3 iPhone Apps That Make Divorce Much Easier

Modern-day technology can be of great help when it comes to getting a divorce. The divorce process is not only painful but also quite senseless at times, with people struggling to understand it, and that’s where phone apps come in. Fortunately, Ipod Touch and iPhone users dispose of a number of apps, which are sure to assist in terms of learning new things about the process of divorce.

Cost of divorce
One app worth mentioning is the Cost and Prep App. This app will tell you how much money you will probably end up spending on the divorce, as well as what kind of information you need to have. This can be very helpful because we usually end up spending a lot more than we planned, which is a cause of stress on top of divorce being an extremely stressful event in life as it is. So, this app offers two advantages – you spend less money than you otherwise would, and you face a lower degree of stress.

An app within the one mentioned above, which is called Divorce Cost Estimate, is what helps you establish the costs and differentiate between soft and hard costs. Hard costs are those that can be measured in exact dollar amounts, while soft costs are more subjective – they involve the impact on you personally.

Another feature of this app, Divorce Preparation, gives information on the type of documents you need to get and at which time. You will be told when to file, which documents can be printed off a web site and which cannot.

Estate division
A second useful app for divorcees-to-be is the so-called Estate Divider App. This app is like a calculator in that you can enter the cost of your assets and liabilities depending on how much each of you own and owe. Then you can divide these costs and values based on the percentage of your choice. This app can also give you the values of the alimony, the respective amount in taxes, and whether either of you will be liable for any kind of tax advantages or deductions by structuring and adjusting the alimony payments. The app also lets you email the estate division to your soon-to-be-ex, if you are no longer on speaking terms, and wait for their reply.

Divorce goals
Another option, this one for men only, is the Divorce Source. This app comes with two helpful books on divorce. One feature of the app, Divorce Goals Assistant, lets you set your divorce goals. This includes issues like child custody, division of assets, establishing the divorce cost and more. You can email these to your future ex and your divorce attorney. The app also features access to thousands of family law articles, answers to common and not-so-common questions, and a Family Law Reference Section. The app allows you to find divorce attorneys near you, email stories or share stories on Facebook and more. This app can be used by iPhone and iPad users. Having said all this, do not rely on apps only. Divorce is a very complicated process.

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6 Cool Video Streaming Apps for Your Android Device

Android Smart phones are increasingly popular because of their plethora of features and reasonable pricing. One of the best things about them is the variety and quality of the available apps, many of which are developed by the same folk who create apps for the Apple App Store. Video streaming apps are well-represented on Android, and have had a bit of a boom in recent months. 

The relatively large high-resolution screens and powerful processors used by many Android Smart phones make them excellent devices for video streaming on-the-go. It’s likely that in the near future we’ll see more and more apps and video streaming services especially for Android devices. Yet until then, check the following already existing apps.

One of the best live TV streaming websites on the web, TV.com lets you watch your favorite channels either through Wi-Fi or through your phone network. With TV.com you can watch many TV channels live on your Android device, including CBS news, Showtime, and CNET. The app is free.

One of the most important video streaming services on the web, providing tons of full-length movies as well as recent TV shows, Netflix features a free Android app. To enjoy video content with it you first need to subscribe to the service. Although a great app for streaming, Netflix gets thumbs down for being a big eater of resources. The streaming quality, however, is flawless.

The popular ‘How to’ website’s DYI video guides are now available on your Android device. With eHow Mobile you can watch the best ‘how to’ videos on the website, read top rated articles, and play with a few extra features. The app is good to have for all of its features, but it’s especially notable for streaming videos. The app gets a thumb up for working flawlessly with Android Smart phones.

An alternative to eHow, Howcast provides many how to videos, some of which are not only informative, but also downright hilarious. The app works well with Android, and it’s quite fun to use, especially when you explore the available videos. Provided that you have a decent Internet connection, Howcast is well worth checking.

If memory space prevents you from carrying all your videos with you on the your Android phone all the time, then you’ll appreciate TScinema. This free app enables you to view videos not stored in your phone’s memory, after first uploading them online. Supporting many formats, and boasting a sleek user interface, TScinema is a must-check app.

The list ends with possible the best music video streaming app for Android currently available: Vevo. The splendid UI, which has been clearly optimized for the small screen of mobile devices, as well as the perfect streaming make the app a must-have. It runs best with the latest version of Android OS.

