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We just got our iPad and as expected we are downloading and testing quite a few applications on it.
SoundHound, an application which I loved on the iPhone is even available for the iPad . SoundHound works on your iPhone, iPod touch and even with your new iPad. From the name you would guess that this app is perhaps for the music freaks, but no – this is for everyone and is more like a game than an app.
The new iPad design looks great and the app uses the large screen perfectly. Hum a tune or sing a song to your iPad and SoundHound would quickly recognize the song and display the results . The results would include the lyrics, artist, artist biography, short playback of the song and you could even purchase the song from iTunes. It is the iTunes Store presented in a way better manner. Say there is a song being played and you seem to like it and want to find out more. Just hold your iPad next to the speaker and SoundHound would recognize the song being played and would display all the details about it. It is something really good on the iPad. It has the menu on the left and the results on the right. The icon, as complained by many, is horrible.
You could even share your favorite songs via Facebook,Twitter and email , Bookmark it, Play related videos from YouTube and check related artists. It takes voice recognition to the next level. Connect via Pandora and launch a Pandora station based on the song selected.The app has a brilliant UI and it is fun to interact with charts, graphs and beautiful animations which are displayed on the App. It is pretty accurate with the search results it renders and could recognize voices in many different accents.
The ‘What’s Hot’ Section would display the song name which is the most popular among the rest of the users. Songs that were just grabbed by users, a few underplayed ones and the hottest songs are also included in this section.
The ‘Now Playing’ Section would help you get more information about the songs already in your iTunes library. It has complete iPod integration which allows you to see the lyrics of the songs which are being played.
This app is totally innovative, terrific and unbelievable. It is based on the “Sound2Sound Search Science” technology which is created by Melodis. S2S helps in the detection of multiple sounds such as singing, music, text and speech. Key benefits of S2S include improved accuracy, faster response time and increased scalability.
Developed by Melodis Corporation and for $4.99 it would be a great companion for all your music needs.
The Google mobile blog has announced its plan about Google services on the iPad and other tablet computers. As the shift of interest of the people from desktops and mobile phones to tablet computers is evident, Google has chosen to optimize the interest to give people a better Google experience.
All Google services including YouTube, Google Docs and even gmail are now optimized for the iPad and other tablet computers. gmail looks exactly like the default iPad mail and has your inbox on the left and the mail selected is on the right. There is no better experience than using the native mail app on the iPad to check your mail; so gmail optimization is nothing very exciting. There is already a default YouTube app on the iPad which gives a better experience than the web app.
Then comes in Map. You even have a maps app for the iPad which is very robust and has a great UI.
Google plans to use and promote the new HTML 5 web standard and is encouraging people to use it. The optimization of Google services for tablet computers would rather not be a success for Apple’s iPad, but yeah, it could help on other upcoming Android based tablets.
This gives us a hint that maybe – just maybe Google is coming out with its own tablet.
Consider a situation where your Windows PC has crashed. You had not created a backup of your data which included your iTunes Library and are now worried about losing all your favorites. You later fix your PC and want all your songs back.Now all yours songs were on your iPod and you need to transfer it from your iPod back to the PC. iTunes does not allow such transfers.
Let us explore another problem which is similar to the one above. Say, your friend has a movie on his iPod which you too want but his iPod is synced with another computer. You just can’t copy and paste the movie due to the restrictions imposed by iTunes.
Well, now you have the solution.
In such cases Xilisoft iPod Rip comes in handy. There are tons of videos on YouTube and millions of How To on this niche and none of them seem to work but this one does. This allows you to transfer files, songs, videos from your PC to your iPod and the other way round without using iTunes. You could even backup your iPod files and restore them if an incident like the ones described above have been encountered. The software supports all kinds of iPods, from nanos to touches. It even works with your iPhone and is compatible with both PC and Mac. It is compatible with iTunes 9.0.3 (latest) and works like a charm. Xilisoft is a trustworthy company which makes loads of other software and freeware including iPod Rip which is magical. With this your iPhone or iPod could work as a hard drive and it even has an inbuilt player to play your songs on the go.
As soon as you plug in your iPod , Xilisoft detects it, it displays all the details about the iPod just like the way iTunes does.Next,you’ve got three options on the bottom to choose from- Copy files to iPod, Transfer files from iPod to PC/Mac or transfer files from iPod and iPhone to iTunes for backup. The UI isn’t that complicated and is comfortable even for beginners. The file is 5.80 MB and if you like it you could have it for $25.95 .
Go ahead, and give it a try!
