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Spotify and Boxee Box by D-Link </br>a match made in heaven

Spotify and Boxee Box by D-Link
a match made in heaven

So i was at a Salesforce conference in Sydney a week ago called Cloudforce and Spotify did their presentation on their use of Salesforce (like Rypple) and how they integrate the packages in to their company with such great success. While surfing around the internet i came across Spotify’s competition page on Facebook, i thought to myself, no harm in trying and entered their competition and thought no more, as you do when you enter competitions.

So last night i get an email from Spotify saying “i won a Boxee Box and a 3 month subscription to Spotify on their Premium package” – i was jumping for joy. It’s not often i win something and for this to come out of the blue, i was totally wrapped.

Using Boxee and Spotify is just a match made in heaven. I can now have my home entertainment system hooked up together and pump out some great trax while im entertaining, working around the house or just chillin and taking time out.

To have Spotify working on the Boxee you must subscribe to the premium package, which is around AU$11 or AU$12 per month, which is nothing, what can you buy for that amount of money these days and spread it over 4 weeks. If you purchase an album in other services like iTunes, you are looking at up to $20ish dollars an album, so Spotify is just the perfect solution to downloading and listening LOTS to track and albums, either streaming it or actually downloading it to your mobile device or computer. Unfortunately with Boxee you can’t download it to the box but streaming is just fine.

Take advantage of your favourites and preload all your tracks into it, this way you can then walk away and listen to your line up of music without having to hunt around for it.

All in all, Boxee and Spotify is just perfect together for your home entertainment pleasure, inexpensive packages and a great range of music… check them out today!

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Spotify

 

Have you tried CLIK for iPhone?

Have you tried CLIK for iPhone?

Well, i follow some random people on Twitter and also some big names too, i like to follow technology and social media Twitter accounts and I get some great idea’s from reading peoples tweets. But i recently followed @Clik.

I got a Direct Message (DM) from Clik the other day to try their iPhone app, i thought “why not give it a crack!”, so i downloaded the CLIK app (which is free) from iTunes and installed it on my phone.

I ran the app and was instantly amazed.

So, you run the app on your phone and follow the very simple instructions, you dont have to sign up for anything, just run it, then on a device which has a browser, visit www.clikthis.com. The browser will then produce a QR code on the screen, hold up your phone which is running Clik, point it at the browser and it scans the QR code in automatically. Now, look back at your iPhone again and now there is a list of video’s you can browse, select a video or search for a video to play but instead of watching it on your phone, it will play in the browser… now i think this is pretty sweet… i am totally amazed!!!

Clik describes themselves as “a brand new Smart TV platform that lets you turn any screen with a browser into your screen by simply scanning it with your smartphone” as per their twitter bio.

All in all, i must say, this is one of my favourite iPhone apps at the moment…

I also tried bringing up the browser on a D-Link Boxee Box and once again, this app just magically works, HD Video’s on the big screen! NICE!

So if you havent tried CLIK, give it a go and download it to your iPhone or Android today!

Head on over to http://discover.clikthis.com/ and check it out… by the way, i also love their site… Nice jobs CLIK!

What to say to Siri

What to say to Siri


So you got an iPhone 4S and you want to play around with Siri?

Here’s How…

Hold in the HOME button for a about 2 seconds, then talk into your iPhone and ask a question like…

“Who are you?”
“Where is ….” but only works in the United States
“Talk dirty to me”
“What time is it in ….”
“What is the temperature”
“Whats the weather for…”
“What time is sunset?”
“What do you look like”
“Tell me a story”
“Call me …”
“I love Siri”
“Whats my name?”
“Do i make you horny” also only works in the US
“Who is ….” say a name from your address book
“Do you love me?”
“How are you?”
“Can you wake me at 8AM/PM”
“Beam me up”
“Tell me a joke”
“Tell {insert name} {add message} e.g. “Tell Darren I am late”
“Testing testing 1 2 3”
“Your a bitch!”
“Why are you sassy?”

What questions did you ask Siri?

