Pocket App

Pocket App – The essential application to read it later

Pocket is a new and improved free version of Read it Later from 2007 by Idea Shower.

Nate Weiner, founder and CEO of Pocket said that they have made all of Idea Showers applications free and he explains why the Pocket App on his blog here. Why Read It Later/Pocket Went Free

Pocket App LogoSo, what is Pocket

Nate said in his post that its hard for people to pay for something they don’t understand or see the value in.

The Value for me, is that Pocket is a time saver, and stops me procrastinating which is so easy to do when you are working online.

Pocket is a mobile and computer application that enables you to save articles, videos or web pages to view later.  If you are like me, you are always stumbling across articles that you don’t have time to read right now.   This handy app not only saves these pages for you but also syncs it with your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anywhere, even without an internet connection so you can catch up anywhere and anytime. Perfect!

Pocket App

 Where can you have The Pocket App.

  • On your Computer

There are Pocket extensions for Firefox and Chrome which enable you to save items with just two clicks.

Pocket App Logo

  • Pocket Web App

You can use the pocket web app to save your items – using IE9, Google Chrome, Firefox etc.

  • On your Mobile 

The Pocket App is available for download on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android.

Integrated apps

You can Pocket articles from 349 applications including Flipboard, Twitter, Google Currents and the list goes on.

Pocket App

You can even put a Pocket button on your WordPress website so that people can easily Pocket your own articles.

Not at your PC or near your mobile? 

Easy you can just email the link to your Pocket Account.


I see this as an essential application, yes there are other ways to do this but nothing with such ease, integration and speed.

Put it in your pocket! 

Why not try it out, the Pocket App is free. http://getpocket.com




Cardio Lie Detector iPhone Application

I was recently asked to review the Cardio Lie Detector Premium from Ubinuri the Korean software application company who also brought us the app MyLAB PRO.  Ubinuri interesting has recently been invested in by INFOCOM  – Infocom is one of the leading IT companies in Japan.

Cardio Lie Detector

Cardio Lie Detector Premium is an simple application for your iPhone or iPad that can tell if you are telling a lie or the truth.   The lie detector uses the camera to first sample your heart rate and then when you are being subjected to questioning it compares it to your heart rate to the original sample – because when you lie your heart rate increases.  You can watch this all happening the screen as the application detects your heartbeat.

1. Put your finger over the Camera at the back of the Phone

2. Press start to measure normal heart rate

3. Press start again to ask questions

4. You will get a percentage rating to say if what percentage of a chance it is you are lying.










When we were testing the app, we saw these pop-ups often –  saying it couldn’t find a heart rate of that we didn’t have our finger in the right place, so it does take some time before you get it right.

It is just for fun though guys – don’t do what happened in their promotional video !!  This is hilarious….. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be just awful I assume so! 🙂


It even says on the itunes page and I quote

The app is intended for entertainment purposes only and does not provide true lie detector functionality

So please don’t take this too seriously and actual dump your boyfriend or girlfriend due to this application!  🙂  Although if you have to make him take a lie detector to see if he is lying, then something is wrong already, girl.

Great fun at parties or to trick people just for fun.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPod touch (5th gen) requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Available on iTunes Store for $0.99 or £0.69 -> Cardio Lie Detector Premium



ChatWing – Real time Conversations on your Website or Blog

 Chatwing – Live Chat! 

I’ve been looking in to this new tool – Chatwing by Lujure which originally was/is an application that extends widgets to Facebook pages.  You can now Embed the ChatWing Shoutbox on your website to give your visitors a real-time communication tool.  Your very own website chatroom!

Free Application 

Its so simple to get and its free  – You just create your account here http://chatwing.com/ and then embed the code as a widget on your website or blog – I just used a text widget. Put the code on – and after a few minutes the chat box appeared.

This could be really useful if you post a blog which is likely to have many viewers that need to ask a question, as most people can’t be bothered to leave a comment but they might ask in the chat box, knowing that they could get a answer in real-time.  A great way to engage your readers or customers.

You can have 1000 users on ChatWing at anyone time, that might be rather busy but at least you know if there are 10 people it won’t be slow or lagging.  Apparently to make the Chatwing app stable, the dev team is conducting several maintenance checks and observation. In this way, technical glitches can be wholly avoided.

I like that you can sign in with your Twitter account or your facebook account at the click of a button – it puts your name and your picture associated with that account so you instantly know who you are talking too   I probably have too many widgets so this chatbox is far down on my page right now.  I’ve just stuck in on as a test, but say hello if you can see it.

