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Run Windows 7 on iPad With OnLive Desktop iPad app

If you have been an iPad user and using Windows on your desktop, I’m sure at times you miss running windows on your iPad. There are many app which will let you access your Windows desktop from iPad like Teamviewer, VNC and so on. Though, how about using an app which will let you run Windows 7 on iPad. Today, we will look into Onlive desktop app for iPad, which offer cloud based desktop on your iPad. This app is free and Standard features are also free but you might like to opt for plus account which offers some out of the box features like Adobe flash, Dropbox access, Web mail attachment and enhanced speed (100 MBPS).

How to use Onlive iOS app to Run Windows 7:

The process is very simple and all you need to do is download Onlive app from App store (iPad only) and sign up for a free Onlive account here. You can use their online site to upload files and it will be available on your iPad under Onlive app.

With free account you get 2Gb of free space and experience of using MS office product like Ms word, power-point and excel is smooth. The sign-up process for the OnLive Desktop free account is very and a single step process, as you have to simply provide your email address, password, and screen-name to set up your free account on their database. The actual process doesn’t even require you to confirm your identity by email address. Once you done with the sign-up process, simply head over to your downloaded OnLive Desktop application on your iPad, and enter details in the app to connect with servers.

Windows 7 On iPad

OnLive provides a service to iOS iPad users that provide a Window 7 machine streaming loaded with Microsoft Office components, and Internet Explorer installed with flash browser support, moreover, the overall service works on the cloud. You don’t even need to set up any kind of options and network to make it possible on your device. Users simply have to download the OnLive Desktop app from the App Store available for iPad devices, and then can head over to the OnLive Desktop free account to use the Windows 7 and Microsoft Office streaming machine on their iPad devices.

Once you are successfully able to enter in OnLive system, then you would be able to open and create different Microsoft Office documents on your iPad, even it allows you to save your files on their cloud. OnLive provides 2GB-free disk space to save your data on their cloud system.

Edit0r: At the time of trying it on my iPad, I was getting error saying “Network Test failed Error: 1009”. Anyhow, we will try again and update the hands on review soon. For now, you can check out review by Siliconfilter here.

The idea of running Windows 7 on iPad is not bad and specially native Windows user will love it but this app lacks many feature like integration with Windows Skydrive account, which will make it out of the box. But, for starter it’s good to see this app and I’m sure many of you might find it useful. How’s your experience with Online iPad app so far?

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Shazam Player for iOS is a Better Music Player App [Review]

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If you love listening to music on your iOS device then you must’ve realized by now that the app doesn’t have much to offer. It does, however, let you change songs, create playlists, forward, rewind, pause, shuffle and basic stuff like that. But, what if you were looking for an app that does more than that. An app that has much more features and also some unique ones that the stock music app doesn’t. I’m sure you must’ve heard of Shazam music recognition app for iOS and Android. Have you also heard of Shazam Player?

Shazam Player is a better music app for your iOS device, mainly because it lets you do more and know more about your music than the normal app. The most attractive features of this app would be the ability to get information on the track and the artist that you’re listening to, play YouTube videos and get instant lyrics of songs displayed to you as the song plays.

Shazam Player Features:

The most important feature that made me download and use this app from day was, is LyricPlay.You can use this app to perform karaoke shows as it displays the lyrics in sync with the song. And the whole app goes full screen, with only the lyrics shown on the display. Like to sing along to your favorite tunes? This is the app! The app scans your entire library and matches songs that have LyricsPlay enabled. There aren’t currently a lot of them, but there are enough (about 30,000) to keep you happy and help you learn the lyrics of your favorite song.

Shazam player LyricPlay

 

There are lists available for the top tracks available with LyricPlay and you can even buy tracks by directly going to iTunes via the app. You can watch YouTube videos of any track in the playlist, share what you’re listening to on Facebook or Twitter and get information on the song and the band/artist. And, if you want to know where the band/artist is playing currently, you can get tour dates and other information right within this app.

