Glide Video Texting App

Glide Video Texting App

glideappThis Free Glide Video Texting App looks really cool.

With Glide you are able to send video messages that are saved in the cloud to watch later or you can use the video to have real time chat.  With just one person or even in a group.

To me, right now glide does sound just awesome.

They just did one thing to let me down.

Log in with Facebook

The only down side for me is that you have to (at the moment) log in via Facebook.  However don’t freak out, they are working on some other sign up options.  In one way signing up with Facebook does give the app some security.  As obviously its only people you call  your friends that can send you Glides.  However with a stand alone app you could have it so that only people you allow can send you video messages, maybe even with a code like BBM.

Another thing I’m concerned with using Facebook or Twitter to sign in are the extra messages you will get, and I have seen reports of spam which can only be the reason for this – please no private messages or dm’s for people to sign up? Please let me know if you have received spam? I’d like to know why.

It seems the spam problem is thank fully sorted out.


Glide Video Texting

We all know by now that video is the way to go – look at how popular Vine is and Instagram videos (not including YouTube here as its not really instant sharing)  and with live chat people love skype, Google hangouts and Face-time.  Glide seems to be all of those things put together.

Glide Instant video messages

With Smart Phones now you can have any virtually any social media or network or messaging app at your finger tips – this is why texting is so last year and people love to see you, to see what you are doing, its more personal more attainable and the Glide Video Texting App is instant.   Messages with Glide are immediately broadcast as it is recording, so that if the person is available they will see it right away, they don’t have to be there they can look at it later if they want.  What I like about it is that its not two way as such, and if you are in a hurry and just want to send a quick message you don’t get delayed by questions, HA – people can they answer you with another video but you can watch it later.  You can even invite several people to watch, those that are around will see right away, others will be notified they have a Video message.

I want to wait until they have another way of logging in before I get my Glide Video Texting app set up, but I may give in to peer pressure before that time – its all ready and waiting on my iPhone so I hope they hurry!

I think this video from Glide will explain it more clearly.

So what is Glide, exactly?

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Have you tried Glide?  What do you think?


Pocket App

Pocket App – The essential application to read it later

Pocket is a new and improved free version of Read it Later from 2007 by Idea Shower.

Nate Weiner, founder and CEO of Pocket said that they have made all of Idea Showers applications free and he explains why the Pocket App on his blog here. Why Read It Later/Pocket Went Free

Pocket App LogoSo, what is Pocket

Nate said in his post that its hard for people to pay for something they don’t understand or see the value in.

The Value for me, is that Pocket is a time saver, and stops me procrastinating which is so easy to do when you are working online.

Pocket is a mobile and computer application that enables you to save articles, videos or web pages to view later.  If you are like me, you are always stumbling across articles that you don’t have time to read right now.   This handy app not only saves these pages for you but also syncs it with your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anywhere, even without an internet connection so you can catch up anywhere and anytime. Perfect!

Pocket App

 Where can you have The Pocket App.

  • On your Computer

There are Pocket extensions for Firefox and Chrome which enable you to save items with just two clicks.

Pocket App Logo

  • Pocket Web App

You can use the pocket web app to save your items – using IE9, Google Chrome, Firefox etc.

  • On your Mobile 

The Pocket App is available for download on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android.

Integrated apps

You can Pocket articles from 349 applications including Flipboard, Twitter, Google Currents and the list goes on.

Pocket App

You can even put a Pocket button on your WordPress website so that people can easily Pocket your own articles.

Not at your PC or near your mobile? 

Easy you can just email the link to your Pocket Account.


I see this as an essential application, yes there are other ways to do this but nothing with such ease, integration and speed.

Put it in your pocket! 

Why not try it out, the Pocket App is free.




Curiosity – whats inside the cube – iPhone Application

Curiosity – I hope it didn’t kill the cat

My son just showed me a Yogscast video about a new application on the iPhone that has been created by Peter Molyneux at 22cans – and has already taken the world by storm.  The servers have already collapsed under the stress of the popularity of this game.

22cans call it an experiment or a competition.

Curiosity the cube

When you first open the application it just says – Are you curious !

Its simple but its so exciting!!!!!!

 Why is Curiosity so exciting?

The aim of the game to click madly at the blocks or cubelets on a GIANT rotating cube to destroy them  all with everyone else that has the application at the same time to see what is inside the box …… CRAZY …. gaming gone mad.

Everyone that has the application is chipping away at the same box, some people are creating pictures, text messages and even QR codes while they chip away at the side of the box… This website shows some of the creations – many aren’t very tasteful so don’t look if you are easily offended

My son created this one, very good I thought..