Full customisation

There are a lot of options to customise your Chatwing shoutbox  – you can have a variety of colours, sizes, fonts and even have it as a pop out button if you don’t want as an enbeddable widget.

Advanced CSS Customization

For the advanced CSS users, you have the ability to edit and customize every aspect of your chatwing with CSS. Just follow the design guidlines and you’ll be good.

The only thing I haven’t worked out yet is if you can set notifications, because we are not always sitting with our website or blog page open. I see actually that there is a sound icon so that would probably be it.  An extension on Chrome would be awesome though.  You can also turn off the Chatbox if you are not going to be able to answer in real-time.

Worried about spam and bad language

Yes me too – However, as an admin, you can,.

  • Set a profane filter
  • Ban spammers
  • Delete single messages
  • Delete all chat message with one click
  • Add moderators
Here I am signed in as Admin and am deleting a post 

Supported platforms for ChatWing are

Tumblr, Blogspot, TypePad, LiveJournal, Wix, Weebly, WetPaint, ESPN Fantasy Sports League Sites, Bligoo, WebNode, Lefora, Jimdo – any website that supports iframe.

I have a wordpress site, can I use ChatWing?

If you host your own wordpress blog, you can install an iframe plugin to use ChatWing. However, if you are using a wordpress blog from wordpress.com (yoursite.wordpress.com), ChatWing will not work

This application is free as I have already said but there are extras you can get in the premium version, such as

  • Your own company logo on the chat box
  • Custom themes
You can also talk to ChatWing on Twitter.

I’m going to give this a go, I’ve never tried chat before on my websites so we will see what happens.  I’ll update here if anything outstanding occurs.



Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application – Eav Mogul


Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application Eav Mogul

If you have been looking for a good iPhone or iPad application for the Social Media “game” Empire Avenue then you have found it. Eav Mogul is a FREE application or client by Korutech App Solutions that enables you to easily view and manage your portfolio on the stockmarket “game” Empire Avenue while on the move.

What is Empire Avenue

Just briefly, as I have already written a blog about Empire Avenue – Empire Avenue is an online game where you “play” the Empire Avenue stock market – buying and selling other players shares. You need to really be connected to many social networks such as Google+, Twitter Facebook Linkedin to get high dividends and a great share price and you need to be an active member of those networks to increase your network scores, its not enough just to be on Empire Avenue you do have to “Play”. The great thing about Empire Avenue is that there is a fantastic community to engage with – you don’t just leave it at buying and selling shares you get to know people and add them to your networks.

Empire avenue does need some attention if not daily, at least every few days, and to be able to keep up it is very useful to have an application on your phone so that you can manage your stocks and shares and see how you are performing while you are travelling or away from the PC. The best part for me is the bulk buy or sell feature on Eav mogul. Here you can easily increase your network activity and daily earnings straight from your phone.

EavMogul are currently working on a new update to the application which allows you to leave shout outs on Empire Avenue too, which are all important for engaging with new players, so I can’t wait for that!

Using Eav Mogul – You can view and manage

  • Your Portfolio
  • Your Shareholders
  • Recent arrivals
  • Leader board influencers

On these pages you can sort by many options – such as portfolio value or shares I own – you can find actual players by ticker (name) and you can filter by falling earners, or rising earners and many other options.

I just bought 100 more in Pirillo - I thought I was maxed! 🙂

If you have a large portfolio it seems a little slow at times – not often but at times –  but just be patient and it will work its magic. Although I may speak to @eavmogul about this as it could be something to do with the settings. I’ll keep you informed.

Update @eavmogul said. 

It is mainly because of a large portfolio – The cache tweaks how much profile info is pulled down at one time by setting cache time longer, the data you download survives a lot longer. The only risk is the prices get out of date

The other setting changes how many records are pulled in one call. It balances wait time with performance. Less records, less wait, but more API calls and more frequent short delays.

There are also Pro Features that you can buy which enable you to do other things such as leave shout outs on Twitter, set your status message and get more views.

I’ve used this application for most of the weekend and I really like it, its easy to use and has  many more options than I thought it would have.

I have news !!!

First this update from korutech app solutions blog

Second is this  tweet.


Working on a speed improvement for players with BIG portfolios. Hope to put into next update @EmpireAve @michelledh#SMRocketFuel #eavmogul

This is going to rock that rocket fuel 🙂

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.



