The iPad and iPhone’s default photo app works just fine, but it’s plain and boring, like going on date with a pleasant but forgettable partner: Good qualifications, secure desk-bound job, but rigid and humorless.
A new mobile app might shake things up a little. It’s called Cooliris, and it promises to make photo viewing and sharing not just pleasant — but pleasurable. You might have heard of the name before — Cooliris currently exists as a popular browser plugin that converts plain vanilla image pages on sites like Google Image Search, Flickr, and Facebook into flowy 3d slideshows. There’s also an old Cooliris mobile app that’s quite similar to the web plugin.
While the old mobile app is centered about viewing search images, the new version focuses on viewing and sharing personal photos. And yes, the new and free app, available on iPhone and iPad, still retains the same slideshow effect, though it really blossoms on the tablet.
With electronic bills slowly entering mainstream usage, GreenPost hopes to aggregate all your digital bills into one place for convenient viewing. Users would need to register for an account on the website (or through their iPhone, iPad, and Android app) and link the respective service providers — like your phone company for instance — with GreenPost. After that, the bills will appear on the GreenPost website or app. Read more
According to the IDC, sales of tablets through mobile carriers face an obstacle of getting customers to sign up for their 3G or 4G data plans that are a requirement for purchasing these devices. As a result, they have only seen moderate success. Read more
By 2015, expect up to 21 million units of tablet computers to ship in countries like Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
That’s if predictions by US-based market research company International Data Corp are correct. Read more
Yes, everyone is checking out on Smithy’s location these days. Yet, the news of the week from TenCube being acquired by McAfee to Google’s foray into China & Japan dominated the Asian landscape for web and tech. The TWIA crew starts off their chat about the future of Android in China & thoughts on the future of Southeast Asia tech scene with Daniel coining his term “Silicon Straits”. Of course, you won’t want to miss our crew’s famous discussion on “who wants to guess how much this company is acquired for”. You can go directly to TWIA website or listen the podcast here in SGEntrepreneurs. Read more
Joining the TWIA crew this week is Rama Mamuaya (@rampok), our first Indonesian guest from the Daily Social site who reports the latest tech and social news in Indonesia. He shares with us what the hottest social networks, mobile and e-commerce sites in Indonesia are and how the Indonesian tech scene is weighing up against the rest of the world. While we discuss the news that examines the close connection building between Japan and China (Yahoo Japan & TaoBao), we also talked about how Mike Foong has managed to turn a SIM to micro SIM card for his iPad and wonders how the iPhone 4G has turned up in Vietnam. You can go directly to TWIA website or listen the podcast here in SGEntrepreneurs. Read more
The TWIA crew is back without Cerventus who was on his way back to KL from Singapore during the recording. We discussed how the iPad performed with respect to the hosts of the show, while moving to the stories of the three new phones C3, C6 and E5 launched by Nokia and China has boosted the downloads in the Ovi Store. Marching on, we examine the reasons why TenCent (who owns QQ) have invested in Russia’s DST and whether HTC will acquire Palm. Finally, we end with more outsourcing horror stories, and with a bonus story from Mike on his review of the Opera Mini app on the iPhone. Do look forward to the special reviews for the upcoming Echelon and also the live show in Barcamp KL next week. You can go directly to TWIA website or listen the podcast here in SGEntrepreneurs. Read more