What do you do when you arrive in a new city and want to know what to do? I'm sure there are plenty of possible answers, but the correct one is to fire up Yelp. In the US, it's just hard to find a competing platform that offers the sheer depth and functionality that the service offers. Yelp displays discounts, allows user to make reservations, has Open Table integration, and - my personal favorite - gives quick access to addresses. The latest update to Yelp makes it even easier to discover what's going on locally with a redesigned Nearby page. Here's the before and after. Read More
When Google updated Maps earlier this summer, Latitude was no where to be found. It turned out that the days of Google's location tracking and sharing service were over. We suspect that Latitude is another victim of Google+, which introduced the ability to check into locations and share current locations in new posts not long before Google announced that it was retiring Latitude. Today is the last day to export your data from the service, so hop on it if you want to maintain access to this data.
Update: Users still have access to their location history, but the Latitude app, API, and website are gone. Read More
The NFL pre-season started this week. That doesn't have anything to do with the PGA, but I thought it might liven up this story about a golf app.
PGA Championship is the official Android app for the eponymous sporting event. It's sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, and by "sponsored," I mean that there appears to be a photo of a car that I can't afford on a lot of the app screens. That sponsorship does come with some nice perks, namely live score updates and free video coverage of the championship, no cable subscription required. Of course, the "Countdown to Rochester" screen probably would have been more useful if the app hadn't been published late yesterday, August 8th, on the opening day of the tournament. Read More
Since its inception, things have been tough for Google Wallet. Adoption hasn't been great, many carriers have blocked its use, and the rollout of new features hasn't gone as smoothly as one would hope. In short, it's been a long, hard road for such an initially promising product.
While we've already seen Google cut support for the prepaid Wallet card, the company has now decided to ax NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards as of August 21st. If you currently have available funds on a gift card that's attached to your Wallet account (and you no longer have the physical card), it's time to spend it, lest it be lost forever. Read More
Google just released textbooks to the Google Play Store yesterday, and oddly enough, there's a synergistic update to the Google Play Books client available now. This version unsurprisingly expands the notation capabilities, as well as adding some education-friendly capabilities like book rentals and contextual copying.
Users can now highlight text and annotate pages that have been scanned in (as opposed to the simple, malleable text and digitally published pages that make up most ebooks). That should allow for better interaction with both textbooks and more general files, assuming that you don't use a more powerful client for the latter. Read More
Samsung has dropped Samsung Wallet into the Play Store, an app previously only available through Samsung Apps on devices such as the Galaxy S4, Note 2, and Galaxy S3. We first heard about the offering back at this year's Mobile World Congress, and its functionality hasn't changed from what was promised. This remains Samsung's answer to Apple's Passbook, just easier to find than before.
The app functions like a digital wallet, holding coupons, tickets, and gift cards from select partners. This won't replace physical wallets though, as it's not integrated with an actual payment system, nor is there NFC integration in anyway. Read More
You can't be expected to carry around a phone with lame apps, right? I mean, what is this? Soviet Russia? Stand up for freedom and capitalism by taking advantage of these sales. After all, selling things at a discount is what keeps us free. 'Murica!
Do you live your life to the fullest? Do you wish you could remember every day of it? Are you doing the opposite, wasting your life away and wishing you could turn things around? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can do all of these things! 1 Second Everyday is a video-recording app that asks users to record just one second of their life everyday, and at the end of the year they will have a six-minute video of how they lived their life that year. Interested? Just wait, there's more.
Actually, no, there isn't much more to 1 Second Everyday than that. Read More
My Tracks is not one of Google's more well-known offerings, but it's been around for nearly as long as Android has, lurking in the Play Store as a handy resource for Android users who enjoy moving around. Today My Tracks received an update expanding on the usefulness of this location-monitoring service bold enough to tell you exactly what it does in its name. Now when the app shows where you've been, it will provide a more exact and attractive picture. All the better to track you with, my dear.
Google Maps has improved a lot over the years, now offering three-dimensional views of the landscape whenever we zoom in far enough. Read More
Android emulator fans, meet you new best friend. Yesterday the DraStic Nintendo DS emulator was published to the Play Store, for the admittedly high price of $7.99. It's not the first DS emulator for Android, but it's far and away the best - the combination of smooth performance (on sufficient hardware) and a stupefying amount of options to adapt the DS ergonomics makes it an easy recommendation.
Most of the existing DS emulators are based on code for Windows programs, making them unbearably slow on Android. This one is designed from the ground up to run on ARM, and requires at least a Cortex-A8 processor (with a few exceptions) and 256MB of RAM to run. Read More