DiGi is inviting app developers and designers to participate in its HACK!@DGCFC Hackathon.The event is a brutal, 36-hour non-stop app creation marathon to see who is among the best code crackheads in Malaysia.
An initiative under the Application Development phase of DiGi’s ongoing Challenge for Change programme, the HACK!@DGCFC event is happening this weekend (5 to 7 April) from 4.30om onwards at DiGi’s headquarters in Shah Alam.
Educational talks and dev clinics will also be held in conjunction with the event. So even if you’re not in it to win it, you can still drop by for some quality brain feed as well. Some of the talks and clinics that will be featured at the event:
Head on over to after the jump for the official press release. Full details here.
Guess what, you can now add Nokia’s Here onto the list of alternative map/navigation applications for your iOS device.
Available for free on iTunes, Here brings Nokia’s mapping and navigation expertise to iOS and if you’re not a fan of Apple’s Maps, Here is a worthwhile replacement. Though, we have to say that we haven’t gotten a chance to fully test out the application yet but from what we’ve experience so far, Here is pretty decent.
The transitions and animation are not as fancy as Maps and you don’t get 3D view but Here makes up for it with greater ease of use, a public transport layer and offline viewing feature which allows you to save portions of the map onto your device for viewing without using a data connection. There is however a 10MB limit. So the bigger the map area you save, the less details you get.
You can download Nokia Here from iTunes, err…here.
Let us know what you think of the app.
This is not a new app but it’s something that we’ve just recently discovered and one that we thought is useful, awesome and amazing enough for us share it with you.
AirDroid is a simple to setup and easy to use application that allows you to manage your Android device wirelessly from the web browser on your computer. The app is a really great way to access stuff on your Android device. You can manage files and documents on your device’s micro SD card, you can drag and drop files to and from the device, and even access your contacts, call logs, emails, and a whole host of other things too. You can also text using the app as well as download and install apps on your device all wirelessly from the web browser of your choice on your computer.
The interface is pleasant and you don’t need to root your device to access most of the cool features of AirDroid. You don’t even have to install anything on your PC either. Just key in passcode or scan a QR code and you’re done.
This is something we really recommend you try out. Download the free app from Google Play here or just scan the QR code below.
Mobile data caps are a necessary evil. If network operators don’t impose caps, their networks will crash from the massive data load. When they do impose caps, subscribers cry foul. But that is the way it has to be, mobile networks can’t cope with data demand if operators continue offering buffet all-you-can-use data plans. We’ll just have to make do and make the most out of it.
Here’s a nifty app that helps you make the most out of your piddly mobile data caps.
The makers of Onavo claims that you can double or even triple your data usage when you use the app. Onavo routes and compresses pages that you want to access through cloud-based servers so that you use less data when downloading pages — by up to 80% says the developers.
Although Onavo would be great for daily for those on small data plans, the app is most useful when you’re roaming. As data roaming is typically charged on a pay-per-use plan, with Onavo, you would theoretically be using less data to use the same amount of internet.
It is a novel idea but it’s not without its downsides. Most obvious of which is privacy, while on Onavo, all your data traffic is routed through their servers, this means the people at Onavo can technically see what you’re surfing and read the emails that you’re sending. So if you’re doing some really P&C stuff, Onavo might not be for you.
Another downside is that Onavo doesn’t compress videos and it only works for data donwloads, not uploads. Also, because of the routing, some sites might take longer to load.
The app is available for free from the App Store and it supports iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 or later. iPod touch and iPhone 3G users are out of luck at the moment. iTunes link here.
Update: By official we mean out of beta and into version 1.1. Apologies for any confusion.
BlackBerry users take note, BlackBerry has just release the official Twitter app for BlackBerry.
The official Twitter app for BlackBerry offers pretty much the same functionality as official Twitter apps on other smart phones, including:
We’re not sure if there’s multiple account support. If you’re on a BlackBerry and have tried the app, please let us know your thoughts and if there is multiple account support.