Shazam player features

Shazam player screen

Since this app was only recently released, the LyricPlay feature hasn’t been perfected yet and you may face unsynced lyric display. The developers are currently working on improving the app and fix such issues as fast as they can. Shazam Player is currently only available for iOS and is available for free in the App Store.

Download Shazam Player

Do you know more such apps like Shazam player which shows lyrics along with song on iPhone or iPad?

Evi : Best Siri Alternative for Older iPhone & Android

best Siri alternative

Since the release of the iPhone 4S and it’s amazing personal assistant Siri, everybody with an iOS device wants to get their hands on something similar. There are many options available on the internet and there are ways to even run the original Siri on older iOS devices. However, the battle for the best Siri alternative is still raging and I think I may have a winner. Of course, you will never find any app or jailbreak tweak that will bring you the complete functionality and interface of Siri, but something is better than nothing isn’t it?

The app in question today is called EVI and is a product of True Knowledge and the speech is powered by Nuance, the same company that powers the voice search in Siri. So, you must already think that Evi can do stuff that Apple’s Siri can. You’d be wrong! Because Siri has far more capabilities and can understand much more than Evi. However, this app is available for both Android and iOS, which makes it one of the best Siri alternatives out there. Evi is, as they say, a similar personal assistant to Siri, but not the same.

Evi : The Best Siri Alternative

After installing Evi on your iOS device or Android phone, you’ll be shocked to hear all the things that the one eyed personal assistant has to say. The voice recognition is pretty awesome and it works great in any country, however, it’s not really good with finding services in anywhere outside the United Kingdom. But, according to the developers, such services will soon be available for other countries too. I tried finding for some restaurants nearby and I was given some recommendations on Yelp!, which doesn’t work very well in India.

Evi screen 1

You can talk to Evi in plain and clear English and it should understand without any problems. During the first days after it’s launch, the performance was not so great because of the server load. Now though, it works great every time I try. You can ask it questions about things, definitions, answers to math problems, time and weather in various places and much more. If Evi doesn’t understand you, then you can simply type in your question and get the answers.

The most astonishing thing is the voice recognition, and the way it understands normal spoken and conversational English. Below are some screenshots of the app in action:

Evi voice recognition

Evi weather

If you speak clearly in to the microphone, the speech is very accurately recognized. Although, it still will not recognize names and places very well. Evi is currently available in the App Store for $0.99 and in the Android Market for free. I would definitely recommend you to try out this amazing app.

Have you tried Evi yet? How’s your experience with it. Do you have recommendation for any other best Siri alternative which works with older iOS phone?

Open ZIP files on iPhone and iPad with WinZip App [Review]

open zip files on iPhoneThe best way to compress large files for sending as attachments in emails or uploading on a website, is via the use of WinZip, 7Zip and similar software. If you’re looking for a way to send those high resolution pictures to a friend and don’t want to burden him and yourself with large file size, then you should definitely use a compressor. WinZip has released a new app which will let you open zip files on iPhone, iPad or any other compatible iOS device.

WinZip for iDevices is not as much as an app as an extension, because it only lets you open .zip attachments in emails or on web pages. iOS devices have always lacked support for .zip files, while there have been many apps for viewing other formats such as PDF, DOC etc. So, the ability to view and open zip files is not native in iOS. That and many other formats can now be viewed with the help of WinZip iPhone app. When you normally try to open a zip attachment in the Email app or on any webpage, it gives an error and says the attachment cannot be opened.

How to Open Zip Files on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

With the WinZip iPhone app, things get a lot easier. You can not only open a zip attachment, but also view various different file formats within it. Here’s the complete list of file formats that you can view with the WinZip iPhone app:

  • Word documents (.doc, .docx)
  • Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx)
  • PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pptx)
  • PDF files (.pdf)
  • Photos and images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .tiff)
  • Text files (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Keynote (.key)
  • Numbers (.numbers)
  • Web files (.htm, .html, .jsp)
  • Pages (.pages)

That’s a lot of formats for one app right? And you can just directly open the attachment from the email app or a web page and view it’s content on the WinZip app.

