Make Life Simpler and Organized with Speaktoit Assistant

Speaktoit Assistant is a new app that was created to make your life simpler and more organized. Speaktoit makes voice-controlled apps and interfaces, and its Assistant is a prime example of this. The first thing that you need to do before using this app is create an account. The alternative is to use your Facebook account to log in. If you just want the app’s basic services, you can download it for free, but there is a small charge to upgrade should you want premium version.

Your first time using the app, your personal assistant will greet you and ask for your name. She will also let you know that if you would like to change hers, you can at any time. After introductions are out of the way, she shows you a quick tutorial detailing how to use the app and what it will be doing for you.

After the tutorial is complete, your assistant will go to work for you. An avatar for your assistant is prominently displayed on the screen, and below it, text balloons come up any time you speak a command or your assistant responds to one. On the bottom of the screen, there are five buttons: a mute button to quiet your assistant, a button that will let you put in commands via text rather than voice, the microphone button which allows you to speak whatever command you like, a skills button, and a button to change the app’s settings. The skills button is especially useful; when you press it, all of the possible commands that you can give your assistant are listed, and tapping on any of them will show you an example of the command so that you know exactly what it does. You have the option of changing the avatar of your assistant. You can make them male or female, pick the clothes that they wear, or change their hair color and style, eyes, nose, and mouth, just to name a few. It could be as though you fired and re-hired a new, fully trained assistant every day!

Speaktoit Assistant

There are many different things that Speaktoit Assistant can take care of for you. Whether you want to do web searches for information, get maps, see the latest news headlines, check your stocks, or update your Facebook status, your assistant can help you. There are many other tasks that Speaktoit Assistant can handle, and it tends to do so very effectively, save for the occasions where it doesn’t understand what you are saying, in which case you usually just need to slow down and speak more clearly. Now the only downside here: Siri can perform most all of these functions as well. The good news, though, is that Speaktoit Assistant tends to do them a bit faster, where Siri often has to think for a while. The standout feature in Speaktoit Assistant is the translation function. When you ask Siri to translate something, she usually just does a web search, and the translation is rarely displayed in the results. Your assistant quickly shows you the actual translation, no sorting through website descriptions needed. I tried many different phrases in probably around 10 languages, and had no problems whatsoever.

Speaktoit Assistant also has a conversation mode that simplifies its use a bit. You only need to press the microphone button once, and your assistant will activate it any time it’s needed again for the duration of that conversation. This is helpful when trying to get to the desired end result after giving a command, and can also be fun when just pointlessly conversing with your assistant.

The premium version costs $5.99 for the lifetime membership, or $2.99 per month. Seeing as it pays for itself in two months, it makes a bit more sense to go with the lifetime membership. There are a number of additional features you get for the price, a few of which are different voice options for your assistant (Male or Female, and you can select different accents), activating your assistant by voice, and having the app free of ads.

And lastly, there is mention in the app of your assistant learning in two ways. One, by way of the developer continuing to “teach” it how to more effectively respond to commands, and two, by learning from interacting with you on a daily basis. This, however, is what I’ll call “educated speculation”, as the app hints at this, but doesn’t come out and say it.

Speaktoit Assistant has a lot of useful features, and executes them well. The conversation mode keeps it simple by reducing the number of times that you need to press buttons, which is good seeing as this is a predominantly voice-controlled app. The translation function is probably the coolest part of all, with quick and (I’m assuming, since I don’t speak most of the 10 languages that I tried) accurate responses.  It might be nice to have some additional features that set this apart from Siri.

Speaktoit Assistant is a function-rich app that makes performing a number of tasks very easy. Of course, Siri can do a lot of these things as well, but Speaktoit Assistant by and large accomplishes them more quickly and accurately. And seeing as the basic version won’t cost you anything, you should at least check it out to see if it works for you.

Hirred – Land a Job with a Video Clip

It sounds strange, but yes, in this day and age of technology driven business, we find that networking has found a stronghold in cyberspace.  Up until now, this online networking, linking, sharing and job hunting has been based on static data that is two-dimensional.  Close your eyes and imagine being able to bring your job to life through a short 30-second video clip that speaks to the value of your task.  Imagine the interest you could incite in that short amount of time.  More than you could ever imagine with paragraphs or words or pictures.  Imagine now, being able to find such an opportunity, and respond in kind with an equally riveting “show” about yourself, that sparks interest to learn more. 

