Songify: Make Your Own Songs
With Songify you will be able to create your own music even if you can’t sing at all. Yes, you read right as this app automatically turns speech into music. Simply speak into your device and Songify will use your words to create a song.
You won’t become a Mozart or a Beethoven but this app will definitely create a few laughs among your friends. If you are pleased with your brand new song, you will then be given the option to share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or email.
TheMarmiteman is a Tumblr user who has already used Songify to create an interesting “love song” dedicated to his passion. For those interested in listening to a sample of what this app will allow you to do, here’s the Marmite love song sample.
Are you thinking of giving Songify a go? Let us know what you think ;-)
Songify: Tap to Record Speech (Image 1)
Songify: Recording (Image 2)
Songify: Share on Facebook, Twitter or via Email (Image 3)
PC Prescriptions: 21 Free Apps to Keep Your PC Healthy
An ounce of prevention is worth, what, a working version of your operating system? A few hours of a Windows reinstallation? All of your system’s data? When it comes to dealing with issues with your desktop or laptop PC, apps that help you prevent problems before they occur are worth their file size in gold.
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Sandy’s on her way here*, and she’s FIERCE! We’ve already lost some branches & shingles.
We’ve got all the emergency supplies, with the exception of “D” Batteries, which are sold out for miles around. Cars and generator are full of gas. Patio furniture secured. Plenty of chow (and yarn!) in the house.
The power’s been flickering since about 3:30. A lot of our local friends are posting photos of flooding & damage, especially in areas closer to the shore. Our vacation hotel = flooded.
The Weather Channel is even assigning “Red Shirts”:
Sandy’s not fooling around.
Be safe, y’all. Check in when you can.
***I was hoping #NiceGoalEh would scare Sandy away, but nooo.. !
RIM OFFERS FREE APPS FOLLOWING SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS
Via Yahoo News
Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) says it will offer its Blackberry subscribers a selection of premium apps for free to show appreciation for customers’ patience during the recent worldwide service disruptions OH!
The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says the apps will be worth a total of $100 for each customer.
The list of apps provided with the announcement includes iSpeech Translator, which converts words spoken or typed into the phone into multiple languages. A variety of popular mobile phone games were also listed, including versions of the Sims, Bejeweled, Texas Hold’em Poker and Bubble Bash.
Outages for RIM email, texting and Internet services began last Monday in Europe and spread to the Middle East, Africa and North and South America for varying lengths of time before services were fully restored on Thursday.
The apps will be made available over the coming weeks on BlackBerry App World and will continue to be available until Dec. 31.
RIM also says its enterprise customers will be offered one month of free technical support.
In a statement early Monday, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said the company is grateful to its loyal BlackBerry customers for their patience.
“We have apologized to our customers and we will work tirelessly to restore their confidence. We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again,” he said.
RIM says the outage lasted three days in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, one and a half days in Latin America and Canada, and one day in the United States.
BlackBerry has been struggling to compete with numerous other smartphones that have entered the market, including Apple Inc. ‘s iPhone and several Android devices.
The company’s share price has been beaten down steadily for months to around the low $20s as RIM contends with a host of long-term factors, including the competition.
Earlier this year, Sony offered its customers a package of free PlayStation games for download, and other services, after its PlayStation Network was compromised by hackers that stole personal information from its users.
Flipboard: The Maganize Social Media App
Flipboard, a digital social media magazine developed for iPad, is what I can only describe as one of the most amazing apps to browsing the web for news. It aggregates web links shared by your social circle on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, etc. to then present them in an attractive layout. I could spend hours flicking through pages and pages reading the stuff that interests me the most. It’s all there!
This free app is well designed, functional and very intuitive. It’s no surprise then that it was named Apple’s iPad App of the Year in 2010. Since I found out about Flipboard I had the instant feeling that I had come across something really good, but the test was going to be in the use, of course.
Yes, Flipboard has definitely become one of my very top apps for iPad. Are you thinking of giving Flipboard a go?
Let us know what you think ;-)
Flipboard: Fully customisable personal magazine (Image 1)
Flipboard: Well designed, functional pages (Image 2)
Flipboard: Page turn effect (Image 4)
Another Day Another Android App Store.
GetJar.com is offering several free premium/paid apps for free from it’s app store.
I’ve taken a loot, they have a lot of decent games including ILLUSIA, and Age of Zombies. (Age of Zombies is quite a lot of fun)
I would suggest grabbing up: Nimbuzz, Age of Zombies, and TuneIn Radio Pro.
But with so many freebies you could just go nuts and download everything they’ve got.
So head over to Getjar.com/gold and have a look
Retro Camera Plus: Instant NostalgiaWhat Does It Do?
Urbian’s Retro Camera Plus is a toy camera app similar in design and function to the popular Hipstamatic. It offers 5 “cameras,” each of which include a unique border and filter style. All but one of the cameras offers the option to shoot in black & white, bringing the total of options to 9. The app is available for both iPhone and Android platforms.
Photo processing occurs in the background, allowing you to shoot photos with only a few seconds downtime in between them. Once each photo is ready, you can view and share them within the app, hung on a clothesline in the gallery section.
- Full resolution is supported on iPhone and many Android phones. It may not matter for online sharing, but you’ll appreciate it if you decide to crop your photo or make a print.
- Each camera has a unique interface image, so you always know exactly what filter will be applied to your photo. This is actually much nicer than Hipstamatic, which requires the user to toggle to the camera front in order to remind them which lens is selected.
- The iPhone version is free (ad supported), Android offers both free (ad-supported) and paid versions.
- The filters are nicely done, from the desaturated Barbl to the deeply saturated Little Yellow Box.
- If you’re getting tired of seeing Hipstamatic’s distinctive filters everywhere you look, Retro Camera Plus offers a great alternative.
- Each camera includes a detailed info screen, with a sample photo and summary of attributes such as saturation, contrast, color tint and film scratches. For photographers who have a hard time choosing which app or filter to use for specific situations, the info screen also includes recommended photo types for each camera (such as portraits, still life, landscape, etc).
- The iPhone version of the app doesn’t yet have an option to turn off the frames, or a paid version for users who would prefer not to see ads.
- The graphical interface is beautiful, but at the expense of giving you a reduced viewfinder size.
- After comparing photos to square format photos taken with other apps, it appears that Retro Camera Plus slightly crops the field of vision available to the camera’s lens. This can be great if you can’t get quite close enough to your subject, but also potentially irritating on wide angle shots.
There’s something nice about photo apps that require you to make the processing choices before you shoot. It’s reminiscent of having to decide what film type, lens and possibly filter you wanted to use, and it lets you focus on image composition since the other details are already decided.
If you’re a photographer who loves processing and re-processing your photos to test out different outcomes, you may find Retro Camera Plus too restrictive, or you may enjoy it as a go-to app in situations where you just want to take a quick snapshot, but aren’t satisfied with using the default camera.
Since it’s free, even if you think you don’t need it you can take it for a test drive and decide for yourself.Sample Photos
You can check out more examples of Retro Camera Plus in their Flickr group.