Jun 29

Chrome Browser for iOS

Yesterday when Chrome hit the iOS App  Store, I allowed myself a moment of geek excitement; Chrome is my preferred browser on the PC, so I was looking forward seeing that experience translate to the iPad. 

Meh.

It’s nice, and has a familiar look and feel, but under the hood – as suspected – Apple’s app restrictions keep the browser from being much more than Safari with a Google facelift.

As confirmed by John Herrman on Buzzfeed, Apple hasn’t lifted its software restrictions, so Chrome for iOS is hobbled and not even really Chrome at all.  The result is an experience that shares little with the real Chrome browser, and one actually slower than Safari on the iPad. 

One good thing about the browser is that it allows syncing your content with Chrome on your Mac or PC.  Actually… that’s about the only good thing.

M. Nichols, Products Editor

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Jun 26

Apple's new Podcasts iOS App

One of the rumors about iOS 6 was that Apple would be moving podcasts from the Music app to its very own application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  Well, the rumor was true, but iOS 6 isn’t required:

This morning Apple released Podcasts, a new standalone podcast app for all iOS devices.

Here’s what Apple says about Podcasts:

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

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Jun 12

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for iPhone, iPad or Mac

Logitech has added a new mobile keyboard to its lineup, the K760 Solar Wireless Keyboard.  Charged by light – whether from the sun or a lamp – the K760 doesn’t need to be plugged in or have its batteries changed to give you portable typing goodness.

And if you have both an iPhone and iPad, the K760 can switch between them with the touch of a button, thanks to its easy-switching Bluetooth technology and three Bluetooth device keys.  It also has dedicated buttons to adjust brightness and – if you’re using the keyboard with your Mac – for Command and Eject functions. 

On a full charge, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 can run for about three months, but if you leave it in a lighted room when not in use, it’ll always be ready to use whenever you need it. 

Includes a 3-year warranty.

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Jun 11

iOS 6Apple announced, as expected, iOS 6 today at WWDC.  iOS 6 will be available with “over 200 new features” for select iPhones, iPads and iPod touch models in the fall.

Here’s iOS 6 in a nutshell:

New Siri Features: The new-and-improved Siri can tell you sports scores, game times and player stats, give you restaurant ratings (powered by Yelp) and make reservations, give movie ratings (powered by RottenTomatoes), actor and appearance information, dictate tweets, and launch apps.  There’s also support for integration with select car companies who’ll add Siri buttons to steering wheels.  Full Siri is also coming to the 3rd Gen iPad.

Facebook Integration: Facebook gets Siri support, and you can also post to Facebook from many apps.  Facebook has been added to Notification Center, the App Store and iTunes, contacts, calendar, etc. 

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