Even given some of the extremely bizarre games that have appeared on the App Store over the past years, Hot Springs Story may be one of the strangest. Rather than appeal to time-honored fantasies like being a sports star or space marine like most games today, Hot Springs Story appeals to those who have a burning desire to manage a Japanese hot springs resort, an obviously infinitesimally small niche on this side of the Pacific.
While most eyes are on the iPad 2 at the moment one analyst at least reckons that Android tablets are set to take the market lead.
And in the OMG PANIC department, news came out that over-reliance on sat navs could cause death. Hopefully some of us will be left alive, though, as the UK government is pressing on with a £50m broadband plan to bring high-speed internet to rural areas.
So if you live in the country, get rid of your sat nav or your dreams of finally getting to watch cats playing the piano on YouTube without the constant buffering may never be realised.
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The second GarageBand was released for iPad, I scooped it up like ice cream at an ice cream scooping competition. I dropped all work-related responsibilities and decided to write a jam, maybe something that would finally get J-beebz or Yeezy to notice me. This is my story.
If your the kind of person that's a bit creeped out that most of your apps use Apple's Location feature and would like to turn it off either entirely, or on an app by app basis, Apple has made it easier to find the setting. Navigate to Settings>Location, that's it.
If there’s one group that loves Apple’s iOS device perhaps even more than their parents, it’s toddlers. As every parent knows, keeping them occupied throughout the day can often be a challenge -- and one that the iStoryTime line of apps is ready to come to the rescue.
We love the story of Salem, Oregon, writer Colleen Houck, who ignored her rejection letters, self-published her Tiger series on Amazon, landed on the Kindle Store’s bestseller list, and wound up signing with an agent. Too good to be true? Not with the self-publishing options available today. Both Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iBookstore accept direct submissions from authors.
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 you’re looking for friends, Google Latitude can help. It helps people find each other in the real world to network the old-fashioned way: face to face. When you and your friends sign in, Latitude’s zoomable map displays icons showing everyone’s location. You can quickly cycle from friend to friend with a tap, and tapping a friend’s icon reveals contact info, directions, and more.
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.