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 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?
Apple might not seem too worried about its competition (if you ignore the lawsuits, that is), but the alternative App Stores popping up all over the place are definitely attracting users. This might be the reason Apple has decided to silently update its own App Store, and make it slightly more usable. The update is very small, but very significant.
Following their other products, Google is officially rolling out the new Google Analytics, complete with a whole new look and some interesting new features. This change has been happening over the past few weeks, and some of you may have already seen the change beginning to happen in your Analytics. Over the next few weeks, Google will gradually make the new look the default to all users.
Following the first sales of its new flagship device, the Lumia 800, Nokia has released an update for its Nokia Music software. The most exciting part of it is the launch of a Pandora-like service by the name of Mix Radio. Thanks to a partnership with The Echo Nest, Nokia can now offer personalized radio stations, curated to the specific tastes of their users.
Firefox has been steadily losing ground to Chrome and Opera in the past few years. I find this sad, as Mozilla were groundbreakers at the time and rescued us all from an IE-only world. I, myself, switched to Chrome a while back, but now that Firefox 8 is out, I decided to give it another chance. But Firefox is not perfect. So why not make it better?