WinZip open In

Winzip app

When opening an email attachment that’s in the zip format, it’ll give you the Open In option. Select Winzip when prompted and the app will be launched automatically. There’s no other way to view zip files in WinZip currently, as you cannot add files directly from the app. You can download it from the App Store for free and it’s definitely a worth download. Something that everyone who wants to open zip files on iOS devices should have. Give it a shot and tell us how you like it.

Download WinZip for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (iTunes Link)

Do let us know if you are using any other trick to open zip files on iPhone or any other app you would like to recommend?

Use Dialer To Open Apps on Your iPhone with AppDialer [Cydia Tweak]

It is quite normal with iPhone users that they pack their phones with scores of applications and therefore finding or launching an app becomes a prolonged process in some instances. So if we get hold of a tool that will facilitate us in opening apps whether they are placed on a Homescreen or Folder will surely be a great aid. Well recently I stumbled upon an application on Cydia Store that employs a new way to launch applications and perform functions.

What is AppDialer Tweak?

AppDialer Interface

It is a tweak available on Cydia that eventually allows users to dial any function or application on their iPhone to open it quickly. You just need to setup a gesture that will launch AppDialer tweak and preset numbers or number patterns that will enable you to open up the app easily.

How to Install AppDialer?

You can find AppDialer as a free download on Cydia App store. You will find it under the default repo meaning that you don’t need to discover it in some other out-of-the-box repo. Launch Cydia and enter “AppDialer” in the search bar. Once you will find it then just click on the install button and Cydia will automatically do the rest. After the installation you will have to re-spring your phone so that the tweak comes into action.

Setting Up AppDialer

Setting up procedure is also quite simple, open Settings on your iPhone and scroll down to the AppDialer settings.

AppDialer Tweak

 

Activation Method is to be selected that will eventually launch AppDialer. I prefer you choose shaking your iPhone device, but there are other activation methods as well. Next up is to choose that whether you want to enter some pattern or numbers combo to open the applications.

AppDialer-1.1

After doing this all you have to input a command that will trigger the application, Tap the Dial Settings option and it will prompt you to Add items, these items will be the apps or functions that you want AppDialer to open. There is an Activator Event option at the bottom as well that will facilitate users to add things of their choice, either an app or a function.

Initially you will think that this app sounds silly but I can bet that once you will install it, you are gonna love it. I will recommend this tweak for users who are fond of keeping loads of apps on their iPhone. Try it out and Let us know that whether you liked it or not?

If you are looking for more Cydia based apps for your iPhone, I would suggest you to check out:

 

 

Decide-O-Tron App: Get iPhone Games Recommendations on Your iPhone

You will find Apple App store flooded with multitude of games ranging in categories. Angry Birds, Paper toss, Guitar Hero and Asphalt racing collection are some of the gaming gems that you are gonna find on App store. You can fill your smartphone gaming appetite once you indulge into the massive gaming galaxy that iTunes app store offers. But one evident drawback of this huge collection is that it takes substantial amount of time to discover a game that ideally matches your taste. But now there is a new app on the block that will surely help iOS users to get rid of this problem.

What is Decide-o-Tron?

Decide-o-Tron app

 Well Decide-o-Tron is basically an iOS application that automatically recommends games to users based on some pre-set criteria. The app will bear the headache of deciding that amongst the huge collection of games, what gaming titles suit you and for whom you should spend. Plus the app has a very detailed criteria settings, so you can expect optimal results from it.

The app also boasts a detail step-by-step tutorial, just go through it so that you can get to know about all the customization processes and features that this app offers. Even if you think that you are a geek and don’t need to go through the tutorial, I will recommend you to do the otherwise.