The list is by no means exhaustive, many other cool apps being available through the Android Marketplace. However, the apps listed here have all been tested on Android Smart phones and they provide a flawless or almost flawless video streaming on-the-go.

Calvin Scott   is smitten by gadgets and etches to buy one as soon as it’s introduced in the marketplace. He has one room dedicated to all the interesting and unique gadgets at his home. Visit his site for internet and mobiel internet.

Building Forms with Functions- 5 Cool Tools to Create Online Web Forms

The internet may be a paperless world, but when it comes to doing business online, it’s a world filled with forms. The challenge is to make sure that your site offers the forms you need to effectively communicate with customers while obtaining the kind of information that can help grow your business. Although professional site builders already have form options built in, there are many free and easy options for the DIY entrepreneur. Here’s a look at 5 very reliable tools you can use to create online web forms.

1. Google Docs:  – Face it. Aside from being free, Google Docs “rocks” on many levels. And the “forms” function of Google Docs—which started out as a feature of the Spreadsheet app and has now become an app on its own—is no exception. What’s not to like about creating a form that’s automatically connected to a corresponding spreadsheet upon which all the incoming response data is collected? As far as form integration goes, once you’ve created your form —in Google Docs—and saved it, you can access a designated link from the drop down menu that will give you a special URL to embed the form directly into your website or blog.  

2. JotForm: Another very user-friendly form creating tool is JotForm. Although originally designed for use by professional web builders, the program has evolved to the point that web-building skills are not a prerequisite. Requiring no downloads or sign-ups, JotForm facilitates form creation via a simple and straightforward drag and drop user interface. The free basic program—which is refreshingly free of annoying ads and distracting directions to the JotForm website—provides 100MB of storage and allows your account to receive 100 form submissions per month, which may be all you need if your business does not highly depend  upon form users. Another great feature of both the free and paid programs is the ability to create and display post response, thank you messages or send automated emails to users, acknowledging receipt and appreciation of their submissions.

3. FormSite: Starting with a limited “Free forever” plan which allows for the creation of 5 forms per month—with up to 50 items per form and 50MB of storage and a maximum of 10 submissions—FormSite offers another simple solution for creating and embedding forms into your website, blogsite or email. With very affordable pricing, you can take advantage of plan upgrades which give you the ability to integrate e-commerce tools such as PayPal and  Google checkout. With FormSite you can create web forms for any use, complete with images, graphs, logos etc. You can even create forms to reach users on mobile phone platforms.

4. Acrobat FormsCentral: Free to try and easy to use, Adobe Forms Central will help you design, customize and preview forms that can be accessed by any user on the platform of their choice, be it desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile. Much of FormsCentral’s appeal lies in the simplicity of creating forms using pre-made templates. Custom forms may also be created via a simple drag and drop editor. Other features include a very well designed text editor which makes it easy to add text, create single or multiple choice options, paragraphs and date and drop down options. Forms are also customizable as to images, logos and color schemes, a nice feature to keep your logo prominent and consistent throughout your site. Finally, for ease of analysis, the data collected from your form can be sorted, tabled, formatted and exported to formats such as XLS and CVS.

5. WuFoo: With a name that sounds more like a choice on a Chinese take-out menu than a form building program, WuFoo is another solid option that has managed to take the code writing credentials out of the form creating process. Starting with a free trial that gets you started with a maximum of 3 forms, one user account and a total of 100 responses per month, WuFoo offers plan upgrades that can be tailored to your needs, including the popular “Bona Fide” plan that allows for up to 5 user accounts and unlimited forms and reports. Once a form is created it can be incorporated into your website in a number of ways, such as downloading and integrating the HTML, embedding the form into the site as an iFrame, placement on the page via JavaScript, or simply providing a link to the form. To track form entries and activities, custom reports are also very easily created.

Derrick Lewis is a freelance writer for Acrobat.com.

Google Updates Sync Service for iPhone and iPad

Google Sync is a service from Google that keeps your phone’s native mail and calendar apps in sync with your Gmail, Calendar and Contacts.

An update to the service today has added three new features;

1. The ability to search all emails on Gmail, not just locally stored mail by iOS mail app.

2. Ability to send mail from a different account other than Gmail.

3. Accept, edit and decline calendar events from the iOS calendar app.

Both Gmail and Google Apps email users will benefit from these updates. You can follow this guide to set up Google Sync for your iOS device.

