When you need Google goodness on the go, bring Google Mobile. Typed searches show relevant contacts data first, followed by web results you can filter by type: images, news, and more. Autocomplete suggestions can be combined with a tap to quickly turn a query for “movie” into “movie reviews for kids” (and since Google Mobile detects your location, it can find local theaters just as easily).
If, like a favorite novel, a good e-reader is something you want to return to again and again, the current version of Google Books will gather plenty of digital dust sitting on our shelves. Admittedly, first impressions aren’t bad: the app includes three free classics, and with three million titles in Google’s eBookstore, there’s plenty more where those came from. The contents of your Google Books library—including purchases, samples, and your places in them—sync to your Google account, so everything you’re interested in appears on all your devices simultaneously, just a download away. Unfortunately for heavy readers, your library can’t be reorganized by title or author, but at least the most recently read book appears at the top.
Looking for something to do, buy, or browse? With Google Places, you can search for services based on your location to find nearby matches on a map. The convenience flat-out rules—if Places can’t locate you precisely, it suggests nearby alternatives, and an editable list of common businesses (gas, restaurants, and more) lets you find everyday destinations quickly.
Google Earth successfully squashes the desktop app you know and love to pocket size. Sure, processor-intensive features like 3D buildings and weather are missing, but you can view optional 3D terrain and tappable links to attractions, Panoramio photos, and even Wikipedia articles relevant to the location you’re virtually visiting. Text searches show address book contacts first, followed by results from your search history (you won’t have to type “Yucatan Peninsula” every time you want to find it).
Happy iPad 2 launch week! While you sit anxiously awaiting 5pm on Friday, March 11 to get your hands on one, a plethora of details about this week’s launch have made their way across the internet and now you can read about them right here.
It was the week the iPad 2 ate every other tablet's lunch including some not even launched yet. Seriously, do they think the Xoom is so much better that people are going to shell out $300 more for it than 5 of the 6 iPad models out there? That either is going to have to be one heck of a tablet or one tall, tall glass of Apple Haterade. Join us on the flip as we once again drool, speculate, and inform, just in case ya were too dazzled and missed it.
Since this week is GDC, we thought that we'd do something a little more topical with today's Free App Friday. Whether you like two-dimensional RPG-style games, simple casual games on the iOS or engaging platformers, this year's GDC was chock full of FREE awesome titles. Check 'em out, play 'em, tell your friends, and maybe even get a little behind on work because there are too many wonderful games to play.
Compressed data has been the norm in computers forever. Crunching down files without losing fidelity and being able to decompress them later in perfect condition? Great idea. And with data caps being placed on mobile users, compressed files can only grow in importance. But RAR, ZIP, TAR, 7Z, GZIP? It's an alphabet soup awaiting you out there. You don't want to buy five different apps to handle every format, and Apple hasn’t gone native on this. So what are your options?