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For what it’s worth, Friends reminds us a lot of Twezr, an app that combines all your communication (email, Facebook, Twitter) into one interface. This is something that people clearly wanted – the demand was so high, its servers crashed. On December 3rd, Founder Delip Andra announced that the company was working on adding capacity and no new users would be allowed in for now. That appears to still be the case. If deciding between the two, it looks like Friends is the way to go.SkyFire (Android)SkyFire’s November update for Android delivered the “Facebook edition” of the alternative mobile browser, which introduced features for tracking content (links, photos, videos) shared by your Facebook friends. “All the the random status updates and musings are left for later – this is just the meat of your Facebook feed,” we said in our review. Social feed reading? We’re in. The app is free in the Android Market. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology ReadWriteWeb doesn’t do a lot of mobile application reviews, but every now and then (ideally, every month, but realistically, every 2-3 months) we like to round-up some of our favorite newcomers to the smartphone application scene.We last rounded up our picks for top new apps in October, when there were 225,00 apps available in iTunes. Today, Apple offers over 300,000 apps, according to its website. And in October, Google announced there were 100,000 apps in the Android Market. Now, independent Android app tracker Androlib puts that number at closer to 195,000 apps. How on earth can you find the good ones? We hope to help…a little.Friends (iPhone)Friends is an attractive, well-built iPhone application that lets you manage contacts from email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in one interface, even viewing status updates, friend lists and shared photos. If your contact list is large (mine was around 5,000), setup may take a while, but the result is worth it. Friends is $1.99 in the iTunes app store. Speak With Me’s VoiceDJ (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)We were offered the opportunity to review VoiceDJ at launch, but unfortunately it requires the latest Apple firmware. Since my iPhone is rocking a great, untethered jailbreak which I’m not willing to part with, I can’t give you a hands-on, tested recommendation on this one. But Robert Scoble will. In truth, VoiceDJ sounds great – it lets you control the music library on your mobile device using conversational style voice commands (e.g., “Play The Killers”). Now that’s a smart smartphone! How long until Apple buys it, we wonder? VoiceDJ is free in iTunes. mSpot (iPhone)mSpot just announced an iPhone version of its cloud music service that lets you upload your music collection to its servers then stream it to your mobile phone. (Android has had this app since June, now with over 1 million downloads). Unlike the shuttered cloud music service Lala (acquired by Apple), mSpot doesn’t try to match your library with its master collection – it simply puts your music online for streaming purposes. mSpot offers 2 GB of storage for free; 40 GB for $3.99. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Aisle411 (iPhone)This free iPhone app (Android, BlackBerry launching next year) helps you locate products in stores, manage shopping lists, read product reviews, get offers (sometimes in the form of digital coupons saved to your loyalty card) and earn rewards. We would rather it ditch its standalone check-in badges though, and integrate with Facebook or Foursquare’s services instead. Aisle411 supports 600 stores in select markets, so again, it may or may not be useful to you just yet. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement SlideRocket (Mobile Web)Although not an app per se, we have to give a quick shout-out to SlideRocket, which introduced a mobile-friendly, iPad-friendly HTML5 player for its PowerPoint alternative presentations service in November. Yay for Web standards! Thank you, SlideRocket. On a personal note, I’ll admit this is a viable alternative to iTunes and a “cheaper” way to do streaming music than competitors like MOG and Rdio (~$10/month) but it’s just your own tracks. For a few extra dollars, you can have an all-you-can-eat buffet of music, including new releases, at your fingertips. For a couple of us at RWW, we can tell you that MOG is is the first thing that has actually prompted us to “pay for” music in ages. Previous coverage: MOG launch, Rdio review, Comparisons (note dates, some stale content) LiveNation (iOS)The newly launched LiveNation app for iOS devices lets you find concerts in your area and buy tickets. Yes, concert tickets are overpriced. No, sometimes you don’t have a choice but to pay those outrageous fees. At least it’s a little easier to do so now from your iPhone. We’ll hold our thanks, though, if you don’t mind. Sigh.Google Reader (Android) Finally! An official Google Reader application built for Android. I know reading RSS feeds is kind of geeky, but some of us still rely on what’s now only one of the only dedicated RSS reader apps left to get our jobs done. The new native mobile app for Google Reader includes some nifty additions that the Web app and/or mobile Web app don’t have, like sharing feeds to Facebook and Twitter, optional volume key navigation and a long-press to rename a folder, unsubscribe or change folders. Google Reader is free in the Android Market. (See our coverage here, QR code here)Google Voice (iPhone)At long last, Apple permitted the official Google Voice mobile application into its store in November. Now, Google Voice users can make cheap international calls from their iPhones, send text messages to other U.S. numbers, see call logs, check voicemails and transcriptions and receive push notifications for new voicemails or text messages. The app is free in iTunes. (Our coverage here). Be on the Lookout For:BBC iPlayer for iPad: an international version is expected soonJigsaw for iPhone/Nokia: This crazy app will use the phone’s microphone, GPS and accelerometer to monitor your every move, collecting data that can be shared with a doctor, fitness trainer or, for the uber-oversharers, social networks. (Sarah sat at her desk blogging for 8 hours today!)That’s it for now! Tell us about your favorite new apps in the comments below. Notable updates:Thanks to eBay’s acquisition of Milo.com, eBay’s RedLaser barcode scanner now includes results from nearby retailers. (We told you barcode scanning was hot!) (iPhone, Android)Flipboard for iPad has been updated twice…this month! (Free, iPad)Bing has added more services (Grubhub, Open Table, Facebook, Foursquare and others) to its app. You can now use it to find a restaurant, book a table, access Streetside maps, check-in to your location, update Facebook, get reminders and more. What doesn’t this app do? (Free, iPhone)New Games:Laura Croft and the Guardian of Light (iPhone, iPad $6.99) Pocket God ($0.99, Android)Angry Birds Season ($0.99 iOS, Free on Android)Rock Band Reloaded ($4.