Employers and potential candidates cannot say all there is to say about a job or about their credentials in just 30 seconds.  However, both parties can make a huge impression in that same amount of time.  The right words, the right gestures, the right props – it all makes a difference.  It can set the right tone, and invite enough interest to make an employer want to learn more and possibly hire. It might make what otherwise would sound like a dull job into an exciting opportunity. 

Using video clips is monumentally ingenious in the space of employment.  Up until now all we have been able to look at is words.  After a while, words all look the same.  Every job you seek that may be in the same category end up looking the same.  The same applies to job candidates and resumes.  How many times have you looked at resumes for people looking for a particular field, only to find that the same descriptions and qualifications are listed for each and every one?  Video clips are the key to differentiation. 

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That said, Hirred gives the online employment world something to think about.  On its own, this app may not necessarily provide much.  However, just the concept of selling through a short video has potential that can go farther than many would normally imagine.  Linked to a plethora of different apps, this app can become more than its original intention – and maybe that’s what is in store for it. 

Hirred itself has an easy to use interface and is very simple.  You can view jobs under Calls, and reply to them with offers under Pitches.  You can customize your Profile to any level you desire.  Social networking links to Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are supported, so you can branch out from your Hirred presence into other realms. 

Enhancements that allow more words, resume attachments or more may drive this app to more usability.  Hiring or finding a job on just 30 seconds of information may not always be the wisest thing, and having that supportive “traditional” at hand will make for a more robust environment. 

Wiink – Record and Share It with the World

Looking for a way to instantly record yourself and share it with the world? Many love the instant gratification that comes with instant message, tweeting and posting all sorts of interesting tidbits of facts and frivolity with the world, or just their friends. Now you can record some interesting stuff and post it for the world to see, or just share it with a circle of friends. Wiink, from Wiink inc. is an app that harnesses the power of the Cloud, the ease of social networking tools and secures safekeeping to give you the ability to share with assurance.

The core feature of Wiink is the 30-second snapshot clip of what you want to say, or type. Chats can be via video or text. You simply record, identify and send. You can stream a clip to the general public, to an individual or to a communication loop, which is a defined set of friends. Friends must sign up to Wiink in order to receive your message and send responses back. You can find friends through social media links, or just invites through your contact list.

Wiink

Wiink works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. So, no matter what device you are using, you can connect and communicate. You can follow contributors if you like what they post. You can join Boards and view clip related to particular subject matters. You can even post or characterize your clips to be viewable from specified Boards, so viewership increases and you get more feedback or reWiinks. You can also Like and share those clips you found worthy of promoting.

You can customize features in this app, as well. When you record a video, you have the option of tagging it, giving it a name, and then selecting Wiink Bomb. Wiink Bomb is the option for self-destruct. This can happen after a certain amount of time or on a particular date. Wiink Bombs can also be made the norm. That is, you can choose, under your profile, to select self-destruct as the default for every recording. This assures you that any clip you post will be destroyed, and not kept in the Cloud.

Wiink

There were a few things that were a bit confusing in terms of usage. The first was trying to Like, or Flag a video that was under self-destruct. You cannot “rate” a clip until you’ve viewed it. However, if it has self-destruct, it gets destroyed after viewing, so there is no way to say you Liked it or that you can share it. Maybe you should not be able to? Not sure about how to proceed on that one. The other feature I found a bit annoying is the Main Menu. I like that is minimizes to the bottom of the screen, leaving a blue domelike icon. When you want to see the menu, you swipe up on the blue dome. However, if you touch too far down, you end up getting the iPhone’s screen of options, instead of Wiink’s. Precise finger placement is crucial here.

Yet, I liked Wiink overall for everything else. All you need is your friends to sign up and you are good to go! You can capture clips and send away, holding mini conversations with friends, or just sharing how you feel that very moment.

Never Miss an Event with myevents – Calendar & Holidays

myevents is an application which gives you easy way of controlling your day and getting to know the events which you have planned at all times. This app is particularly priceless for the users who owing to a busy schedule have problems keeping a track of all events and expectations. With myevents, you can be sure of never missing an anniversary, a birthday or any other event. The app brings you a calendar with all the latest holidays in your area. In addition, you have the option of adding events on different days on this calendar and at different times of the day. This is further enhanced by the option of adding reminders to your events to ensure that you don’t miss an event.

