So, Here Are A Few Alternatives For Apple’s Not So Cool Map App

Sure we have heard a lot of grumbling about the Apple’s new Maps app, and we know lot of iPhone users won’t sit idle until Apple comes up with a fixed Maps app solution.

Therefore, for those looking out for better navigation choices on their iPhone devices, take a look at other alternatives available out there, which the best of all- are free of cost via mobile safari browser.

Nokia Maps

There’s no confusion that Nokia’s web app could be a great solution for those using iOS 6. Nokia maps app surely stays the winner with the highest score for offering total navigation services. The app is precise, quick, and easy-to-use and will assure you don’t lose your way.

Offering readings with support from layers, traffic, public transportation, and directions, Nokia web Map app also shows points of interest such as restaurants and coffee shops. Along with this, Nokia Maps also carry Map view, satellite view, a public transportation view, and live traffic views.

Visit m.maps.nokia.com on your iPhone to get started with Nokia Maps app.

Google Maps

Google Maps on the Web also makes a good choice to reach from point-to-point with an expanded coverage. Giving users best map views on earth, this app comes loaded with features such as driving, transit, biking, and walking directions. Layers in Google Maps on the web include satellite, traffic, and bicycling. However, the response time of Google Maps on the web could be a little slow as compared to the native app that Apple replaced.

Visit maps.google.com on your iPhone from Safari browser to get started.

 

Bing Maps

A great mapping application, Bing Maps by Microsoft offers you a great way to explore places around. Map layers include directions and show traffic in three different styles such as road, aerial, and bird’s eye. Bing Maps app on the web is easy-to-follow and offers precise details with quick response.

Log on to maps.bing.com from your iPhone to get started.

 

Take a look at these Maps app, they are all handy and impressive in a way or the other.

 

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Windows 8 and RT Believed to Hit Off Only With High-quality Apps!

Set to hit the store shelves later this year, Windows 8 and Windows RT has made all the local developers excited as Microsoft gets all geared up to penetrate into the market, which is dominated by Apple and Google.

As the market is competitive, there are many analysts who believe that the success of Windows RT and 8 will depend on the kind of apps that the Window Store offers.

Many developers are seeing this as a potential platform; however, there are still many who feel that the apps available in the Windows Store are not too many, especially as the Oct. 26th release date is just a few weeks away.

With Apple App Store and Google Play Store offering users various thrilling and useful apps, Microsoft will have to hold its footing with really exciting apps.

Apple currently has over 200,000 apps in the Apple App Store specially for iPad, and the Windows Store has just 1,080, which is way too less. Out of that number, Microsoft has just 187 paid apps.

Earlier also HP and RIM tried to hit off with their TouchPad and Blackberry PlayBook, but failed as they lacked in high-quality apps.

Similarly, Microsoft also needs to stock up high-quality apps before launching its Windows 8 and RT as the Windows Store is its only app centre.

Just like Apple Inc, Microsoft also has its list of guidelines for apps, which the firm reviews before authorizing it as free or paid.

In case Microsoft fails to provide users with plethora of applications, the firm might just face a challenge in the consumer market.

Also the lack of apps is believed to affect Windows 8 less than Windows RT, as the former can run traditional or legacy apps on the Windows 7-style desktop.

However, many analysts also believe that maybe Microsoft is holding back some of the apps on purpose as a publicity stunt so that they come out only next month during the launch of the new operating systems.

Microsoft is also known to work under secretive communications strategy so maybe the firm is just being num about the apps it might have made so the level of excitement stays intact in the consumer’s minds.

Another reason for fewer applications can be the lack of motivation among developers, who aren’t till now seeing Microsoft as a tough competition with Apple and Google.

Whatever the reasons might be, we just hope that Microsoft unveils its Windows 8 and RT with more high-quality apps so that we, as consumers get lot more choices!… Read the rest

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Camera ZOOM FX: Think Beyond Instagram!

Yes, Instagram’s one of the most popular photo apps worldwide, but today, we’re going to explore the world of apps beyond Instagram and look at some other great apps that can put amazing effects on your photographs. One such app on the Google Play Store is Camera ZOOM FX – probably the most extensive app in terms of effects and features for editing photos on your smartphone.