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad)Riven: The Sequel to Myst ($5.99, iPhone, iPad) Pushpins (iPhone)OK, the video is a little hokey (you like saving money, right?) and comes across a bit like a late night infomercial, but the truth is, I do like saving money. And with Pushpins, I can. Well, maybe you can. This mobile couponing application supports over 2,000 stores, but only the following big names: Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, ShopRite, Tom Thumb, Vons. If that list includes one of your favorites, enjoy – the app looks great. But in all seriousness, if I don’t see more apps supporting Publix soon, I’m going to get mad. We don’t all live on the West Coast, you know. Pushpins is free on iTunes. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez ooVoo (Android)Qik and Tango competitor ooVoo just launched a new Android application that allows for multi-user video chat sessions – with up to 6 participants! Unfortunately, the app is Android-only for now with an iPhone version coming “soon.” (Psst…how’s that for a switch? Building for Android first?) Until it reaches cross-platform status, it’s less useful than the one-to-one iPhone/Android and now iPod Touch mobile video calling app Tango, but it’s definitely one to watch. ooVoo is free in the Android Market. Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web
An undocumented dance performanceThe highlight of this evening session was J West and Amanda Evans’ excellent rendition of the New Zealand All Black Rugby Team Haka War Dance. I had hoped to include video of their performance, but unfortunately it wasn’t available. We’ll have to do a better job documenting it next year.As in past years attending ACI, I learned some good things, was frustrated by the number of competing sessions I wanted to attend, and attended some talks that did not meet my expectations. In general it was a worthwhile event that I will attend again. Since I have done this before myself, it was a good refresher course, and much easier to follow than it would have been if I hadn’t already had the experience. Probably the best tip I picked up was the suggestion to use a duct fan instead of a blower-door fan to test individual apartment leakage – it will usually provide enough pressure to get a good airflow reading and it’s much lighter to lug around from door to door. HVAC quality controlAn EPA session on HVAC quality control ended up being a series of complaints about the poor state of the industry.Following an overview of a 5-year old ENERGY STAR HVAC Quality Installation (QI) program, we learned that to date only 2,500 installations have been completed under its auspices. Comparing this to another statistic provided – 11,000 HVAC equipment swap-outs occur every day – it is clear that implementation of the HVAC Quality Installation program has a long way to go. Pecha KuchaFinally, a group called the Trainers Consortium — a collection of almost too many smart building geeks — offered up a group of Pecha Kucha presentations, each consisting of 20 slides with a 20 second timer on each, for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds per presentation.MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) were mentioned by several speakers as the method of choice for distributing training in the weatherization community. I have yet to MOOC myself, but expect that I will do so fairly soon. Using a blower door to test a multifamily buildingThe session on multifamily blower-door testing addressed whole-building testing using multiple fans connected (either by cables or wirelessly) to a computer running software that controls the entire setup and records pressure and flows automatically. RELATED ARTICLES Self-Professed Air Flow Expert Gets HosedA Recap of ACI’s 2012 National ConferenceACI 2011 National Home Performance Conference Wrap-UpAnother Greenprints Conference Wraps Up WellNAHB Annual Conference Wraps Up 2011 Event in OrlandoWater, Water Everywhere at Green Building Conference DehumidificationThe presentation on supplemental dehumidification was of particular interest to me. I am always looking for good ideas for my mixed humid climate, where bridge seasons require little heating or cooling but can create problems with excessive humidity in high performance homes.Armin Rudd of the Building Science Corp. and Srikanth Puttagunta of Steven Winter Associates shared this session that proved to be quite informative as well as densely packed with data from an extensive study of the subject. Armin’s section was based on a study he has been working on for several years, ASHRAE 1449, that analyzed ventilation, heating, cooling, and dehumidification in both homes and models in several climates.I have to admit that I got a little lost in the details, but I did leave with two key points that resonated with me. First was the point that in humid climates, ERVs can actually increase the moisture level in a home when the relative humidity outside is higher than inside. This only reinforces concerns I have expressed previously on the real value of ERVs in moderate climates.The second was that dehumidifiers that also provide outside air can also increase the indoor relative humidity due to the fact that the condenser turns off when the humidity reaches the desired level, but outside air can continue to flow through the unit where water in the coil and pan can recharge it with moisture, rehumidifying the house. Although dehumidifiers are highly recommended in humid climates, the point was made in this session that whole-house ventilation should be provide by a separate system for best performance. The 2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference, called Affordable Comfort until a few years back when the conference was renamed ACI, recently took place in Denver, Colorado. This year, the conference came complete with about six inches of snow in May — quite a shock for a transplanted Southerner.With over 180 individual sessions and workshops to choose from, ACI is a daunting event, taxing the capacity of the geekiest energy nerds to maintain focus throughout the four long days of the conference. As with most events, the quality of presenters and presentations vary greatly, with some of the best sessions being poorly attended, and other, lesser quality talks resembling a game of sardines.Of arguably equal or greater value than the educational sessions is the networking with like-minded energy professionals, ranging from dinner and drinks to late-night carousing at various events (if you were lucky enough to find them).A few sessions that I found particularly interesting, in addition to the one on air flow testing I discussed in my last post, covered blower-door testing of multifamily buildings, HVAC quality control programs in development by the EPA, supplemental dehumidification systems, and an evening of Pecha Kucha talks.