Even though the major holidays of May are Mother's Day and Memorial Day, the month is really all about bikers. It's National Bike Month, May 13-18 is National Bike Week, and May 17 is Bike to Work Day. With summer just around the corner, there's no better excuse to get your bicycle out and take it for a spin. Whether you've been riding all along or you're just taking your cycle down from storage, you'll want to grab these eight apps to enhance your trip, track your ride, help you with repairs, and plenty more.
Geocaching is not for the casual urban adventurer. The concept is simple enough – seek out a hidden treasure by following a specific set of GPS coordinates – but there's a reason why it never caught on in the mainstream. Not only does it command a giant commitment of time and energy, but there's also a pretty steep learning curve for new users. Wonderground is geocaching for the rest of us. Created by General Electric (yes, that one), the scavenger-hunting app challenges users to explore their favorite cities with the promise of the ultimate reward: Knowledge.
After splitting off its Nook division last fall, Barnes & Noble appears to be entertaining getting out of the digital business altogether in a possible sale to partner Microsoft valued at as much as $1 billion.
Whew! It's only Thursday, but it feels like we've already experienced a full week after hitting the ground running in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday at Adobe MAX 2013. There's been a number of notable product introductions over the last few days you might have missed, so here's a quick recap of a handful of those while we catch our breath.
Disney's long been known as the go-to maker of family films, but with Disney Interactive's new Story app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, they're hoping families will make some short films of their own. Story, which is free, takes various media on your iPhone or iPod Touch and automatically organizes them into customizable "stories" that you can share with friends and family through Facebook, e-mail, and other venues.
Nervous about the internet sales tax bill that just flew through the Senate on Monday? A new report claims that it's not quite out of the woods yet, while Amazon beats Google to paid Android apps in China and Facebook Messenger finally adds the stickers recently enabled in the full official Facebook app. Ready to read more? Click on and find out what else is making news!
MAX 2013 may be in full gear in Los Angeles, but users will have to wait until June to get their hands on the new Creative Cloud editions of Adobe's products, which includes some exciting changes to the company's web creation applications.
There's something of an innovation lull in smartphone design. While certainly a nice improvement over the 4S, the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen and panoramic camera are hardly breaking any new ground. The Samsung Galaxy S4 learned a few new parlor tricks, but for the most part it's just a faster and slightly larger S3. And for all its accolades, the HTC One's claim to fame is that it's not made of plastic.
The main event at Adobe's MAX 2013 conference in Los Angeles was a pair of two-hour keynotes that focused on the company's new Creative Suite, as well as on how its users embrace the creative process. While Monday's keynote heralded a big shift toward the subscription-only Creative Cloud software, Tuesday morning's keynote, "Community Inspires Creativity," focused strictly on the creative process as four designers from different fields hit the stage to talk about inspiration and their different approaches to work.
Monday's big news certainly centered around Adobe MAX 2013 and the company's big shift to Creative Cloud as its primary product offering starting next month. But that doesn't mean there weren't other stories making the rounds that didn't come from the Los Angeles Convention Center, so sit back and take a quick ride through a handful of the ones that caught our eye.