Cydia, The Alternative App Store For Jailbroken Apple Devices, Now Runs On Android
Cydia, a platform commonly thought of as the alternative app store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads, has just today arrived on Android, of all places. Though Android is by its nature more open and customizable than Apple’s locked-down iOS, it now has a growing collection of apps designed for power users who root their devices – a process that’s similar in spirit to the iOS jailbreak. Cydia for Android could soon become home to some of those same tweaks in time – or at least allow developers to port them to the Android ecosystem, whether or not they’re housed in Cydia directly. Jailbreaking an iPhone makes a lot of sense because customizing Apple’s software, including its lockscreen and homescreen, is all but impossible. However, on Android, the perception is that many of the quirks and customizations you may desire can be managed through the installation of third-party apps, ranging from Android launchers that can change everything about the device (like Facebook’s Home application, ...
Facebook's iPhone Culture Builds An Overzealous Home On Android
Facebook didn't realize just how important widgets, docks, and app folders were to Android users, and that leaving them out of Home was a huge mistake. That's because some of the Facebookers who built and tested Home normally carry iPhones, I've confirmed. The lack of "droidfooding" has left Facebook scrambling to add these features, as complaints about their absence are keeping Home from growing.
Disney Joins The Private Social Networking Craze With New Photo & Video Sharing App Called “Story”
The latest to join the cadre of startups offering tools for more private sharing outside of Facebook’s massive footprint is not, in fact, another startup, but rather another media giant: Disney. Citing its “rich heritage in storytelling,” Disney’s Interactive division, best known for games, sites, and virtual worlds like “Where’s My Water?,” “Temple Run: Brave,” “Club Penguin,” Disney.com, and more, today launched a personal, mobile memory maker simply called “Story.” The new app, which debuts first on iPhone, takes the photos and videos saved on your device, then automatically organizes them into sharable, but by default, private albums, which can also be personalized with captions, text, and with various themes and layouts. The albums’ content is also saved in iCloud, so it can be backed up and synced to other Apple devices. Separating a collection of photos into albums isn’t exactly a new trick – practically every photo management application today, including ...
Google's Cloud Is Eating Apple's Lunch
A new front has opened in the smartphone war, and for the first time in many years, Apple is both outnumbered and outgunned. I'm not talking about the phones themselves. iOS is still better than Android, although the gap has narrowed. The next iPhone will doubtless be the best phone in the world when it's released, as ever. It won't be as customizable - no Swype, no Facebook Home - but those remain relatively minor inferiorities. The new battlefront is different. The new battlefront is the cloud: Google Maps vs. Apple Maps, Siri vs. Google voice search, iCloud vs. Dropbox et al, and Google Now vs...well, nothing at all, yet. This is a big deal. As we grow accustomed to an always-online world of ubiquitous computing, your phone becomes less a device in and of itself and more a gateway to its cloud services. And it's very hard to argue that Apple is anything but the serious underdog here.
Stop Forgetting The Important Stuff From Your Meetings, Thanks To Retrace
It's possible that you are an incredibly organized person who remembers everything important from your meetings, and you're part of an incredibly organized team where every post-meeting task is communicated clearly. But ... maybe not. Maybe stuff slips through the cracks. That's where Retrace, an app that just launched at Disrupt NY's Startup Battlefield, comes in. Co-founder and CEO Austin Marusco told me that Retrace is "the best way to remember and organize everything about the meetings you have." It's an iPhone app that integrates with your Google Calendar or Calendars, creating a shared workspace around each meeting where participants can share notes, photos and tasks. It also displays contact information and profiles (you can pull in data from LinkedIn and Facebook) for everyone in the meeting.