My dog Roxy is a German Shepherd, which means that when she’s committed to doing something, she’s going to do it. One of those things is sneaking through the fence and going for long walks around the neighborhood. I’ve seen enough episodes of The Dog Whisperer to understand why she does this, but until she is “rehabilitated” (as Cesar Millan puts it) we need to make sure she’s safe. Enter Tagg the Pet Tracker, which lets me track Roxy’s whereabouts with a handy iPhone app.
The latest in a series of academically inclined iOS applications that rely on Wolfram Alpha’s computational engine to do their heavy lifting, Wolfram Astronomy Course Assistant is designed to meet the specific needs of students enrolled in college-level computational astronomy courses. This ain’t Star Walk, and for its intended audience, that’s a good thing.
Kazaa has launched a new iPhone app called Rdio (http://www.rdio.com/), a fully legal music service from the makers of the once totally illegal p2p file sharing desktop software. Kazaa promises per-track streaming through both a web browser and a mobile device and enables users to share word of what they're listening to, see top songs on their network and make tracks public to Facebook and Twitter.
This week has seen a lot of money flying around, with big companies acquiring small ones. Among them, Apple snapped up a speech recognition app that few of us probably even heard of in the first place.