Using Decide-o-Tron

Once the tutorial is over, app will ask from you that what all gaming platforms you own or play. The platforms you will choose in this step will act as a filter, because whenever you are gonna search for games in future the app will only search for those titles that belong to the platforms you have selected.

The search feature of the app is quite powerful, I personally like the Bar code scanning option. First of all you will have to add games to app’s library so that the recommendation thing can work. It is not necessary that you only add those games in the library that you own, users can add any game they like in the Wish List.

Decide-o-tron App 2

Decide-o-Tron generates game recommendations based on the criteria values, these values include platform-Release date-Review score and most important of all, Genre.

Decide-o-Tron app3

I will definitely recommend this app as must download for all the iPhone/iPad users. The gaming recommendations are really very useful and it lessens the hassle of finding games by browsing app store manually.

Decide-o-Tron is available as a free download from Apple App store.

Do you use any such similar app which gives you gaming or general app recommendation?

FL Studio Mobile iOS App Now Available for All Home DJ’s

For all those prospering home DJ’s, you’ve got some good news! One of the most useful music tools for the home DJ generation, FL Studio makes it big on to the mobile platform. Image-line released FL Studio Mobile for iOS recently to help you out with your DJ dreams and to make you a walking beat box, music maker and more.

FL Studio Mobile

I’ve been using FL Studio, the Windows version, for quite some time now and all I can say is, I’m a better music producer  than when I started. FL Studio Mobile will probably turn me in to a professional-on-the-move music producer. Or not! It’s not so easy, you need time and patience to create those Grammy winning tracks, but FL Studio Mobile is certainly going to be of help.

We all know that when an application makes it way to a touch interface, it is bound to become simpler to use, and that goes with FL Studio Mobile as well. Making your own beats or complete tracks has now become as easy as imagining it in your head. You’ve got a beat on your mind? Well, just start up FL Studio Mobile and you’re all set to make it a reality. The interface is super easy to use, specially on the iPad, you can select instruments, edit effects, tunes, add tracks, split tracks and more.

FL Studio Mobile Screenshot

There are two versions available at the moment, a standard one for iPhone and iPod Touch and an HD version for the iPad. Not much difference here, but the HD version does seem to be easier as it makes tapping easier. You can also transfer tracks from the desktop version to your iOS device and continue where you left off. The best part, you can record your favorite beats the moment they hit your head, because you’re bound to have your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad close by. Watch FL Studio Mobile HD in action after the break:

I’m sure after watching the video many of you music enthusiasts out there must’ve downloaded FL Studio right away. At the moment, FL Studio Mobile and FL Studio Mobile HD are both available on the App Store for $18 and $20 respectively. Although prices are subjected to climb after the introductory offer is over, so make the best of it and download it now. An Android version is in the making too.

Download FL Studio Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download FL Studio Mobile HD for iPad

Are you going to be buying this amazing music application? If you plan on becoming the next Dr. Dre, then you should probably get it now and start creating those beats.

AirPhones: Stream Audio Wirelessly To your iDevice Directly from Your PC

If you happen to be a music lover (Like Me!) then living away from your playlists and music collections becomes a bit of an arduous thing. iDevices provide users to manage their music effectively plus catchy things like Cover Flow and Genius force us to keep our music collections on either our iPads, iPhone’s or the elusive iPod Touch.

So today I will be introducing to you a very innovative kind of an application that will allow you to listen to your favorite music on your iOS device. AirPhones is basically a cross platform application that allows users to stream audio directly from their computer to an iDevice that is iPhone or iPod Touch. All you need to have is to create a server on Mac, Linux or Windows, a wireless network and AirPhones mobile app installed on your iDevice.

How to Get Started with AirPhones?

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First of all you have to launch AirPhones on your PC to initiate the server sequence, you can place AirPhones icon either on your desktop or system tray. You can also auto launch or quick launch AirPhones app from system tray, in this way you will be aware of the fact that whether server is running or not. The icon turns automatically blue when it is functional and grey when its offline.

