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With the closure of our http://www.internetgumshoe.com website, I have archived the data off to a WordPress website.

This will allow you to continue to read our past reviews without the ongoing hosting costs.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Article, Soapbox

 

THE READERS HAVE VOTED. INTERNET GUMSHOE CLOSES

At the start of this year InternetGumshoe was days away from closure and our great readership saved it.

In the days that followed I received lots of support and the webOS readership donated over $120 within 3 days of the donation button going live.

I refocused the website to fully support the webOS platform and the iOS side of things became more of a side line. 

Sadly, even as we stuck with webOS, the readership appears to have not been so loyal to us or webOS.

Our readership has declined massively over the last few months with May showing a total of 2,650 visitors, which is less than 100 visitors to the website a day. 

In May we received a total donatation of $5, and spent $37.10 on hosting and reviews. The large increase in spending on applications was due to the lack of free applications being released and that only two developers offered promo codes for webOS software in May. As our goal was to bring you daily reviews it has meant spending money to review the new applications.

I have never been one to ask people for money and it was hard for me to take donations for the site, which I wanted to give information and reviews for free.

So given that the website has now almost run out of money and the readership has declined to less than one hundred people a day, I felt that I had to make a tough decision on the sites future.

As you may know, I am the only person looking after the InternetGumshoe after our old sponsor removed their support and this site has become more of a hobby since then.

I looked at time I am spending each day on the website (90 minutes or more) for 365 days a year, so this was 46.5 hours of work. I looked at donation of $5 for May and then at the less than 100 visitors a day. There was only one real conclusion I could draw from this data.

As of today, I will be closing the InternetGumshoe for good. I will use the remaining funds to keep the hosting up for another month so any readers can view our back catalogue of reviews.

I will be removing the donate buttons from the site, as I expect one or two of you will want to donate again to keep the site going for a few more days or months, but I would not be happy doing it any more knowing the small readership that will see the reviews.

There are many readers (well less than 100 anyway) who will be disappointed by this and I totally understand. Believe me this was not a decision I made overnight, but have been considering for a long time.

For those looking for webOS reviews and information I have to recommend the webOS Nation http://www.webosnation.com/ it is the place that is managing to keep webOS alive, let’s face it, they have the reviews, forums and homebrew side of things covered and I could never hope to build that side of things up here much as I have tried in the past.

I have given this site more than two years of my life, putting in countless hours of work. I have to face facts that it has failed to make an impact and I would be better off spending my time on another project.

This does not mean I have abandoned webOS, I am still supporting the GMMan’s replacement for Pivot, and you never know the InternetGumshoe may find a home in those pages in some small way.

My kindess regards and best wishes to you all.

Neil

Long live webOS…

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Article, Soapbox, Touchpad, webOS

 

STEWIE SOUND-BOARD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (65%)

Stewie Sound-board is released by Fouad Chikh.

“WARNING : May contain explicit language . Stewie Griffin gets his own soundboard. Hilarious clips of Stewie from the Family Guy animated tv series. Lots of Fun.”

This application turns your Touchpad into a Stewie Sound board.

If you are a fan of the family guy cartoon, then you can replay some of Stewie’s most famous lines. Some of the sound clips are short and just reply the text shown on the button, others are full length audio clips for the complete scene it was said.

At present, the application offers 38 sound clips, so the price per clip is reasonable.

To clips have clearly been taken from the cartoon directly, so you can sometimes pick up editing and the sound quality on some clips are not perferct, but each of the clips is reasonable or better quality.

The user interface is pretty basic, with the buttons for the sound clips and a image of Stewie behind them. There are no options, preferences etc.

On the upside:

  • Simple to use sound-board.

On the downside:.

  • Only 38 sounds.
  • Some of the sound are not the highest quality recording.

Overall, for fans of Family Guy and especially Stewie will find some fun here, however, it will get pretty old after listening a few times and showing friends. For a sound board you just about get what you paid for.

Rating: 65%

Size: 54.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: Stewie Sound-board – Fouad Chikh

 
 

BOOKMARKED [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

bookMarked is a internet browsing tool released by Webdata Design Group.

“bookMarked – Manage your favorite webpages with ease! – Home Page – Categorized bookmarks – Web view Tabs This app was designed for those who like to have quick and easy access to their favorite websites. Open up to 4 web views without leaving the app!”

When you open the app it is preloaded with a selection of categories each populated with big name sites in their own categories, such as social, sport and news.

You can add new book marks by visiting a website and the clicking the paperclip. This will allow you to add the bookmark and the category that it will belong to (or add a new one)

You can also star a website, setting the website as your home page etc time the application loads.

bookMarked uses a two column view, with the catagories and links on the left hand side, and then the browser window in the large window to the right. You can change this into a full page display for the browser window.

There is a useful help section and full instructions for the application

I feel this application is very much for people who are new to the web, who want to easily bookmark page and see their favorite sites.

The user interface is good. The application is easy to use and allows you to quickly navigate to the next website you wish to look at.

My biggest issue with the application is the time that some pages take to load, I have a massively fast internet speed and I am use to pages loading within one or two seconds maximum, so when I am waiting 15 to 20 seconds for a simple page to load it is very noticable. It is hard to tell which the loading can be so slow, as sometimes the pages do load at almost normal speeds (especially when cached).

On the upside:

  • Good User Interface.
  • Easy to add a new bookmark.

On the downside:

  • Very slow to load pages at times.
  • You have to remember what is on each of the tabs.
  • Annoying start up sound.

Overall, this is an interesting application, that in the first days of the Touchpad would have had a place. It does have a good feature list of functions, it just needed to go them a little better. For tab browsing I use Advance Browser and for book marking I use Touch Surf. If bookMarked was quicker and tweaked I may use it but not as it stands. 

Rating: 68%

Size: 3.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: bookMarked – Webdata Design Group

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

BLANK MAPS (COLD SPECKS) – S.O.T.W. – REVIEW (70%)

Blanks Maps by Cold Specks is this weeks free single of the week.

This song is a good release from iTunes.

Apple has this marked as an alternative track.

The music track is more acostic in nature with guitar and backing singing, then picks ups a little in pace as the song progresses adding more tune.

The well song is sung by the female singer, her lyrics are very clear.

Overall, this is a nice song to listen to, but lacks any real catchness. The song washes over you and do not grab you in any way. More of an easy listening track than a chart topper.

Rating: 70%

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Blank Maps – Single – Cold Specks

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Music, Reviews, Single of the week

 
 
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