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Findables FlexStand iPhone 5 case review from Findables.Me

Findables.Me FlexStand for iPhone 5

The Findables FlexStand iPhone 5 case was sent over from Findables.Me.  You may wonder why am I running a phone case review here? Well it is a socially enabled case using a QR code. I loved the idea of this case and generally enjoyed the functionality, but I did find a few issues.  Watch the video or read some of my notes below.

Findables cases, from Findables,Me, have a small QR code on the corner of the case, that when scanned, will present the person with a social profile that you establish. As the case owner you control which profile is being at shown at that time for sharing.  There are three social profile modes available:

What the iOS 7 app update icons mean

iOS 7 has introduced many features including changes to the icons in the Updates section of the App Store. Here is what the new app update icons mean.

The first screen after being notified in the App Store that you have updates will show as below. You can still update apps individually or Update All at the top.

iOS 7 update notifications

iOS 7 update notifications


After clicking the Update for each app or the Update All at the top you will see the icons change to the the below image.  Notice the blue open circle. While it spins it is checking for the valid update and prompts you for your Apple ID and password.

Greplin becomes Cue

Back in March 2011 I did a screencast on the Greplin launch as a social search engine.  They have now started closing that down to become Cue.  Greplin was a social search engine to mine data from connected accounts.  They are carrying that data over and will still have the functionality but with the launch of their updated Cue iPhone app and web interface, they will now offer

  • Your email, contacts and calendar become an intelligent snapshot of your day.
  • Your events are automatically connected to related emails, phone numbers, and addresses.
  • Get the details you need to change or cancel reservations, check into flights, track the arrival of packages, or text friends that you are running late.
  • See up-to-date contact info alongside recent communications and the contact’s latest posts on Facebook and Twitter.

I logged into the new interface and went straight to settings.  I already had Twitter and LinkedIn hooked to the service. I did notice a premium feature ($4.99 monthly) with no links to what the heck that included or was for.  Also, one in settings I was totally stuck there with no buttons or links to get me back to the main screen which was odd.  I think the web interface is still under some work.

I will say that the search is still fast once the accounts are in sync.  I will be interested to see how the new alerts begin to function and understand data being sent through the streams.

You can get your invite to Cue right here

SxSW apps : Draw Something, Eventbrite and FedEX app reviews

Draw Something Eventbrite FedEX

Paul Steel and Chris Miller at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX sit live at the FedEX Food Truck to cover the apps Draw Something, Eventbrite and the awesome FedEX mobile app.

Draw Something from OMGPOP took over quick and made them huge amounts of money from the premium version and in app purchases.  Eventbrite left us wanting so much more and the lack of actual usage at SxSW was obvious.  Thanks to the FedEX social media team for letting us record at their food truck and the app is constantly in use from Paul long before we even got to SxSW.

Do not forget to catch up with all the SxSW app review videos on YouTube from Spiked Studio and Living Life Mobile.