Our Evil Sushi Squish was on Austin Fox News Wednesday November 2, 2011. Fox News covered jobs of the future and apps are a part of that future.
Today we had a special guest in our studio, the Fox News Team. Visible Contact has been developing web sites for the past 4 years ago. But last year we started developing apps. Our first app was developed as a countdown app for New Years Eve 2011. And on New Years Eve we had over 10,000 download. So from there we developed Evil Sushi Squish and haven’t look back since. Of course we will always work on web sites and other peoples apps but developing products for mobile devices is where the market is going and so are we.
Fox News is doing a story on jobs of the future. The interview will air November 1st.
Cat people love their kitties as much as dog lovers love theirs. But it’s a shame dogs have more toy choices when it comes to the pet store. But with the iPad a new line of cat toys is emerging. Playing with your cat can be a wonderful way to unwind, or just a short break from work. I use the special cat sound effects in the app Sophie the Circus Cat, to call to mine, so these new iPad apps are a lot of fun. Here are a few that you might also enjoy.
Games for Cats: iPad and Free
This is a great app with an automated laser light for your kitty to chase. Also included is a cute mouse that wisps in and out of a piece of cheese. A fun little app for your kitty. This app also has the ability to keep your kitties score on catches and they just added a new level, chase the butterfly. A must for those with iPads and kitties.
Cat Fishing: iPad and Free
Remember Friskies the cat food? Well they are taking on the cat gaming idea and have developed several iPad games for the kitties. Check out the web site for the full list but my favorite is Cat Fishing. This app turns my iPad into a little pond of fish and drives my cat crazy.
Sophie the Circus Cat: iPad and .99
Not just a cat toy but 3 different things for you and your kitty to enjoy. First is a wonderful story of a kitty wanting to be a circus performer and you go through her challenges to watch her successes. A heart warming story. Also included in this app is a section of recipes and activities for you and your cat to enjoy. And finally a remote control cat toy and sound buttons that will bring any curious cat to you.
Written by Amanda O’Brien
The Beginning of the End for the Apple App Store
If Apple thinks it can woo iPad owners forever with its shiny user-friendly apps and its cute matching app store, the company is deluded. Amazon and Walmart have challenged Apple to a duel with the release of the Kindle Cloud Reader and Walmart’s Vudu streaming site. Beginning a few weeks ago Apple began enforcing its new in-app subscription rules, demanding a 30 percent cut for all sales directly from e-reader apps, as we reported. Companies like Amazon and now Barnes and Noble removed their links from the app store, refusing to pay up to Apple. But that stinks for readers who now have to go through a few extra taps to buy new reads. And it’s extra lame for companies looking to sell their wares to iPad owners, who either have to suck it up and give Apple a large chunk of their sales, or forgo the app store link and inevitably lose some lazy readers. So Apple and its app store win, keeping their delights within the app store walls. But with the release of these independent cloud stores, where users can get the same experience without entering the app store cage, these companies are showing their customers and Apple that they don’t need an app store to exist on the iPad.
These services allow Amazon and Walmart to sidestep Apple’s 30 percent cut and also benefit their customers, who also avoid any contact with Apple’s app store. Both sites were launched as a direct response to Apple’s oppressive app store rules. Instead of paying up for direct app store links, Walmart took an alternative anti-app store route, releasing the Vudu streaming site, which bypasses the Apple app store while still providing that same Apple app experience. “It’s not an app,” Edward Lichty, general manager of Vudu, told Reuters’s Alastair Barr. “It’s an all-browser experience. But you access it in a similar way.”
You can put what looks like an app icon on your iPad, but when you tap it takes you to a streaming site. Similarly the Kindle Cloud Reader site, which like the Kindle app allows users to purchase and store books on the iPad, explains TechCrunch’s MG Siegler. “It’s a web-based version of their Kindle eBook reader app. It allows you to read your books from the cloud or to download your books for offline reading thanks to the magic of HTML 5 (or a Chrome browser extension). It looks and works great.” No app store, no problem. And just think: if Amazon and Walmart blaze this trail, others might follow.
Not only do companies get out of app store clutches, they make it easy for customers to forget they ever needed Apple. Because they look and work pretty much like an app, this makes things way easier for customers. Before they had to purchase through the web browser. Now you can shop more directly.
Free iPhone Apps to Help Lower Your Car’s Fuel Costs
Jim Gorzelany, Contributor
That iPhone in your pocket is good for more than making calls and social networking – it can also be used to help motorists save money at the gas pump, thanks to a growing assortment of apps that can help track and boost your car’s fuel economy and help find the lowest gas prices no matter where you live or travel. Here’s a quick look at a few of the best of them; all are available as free downloads via the iTunes App Store:
• AAA TripTik Mobile can help locate the lowest prices locally or en route for all available grades of gasoline. It also provides maps and turn-by-turn directions and identifies other points of interest, such as hotels, restaurants and attractions, with the ability to call for lodging reservations at the touch of a button.
Similarly, Gas Buddy and Local Gas Prices can come in handy to help locate the cheapest gas prices in a given area for regular, midgrade, premium and diesel grades.
• CarEconomy computes and displays a car’s average fuel economy, and can show instantaneous fuel economy on a real-time basis via an in-app upgrade.
• Fuelculator estimates the cost of a road trip based on distance traveled, a car’s fuel economy and the cost of fuel (per national averages or user-inputted).
• Gas Cubby tracks gas mileage and vehicle maintenance, and charts MPG, gas prices and fuel/maintenance expenses; it also delivers customizable service interval reminders.
• Gas Manager automatically tracks fuel economy, gas expenses and miles travelled, and can calculate a vehicle’s carbon footprint, based on fuel consumption. It further includes a GPS-based “find my car” function, and can help locate nearby gas stations, garages, restaurants and hotels.
• Road Trip Lite can work with multiple vehicles, graphically and statistically tracks a car’s fuel economy, maintenance and expenses and can import data from and export it to Microsoft Office.
Addicted to apps: 83% of smartphone and tablet owners are hooked on hand-held programmes
Have you found yourself spending a lot more time on Facebook since downloading it to your smartphone?
Can’t stop Twittering or playing games on your tablet?
You aren’t alone. A new report has revealed that 83 per cent of people who have a smartphone or tablet feel addicted to apps on their hand-held devices.
But far from being a bad thing the app addicts say the programmes are constant companions, allowing them some vital ‘me time’ wherever they are.
That burst of pleasure time can help improve people’s drab daily routines, help them to relax, or even to educate them by helping people learn a new language.
Some 1,300 people between the ages of 13 and 64 were surveyed for the report by research consultant firm Latitude and MTV networks, which examined the underlying psychological reasons people enjoy app, to determine what the common threads or success are in the world of apps.
‘They allow intense personalization and hyper-focus, filling our idle moments with on-demand “me time”,’ said the report, quoted by Livescience.com.
Apps also help to speed up people’s routines, enabling them to work on the move to people more productive which in turn frees up spare time to spend in other areas.
To that end, 77 per cent of respondents agreed that apps serve as their ‘personal assistant’.
On the educational side of things, 91 per cent said apps were good at introducing them to new things.
‘We learned that apps not only provide small doses of fun, but also offer real emotional and functional value to people’s everyday lives,’ said Neela Sakaria, senior vice president at Latitude.
‘People welcome the opportunity for apps to open their eyes to new experiences, skills, relationships and even a greater sense of well-being.’
In terms of the most common factors in the success of apps, the most telling was word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend, with 53 per cent declaring it key in their choice of downloads.