Mobile users have become accustomed to searching with only their voice, but those on the desktop are still stuck with the ol' keyboard and mouse -- that is, unless you're rocking Google Chrome, whose latest stable version now includes voice search.
iPhone users rarely have any need to envy their Android-toting friends, but the introduction of Google Now certainly gave them one reason to do so. With the feature finally available on iOS with the latest update to Google Search, does it actually live up to expectations? Google Now gathers weather, places, travel, and customized interests into neat stacks of virtual “cards.” Related entries are grouped to minimize clutter, but users can temporarily eliminate unwanted entries by swiping them off the screen, or permanently toggle off entire categories in Settings.
Fresh on the heels of yesterday's news that iOS 7 will feature a "flatter" UI, 9to5Mac reports that Apple now wants to get into your car's dashboard. Specifically, Apple is reportedly working with automobile manufacturers to include iPhone docking stations in new cars, thus allowing Apple Maps and Siri to be used through the exisiting console screens instead of the the current built-in GPS systems.
Whatever your opinion of TweetDeck, it's hard not to sympathize with those about to lose a loved one on May 7, when Twitter effectively slays the mobile versions of its TweetDeck apps. We had a similar situation when Echofon made the decision to axe its Mac client last year, prompting us to switch entirely to Tweetbot for a harmoniously synced iOS/OS X solution. What will you be using to replace TweetDeck mobile?
It's been a busy week for new and updated apps, and while we can't single them all out in the space available, we've done our best to distill things down to coverage of the stuff you'll (hopefully) want to read about. We're also capping off the week with yet another update on the AppGratis saga, Adobe's thoughts on web fragmentation and more rumors that Amazon may get into the smartphone biz. Won't you join us and find out more?
No, you won't get stabbed for missing out on these hot news stories from the Ides of March. Still, don't go missing any more of 'em if you want to stay healthy, know what we're saying? We're saying, you could miss out and feel sick about it. What'd you think we were saying?
Apple fans just love old Macintosh computers. Sure, we're all so incredibly tech savvy these days, but there's still something special about those bygone era computers. Take the Mac 512K, for example. No, you don't need Siri to launch old programs on a Macintosh from 1986, but still -- it's super awesome.
For as much as we ask of our calendars on our phones, they’re really only as smart as we make them. If we forget our friend’s birthday, it’s because we didn’t input it; if we’re late to a meeting, it means we messed up an alert. Tempo Smart Calendar, the first of what is sure to be a new generation of calendar apps, aims to take user error out of the equation. It also integrates with your social schedule like no other calendar. Along with usual iCloud and Google syncing, Tempo scans your email, contacts, and Facebook friends to generate a complete picture of your life, from tomorrow’s presentation to next month’s ski trip.