Android Wear – wearable technology

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The next big thing in technology is definitely wearables.

After months of rumors, Google has finally announced how they are going to expand wearable technology beyond Google Glass, and apparently, it’s watches!

Google has already introduced a developer preview – Developers, get, set, go make some awesome apps.

The best thing about Android Wear is that it’s centred around Google Now, the ingenious personal assistant that lives in your phone & knows everything about you.

And it doesn’t even look nerdy…

Long story short, the watch that you wear is going to get a lot smarter.

Installous alternative – vShare

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By now most of you might have heard the news that Installous – which lets you install cracked app on your iDevices has shut down. This is a very bad news at the start of New Year. Hackulous, the most popular cracked app community has shut down, taking down Installous and apptrackr with it. Apptrackr is the web-based partner index for cracked apps, it maintains a track of apps, version numbers etc. Hackulous is one of first piece of software anyone installs on their jailbroken iDevices.

The reason they are quoting for shutting down is also quite stupid.

Now that Installous is no longer functioning what are you going to use to get apps and games? After trying out 3-4 services all day, I have finally decided to go with vShare.

VShare is better and more stable than Installous. It has a featured list, good collection of apps and games, well defined categories, downloads are direct, you don’t have to go to sendspace or other file sharing site first to get the app. Downloads can be paused and resumed even after restarting the device which is seriously cool. The Management tab lets you see which apps and games you have installed and which ones need updating. You can choose various skins to improve the look of the app. There were many apps missing in Installous, vShare has every app that is there in the app store.

The only drawback, there are lots of Chinese elements throughout the app. The app has not been fully translated yet. Considering the awesome features this app has, this is a minor drawback.

Installing vShare is very simple – just go to the website – http://v.appvv.com/en/ and click on the big blue – Download/install vShare button.

iPad feature focus : Newsstand

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Recently I got to test a 4th generation iPad. I’m really impressed with this. I’m so impressed that I’m going to write about the things in it which make it such an awesome product. This is also a thumbs up to iOS platform.

One of my favourite features is newsstand. Lots of people hate newsstand in iPad, there are jailbreak hacks to kill the icon altogether. The hate for newsstand is understandable if you don’t read magazines. But to those who do read magazines – this is an awesome gift to you from Apple. What people don’t realise is that – this is the future of magazines.

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1. Newsstand is cheap – almost all the magazines are cheaper than their print version. If you are a print subscriber you get the newsstand issue for free.

2. Newsstand is convenient – the newsstand automatically downloads all the magazine as they are updated. So the next time you start the app there would be a new issue waiting for you. No need to go to the shop or wait for the post to arrive.

3. It has a store right inside the app

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4. The magazines are interactive – I tested the next web magazine – it has share feature to share the articles to Facebook and twitter. There is a selection of best songs which you can play while reading the magazine. It is neatly integrated with the iTunes store. For example. – for the movie reviews, you can watch the trailer and if you like it you can download the movie from the iTunes store to your iPad.

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In the book review section – just click on download and you get to read a sample of first 50 pages of the book – just buy and read the whole book from the iBookstore. If this was a dead tree product you would have to note down the name of the book, review it online and then buy it.

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In the latest edition of Readers Digest – the cover is beautiful, it has snowfall and everything. There are videos embedded which gives more information about the story that you are reading.

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Embedded images – see that tap that icon at the bottom? Tapping that shoes you beautiful High Definition images.

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Even the ads are animated and fun to watch.

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This makes the reading experience so much better. So are you sold on this idea or do you still prefer a dead tree product?