Website – http://www.xilisoft.com/ipod-rip.html
Features – 9/10
Performance – 9/10
Value for Money – 7/10.
More and more “how to’s” to follow only on http://theapplegoogle.com.
Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular browsers in today’s era. It is highly customizable, secure, stable, fast and Mozilla claims it to be “The World’s Best Browser”. Awesome Bar is one of its most popular and unique features yet. Firefox gets you around your favorite sites in minutes. It is a sort of ” I’m Feeling Lucky” feeling. It searches up Google and takes you to the site without even putting Google in front of you. It just skips Google. Though this isn’t how it works , but to an end user it would appear to do the same thing.
Recently I made a switch from Chrome to Firefox to just give it a try and it turned out to be terrific. I played around with its features and tweaked some to improve performance. It was good.
I am not trying to promote Firefox here, but instead want to talk more about the Awesome bar feature . So, Awesome Bar usually keeps you out of Google. This in turn does affect revenue generation for Google. For example – If you search for a term in Firefox say “Good Directions YouTube” , it would redirect you to the YouTube page and play the video. But if you searched for the same term in Google Chrome’s address box, it would return search results on Google, which would enhance Google’s revenue generation.
Though you have a separate Google bar beside the Awesome Bar but people usually type in their query into the address bar itself. Mozilla still tries to maintain its terms with Google, by making Google its default search engine and using a customized Google page for its startup. Sometimes it even does not render the page which we were wanting to go to. But it tracks user details and customizes it according to your needs.
What do you feel? Are you developing a Google fatigue ? Seems that Mozilla has.
Google announced a new feature to their Reader application. Google Reader now boasts a great new look and a magazine like start-up page where all your feeds are properly divided and it enriches the looks of that boring and dull feed reader. It is called ” Google Reader Play” .
It is kind of buggy and slow when you first launch it, but then you’ll get a hang of it. It was even frustrating as it kept on saying ” Oops, something went wrong …retrying”. Finally it launched and was pretty neat . There are many other applications and extensions which do a similar kind of thing – that is, bring Reader to life. Feedly is one such extension which does the job perfectly.
According to Garrett Wu, a software engineer at Google, Play is designed to make reader more accessible and easier to use and try. One item is presented at a time and you have the ability to choose whether to display all feeds, read feeds, unread feeds or starred items. YouTube videos could even be played on Play.
At the end of the day, a good try by Google but has a long way to go.
Almost everyone uses Google Maps to get directions. There is an option to choose whether you are traveling by car, public transit or walking to the destination. By choosing a particular mode of transportation it would then give you the directions and the estimated time. Now even Bicycle has been added to the list.
Thus for all bike lovers, now Google Maps is Bike Friendly. Though it doesn’t seem to work everywhere, but mostly does in and around San Francisco. I wanted to head from Golden Gate Bridge to the Golden Gate Park, so I selected Bicycling and it gave me the directions and even an estimated time.
It is currently in BETA and Google is asking user feedback on the directions listed and any unmapped bike routes that is not suited for cycling.
UPDATE : Google posted a video of how bicycle directions work.
iPad Oscars Commercial :
MacRumors has posted a picture of Steve Jobs at the Oscars. This time Steve is not in his usual jeans and black turtleneck.
Google Chrome was updated to version 184.108.40.2061 . This new version allows users to get a feel of Chrome 5 before actually jumping to it. Chrome 5 is still in development therefore Google threw in an update to Chrome Beta Build so that users could try Chrome 5 features.
The new features include :-
* Automatic translation of web pages – If a user is viewing a web page which is in a language different from the one preferred by the user, then the user would have the option of translating the page using Google Translate. Google says it’s a step towards making “all the world’s information universally accessible in an easy, frictionless way.”
Google has announced that it is going to stop supporting Microsoft’s browser Internet Explorer version 6.0. It says that the browser is slow and buggy which could pose a threat to the internet.
Killing IE6 implies that Google would stop supporting their services such as YouTube and Google Docs on the browser. Nearly everyone in today’s world use these Google services and they are an essential part of their internet experience. By not being able to use these services, IE6 users would have no choice but to switch their browser or upgrade their version of Internet Explorer. YouTube would do this by 13th of March. Users could watch videos on the browser but new features won’t work. Google Docs and Google sites hosting services would stop on 1st March, 2010.
Google has taken a stand to remove the browser as it even was involved in the recent China attack. Much of the measured IE 6 usage originates in China. According to NetApplications, IE 6 is still used by 20% of the surfers worldwide.