DrawingSomething Application including Bugs and Fixes

Its been all go recently with Intragram being bought by Facebook and now DrawSomething from OMGPOP being bought by Zynga of Farmville fame for massive amounts of money it seems. Hopefully Zynga will sort out some of the problems that people are experiencing.

Where can I play DrawSomething

If you still don’t know what Drawsomething is (where have you been?) – it is a drawing game similar to Pictionary where you draw a picture and people guess what it is, you can play this with Facebook friends or random people using the iPhone or iPad from iTunes.

You can also play it directly from Facebook or on Google Plus.

The app has a free game and a paid game – the only difference I can see is that you do not get adverts on the paid game.

People are really good at this game, you can see some of the drawings on the DrawSomething Facebook page 


I played DrawSomething on Facebook first because it reminded me of a browser based game which I was addicted to about 12 years ago called iSketch which is still there after all of these years, I think they should have created an application don’t you.  There is an application called iSketch but this is just a basic painting app. The best game play of DrawSomething is actually on the iPad, I love how you can just Draw something and then put it down for as long as you like.

Drawsomething has bugs



There are however many bugs still within the Drawsomething application.  I’ve had one where the application got confused and showed my drawing with the previous drawings letters, so the letters didn’t fit the drawing. Like this one drawn on the iPhone (which I find difficult so don’t laugh! LOL )



Missing Colours, Bombs and Coins

On the game you can buy coins to buy new colours and bombs which can give you new words or hints.

Users also have other bugs where coins, bombs and colours – colors – are missing. I read these responses and fixes on the getsatisfaction forum, which is for all support for the game – only go there if you are not easily offended. 🙂

Here’s Swiftor’s official response: 

They are safe, but your game client is not reading your inventory info from our servers properly. We’re looking into this – but in the meantime, there are a couple of things you can try doing to get them to show up: 
1) If you’re on Wifi, and your device supports 3g/4g – try that. There are reported cases of coins/etc not showing up on wifi. (or vice versa) 

2) You can try killing the app and restarting it (or restarting your phone). 

Again, we’re looking into a final solution for this! 

Another response was from a user call SVNDR – DS is DrawSomething. This fix he says is for iPhone 4s and iPad. Many people said this has worked.

1. Kill all backgrounding apps, including DS (double click home button).

2. Re-open DS.

3. Click the little gear in the top right-hand corner.

4. Click on account.

5. Now, scroll to the very bottom of that page a click logout, then confirm the next message that pops up (if one does)

6. You should now be logged out and at the screen to select either Facebook or Email.

7. Now close DS and then kill it in the backgrounding bar like you did in step 1.

8. Wait about 5-10 second then re-open DS.

9. Wait for it to load to the screen to select between Facebook or Email.

10. Click on whatever form of login you would normally use (i use Facebook).

11. Enter your email and password, then continue to login as normal.

12. Now this is what i think truely helps, so make sure you pay attention and DO NOT skip any of the previous, or next steps!!
Once you are logged in, DO NOT touch anythng, instead look in the top left-hand corner off the main screen, you should see a faint loading icon that spins around. Wait until that icon is completely gone until you continue to the next step.

13. Now that the loading icon is gone, DO NOT open or continue playing any games, yet. First, scroll to the very bottom of the main screen and click on the ‘SHOP’ button.

14. If you previously had purchased bombs, you should now see at the bottom that you have your bombs back, this should most likely mean that your colours and coins have returned aswell.

15. If you did not previously have bombs then you should see the top of the screen in the left-hand side that your coins are back.

Many users are also having problems with games not loading, both on the free game and the paid version –  some games are showing waiting for next player.  There are hundreds of complaints about this on the site, and as yet I have not found a solution, although the above might work.  If you have tried this or have a different solution can you please let us know.

Apart from all that it is a great game and very addictive, but as I say you can just play for a few mins and then put it down for however long you want and it will still be at the stage you left it.

Hope this helps

New 4s iPhone Twitter app has protected tweets #140

I’ve finally joined the iPhone 4s club !

When the phone arrived I must admit I was a little nervous about transferring all of the information from one iPhone to the other, I’d heard of people losing information and I don’t have the best of records with iTunes.

Before registering the new micro Sim I …

Now I was ready..

There was a problem with completing the Sim Swap on line, there was no option for my plan oddly – but Orange did it all over the phone, then I synced the new iPhone 4s with iTunes – Done.

Some of the applications on the 4s wanted me to re-input my user name and password and some applications didn’t but that was fine.

Protected tweets!?

