TripAdvisor, the popular travel planning tool, has just launched an app for Windows Phone 7. Just like the mobile website, the app allows you to search for anything travel-related — from hotels and flights to restaurants and points-of-interest to visit once you reach your destination.
Geolocation is supported, which allows TripAdvisor to quickly locate places nearby. But while that’s a neat feature, it’s also a bit of a downer — because, really, it’s about the only feature TripAdvisor for WP7 brings to the table that its mobile Web app doesn’t already offer (its browser-based geolocation doesn’t work with WP7 at the moment).
While it’s nice to see Windows Phone 7 users getting some big-name apps, it’d be even nicer if we saw some packing a bit more swagger.
Still, TripAdvisor for WP7 might just be worth installing on your device if you’re frequently on the go — at least until a better browser arrives with the Mango update.
The Summer Olympics in London are quickly turning into mobile-themed games: along with Samsung’s official role in handling mobile payments, HTC is now stepping up with its own, if modest, contribution to the athletic get-together. CEO Peter Chou will be one of the Olympic torchbearers and carry the flame on July 6th, three weeks before the opening ceremony in Stratford. Officials say the torch run is to honor Chou’s contribution to the mobile industry and the benefit he represents to Taiwan, although we can imagine that Chou wouldn’t mind crashing a Samsung party with a torch in one hand and a One X in the other. He may just want to steer clear of Samsung’s Mobile Pin stores while he’s at it.
Finding a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card in stock is still a nearly impossible mission, but while gamers wait for retailers and e-tailers to fill up with stock, NVIDIA’s GPU partners keep churning out new models. Today’s it’s Zotac’s turn, which just introduced a pair of new GeForce GTX 680 videocards, including an AMP! Edition SKU and another…
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We don’t understand exactly what European big-hitter Telefónica is set to gain from its new app. Free VoIP calls and messaging doesn’t sound like a massive money-spinner for a company that steers several of Europe’s biggest mobile carriers, but that’s what its new app is offering. Tu Me can connect through either WiFi or your own phone signal and throws in some location-sharing features for good measure. The app still will still find it tough to break through on the iPhone, which already has plenty of options, include VoIP champ Skype and the home-grown iMessage. According to The Verge, an Android version is already in the pipeline, but if you’re driving an iPhone, you can grab the free download from the App Store now.
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Looking for just the right tech gift for mother’s day? Trying to decide between an iPhone and an iPad? An Apple TV and an iPod touch? A gorgeous case or a fantastic speaker? An app she’ll love or a game she can’t get enough of? Or perhaps you’re simply looking for a great way to send a card, some flowers, or a gift certificate? Not a problem. iMore’s got you covered. Whether you’re buying for your mother, or helping the kids buy for theirs, here are some of our favorite device, peripheral, and product picks for mom!
While this slick little HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features of your favorite desktop media application, it’s still a very cool demonstration of what a Web app can do with access to local resources — like MP3 and OGG files.
Just fire up http://antimatter15.github.com/player/player.html in your HTML5-compatible browser and browse to the topmost folder in your music library. The app will quickly build an index of all your tunes and let you start listening right inside your Web browser. Click on the filter library text, and you can enter a search string — results load as you type.
There’s a volume control, shuffle mode, play/pause control, and you can click and drag to skip forward or rewind during playback. As OMG! Ubuntu points out, you can even save the app to your hard drive and run it offline, which is pretty darn cool.
Not all browsers are equal when it comes to HTML5 implementation, of course. We found that Chrome worked the best, and Firefox was OK. It’s also worth noting that this music player comes from the same developer that created one of our favorite restartless Firefox 4 add-ons, drag2up.