This app has nearly 75 different effects that you can use on photos you click using your phone’s camera, including readymade preset options, color effects, frames, distort effects, mirror effects, and tilt-shifting. What’s better, this app even processes the images you click on full resolution, up to 8MP, so you no longer need to worry about losing clarity after applying effects. With Camera ZOOM FX, you pretty much have a mini Photoshop right in your palm as it provides overlay features for image processing, as well as create lovely collages without requiring you to download your photos onto a PC.

A fullscreen shutter lets you click anywhere on your screen to click a photo, allowing you to click self shots with absolute ease. The Camera ZOOM FX app even lets you geotag your photos with location and even EXIF data. And you can constantly build on top of what you already have, by downloading additional packs for your app that give you even more fun props, frames, shutter animations, and many more features.

No wonder this app has been named “the best camera app for Android” by LifeHacker. And here’s some great news – it’s available on the Play Store at a discount of 40%! So go make the best of the sale!… Read the rest

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With Windows 8 Metro Apps – Its Time for Awesomeness!

With evolving technology and the flamboyant expenditure in terms of innovation in the technical framework of applications, gadgets and usage, everything seems to be maneuvering towards perfection.

We have seen the M and the T technology take over the traditional usage patterns. Desktops are vintage and mobile, tablets is fashion now.

Metro-style apps recently brought in a new wave in the Windows 8 spectrum. Windows interface is the most user-friendly platform and even continues to be so. But with changing trends, it becomes imperative to evolve. Windows 8 is the answer to all the rising queries about tablet and mobile interaction with Windows.

Applications compatible with Windows 8 will make the entire interface environment dynamic with the help of live application tiles. With the search across apps where one can type and get results from across applications, is the new buzz in this genre.

Everything from games, news, books to basic information will be upheld in the dynamic setup. Let’s take a sneak- peak into where this Metro style will take our technology.

Cocktail Flow: The last thing you want at a party is a taste of bad cocktail. And in desperate times, nothing is more helpful than a mobile or a tablet. Windows 8 comes with an interesting application called the Cocktail flow, which will boost your bar-tending skills at the virtual bar and help you with a lot of recipes you need for the party to roll.

Wikipedia– History repeats itself. Well if this phrase applies to our internet history then 1 in every 3 person has repetitive pages in their history and Wikipedia tops the list of the most frequent pages. With extensive usage trends, windows leveraged this opportunity by launching an app that does not require anyone to visit search engines to reach to Wikipedia.

Music Maker Jams– Setting right at their potential target groups- The Millennial, Windows has understood one of the most important ingredients of survival- Music. This app is a sequencer that has magnificent interface where users can adjust various parameters of music to listen to whatever they like and whenever they want to.

Doodleinator– This app is an animation creator where the user can pick up a pencil and a paper and spend as much time, creating anything out of their mind, rearranging animations completing the trail and upload it on any social media platform.

SigFig Investments– As the name suggests, this app involves investments and stock market but besides being a ticker, it imports a user portfolio and does in-depth analysis and gives performance related information and recommendations. With this App, you will not only work the cool-way but also the smart-way.

Vimeo- However, hooked to the Youtube app, Microsoft has done complete justice to video lovers by launching this app with a wonderful grid to choose videos of one’s choice.

Solitaire– The most popular and undoubtedly the first computer game to be played has given Windows the advantage of being the first one to give people entertainment at all times. With a little tweak in rules and gameplay, this round of cards definitely seems to score.

Slacker radio- This app is not only a walking music station but also provides lyrics, reviews, artist biographies and basically everything one needs to know about Music.

OneNote MX-With Microsoft office being the most handful kit, one could not have asked for more as they have added a wonderful feather to the basket. With this app, those little notes will not be lost amidst heavy files and data. It promises a great interface with the latest pen technology in perfect place.

Fitball– From fries to fitness, we have seen it all and today with extreme importance towards health and fitness, we need to be assured that there is something around us to help us sincerely adhere to our endeavours. This App uses immersive technology and augmented reality to track movements where you need to hit balls and push your limits for a healthy lifestyle.

With this technology in place and these applications to pillar them up, it clearly shows that Windows has understood the user’s needs and the changing trends. With digital space home to a lot of experimentation, innovation and growth, it’s evident that they have leveraged on the fact that everything that is available offline must definitely be online.… Read the rest

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