What I don’t understand is, that there are all these people playing this game (some call it an experiment) players are drawing these pictures and yet, I’ve looked and looked on the Cube and I can’t find any, not one, not a sign of anyone else.  You can’t see other blocks being destroyed either, so in fact it feels like you are alone.  Interesting…….

Edit:  Now on the next layer, its red – I can see other players, text and drawings. The server problems seem to be easing – making it much easier to connect to the game. However, there is lag with it updating, I’m not sure how often it updates, but my son can see the game further on than I can, which is weird.

What’s in the box

Only one person will see what is inside the box .  WILL IT BE YOU??

….this will be the last person to get rid of the last tile – they are the winner …….  OH NO!!!

The winner of the competition will automatically be sent a video link on their device explaining what is at the centre of the cube, what they do with that information is totally up to them. However they are not allowed to use the information to make money, so you can’t sell the information to the tabloids!

You get coins for destroying blocks and clearing your screen – which you need to see stats or to get tools to help you destroy the  blocks – you can also use real money to buy coins to use the ingame tools.   A great idea for the developer to make money from the app which is free from Apple app store.

You can link up with Facebook to track your progress and rank against your friends, and apparently see where your friends are tapping and accrue bonuses through your Facebook friends joining. Although I haven’t been able to do this yet, I keep getting 500 internal server error.

Can’t join the Curiosity server

I’ve been just looking at my sons application because – its so gone crazy I can’t even access the server – oh no!  now he’s got kicked off.

They are definitely having server problems, I hope they manage to fix that soon.

He got back in but he’s lost all of his coins, awful!!   Oh no he’s kicked out again!

If you can’t join the game – just keep hitting retry until you get it. You do eventually.

Peter Molyneux was trying to help everyone yesterday by keeping players or gamers informed that the team are trying to fix the coin problem and the server problems but they were trying to make the changes while the server was live. Many are still having trouble joining in the Cube game.

peter molyneux ‏@pmolyneux

Everyone please remember something as concurrent as this has never been attempted before, and we’re just a tiny company.

This is awesome ……….not the bit about getting kicked off the Curiosity servers but its fantastic to have something totally different, and that everyone on the internet can join in together!

Weird – Amazing – Strange – What’s inside the box!!

Available on itunes – Curiosity 

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

What do you think is going to be inside the cube – I wonder if it will be a let down in the end!


Scan Documents & Share Searchable PDF with an iPhone or iPad App

Snap2PDF has been developed by Penpower Technology who brought us Worlddictionary  translation and Worldcard Mobile.

Snap2PDF is another helpful application which organises documents for you and which will can and convert documents into PDF instantly. Plus some great sharing options

How to scan and convert documents into PDF

You just take a picture of the document you want to save – or you can get from your storage on the iPhone.

You create a category or select one.

You can then edit the picture or document  by rotating, cropping, or dewarping – you can also use OCR to recognise text on the page, to many languages.

You can then add more pages to this document or if you are finished you can save.

You then save it to a destination that you create and add some description.

Open a document

To open your document you go the catagory you selected or go to all if you can’t find it and you can look through your documents which are presented in a book case similar too iBooks

Tap on the thumbnail to view the document.  Now you will see the options to

  • save
  • email
  • enhance
  • edit
You can select a piece of text to edit right there on your iphone. You just click the T+ and you bring up a text board, where you can type.


You can then Open in Dropbox – Evernote – iBooks or for me the Canon iEPP to print it.

You can even email the document directly from the app and it will email as a PDF.

At anytime you can save it to your Photo library.

I must say to be honest, I just thought this was another way of saving pictures, and I wasn’t very excited with the thought of it, but once I started to use it, I was amazed by all of the features in Snap2PDF and it could really be very handy, for business and pleasure.  I especially like that you can share to dropbox or evernote so easily.  I’m impressed with this  one, try it yourself.

Available in the App store for £1.99 – Snap2PDF

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.



How to find Parental Controls for Smartphones.



Creative commons picture – by Enricod –

October marks the ninth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, so I assumed there would be a few interesting posts about raising awareness about cyber security.

However – Today I read in the Telegraph, that parents are worried that children can get porn on their mobile phones….

While of course I do want our children to be able to use the internet and be safe – I feel this is slightly exaggerated or maybe parents just aren’t informed and unaware.

When they say mobile phone of course, they actually mean Smartphone – a smartphone is a mobile phone that is built on a mobile operating systems allowing internet connectivity.

I don’t really want to debate about why on earth these parents would they buy a child a smartphone when maybe the kids isn’t responsible or savvy enough not to click things that lead to adult sites, but porn is all over the internet, we know this. If they just had a normal feature phone that just took calls – then there wouldn’t be this problem at all.

