Instagram Hits One Million Users

The popular and free photo sharing just achieved a huge milestone of 1 million active community users. The viral app allows users to apply dozens of effects to photos and then share it with their friends.

Instagram iPhone

Instagram is also a social networking for photo enthusiasts where they allow users to find and follow friends who are using the app and keep up with their photo updates. Instagram today announced that they have reached 1 million users in a short span of 8 weeks. This is a huge milestone for them since they took on several bigwigs for photo sharing including and where you will find most users sharing their photos.

Cheers to the team behind Instagram for achieving this milestone.

WikiLeaks App Gets Ousted From Apple’s AppStore

Igor Barinov, developer of the WikiLeaks app, has received notification that Apple has removed his controversial app from their AppStore. It stores no content and doesn’t break any apparent laws it merely gives easy access to diplomatic cables that were provided by WikiLeaks and the ability to follow their Twitter account. The app was available for 3 days for $1.99 before it was taken down.

It is quite possible that the reason Apple removed it is because in accordance with their ToS and policy on donations (Section 21), an application has to be free in order to collect donations and they can only be collected in specific ways. Hopefully this is not another take-down for being closely “related” to WikiLeaks, and the author can re-submit his application with in-app donations.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #3

Welcome to our third edition of the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. This week we would like to introduce our readers to a very popular Twitter app for the iOS as well as for Android.  Along with that, we would introduce our readers to a very popular VOIP client for Symbian.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for , and :

Twitter (iOS)

for /  is the official twitter client from the company itself Twitter. The app has a very slick UI and I especially love the sliding panels’ UI feature in Twitter for iPad. The app also supports push notifications and inline media display. I have been using Twitter for iPad right on my iPad since the day it was launched. The app literally blows the competition away!


iOS owners can download Twitter For iPad/iPhone from the App Store for free.

Skype (Symbian)

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP services out there. The company also has an official Skype client for all the major mobile OS including Symbian. Skype for Symbian allows users to make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world for free via Wi-Fi or 3G. It also allows Skype owners to chat for free.


The company recently rolled out an updated version of Skype which supports the latest generation of Symbian phones like the Nokia N8, C7 and E5. The update also added SILK’ Skype’s own audio codec which helps improves voice quality on a low-bandwidth connection. Symbian owners can download Skype for their handset for free from here.

TweetDeck (Android)

is one of the most popular third party Twitter client for Windows. The app is also available for other major mobile platforms including Android. The Android version of TweetDeck has a great looking UI and functions really well. I personally switched to TweetDeck and have been using it ever since on my Galaxy S since the day it was released.


The application also supports other major social networking sites like Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare. The application however does lack some features like no support for creating lists, no auto-fill while entering @username and some totally useless widgets. However, I am pretty sure the folks behind TweetDeck for Android will fix all these issues sooner than later. Android owners can download TweetDeck for free from the Android Market.

The Patriot App – for Government Snitches

iphone-patriot-appBig Brother is watching … and he has an iPhone.

It’s now easier than ever to become a government snitch. This iPhone app, Patriot App, gives you almost instant access to the following US agencies:

  • FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • GAO (Government Accountability Office)
  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

I don’t know if you’d call this patriotic though. Most Americans value their personal privacy, and the thought of their neighbors instantly reporting them to Uncle Sam is scary. It’s already easy enough to call the local authorities, why do we need this? Have you ever heard of 911?


The name of this app will surely remind people about the controversial Patriot Act, which allows the US Government broad powers to bypass Constitutionally protected rights.

It’s one more sign of our times. Privacy is becoming a joke, but I’m not laughing.

Quote: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

Awesome Augmented Reality Space Invaders Game [Videos]

Augmented Reality is the future of mobiles, gaming and television. It is both exciting and fascinating and there is tremendous development work going on to make use of the technology.

The folks behind have come up with a new Augmented reality based game called Look-UP for the iOS. Look-UP is a classic UFO invasion game themed in the 21st century with a Augmented Reality twist. The game allows you to fight alien forces in your real surroundings.

Not sure what I am talking about? Take a look at the videos below of the game in action, one of them was shot in Times Square in NYC.

If you loved what you saw, you can go ahead and purchase the game for your iDevice from here for $1.99. Sadly, this is available only for 3GS and , and support is not yet available.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #1

Welcome to the first edition of Best Mobile Apps Of The Week where we will feature some popular and useful apps for different mobile platforms. From now on, every Friday we will be introducing our readers to one new application for the , and platform. We may add any other platforms such as WP7, webOS and Maemo on popular demand. So if you guys want us to feature apps of any other OS drop in a comment and let us know.

Here are the featured of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

Remote (iOS)

If you own any of the iOS based devices, chances are you must be using iTunes to manage media and apps on it as well. If you use iTunes as your primary media player, then Remote is going to come in very handy for you. The application basically allows users to control media playback on their PC/Mac running iTunes using their iOS device.