Until I went to use the Twitter App for iPhone  – it logged me in fine but it wouldn’t let me view my tweets, it said protected tweets or I was not authorised to view the tweets, so although I was logged in, I could do nothing.  I tried installing and re-installing, finally…

I went into settings on the iPhone – Settings -> Twitter and checked my accounts, the user name and password were there, but I decided to re-enter them, then appeared lots of ticks – this was the fix, twitter then worked perfectly.

That was the only problem I have had, amazingly.  I thought I would share that with you as I have since seen people asking the same question I had, why are my tweets protected on the iPhone applicaton, as I know they are not protected. Very Odd.

Hope this helps



SoundHound can name that tune, just sing or hum.

What song is this – What’s that track – Tra la la.

Is that a familiar question?

All day you have had that annoying song going around in your head, you have no idea what the artist or the title of the track is, and you only know a few words, which doesn’t come up in a Google search. (Yes this is me!)

SoundHound could let you keep your sanity!

SoundHound is a music recognition application by SoundHound Inc. which can recognise tracks from your singing – well most of the time, and that’s with my bad singing!  It is said to have the worlds fastest music recognition, exclusive singing search, voice search and lyrics.

This application has been around in one form or another for some time – once known as Midomi – It has had many updates and changes to it!  It is also listed as a New York Times top ten app for iPhone and Android.

When I first saw Shazam I thought that was amazing, but this has the extras that I wanted Shazam to have, lyrics and singing search, brilliant!.  Although I do still love Shazam, it rarely lets me down, but I shall use SoundHound for naming that tune.

SoundHounds Major Features

Music recognition…

  • From a played track
  • This will give you lyrics, tour dates, similar artists, map, artist bios album art and videos.
  • Title or Artist
  • Will find the track and play it for you, with all of the above options.
  • Singing or Humming
  • Soundhound will give you a list of tracks it thinks is correct – or just play it.
  • You get a chance to bookmark or buy the track when it is found.
  • Full iPod integration
  • If any of these tracks are in your iPod or Music Library SoundHound will instantly play them.
  • Underplayed Chart – A list of tracks that are found in SoundHound that are not played much on the radio.
  • Social networking Sharing – Share the information with Twitter, Facebook, email or text

On twitter @SoundHound give you interesting bits information and updates recent tweets being.

The #1 Most ID’ed Song on SoundHound in 2011 is: Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People.

Which they tweeted to @forterthepeople too,  great stuff.

The #2 Most ID’ed Song on SoundHound in 2011 is: Someone Like You by Adele.

You can get SoundHound here…

SoundHound at Android Market 

SoundHound at iTunes App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later

I love this application, its one of my most used iPhone apps – my best music application of 2011 even.

Hope this helps


Pictures from http://www.soundhound.com/  –  I have no affiliation with SoundHound.

Thoora says goodbye as it shuts down.

Three months after launching its new android 3.0 tablet application, The startup  Thoora – a content discovery engine, based in Canada. is closing… indefinitely.

Purpleplanet and I first wrote about Thoora here – Aggregate and curate your favourite content – we believed then it was going strong. 


Nothing has been said yet on their twitter account, which has 26k followers….

Today we received an email stating that as from the 15th December 2011 Thoora is shutting down its website, the API, the WordPress widget and the android tablet application.

There is no explanation for this just as yet, they just thank everyone for the crazy journey.

There is a blog post showing your how to re-bookmark your favorites

  1. Log in to your account on Thoora
  2. Access your favorites page for each topic
  3. Click on each favorite to open the content in a new browser tab or window
  4. Re-favorite the item, using your browser’s favoriting function or other tool


Thoora do say at the bottom of the post that they hope to meet us all again, so maybe they have something even better up their sleeves and Thoora was just taking too much time. Lets hope that is the reason.

If you want to leave them a message go to the blog post above.

We say good luck to them, as they did a great job with Thoora, safe journey!

Hope this helps

Paddington Bear Application Launched on iTunes

Paddington Bear app

Paddington Bear app

I used to love cute little Paddington Bear when I was a child and seeing the Paddington Bear Application being launched brought it all back to me.

Who is Paddington Bear?

Paddington Bear is a classic story of a young bear from Darkest Peru, who ended up at Paddington Station, London, England.  Mr and Mrs Brown found him there and took him home to live with them in a semi detached house in Nottinghill London.

iPhone Screenshot 2

Written by OBE Michael Bond, now 85, the first book entitled  “A Bear Called Paddington” was published in 1958 by HarpersCollins then known as William Collins and sons and the illustrator then was, Peggy Fortnum.  However picture books for younger children were published in 1975 and were illustrated by Fred Banbery.

