Apps for the Week – TimeHop, LinkBubble, Gravity Screen and Vuclip

Timehop – Back to the Past

timehop app screenshotTimehop is one of those interesting apps, which once you try out, you keep going back for more. The app timehops to back to the past and shows what you shared over the years on your various networks on today’s date. For example since I opened the app on 28th March, I will be able to see what I did on 28th March last year and the years before that.

What I found addictive about the app is that it shows almost everyday with my photos and status updates from the various social networks I had connected to the app. Some of the networks supported are – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Dropbox. They also have instructions on how to connect your photo sources from your PC or Mac to their service if you wish to do so.

Timehop has been around in the iOS world for sometime now. It’s only now that the Android mortals can install the app on their devices. Take it out for a spin and tell us what you think.

Download from iTunes:


Android download from Google Play:
Timehop
Timehop
Developer: Timehop
Price: Free

Link Bubble – Revolutionises Mobile Browsing

This Android only app will change the way you use your mobile phone browser. Usually when you click on a link within an app, it usually asks if you want to open the link in the browser. The usual problem is that you get kicked into the browser and have to wait a while for the page to load, and then hit back to get back to the app. Sound complicated? Yes, it is and it gets in the way of productivity.

Link Bubble aims to changes this paradox. All you need to do is to install the app and launch it once. After that, anytime you click on a link in any app, you’ll see a Link Bubble open on the side of the screen. You can continue using the app as you let Link Bubble load the page in the background, and once it’s loaded, it’ll show up the page on the screen for you to read.

You no longer have to switch between apps and wait for the page to load, you save time there. The premium version of the app also allows you to open multiple ‘bubbles’ at a time, saving you even more time.

Android download from Google Play:

Gravity Screen – Turn Your Screen on without the power button

There’s tap to wake, swipe to wake, sweep to wake and so on. I found gravity screen via tabdump.com (which is a nice quick read source btw), and I have to say, Gravity Screen is awesome. You can control various aspects of screen off and on in various different scenarios using the gyroscope and accelerometer on your Android phone. Must try.

Android download from Google Play:

Gravity Screen - On/Off
Gravity Screen - On/Off
Developer: Plexnor
Price: Free+

Vuclip – For your video fix

vuclipscreenshot
Vuclip’s Android app Search and view video clips on your phone. This app offers access to videos in more than 20 languages across genres such as News, Sports, fashion, television, celebrities and more. They also cover videos in local languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada among others. If you don’t find a video you are looking for from the suggestions, you can also search within the app for more.

The app also allows you to download videos onto your phone so you can stock up on videos for when you’re out and about. This helps you save on clostly mobile data rates. If you find a video you’d want to share, Vuclip provides share options to send out your message to your friends.

Android download from Google Play:

Wordament – Find words in two minutes & compete against the Internet

Wordament LogoOne of the first games I tried on my new Nokia Lumia 920 is a game from Microsoft called Wordament. I took it for a spin, just because it was a preloaded game on the phone. Little did I suspect that point that  I’d soon be hooked on this game. iOS users can also enjoy this game, since it’s available on iTunes as well.

Wordament is a simple enough game to start off with. You are presented with a 4 by 4 grid of alphabet tiles and you have to find words by sliding your fingers over letters which are adjacent to each other. Check the image below to see how the Game tiles look. Just moving your fingers over the letters PARING, selects and adds the word to the your list of words which you found.

Wordament Game Letter Tiles

Oh. Did I mention yet that you have just Two minutes to find as many words as you can? Wordament is also a real-time game which means players around the world are competing to find as many words as they can within that two minute time window. It’s quite easy to find around 10-15 words per game, but then that’s below par, since most of the times have upwards of 200 words which you can find with in the grid, some of the being real obscure words as well.

As soon as the time is up, you can then look at how many words you found, and how many you missed out on and tapping on the words in the list of words you didn’t find, shows you how you could have made those words on the grid. After that, you are taken to the word score screen, where the app shows you where you stand among all the other players online.

Being a Microsoft Xbox game, you can also sign in with your Xbox creds both on the Windows Phone and iOS versions of the app and have your achievements uploaded to your XBox account. It’s also free, so if you have a few minutes to spare, go get it. Fingers crossed that you don’t get addicted to the game like I did. Download links are available for Windows Phone and iOS right after a few tips to help you score better.
Wordament Game Screen

Wordament Tips for Scoring:

Just playing the game straight up may not help you get the best of scores, or the number of words you can find. Here are a few tips to help you score better and come higher up on the world ranking:

  • Check the top of the tiles to see if there are any “Themes” for the game. Finding words based on those themes get you extra points.
  • If you get to a point where you can seem to find any more words, touch the rotate icon at the botton right of the screen to rotate the tiles. Believe me this helps finding those extra words you missed out on.
  • Two minutes is not a lot of time. Once you are immersed in the game, you’ll find yourself easily running out of time, so lock in those finds as soon as possible.
  • Words with uncommon letters like (U,W,X, Z, Y) get you more points, so try finding as many words with these letters as you can.
  • Find plurals of the words. In the grid above – RAT, RATS, RATE, RATES are all scoring words so get them all!

If you have more tips on how to score better on Wordament, do let us know by leaving a comment.

Download Links:

Windows Phone Store:

iTunes App Store:

‎Microsoft Wordament
‎Microsoft Wordament

 

iTunes Music & Movie Store and iTunes Match Launched in India

 Music fans in India have always been shortchanged when it came to buying music and movies online. None of the existing services provided an easy way to purchase music online. Even Flyte, Flipkart‘s attempt at a online music store left a lot to be desired. It looks like Apple has finally and silently rolled out their iTunes Music store for India.

The iTunes India store, which you can access through iTunes (for Windows, Mac or iDevice), allows you to legally buy music  and movies online. The home screen has a selection of Bollywood movies and music. You can also get your fix of International music as well on iTunes.

Music tracks can be bought for an average cost of Rs. 11, which is way lower than the cost of tracks on the US iTunes store. The prices do vary depending on the popularity of the song or album. The lowest cost for a track I noticed was around Rs. 7.  You can also rent HD movies for Rs. 120 and buy movies starting from Rs. 290 upwards.

You can also subscribe to the iTunes Match service for Rs. 1200 per year. This service scans you existing music collection and uploads your library online, it also replaces lower quality music from your collection with better quality iTunes tracks, even if you got these tracks from else where. The service also stores your music collection on the cloud allowing you to access these tracks from your other iDevices.

One good side-effect of the iTunes India launch is that now I can get iTunes to fetch cover-arts for your Albums which are missing them. This didn’t seem to work earlier when I had tried it out.

What are your thoughts on this? Like it or hate it, leave us a comment below.

Google Releases their own YouTube app for iPhone on the App Store

Google yesterday unveiled their own YouTube app for iOS devices. Since Apple announced that they would be discontinuing the default YouTube app when iOS 6 hits devices, Google’s been busy getting their own version of the app ready and now you can now download it from the App Store.

For users on the iPhone and iPod, the experience the app provides is a huge improvement over the older version. The app is not yet fully optimized for the iPad viewing experience, but I’m sure Google’s going to improve that in the near future.

Features

  • Safe Search Filtering option to restrict search results. A very useful option if you’re handing you iPad to your kids. The older Apple version of the YouTube app completely missed this feature.
  • Easy Left swipe from the home or video screen to quickly access the menu. Easy navigation of video categories from the menu as well.
  • Log in and link your Google account with the app to subscribe to channels,comment on videos and access your subscriptions at any time.
  • Easily search for your favourite videos with voice search and query autocomplete
  • Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter

Scope for improvement?

Yeah, certainly! The major features missing in this release:

  1. The lack of iPad support
  2. Airplay support also seems to be missing, and the app requires mirroring of the display to play on TV.
  3. The “Mostly Offline” feature which the Android version has is missing in this version of the iOS app.

Download Link

Download YouTube from iTunes

Screenshots from YouTube

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World Live Cams Pro – Webcams for iOS

If you’re interested in taking a peek at how the weather is in Barcelona or Tokyo, an app you’ll have to check out on your iOS device is World Live Cams Pro. This cam allows you to take a peek at other cities through public web cams installed  across the globe.

Using the feed from these public cameras, you can take a look at various locations across the world like Zoos, Parks, Offices, Restaurants and lots more locations. According to the authors of the app, they keep adding new feeds all the time.

The latest version of the app (currently 1.1) allows you to also hook the app to your own IP Camera installed at your home or office. This allows you to keep an eye out at these locations remotely. In order to do that, you’ll have to sign into the app using your Facebook, Windows Live, Twitter or Yahoo account. Once you log in, you’ll be able to add the IP address & Port number and choose the Camera’s model number from the list to add your camera’s feed to the app. Note that if you want your camera’s feed to be available from anywhere, you’ll have to make sure your camera has a publicly accessible IP address.

World Live Cams Pro is available from iTunes App store for $0.99 and is available at this link. You can get more information about the app from the publisher’s site at livecams.vinternete.com.

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