ByÂ Donald MelansonÂ Â postedÂ Nov 9th 2011 12:21PM
Google has already made quite a fewÂ significant cutsÂ to services it’s deemed outside of its focus in the past few months, and it’s now made another that surely won’t please a particular subset of its users. It’s announced that it will end support of the Gmail app for BlackBerry phones on November 22nd. Those that have the app installed will be able to continue using it indefinitely, but it will no longer be supported by Google or available for download after the cut-off date (so you might want to grab it now if you don’t already have it). In its place, Google is directing BlackBerry users to the mobile web app accessible through the browser, and it notes that it will “continue investing in this area.”
ByÂ Richard LawlerÂ Â postedÂ Aug 9th 2011 9:00AM
The long awaitedÂ BoxeeÂ for iPad app is finally ready to launch, and coming with it is a fresh update for the Boxee Box, plus newÂ Media Manager softwareÂ for your PC or Mac to make streaming locally stored files to the tablet or PC even easier. We got an early look at the iPad app (which lacks access to the Box’s apps) and while the interface had been lightly reworked since our lastÂ hands-on experience at CESÂ it was very crash prone, with a tendency to close suddenly while streaming videos from YouTube or a connected PC. Boxee Box owners may not have to worry about that however, since the new v1.2 update addsÂ AirPlayÂ compatibility as an “experiment” for any online content (check after the break for the full list of changes). The Media Manager software on the PC makes it easier to organize content for playback on the tablet or Box, while a new Watch Later Bookmarklet also makes one-click sharing of online video from browser to device possible. All in all the idea is to make Boxee the “one place to discover, watch and share video” no matter where you are and we can see it getting there — once everything stays up and running consistently.
ByÂ Darren Murph postedÂ Jun 24th 2011 2:48PM
MobileMe’sÂ complete disappearance is still a good ways off, but it’s safe to say that the transition toÂ iCloud is well underway at Cupertino (andÂ Maiden, North Carolina, for that matter). A brief FAQ has emerged today over at Apple’s site, detailing answers to a few burning questions about the future of MobileMe. As stated before, all MobileMe users who had an account prior to June 6, 2011 will see their service extended through June 30, 2012 at no extra cost, but what’s new here is the amount of functionality that’llÂ also be available from a website. Starting at an undisclosed time “this fall,” icloud.com will allow users to access Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Find My iPhone and Back to my Mac, relieving fears that iCloud was severing ties with the browser altogether. Unfortunately, iWeb, Gallery and iDisk aren’t making the cut, and while it seems that previously stored files will still be accessible, we wouldn’t count on being able to add anything new a year from now. Hit the source for the rest of the nitty-gritty.
ByÂ Vlad Savov postedÂ Apr 7th 2011 2:13PM
Are you finding theÂ Bing iOS app not quite as tablet-optimized as it could be? Microsoft seems to agree with you, as it’s just released a new version of Bing designed to make the most of the iPad’s more spacious dimensions. It works with both generations of the tablet, though iOS 4.2 is required, and brings an arsenal of goodies to tempt users into giving it a try. A trends area will serve up the top-searched items on Bing, a dedicated movie- and trailer-searching section will help make your matinee decisions that little bit easier, and multiple map views will enlighten you with turn-by-turn directions and real-time transit info. There are even weather updates for up to five cities via MSN Weather and, if for whatever reason you don’t find the touch-centric interface to your liking, there’s a Bing Voice Search option as well. All for free. On the iPad. Boy, that mustÂ bruise some egos up in the Redmond. Video after the break.
ByÂ Richard Lai postedÂ Mar 29th 2011 12:06AM
Oh snap! Look who just ate Apple and Google’s lunch here? Minutes ago,Â Amazon rolled out its very own music streaming service which is conveniently dubbed the Amazon Cloud Player. Existing Amazon customers in the US can now upload their MP3 purchases to their 5GB cloud space — upgradable to a one-year 20GB plan for free upon purchasing an MP3 album, with additional plans starting at $20 a year — and then start streaming on their computers or Android devices. Oh, and did we mention that this service is free of charge as well? Meanwhile,Â someone will have some catching up to do, but we have a feeling it won’t take them too long.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Update: As some readers have confirmed, it appears that the Cloud Player will support music purchased from iTunes as well, presumably from the post-DRM era.
Update 2: Press release after the break.
ByÂ Joanna Stern postedÂ Feb 25th 2011 8:11AM
On the heels of the announcement that it’sÂ grabbed 25 percent
of the US e-reader market,Â Barnes & Noble
has decided to give the world a heap of details on its Android developments. First up, we’ve got an updated Android app, and while it’s not exactly a drastic upgrade, version 2.5 has been refreshed with a new library grid view (apparently optimized for 7-inch tablets), a book download progress bar, and a wish list feature. Okay, so they’re rather minor updates, but our guess is that the NookÂ Honeycomb
app that’s being promised for some time this spring will be far more exciting. Yep, it’s a lot of B&N Android, but while we’re on the topic, we’ve got to admit we’re wondering about the whereabouts of thatÂ Nook Color
app store, which wasÂ announced back in November
. Look not everyone hasÂ rooted there’s
, okay? Alright, we’ve totally digressed — hit the gallery below for some screens of the new app or the source link to try it out on your own.
ByÂ Joshua Topolsky postedÂ Jan 6th 2011 8:30AM
Well it’s official boys and girls — Apple’sÂ Mac App Store is live as of this morning, and available to use and abuse via a Snow Leopard update (version 10.6.6 to be exact). The OS X application market takes the company’s wildly successful iOS App Store to its logical conclusion, bringing an orderly, structured app buying experience to desktops and laptops across the globe. The Store will launch with over 1,000 titles, including Apple standards like the iLife suite broken out into separate parts (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand) selling for $14.99 each, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for $19.99 apiece, and the bank-breaking Aperture for $79.99. Of course there’ll also be third-party apps present at launch, including Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Pixelmator, Cheetah 3D, and Flight Control HD (yes, a port of the iPad version).
The software itself will be a separate application that functions much like the App Store, providing update notifications and a universal installation process. That process, mind you, will be part of the requirements for getting your application into the store, along with Apple’s famous content policies — so we’re sure we’ll see some irate devs with painful rejection stories. Or maybe not. We know that the company is planning on getting lots of familiar developers into the Store, but we also know that some of what Apple is looking for may not gel with, say… Adobe’s installation procedures (or worse). Regardless, right now the number of apps available is small, but you can expect it to grow fast now that every Mac user will get a crack at this software. We’re going to be doing a much deeper dive on the experience and report back — until then, if you’re using it, let us know what you think in comments.