Hit Or Miss: Google Keep Now On iOS App Store

google keep on Apple iOSGoogle has now introduced note taking app Google Keep for the Apple iOS. The app was first introduced way back in March 2013 for web and Android users. It was then brought to Android Wear in 2014. All this while, it was not available for iOS users.

Now, the v1.0.4 version of Google Keep is available for download from the iOS App Store as well. It is compatible with the iOS 8 version and onward. With a size of 28MB, the app doesn’t occupy a lot of space. The only major turn off about this app is that it comes with the Material Design theme of Google, which may not be liked by ardent Apple fans.

One can make notes, lists and record voice reminders using Google Keep. They can even be categorized using labels, types and colors. This app also allows people set reminders based on date and location.

Another interesting feature of this app is that it allows users to share notes with other users in real time. Google Keep for iOS can transliterate voice memos and read the text from a picture to enable people find a note quickly by searching.

Though everything is pretty good about this app, the fact that iOS App Store already has EverNote and OneNote, will pose as a stiff competition for this late arrival. Moreover, the pre-instaled Notes app in iOS also got a major update recently.

We sure hope Google has thought through all the pros and cons of introducing this app on iOS and would have a vision for the prospect of this app on iOS platform that prompted its launch.… Read the rest

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Twitter’s Vine Vs Facebook’s Instagram: The Rivals Take The Brawl To Another Level

In an entirely surprising turn of events, Thursday saw microblogging social network Twitter launching its own video app, Vine. Users can capture short videos of up to 6 seconds’ duration and run it on loop using this app. As of now, this app is available only for iOS users – so iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can download and use this app currently.

In keeping with Twitter’s theme of brevity, this app is also aimed at inspiring creativity among its users. According to a blog post by Twitter, Vine’s posts are about abbreviation, shortening something longer.

However, moments after Twitter announced this new app, privacy concerns began to get raised. Some users reported that they were able to view other users’ private contact information when they logged into the app, including e-mail addresses and phone numbers. This issue led Twitter to disable Facebook sharing shortly after the app’s launch.

Twitter later stated that the issue was caused due to a bug which caused accounts to get cross-wired. However, the company denied reports that users were able to post content from others’ social accounts due to this bug.

Twitter recently acquired Vine, possibly to compete with Google’s giant video-sharing social network, YouTube. But the real question is if it will find as many takers and spell success for Twitter.… Read the rest

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Earlier It Was Mini-Pivot, Now It’s iOS App That Tripl Shoves Away

Tripl, a social travel start-up is a complete guide of travel information, which shows whereabouts of friends by filtering data from Foursquare and Facebook, and other social network feeds. The start-up is however, now undergoing some sudden change.

The team at Tripl, had a month back, decided to shift away focus from linking travelers with friends who are close by, undergoing mini-pivot, where they now put together infographic of friends’ travel history, complete with fun facts, imagery, and maps. And now, the company has again decided to redo the new iOS app that they had been working on for months.

This onboard change would test users’ patience a little. Here, Tripl asks users to log in with Facebook to let the app start the search for social connections and pull in information about the travel plans of friends. Tripl also connects with other social sites such as Foursquare, Instagram and Tripit and takes a little time to connect. Luckily, the app also has a feature to let users press push notifications button so it can buzz as the process completes to notify users.

After the completion of this process, Tripl is really fun to use.

As users log in, they are welcomed with a streamlined view of friends’ locations. They can also pop into stories or individual entries, where users can see pictures taken from a particular location. And that is not all. Users can also “love” the story, leave jealous comments, or bookmark locations that seem worth checking out down the line.

In case someone checks in to a location with no picture, the app is designed to plot the place on a map and offer some geographical context by default.

The application looks rather interesting, with so many features to interest users. The visual that fills the service’s web app makes it colorful and interesting. Little touches such as a distance indicator that shows how far friends are from home completes the package.

This image-heavy app looks great on an iPad thanks to all that additional screen real estate.

Just like others, this app also has some flaws. There is no way that lets users see all of a friend’s travel stories in a list. And users cannot even take look at list of likely vacation spots that they earlier bookmarked. Even with these little points, the app hopes to cover all points as it updates and ensures to make an impressive mark on all users.… Read the rest

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