If you’re a Celcom postpaid customer using an iPhone, the official MyCelcom app is finally here. Last month, the blue telco had released its Android version for the general public and now it’s also available on the iOS.
When it comes to eco-friendly driving, let’s get real, it’s boring and is as much fun as watching a bean sprout. But we all know that economical driving is good for our pockets and good for the environment. So what can we do to encourage ourselves to drive more economically?
A novel iPhone app might have the answer.
“A Glass of Water” is an application that encourages economical driving by placing a virtual glass of water on the dash of your car. The app behaves exactly like a real glass of water. The challenge is to drive smoothly so that there’s minimum spillage. The logic is, the less you spill the more economical your driving.
The app integrates with Google maps and records your driving distance, time, fuel consumption and amount of water spilled. The data is automatically uploaded to a dedicated website and can be analysed later to allow you to improve your driving further. You can also trace your driving route and identify locations where you can drive more economically.You can also compare your driving with other participants. There’s also an option to share your results and achievements on Facebook.
Overall, it’s a pretty nifty app that we enjoy using. Too bad that it’s only available for the iPhone at the moment. Hit up the source link for details.
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.
Sega and Capcom are putting some of its evergreen titles on sale in a bid to help with the Japanese relief effort after natural disasters cripled the country. Purchase any Sonic the Hedgehog title including Sonic Spinball ($0.99), Sonic the Hedgehog ($1.99), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($2.99), and Sonic the Hedgehog 4th Episode 1 ($3.99) from now till March 20 and all proceeds will go to Red Cross’ Disaster Relief in Japan.
On the same note, Capcom has reduced the price of its Street Fighter IV app to $0.99. All the revenues from the game downloaded from now until March 22 will be given to charity in Japan.
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.
We’ll be the first to admit it, locally developed apps are rarely featured on our site and there’s a good reason for that. For one thing, there’s really no much to choose from and then there’s the quality thing. We’re not one to talk down on the many local developers out there but most (we’re not saying all) locally developed apps are not up to par with the many other offerings in Apple’s App Store. Well that’s until we were introduced to this — the Rate of Reaction app.
The Rate of Reaction app makes a decent peck at the casual-gaming/time-wasting app category and does what it says on the box. That is to help you kill some idle time.
There are 30 mini-games in the app with three difficulty levels, all of which attempts to put your reactions to the test. There’s more than enough mini-games in the app to keep you occupied for a while while waiting for…whatever it is that you’re waiting for.
The developer says that its a fair alternative to Angry Birds and Cut the rope, and while some may not agree with this, Rate of Reaction has quickly become one to the select default time-killer app of choice for us here at SoyaCincau.com.
The app retails for US$0.99 (about RM3.00 in today’s money), there’s a free lite version as well so you can try before you buy.
Link to the app here. Let us know what you think.
When the Steve Jobs decided that his latest iPhone needed to have a forward-facing camera to keep up with the times, he didn’t imagined that someone would create an app to turn the device into a 3D scanner.
Trimensional app is a overly simplified 3D scanner that allows you to capture fairly accurate 3D models of faces and things using the iPhone 4’s front camera.
The app uses the screen on the iPhone 4 to light up the subject being scanned and then capturing light patterns reflected back by the subject with the iPhone 4’s front camera to build a true 3D model. Trimensional.
Take a look at the video after the jump for a demo of how the app works. The resulting 3D image is not bad considering the iPhone 4 was never intended to be a 3D scanner by anyone’s account.
The 360 Panaroma is a photography app that lets you take 360-degree panoramic shots of your surroundings and it is so darn tooting easy to use. The app take pictures of your surroundings and arrange them in tiles, all you have to do is align the phone so the tiles line up nicely to create a 360-degree view of where you are.
The app has just issued an update that takes advantage of the 3-axis gyroscope in the iPhone 4 that allow users to view the panoramic pictures simply by moving the iPhone 4 around. It provides for a very immersive picture viewing experience that will definitely impress your friends.
The app is on offer in iTunes now for US$0.99 — 66% off original price. For your RM3, you get to a dead easy to use panorama app that can churn out 360-degree view pictures in under 20 seconds (with a little bit of practice of course), you can upload and share the pictures via email or Twitter or save them directly to your iPhone camera roll.
Right now 360 Panorama is for the iPhone only and because of the processing power required, you’ll need an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to use it.
Got a way cool app that you use (be it iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, Symbian or whatever) , share it with us. We’d love to post it up.