Yaara (@ylancet) is a freelance writer, tech blogger and chocolate lover, who's also a biologist and a full-time geek. Find her also at lnct.org.
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The browser scene keeps changing on us, and while Firefox 4 might not have been for everyone, Firefox 8 is a whole different story. Chrome and Safari are getting much more stable, and IE is not such a bad option anymore, either. So when you update your parents’ computer this year, what browser will you choose to install?
Music service Spotify has announced recently that they are opening their servers to developers, who will be able to create apps that integrate with Spotify’s desktop app. In short, third-party developers can now expand on Spotify’s native functionalities by using Spotify’s API.
Google is like a mean lean upgrading machine. A day never passes without us hearing about some kind of update from Google. This time it’s the Google bar. The Google bar is that black, think toolbar you can see on top of every Google page you’re on.
No matter how you look at it, Windows Phone 7 is getting harder and harder to ignore. Many Android and iOS lovers would rather turn a blind eye to the emerging mobile OS from Microsoft; after all, isn’t it Microsoft’s turn to be the underdog in at least one game? But despite ourselves, we may find that we’re at least somewhat interested in this tiled, vertical OS that’s popping up everywhere.
The holiday season is the best time to catch up on your culinary aspirations, whether you’ll be cooking, eating, gift-giving or all of them combined. Now that Thanksgiving is over, you can set your mind on the next step of the holiday season. Cooking and eating the same things every year can get rather boring. True, holidays are all about traditions, but this doesn’t mean you can’t innovate!
The Daily Mail’s online version, Mail Online, hits the Android Market with a Daily Mail Online app. The Daily Mail is one of Britain’s biggest news websites, and is highly popular all around the world. Mail Online offers news coverage and articles on a wide array of topics, all of which can now become accessible anywhere from your Android device.
Google Maps for mobile is 6 years old (happy birthday!). To celebrate the occasion, Google launched Google Maps 6.0 for Android. The updated version of the app includes the much-anticipated indoor maps (a feature which has been available on Bing Maps for several months now), along with some other small goodies that are aimed at a better user experience.
A while ago we published a comprehensive list of the 10 best websites for free audiobooks. The world hasn’t changed, and many of us are still way too busy to sit down and read. We therefore look for refuge in audiobooks, which can make reading possible even for the busiest person. But most big websites provide similar selections. Should we be limited to mainstream just because we choose to read using audiobooks?
In tune with the general holiday spirit, Apple is again offering free shipping on everything during the upcoming month. The offer is valid for all items, but only on Apple’s US store. So if you live in the US, or know someone who does, everything you order from now up until December 22nd will ship for free.
Weather is one of those things that defy technology. No matter how hi-tech we get, we can’t control the weather. Weather apps for iOS are abundant, and there are numerous ways to stay updated on the go with your iPhone. But when the iPad joined the game, weather forecasts became more than that – they became beautiful.
Google+ is not longer new, but compared to Facebook, it’s still the new kid on the block. While the joining rate amazed everyone when Google+ first launched, it still doesn’t seem to hurt Facebook in any meaningful way. So where does the future of social networking lie? Google+, or Facebook?
Google must be realizing that in the tablet world, there’s only one ruler. This is probably why they’ve just released a significant upgrade for their iOS app, which is entirely focused on the iPad. While the app undoubtedly works on other iOS devices, Google has made visible efforts to make the user experience on the iPad at least on par with other browsers, if not better.
Increased productivity is hard to appreciate until we attain it. The average person wastes lots of time each day typing the same word, switching between confusing tabs, not to mention drowning in an overwhelming amount of tabs they can never make sense of. This happens to all of us at least some of the time. But there are actually some easy solutions.
Google+ is finally offering quick and easy photo tagging. It seems as if Google are taking their time with Google+, and every once in a while we’re awarded a new, much-needed feature. A few weeks ago we got Google+ Pages, and now it’s time for tagging to be upgraded. Google being Google, this is not just your regular old photo tagging; it’s cool, it’s easy, it’s super fast and it hunts for faces.
Choosing a phone used to be easy. Well, easier. No matter what your maker of choice was, the differences weren’t all that big, and Nokia held the winning hand anyway. But those were the good old days. All of that has changed in recent years, and the market is now literally swamped with choices. The first one being, do I want a smartphone or not?