It's the little things that keeps us coming back for more. Today, Apple released a Podcasts app that allows users to subscribe and listen to podcasts on any iOS device without having to delve deep into the Music app. Frequent podcast listeners will appreciate the ease of us, the large display tiles for each podcast, and the ability to discover new shows without launching iTunes. What's more: now you can just place the icon on the front page of your iPhone for instant podcast access!
This is a heck of a download (Holy 234 MB, Batman!), but oh-my-god Martha Stewart you couldn't have made me happier. Until July 8, you can get the Martha Stewart CraftStudio for the completely absurd price of absolutely nothing! And if you like digitally scrapbooking your memories, this app is pretty fantastic.
I love the App Store, but I'm getting a little perturbed at all the apps asking me to sign up for a service before I can get any use from it. That is why this week's free app is totally barebones. Kind of.
Inkflow is your basic notepad app. It lets you draw on the screen with your finger or a stylus, and has unlimited pages for your unlimited ideas. In addition to offering the feel of writing with a fountain pen, Inkflow also allows you to pan and zoom in, so you can write out notes without worrying that it won't fit within the dimensions of your iPhone or iPad's screen. There's also a selection tool that allows you to resize or rearrange a portion of your note.
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend--when pictures of barbecue and pool shenanigans run rampant--Facebook releases its Camera app for iOS. Essentially, Camera is just a streamlined way to upload all of your mobile photos to the ubiquitous social network. But the app's release comes right on the heels of Facebook's billion-dollar purchase of Instagram, leaving many to wonder why Camera was even released in the first place.
Just like your Memorial Day picnic, today's Hottest News is a little of this and a little of that. So get yourself a big plate of mashed jailbreak potatoes, a side dish of free apps, and a bowl of iPhone 5 rumors. Then settle back to watch the cats play with iOS devices and enjoy.
In an effort to maximize its relevancy in the mobile sphere, Yahoo! introduced a few new iOS apps this week to the App Store. One that particularly caught my eye was TimeTraveler, which allows you to explore the city you're in by creating easy-to-follow trip plans. The app creates the day's itinerary for you based on where you're starting from, where you want to end up, and how much time you have in between. You could also set your start location and destination at the same address to explore the sights around that area.
Apple hasn’t historically been too generous with freebies, especially when it comes to the App Store, which the company maintains with a pretty much hands-off attitude. But that may be changing, with a new “Free App of the Week” section now available.
I feel a bit lazy picking out today's free app from the App Store's front page, but this one was too cool not to share. ArtCircles helps you discover classic and current artwork on your iPad in a dynamic way. Rather than forcing you through aisles of unrelated works, artCircles lets you pick your virtual art walk by curator (featured artists, musicians and designers), words, or colors. It's like picking out your music playlist by mood.