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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Users of Google Maps’ API will soon have to start paying for usage. The general price will be $4 per 1,000 map loads, but there are some allowances and ways to lower costs. A “map load” is counted when a user opens a page which contains the Maps API. The number of times the user clicks on the map, uses the map or the exact usage of the map, doesn’t matter for pricing purposes.
Nokia has announced 6 new devices, 2 of which are smartphones carrying the Windows Phone 7 OS. The other 4 are lower-end devices aimed at the emerging markets, which are Nokia’s strongest these days. Nokia officially revealed all the devices at Nokia World 2011, and they include the Lumia 800, Nokia’s WP7 flagship device.
There are some pretty attractive, fun and personalized ways to read news on your iPad. However, many news apps, even the very best ones, tend to overwhelm me. Many of them are comprised of endless squares that I need to customize in order to not get immediately lost. Evri is a news reader for the iPad which makes it all a bit more organized.
iOS users, if you haven’t got your free 50GB from Box.net yet, hurry up and do so. A couple of weeks ago, Box.net announced that any iOS user that logs into the Box app from an iOS device will get 50GB of storage, for life. The promotion will only last 50 days, and about 14 of those have already passed, so not much time left for getting this hefty amount of free storage.
The iPad has been around for quite a while, and accordingly, the AppStore has accumulated lots of different free wallpapers apps. If you ever got bored of your wallpaper or icons, I’m sure you’ve had to deal with this abundance of options. A search for “wallpapers” in the AppStore yields so many results, and so many of them free, it’s hard to know where to start.
Google has launched its Person Finder service in Turkish following the recent 7.2 earthquake that has struck Turkey. Over 200 people were killed in the earthquake, and many are still missing. Google’s Person Finder aims at helping rescue services and civilians locate missing people by publicly sharing information about them.
Every month or so, users enjoy (or deal with) a new change in Facebook’s interface. One thing Facebook keep changing is the way we view images. While Photo Theater keeps improving and is no longer a major source of agitation, and while thumbnails keep growing, some people are still looking for an easy and quick way to view images in full size.
Kobo has announced a new eReader which they refer to as “the first social eReader”. The new device, Kobo Vox, will include social features that will integrate mainly with Facebook, but also with Twitter and email. Vox will run Android 2.3 on a 7-inch color touch screen, which is meant to enhance not only your reading experience, but also the social part of it.
Hotmail is still the largest webmail service out there, and Microsoft are definitely trying to keep their users happy, and maybe even get some new ones on board. The recent upgrades and changes to Hotmail show that it’s far from a dead platform, and with hundreds of millions of users, Microsoft must be doing something right. So where do MakeUseOf readers stand? Let’s find out!
After a week’s delay due to Steve Job’s death, Google has unveiled Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The new version was released on the new and anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was also announced in the same event. With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google got rid of the tablet/phone separation, and Android 4.0 is aimed at revolutionizing the user experience.
Windows 7 is by no means a new operating system. This why I was doubly surprised to realize that there are still some hidden tools in Windows 7 I did not know about. Even if you’re just a regular person who’s been using Windows 7, you might be surprised at some of the things that are built into Windows 7 and require no further download.
Despite the abundance of ways to discover music, I still find myself in constant search for a better way. Band of the Day for iOS is a great place to get to know less-known singers and bands, read about them, watch their videos, listen to some music and view entire discographies – all wrapped in a beautifully laid out app which is a joy to use.
We all like shopping. Even those who claim they don’t. Amazon has brought the joy of shopping even to those who used to hate walking between stores or just having to leave the house to buy a new camera. But the more we get used to not leaving our chair, the more spoiled we get. How many of us know there are great Amazon deals out there but keep forgetting to check or just lose the daily e-mails in a swamped inbox? Here are some Amazon enhancers that will turn an excellent shopping experience into a perfect one.
Cameras in phones keep getting better and better. It’s pretty easy to find a phone with an 8 megapixel camera and a flash, and they’re not even that expensive. So do camera phones mean the end for the compact digital camera? Do you still spend money on regular cameras, or are you content with those that come in your phone?
One of the things I’ve always liked about Android were the version code names. I think they’re brilliant, and had I owned something like Android I would do the exact same thing for names. What could be better than desserts? But several questions arise – why are there no A and B names? What could they have been? And what are the next version names going to be?