Shazam has announced a new experience that provides a more immersive music discovery and uninterrupted listening experience for users. The update revamps Shazam’s mobile apps and launches a new Shazam.com, which includes: a new app experience, music player, Spotify integration, Hall of Fame and Shazam Counts.
You can now download your entire tag history over at shazam.com, which is great news for data nerds.
… Which is just to say that the distinction between native and web apps isn’t a true distinction. Since native apps are also web apps, and since native apps may also use HTML, the true distinction is between native apps and browser-based apps.
See my earlier post on the subject for my two cents.
Meanwhile, more and more native apps are actually using web views, either for parts of their UI (like a timeline in a social network), or for all of their UI. If people aren’t told, they don’t notice it. If people do know, their opinions mostly seem to come down to confirmation bias. Today, we’re at a point where web apps, if done right, are virtually indistinguishable from native apps. Chris Tan points out:
Take a look at the this blog post attempting to expose the advantages of Hybrid vs Native which not only uses Instagram as an example of a Native app but it is specifically used as a example of a GREAT native app and why you might want the performance and smoothness of Native. This is somewhat hilarious, because it is in fact a hybrid application that uses a web view to render all of its content.
A great write up on the native mobile vs. web app debate.
An odd name, but a useful service. Upload an image, PDF or text file, get a private URL to share it from and the service will automatically delete the resource when you tell it to.
Covers fonts, hairlines and transparencies.
As mentioned in a previous entry, I’ve opened up my mashup application to the public. From the application page:
Enter a topic, and Chirpmap will highlight the locations that are tweeting about it. In real time.
Keep in mind that the app is still a prototype, and hasn’t been tested in an environment with many simultaneous users.