTeksi account in order to receive information on future updates and promotions.
  2. The app auto-detects your location (you’ll need to enable Location Services).
  3. Alternatively, drag the map and position the blue pin on your exact pick-up location. You can also manually type in the address in the Address bar at the bottom.
  4. Repeat the procedure for destination. You can drag the map and position the green pin on your drop-off point, or search for your destination by tapping on the Address bar.
  5. You can also search for your desired drop-off location by clicking on the address bar at the bottom and manually searching the address.
  6. Key in any remarks/requests/tips and tap “Book Now”.
  7. Confirm your booking.
  8. Your taxi booking will be confirmed within 3 minutes.
  9. You’ll then receive details about your confirmed taxi booking.

For bookings via SMS, just send an SMS to 36881 with the following information (standard SMS charges apply):

TEKSI<space>Pick-up Address<space>#Drop-off Address<space>#Remarks

Example: Teksi Jaya33 PJ #Mid Valley #Waiting at lobby

 

Passengers using the MyTeksi iOS and Android app will enjoy a RM2 waiver on their standard taxi booking fee until 30 June 2012. The fee is paid directly to the Taxi driver. There are about 120 Taxis currently available in the Klang Valley, and can be booked 24-7, 365 days.

 

MyTeksi Mobile Taxi Hailing service is powered by Maxis’ Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and leverages on Maxis 3G and 2G network in Malaysia. According to the company, major taxi companies, associations, and cooperatives, besides Comfort Taxi are already in the process of testing the MyTeksi solution.

 

Click here to visit MyTeksi official web site

Click here to download iOS apps

Click here to download Andriod apps

 


If you’ve been downloading Google Currents through unofficial channels, you won’t have to do that anymore. Previously found only in the United States, Google Currents is now available across the globe.

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Launched in December 2011, Google Currents is essentially an app for Android and iOS that gathers RSS feeds onto an easy-to-read magazine layout. Think of it as Google’s answer to Pulse or Flipboard. To date, Google has seen nearly 400 publisher editions and over 14,000 self-produced editions available on Google Currents.

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A new dynamic sync feature is also added to Google Currents, with content constantly refreshed when you’re reading news off Google Currents. If you’re worried about a reduced battery life from the constant syncing, Google claims that the dynamic sync feature will use a minimum of the phone or tablet’s battery, bandwidth and storage.

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Going international also means that Google is prepared for multiple languages. Other than its global availability, Google Currents also adds Google Translate into its mainframe, providing support for up to 38 languages. However, this is still subjected to whether international publishers, through Google Currents Producer, choose to make their publications available globally and enable auto-translation.

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Android users can make your way to Google Play and push the app to your Android devices, while iOS users can visit the iOS App Store for the app.