Top 5 iPhone apps i use

Top 5 iPhone apps i use

So, first up, I must come clean and advise I have an addiction to iPhone apps! It doesn’t matter if they are paid ones or freebies, I just got to have the latest and greatest! My poor credit card gets a whacking from iTunes, got to keep the economy going hey! So as I flick through the many folders and the many pages of apps that I have on my iPhone, here are the top 5 I just got to have to get me through the day! 

In top place is the FACEBOOK app (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8)
Event though there are still a few bugs in this app, it gets a huge amount of attention from me. Not only does it keep me up to date with what all my friends are doing, I always use this to post photos straight into my online profile so everyone knows where & what i’m doing… i’m a bit into the exhibitionist thing here!

Twittelator ProIn Second place is my favourite Twitter App, Twittelator Pro (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=288963578&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6). Now if anyone can tell me of anything better, im all ears but I just love this app. It has so many awesome features for a twitter app. I also have the iPad version too which also rocks! Some of the features it has post to Facebook wall, create audio and video tweets, drafts and offline tweeting, create lists and view other users lists, nearby tweets, handles many accounts, oh and the list goes on and on, so get this app folks! Twittelator also comes in a free version, but why not upgrade and pay for the full version, it’s much better!

In Third place is the TWiT app. (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/twit/id299663499?mt=8)
I use this app daily, while i’m driving to work, when i’m at work and via my Boxee Box (and Boxee app for Mac, Windows and Apple TV). I love the how Leo and the team have developed this app so we are able to watch the live feed. I have my iPhone in the car cradle and stream the podcast while i’m driving or while I am being driven around. Even though it is irresponsible to have this streaming, i dont watch it, i just need to know it’s there! It’s a great app for anyone techie – keeps you informed and updated with all things technology and beyond! You can also sign into their IRC and be part of the live chat, even interact with Leo and the team while they are live to air. You can listen to the live audio podcast or view any of the past video/audio podcasts. So do yourself a favour and spend the AU$1.19 and grab this app.

Number 4 would be the original FourSquare app (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/foursquare/id306934924?mt=8), what better price… FREE! I had a good crack at Gowalla but  I was forever adding places to Gowalla. If I was in another place like the US, i’m sure I wouldn’t have to add as many places but for where I live, I was forever adding them. So FourSquare, you got my attention! So my non-iPhone, non-techie friends would ask “what is it?”. I always stumble on this one and say “umm it’s like you check-in, like a hotel, but you let all you friends know where you check in, it could be a cafe, a shopping centre, a park or even checking into your apartment”, but why would you want to tell your friends you are home? When you check-in you can become the “Mayor” of that place and people can take your mayorship off you if you don’t check into that place often enough. You also get badges, you can share photos, receive comments, you can also get freebies and discounts via this app and earn point. When I go travelling, I like to have a competition with my friends, to see how many points & check-ins each of us can get while we travel around. But that just me!

Lucky Last is my GPS. I am currently using Sygic (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/mobile-maps-australia-new/id319361043?mt=8) Wow, currently its only $29.99 (this weekend – 26/02/11), When I paid for it, it was discounted to $60 and I thought that was good. So when I moved to Melbourne a few years ago, I had my Navman, which was a lifesaver, then my iPhone came along and the Navman has sat in my glovebox since then. With Sygic, you get map updates for free which is why Navman is still sitting in my glovebox, if only they learnt that people don’t like to keep forking out money after you have bought something… one day hey! I must be honest, I have found this app to be very reliable. Some of the features it has are:

  • All the maps are on your phone,
  • text-to-speech so it tells you the name of the street,
  • doesn’t require an internet connection (unless you want to, if you use internet with it, it gives you more features),
  • speed camera and red light camera alerts,
  • uses WhereIs aswell… Gone are the days of the dreaded street directory…
  • These are just some features, check them out for a full listing…

So, thats it! Top 5 daily used apps! If you have any apps worth me trying out… let me know… So what do you use…let me know!

NOTE: Twittelator Pro had a free update today, it includes:

  • Configure your own customer URL
  • Photo’s shown in app
  • See retweeters total count
  • Saved ReadItLater links
  • Emoji panel fix
  • Long DM’s will no tuse Twitlonger due to violation to twitter