Whitepages Unveils Redesigned Caller ID App for Android

Whitepages Unveils Redesigned Caller ID App for Android

Feb 20, 2015

Whitepages recently released a refresh of its Android application; dubbed Whitepages Caller ID & Block, the newly rebuilt version brings new features which include better call identification, social networking functionality and more.

Per the press release:

Whitepages today announced the launch of Whitepages Caller ID, a redesigned and refreshed update to the wildly popular Android app previously named Current Caller ID. Whitepages Caller ID, available in the Google Play Store, helps users manage their phone communications by identifying unknown callers by name. The new release adds enhanced communication features including identity control, real-time location and photo sharing, and Facebook and LinkedIn integration giving users the ability to personalize their outgoing calls.

Approximately four billion calls are made in the U.S. every day, making caller identification more important than ever. On average, 35 percent of calls to mobile phones come from phone numbers not in the recipient’s address book. Whitepages Caller ID fills in the gaps by identifying those unknown numbers. Taking advantage of Whitepages’ definitive database of more than 600 million phone numbers, including 250 million mobile phones, Whitepages Caller ID helps people make informed decisions about whether or not to answer an incoming call.

The decision to answer a call has become even more important as spam calls to mobile numbers continue to grow. Whitepages Caller ID provides app users with much needed context on unsolicited spam calls thanks to its state of the art phone reputation service and user-submitted reports. The robust spam protection has helped identify more than 10 million phone numbers making unwanted calls. Of those numbers reported as spam, 47% were identified as telemarketers, an alarming 29% flagged as scams or fraudulent calls, and 17% as debt collectors.

In addition to receiving robust details about incoming calls, users can now control how they appear on outgoing calls by customizing their caller identity. The option to personalize one’s caller identity improves communication and can be done from within the Caller ID app or through a user’s account on Whitepages.com.

Other enhanced communication features include:
Location Sharing: Tag calls with a real-time location before or during the call to communicate exactly where you are.
Photo Sharing: Give others a better idea of what you’re talking about and attach a photo before or during a call without leaving the app.
Social Integration: Connect a Facebook or LinkedIn profile to customize your personal caller identity with a photo and description.
· New Look: A refreshed user interface offers quick access to all of Caller ID’s features with one tap.

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

[Sources: Whitepages Blogpost]

Socialcast App Receives Update

Socialcast App Receives Update

Sep 13, 2014

Socialcast, the mobile iteration of the popular enterprise collaboration utility, is getting an update that brings a host of new features and enhancements.

Per the Google Play app page, this update brings:

New design and optimized performance
Improved search now lets you see results for Messages, People and Groups
Search results now highlight the search term
Infinite scrolling
Send and receive ‘Thanks’
Enhanced user profile to include Photos and ‘Thanks’
Contextual message posting based in groups
See group members and leave a group; leave a conversation
Support for viewing Challenge Ideas, polls and Project Tasks
Messages & conversations update in Real-time
Chrome used to authenticate with SSO

Socialcast is available for free on the Play Store.

KickStarter Spotlight: FloJack

KickStarter Spotlight: FloJack

Nov 14, 2012

Near Field Communication. It is one of the biggest things that any Android fanboy will trump as the easiest bet for the future. Everything will be NFC-enabled and it could just completely replace credit cards as we know it. If I seemed a bit sarcastic in this onset it was completely by accident as I, myself, am excited as anyone for NFC to take off. In the very near future customers will be traveling the aisles of their closest grocery outlet and collecting coupons is as simple as tapping their phone up to a daily deal it is stored in their phone for checkout where another tap is all it takes to pay and the most efficient grocery run ever is complete.

The only problem with NFC is is it having trouble getting off the ground and the biggest anchor is the fact that there are still a very small number of devices that are NFC compatible. Sure the top flight Android and Windows phones feature NFC chips but until the current “legacy” versions of Android are phased out and Apple jumps on the NFC train this convenience will remain a nice service. While this will certainly happen it does not hurt to expedite the service some, right? This is exactly what the great minds at Flomio have done. Most companies have a dogged relationship to certain brands and further drive the wedge between Android users and iOS, but that is not the case here at Flomio; all they want is to simply unite the smartphone collective under one standard NFC flag. They do this by means of a detachable NFC dongle, the FloJack, that resembles Square’s card reader. This circular paddle can be used to interact with all the NFC goodies around our world now, but also to write data onto Flomio’s ZAPPS which are little NFC chips that might be the most intriguing aspect of Flomio’s KickStarter campaign. These small, domed plastic stickers are rewritable and can be used for almost anything. One could place a ZAPP on the car dashboard that would turn the phone into driving mode, or place one in each party invite that comes with an address link that opens the recipients map app.

The possibilities are unlimited and with a completely open developer program new ideas will be rolling in faster then they can be processed. By bringing NFC to the masses Flomio aims to remove one of the last excuses companies and local businesses have for not adopting NFC. What’s more, if funded successful, I wholeheartedly believe they can succeed.

Freaky Friday – Morse Torch

It’s been a while since we featured an app that was actually worth what you pay for it on Freaky Friday. Which is telling, considering most of them are free. This week though, we’re going to break that duck, mainly because the first app we came to when trawling through the Market for weird stuff was actually quite good. Go figure.

The app in question is Morse Torch, which, unsurprisingly, turns the flash on your phone’s camera into a Morse code device. It’s the amalgamation of outdated communication and modern technology that someone might have been waiting for for a very long time.

It’s incredibly simple to use. You set the brightness and gap between flashes, then type in your message and push the big red on-screen button. The button turns green and your flash, er, flashes out the message, finishing when the button turns red again. Nothing to it.

Of course, it might not be flashing out the message you put, but some subliminal order to destroy all phone lines, but that’s a chance you’re going to have to take. Or you could just check the code being flashed, I don’t know.

There probably won’t be a time when you actually need Morse Torch, unless you ever find yourself stuck up a mountain or lost at sea, but it’s still a neat little app that you can have a bit of fun with. Send messages to your friends over short, dark distances, confuse boat captains, that sort of thing.

It’s nice to be able to end a Freaky Friday post without some pithy comment about how terrible an app is and how it’ll probably bring about the ruin of Western civilization. Instead, I’ll end by suggesting that Morse Torch is a perfectly decent Morse code app that, if you’re into that sort of thing, you should download now.

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Morse Torch is available now, for free, from the Android Market

ChromeMarks Review

ChromeMarks Review

Jan 18, 2011

If you’re the proud owner of an Android device, chances are you also use many of Google’s “products.” For some unknown reason, Google seems to be on the slow side when it comes to integration and syncing of common products and features (look how long it took to get a subpar Google Reader app). Another vexing omission is the lack of bookmark syncing. My Google Chrome bookmarks make my life .00003% more productive and I love them for it! Yes, you could always manually re-bookmark each site within the Android browser, but if you have a long list of bookmarks, then it really — sucks.