GiddyUp: Party planning for iOS and Android

We’re all set here at Latest Gadgets HQ to get inviting with the brand new (and rather swanky) GiddyUp app for the iPhone. What’s the big idea then?

GiddyUp

Well ladies and gents, GiddyUp is completely cross-platform, and is an app for iOS and Android that’ll make it easier for friends and family to get together…. sounds simple enough, right? In a statement, developers MEDL Mobile said: “We want to eliminate the endless e-mail chains, 200 texts, wall posts and tweets, not to mention 12,000 Facebook ‘friends knowing what you’re doing’.”
Good luck with that, right? We all love our plethora of texts, Facebook and Twitter updates… do we really need it making any easier for us to get through the day? Probably. And this is quite bloomin’ handy, to be fair.

Here’s the skinny (I’ve always wanted to write that…), GiddyUp lets you create an RSVP-able event with the basic what/where/when functions. From there, you can select who you want to invite from your truest social network (so… probably your mobile contacts list?) and you’re done.
From there, your friends (who also have the GiddyUp app) will receive push notifications to respond to your event personally – it’s basically cutting out all the faff! Don’t worry though, your friends without GiddyUp can receive an SMS with a link to a mobile web-page that provides all the response functionality they need… repeat none of your friends need the app to respond! Best of all, there’s no sign-up required (phew!). Responses are generated immediately, so you won’t have to wait hours (or days) like you do for responses with other applications. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes… yes!
A few extra features on this work rather nicely – such as the one-touch RSVP function, privacy controls and attendance tracker which, on the whole make the planning process easier.

The built-in group chat option is pretty useful for those situations when planning is more communal and can be spread between a core group of friends. So, for instance, whether you have drinks planned tonight, nice dinners to arrange, or even the classic impromptu party, then GiddyUp should have you covered.

The app is available on both iPhone and Android and is currently free.

If you need any further proof of this app’s general usefulness, then check out the video here.

Top 5 Hangover Relief iPhone Apps

The party season is upon us and alongside all the late-night partying and too much boozing, there’s going to be a few hangovers in the pipeline. While many people, rather than admit that the eight pints they drank last night is causing their head to thump, their stomach to lurch and their tongue to feel like sandpaper, will blame their state of stupor on the ‘dodgy’ kebab they had on the way home, or the extra-hot vindaloo they had after the pub, we are all on a secret lookout for that long-time-coming hangover cure. If you’ve tried the alka seltzer, the downing a pint of water before going to sleep, or find that a full-English breakfast leaves you feeling worse than better, and are keen to find that elusive hangover cure in time for Christmas, then read on, as the following five apps may, just may, help you in your quest for a hangover-free Christmas – Did we mention try not drinking?

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Image courtesy of Flickr user mik_p

Tap Free Pain

$1.99

If you’ve got the time and someone willing to massage you, than the Tap Free Pain app, with its 200+ pain relief and relaxing massage methods is guaranteed to help relieve those ‘I’ll never drink again’ feelings. You can even customise your own hangover relief program and save it for instant access after your next bender – We thought you said ‘never again!’

If you’ve not got the time or someone to massage you, then the Tap Free Pain app is effectively useless.

Hangover Meter

$0.99

Making light of our dire state of mental and physical inertia is the Hangover Meter app, which ‘measures’ how bad your hangover is, in order to, we presume, encourage ‘hangover’ competitions among mates and the one with the worse hangover is crowned champion!

Drink ‘n’ Track

$0.99

For those more serious about canning the plonk is the Drink ‘n’ Track app. This health-conscious app tracks your drinking habits with the aim of keeping your drinking in line – Perhaps this one’s best left until after Christmas.

Hangover Cures

$1.99

Now this one’s more like it. If you’ve tried absolutely anything not to wake up after a night’s boozing with a mouth like a wrestler’s jock strap, then check out Hangover Cures, which has 40 unique and crazy ways to beat those hangover blues.

Brainwave Hangover Relief

Free

If hangovers leave you cringing back under the covers at the slightest sound then the Brainwave Hangover Relief app, could be the ‘cure’ for you. Giving out low-frequency sound waves this innovative app is meant to provide relief for hangover symptoms – Although you may look slightly ignorant sat with headphones on all day ignoring all external sound.

Be the perfect party planner with Usher

Are you busily trying to organise all kinds of Christmas events – and are you getting bogged down trying to keep track of who’s doing what and when?

Maybe you need a little hand from MicroStrategy’s iPhone app, Usher. This app lets you set up and manage all those parties and drinks events from start to finish.

Usher

How does it work? Well, first of all it allows you to send out personalised invitations using Facebook. Create an event from your iPhone and then use filters to identify who you want on the guestbook – so no laboriously scrolling through your long contacts lists,.

You can then manage your guest list – checking RSVPs in real time, managing VIP lists (if it’s that kind of event!) and sending out last-minute invitations. Usher will sort a printed guest list for you too if you wish.

Mobile tickets are then delivered to your guests’ smartphones, so they don’t need to worry that they might forget a printed invite. For those without a smartphone, tickets can be accessed on a browser or printed from the web.

If you have doormen (or women) at your events, they can check people in using Usher on their iPhones and validate their tickets using a Facebook photo, QR Code, Sight Code, Usher Code or Phrase Code. The organiser can then see who has arrived by checking their own phone.

This sounds a great idea for the party planner and anyone who organises PR events. Try it out for free by heading to the www.usher.com website and clicking on the link to the App Store.

Rise and shine with the Gear4 Houseparty Rise

Sometimes I yearn for the good old days, when an alarm clock was just that – a clock with an alarm on the top – preferably one of the really old-fashioned ones with two metal bells and a clanger that oscillated between them in an – ahem – alarming manner.

GEAR4-HouseParty

But if that were the case, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. So, suppressing those Luddite tendencies, let me tell you about the HouseParty Rise from those accessories wizards at Gear4.

It’s a rather cool-looking device featuring an alarm clock, dock for an iPhone or iPod Touch – and most importantly for any alarm clock – a big snooze button!

The device can be controlled using Gear4’s SmartLink app – owners just need to download the app to their Apple device and they can use it to change MP3 tracks and turn the volume up and down, just by tapping the screen.

The clever thing about the app is that it also allows you to control your docked device using a second iPhone or iPod – priceless if you can’t be bothered to get out of bed or get out of a comfy position on the sofa to change tune, or indeed if you don’t want to disturb the cat sleeping on your lap – can you tell who rules in our household?

The screen can be easily dimmed with a swipe, so it won’t keep you awake if those kinds of things bother you at all – and that huge silver snooze button is hard to miss even if you are only barely awake. Plus, pre-set alarms on an iPhone or iPod touch auto-sync with the HouseParty Rise once docked, saving a bit more time.

The HouseParty Rise comes in at a quite pricey £99, but then you are getting a high quality speaker and an alarm clock for your money.

Find out more at www.Gear4.com