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There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:46 am
by CielOnTap
The Dark App-a program that makes the bright screen on your smartphone go dark and output text in grey. Bonus feature is that it's hard for people sitting near you to read over your shoulder. Also, the application puts the phone into vibrate mode.

The idea creator was disturbed by another cinemagoer's phone screen during a movie date. A company in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada put a team into development on the idea, now for sale on Google Play for $2.

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:44 pm
by manga2read
If only this application can blank out noisy coworkers in cubicle farms, er offices everywhere!

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 3:12 pm
by CielOnTap
I read of a Toronto-area residence that had a couple of thousand people show up for a house party-it had been posted on a social media site. I will not link to the article because the publication of the incident should remind citizens why you don't let your offspring or family post invitations for the world to see. As graduation parties and prom events are coming up for graduands and students, do go over social party house rules NOW.

There is no app for fixing dumb mistakes. But you can learn from life experiences and become wiser.

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:49 pm
by guitarblues
The old-fashioned application was parents making their kids pay for any damages caused by unauthorized use of cars or having parties not approved of in advance. Or losing privileges in general until it is understood that there won't be a repeat incident or rules are changed.

You still need a smartphone to use many of the distracting applications. And a charging station and a wall outlet connected to power.

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:56 pm
by CielOnTap
Overdue time for a post. Discovered a travel/social app article (sponsor content) that can expand travellers' awareness of apps that can ease
travel planning.
5. There's a trio of options for best translation app. Top contenders are iTranslate and Google Translate. Google has added a camera element, so you can send a photo of, say, a menu, a street sign or a customs card and get instant translation. Word Lens works off the same idea, translating text to and from English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Italian and Portuguese.

While this forum is an English one, sometimes I find content in other languages worth posting here because a viewpoint, photos, or thoughts can add to the discussion of what's happening in the world. Did not know about the Word Lens app!

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:44 pm
by CielOnTap
Many people who have 911 service take for granted that they or someone with them will be able to speak to a 911 emergency worker on the phone in their time of need. What do deaf people do? Rely on a Teletouch type operator to get 911 operator to send help?

A Burlington, ON man has created text-based 911 services for those who may not be able to speak on a phone but can text on a mobile phone.

If you are new to a country for residency, work or study reasons, do you know of one place to answer common questions about where to find accommodation, cultural standards and places to get your ID cards? McMaster University students are working on a one-stop app or web portal to help people new to Hamilton, ON. The development team includes students who came from other lands to study at McMaster so the project is relevant to their experiences as well.

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:01 pm
by CielOnTap
An earthquake app for smartphones can help users determine if a quake is occurring in their areas. The name of the app is MyShake.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have released a crowdsourcing Android application called MyShake that uses data from a smartphone's built-in vibration sensor to detect the presence of a quake.

The program uses a smartphone's accelerometer to detect the shaking. It's the same device that fitness apps use to count footsteps. An iPhone app is also planned.

The end goal is to develop the technology into a global, seismic-detection system that provides advance warning to the public and to emergency personnel about the speed, direction, power and arrival time of an incoming earthquake.

One especially valuable possible application for MyShake is the potential to offer earthquake early warning to shake-prone regions not equipped with traditional seismic-detection systems.

"That's the real power here. You go to places like Nepal where there were these big earthquakes earlier this year and there are very few seismic stations in that country. But there are six million smartphones," Allen said.

"In the city of Kathmandu, where most of the damage occurred, alone there are 600,000 smartphones."

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:14 am
by CielOnTap
There's a cellphone game about collecting cats? How did I miss this? Oh, I don't have a cellphone yet. But the image in the article does hint at the kawaii or cuteness factor of the game character cats.
I am not the only one who finds this unexpectedly engrossing. A lot of people are obsessed with Neko Atsume. By the end of last year, the game had been downloaded 10 million times, and it made several critics’ year-end top-10 lists. The game’s developer, Yutaka Takasaki, is dumbfounded by its popularity: “I do not know why this game is so popular,” he told CNN.

Personally, I had a sneaking suspicion why, and it had something to do with aesthetics — something to do with Neko Atsume’s Japanese nature. Wasn’t there something about the game’s look and feel that tapped into the western obsessions with kawaii — Japanese cuteness — and the traditions of Japanese art? (It was, after all, even more popular outside Japan.)

Wouldn't the game be more awesome if the gameplayer's phone or tablet also linked into local area websites indicating how people can help with cat care or supporting cat fostering in real life?

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:30 pm
by CielOnTap
This is major news-some Android apps send phone information to China?
Hundreds of millions of Android smartphone users have downloaded photo-collage, karaoke and video-chat apps that send location data and other identifying details back to servers in China, a new report has found.

The information is collected by Chinese search and advertising engine giant Baidu, which collects users’ GPS co-ordinates, names of nearby wireless networks and a unique device number that can be used to identify a person’s phone, according to findings contained in a new report from The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

That information is stored on Baidu servers. The company says it gives Chinese authorities access to its data in accordance with local laws.

But placing such material in government hands could provide a detailed picture of a person’s movements and contacts, potentially threatening those who anger the Chinese state, such as human rights campaigners or democracy activists, said Ronald Deibert, the lab’s director.

Baidu does not collect such information from Apple devices. But disclosure of the Chinese company’s tracking comes as the iPhone maker faces off against the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has demanded Apple help crack the lock on an iPhone used by San Bernardino mass shooting suspect Syed Farook.
Is this the situation that prompted recent articles where Apple was asked to break its privacy protection on its devices?

Re: There's an app(lication) for that!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:46 pm
by CielOnTap
You need to find a public washroom, fast! If you are visiting the City of Mississauga, this app, GoHere, will let
you know of 73 locations you can seek.

Just realized this app is supported on three smartphone platforms: Android, Apple and Blackberry.