The calendar function makes use of a highly visual way to quickly distinguish days in which you have a scheduled event. You have the discretion of filtering events by day, month or even year. As if this is not enough, you get to customize the calendar background and make it even more attractive in relation to your present times. In the list of events planned, you will be able to easily see whether a particular event on the calendar has elapsed or if it’s still due. If it yet to come, you will see the number of days remaining to that day. You’ll also get an editor that enables you to add, modify or delete events as you wish. You can even set reminders for events and customize them to alert you in time for the event or earlier. This particular function is very useful when it comes to reminding you about upcoming birthdays, insurance renewal dates and anniversaries.

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As for holidays, you will be able to add multiple locations to get an update of local holidays in those regions. You can synchronize such important days observed nationally or otherwise and add them as events within your calendar, marking them with a unique color of your choice for quick recognition. If you find that the calendar has missed a local holiday or two, you can add them easily and conveniently. One of the unique aspects of this app is the manner in which your information is stored. Events and personal appointments would give out a lot about you and if they land in the wrong hands, could cause you a lot of trouble. The developers have also promised an update that will allow users to backup information about events and their reminders to ensure that users are not messed up when they change phones.

While you may choose to use alarm functions to keep reminders, myevents is an effective and very reliable and unique way of achieving this goal. The events show up in varied colors as they approach deadlines. This means that you’ll easily get an idea of the events that are almost ready at a glance. You can also use the Visual Theme Selector to customize the appearance of the interface. It goes without saying that myevents is a well-designed app. However, it would be much better if the developers would include a form of joining the app with the lock screen to give a list of upcoming events so that users can get constant reminders as they go about their day to day operations.

Guinness World Records 2014 Augmented Reality – Bring Them to Life

Available with the new Guinness World Records 2014 book is a free app. This app uses what is called “augmented reality”, which means that it takes records from several of the pages within the book and brings them to life in 3D on your Android device, iPhone, or iPad. To begin with, you can download the app to your device from the iTunes App Store or the Android Market. You’ll have to buy the book for the app to work though. On several pages (and the cover) you will find a little icon that says “See it 3D”. Open up your app, center the viewfinder on the page, and the augmented reality begins.

Just by checking out the cover with the app, you see how well done it is. The cover begins to thump like a beating heart, and then suddenly pops open. It has transformed into a portal, which pages and pictures of records from the book fly out of. And this is not just from a static perspective. As this takes place, you can move your device around and see all of it smoothly from different angles.

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You can take a screenshot whenever you like, and some of the pages actually offer taking pictures with their subject as part of the experience. If you are so inclined, you can share these pictures through social media. The 3D experiences include controlling a dinosaur, seeing the height of the shortest woman on earth relative to your book, and coaxing a cobra out of its basket. There are 12 in total, and the 3D on each is well done.

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The only downside to the app is the fact that you must purchase the book to use it. From the perspective of Guinness, this makes sense. They want to sell more books, and this will probably help them do it. However, it might have been a good idea to add in a few more of these little games that didn’t require having the book right in front of you for them to work. 12 different 3D experiences, all of which are either fun or informative (some both!) The app is simple to use, and everybody likes free! All of the 3D looks really neat. The need to buy the book in order to use the app.

The popularity of the Guinness books seems to have waned a bit over the years. While the information within is just as interesting as it has ever been, it’s not quite the household name that it was in the past. This is a fun, well-functioning app that brings a much-needed modern touch to the already world-famous name that is Guinness.

Keep Up on Your Favorite Celebs with Celeb Tweet TV

Looking for a way to keep up on the latest news and happenings of your favorite celebrities? Celeb Tweet TV aims to help you solve that problem by bringing the best of social media together in one place for your viewing pleasure. Celeb Tweet TV is powered by Stevie, which tracks down relevant social media content and consolidates it for easy consumption. After opening the app, you find yourself face-to-face with 100-plus celebrities, each with their own little icon. You can choose from actors, actresses, comedians, musicians, professional athletes, models and more. Tapping on a celebrity’s icon leads you to their channel.

