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2014 Rings in. Best Apps to help you keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year to all!

It’s 2014 in India and many other places on the “other side” of the International Date Line.

As the New Day and New Year dawn around the world, it’s time for all desk-bound keyboard-toilers (including me!), to draw up our list of resolutions that will make 2014 our best year ever.

I know, I know… we’re terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Shocker! For years in a row, only a few resolutions on the entire list barely last for more than a week. Let’s embrace technology to hold our resolutions together longer. Here are some quick-hit resolutions and cool apps that we can check off in 2014:

Keep the Weight Off

Eat wise, drop a size. All diet plans, nutritionist’s advice boil down to the same weigh-loss-new-year-resolutionsthing: Eat right and exercise well. Meet only your real calorific needs. Check your calories intake and burn out rate. So here are a couple of the obligatory weight loss apps of the bunch – Lose It! from FitNow (free for iOS and Android; for more granularity, “premium” extras available for $40/year), Eat This, Not That! (free app) and Calorie Counter  from MyNetDiary ($3.99).

# Get Organized 

There ought to be a place for everything, and everything in its place since it saves you ideas and time to boost your productivity. Try out these apps for get-organized-apps-evernoteorganizing your day-to-day life better – Evernote (an easy-to-use, free app that allows you to take notes, save photos, make to-do lists, record voice reminders – everything on the go; available on iOSAndroidBlackberry). Another app is Things. Available on the Mac App store, Things is an easy-to-use task manager that segments your projects into different milestones, lets you schedule the tasks and puts forth the checklist of the top priority tasks. Things syncs across all your Apple devices and helps you become more efficient as you keep accomplish your goals that come more naturally – one to-do at a time.

Scale Greater Career Heights

Your job sucks. So does your boss. Fret not! 2014 might be a turning point in career-job-hunt-appsyour career. Here’s the savior app – Job Search by Indeed. This is a free app available on iOS and Android. As a highest rated tool on Apple’s and Google’s app stores, Job Search helps you scour through its 15 millions+ job database, and helps you meet potential employers in just a few taps on your smartphone screen. You can sort the jobs by relevance or date, GPS-related location, etc. You can also personalize your account to display only the jobs from your preferred employers or companies.

# Manage your Finances

Get your personal finances in order. Mint’s the best app, hands down! Available Finance appsfor free on iOS and Android, Mint is an award-winning finance app with rave reviews on the App stores. Considered as the finest budgeting app, Mint allows you to budget, monitor and manage your money from a single interface. You can open an account and link it to your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts. This app will then auto-categorize transactions) and then auto-collate all information in easy-to-digest graphical representations. It’s indeed a safe and reliable tool to keep your personal finances organized.

I know sticking to these goals can be hard to accomplish but hopefully your iOS, Android or tablet will empower you this year to keep these New Year resolutions. With this information handy, it’s time to mentally gird yourself to keep the New Year Resolutions in 2014.  I’d love to hear your New Year resolutions in the comments box below.

I wish you all a blissful year ahead.

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Google Beware! Here comes Siri…..

Apple’s voice assistant Siri, an exclusive feature of iPhone 4

It’s not Apple’s first foray into the voice-activated controls and speech-recognition realm, yet the best attempt so far. It seems so.

For those of you who are clueless about Siri, it’s time to get introduced to speech-recognition “personal assistant” , inbuilt in Apple iPhone 4S smartphones, unveiled last month. Don’t get mistaken for Siri isn’t an app. So, you can’t download it in a click from any App store. Nor is it any icon on the menu which you can tap on your iPhone.

Siri: All set to steal Internet searchers from Google

Siri is a speech-recognition computer software. It’s your new friend right in your pocket, who can speak to you or who you can speak to. It has already succeeded in capturing the eyeballs of tech watchers.

But why does Google need to be alert? Can Siri eat into Google like a Moth? Or is the media simply yammering about this young virtual assistant at full blow? Is Siri free of all backlashes?

Well, just like everything Siri too isn’t perfect but can be a great game changer. At least, for Google, that considers Siri as a completely novel approach to search technology and even the biggest threat to Google search control.

What cements this suspicion? The usage of Siri has been 10 times more than what even Apple had expected.

Siri, a voice-controlled virtual personal assistant, based on artificial intelligence.

One of the experts, Morgenthaler, is of the opinion that even one right answer from Siri holds more significance than a million search links from Google. And, if it starts getting more and more used to bypass search then Google can be in deep trouble.

Siri sets Google blindsided

With its beta version out, Siri tech titans are already busy supplementing its artificial-intelligence knowledge base with varied streams of user data. Siri is on a roll, guys!

