Hard to believe that Wednesday is here again, but it arrives with some cool new stuff to download, rumors of an Apple solar farm going up in North Carolina, Nokia finally announcing Windows Phone handsets and those lucky San Francisco residents getting to buy from Apple.com and pick up in a nearby store. But that’s not all that’s going on this Hump Day -- here’s a look at the latest for Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
If you frequently use PDF files on your iPad, the developers at Readdle have a treat in store for you with the release of PDF Expert 3.0, the culmination of six months of hard work which the company is billing as “the biggest update ever” -- including a new annotation toolbar, page management preview and speed improvements.
As the fall television season gears up here in the U.S., networks are aiming to make it a more portable one by releasing fresh new iPad apps capable of streaming full episodes right to a tablet -- but unfortunately, some of them won’t do you much good unless you subscribe to the channel in the first place.
Just ahead of this year’s season premieres, NBC has finally joined ABC in offering full episodes on their iPad app. Didn’t know there was a free NBC iPad app? That’s probably because there were no full episodes available for streaming until this week, when you can watch the last five episodes.
Today, at first ever Evernote Trunk Conference in downtown San Francisco, Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, announced that the company has officially acquired Skitch, a screen capture and sketch app for the Mac. The move should help increase distribution for the small app, and Skitch's founders added that they plan on distributing Skitch to both the iOS and Android platforms, too. Evernote also announced that it will be making the app free in the Mac App Store.
If you happen to be in the market for a new automobile, don’t be surprised if the salesman whips out an iPad in an effort to answer your questions next time. That’s the latest nationwide effort from automaker Mazda, who is using a specialized iPad app to help push cars out the door.
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.
Keynote may be the least-essential app in the iWork suite -- after all, most of us don’t give presentations at sold-out convention centers -- but we have to admit it’s a perfect fit for the iPad. More than Numbers and even Pages, the iPad’s wide, Multi-Touch screen naturally lends itself to Keynote’s guides, gestures, and general interface.
But with such creative possibilities at your fingertips, Keynote’s built-in themes are surprisingly lacking. None of them are all that inspiring, and some are borderline insulting. White? Black? Really? Should those even count?
Of course, you could spend hours designing your own templates with subtle design flourishes, fonts, charts, shadows, and textures. Or you could let Templates for Keynote Pro do it for you.
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.