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Foursquare: No longer an English-only app!


Oh Foursquare.  I don’t understand. I just don’t. Can someone please explain to me why people want to announce where they’ve checked in? (For those of you who aren’t familiar with Foursquare, it’s an app that allows its users to check in to various locations, or friends can check you in – and you can earn badges and virtual points or something).

Maybe I’m just old-school, but I kind of value my privacy.  I don’t want people knowing where I am, what I’m doing, what I’m eating, where I’m going, who I’m dating, etc. But clearly I’m an odd-ball.

So exciting news Foursquarers! Foursquare now comes in Español, Deutsch, Italiano, Français, & Japanese (one language I don’t speak). I can appreciate polylingual apps.

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RIM waiving $200 vendor approval fee for PlayBook developers


PS. I like how RIM quotes Crackberry twice, as though they’re some kind of legitimate authority on all things Blackberry. I get that they’re a huge BB blog/forum/review/site, but “crack” “berry” really?  Their name insinuates bb users with cocaine. Um, I’ll pass.

Moving on. RIM is waiving its normally $200 vendor certification fee for app developers.  Apparently just a couple months ago it would cost a user $200 + a long wait of a few weeks to find out whether or not they had been approved as an app developer.  Now it’s free and turn around time for hearing back from RIM is a few days’ time.  (I found this out from pouring through pages of developer forums on blackberry.com).  Under this deal you can submit up to 10 apps before you have to reapply.  Risk-free.

I wonder what other freebies RIM will offer in the coming weeks…

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RIM offers free PlayBook for app developers


Is this RIM’s solution to their app-less PlayBook problem?  First we heard that RIM was looking at making the PlayBook compatible with Android’s more than 130,000 apps in an effort to boost PlayBook sales & create a bunch of hype pre-launch.  Now RIM is offering free PlayBooks (through mid-March) for app developers who create a “quality” PB app.  Once you submit it, if RIM likes it, bam! Free PlayBook for you.

It’s that easy. Or is it?

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: “Facebook Stalking” Apps


Oh love.  Anyone doing anything for Valentine’s Day? Yea me either. (Unless you answered “yes” to that question). I’ll probably just be unpacking boxes in my new apartment.  Alone.  Ugh.
ANYWAY.

Scammers are smart.  They spend 99% of their time trying to figure out how to con the average person & 1% actually scamming.  The holidays are considered primetime for scammers, especially V-Day. Why? Because your emotions are all screwed up and you’re emotionally vulnerable and sad. Just really sad. So naturally this is the time when the mother of all mobile (and computer) app scams pops up: the “Facebook Stalking” app scam.

Sounds promising doesn’t it?  The scam generally says something along the lines of– “see who views/stalks/creeps your profile”  then, curiosity piqued, you click the link.  Everything looks pretty legit.  Just like all apps it asks for access to some info in order for the app to work, and sometimes even has you enter a CAPTCHA (smart); but all it does is latch onto your profile, spam your friends’ walls and state how many times you viewed their profile (it makes up a number; it doesn’t actually know). That’s just the computer-version.

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Starbucks: Mobile Card on your Blackberry


Coffee and blackberries, yum.  Starbucks has an app that converts your BB into your Starbucks card. Good move Starbucks, good move.

Note: If you don’t have a Starbucks card, this app is semi-useless as its only non-card feature is a store locator; which didn’t work last time I tried it, event though I was standing in front of a Starbucks, but I’ll give the app the benefit of the doubt and say that it probably works. Most of the time.

The Starbucks app isn’t available through BB app world (hmmm), but that’s probably another good move on Starbucks’ part because there is a large possibility it could get terrible reviews, and that’s just not good PR.

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Struggling to find love? There’s an app for that.


(If you’re Indian).

This is a first. Now you can find a husband or wife via a BB mobile app! Of course for now, it seems as though Shaadi.com is the only dating matrimonial site doing this… I’m not really surprised, this is a pretty revolutionary idea.
It seems as though we’re making ourselves more and more awkward each passing day, when it comes to dating. Case point: “At one point we realised that users were not comfortable meeting people online and that’s how the whole idea came about” – some guy who works for Shaadi.com.
What? Soo…..  People are uncomfortable interacting behind computer screens & more comfortable with texting?  Can you imagine a guy sitting on his couch, alone in his apartment, phone in hand, texting “do you want kids?” “what is your favorite food?” “what are you doing?” (texting you, clearly).  Maybe these people aren’t ready to get married, there’s a thought.

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PrivacyStar: Block Unwanted Calls


Are debt collectors constantly harassing you?  Do the words “out-call” or “in-call ONLY” describe your profession? Or maybe that cheating ex you dumped after you whipped the SpyBubble app on won’t stop calling you & wants your crazy totally sane ass back.  Well, the PrivacyStar app, launched by First Orion, does a couple of neat tricks.

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