Some have even gone to the extent of pitching their anticipation that Siri will successfully ape human beings in performing tasks in another couple of years. The real twist of the game would be if the Big Daddy Apple opens its API to third-party developers.

The new speech engine, Siri, certainly has a clear technological edge.

If this happens, I repeat if this happens, Android is most likely to suddenly disappear from the race. Why? The answer is obvious. In dearth of apt response to artificial intelligence competence, Google can bite the dust since mass developer mobilization to Apple can be witnessed as this brain child of Sir Steve Jobs focuses on developing some ‘out-of-the-box’, cool apps.

Apple vs. Google..Who will win?

You don’t need to speak like a robot as you do on Google since Siri permits  natural language interaction and applies logic. And, the users get the treat of human-like experiences and engagement level. Not only does it provide you with a blue link, but also navigates you to transactions, which you need to confirm. And, it’s done! It, therefore, saves your lot of time and effort.

It’s the future of search.

Hey all you techie friends, do let me know your insights on this.

Where to Find Best Android Games?

“Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt. Nothing’s so hard but search will find it out.”~Robert Herrick

Do you own a mobile device that has one of the best mobile platforms, Android? Yes? Wowwww!! Great performance, exciting applications! The world of Android games is really big. Now, finding the hot new games that suit your taste can be intimidating.

Smart devices, best to suit your needs

How do you end up installing a thrilling game on your mobile and not wallpaper? Don’t worry as I’m there at your service to help you out in your hunting spree for the finest Android games.

It’s already started folks! Amazon has recently launched Android AppStore. It’s indeed a repository of some exciting features and high-end games. You can browse through its huge database of games, read the user reviews of the games that interest you and download them accordingly. Once of such hot new games is Angry Birds. You can easily get its ad-free version in Android market. When you check out Android market, you get to view the list of ‘Featured’, ‘Top paid’ and ‘Top Free’ games. You can use the safe payment gateway of Amazon if you wish to try out a paid game, available in the store.

Android games, amazingly fun to play & innovative

The search for best Android games was never so easy before! If you’ve a Tegra-powered device, there you go. Get the best of the games that have been developed so as to tap the true potential of your mobile processor. TegraZone app is in fact a must-have Android app to own if you want to try out some titillating Android games like Fruit Ninja THD, First Wave, Monster Madness etc. Give yourself the treat with the eye-catching graphics of these games and effortless gameplay. You can go ahead with the payments for the game of your choice with your Google Checkout account.

Yet another destination, where you can find the world’s top Android games is Pocket Gamer. Also if you’re on a look out for the hottest new games in pipeline ready for your Android mobile phone, Pocket Gamer is indeed a good choice. Bummer right? You get all information about the game you like, from release to its user reviews here.

Android games offering smart & interactive gaming experience

Now, let’s talk about another source that is AppBrain. What distinguishes it from the rest? Well, it offers you a web-based application that helps you in downloading the best Android games in just a click of mouse. How? Use your AppBrain account and link it to the hot, new game using its ‘Fast Web Installer.’

Hope we could highlight you on the destinations to find best Android games to some extent. Look forward to hear from you in case you know some better locations to find Android games. Until then, have a delightful mobile gaming experience!

Keep playing, keep enjoying!

Interactive Social Mobile Gaming: The New Revenue Model to Capture Mass Market

What a year 2010 was! It can rightly be commemorated as the year that witnessed a tectonic shift from the landscape of video gaming  to social mobile gaming. The rapid and continued growth of iOS, Android, GPS and 3G-enabled mobile devices has not only enticed huge multitudes of existing game players active on varied social networking platforms, but also seeded a new set of audiences, which is a potential mass market of casual mobile game players.

Smartphones: Transformed the way we use communication technology

Live & interactive social mobile gaming has received an over whelming response from the consumers, and surfaced as a new revenue model that is being leveraged by some of the key players in the market today. This new revenue model entailing offerings of domestic and foreign players and giving them the ease of playing against each other, communicating, viewing and saving the scores has a direct impact on the ongoing developments in the industry and future expansion plans.

Even Big Daddies like Google and Yahoo have already taken a plunge into this field. Google has even bought the mobile social game developer SocialDeck. Its games like Shake & Spell, Color Connect and Pet Hero were downloaded close to a million times in 2009.

Two of the key reasons that account for the boom of live & interactive social mobile gaming is that it has smaller entry barriers and that the advanced mobile devices launched in the market have faster processors that trigger quicker response time, three-dimensional graphics and sophisticated sound capabilities. One of the surveys conducted by The Multimedia Research Consultancy’s (TMRC) on mobile social gaming unravels the fact that iPhone is a leader in the league of players in the mobile games industry, being followed by Android mobile devices.

