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First of the Rebels: Yelp sneaks Augmented Reality to App Store

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Apple told everyone that they had to wait until 3.1 for Augmented Reality apps to be approved on the iPhone 3GS. Yelp, did it anyways in the form of an easter egg.

I am so happy about this and at the same time I am having a very severe case of iPhone 3GS envy… I have convinced myself that I do not need the new phone because my 3G is good enough but it is just so cool to see these applications start to leak out.

When Apple announces 3.1 (My bet is during the iPod event that’s been rumored on 9.9.9) all of these little apps are going to take over. I mean remember three years ago when all of the talk was on Jeff Han’s multitouch TED presentation? Then we got the iPhone and it became reality. Then the dream was to have applications to do everything from banking to gaming inside of your little-wonder device. That is now also true. Augmented Reality is just as big of a jump and we are getting right against it now.

Source: Mashable

Sweet.fm makes Last.fm that much more awesome.

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Sweet.fm is a open source project that just became my favorite last.fm streaming application. In addition to looking great it adds something that I could only dream about before, music export. Basically if you are listening to a song, it downloads it for you and adds it to your iTunes library. Pretty sweet, huh?

The software is not perfect, it’s had some streaming errors and buffering problems and honestly I don’t understand why they did the station selection the way they did, but thats the great thing about open source software somebody is bound to fix it.

If you dont like the skin? It has a skinning engine as well. Its really a whole lot of awesomeness in one small package.

The bugs I’ve experienced are on the Snow Leopard beta, maybe its super stable in Leopard (it most likely isnt). Just had to post this though, enjoy!

Features and info available at: sweetfmapp.com or chocomoko.com
Code and application can be downloaded from: Google Code

5 Things Android Needs To Become The Best Platform

After talking to a coworker about his T-Mobile G1 and what he likes/dislikes about it it became clear that the OS has incredible promise. After thinking about it for a bit Android needs to be smarter about its power consumption, just like Mobile OS X is. It needs to be smarter about navigation, like the Palm Pre is. It has to be available everywhere however. It has to be trully Open Source. This is where it will succeed.

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