Get the official Twitter app for BlackBerry here.
Pah! is a iOS game with a novel idea. Instead of using your finger to control whatever it is that needs controlling in the game, you use your voice and nothing but your voice.
It’s not so much that the gameplay is that good — all you do is control a spaceship up and and down and shoot asteroids, and that’s it — but it’s definitely fun to watch when other people are playing the game (case in point, the video up top).
If using your voice to control games is kind of your thing then Pah! is right up your alley. US$0.99 iTunes Link. Enjoy!
For the longest time the Google Mobile app has been a bit of a hit and miss affair when it come to giving the fullest Google experience on the iPhone. We don’t know about you but the Google app for iPhone has always left us wanting more. We like the voice search function and the built-in browser but we don’t like that the browser will shutdown when you switch apps and honestly we’d save the hassle and just use Google right on Mobile Safari instead.
Well things are decidedly different now as Google has just released a major update for its iPhone app so much so that Google has even changed the name of the app. From Google Mobile App, it’s now simply called the Google Search app but don’t let the name confuse you, there is so much more you can do than just search with the new app.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the home screen is now completely different with a big Google logo and a search box. From the homepage you can easily sign into your Google account as well. On top of that, Google use swipe gestures to give you fast access to various features like apps and results filters. Its a pretty nice user experience overall.
One of our biggest gripe with the old Google iPhone app was when you switch app midway into your search. When you go back to the old Google app, you have to start your search all over again. The new Google Search app makes picking up where you left off much more convenient by simply tapping on the lower part of the page.
That’s just the skin of it. The new Google Search app for iPhone brings a lot more functionality than the old app which naturally, makes it more useful. It’s definitely something we recommend iPhone users out there try out.
In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for a short intro video of the new Google Search app for iPhone.
The frequent travelers will know this very well. You’ve landed in a country where the natives don’t speak your language and you don’t speak theirs. So what is a traveler to do? In the good old days, we’ve resorted to sign language, sometimes a mini game of charades and even win, lose or draw in the streets. Well with this new app from Google, you will never again be the laughing stock of the locals.
Google Translate is a very useful app that provides simple and quick translation for more languages than you’ll ever need.
There’s a nifty speak to translate feature where you just say the word you want to translate and the app will do the rest. After you’ve translated the word, you can have the app say the word or sentence for you as well. Currently Google Translator understands 15 languages and speaks 23.
Google Translate also includes the ability to view dictionary results for single words, star or mark regularly used translations for quick reference as well as go through your translation history. The app also supports romanized text like Pinyin and Romaji.
As far a cool apps go, this one is pretty high up on our list.
Zilla is a vehicle telemetry app that gives you data on acceleration, braking and cornering G forces, speed and air temp, just to name a few, right from your iPhone. There’s even a graphical weight transfer data that shows information in real time. Other than that, you can customise the layout in which the data is presented.
The thing that makes Zilla so cool is that the graphics look just like the ones you see on the Nissan GT-R. Zilla retails for US$3.99 (about RM12), way, way cheaper than saving up for a real GT-R, don’t you think?
Video demo of the Zilla app right after the jump.
If you’re a car junkie that’s also a geek then chances are you will know the upright walking wonder robot made by Honda — ASIMO.
Over the years, the ASIMO robot have won our hearts over with its cutesy walking style and boy-like demeanor and now it’s winning over the memory space of our iPhones as well.
Under the skin of this fancy app lies a basic pedometer function where the more steps you take the more items in the app you will be able to unlock. With every 100 steps, the ASIMO robot will evolve from it’s humble beginnings in 1986 to its latest iteration that you see today. For every level you unlock you get to watch a development video of various versions bipedal robot that Honda has developed.
Once you’ve unlocked ASIMO, you can race your ASIMO around the 5.8km Suzuka circuit. You can also compare your lap time with other players worldwide as well as share your results on Twitter and Facebook. It’s an interesting app go try it out, hit the iTunes link to download.
Oh and an Android version is coming soon.