Google Introduces Android App for Docs

Google has introduced an official Android app for its office suite, Google Docs. This app will allow Docs user to access, edit and share their files from across any Google account. You can also share your docs with contacts on your phone right from within the app.

The application allows you to upload files directly from your phone and also open docs directly in Gmail.

Using the app and your phone’s camera, you can turn photos with text into editable Google documents with the power of optical character recognition (OCR). Just create a new ‘Document from Photo’ or select the camera icon from the widget, and your converted document will appear in your documents list shortly after you snap the picture. You can also convert photos already stored on your phone by sharing them with the Google Docs app. OCR does a pretty good job capturing unformatted text in English but won’t recognize handwriting or some fonts – stay tuned, it will get better over time!

The app is available on the Android Market and runs on version 2.1+. Alternatively, you can also scan the QR code below

Via Google Docs Blog.

ClipGrab- A Simple Way to Grab YouTube Videos On Linux

ClipGrab is a simple open source, free software application that makes grabbing and converting videos from sites like YouTube on the fly very simple. Simple open the application, enter the url of the video you want to download and configure your parameters for conversion. Hit grab.

You can also search for the videos right from the application and download them. Supported video sites include YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Clipfish, Collegehumor, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou. You can convert the download videos to MP4, OGG Theora, MP3 (audio), WMV and OGG Vorbis (audio). HD videos can also be downloaded provided they are supported by the video service.

ClipGrab can be very useful if you find the new mode of copying flash videos on Linux unnecessarily tedious. You can install ClipGrab on Ubuntu thus

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install clipgrab


[Release] Open Media Player for Nokia N900

Muhammad Abu Garbiyeh, the lead developer of the Nokia CSSU has announced the alpha release of Open Media Player, a multimedia player he’s been working on for sometime now. Below is the full announcement as made on TMO.

Been showing this on the forums a lot, figured it’s about time I make a release.
Please note that this is an alpha release, the mediaplayer turned out to be a
bigger project than I expected

What’s not working (yet):

  • Categories view in Videos.
  • Resuming from paused position in videos.
  • libplayback, a notification will go through and will mute the player.
  • Deleting items from a playlist messes up numbering, fix planned.
  • Share and delete buttons in videos.

What needs to be done:

  • “Cheats” that will make the mediaplayer seem faster to the user (the stock player adds a song, starts playback, then adds all the other songs when you click a song, the implementation here is to add all songs then start playback, this is slow for the “All songs” view.
  • Detecting the current item in the Entertainment view (my QML skills are meh).
  • Implement mime_open (gnomevfs is always returning NULL for some reasno…) so other apps like qmltube can open media in the player.
  • Deleting albums/artists (deleting songs and playlists should work)

What’s new (not actually a lot):

  • Sharing songs via Bluetooth and E-Mail (thanks to CepiPerez for the dialog from filebox).
  • Portrait mode (obviously )
  • QML entrainment view, being in QML, this takes more memory and a bit more CPU time for transitions (even though they’re HW accelerated).
  • Closing the mediaplayer will not stop playback, this is configurable in settings (main view -> title bar menu -> Settings).

What’s planned:

  • Playlist creator and editor (stock implementation sucks).

All existing MAFW-based apps will work fine with this, the stock widget will open this mediaplayer, media-im-status-updater will fetch metadata correctly, etc…
To “replace” the stock player (if you don’t want to do that, use the script below).
Place the binary in /usr/local/bin/

Code:
<font face="verdana">nano /usr/share/dbus-1/services/com.nokia.mediaplayer.service</font>

Change /usr/bin/mediaplayer to /usr/local/bin/mediaplayer, note that this will cause mime_open to stop working until implemented.

BT headsets (with buttons) should work fine (tested with a BH-503).

To use alongside the stock player (tapping the stock widget will open the stock player):
Place the binary in /usr/local/bin/

QML files are to be installed in /opt/mediaplayer/qml/
I usually update the mediaplayer whenever I add something, so here’s a handy script to update it (or install it)

Code:
<font face="verdana">root apt-get install wget #if you don't have it installed. wget http://mohammadag.xceleo.org/public/maemo/install_mediaplayer.sh chmod +x install_mediaplayer.sh ./install_mediaplayer.sh</font>

Then whenever I release an update, use ./install_mediaplayer.sh to fetch it and overwrite the old version.
Want an icon in the menu? Run the script with –desktop-file (./install_mediaplayer –desktop-file).