If you really want your child to have a smartphone

First things first –  its your responsibility to speak to children about the dangers of being online if its on a smartphone or on a computer, children need to know not only what’s out there but the online etiquette.  Maybe too strong a word for children, but you’ve seen what they put on facebook – pouting pictures with their tops hanging off and foul language, talking about their next beer/girlfriend/snog.  No, not all of them are like that but you know what I am talking about.  Children need to be reminded that having a mobile phone of any kind carries with it some responsibility.

Parental controls 

Many, (if not all by now) mobile networks can block adult content sites on your child’s phone, there’s a start – call your network provider speak them them about it.  No, this doesn’t work if they are in a wifi area but these applications might help.

Applications to help your child be more secure on a mobile phone.

Android – Google play has an extensive list of applications like these, on a search for Parental control applications.

Apple does a lot to help security

On the iPad and iPhone there are parental control options on itunes, where you can protect children from inappropriate content or stop video chats.  And there are parental controls iTunes to stop them assessing adult content.

iTunes has many applications listed under parental controls

  • Kaspersky
  • AVG Family Safety
  • K9 Web Protection
  • Mobicip Safe Browser
  • Timelock
  • Netgear Genie
  • Bsecure
  • Parental Control by MountainDev
  • Kids-safe youtube
  • X3watch
Security Applications for Blackberry world …..

And the lists go on and on, I’ve not tested all of the applications obviously so I don’t know how good they are but I wanted to show you, that you do have options, apart from saying…. No, you are too young for your own smartphone!

One last word – remember also that many applications on smartphones you can play with anyone, they don’t even have to be a friend or someone in your phonebook and you can also chat with these people on the games.  So remember that when setting up permissions and controls.

Be safe and be aware.







Cardio Lie Detector iPhone Application

I was recently asked to review the Cardio Lie Detector Premium from Ubinuri the Korean software application company who also brought us the app MyLAB PRO.  Ubinuri interesting has recently been invested in by INFOCOM  – Infocom is one of the leading IT companies in Japan.

Cardio Lie Detector

Cardio Lie Detector Premium is an simple application for your iPhone or iPad that can tell if you are telling a lie or the truth.   The lie detector uses the camera to first sample your heart rate and then when you are being subjected to questioning it compares it to your heart rate to the original sample – because when you lie your heart rate increases.  You can watch this all happening the screen as the application detects your heartbeat.

1. Put your finger over the Camera at the back of the Phone

2. Press start to measure normal heart rate

3. Press start again to ask questions

4. You will get a percentage rating to say if what percentage of a chance it is you are lying.










When we were testing the app, we saw these pop-ups often –  saying it couldn’t find a heart rate of that we didn’t have our finger in the right place, so it does take some time before you get it right.

It is just for fun though guys – don’t do what happened in their promotional video !!  This is hilarious….. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be just awful I assume so! 🙂


It even says on the itunes page and I quote

The app is intended for entertainment purposes only and does not provide true lie detector functionality

So please don’t take this too seriously and actual dump your boyfriend or girlfriend due to this application!  🙂  Although if you have to make him take a lie detector to see if he is lying, then something is wrong already, girl.

Great fun at parties or to trick people just for fun.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPod touch (5th gen) requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Available on iTunes Store for $0.99 or £0.69 -> Cardio Lie Detector Premium



How to find your #UDID for your iPhone as #Anonymous posts 1,000,001 IDs on Pastebin #Antisec

It appears that Anonymous have posted 1,000,001 UDID’s from a total of 12,000,000 iOS devices that they “retreived”  from the FBI

This is the message on Pastebin – which they say had 370,000 hits 1 hour ago at the time of posting this.

The reason for this was to aparently expose the FBI Agent for having 12m Apple UDID on his laptop – why we wonder is the reason for this, are they being tracked?

On the Paste bin it says…..

why exposing this personal data?
well we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come
and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the fuck knows
what the hell are they experimenting with that’, well sorry, but nobody will care.
FBI will, as usual, deny or ignore this uncomfortable thingie and everybody will
forget the whole thing at amazing speed. so next option, we could have released
mail and a very small extract of the data. some people would eventually pick up
the issue but well, lets be honest, that will be ephemeral too.

There’s not much you can do about it as you can’t change your UDID but you can have a look to see if yours is on the list.

How to find your UDID

 1. Plug in your iPhone and open Itunes

2. Click on your device to see your iPhone Stats 

At the top it says – Name – Capacity – Software Version – Serial Number – PhoneNumber

3. Click Serial number and it will change to Identifier (UDID) this is the number that you need. 

Then according to anonymous you can download a decryptedfile of the pastebin entries to see if your UDID is on it.