Once you are sure that server is up and running, then launch the AirPhones iOS app. The app is available in both the paid and Lite versions. Now when the app is through on a WiFi network a prompt will be generated automatically on your PC that AirPhones iOS app is trying to connect to your PC, Click OK and the procedure will continue.

Doing this will automatically start streaming the audio contents on your PC to the corresponding iDevice that is iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

The application works perfectly fine on all the Windows versions (XP, Vista and Windows 7) and Linux or Mac. You can download both the desktop version and iOS app of AirPhones from their official website.

Photobucket’s Snapbucket App for iOS and Android Launched

Photobucket, a place which offers its users to store, create and share photos and videos on their website, has launched today a new mobile app called the Snapbucket. The Snapbucket app for iOS and Android allows you take a picture, edit them with some cool effects available, and share it with everyone on your social network almost instantly.

Snapbucket App for iOS and Android

CEO Tom Munro of Photobucket says;

We are seeing explosive growth in mobile and at the same time we are adding a million new users a month on our web site. With our integrated platform, Photobucket is uniquely positioned to bring together the simplicity and spontaneity of mobile and the creativity and permanence of the Web

Snapbucket App

Snapbucket Features

  • Choose from individual filters, effects, vignettes, and frames
  • Create your own unique filter sets
  • Over 9500 combinations of sets available
  • Unlock new effects the more you use Snapbucket
  • Share pictures instantly with friends to Photobucket, Facebook or Twitter

Watch the video after the break to find out more about this little application made for both iOS and Android photographers. It has got some really nice effects, plus you can also create your own effects.

The Snapbucket photo editing app is available for free in both iOS and Android versions

What do you think of this amazing image editing app? Tell us about the apps that you use to edit photos on your device.

Squrl: Bookmark and Collect Videos for Later Viewing on your iOS device

Squrl is a new and an innovative web and mobile app that allow users to take video sharing and watching experience to a totally new level. Just like Read it Later and Instapaper, the app is a bookmarking service but specifically designed for videos. More precisely, Squrl is a social networking based bookmarking service that can be used on a computer or on an iOS device. The app is compatible for all iOS devices including iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.

Squrl can be used on a computer to save videos to view them later or preferably on your iPad or iPhone so that you can view those saved videos sitting on your couch. Good thing is that both the web app and iOS app have similar features and the user-interface is also somewhat same.

How to Use Squrl for iOS App?

Signup1 Squrl

Once you are done downloading the app from Apple’s App store, you will be prompted automatically to create an account or sign-in with your Facebook account. You can also create an account directly from Squrl’s official website. If you opt for tagging your Twitter or Facebook account with the Squrl then sharing of videos you will collect will become a considerably hassle free task.

Good thing is that not only you can share single videos rather you can share your entire collection on a social network or with your Squrl followers. But on the downside, when you opt for sharing a video or a collection on your social networking accounts then you can’t control contents of Facebook or Twitter posts.

Squrl Twitter signup

On iPad or iPhone, the Squrl app is divided into three main tabs namely Discover, My Videos and Community. Under the Discover category, you can search for videos offered by various internet services like TED, YouTube, ESPN and Hulu. Clicking on any of the video service will take you to its homepage from where you can search for videos and save them.

Squrl Video services

My Videos category gives access to your own created galleries, video queue and all the recent activity. Once you done searching for a video, you have two options to go about it, either add it to Queue so that you can watch them later when you open the app again or you can either create a gallery that you can share later on with your Squrl followers.

Squrl Community

The Squrl app for iOS also has a social networking tab called as Community, you can not only share videos with your Facebook and Twitter friends rather you can share your videos on Squrl built-in social networking. You can see the latest videos that other users have “Squrled” or shared on the network.

The feature that you will definitely miss on Squrl app is the offline video viewing capability, but overall it is an amazing app that have introduced a new concept in video watching on iOS devices. Squrl for iOS can be downloaded from Apple App store.