On Tuesday, Google launched their offensive against Facebook with the new Google+ social network, which has drawn praise from those with early invites. As it turns out, there’s a bit of Apple DNA inside the project, with a user interface created by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.
Last September, Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously called out Google for including upgrades in the search company’s ever-increasing count of Android activations, touting 230,000 iOS activations per day at that time (not including upgrades). What will Jobs make of Google’s latest claim over over 500,000 activations per day?
While the rumor mills never sleep and constantly churn out new Apple stories, especially as we get closer and closer to release dates, there comes a time when the same story shows up everywhere and becomes conventional wisdom. Are we at that point with the iPhone 5? It kinda feels like it, so here's some news about your soon-to-be favorite new handset and more in the hottest Apple stories we've touched this week.
This week we're taking dedication to the next level. Anything that makes us want to use exclamation marks and talk like the dude in the Bowflex commercials is fair game this week, when we're whipping out the most hardcore games you've ever played. We take a look at Mortal Kombat (with fatalities! and blood!) to Line Surfer (get crushed by waves!) and then check out an extra secret contender that might just be the most hardcore game of all time. This week's Game Time is not for the feint of heart.
Apple has long been rumored to be working on their own mapping data for their iOS devices, and that day may be coming sooner than we think, according to new legal disclaimers discovered under “Map Data” in the beta build of iOS 5.
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.