With Pandora Premium unleashed upon the suspecting public this week, the long-running music streaming service finally joined the on-demand listening party, after making its name as a radio-style service. Less expected was a big version bump for Google Earth, the fun-for-a-few-minutes 3D navigation app whose potential thunder has been mostly stolen by Google Maps for the last several years. Apple, YouTube, and popular indie game Lumino City also made a splash. Let's show you the highlights.Pandora Premium (Android,... Read More »
You've probably seen and heard the fictional tale of The Goonies, who sought One-Eyed Willy's Treasure, armed with only a map and a skeleton key. But it's far less likely you've heard of the real-life Waldos, who searched for a pot farm, near San Rafael High School, back in 1971, armed with only a treasure map and a few joints, even though their story's had a far-reaching impact. See, they met each day at 4:20 by the statue of... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Tidal becomes your main source for Jay Z, Spotify partners with UMG, YouTube TV streams Live TV for $35 per month, Hulu lets you stream entire TV seasons in under five minutes, and animation app FlipaClip entices new iOS users with a creative contest.Tidal (iOS, Android)
Jigga what? Jigga where? Jay Z fans had only one problem, this week, when they couldn't find much of the rap legend's music catalog... Read More »
As the twittering birds and golden sunshine of spring finally roll in, we must take stock of the dusty nest that winter turned our home into. Did you spend a lot of time parked on the couch under a warm blanket and binge on Netflix while the lighting and thunder raged outside your window? Well, now that you've reached the end of the gauntlet, let's show you several handy mobile apps that can help you reorganize your home and possibly... Read More »
Utility apps are rarely top-of-mind until you need them. For instance, a flashlight app when the power goes out. Or you're outdoors, it's raining, and your native weather app didn't warn you. Or you have to figure out your share of the dinner bill (tax and tip as well) but can't do the math in your head. Or your email password was just hacked, and you need help managing and changing the accounts tied... Read More »
You have a range of options for streaming your favorite music, movies, and TV shows these days, and subscribing to all the top services would be too expensive. So how can you decide which entertainment apps deserve a spot on your phone or tablet's home screen? Separate the tops from the flops by taking a look at the following factors.
Mobile entertainment apps FAQsIs there a variety of content? ... Read More »
In a nutshell, mobile productivity apps keep you on task. Whether you need a new note-taking app for when inspiration strikes, calendar and to-do apps to track dates and obligations, or finance managers to monitor your saving and spending, mobile productivity apps can handle all the details so that you're free to focus on big-picture items. A good mobile productivity app should help you work smarter, not harder. Here's what else to look for.
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Music geeks can be divided into two categories: players and creators. But whether you're looking to simply play MP3s or convert, mix, edit, share, or burn files, certain requirements come into play, such as sound quality, file compatibility, playback controls, and sharing tools.
Mobile MP3 & audio software FAQsHow's it sound? 160Kbps (kilobits per second) to 256Kbps is pretty standard... Read More »
Mobile gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow year over year. In fact, mobile games have recently surpassed both PC and console games in popularity. Mobile apps aren't just playable on-the-go -- they're also more affordable and often free. Even better, most are ready to play on the phone or tablet you already have, without the need for expensive consoles or additional accessories. But with so many new game releases, how can you tell the... Read More »
A growing number of iPhone and iPad users are looking beyond Safari, and Google Chrome (Android, iOS) has legit competition on Android devices as well. When you go shopping for a new mobile browser, you need to consider factors like rendering speed, features and customizability, privacy, and ease of use.
Mobile browsers FAQsHow fast does it render? No one wants to sit and wait for pages to... Read More »