Within each channel are a few things. First and foremost, the video feed. This is any content – whether movie or TV clip, music video, interview, etc. – that is related to the person whose channel you are currently viewing. At the bottom of the screen are scrolling tweets. Any tweet with the celebrity or their work tagged in it will show up in this area. And on the right side, you have another area for tweets, this one focused on pictures. This area will also periodically display the next few videos in the queue, which you can select and begin immediately should you get sick of the one you are watching. And if you just want to watch the videos, and aren’t so worried about the rest of the content, there is a full-screen mode as well.

Celeb Tweet TV

When not in the full-screen mode, you can tap any one of the tweets, and this will bring you to a sort of hybrid Twitter app. In order to use this, you need to have the actual twitter app installed as well. If you do, you have the full functionality of Twitter, whereas without it you can only view the post that you have selected. The nice thing here is that any time you tap on a tweet, even though you are technically leaving the channel, the audio from the video that was playing continues to run, so you can keep listening and not miss a beat. You also have the option of pausing this. You don’t, though, have to go to the app to tweet something. At any time, you can send a tweet from the comfort of your current channel.

There are two more options for viewing the channels: My Faves and Celeb TV. My Faves is exactly what it sounds like – a channel dedicated to your favorites. On each of the celebrity icons on the home screen, there is a little star. By tapping the stars, you can select which celebs are your favorites. When you then enter the My Faves channel, it will be the same layout as the single-person channel, but with content from all of your favorites. Celeb TV is a similar concept, but you don’t select which celebs’ content is displayed in the channel. Rather, you get a lot more variety by having an all-celebrity channel.

Celeb Tweet TV

For the most part, Celeb Tweet TV is well-designed and aesthetically pleasing. The large amount of content in each channel is laid out in such a manner that it is easy to see and digest without be overwhelmed. The integration of Twitter into the app – whether through the ability to tweet from the channels or browse Twitter without pausing your video – is smooth and natural. And all of the celebrities are legitimate big names; no B-listers here.

There is only one con to speak of, and that would be the design of the home screen. It’s not so much that it is hideous; there just really isn’t anything to it. A solid black background covered by icons for celebrities and channel options doesn’t seem to mesh with the rest of the app, which actually looks pretty nice. Fortunately, you won’t be spending too much time on the home screen, so it’s not something to worry about.

Get Generous Free Storage – pCloud

This is an android app that enables you to optimize your phone’s storage by moving all the large files to cloud storage. Regardless of the storage space available on your phone, pCloud provides you with more space than you need to store your large files.

The app provides you with a generous free storage space of 10 GB, a capacity that goes as much as double that which is offered by most other providers. The other option would have been to get an external storage device, but who wants an extra load to carry every time there is a need for file transfer? If 10 GB is not enough, you can get extra storage by getting a pCloud Pro annual subscription that can boost your storage space up to 1 TB. It allows you to access your files from any device with an internet connection while at the same time making it easy to share files on all the popular social media sites.

It works more like an advanced gallery in that it gives you the power to get a link that enables you to access your files even when using a different device or even on a computer. You also get to see any changes made on the stored files in real time; which means that you will not have to keep synchronizing the files manually to reflect any changes. Of course, to ensure that data integrity is maintained, you can allow or deny some users the power to modify files using this app. The main highlight of the app is the large provision for storage.

pCloud is basically about uploading files for storage or backup in the cloud. With that in mind, you need a compatible android device and some data that you need stored. After installing the app, you will need to sign up before you can claim your free 10 GB storage space. From here, you will be able to upload documents and generate links for each of them to ensure that you get an easy time when using the files on different devices.

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If you would like to get offline access to a specific file, you will only need to add it to your favorites and it will be stored on your phone for offline access. To ensure that you save as much time as possible, pCloud allows you to work on multiple files at once hence the file sharing and copying process will be faster and very efficient.

The most impressive element of pCloud is the fact that the app has no speed or file size limit. This ensures that you can be able to upload even full HD files without any problems or delays. One of the best features is the instant synchronization of files and folders to all your devices which makes accessibility to the latest versions of files easy. The ability to choose the files that will be stored on your phone for offline access is another powerful tool that keeps you on top when it comes to ensuring that you are not denied access to your favorite music files when you go to places with poor internet connectivity.

The only small setback that comes with this app is the slightly higher power consumption rate that will lower your battery life by several minutes. However, this is negligible when you consider the convenience that comes with the app. 

