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.
Ah, back-to-school season. It used to be about spiral notebooks and Trapper Keepers, but now that everyone has iPads and iPod touches, the first day of school is all about showing off your shiny new apps. We've tracked down 10 of the best that'll keep your grades as high as your cool factor.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype will now come with a little extra somethin’ somethin’ as the VoIP company announced their own acquisition of a year-old provider of mobile group messaging services, adding to the company’s existing portfolio of voice, video and text chat.
If you frequently find yourself pasting the same text over and over again on the Mac, you’ve no doubt discovered Smile Software’s TextExpander, a handy utility that promises to save keystrokes -- and now, the accompanying iOS version just got even handier with a host of new features.
There are so many games in the iTunes App Store that sometimes it's really hard to figure out what to download and what's worth playing. There's also the dilemma of the age old adage that if it isn't broken, there's no point in fixing it. And, well, so many game companies have already perfected the kind of games we're looking for, so why bother looking anywhere else? Well, I can answer this one for you: do the words "free" ring a bell?
If you wish you had a free alternative to popular games like Plants vs. Zombies and Bubble Bobble, you're in luck! I've found exactly what you're looking for. Maybe. Take a look for yourself after the cut and save a couple of bucks on all those big blockbuster games with these free alternatives. Because you can't spell "free" without the "f" from "fun", right? Glad we're all in accordance here.
There are already plenty of choices when it comes to consuming Twitter on the iPad, including the company’s own official universal iOS app. But apparently they’re trying to cover all the bases, with a new HTML5 version of Twitter.com now starting to roll out to users.