The Paddington books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages.

Paddington made the big screen, well, Television in 1975, Please Look After This Bear designed and directed by Ivor Wood and made in the UK by FilmFair Ltd.  Pretty good stuff for 1975! 🙂

And now we’ve moved on a little farther –  you can get Paddington from the Apple App store for £3.99 or $5.99 – The new application has been digitally adapted for the iTouch, iPad and iPhone by HCB and Bold Creative, to ensure that the story still flows correctly with interactivity.

Paddington Bear app

Paddington Bear app

Just a book? No, this is what you can do with this app

  • Record your own video reading of the Paddington story! The app’s ability to remember several versions means a child can choose his or her digital bedtime storyteller for the evening.
  • Take framed photos of you and your child with Paddington to send to family and friends, in association with the National Portrait Gallery. Share on Facebook and Twitter!
  • Classic R. W. Alley illustrations now animated!
  • Children can read alone, or along to the narration of Paul Vaughan, sharing a cosy reading experience with parents and grandparents.
  • Background animation and sound means that curious readers can truly submerge themselves in the world of Paddington Bear.
  • A classic Paddington experience with a sprinkling of digital magic
Paddington Bear app

See a trailer about the application – Paddington Bear App for iPad and iPhone

I hope that,  if you haven’t done so already,  that you introduce your child to Paddington Bear soon, this would be a great way of doing so.

Go to itunes.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later  


Hope this helps














Need an honest opinion? Ask Opinionaided.

Do you need an honest opinion on something? Opinionaided is a mobile social networking application designed for asking opinions and advice to a large community in real-time.   Similar to Quora (which came after)  but from what I’ve seen it seems that this one is more used by the younger generation for questions such as –  Do you like my new hairstyle?  or Am I good-looking  –  whereas Quora is more for business type questions I find.  However, you can filter these questions out and just go to a specific topic.

Opinionaided was launched in 2010 by founder Dan Kurani and co-founders Mike Melli and Matt Holloway and already has many users.

Originally for iPhone, ipod, and iPad, but is now available on Android and Online.

The interesting thing about Opinionaided is the phenomenal response rate – the first time I used it I asked a pretty lame question and within seconds I had 10 answers!  What networking site can you say that about?

Its very easy to use there are five buttons at the bottom of the screen which are

  • Home – Where you get two options – Ask for Opinions / Give your opinion
  • Ask – Where you ask you question
  • Vote – Where you can give your opinion and vote for questions.
  • Results – Here you can see the answers to your questions and who you helped with your answers.
  • Me – This is your profile page.

Need an honest opinion – how to ask

Type in your question, add a photo, and select a category, you can choose who to send it too, including any of your friends. You can also choose who not to include using the vote stream filter –  then press Get Opinions!

At the top of this page you have 3 choices – Public – Friends – Contacts – or post to facebook or twitter.

You can check your responses on your question by going to results – here you can give people stars for the best answers or reply directly to them, which would then be in private.

To give an opinion

You can just go right ahead and start voting in Random or you can go to the top right button and select a category.  You press thumbs up or thumbs down and type your opinion.  To pass you can press Neutral.  If you give a good answer you will get stars for your answer.

There are many chances to find friends, on the friends button – it pops up all over the place.  You can find Facebook friends, Twitter friends, scan contacts or Search Opinionaided.

The last button at the bottom is ME.

Here you can see your profile – and see how many votes you’ve given and how many good advice stars you have received, people seem to be very generous giving stars.

You can also do this online, you can sign in using your application account details.

You have to be over 13 to use this application but it is easy to get around this. My son says that there are many kids younger than this on there, asking inappropriate questions or answering them. Although it seems to be monitored, and users can get banned or warned. Also if you put links or anything commercial it will get removed – not sure if that is only if it is flagged.  There is a flag icon at the top of the question page and on user profiles to file reports.

Advice for asking questions given by Opinionaided

  • Ask clean questions seeking honest opinions and advice.
  • Use appropriate pictures that relate to your question.
  • Make sure your question can be answered with a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.
  • Be real, truthful and honest. Nobody likes a fake.
  • Give other people helpful, polite advice. We’re all in this together!

My son, who is 17 has been using this application for months and must be one of the top users, I think that he is trying to get to be a Top Adviser. However –  I really didn’t like the sound of it, but because of his enthusiasm and because I love to test out applications I had to try it, and I really can see how it can be very addictive, and useful.


Need an honest opinion? Check it out

Hope this helps