Technologies like Skype have been around for some time, letting us make calls from our computers. The iDevice revolution put VoIP calling in our pockets, but services like Skype are actually rather limited. Yes, you can Skype or fring on the 3G network now, but only to other members of the same service. Skype can call Skype and fring can call fring, or you can pay to make calls to numbers outside of their service. Not a bad deal if you're calling another country, but paying to use your iPhone data package you already paid for to call your buddy seems like a raw deal to us.
Not surprisingly, a couple apps have come up with an interesting alternate form of calling.
After the snoozefest that was the Google I/O event, today's Inside Search event is a party of crammed inside a browser of amazing search features. Google annouced features for both the mobile and desktop space. Get ready to figure where that mystery photo of you was taken.
After waiting around for three days for my modest library of music (2,047 songs to be exact) to finally upload to Google's servers, I got a chance to really try out Google Music Beta and see if it's going to be something worth using. In theory, the concept is quite enticing: a cloud-based service that enables audiophiles to access their music virtually anywhere. However, its execution is a little messy. To be fair, it is still in beta, but there are some areas where Google Music could really use some improvement, and some that they do just fine.
Google Docs has become the ultimate go-to place when it comes to cloud document storage. The service not only enables you to access your documents and collaborate with other users, but you can also store important files to access anywhere. However, it's always a good idea to back up those documents if, say, your internet goes out, or if Google has another flub like when Gmail managed to accidentally delete a ton of users' emails. Fortunately, there's an easy solution for backing up your files to your hard drive.
With iCloud lurking in the not so distant future, MobileMe users may be wondering what will happen to their files on iDisk. While Apple has yet to release their plan for MobileMe to iCloud transitions, we can only assume that Apple will phase out iDisk in favor of document syncing and storage in iCloud. If you’re like us, however, you’ll want to take your files off of iDisk and store them on Dropbox or another online storage service.
You may not be privy to the world of Android (or even interested in learning its ways), but you can't deny that you don't utilize Google just a little bit (a tiny bit, even) on your own phone. Stop being so bashful about the habit and give in! Here are three free apps to help reinforce your Google habit with your iOS device or Mac, and three more reasons why Google's services still play a heavy party in our daily lives.
The notion of that is kind of scary, by the way. But we'll deal.
It's a rumorrific week for Apple fans as we gird our loins for the excitement that is the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. What will be revealed? What is already known? What surprises lie in wait? And how can we speculate more feverishly? These are all things the news loses its mind about, every single time Apple decides to host an event. But there were a few other nuggets out there in Newslandia. Let's not forget those stories.
Former Google CEO (and former Apple board member) Eric Schmidt was first in the hot seat Tuesday night at the ninth annual AllThingsD conference, which was streamed live for the first time. Amidst a lot of Google talk was quite a bit of chatter about Apple, including a recommendation from Schmidt himself to get a Mac.
Once king of the smartphone world, Research in Motion's BlackBerry has steadily fallen behind Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system. RIM investors are also growing steadily unhappy about this, and may start calling for changes soon within the company, starting at the top.
Although we’re not getting them on our iOS devices here as yet, it appears that Google is rolling out some search page changes for Apple’s mobile devices with a fresh new look and tab-based user interface. Anyone else seeing this?