Facebook Brings Android an All-New App

Praise the lord and pass the Android! Facebook’s once features-bereft mobile application for the #2 mobile operating system has just been updated, and it’s worlds better than the original.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg downloaded the Facebook for Android app for his personal use last week, we speculated that a few changes might be in the works for what we dubbed the “redheaded stepchild” of Facebook’s (Facebook) mobile offerings. We couldn’t have imagined such a quick turnaround, however; clearly, this update has been quite some time in development.

If the update isn’t showing up in your notifications bar, just search for “Facebook” in the Android Gallery and reinstall the official app.

The home screen now shows messages, notifications and friend requests separately. On the bottom of the home screen, you can see a swipe-to-scroll slideshow of your friends’ recent picture uploads.

Notifications, which comprised the greatest pain point for users we polled last week, now appear in a slide-up bar along the bottom of the screen, similar to the Android OS’s slide-down bar for notifications at the top of the screen. While the Notifications bar doesn’t seem to be working quite smoothly with the rest of the app yet (it keeps launching Facebook’s mobile touch site), we hope an upcoming software update will address this issue soon.

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Praise the lord and pass the Android! Facebook’s once features-bereft mobile application for the #2 mobile operating system has just been updated, and it’s worlds better than the original.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg downloaded the Facebook for Android app for his personal use last week, we speculated that a few changes might be in the works for what we dubbed the “redheaded stepchild” of Facebook’s (Facebook) mobile offerings. We couldn’t have imagined such a quick turnaround, however; clearly, this update has been quite some time in development.

If the update isn’t showing up in your notifications bar, just search for “Facebook” in the Android Gallery and reinstall the official app.

The home screen now shows messages, notifications and friend requests separately. On the bottom of the home screen, you can see a swipe-to-scroll slideshow of your friends’ recent picture uploads.

Notifications, which comprised the greatest pain point for users we polled last week, now appear in a slide-up bar along the bottom of the screen, similar to the Android OS’s slide-down bar for notifications at the top of the screen. While the Notifications bar doesn’t seem to be working quite smoothly with the rest of the app yet (it keeps launching Facebook’s mobile touch site), we hope an upcoming software update will address this issue soon. Leer más “Facebook Brings Android an All-New App”

Put All Your Club Cards on a Digital Key Ring

Quick Pitch: Never carry plastic loyalty cards again. Download “Key Ring Reward Cards” for free on your iPhone or Android device.

Genius Idea: Key Ring, a mobile loyalty card application for iPhone and Andriod made by Mobestream Media, serves the same purpose as other apps such as CardStar — mitigating loyalty card buildup.

Consumers tend to carry around cards for retailers or venues they frequent on a regular basis, including gyms, boutiques, drug stores and grocery stores. The Key Ring Rewards Card application makes a digital copy of those cards so that you can leave the physical cards at home.

You can download the free app and use it to scan the barcodes on your loyalty and club cards. To get started, select “Add Card” and click yes or no to specify whether or not the card in question has a barcode. If it does, the app will then let you scan the barcode, identify the retailer and create a digital copy. If the card doesn’t have a barcode, you can manually input the membership ID in lieu of the barcode scan.



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Quick Pitch: Never carry plastic loyalty cards again. Download “Key Ring Reward Cards” for free on your iPhone or Android device.

Genius Idea: Key Ring, a mobile loyalty card application for iPhone and Andriod made by Mobestream Media, serves the same purpose as other apps such as CardStar — mitigating loyalty card buildup.

Consumers tend to carry around cards for retailers or venues they frequent on a regular basis, including gyms, boutiques, drug stores and grocery stores. The Key Ring Rewards Card application makes a digital copy of those cards so that you can leave the physical cards at home.

You can download the free app and use it to scan the barcodes on your loyalty and club cards. To get started, select “Add Card” and click yes or no to specify whether or not the card in question has a barcode. If it does, the app will then let you scan the barcode, identify the retailer and create a digital copy. If the card doesn’t have a barcode, you can manually input the membership ID in lieu of the barcode scan. Leer más “Put All Your Club Cards on a Digital Key Ring”

Does Anyone Want Normal Websites?

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the past few months – simply put, the number of normal website requests I’ve been receiving have plummeted.

Now, I’m a front-end and WordPress developer, so normal sites for me are simple 5 page brochure sites, with or without a blog, a few pieces of jQuery and possibly a few pieces of custom functionality.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve done a static HTML/CSS based website. Everything I’ve done since then has been based on some framework, whether in WordPress or CoreCommerce. Everyone seemed to want some kind of platform and CMS behind their website, which is why I became a WordPress developer.

