Tag Archives: Smartphone

Xmarks no longer marks the spot

Xmarks, a very popular bookmark syncing tool is closing its doors and shutting down the service on January 10, 2011.

I was a user of the service but when I made the nearly wholesale change over to Google Chrome it was no longer needed – I could sync what I needed through my Google account. That said the service was great and while I did use it I was very happy with it.

Todd Agulnick, the Co-Founder and CTO of Xmarks wrote up a great blog post covering the history of the company and how they came the decision to close the doors, including a mention of the browser syncing tools.

I’m sorry to see this company go – while I may not be a user of the service it did fit a need for folks that use more than one browser and I wish everyone an Xmarks the best of luck in the future.

Be sure to check out the Xmarks Shutdown page which has links to FAQs and further information along with suggestions on syncing services you can use in the future.

 

Android gets some Evernote Love

It’s been a while coming but the folks over at Evernote have finally done some update work on their Android app so for those of you that aren’t iPhone addicts be sure to check the marketplace and grab your update.

The update includes:

  • An Evernote widget
  • Pinch and zoom support
  • Send to Evernote
  • Note caching (a prelude to offline note storage)
  • And a bunch of fixes

All of the updates are explained over on the Evernote blog so be sure to jump over there to get the full rundown.

Click here to get the QR code to download it right now on your phone.

 

iOS4 Released – Did you upgrade yet?

Or, will you upgrade at all?

To be honest I was checking all day (ok, maybe not all day but fairly early on) and got my upgrade right around lunch time on the Eastcoast and so far I’m happy with my choice to upgrade.

There are a lot of new features that were included in this release but there were a couple in particular I was looking forward to.

Multitasking – this is by far one of the most sought after features for the iPhone. At one point I jail broke my phone (back at 3.1.2) just to get this feature even though it had a tendency to suck the life right out of my battery. The hooks are there for app developers to take advantage of it and while may haven’t yet one of my personal favorites, Evernote, already has. The ability to let photos and notes upload in the background is HUGE in my book.

Folders – another feature that I missed when I locked my phone back down. You simply drag one icon onto another and the iPhone creates the folder for you – simple. You are limited to just 12 apps per folder and it doesn’t appear that you can nest a folder within a folder but the feature works as advertised and I already have a number of folders set up.

Camera enhancements – there were a couple of enhancements to the native camera app, most notably a 5x digital zoom. This is another one of those features that I missed and even had an app installed so that I could zoom in. While I don’t remember seeing it mentioned elsewhere the camera function also seems to be a lot faster now – snap a picture and the shutter close delay is significantly shorter than before. I know for a lot of folks that’s not much but I for one use the camera an awful lot for data capture and every speed improvement is welcome.

I know there are a lot of features to this new OS update that I’m leaving out but those are the ones I was looking forward to (ok, being able to set your wallpaper is nice too). For those that are interested here’s the walk though video the folks over at Mashable shot.



So, did you upgrade? Not going to upgrade? Why not share in the comments.

Update: For those looking for yet more tips and tricks using the new iOS4 check out this post over at Lifehacker.com

 

iPhone reQall gets an update

If you’ve dropped by in the past you already know that I have a strong passion of the to-do application reQall and tonight an update for their iPhone application was pushed out which brings it up to date with the new features that they’ve rolled out in their web interface.

Items such as:

  • Set up your own categories
  • Add tags
  • Faster add by voice
  • Editing of due date and repeating dates
  • User choices for eyes-free recording
  • Wizard for sharing items
  • Manually select location for ‘Here and Now’
  • User-configurable today list
  • New lists and grouping options

Keep in mind that some of those options will only be available for PRO users.

Don’t have reQall on your iPhone pick it up in the iTunes Store.

For a rundown on the new features and some great screen shots check out this slide show.

 

Google Voice comes to iPhone and Palm OS

Finally!

I’ve been a user of Google Voice for some time and quite frankly was a bit upset when the plug was pulled on the app in the app store. I know you could still call the number and still use the service but it would have been nice to have it right on the phone and handy (understanding that there is a app out there if you jailbreak your iPhone).

Today, Google announced that there is now a Web-app for Google Voice. It uses HTML5 to create a really slick interface to the service which you can then bookmark or add to your homescreen (iPhone) or launcher (Palm OS). I’ve already downloaded it and run a few tests and so far it works great and as advertised.

You can get the app by heading over to http://m.google.com/voice and read the full write up on the Google Voice blog. I’ve included their brief video overview below for your enjoyment.