Already a powerful information tool on BlackBerry, Google Mobile App keeps getting better. Additions to its search aspect, the app's primary function, scours the Web, your phone's address book and e-mail in-box, your Web-based Gmail account, and Google Docs for results that match your query. The app UI is anchored by a search bar, with a string of icons marching along the top to open other apps, like Gmail, Google Maps, Google News, and Google Reader. Click one to download or launch native Google apps like Gmail and maps, or to jump to mobile Web sites for the … Read more
Verizon Wireless said today it has launched a mobile recovery application for its customers.
The application, which is included in the company's Total Equipment Coverage offering, allows users to secure (and find) their mobile phones when they're lost. According to a statement from Verizon, users will be able to access the program both online and on their phones. From within the app, users can start an alarm to help them find the device around the house. The carrier said that the alarm works "even if the phone is on silent or vibrate mode."
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Napster has launched an application for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
The self-titled Napster program allows users to listen to the service's 10 million tracks as often as they'd like. The app includes access to new songs, the top tracks on the Billboard charts, as well as older records dating as far back as 1955. Users can opt to save songs, create playlists, and go back and listen to albums from their iOS-based device. The app also includes an automix feature for users who want to hear artists similar to some of their favorites.
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Google is making it harder for Gmail and other Google Apps accounts to get compromised by adding an optional feature that will send a security code to your smartphone for logging in.
The two-step verification feature will be available to Google Apps premier, education, and government customers on Monday, and to the hundreds of millions of individual Google users in coming months, as a built-in part of the free service, a Google product manager told CNET.
Until now, Google accounts have been protected only with passwords, which are susceptible to phishing and other social-engineering attacks.
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On September 9, Apple rewrote its rulebooks for developers. In its revised developers agreement, it reversed a ruling that blocked developers from using all but a very few programming languages for iPhone apps. And it also made public for the first time the guidelines it uses for deciding if apps will be allowed into the app store, or be rejected. Today we're going to talk about these changes in some depth.
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The 2011 Ford Fiesta is shaping up to be one of the most tech-savvy vehicles in its class. When we reviewed the compact car, we came away impressed with its Sync-based suite of cabin technologies and how well it integrated voice command, navigation, digital audio sources, and integration with iOS devices. So when Ford releases an iPad app for the Fiesta, we expect to see some cool features. Instead, the Ford Fiesta app for iPad released today is little more than a really good-looking digital brochure.
We're not trying to say that promo-ware apps are a bad thing. This … Read more
Competing app stores, the Samsung Galaxy Tab release date nears, and Google is sued again! Plus we talk about the Audible app, and cover a tip that harkens back to the Windows PC. This week's special guest: Senior Editor of cell phone reviews Kent German!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 16
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Geocaching, my favorite non-sport, now has an official app for Android with the release of Groundspeak's Geocaching app for Android phones. With this app, users can tap directly into Geocaching.com's database of GPS-tagged hiding spots and containers, called geocaches, and use their GPS-equipped Android phone participate in the world's largest on-going treasure hunt. The geocaches usually contain a log of some sort and, occassionally, small trinkets. Once found, users log their find, take a trinket, leave a trinket, and the game goes on.
Groundspeak's app isn't the first geocaching app for Android users (we'… Read more
Of the many apps spotted at Appnation, one called NutriSleuth had a particular ring to it--a ring that called out to anyone with a bent on health and nutrition. Sadly, this iPhone and iPod Touch app isn't as generally useful as I initially thought, but it does provide some interesting and useful features for those who have to shop for multiple eaters with particular dietary concerns.
NutriSleuth uses your device's camera to scan the bar code on any food item in order to expediently test its compatibility with dietary profiles you've set in the app. So, if … Read more
Last month, digital jukebox purveyor TouchTunes announced a new Web-based service that lets users create playlists at home and then access them later at nearly any location with one of the company's jukeboxes. The service is called MyTouchTunes and it aims to provide a fun, social way to interact with music for a night out on the town. (Of course, you'll have to find a place where it works first.)