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Remember the names of people you meet at meetings with Cardign app for iPhone

The Cardign app is shown in this screenshot.

The Cardign app is shown in this screenshot.

We all know the feeling:

You’re at a party introduced to someone who looks incredibly familiar. You swear you’ve met them before, but you’re not sure what their name is, or how you know them.

Cardign is an app that aims to help you connect the people you meet to the places you met them and the connections you made.

The iPhone app works by building a database of the people you come across – from photos to social networking connections..

On principal, people who get the app add themselves to the database.

If you get the app, all you need to do is take three different pictures of yourself in three main poses. Then, the app figures out a database of users.

Should you see someone you recognize at a networking event, a board meeting a shmoozefest, take their picture using the app.

When the app recognizes them, you’ll get their contact information, like Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn, via the app. If they’re not already in the system, you can add them and the relevant details. What’s helpful is that you can also add the details about when and where you me that person.

Regardless of whether you recognize the bigshot or the low-level network, there’s a way to make a link no matter how bad your memory is.

As featured on Season 3 Episode 29 of App Central.

Musician poses as girl, offers a date to recover stolen iPhone

A screenshot from Nadav's OKCupid conversation. Photo via his website.

A screenshot from Nadav’s OKCupid conversation. Photo via his website.

A musician in New York City is reunited with his stolen Apple iPhone after using a dating app and posing as a girl looking for a hot date.

Nadav Nirenberg is a Jazz trombonist who lost his phone in the backseat of a cab on New Year’s Eve, while enroute to a gig.

Then the next morning, he found out that the thief was using a dating app – OKCupid – to send messages to potential dates.

At the same time, Nadav had been sending several emails and voicemails (because nobody answered) offering a “large reward” for the phone’s return.

Nadav also points out that it seems as though the thief never hacked into his Facebook account, nor did he crack through his own private email. The only activity the bad guy performed was message girls on OKCupid.

So the 27-year-old musician had an idea of his own to get the phone back by exploiting the thief’s weakness – girls.

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What makes Apple’s 40 billion app downloads special?

Apple tossed out a big number yesterday, boasting about how many apps it has sold. But is that number really significant? No, not really. There was another number that was even more meaningful – the number of apps downloaded just last year.

But just to review the basics:

Apple says they’ve had more than 40 billion app downloads from the App Store.

The thing is, however, is that half of all those downloads – 20 billion – were in 2012 alone.

The App Store has been around for a few years already, so for Apple to say they’ve had half of all those downloads in the past 12 months alone is like saying Justin Bieber got half of all his fans in the last year. He’s not quite an overnight success.

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How to get more apps in Windows 8 by changing the location

While Microsoft is pumping a lot of money into Windows 8 app development, not all are accessible to Canadians.

It seems many app developers, when selecting the region or their apps, pick the United States instead of the rest of the world…or even North America.

So if you’re in Canada, great magazine apps like Zinio are ruled out. But there is a trick to beat the system that Microsoft hasn’t figured out.

All you need to do is change your region from Canada to the United States.

Here’s how:

  1. Swipe in from the right side and select the search button
  2. Select ‘Settings’ right underneath the search box
  3. Type in ‘location’ and then hit enter to search
  4. Select ‘Change location’ from the search results
  5. Select United States from the drop-down menu and then hit OK

And you’re done!

Note: You might need to close and re-start the Store app before the changes are reflected.

 

Police warn Apple Maps glitch could be ‘life threatening’

Photo: Drivers hoping to arrive at the purple pin instead wind up in a national park, marked with the red pin, using the Apple Maps app.

We’ve heard of widespread consumer complaints after Apple replaced the default Goolge-powered maps app with an app of its own in iOS 6.

Police in one part of the world, however, are now warning against the use of Apple Maps, saying it could put people in “potentially life threatening” situations.

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Enjoy YouTube on the big screen, easily from your small screen phone

If you like watching YouTube videos on a TV or large computer screen, but don’t want to always get up near the computer to change the clip – use the YouTube Remote app.

The app lets you use your Android smartphone or tablet as a clever remote to control the YouTube content on a computer or Google TV player that’s farther away than you are. You’re on your couch, right?

Start by pairing the mobile device with the computer on which you want to play the video on. Then, start searching for content using the remote control app.

You can not only search for clips, but find recommended content and related playlists as you go.

The app also offers a bit of a second-screen experience, so you can look up a video topic’s Wikipedia page or a show’s IMDB profile as you watch.

Songza: An amazing, free music streaming app for iPhone and Android

It’s Friday night, what kind of music would you like to listen to?

Songza will not only provide suggestions, but you’ll get a solid streaming music offering for free.

The app – which works on iOS (iPhone), Android and normal computers (via the website) – provides a fantastic music streaming experience.

Select your mood and desired playlist, while the app plays a steady stream of chart-topping tracks.

From Indie to Rock, from floor-filling EDM anthems to R & B, Songza is the music app that never disappoints.

Don’t like a song? Tap the thumbs down icon and it’ll skip to the next. Like a track and it’ll play more of the same kind.

Sound quality is great – which is probably another reason why this app is my pick of the week. It especially works well on your iPad.

**Mentioned on Episode 23 Season 3 of App Central

Facebook asking employees to switch from iPhone to Android

Photo: TechCrunch

Most employees are happy if they could switch to using an Apple iPhone instead of a BlackBerry. Facebook, however, is taking a step further by asking its workers to switch to Android.

As it is right now, many corporations are switching from employee-hated BlackBerry phones to iPhones. Employees, managers and IT departments have realized that the iPhone will get the job done, even if there’s no clicky QWERTY keypad to thumb away at.

But it seems Facebook is a step ahead as it tries to get Android phones in the hands of its employees.

PowerAmp ramps up your Android music experience

The built-in music players available from Android phones are quite hit-and-miss. Some are simple no-frills players. Others have so many cumbersome add-ons you can’t really enjoy your music. PowerAmp lets you listen to your tunes the way you want.

The paid Android app features a 10-band equalizer you can tweak the music to sound as good as you like. Users may customize the equalizer or pick from one of 16 presets.

You can even set different presets for different attachments. So settings could be tweaked to be different whether you’re listening to music with the speaker or with headphones.

If you listen to long mixes, PowerAmp can handle CUE files with seamless song breaks. It also supports FLAC for high-quality lossless audio.

As with all Android apps, you can set up widgets for easy access to play, pause or forward/rewind from the home screen.

PowerAmp ramps up your Android music experience

The built-in music players available from Android phones are quite hit-and-miss. Some are simple no-frills players. Others have so many cumbersome add-ons you can’t really enjoy your music. PowerAmp lets you listen to your tunes the way you want.

The paid Android app features a 10-band equalizer you can tweak the music to sound as good as you like. Users may customize the equalizer or pick from one of 16 presets.

You can even set different presets for different attachments. So settings could be tweaked to be different whether you’re listening to music with the speaker or with headphones.

If you listen to long mixes, PowerAmp can handle CUE files with seamless song breaks. It also supports FLAC for high-quality lossless audio.

As with all Android apps, you can set up widgets for easy access to play, pause or forward/rewind from the home screen.

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