Find Your Twitter Friends In Real Life With an Augmented Reality iPhone App

Like most Internet applications, Twitter connects you with people who seem to exist in a vast, abstract, cyberspace. Now, a new iPhone app from the French company Presselite uses augmented reality to show you exactly where your friends are tweeting from.

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Mercedes-Benz Launches New Apps-Based Telematics Service

Starting this week, Mercedes buyers can sign up for a service that'll connect their cars with their smartphones. And a load of new apps could be on the way

Mercedes-Benz and partner Hughes Telematics hope buyers will embrace a new in-car telematics system tied to smartphone apps. The system, branded "mbrace," will let drivers use their iPhones or BlackBerry devices to lock and unlock car doors, locate their vehicles on a map, and contact roadside assistance. Mercedes is the first carmaker to offer the service, which was developed by Atlanta-based Hughes.

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NASA Scientist Converts iPhone into Chemical Sniffer

A new plug-in iPhone device can detect airborne ammonia, chlorine gas and methane

Cell phones have increasingly become mobile labs and tech tools for researchers, and now NASA has gotten in on the act. A postage-stamp-sized chemical sensor allows iPhones to sniff out low airborne concentrations of chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine gas and methane.

A puff from a "sample jet" helps sense any airborne chemicals. That information gets processed by a silicon chip consisting of 16 nanosensors, and then passes on to another phone or computer through any Wi-Fi or telecom network.

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The Curious Case of Flash on the iPhone

Earlier in the week, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announced that a mobile implementation of the full Flash Player 10 would be making its way onto several smartphones by October. In addition to Android, other mobile operating systems, including Windows Mobile, Palm's WebOS, and Symbian have signed on. Missing from that list, to absolutely no one's surprise, is the iPhone.

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Email ‘n Walk Lets You Multitask Without Getting Hit By A Car

Oh for the days where we could actually go for a walk without having to carry a mobile phone...

iPhone only: Email n’ Walk overlays an email composition window on top of the view from your iPhone’s camera, so you can type out an email and watch where you’re going.

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One Dozen Super-Useful (And Free!) Android Apps

Apps galore as Lifehacker looks into what's good and free for Android

Six months ago we pointed out the best Android apps to boost your mobile productivity, but since then more free applications have appeared in the Market that offer useful features you don’t want to miss.

Let’s take a look at a few notable free apps that make getting things done with your Android handset easier and more fun. All of these are available in the Android Market on your phone; the apps that have dedicated web sites are linked below.


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Gizmodo Explains Smartphone App Store

The guys from Gizmodo take a good, hard, look at the big world of app stores

It's been less than a year since Apple launched the iPhone App Store, but now virtually every mobile OS is showcasing its own take on the mobile application storefront. How do they all stack up?

The first thing you'll notice about these efforts—coming from such traditionally competitive companies as Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia and Microsoft—is just how similar they all sound. App World? App Catalog? App Market? Mobile Marketplace? This outward likeness actually runs pretty deep—these stores are advertising uncannily similar feature sets, for both users and developers:

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Android G2 Hands On: Close to Perfection

Those crazy kids from Gizmodo have somehow found themselves in Barcelona testing out the latest Android G2 mobile phone

HTC and Google are getting closer to perfection with the new Android G2, the HTC Magic. Nice finish, great form factor. Check out our video, including the obligatory comparison with Apple's iPhone, and hands-on impressions:

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iPhone Rubik Cube Solver Is Pure Genius

Ever sat around for hours trying to solve one of these things? We'll, the time has come to finally finish it... the easy way!

CubeCheater--a Rubik cube solver in 20 moves--is one of those iPhone applications that make you smile when you see it in action because it is simply pure genius. This is how it works.

• First you have to tell the app the state of your Rubik's cube.
• You can do this with two methods: Either painting the faces of the cube or, better yet, taking a photo of each of the faces.
• The program will analyse the faces and, after a few seconds, it will tell you the solution step by step, using a 3D interface.

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I Pity the Fool Who Didn't Know About Mr. T's App Store Contribution

Yes, Mr. T has infiltrated yet another gadget

Story from Gizmodo Australia

Apologies in advance, Mr. T, for not reporting on your very first App store contribution sooner. That said, I pity the fool who doesn't download iPity today!

Stop rubbing your eyes. Yes, this is a real app. It went up yesterday and lists for $US0.99. What do you get for a dollar, you ask?

Well, if we ignore the fact that you're still here asking questions, and not downloading iPity already, then the app basically recites classic Mr. T lines on demand.

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You Are Web 2.0

Talk about meta: Zoho Creator is a Web 2.0 application for creating Web 2.0 applications. Sound intimidating? It's not. There's no coding; everything is done through menus and buttons. And there are a number of premade apps—including an expense tracker, a dating-profile form and an app to sort your albums—that you can use as templates and then customize to fit your needs. You can share your final app with the world or keep it private. Check out the Expense Tracker I began futzing with here.  —Mike Haney

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