This week's New App Recap has a clear focus on reinvention, as several apps in our lineup have been rebooted, refreshed, or otherwise reinvented with new versions that offer a fresh new look and feel. But don't change that dial, because we've also got a few new discoveries as well — so without further ado, let's dive in!
That's a wrap on this mid-May week, which kicked off with rumors that the nation's second-place carrier AT&T may be making a grab for DirecTV in a deal valued at $50 billion. According to Bloomberg, the deal would stack satellite television onto AT&T's existing nationwide wireless, landline, and broadband internet services. AT&T has also been busy with other services, as you'll discover in our Thursday recap...
Rumored mockups of an iPhone 6 simply refuse to die, with the latest popping up Friday afternoon on an Italian website (via MacRumors), showing how the device might stack up against a new Samsung Galaxy S5. Coincidentally, Samsung's latest Android smartphone also factors into one of the stories in our weekend recap, a story that also reveals the perils of speaking your mind on Twitter. Read on for that and much more!
Now that Apple's built-in Maps app finally includes turn-by-turn navigation, makers of traditional GPS navigation products like Magellan are trying to find new ways to market their services to the iOS crowd.
Now that an official Google Maps app for iOS has arrived, Apple is likely feeling the pressure to improve its own built-in app even more -- and a new report this week claims they may get some help from Foursquare for doing just that.
Checking in to a location within moments of stepping foot through the door has become such a familiar part of the iPhone experience that it's almost instinctual for many users. For me, though, that Foursquare familiarity turned to disinterest some time back, as I stopped caring about the points-based grind and whether or not I was still the virtual mayor of the ratty mini-mart down the block. Foursquare's recent 5.0 version reboot seems an attempt not only to pull back lapsed users, but also expand its reach and compete with myriad other social discovery apps.
Localmind and Foursquare are two app peas in a pod. The premise of this free, cleanly-designed app is simple enough: ask a question about your local bar, eatery, or general hang-out spot, and someone who is already there will answer. I had my doubts about quick response times or friendly advice, but happily, Localmind proved me wrong and works exactly as advertised.
Just because your iPhone fits squarely inside your hand doesn’t mean you always have to enjoy it on your own -- several apps let you connect with friends to share locations and photos, or even have a little fun while together. Here are eight excellent options.
There are few feelings that quite compete with wandering a store when you're in a hurry or you need to leave and you can't find what you came for. Sure, you can ask the staff, but what if you can't even find them? Then when you do find someone, they send you on a wild goose chase or don't know where it is themselves. Well, for a problem like this, there's a saying Cupertino just trademarked.