Once all bugs are fixed, this will probably make its way into the CSSU, but right now, it’s a bit early.

Not sure if screenshots are necessary, it looks exactly like the stock player but with portrait mode.

Bug reports expected (lots of them) and are welcome.
Thanks to nicolai for the C++ MafwSource and MafwRenderer adapters.
Thanks to Venemo for the UI for the FMTX dialog (which is actually a rewrite, the stock one flips the player to landscape).
If you have jacekowski’s fmtxd, feel free to kill the checks done (headphones etc…) in the UI, it’s in settings.

Source is of course on gitorious: http://gitorious.org/qt-mediaplayer/mediaplayer

Minitube – A Lightweight Youtube Desktop Client

With its slogan being “there’s life outside the browser”, Minitube is a lightweight desktop client for accessing Youtube videos. Its main interface is similar to Google in that it only has a big search box where you type in a term for your video and it do the searching for you. 
Alternatively, you can also enter the name of a channel in the box to start watching its videos. Minitube is also capable of showing videos with resolutions from 360p to 1080p. Not relying on Flash, it leaves a low footprint on system resources.
You can also download videos in MP4 file format using Minitube. Aiming to be a TV more than just an interface, Minitube is a must have app if you are a huge consumer of Youtube videos (and who’s not anyway?). 
Minitube is already available in the Ubuntu repos, but is outdated. You can get the latest version, 1.4 by

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neversfelde/minitube
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install minitube

The Internet – Leveling the Playing Field For Africans

There is no doubt that despite the relative high cost of bandwidth here in Africa, the Internet has become a big blessing to everyday Africans like myself and almost a billion others out there.

For a long time, we’ve had to contend with a myriad of obstacles in getting access to information and knowledge for various ends. For instance, it’s now just a matter of goolgling one’s question to have access to milions of resources, an exercise that takes a maximum of one minute.

Contrast that with times past when one had to travel physically to the local library (if there’s any your community) and pray there are books there that matter to your quest. I once walked into an internet cafe and was very happy to see a young girl of about 12 years old reading an article on Wikipedia about the periodic table. Chances are this girl will forever keep turning to the Internet for almost all her academic work and research.

There is almost not a sphere of our lives here that has not yet been influenced by the modern virtual world. From health to education to politics, the Internet has permeated and is here to stay. Of course it also comes with it negative effects, with the popular being what we term in local parlance as ‘Sakawa‘ or Internet fraud.

That notwithstanding, the benefits that the Internet bestows upon Africans far outweigh its detriments. However, the net as we know it, is under threat from an African perspective, and this threat is none other than what I prefer calling the app craze.

Rather than focusing on creating easily accessible applications and content irrespective of device and platform, we’re seeing an increasing shift to locked down systems where one is coaxed into the use of apps to get the best of that platform. Of course if you live in an environment where you’re surrounded by people wielding N1s and iPhone 4s, apps might be cool.

However, when you’re still surrounded by people wielding monochrome phones with browsers that only display WAP pages, you begin to get worried at the app craze trend.

With an almost level playing field with contemporaries in advanced countries, the power of the Internet as a universal platform may not live long if the app craze currently raging is not countered by us (Africans) through the development of services, infrastructure, content and platforms that are suited to our perculiar conditions and context. Yes the Internet is leveling the playing field for everyday Africans, but we’ve got work to do to sustain that.

Socially- Making Your Phone More Socially Aware

Socially is a social media app that runs on both Android and Symbian, that aims to bring your social graph right in sync with other areas of your phone. The application aims to bring your social data to your address book and calendar.
It syncs your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn data with that of your address book. The sync photos feature for instance, will sync your contacts’ photos with that of their latest Facebook profile pics
Some of the notable features of this app are
  • Socially aware address book and calendar
  • Location of anonymous callers
  • Push social notifications
  • Social info of caller on calling screen
  • Call barring 
All the above features are customizable to your preferences. What I like very much about Socially is the push notifications it comes with. I like its unobtrusiveness. 
However, one thing that I seriously don’t like is the time interval for fetching updates. The shortest I can see on the settings tab is 30 mins. That is a long time in social world. I’d expect to have something like 3 mins somewhere also so I can choose if I want more updates often. 
Other than this, Socially is a great app that I recommend you give a try to enrich your mobile life. Search for it on the Ovi and Android markets on your Nokia and Android phones respectively.