Combine Facebook and twitter and Google Latitude. You have aka-aki.
Operated by a Berlin, Germany based company, aka-aki is an online community that puts social networking on the street. That’s why aka-aki does not only consist of this community website but also includes a mobile phone application. Using the GSM, Wi-Fi or GPS information which ever is available, the aka-aki mobile phone application shows you details about people belonging to your circle. In the city, in the region or up to 50km away. For instance, when other aka-aki members are there, your mobile phone will show you a photo, mutual friends etc.. Even other functions associated with an online community like writing messages, saving friends, etc. will work while you’re on your way using the aka-aki mobile phone application.
Going into some details, aka-aki shows you on your mobile phone the profiles of people in your circle. You also see which friends in the community are online at that moment and may exchange mails with other members. You can also use aka-aki to show people around you, who you are and what you like by adding stickers to your profile. You can create and maintain your profile at the aka-aki community website. There you may also check whom you recently met while out and about, since aka-aki logs the encounters. And probably more of things still to come.
Installing it on the iPhone is a straightforward task as the application is available from the App Store. Some quick information and your account is created.
While the application is obviously big fun to use, who knows what can be done with it and the stored information especially when in wrong hands? Google Latitude raised some scepticism, why should it be different for aka-aki? Not sure I really want to use it.
Palm webOS, Palm Pre, App Catalog, Palm has managed to create a strong buzz at CES 2009 and seems back in business with a updated and complete range of products.
Wi-Fi, GPS, keyboard, connected applications, calendars and contacts, and so much more, Palm Pre has all the features expected in the product category created by Apple’s iPhone.
Last but not the least, Palm will provide an App Catalog, on-device application catalog to deliver your apps directly to users. No doubt App Catalog will grow rapidly.
Wired launched its first free iPhone application “Reviews” available from the iPhone App Store. All their reviews on your iPhone; automobiles, camcorders, desktops, digital cameras, gaming gear, home audio & video, household, mobile phones, notebooks, portable media players, sports & outdoors and televisions… Just to make sure you will always be busy with your iPhone.
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As the first Google Android phones hit the market, a new Google application finds its way to the iPhone: Google Earth.
Google Earth for the iPhone obviously packs the power of its parent application. But it also makes good us of all of the iPhone resources, the multipoint touch screen, the GPS positioning system, the motion capture, making it a very slick application. The navigation in a 3D environment is really impressive.
Make sure high bandwidth is available as Google Earth is as data savvy as it is in its desktop version.
Gmail, Google Maps, now Google Earth, the boundary between the iPhone and Android based phones gets thinner everyday. In the end, who is the winner if not Google?
Needless to mention that Google Earth is available free of charge from the AppStore.
As the first Android enabled smartphones are about to hit the streets, the buzz is heating. Apple’s iPhone 3G is a success, RIM launches new smartphones, Windows Mobile 7 will be available… in a year…
Google’s open source OS stands a chance of dominating the handset software market in part because of its wide support. Google’s brand power, and the fact that it’s not aiming to be a mobile handset maker are prime reasons for Android’s likely rise.
A recent report from J. Gold Associates predicts Android will reach 4.8 percent of business market share in the next three years. According to ABI, the current smartphone market accounts for 14 percent of of worldwide handsets.
Mozilla is experimenting a service that lets users store online content on a remote server and access that information on cell phones. Using the Firefox browser on a computer, users select portions of Web sites, including images, text, and videos, and save them onto their personal page hosted by Mozilla. Later, the user can access that Joey page and all the stored items from a computer based browser or a cell phone
Requires both a Firefox extension for uploading content and a Java application on your mobile phone for browsing…