However, for Remote to work users must have a Wi-Fi network and their PC/Mac must be connected to the same network as well. Users also need to enable the Home Sharing’ feature on iTunes and share their media library on the network.

iOS owners can download Remote from here.

Gravity (Symbian)

Gravity is among the few good applications available for the old sinking ship Symbian. Gravity is a combination of many apps into one. It is basically a Twitter and a social networking client. It supports Facebook, Foursquare and even acts as a great RSS reader by importing your feeds from Google Reader. The application is available for all the popular Symbian versions S60v3, S60v5 and Symbian^3.


There is a 14-day trial version of the application available for download. The full version costs 10 Euros but is totally worth it. The developer of Gravity Janole is also very active on twitter and tries to solve all the problems which Gravity users face.

Symbian users can download Gravity from here.

Launcher Pro (Android)

One of the main reasons why Android is so popular is because it’s highly customizable. Users can customize nearly every aspect of the phone (software wise). It might be possible that you may not like the Launcher your phone manufacturer has shipped your phone it. Users can easily replace the default home launcher app in Android by downloading another one from the Android Market. Launcher Pro is arguably one of the best alternate home launcher app in the Android ecosystem.


The application is available for free but a paid version ($1.99) is available as well which adds a few nice features like Widget resizing, Sense Widgets and Gesture Swipes etc. However, the paid version is not available for download from the Android Market.

I will recommend all Android handset owners to try out Launcher Pro once. Not only is it fast, it offers some nice features as well like a 3D app drawer and a landscape mode home screen. The app also looks very sleek and users can easily customize the icons and the background used by the app.

So that’s it folks! I hope you liked the applications suggested by me in our first edition of Mobile Apps of the week.

This Angry Birds Spoof Video from Israel Is Awesomeness Redefined

Angry bids is a marvel of a mobile game and has recorded a #1 position as the most popular iPhone game in over 60 countries. It has been released for the iPhone, for Android and the developers also have a plan to release the game for smaller Android devices like the HTC Wildfire. This clearly shows how popular the app is. Seeing the popularity on leading mobile operating systems, the game was also released on Symbian and is the most popular game on the Ovi store. In short, Angry birds is out on a world conquest.


This is a spoof video of Angry birds. If you have played or seen Angry Birds, you will find this video  hilarious. The video originally featured in Hebrew and was remade in English seeing its worldwide demand.

A price tag of a dollar for a game with around 100 levels is the best deal you can get. So, if you have not played the game until now, get your hands on it and join the fun.

Google Voice App For iPhone Now Available Officially, Really

Earlier this year, a big feud broke out between two giants; Google and Apple; over an for Google Voice, the phone service provided by Google.

Google Voice iPhone App

The trouble started after Apple blocked the Google Voice app for which then also involved the FCC and Eric Schmidt resigning from the Apple board of directors. However, it looks like both Apple and Google have worked over their differences since the Google Voice app is now officially available for the iPhone.

Google officially announced that the Google Voice app for iPhone and is available for download from the App store. The new app will allow you to make cheap international calls and provide free text messaging to US numbers. Google Voice for iPhone will also include push notifications and will involve making calls through Direct Access numbers.

Excited about this news? Don’t wait, go ahead and download the Google Voice app from the app store here. Not sure what Google Voice is? Check out a video which explains what Google Voice is.

Update: As pointed in the comment below, this app does not work on the iPod Touch yet. There are several comments on the app page which point this out too. I will figure out a way to get it running on the iPod Touch soon.

Pulse Reader App Now Free For iPhone, iPad and Android

Pulse Reader is one of the most famous apps for and touch to read news and RSS feeds. The app which debuted on the iPad has received rave reviews and some controversy too from New York Times.

Pulse Reader App Free for iPhone, iPad and Android

In a blog post, the Pulse Reader team announced that the app was now free across all platforms:

Today we’re announcing that Pulse is free across all platforms! We would like to thank our early users, who have given us both time and money to help build the product to this stage. You have given us the resources to build a company dedicated to improving your news reading experience. We’re now a team of 8 people working very hard to make Pulse better everyday.

The app which has changed the way people consume news and feeds is definitely worth downloading. It makes reading content more pleasant and elegant. I definitely recommend you to go ahead and download the app (links below).

Download Pulse Reader for iPhone | Download Pulse Reader for iPad | Download Pulse Reader for Android

Facebook iPhone App With Social Messaging Now Available

has updated their App with the new social messaging feature they announced today built in. Unfortunately there is nothing new to report or add at this time since the system is invite only. I’ll try and get my hands on an invite soon and write up more about the Facebook email aka Facebook Social messaging.

Facebook iPhone App

In the meantime grab the new Facebook  from here. Unfortunately there is no news when an updated app for coming..