You pretty much can't call yourself a hardcore gamer without using Valve's Steam, but if you have an iPad, using the mobile app has been been an exercise in frustration without native support -- until now.
Taking the sting out of chores is nothing new. In fact, there are a number of avenues ranging from activity books for children to the ever-entertaining Chore Wars. However, it's rare in Free App Friday that we get the chance to share an app that's as useful for parents as it is for the twenty-something looking for pizza money in the couch.
Imagine, if you will, a scenario where you're a busy sometimes tech journalist who is in his mid-twenties and lives in an urban environment. Despite successfully not burning down his apartment by the year 2013, this would hardly qualify as resounding success in the culinary world. Escoffier Cook's Companion isn't going to teach you how to cook-- but if you've got even a smidgen of experience, it will make cooking that much easier.
Video editing apps are a dime a dozen on the App Store these days, but how many of them actually make it easy and fun to do? The folks behind Lumify Movie Studio are one of the few, and for a limited time it's also free.
The bad thing about any up and coming social network is that it's usually reserved for those of us living in the United States at first, leaving an awful lot of folks out of the party -- but t hat's no longer the case with Google+.
The iPad was designed from the start as a great way to read, but few developers have been able to crack the perfect app for absorbing such content. Readdle is throwing its own hat into the ring with its free Documents app, now available on the App Store.
As the week winds to a close and our thoughts turn to holiday festivities next week, here's a bonus recap for this fine Friday, focused on a selection of app news and updates you might have missed in the last 24 hours or so -- our little Christmas gift to you, so go, go, go get 'em!