To coincide with this month’s release of Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray, Marvel have released a JARVIS app for iPhone. For those who don’t know, JARVIS is Tony Stark’s AI assistant, voiced by Paul Bettany in the movies. So it does sound pretty awesome. In theory.
Facebook is the top of the free Android apps list this week at No. 1, according to research from Google Play. The official app from the social network lets you share photos, videos and status updates.
Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.
The iOS update includes the ability to share stories from a news feed with one tap. In addition, the update includes a share link to re-post stories from a user’s news feed. Users can also now tag friends in any post, comment or photo, as well as add emoticons like smiley faces and hearts in messages.
The Android update also includes the share option on news feed stories, and improvements to photo tagging. In addition, now Android users can create an album from the “Photos” tab on Timeline. The update also includes a fix for status update failures, which had affected some users.
Created by business intelligence software company MicroStrategy, Inc., the Wisdom app determines where your friends fall in the political spectrum and turns the results into a handy infographic for you to share on your wall. The app can’t save you from your friends’ political rants on Facebook, but it just might save you from yourself.
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Inside the Microsoft Windows 8 Launch [VIDEO] (Mashable)
After many months of development, previews and demonstrations, Microsoft finally pushed Windows 8 and Windows RT out the door and into the marketplace as part of a lengthy, bifurcated and relatively calm event in New York City. Company CEO Steve Ballmer and Windows lead Steven Sinofsky both took the stage to detail all that you already know about Microsoft’s radically re-imagined, touch-friendly operating system and to highlight Microsoft Surface RT and other devices and computers running Windows 8. Reuters Panos Panay, head of the Surface project, demonstrated the tablet’s features, beaming video and music to other screens, showing off the ultra-thin cover that doubles as a keyboard, and hooking up a camera to the device’s USB port. He even dropped the device on the floor to demonstrate its durability. The New York Times The company was to start selling Surface at midnight on Friday at about 60 Microsoft-operated stores in North America, a move that has annoyed retailers who will be deprived of a high-profile electronics device backed by a big marketing campaign. Prices start at $500. The Wall Street Journal/Digits There is little agreement in the publishing world on how to greet Microsoft’s arrival into the increasingly crowded field of tablets. Just two of the magazine publishers, Conde Nast and Bonnier, made apps out of their titles available through the Windows Store at launch, though a third, Meredith, launched apps of non-magazine content for the new operating system. CNET Apple CEO Tim Cook let loose on 7-inch tablets during a conference call with investors, insisting that the company would never build one. “We would not make a 7-inch tablet. We don’t think they’re good products,” he said. Read more
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Exclusive: Microsoft Tie-Up, Network Sale Among RIM Options: Sources (Reuters)
Research In Motion Ltd’s board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed the release of its next-generation smartphones, said three sources familiar with the situation. RIM said the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile devices has been postponed to early 2013 — more than a year later than initially promised — because the development of its new operating system had “proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated.” CNN Money The company reported a first-quarter loss of $518 million, or 99 cents a share. Overall sales came in at $2.8 billion, down 43 percent from $4.9 billion in the same quarter a year ago and considerably lower than analysts’ expected first-quarter revenue of $3.1 billion. Gizmodo The worse news: It’s now letting 5,000 employees go, on top of the 2,000 cuts that had been previously announced. Wall Street Journal According to interviews with more than a dozen former RIM executives and industry executives who worked closely with the company, it was a blinding confidence in the basic BlackBerry product that was at the root of RIM’s current troubles. Read more
Yackit, a new public opinion-sharing platform, is bringing Twitter’s 140-character concept to the online video world, inviting users to share their thoughts and opinions on a whole variety of topics in 11.5-second bytes.
Poking is so last year. IncrediLand lets you take things to the next level and actually breed with your Facebook friends. That’s right – we said breed with your Facebook friends.
Interactive video chat service Rounds has emerged as one of the best places to interact with friends on Facebook. Now they’ve launched a new random chat feature to add strangers to the mix. It’s like Chatroulette, only a lot less icky and a lot more fun!
Have your Facebook statuses been particularly enlightening this year? Whether they’re dull or delightful, there’s an app that will make a pretty slick collage out of all of your 2010 Facebook statuses so you can see what your year’s been like.