From @anonymousirc –  – they say that they are working on a browsable version so you could just wait for that..


The Next Web have now published a safe way to find out on this Link


Anonymous say that they haven’t included any of your data as such –  in the document but hackers  could easily find out some information, such as your address.

This is what they actually say…

there you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their
APNS tokens.
the original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be
enough to release.
we trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses,
zipcodes, etc.
not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked. some devices
contained lot of info.
others no more than zipcodes or almost anything. we left those main columns we
consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices
are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers
who could figure out some use from the dataset.

That is about all we can do at the moment, we need two questions answered – from Apple – how to we protect our identities if the number has been posted.  And from the FBI  why do they have all of this information?

We will watch it unfold.








Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application – Eav Mogul


Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application Eav Mogul

If you have been looking for a good iPhone or iPad application for the Social Media “game” Empire Avenue then you have found it. Eav Mogul is a FREE application or client by Korutech App Solutions that enables you to easily view and manage your portfolio on the stockmarket “game” Empire Avenue while on the move.

What is Empire Avenue

Just briefly, as I have already written a blog about Empire Avenue – Empire Avenue is an online game where you “play” the Empire Avenue stock market – buying and selling other players shares. You need to really be connected to many social networks such as Google+, Twitter Facebook Linkedin to get high dividends and a great share price and you need to be an active member of those networks to increase your network scores, its not enough just to be on Empire Avenue you do have to “Play”. The great thing about Empire Avenue is that there is a fantastic community to engage with – you don’t just leave it at buying and selling shares you get to know people and add them to your networks.

Empire avenue does need some attention if not daily, at least every few days, and to be able to keep up it is very useful to have an application on your phone so that you can manage your stocks and shares and see how you are performing while you are travelling or away from the PC. The best part for me is the bulk buy or sell feature on Eav mogul. Here you can easily increase your network activity and daily earnings straight from your phone.

EavMogul are currently working on a new update to the application which allows you to leave shout outs on Empire Avenue too, which are all important for engaging with new players, so I can’t wait for that!

Using Eav Mogul – You can view and manage

  • Your Portfolio
  • Your Shareholders
  • Recent arrivals
  • Leader board influencers

On these pages you can sort by many options – such as portfolio value or shares I own – you can find actual players by ticker (name) and you can filter by falling earners, or rising earners and many other options.

I just bought 100 more in Pirillo - I thought I was maxed! 🙂

If you have a large portfolio it seems a little slow at times – not often but at times –  but just be patient and it will work its magic. Although I may speak to @eavmogul about this as it could be something to do with the settings. I’ll keep you informed.

Update @eavmogul said. 

It is mainly because of a large portfolio – The cache tweaks how much profile info is pulled down at one time by setting cache time longer, the data you download survives a lot longer. The only risk is the prices get out of date

The other setting changes how many records are pulled in one call. It balances wait time with performance. Less records, less wait, but more API calls and more frequent short delays.

There are also Pro Features that you can buy which enable you to do other things such as leave shout outs on Twitter, set your status message and get more views.

I’ve used this application for most of the weekend and I really like it, its easy to use and has  many more options than I thought it would have.

I have news !!!

First this update from korutech app solutions blog

Second is this  tweet.


Working on a speed improvement for players with BIG portfolios. Hope to put into next update @EmpireAve @michelledh#SMRocketFuel #eavmogul

This is going to rock that rocket fuel 🙂

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.



The Addictive Social Word Game iOS App – Can’t Say That!

If you like “Words with Friends” or other social word games for iPhone or iPad then you are going to love this iOS application “Can’t Say That!” developed by Fugazo –  I love Turn- taking, arcade type games like this and I’m already addicted to this one after a few days, its great fun.

Getting Started with Can’t Say That!

Fugazo have realised their error of only allowing you to play via Facebook and are currently working on allowing you to create an account via email, which I would much prefer. I do hate it when you are forced to sign in with your Facebook account.

However right now, when you first sign in to – Can’t Say That –  you are requested to sign in using Facebook, you do not need to have to post to Facebook at all, just change that option – and nothing goes through as far as I have seen.

You can chose to play with one of your friends or just someone random, random people pop up right away and so far they have been quick to play the game and no one messing around…yet !

How to play Can’t Say That!

You have to describe the given word of which you have three choices, – Easy, Medium, Hard – Actually, its technical set up is very similar to Draw Free or Drawsomething

When you have chosen your word  you are next sent to a page where you type your clues – here you are told the words you cannot use when you are describing the word.

