If you regularly download apps for your smartphone or tablet, you have definitely experienced it: that moment when you find out the game you downloaded for free suddenly isn't. Welcome to the world of Freemium, where your initial download is only to get you interested, but where the real money is spent once you're already hooked on the game.Freemium explained The word freemium is a portmanteau of the words free and premium, implying you're getting a premium experience without paying a premium price. For users, it seems like the best of all worlds to get an … Read more
Waze's popular traffic app isn't standing still following its takeover by Google.
The app's main menu has been streamlined to display just the four core features -- Navigate, My Waze, Send ETA, and Inbox. Navigate lets you search for and plot your destination. My Waze offers access to your personal settings. Send ETA allows you to e-mail or share a link displaying your drive and estimated time of arrival, and Inbox naturally shows any incoming e-mails.
The Reports menu now … Read more
Google Drive for iOS continues to take small steps in becoming more like its Android counterpart.
Yesterday, Google updated the app with two small but welcome additions: file sorting and a find/replace feature for documents.
Now, when viewing your main file list, you'll see a Sort button in the upper-right corner. Tap it to access the following new options:Last edited by me Last modified Last opened by me Title (the default)
Google Drive also offers a helpful new tool for anyone who relies on the app for document editing: find-and-replace.
When you have a document open, you … Read more
Temple Run 2 players can add a bit of Christmas spirit to their gameplay.
Released this week for iOS and Android, a holiday update to the death-defying running game brings Santa Claus down the chimney. You now can play the role of Jolly Old Saint Nick as you try to escape the giant ape, dodge and weave your way past obstacles, and collect gems and other treasures to build up your score.
Other surprises await. You can wend your way down a waterslide as you try to avoid fallen trees and other hazards. The game also promises Christmas artifacts that … Read more
Google Voice Search, part of the Google Search app for Android and iOS, can now respond to many queries in French, German, and Japanese in the language that they were originally asked.
Google did not immediately respond to questions about what languages are planned next, or why these three languages were chosen. However, given how many people speak Hindi, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese, it would stand to reason that they would be high on Google'… Read more
With the arrival of iOS 7, iPhone and iPad users received a smattering of Instagram-style visual-effect filters for snapping photos. But they can't be used when shooting video.
Enter Spotliter Video, a free app that provides a choice of distinctive filters for video recording. It is, quite simply, like Instagram for video, though without the integrated sharing options.
It works like this: fire up the app, then tap to choose an effect from the scrolling selector along the bottom. Spotliter offers a dozen of them, but not just the usual assortment of sepia, black-and-white, and so on.
Rather, you … Read more
Black Friday has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to save on big ticket gift items. For those not aware, the Monday following Black Friday is known as Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.
While you do have the option to hit your favorite shopping sites to see what the latest Cyber Monday deals are, it's much easier when you can look at all the discounts at once. That's why I've put together a small collection of apps for both iOS and Read morethat can work …
Who wouldn't want a remote control for their pet? Or, perhaps, who would?
I love pet gadgets, especially wacky ones like Bowlingual, which claims to translate barks into human speech.
For better or worse, the biggest shopping day of the year is finally upon us. Whether you're the type that's planning to brave the long lines or just want to get the best deals online, Black Friday is the day to do it.
Fortunately, with your iPhone in hand and the right apps, you have an excellent resource for both planning what you're going to buy and finding the best possible deals -- even when you're in the stores.
For everyone who's looking for the biggest discounts, I've put together a collection of apps … Read more
Though I've never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner myself, I've been through enough holidays with my family and friends to know there are a lot of moving parts with the preparation and cooking that all need to come together at once. With several steps involved in roasting the turkey, the need to make numerous sides (such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy), along with other Thanksgiving favorites, it's no wonder the cook can get a little stressed.
While my personal cooking experience will be of no help to you during the holidays, there are a number of great … Read more