Valve just annouced that it's launching a beta release of the Steam application for your iOS and Android device. The app will enable gamers to chat with their Steam friends, browse communities they're a part of, peruse user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content for available on Steam, and check up on the latest game-related news.
While we all wait to see if Apple’s HDTV will become a reality later this year, enterprising hackers have been hard at work over the holidays cooking up their latest magical feat: Running iOS apps full screen on the existing (jailbroken) second-generation Apple TV.
We all use our iOS devices for a little more than keeping in contact with friends and surfing the web. Photo editing is one feature that has become ubiquitous among iPad and iPhone users. In today's Free App Friday, here are three apps for iOS that let you edit your mobile photos with flair. Plus, a Google Chrome app that enables you to transform your photos into vintage masterpieces without having to go through Instagram.
Next time you drop into your local Lowe’s for some home improvement needs, don’t be surprised if you see the cashier ring you out with the iPhone held in their hand -- the company is adding 42,000 iPhones in an effort to streamline the way they do business and help their customers.
If you need to share files from your computer with other internet users, there’s no easier way to do it than Presence, the app formerly known as FarFinder. With this week’s 2.7 update, the developer has improved reliability for the software as well as making the marquee feature EasyConnect absolutely free unless you transfer a lot of data.
With all of the attention that Apple’s forthcoming iCloud initiative has placed on cloud computing, one wonders how some of the pioneers in the field will react. In the case of Pogoplug makers Cloud Engines Inc., the response appears to be a new, low-cost mobile-centric device for the home that allows streaming to anywhere.
There is another new GPS app in the App Store today, as Garmin unveiled Garmin StreetPilot onDemand for the iPhone (and 3G enabled iPads). The app delivers Garmin walking or driving navigation to you iPhone, including current maps of the United States and Canada. Now, for the first time though, you can get a Garmin on your iPhone with a monthly subscription instead of having to shell out a big one-time app purchase.
StreetPilot onDemand includes a thirty day subscription to Garmin's Premium Navigation with Traffic. This subscription is pretty key here; without it, you can still access the maps and get direction, but not turn-by-turn directions or many other robust features. Compared to buying a new GPS device or one of the more expensive GPS apps in the App Store, though, the monthly fee is a steal.
One of my favorite browsers on Android is now available on the iPhone! Dolphin Browser, a third-party app that includes features like gestures and sidebars, has managed to raise $10 million from Sequoia, a venture capital funding group that is considered one of the Silicon Valley's "most influential venture-capital firms" by the Wall Street Journal. Dolphin Browser is built upon the WebKit browser -- just like Safari -- and offers a streamlined mobile browsing experience for the iPhone. The app includes the aforementioned sidebars, and gestures, plus multiple tab support, easy sharing to Facebook and Twitter, a nifty start page a la Google Chrome and Safari, and Webzine, a dynamic, Flipboard-style way to read your favorite sites.
With the recent introduction of Apple’s Reading List feature with Safari 5.1 and Monday’s announcement that the popular Pulse news reader is getting a bookmarklet and Chrome extension, the world has more options than just Instapaper and Read It Later -- but how much is too much?
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.