Nimbuzz For iPhone Updated With iOS 4 Support

Nimbuzz, the popular multi-protocol Instant messaging and social networking client for desktops and mobile devices has been updated for the platform to take advantage of the new multitasking feature in .

Nimbuzz iOS 4 iPhone App

Nimbuzz for iPhone has been updated to support multitasking in the new . This new update allows you to continue to run Nimbuzz in the background while you play music, watch movies or check your email. Nimbuzz will also allow you to answer calls while the app runs in the background and also while navigating through other apps on your iPhone.

The new Nimbuzz app also supports fast app switching and fast push notifications. Another interesting feature in the new app is the addition of calling rates to the screen whenever you dial a number. This feature will allow you to view the call rate you will pay per minute before placing a call using NimbuzzOut.

The latest Nimbuzz app can be downloaded for free from the app store and can also be used on the . You can also download the app to iTunes by following this link.

Trillian App For Android Coming Soon

Cerulean Studios released a new refresh to the popular multi-protocol IM and social networking client last week. Trillian 5 added a host of new features including integration with and . Now, after the desktop refresh Cerulean has announced that a new Trillian client will be available for the platform soon.

Trillian Android App

Just like Trillian 5, Trillian for Android will integrate with Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM. The app will also synchronize your contacts, avatars and more with Trillian enabled desktop or mobile apps.

Trillian Android Tabbed Chat

Trillian for Android will work on Android 1.6 and newer versions including and . The app has several interesting features, some of which include:

  • Connect to Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM
  • Synchronize your contacts, avatars, status, accounts and more with your Trillian-enabled desktop or mobile apps
  • Get notified easily with Android notification system integration
  • Contact list sorting, grouping, meta contacts support, privacy settings and various ways to organize
  • Set status, avatar and display name quickly in one simple screen
  • Tabbed chat windows with bubble view, photo transfer, buzz and emoticon support
  • Support for Android phones as far back as version 1.6 works with your good old T-Mobile G1 or the newest HTC EVO 4G or Motorola Droid!

Cerulean Studios has not announced the release date for the beta yet, however, we will keep you updated when the app is released to general public.

YouTube Mobile Supports HTML5 Videos on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch And Other Mobiles

The fight between videos and Flash videos has been going on for a long time. Of course Flash has the upper edge with the videos right now because of features it has. On the other hand, HTML5 videos are still in its infancy with support for only few codecs.

YouTube Mobile Version YouTube Mobile Browser Videos

However, has been working with HTML5 videos for a while now and have now rolled out HTML5 videos on their mobile platform. This means that you can now watch YouTube videos on Safari on your , and devices. Sweet right.

YouTube Mobile Search Suggestions

In addition to being able to play HTML5 videos, YouTube mobile player is also faster than the earlier one and also incorporates a larger and more touch-friendly elements making it easier to access videos on your mobile phone. YouTube mobile now also supports search suggestions (see screenshot above) and allows users to like, unlike and favorite videos from your mobile device.

According to the Google, YouTube has grown over 160% in 2009 YoY and are now playing more than 100 million videos on mobile devices a day, this is roughly equal to the number of daily playbacks did in 2006. Currently does over 2 billion video views per day.

To access the new HTML5 player on your iDevice or other mobile devices which have a HTML5 compliant browser, just head over to and try out the new video player. Watch a video of the new YouTube Mobile in action or visit the official announcement post here.

Pandora and WordPress Updated for iOS 4

was released today and there are couple of exciting app updates available which make use of multitasking and task switching in iOS4.

Pandora and WordPress iOS 4 update

The first update came for Pandora which added multitasking support allowing users to listen to music in the background while they worked with other apps on the foreground. However, the multitasking on Pandora will only work on supported devices, which include 3GS and certain iPod Touch devices. However, you can jailbreak iPhone to activate multitasking and wallpaper support on earlier versions.

You can download the Pandora app from iTunes here, or use the App store to update to the latest version of Pandora.

Another major app which got an update for iOS4 support is WordPress, the new WordPress 2.5 includes support for fast app switching and also for the retina display. Other major enhancements include bug fixes and performance enhancements. You can read more about WordPress 2.5 for iPhone here or download it from here.