For instance I had the word – Locomotive but I could not use the words Train, Engineer, Rail, Coal or Track in my description of 24 charactors.  Its a great twist as you do not know what the words are that you can’t say until you have chosen the word that you want to describe, just know that it will be the words that you were going to use! Hehe!

Guessing a word

You read your opponents description realising that the most obvious words they could not use. So think, what are they not saying. Then use the tiles to guess the word.

You can use a hint, ask what Category and ? which places a letter in the correct place for you.  If you really can’t get it, you can forfeit.

You can also buy new word packs with your winnings.

I have played this on both iPad and iPhone and both were smooth running with a great design.   There is a free and a paid version which I assume doesn’t have ads.

I’m glad I found this turn taking game, and I know that you will enjoy it too.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

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DrawingSomething Application including Bugs and Fixes

Its been all go recently with Intragram being bought by Facebook and now DrawSomething from OMGPOP being bought by Zynga of Farmville fame for massive amounts of money it seems. Hopefully Zynga will sort out some of the problems that people are experiencing.

Where can I play DrawSomething

If you still don’t know what Drawsomething is (where have you been?) – it is a drawing game similar to Pictionary where you draw a picture and people guess what it is, you can play this with Facebook friends or random people using the iPhone or iPad from iTunes.

You can also play it directly from Facebook or on Google Plus.

The app has a free game and a paid game – the only difference I can see is that you do not get adverts on the paid game.

People are really good at this game, you can see some of the drawings on the DrawSomething Facebook page 


I played DrawSomething on Facebook first because it reminded me of a browser based game which I was addicted to about 12 years ago called iSketch which is still there after all of these years, I think they should have created an application don’t you.  There is an application called iSketch but this is just a basic painting app. The best game play of DrawSomething is actually on the iPad, I love how you can just Draw something and then put it down for as long as you like.

Drawsomething has bugs



There are however many bugs still within the Drawsomething application.  I’ve had one where the application got confused and showed my drawing with the previous drawings letters, so the letters didn’t fit the drawing. Like this one drawn on the iPhone (which I find difficult so don’t laugh! LOL )



Missing Colours, Bombs and Coins

On the game you can buy coins to buy new colours and bombs which can give you new words or hints.

Users also have other bugs where coins, bombs and colours – colors – are missing. I read these responses and fixes on the getsatisfaction forum, which is for all support for the game – only go there if you are not easily offended. 🙂

Here’s Swiftor’s official response: 

They are safe, but your game client is not reading your inventory info from our servers properly. We’re looking into this – but in the meantime, there are a couple of things you can try doing to get them to show up: 
1) If you’re on Wifi, and your device supports 3g/4g – try that. There are reported cases of coins/etc not showing up on wifi. (or vice versa) 

2) You can try killing the app and restarting it (or restarting your phone). 

Again, we’re looking into a final solution for this! 

Another response was from a user call SVNDR – DS is DrawSomething. This fix he says is for iPhone 4s and iPad. Many people said this has worked.

1. Kill all backgrounding apps, including DS (double click home button).

2. Re-open DS.

3. Click the little gear in the top right-hand corner.

4. Click on account.

5. Now, scroll to the very bottom of that page a click logout, then confirm the next message that pops up (if one does)

6. You should now be logged out and at the screen to select either Facebook or Email.

7. Now close DS and then kill it in the backgrounding bar like you did in step 1.

8. Wait about 5-10 second then re-open DS.

9. Wait for it to load to the screen to select between Facebook or Email.

10. Click on whatever form of login you would normally use (i use Facebook).

11. Enter your email and password, then continue to login as normal.

12. Now this is what i think truely helps, so make sure you pay attention and DO NOT skip any of the previous, or next steps!!
Once you are logged in, DO NOT touch anythng, instead look in the top left-hand corner off the main screen, you should see a faint loading icon that spins around. Wait until that icon is completely gone until you continue to the next step.

13. Now that the loading icon is gone, DO NOT open or continue playing any games, yet. First, scroll to the very bottom of the main screen and click on the ‘SHOP’ button.

14. If you previously had purchased bombs, you should now see at the bottom that you have your bombs back, this should most likely mean that your colours and coins have returned aswell.

15. If you did not previously have bombs then you should see the top of the screen in the left-hand side that your coins are back.

Many users are also having problems with games not loading, both on the free game and the paid version –  some games are showing waiting for next player.  There are hundreds of complaints about this on the site, and as yet I have not found a solution, although the above might work.  If you have tried this or have a different solution can you please let us know.

Apart from all that it is a great game and very addictive, but as I say you can just play for a few mins and then put it down for however long you want and it will still be at the stage you left it.

Hope this helps