Mobile gaming: a multi-billion dollar industry

The geographic footprint of iPhones and Android mobile devices unleashes the fact that the largest segment of users that plays mobile social games hails from developed economies like North America and Europe. The percentage of users from Asia is gaining momentum steadily.

Having talked about the current boom of live & interactive social mobile gaming, it’s time to contemplate about its future prospects. Cross-platform play is most probably there in the future, where interactive and compatible social mobile games would be devised for multiple mobile devices. For example, Zynga has already developed games like Mafia Wars using HTML 5 for varied mobile devices. Many more such examples are likely to pop up in the future.

From nothing to becoming one of the most prominent market segments, social mobile gaming has offered the users with a plethora of gaming options; however, it’s on the verge of facing a potential threat in the form of downloading the pirated content. One of the surveys conducted by a reputed magazine has brought forth some shocking information such as number of users playing interactive social mobile games in last one year getting quadrupled with number of downloads of new games staying constant. And that around 40% of the mobile games played are the ones that are pre-loaded in the mobile devices at the time of purchase.

Though some prime players have come up with some solutions to combat this threat; one of them being putting into action a

Social mobile gaming: Multilevel, multiplayer games now a rage

subscription system. However, the limitation to deploy such a solution is that the mobile games need to be evolved to a greater degree for capturing more and more audiences implying more development needs and more developers and hence, augmented development costs.

The whole league of social mobile game producers is busy hunting for ways to put a halt to these illegitimate downloading practices. Let’s see when they find success in accomplishing this objective.

Having spoken about the threat, we cannot evade from our prediction that interactive social mobile gaming is here to stay as there is not even the slightest of doubts that number of mobile users would rise with time worldwide and so there would be seen a proportionate increase in the number of mobile game players. This in turn would lure the mobile game developers for huge revenues on their investments thereby give rise to the number of social mobile game developing companies, globally.

So, it’s time to watch out for some more interactive social mobile games coming our way!

Mobile Gaming in 2011: What is it like?

“The further you get into technology, the further you go into gaming. That’s the general rule.”~Nick Johnson

Mobile games are the most downloaded app category across most application stores.

Only technology can cure technology addiction. Tablet use explosion and the smartphone Arena witnessing War of the Giants have overhauled the entire mobile device ecosystem. Every player in this domain is hunting for that “out-of-the-box approach” that may give it the power to control this game. And all this is built on the foundation of the fact that  we, the consumers, are addicted to gadgets, better to call them ‘entertainment devices.’

According to a research conducted by Ipsos/OTX on mobile consumers, consumers across the globe have developed intimate relationships with their mobile phones. Our mobile devices are now our new lovers!

Web surfing, social networking, mobile gaming & what not! Trust me on this one—social mobile gaming creates impulsive consumption. Who can miss out an opportunity to sit in his friend circle and play ‘Final Fantasy?’ The mobile web is mushroomed with thrilling games today.

Last year was indeed a fantastic one. Transition from the video gaming to social mobile gaming took us all by surprise, and was driven

Smartphones, new addiction for the current generation

by consumer behavior. Factors like users’ craving for multiplayer and social features, word-of-mouth being the key driver for game downloads etc. have anchored the feet of mobile gaming firmly in the market. All credit to the launch of latest Smartphones (iOS & Android), iPhones, GPS and other 3G-enabled mobile devices by companies like Sony, Nokia, Microsoft, Apple etc!

Now let us take a tour of how mobile gaming has fared in 2011 so far. The report Dataquest Insight: The Outlook for Mobile Gaming’ predicted that the mobile gaming market global revenues might hit $6.3 billion in 2011. As mobile gaming offers good value for money, no wonders there has been witnessed an exponential increase in social mobile gaming in the current year. Today, smartphone users spend over 30% more on media and entertainment content as compared to their peers.

As you all know Asia/Pacific is the biggest market for mobile gaming by virtue of greater mobile devices penetration rate, the revenues are likely to be $3.4 billion in next three years. And, the revenues are likely to be $862 million by the end of the current year. Similarly, the revenues are forecasted to hit the mark of $1.2 billion. As you and we participate to increase the mobile user base, the mobile business is expected to hit a CAGR of approximately 74% in next three years.

You must be viewing 3G mobile service advertisements on the television these days. Well, these services are expected to steer the growth of mobile gaming in the business. Next after the PC games would be these 3G services. As a result, there might be a dramatic increase in the number of 3G mobile handset sales, which can cross the mark of 16 million in 2011.

Well, let’s hope that the mobile gaming industry continues to boom and give us all the ultimate fun of playing exciting games on our mobiles!