Friday 5: Google Calendar, Medium, Hardbound, Telegram, Messenger

This week we're getting serious about scheduling, learning, security, and sharing our location with friends.

In this week's Friday 5, Google Calendar becomes iPad friendly, Medium puts its premium content behind a paywall, Hardbound helps you read quicker-to-read versions of new books for free, Telegram adds end-to-end encrypted calls, and Messenger enables live location sharing.

Google Calendar for iPad (iOS, Android)


Google Calendar, our favorite scheduling app, was never quite ready for the big screen. But with its latest update, all of Calendar's features are optimized for the iPad. Now you'll be able to find a time and book a room for meetings with coworkers via smart suggestions based on your team's availability and room preferences. You'll also find time for more personal ambitions with the Goals function. Finally, you can search your Calendar from the iPad's home screen via Spotlight Search.

Medium (iOS, Android)


It was only a matter of time, but Medium, the popular publishing platform, promoting social journalism since 2012, has finally added a subscription upgrade. For $4.99 per month, you'll enjoy access to exclusive stories written by leading experts and the latest site improvements, including a new homepage that eases story discovery. Additionally, you'll be able to read stories offline.

Hardbound (iOS)


If you don't have time for in-depth reading, then Hardbound is for you. This new app brings the latest nonfiction titles to you in a quicker-to-read format. Picture this: illustrated stories combining photos, drawings, animations, and text, based on bestselling business, history, and science books that you can get through in five minutes. What's not to love?

Telegram (iOS, Android)


Telegram, the "secure" messaging app that boasts a "Secret Chat" mode for end-to-end encrypted chat, has just introduced end-to-end encrypted voice calls. To protect against man-in-the-middle attacks, Telegram introduced authentication by four emojis. That means that as long as you and the person at the other end of the line see the same four emoji on your screens, your call is definitely secure.

Messenger (iOS, Android)


If you're not as concerned with your privacy, then Messenger has an exciting update for you. You can already share your location over Messenger, but the chat app recently added a Live Location feature (inspired by Find My Friends and Google Maps), which updates your coordinates on a map as you get closer to one or two friends.

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About Joshua Rotter

Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for and covers iOS.