The Fat Penguin – Guess What They’re Thinking

There’s a new app in town that tests your brain on how well you know your friends; or at least, how well you know how they would respond to a question. The Fat Penguin hails from Denmark, from where it has caused quite a stir with its sometimes awkward and touchy questions. Please be advised this game is just for adults – 17 years and older. You can try to bypass the risqué questions if you like, but if you are with the right set of friends, the heart of this game is being able to guess how you think your friends are going to react to and respond to these types of questions, no matter what type of inquiry.

The app is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is optimized for iOS 5 and is played amongst friends, face to face. Everyone can be on a device and playing it, or you can have it running on just one device, passing it around as each player takes their turn being the inquisitor.

The Fat Penguin

The Fat Penguin basically has the player who is it ask a question. This question is served up from the app, from different categories. These questions can range from asking about if you would rather win $1,000 yourself, or have your friend win $10,000; to a question that asks how often you have sex. Mind you, it’s probably best not to whip this thing out at a family function. Once the person who is it asks the question, out loud, all other players must answer by selecting either a red or green card.

This can be physical cards if all are not playing electronically, or select the red or green card from the app. Once all have answered, the asker then goes around the room guessing how each person answered the question. Correct guesses earns points, which you can tally up on paper. Once that round is compete, the next person in the room, circle, or whatever configuration you have, becomes the asker and you start all over again, rolling the dice, getting a new question. Continue playing until all cards are used up, or until you’ve had just about enough of the game and personal exposure.

The Fat Penguin

Different options in the game are turning the sound OFF/ON, setting up the game to be a drinking game and adjusting the timer to limit how long each person has to make a choice. Outside of that, you can set how many points can be earned per correct answer guessed, maybe even increase the point values for those more challenging and invasive questions.

The only downside to this game is that it is meant for just adults. The Fat Penguin could actually be a great game for all ages, if the content was made appropriate. Maybe this should be a setting that the owner of the app can adjust, so that at times this game can be played with the younger crowd; and later, adjusted when it’s just the folks. Small tweaks can make this game accessible and recommendable for all. However, as it stands, it is a great way to take down walls between people, incite a few laughs and surprises, and just make for a great time with people you know, or people you wish to know better.

DialMyCalls for Voice Broadcasting

DialMyCalls is one of the most unique and latest android apps. Generally this app makes things easier and faster for you. With this application you no longer need to write text messages repeatedly to a number of people in your phonebook. All you need to do is to record the message that you want to pass and it can be sent across. You will also have to choose the number of people you want to send the message to and once this is done you can also schedule the time when you want the message to be sent.

There are so many other android apps but none is as unique as this one. When using it I found texting far much easier and faster. Again the app works well with almost all types of android phones and thus you wouldn’t have any problems with compatibility.

DialMyCalls is not for making calls only but rather, it is for recording messages which are then sent to the recipients in form of a call at the time that you choose. The main aim of the app is to make texting easy and fast. Instead of typing the messages on your android phone, you only have to start the app, which will then turn on the microphone and then you can speak as your message is being recorded.

The app is specifically advantageous if you want to send the same message to a number of people. This is as in the case with companies and small groups and organisations. With this app, you can record just one conversation and send it to all the other members of your company or organisation. The app will then call the specific recipients at the time that you scheduled and then play the message.

DialMyCalls

DialMyCalls is a pretty simple app to use and very efficient. However, even before you use this app, you have to make sure that your android phone is compatible with the app so that you can download and install the app. After this you would be good to go.

Once installed there would be an icon for this app on your phone. By simply touching on the icon the app starts up and will then prompt you to send a call blast, send SMS blast or send a free call blast. These are the three options that there is for you to send your messages. One good thing about this app is that you get to send one blast out to twenty five numbers every week and this is absolutely free.

DialMyCalls is unique in so many ways. First of all, you only need to record the message once and then you can send it in several numbers. The process is also very fast and efficient and you will enjoy the experience. Apart from this, the app automatically calls the recipients of the message and plays the message that you recorded. This can be scheduled for a later time and date and not necessarily immediately after recording the message. In case the recipients of the messages are not available and the call ends up on voice mail, the app will play the message on voice mail and you can be sure that it will be delivered.

The app has limits that you will have to struggle with if you don’t want to purchase credits. You can only send one blast to 25 people every week. If you need more than this, you will have to purchase credits. Nonetheless, considering the convenience that it brings, purchasing the credits is a worthwhile investment.