IBM to Start Developing Mobile Apps Soon

Mobile applications are on a constant rise and so is the development of various mobile platforms. This development has allowed many mobile Operating Systems to reach a stable state, so that enterprise companies like IBM start considering them as a development platform for their business.

With this insight, IBM has announced that it will start developing mobile apps soon and has already the taken the first step in this process by developing an app for the iPhone. Mail Triage is an app developed by IBM which manages Email on the iPhone OS and IBM has many cool apps in store for Google Android too.

This announcement was made at unveiling of a new software lab at  Massachusetts. This new facility will cater solely to mobile app development and a considerable part of this app development will be related to social networking. IBM has already developed apps for Blackberry, Symbian, iPhone and the iPad. However, once it gets into the mainstream business, it will face tough competition from small scale developers who connect to their users in a better way.

An enterprise solution adds that feeling of receiving a good support and continuous updates and development though; it also includes a certain amount of red tape associated with approaching out to them.  Let us see what changes IBM brings about in this rich mobile app territory.


Vuvuzela iPhone App Clocks 1 Million Downloads

If you have been watching the World Cup 2010, you might have heard the ear-shattering African trumpet Vuvuzela, which fans have been blowing in stadiums. However, it also looks like the Vuvuzela madness as spread to users too.


The iPhone app called iVuvuzela has been downloaded more then 1 million times to annoy people with that blaring sound.

iVuvuzela iPhone App

iVuvuzela is a free download and is the #1 app download in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, UK and South Africa. The app seems to be highly popular and addicting and was created by couple of Dutch developers.

So if you want to annoy the hell out of your friends or neighbors with about 90 decibels of noise during the World Cup, go ahead and download the iVuvuzela app from here.


Image credit Reuters

Read e-Books on Your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry with Kindle Apps

fbreader-iconMost of you would agree that is one of the best places to look for and buy new and used books. Amazon is also the force behind the Kindle, which is a well known e-book reader device.

kindle-at-amazon The combination of Amazon’s book selection, easy shopping and the Kindle are a nearly unbeatable trio that others have been trying to match for years. The Apple iPad may have a good chance of competing with them, but I’m guessing that the other vendors can only look on with envy and hope.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you don’t have to keep wishing you could read all of those books in an electronic format. Amazon offers free applications that allow you to download Amazon books and read them from your favorite device.

I’ll show you what the Kindle for PC application looks like.

  • If you have other devices such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry, see the download section of this post.


A few months ago, I posted an article telling you how to Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader. If all you need to do is read free e-books, that’s the application I would recommend for your PC. However, if you plan to do any shopping at Amazon for non-free books, you could install Kindle for PC and give it a try.


The Kindle app isn’t very large and doesn’t have a confusing set of features. It gives you easy access to the Kindle Store and also allows you to view many of the 1.8 million free e-books at

After installing Kindle for PC, you will be prompted to either create an account at Amazon, or login with your existing account. Since I already had an account, it was simple for me to sign in. Here’s what the Kindle app looked like when I first launched it.


Since I hadn’t bought any books at Amazon, I used the Shop in Kindle Storebutton, which launched my web browser. I found and followed the links to the free books at


Once there, I found a book that I thought I might read.


I chose the Kindle version of the book and downloaded it.


All I had to do was double click the book (.mobi file), and it instantly opened up in the Kindle application. As you can see below, it’s not a complicated interface and while you are reading, you can bookmark pages, highlight text and add notes. That’s everything you need while studying or writing. It also remembers where you were reading last and takes you to that section when you reopen the Kindle app.


If you have other devices you’d like to read books on, you can also find Kindle readers for the iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and BlackBerry.

If you have a Kindle device, these software versions may allow you to synchronize your e-books between the host device and the Kindle device. You may also want to look at our post telling you how to Copy (and convert) Books From PC to Amazon Kindle.

