Google announced new revamps today to two of its services, including UI changes for Google's ubiquitous search engine and better functionality from the Mountain View-based company's Shopping app for iPhone. This includes making it compatible with its new daily deals service, Google Offers.
The other day on Twitter, I lamented about how hard it was for me to get over my shyness and say hello to my mat neighbor in yoga class. And then I realized it's because everything I know about being social I learned from Twitter and Facebook. And then I got a little sad when I realized that's what my generation has come to. But that's alright, because I suppose that just gives me more of a reason to use my iOS devices, right? So I can stay friends with the few people I've met IRL? Oh crap, I'm using acronyms now. I've become the problem.
So, anyway, welcome to Free App Friday. And here are three social apps to help you stay in touch with friends.
If you’re one of the chosen few currently enjoying the burgeoning social network known as Google+, you’ll be happy to know that the search giant has finally released its official iPhone app to the App Store -- but sorry, no iPod touch or iPads are welcome.
Amidst rumors that Apple was working closely with Nuance Communications to bring voice command integration into iOS 5, the creator of popular free apps such as Dragon Dictation has quietly slipped the technology into the App Store instead, in the form of a new free Dragon Go! app.
While a recently revealed YouTube video shows that Skype is about to unleash a native app for the iPad at long last, competitor fring is not content to rest on its laurels, with a new universal update that finally brings the video chatting fun to iPad users.
Butterflies in the sky, you can go twice as high. Just take a look, it's on one of those apps on your iPad, it's Reading Rainbow. Yeah, the song doesn't work so well with those lyrics, does it? Well, Executive Editor Susie started singing it the other day and we sort of derived a little inspiration from it and decided to scope out a few apps you can read. And don't worry, this isn't a column where I regurgitate the three e-book readers available in either of the App Stores. We actually found some pretty cool apps, including one that has every piece of information you could ever want to know about Apple's computer history, an iOS app for sad, emotional poetry buffs, and the link to an amazing website full of all the creative inspiration you could ever hope for.
Since the official Google Voice app landed in the iOS App Store, there hasn’t been a lot of chatter from developers of third-party apps, which had long been the only way to use the service on your iPhone. One of the original Google Voice apps has returned after a lengthy hiatus with GV Mobile+ 2.0.
According to a recent study, over one quarter of all applications downloaded to smartphones are used once and then never touched again. This speaks volumes to the advice that moms have been giving their children for generations: You only get one chance at a first impression.