Darisini


If you follow me on Twitter, you probably have heard that I involved in Darisini application. Basically, it’s an application (currently available for iOS devices and Android phones) that tries to help you to find some specific venues from a certain categories. You can go to Darisini’s website or read its blog. I would like to share some ideas/details behind the application development.

How it was started?

I can’t remember when Darisini came into discussion with my friends. But, the idea arose from my personal problem. I go from Jogjakarta to Jakarta regularly. When I was in Jakarta, I usually asked my friends when I was about to go somewhere. Sometime, I just tweeted and asked for directions. I utilize Google Maps and also Nokia Maps. I personally like when I get the solution (in this case reference/direction) on my own. I don’t always want to ask my friends — because at the same time they would know where I was, or where I wanted to go. Privacy? Probably. The point is: I need something on my phones that helps me with my problems.
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Steve Wozniak on Windows Phone

Steve Wozniak on Windows Phone:

Wrong. iPhone is my favorite phone. I did give my opinion that the Windows 7P phone had superior visual appearance and operation cues that were also more attractive. In my opinion, it sets the mark for user interface. I would recommend it over my Android phones given that it doesn’t yet have the breadth of apps. I surmise that Microsoft hired someone from Apple and put money into having a role in the UI and appearance of some key apps. I also surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at MS due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things.

Facebook Acquires Instagram


That’s right, Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 Billion in cash and stock.
Here are some points regarding this acquisition (from what Mark Zuckerberg) wrote:

  • “We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.”
  • “At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.”
  • “This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all.”

Just for another reading: Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in November 2006. And, here are some numbers about Instagram (Source: AllThingsD):

  • 430K+ on its Android waiting list
  • 30 million+ registered users
  • 1 billion+ photos uploaded
  • 5 million+ photos per day
  • 575 likes per second
  • 81 comments per second

Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (October 2011)


According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung is now the biggest smartphone dealer in the world.

“Global smartphone shipments grew 44 percent annually to reach a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24 percent market share. Samsung’s rise has been driven by a blend of elegant hardware designs, popular Android services, memorable sub-brands and extensive global distribution. Samsung has demonstrated that it is possible, at least in the short term, to differentiate and grow by using the Android ecosystem.”,  Alex Spektor, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.

So, what is the best Twitter Client?

Not exactly a Twitter client, but tool to manage social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.
When I created my first Twitter account in 2006, there weren’t any applications for desktop or mobile. But, it’s 2011 and the service grows so fast. It’s around one billion tweets sent per week (according to March 2011 data). I love Twitter, and I also joined some other services. I don’t use all of them on daily basis, but more about learning how the service works, and how they’are designed. This is something I consider as something-I-like-to-do.
We are connected to each other using social media services. Many people want to be in the front row to get the latest news. They also want to know what is the latest information in the industry they’re involving with. I want to get the news shared by people I’m following on Twitter, or just to see what’s happening from my timeline.
At the same time, I want to share updates. These things seemed easy to be done. But, when it’s involving multiple social media accounts, I can be very busy. Not always, but sometime.
I have been trying and have some application installed on my gadgets — and also my MacBook Pro. I’m having Nokia N8, BlackBerry, and iPhone 4 now. Okey, don’t ask me why I need to have those gadgets. I just have them and don’t use them at the same time. But, I usually switch between those gadget — and of course, applications installed.
The thing is that not all applications works on every device I have with me, even they share similar features. Among many applications (free or paid) to manage my social media account. And these are some applications (including Twitter clients) I use — I switch between applications when I’m on my iPhone as my primary device right now.

I don’t have iPad and Android-based devices anyway. So, why bother having (too) many applications when I don’t use them all? Again, I like exploring how those things work. And, I like working on my account using its native application. For example like using Facebook for iPhone to explore Facebook, even HootSuite also works fine. Why? Switching between application is easy. Right?
I don’t have any other applications like TweetDeck, or Twitter for Mac on my Mac. For the web-based tool I sometime use HootSuite, CoTweet and Twitter website.
For the next post, I think I’ll write short reviews about those applications. From a end-user perspective. There are many tools/services that offer so many features. Probably, they works for businesses, not for personal use. Some are paid service, and some are free. When it comes into a simple question: “What is the best Twitter client?”, the answer should be simple: A client that works for you. Right?

Foursquare is now available in Bahasa Indonesia!

I don’t use Foursqure on daily basis. If you want to have Foursquare in Bahasa Indonesia, it’s now available in Bahasa Indonesia. Foursquare team announced about some new languages for the application interface:

Today, with the launch of five more languages (Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Thai), we’re excited to announce that over 1,500,000,000 people now have access to foursquare in their mother tongue. These five new languages represent some of our fastest growing areas internationally.


If you’re using Foursquare on your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry, you can have the new languages by upgrading the applications. Also, you can have Foursquare website in more languages, including Bahasa Indonesia. Look at the language menu on the bottom page to change the language interface.

This is a good addition, and the language for the application depends on your phone settings. If you want to use Bahasa Indonesia, you need to go to your phone settings, and change your phone language.
Anyway, Twitter also made Bahasa Indonesia available for its users a month ago.
 

Nokia Maps says hello to iOS and Android


From Ovi blog:

  1. You can see where you are on the map, thanks to HTML5 support for positioning
  2. You can find addresses, businesses and other places of interest, anywhere in the world
  3. You can get to know the places: all the essential information about a place are presented on one page (pictures, user reviews, popular travel guides description, contact information)
  4. You can plan the fastest route to your destination by car or on foot
  5. You can see where the public transport lines go, and where the stops are
  6. You can share your favourite places with your friends via SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter

WPhone: Admin Interface for Your Phone

WPhone screenshot
WPhone (plugin page) is a plugin that gives you an option to replace the default admin interface with one designed for your phone. There are two versions of the mobile admin interface:

  • an iPhone / iPod Touch specific interface with full Javascript and animation support
  • a lightweight, simple version designed for all other phone types (no Javascript or anything else required)

Go to information page about this WPhone for more features. The screenshot page tells all about it. It seems that it is designed for use with the latest version of WordPress, but since standard API calls on the back end. So, I assume that it will also work for WPMU. Is it? Well, I haven’t tried it, but I will. Or, anyone tried it on WPMU environment?