Do you want to try the Kindle reader apps?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The free Kindle for PC is a pretty good e-book reader. It’s not fancy, and it will surely save you time if you like to shop for books at Amazon. The apps for other devices are probably just as useful, but you’ll have to judge for yourself unless you are willing to send me one of these devices.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

SleepBlaster Wakes You Up When You Have Reached Your Destination [iPhone]

For all those times when you cannot sleep on a train/bus just because you don’t want to miss your stop, SleepBlaster will be your savior. This iPhone app has a smart alarm system that works with the GPS and wakes you up when you have reached your destination. To avoid any GPS inaccuracies, SleepBlaster lets you choose a small area instead of a specific point.

Moreover, SleepBlaster also lets you snooze your alarm by just yelling at it. So, no more reaching out across the room to turn off your alarm clock. In addition to the iPhone app, SleepBlaster also works on your Mac and has a lot of soothing voices to put you to sleep. You can set SleepBlaster to wake up on your favorite iTunes playlist and also snooze the alarm by pressing any key.

If you are one of those sleepers who need a big bang to wake them up, fear not since SleepBlaster has a dynamite mode that will wake you up with the sound of an explosion, literally. The iPhone app is not free but given the usefulness of it, it is totally worth spending 2 bucks on it.

Download SleepBlaster from iTunes.

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Find Free Wifi Hotspots with WeFi

[Windows, Mobile and Mac]wifi-ico Since I have a netbook and occasionally take it on the road, I decided to try out WeFi. The WeFi application and web service promises to help you locate wifi hotspots and connect you to thousands of other WeFi users. Here’s what they say about the service:

WeFi is dedicated to helping you find, connect, and enjoy Wi-Fi anywhere around the world. We provide the tools that allow our community to map the global Wi-Fi network. Our dedicated community has already discovered over 60,000,000 access points around the world. Join us today and help us map the next million!

I downloaded the 8mb installation file and started the install process. I found that there are a few places that you might want take a closer look at during the install.

The first installation options default to installing a toolbar and new default search in your web browser. When I see options like these, I nearly always opt out. I hate toolbars and I’m happy with my search providers.


Just when I thought I was done with the junk programs they wanted me to install, one more option popped in. I can’t tell you how much I dislike added shopping applications like the Price Gong offer they served up.


After getting through the options above, the software starts installing and you’ll see a cute animation with the little WeFi creature running past store fronts. It’s a little too cute. At that point, I was wondering if this was a serious company delivering a real product.


One final setting popped up after the little running logo. I decided that I definitely did not want to allow WeFi to automatically connect me to networks. I like to look them over before I allow my netbook to connect to strange new hotspots.


The final step was to actually create an account with WeFi. They step you through the sign-up and only require an email address in addition to letting you choose your username and password. Once that’s out of the way, the main WeFi interface finally launches.


After playing with it for awhile, I decided that I liked the WeFi interface because it was very similar to most instant messenger clients. Below is a video showing you a little bit about how it works.

Link to video at Youtube

Download WeFi

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I didn’t like the offers for the toolbar, the change to default search and the shopping assistant. However, I did like the fact that WeFi does offer an easy way to discover new hotspots and get in touch with other WeFi users. I have mixed feelings about it at this time, but I won’t tell anyone to stay away from WeFi.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

New GPS Satellites to Help Mobile Apps Locate More Accurately

Location based apps are all over Android and iPhone. From Google Maps to geo-tagging of photographs to location aware search, all of it gives wonderful results with GPS.

Though, one thing that has not caught up with this is the speed of GPS satellites serving data. This scenario is going to change with more satellites being launched for this sole purpose. GPS has been really slow on phones until now. Also, current GPS satellites are accurate only to a certain limit. Though, with the new satellites, the figures can get significantly less.

Boeing is manufacturing 12 new  Block IIF satellites which have twice the accuracy of current satellites. These will be stationed in the next ten years. This accuracy of GPS data can come in handy in checking population concentration, track usage of apps and in other activities like search and  rescue.

Augmented reality which barely works currently will also get more realistic with this improvement. Once again, all this comes at the cost of privacy as apps may collect various types of location based user data. The improvement of GPS is a boon though, and is a welcome move as it will open up a new dimension of mobile computing and application development.