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.
Cooking is a science that I don't seem to be catching on to, which is a bit of a bummer. I can make your basic dish of pasta and vegetables and things of that nature, but when it comes to the more complicated stuff -- like making pie crust from scratch or a Vegan dish that isn't bland -- I really need help. Recipe apps like Epicurious are fantastic when you know what you want to make for dinner, but they don't work if you're feeling uninspired.
There are only a few apps we’d want to take with us on a desert island, but one of them is 1Password, the acclaimed cross-platform login and password manager for desktop and mobile devices. Now, security expert Norton has decided to challenge the best with its new Identity Safe.
I don't know anything about building houses, or furnishing them. I've been living in apartments for the past five years and as I'm looking toward the future, to a place that's big enough for a dog and without a chronic mold problem, I'm consulting design magazines and perusing blogs for ideas on how to decorate and get the best use of space. Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over 200,000 beautiful photos of interior design, and links to where you can purchase everything that is featured. The app also offers ideabooks from guest posters with pictures of their own dwellings, as well as a "yellow pages" section where you can seek our general contractors, designers, and other professionals in your area to hire for your project. And, if you sign up, you can join in the community of other designers to share ideas.
This has happened to me too many times before: I buy a pair of shoes at full price one week, only to discover that they're 20% off a few days later. It's definitely what you'd call a "first world problem," but it's infuriating. I would have loved to save the $20 and put it toward a bag of groceries or, more frivolously, a belt to match those shoes. ShopAdvisor for your iPad can help you avoid these kind of situations by bookmarking the product you're looking for and alerting you when it falls below a certain price.