Now it seems the market is shifting again. Instead of requests for normal breakouts to WordPress, I’m getting the weirdest quote requests:

* Requests for custom forms to the DB to a display on the site
* Custom plugins
* Custom animated jQuery timelines and progress bars
* iPhone apps
* Custom eCommerce functions

While these might seem normal enough for a backend programmer, they’re strange requests to me, especially since they require services not listed on my site.


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I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the past few months – simply put, the number of normal website requests I’ve been receiving have plummeted.

Now, I’m a front-end and WordPress developer, so normal sites for me are simple 5 page brochure sites, with or without a blog, a few pieces of jQuery and possibly a few pieces of custom functionality.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve done a static HTML/CSS based website. Everything I’ve done since then has been based on some framework, whether in WordPress or CoreCommerce. Everyone seemed to want some kind of platform and CMS behind their website, which is why I became a WordPress developer.

Now it seems the market is shifting again. Instead of requests for normal breakouts to WordPress, I’m getting the weirdest quote requests:

  • Requests for custom forms to the DB to a display on the site
  • Custom plugins
  • Custom animated jQuery timelines and progress bars
  • iPhone apps
  • Custom eCommerce functions

While these might seem normal enough for a backend programmer, they’re strange requests to me, especially since they require services not listed on my site. Leer más “Does Anyone Want Normal Websites?”

Apple Patents Travel, Hotel and Fashion Applications

Three new patent applications which just became public on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website reveal that Apple is now patenting ideas for mobile applications. Specifically, these patents applications describe iPhone apps that would aid in making travel arrangements, booking hotels and shopping.

The patent applications were uncovered this morning by wireless news site Unwired, which called the development “scary” and equated Apple to a patent troll. If granted, these apps would allow Apple to patent ways in which mobile applications function, including everything from mobile boarding passes to store locator functions.

Here’s what each app would do:
Travel

The travel application would help users make reservations, create an itinerary, view airport guides and information, use mobile boarding passes, check-in to flights remotely, access in-flight services, send and receive automatic arrival notifications and browse and send travel guides and promotions. The app would also have built-in social networking to aid in finding nearby friends or others in the vicinity interested in socializing.


Written by Sarah Perez

Three new patent applications which just became public on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website reveal that Apple is now patenting ideas for mobile applications. Specifically, these patents applications describe iPhone apps that would aid in making travel arrangements, booking hotels and shopping.

The patent applications were uncovered this morning by wireless news site Unwired, which called the development “scary” and equated Apple to a patent troll. If granted, these apps would allow Apple to patent ways in which mobile applications function, including everything from mobile boarding passes to store locator functions.

Here’s what each app would do:

Travel

The travel application would help users make reservations, create an itinerary, view airport guides and information, use mobile boarding passes, check-in to flights remotely, access in-flight services, send and receive automatic arrival notifications and browse and send travel guides and promotions. The app would also have built-in social networking to aid in finding nearby friends or others in the vicinity interested in socializing.

Leer más “Apple Patents Travel, Hotel and Fashion Applications”

10 Android Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About

With the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the recent years, Google’s Android OS seems to have been left in its shadows. However, this is only because the iPhone was released long before any Android device. Nevertheless, as the popularity of Android grows (and its growth is staggering) so does its range of apps.

In this article are the top 10 Android apps for people who make websites, enabling them to be productive whilst on the go…


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10 Android Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About

With the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the recent years, Google’s Android OS seems to have been left in its shadows. However, this is only because the iPhone was released long before any Android device. Nevertheless, as the popularity of Android grows (and its growth is staggering) so does its range of apps.

In this article are the top 10 Android apps for people who make websites, enabling them to be productive whilst on the go… Leer más “10 Android Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About”

BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser

Written by Klint Finley

This post is part of our ReadWriteEnterprise channel, which is a resource and guide for IT managers and technologists in the Enterprise. The channel is sponsored by Intel. As you’re exploring solutions for your enterprise, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: All New 2010 Intel Core vPro Processors and Microsoft Office 2010: Your Best Choice for Business PCs

RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump.

Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6:


Written by Klint Finley

This post is part of our ReadWriteEnterprise channel, which is a resource and guide for IT managers and technologists in the Enterprise. The channel is sponsored by Intel. As you’re exploring solutions for your enterprise, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: All New 2010 Intel Core vPro Processors and Microsoft Office 2010: Your Best Choice for Business PCs

RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump.

Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6: Leer más “BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser”