As the release of iOS 5 creeps closer by the day, the joy in the hearts of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users is almost palpable. So is the torrid heat generated by the constant rivalry of Apple and Google fanboys. Is Mountain View’s Honeycomb OS the most advanced mobile operating system out there? Will Cupertino’s new feature set knock off of Google’s tablet-centric operating system? It’s an battle that rages online as we speak. In the interest of fanning the flames of war, we examine 12 of the key features that Apple’s been boasting about since iOS 5 was unveiled and pit them against what Honeycomb OS 3.2 offers their users.
Two operating systems enter, only one may leave. FIGHT!
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There really was only one Apple news story this week; no use pretending otherwise. Sure, there were a couple other stories about Google or someone else, and we'll mention a couple of them, but the big news was the big news. After a successful run, the like of which we have never seen, Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, stepped down from his position steering Apple's day to day operations. So let's cue that highlight reel of the one and only, Mr. Reality Distortion Field.
Whether you’re tired of those Google+ friend requests, long for the days when you didn’t have to update yet another social network, or dislike the extra option in your Google toolbar, we’ll show you how to easily disable your Google+ account with just a few simple steps.
Previously only available to Android users with capable handsets, Google has now enabled users of its Chrome browser to search for directions through their computer's microphones. You know, because it's so cool to yell at your computer for directions to that All You Can Eat sushi place you're taking your significant other out to after work. Nope, not weird at all.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the whole “Apple versus Google” drama, sometimes it’s nice to take in a story where the two work together, simpatico. In the wake of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO on Wednesday, a Google senior vice president shares a story that does just that.
Whether you use Google Chrome or not, you're most certainly familiar with web-apps -- functional sites that you can use in lieu of the apps in your dock. Chrome has made these sites particularly handy by making them easily accessible through your Chrome home screen and easily searchable through the Google Web Store. And, as with any other app store, there are lots of amazing apps in the Google Web Store, and some that are just plain worthless. Here's a round up of the best Chrome apps for Mac users.
Last week, Google officially debuted Photovine for iOS users. Like Instagram and the horde of other photo sharing apps, Photovine enables you to take pictures and instantly share them with the world. The idea behind the service is to create communities through unique collections of photos that are called Vines, which is simply a name for a theme, topic or idea. Other users of the service can help the vine "grow" by adding pictures that contribute to the theme.
Photovine, which was built by an internal development team at Google, has no apparent tie-in to the search giant or any its services, including its social network, Google+. The app is not even available for Android devices. However, it's an interesting approach to sharing those well composed photos with a wider audience and could prove an interesting move into community photo sharing.
Google's Music Beta may only be three months old, but the search giant made another foray into the music world today, launching Magnifier. The new music discovery site goes a little bit further than just letting you listen to music by featuring videos of live performances, interviews with artists, explorations of different musical genres and free songs that you can tack on to your Music Beta catalogue.
Shopaholics, Google hasn't forgotten about you. Now you can flip through all of the latest catalogs from your favorite retailers straight from your iPad. Stores like Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephore and Williams-Sonoma have made their catalogs readily and virtually available for impulse shopping.