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ShopThis Lets You Buy Stuff, Straight from the Pages of Digital Magazines

ShopThis

There’s a lot you can do on your tablet these days. For example, with a few taps, you can surf the web, read digital magazines, and do some online shopping. An app that sort of combines the last two activities is ShopThis. It’s being pushed by MasterCard, who’s working with publisher Conde Nast to work on integrating the app with the iPad edition of Wired magazine.

The feature will roll out in the magazine’s November iOS edition, where users will be able to buy whatever is being advertised with a quick tap. The process involves using MasterCard’s MasterPass for mobile payments, which essentially turns your tablet or smartphone into a credit card.

It’s definitely a convenient feature to have, but it’s probably something impulse shoppers don’t need. What do you think?

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AppSeed: From Sketches to Functioning Prototypes

AppSeed

Did you ever have such a good idea for an app, but didn’t do anything about it because you didn’t know a thing about programming or writing code? Don’t give up on your dreams or ideas just yet, because AppSeed might just be able to help you out.

AppSeed is essentially an app that will help you create a prototype of your app, based on your sketches of it alone. It’s definitely the first of its kind and perhaps the only app that can do what it promises to do. AppSeed uses OpenCV to capture your sketched designs, manipulate the elements, and run the prototype on your mobile gadget. Just sketch your app interface on a piece of paper, take a picture of it using your phone camera, and get to work with AppSeed.Continue Reading

Kickstarter for Apps? Crowdfund Your App on Appsplit

Appsplit

Need some help on the app that you’re building? Then check out Appsplit. You can think of it as a Kickstarter for apps, but even better because it lets you do a bunch of other stuff aside from letting you crowdsource and raise money to fund the development of your app.

The site features a marketplace where you can sell your app and cash out. Appsplit also lets you connect with other like-minded developers that you can maybe hire to help you build your app.Continue Reading

Groove to Your DNA-Inspired Theme Song

DNA Song

Want a song that you can truly call your own? Then create one with IDNAtity. It’s an app that lets you create your own theme song of sorts, even though you know close to nothing about writing or composing music.

IDNAtity mixes a bit of science with a lot of art. It essentially asks for information about your genetic makeup by asking you to upload a photo of yourself and answer questions about your appearance, like your hair color and eye color. The app also asks if you have dimples and if you can roll your tongue, because these details are, apparently, crucial in determining your genetic make-up..not.

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Used the BreakupText App to Break Up? Then Get the MakeupText App to Get Back Together

makeupapp

So you broke up with your other half on a whim, and now you want to get back together.

If you were a jerk and went through with your breakup with the use of BreakupText, here’s a bit of good news for you: an anti-breakup app exists and it’s aptly called the MakeupText app. Both apps are developed by the same people. In this case, the MakeupText app lets you, the user, spew apologies and sweet nothings with the goal of trying to get your ex-sweetheart back.

The only problem is.. will he (or she) fall for it? I mean, you did just do the breakup through text, of all things.Continue Reading

Eight-Year-Old Spends $6,000 on In-App Purchases–Now See Why You Should Keep Your Phone Away From Kids?

Girl Spends 6K on Apple Apps

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t leave a kid alone with your phone. For one, they might delete messages or important emails without your knowledge. That could spell a lot of trouble for you, especially if they have to do with work. Another reason is that they often tap buttons they shouldn’t and end up making purchases that they haven’t cleared with you. This has happened to so many people all over the world, and yet parents still leave their kids with their devices.

Another case is that of Lee Neale and his eight-year-old daughter, who spend over £4,000 (about $6,000) on in-app purchases. Apparently, his daughter had seen him key in his password to purchase stuff and memorized it, keying it in later on when she made her own purchases.

Lee pleaded with Apple to cancel the purchases, but the former didn’t relent at first, and understandably so. It was only when Lee went to the media with his story that Apple granted him a refund. Continue Reading

Snapcat is the Catty Version of Snapchat for Kitties

Snapcat

Got a photogenic cat? Then show the world your precious kitty by letting your pet take its own selfies with the help of the Snapcat app. Once you fire it up, a red dot will appear on the screen. In theory, your cat will be transfixed by this dot and will bat at it with its paw. This action will signal your front-facing camera to snap a picture of your feline companion while its at play. What could be cuter or more adorable than that?

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CamFind Lets You Search for Stuff By Taking a Picture

CamFind

So you have a picture of a bottle with foreign text on it. You can’t read it and you certainly can’t search for it conventionally since you can’t type the foreign characters. What you need at this point is a query-by-image search engine like CamFind that will use that image as the query to present you with matching hits.

CamFind will basically turn your camera into a portal to uncover the unknown. All you have to do is point and shoot and the app will take care of the rest.

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This App Makes You Slap, Shake, and Flip Your Phone to Turn the Alarm Off

Wake App

I think it’s safe to say that alarms get on most people’s nerves, especially when it’s early in the morning. But that’s the point of the alarm, isn’t it? To annoy people so much so that they feel compelled to wake up, just so they can shut the alarm up. By then, most alarms will have achieved their goal, which was to wake the person up in the first place.

One such app is Wake. It doesn’t have the most annoying of alarms, but it’s enough to wake you up because of how you’re supposed to snooze the alarm.

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