One of the most unique features introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last year was Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant. The feature has now landed on iOS as well, thanks to update to the Google Search app.
Amidst rumors that CEO Marissa Meyer is trying to get a little more Yahoo! on iOS devices, the company has released an update to its existing Mail app for iPad support as well as a standalone Weather app.
Americans are still reeling from the explosions that rattled the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, which all but consumed social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook almost immediately after they took place. As a result, you might have paid far less attention to tech-related announcements (and who could blame you?), but thankfully we've assembled a handful to get you up to speed.
Tons of app sales are starting and wow has your App Store app updates been as crazy as ours? We can't pick up our iPhones or iPads without seeing that famiiar red badge letting us know there are yet more updates pushed down the pike. Here are a few of the latest discounts we've seen to give you something to play with on your new handset when you get it.
If you're still a disbeliever who thinks the iPad won't someday displace the Mac for many uses, look no further than today's recap for proof that it's already happening. Heck, we've got Vimeo now connecting with Dropbox to get videos on their service, a personal weather station and even screenwriting tool Final Draft now on the iPad to allow work from most anywhere. So let's dig right into the news for Wednesday, August 29, 2012!
Apple has bundled a weather app with every iPhone and iPod touch ever sold, so creating a paid third-party alternative is either extremely foolish or very brave. To succeed, you’d have to stand out and offer something so different that paying for it actually makes sense. This is precisely what the creator of Partly Cloudy has done. Most weather apps offer a nice graphic of the current weather, along with basic information like temperature and other details. By contrast, Partly Cloudy is very spartan; there are no pretty pictures, just what looks like an unusual clock face.
There's a fine line between form and function. Every developer who puts a premium on design inevitably faces tough choices along the way, sacrificing features and usability for the sake of retaining their vision. Like its name suggests, WTHR is a minimalist reinterpretation of Apple's Weather app, offering the current temperature and conditions alongside a 7-day forecast. As a Dieter Rams-inspired design project, it hits on many of his 10 principles, with a pure, clean aesthetic that practically begs you to touch it.
There are plenty of iOS apps for forecasting the weather, but few of them carry the weight of The Weather Channel itself -- and now the cable channel’s own App Store entry has received a slick update, at least for the free version.
Smell that fresh, pungent aroma in the air? That's the smell of gardening season rapidly approaching. Well, that and pollen allergies. Depending on your location, it might not quite be time to roll up your sleeves and dig your hands in the earth just yet. But if you've got tilling soil, planting seeds, and plotting out your veggie garden masterpiece on your mind, then the App Store has some cool picks to get those green thumbs twitching.