What is the New Deal? What does "jackanapes" mean? Who shot J.R.? In years past, we would've consulted a dictionary, encyclopedia, or some other reference tool to wrangle up answers. Nowadays, we carry smart phones capable of fetching information within a few keystrokes. And when one thinks smartphone, it's difficult to overlook the Apple iPhone's industry-changing impact. So too has the iPhone changed the way we access information. If you have the appropriate iPhone search app, it's a snap to find the answer to just about any question, no matter where you are.

We've taken a look a handful of iPhone search apps for those times when you need a question answered quickly: Ask.com (Free, 3.5 stars), Bing (Free, 4.5 stars), Dragon Go! (Free, 4 stars), and Google Search (Free, 4 stars). Ask.com, in addition to traditional search, leverages the power of its community to help you get answers. The Editors' Choice award-winning Bing has excellent text, voice, and barcode search. Dragon Go! lets you control of your other installed apps. Google Search implements the search giant's Instant Results. Three of the four-Bing, Dragon Go!, and Google-even let you perform visual searches using the iPhone's camera.

Have an urgent question? Give these iPhone search apps a go and see if they can serve as your modern day Oracle of Delphi. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments section below.

Ask.com (for iPhone)

Ask.com (for iPhone)



Featuring fast searches, accurate voice recognition, and a price that can't be beat, Ask.com for iPhone is very solid mobile search engine that leverages the power of the Ask community.

Bing for iPad

Bing (for iPhone)


Featuring capable text, voice, and barcode searching, Bing for iPhone is a solid information tool for mobile users. The Bing Vision search, however, could use some work.

Dragon Go!

Dragon Go! (for iPhone)



You can already search by voice on your iPhone with Bing and Google apps, but Dragon Go! lets you do more with the results, taking advantage of other apps and a nifty sliding tab "carousel" interface.

Google Search for iPhone

Google Search (for iPhone)



The Google iPhone app brings voice and visual search on your Apple mobile or iPod touch, as well as Instant results as you key in your query. Bing's app is slightly more useful, however.


Source:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391337,00.asp

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Welcome to another edition of our series on paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free for a limited time. Today’s post is peppered with terrific apps, and the list once again includes the always entertaining game Goat Simulator. There’s plenty more than  just goats in Wednesday’s post though, so be sure to check out all of the apps below before these sales end.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

MailTime Pro


Normally $2.99.

MailTime makes email as easy as text messaging. We reformat your cluttered email threads into clean chat bubbles!

*MailTime Pro connects with an unlimited number of email accounts. The default version of MailTime will always be free, but every additional account beyond the default two will be charged.

Email message anyone with an email address on MailTime and send photos, documents and assign tasks right from your phone. We sync all your desktop emails and smartly sort them into conversational emails and newsletters so you can deal with your inbox easily on the go.

MailTime works with your favorite email services: Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, Microsoft Office 365, Hotmail, MSN, Mail.ru, QQ, 163, 126, and more! You can add multiple accounts on MailTime Pro for free!


Email Messaging:

Our content parsing engine cuts out annoying metadata to display emails in clean bubbles. View your emails as conversations, not threads

!Communicate, Don’t Organize:
Our intelligent inbox sorts out the Important humans from the newsletters, discounts, and other machine-generated mail in All Mail. Talk to people you care about, not machines!

Group Chats:
Managing your conversations in MailTime is just like a group chat. To add, remove, or switch participants to ‘cc’ or ‘bcc’, just swipe left and change your participants’ status.

One Click To-dos:
Use the @ symbol to quickly assign tasks without leaving the inbox. For example, “@Charlie, Please download MailTime”, will put the rest of that sentence into Charlie’s Mentions list, next to the group status list.

Just like Twitter prevents you from writing more than 140 characters, MailTime alerts you if your message is too long. You can still send them, but no guarantees that they’ll be read!

Now you can send GIFs in your emails from MailTime! Just type /giphy plus a keyword, and a random GIF will be sent to surprise you!


Adding support for Multiple Select! Now users can search within MailTime from any screen using the Spotlight Search. Jump into a new email with 3D Touch, Peek into emails before opening, Swipe a quick reply, or Long Press to expand email bubbles, addresses, contacts and web links with ease.

Magic Launcher Pro


Normally $2.99.

Magic Launcher is the only Today Widget App Launcher you will ever need, with the ability to launch more than 100,000 apps and actions from the Today Widget in the Notification Center it makes using your iPhone or iPad even easier! Launch calls, texts and more with your friends in one swipe and tap with our Magic Contact launchers and our Quick Access actions allow you to manage your phone settings with a tap of a button.

Features Include:

  • Unlimited capabilities for launching apps and actions with more than 100,000 apps including all top apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all in your Notification Center

  • Design your own Launcher layout including modifications for icon size, text and shape

  • Magic Contact allows instant contact via Call, Messages (SMS), FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Mail and Telegram!

  • A huge set of Magic Launchers including Google Search, Wiki Search, Weather, Clock, Clipboard search, Clipboard clear, automatic Tweet/Facebook post latest photo, Battery monitor and much more!

  • Manage Settings, quickly turn on/off WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, Location services and more

  • Widget Scheduling allows you to automatically show & hide widgets depending on time or location

  • Have multiple Launchers for various functions

  • Universal app works on iPhone and iPad with support for iOS 8, iOS 9 & 3D-Touch

  • iCloud Backup and Restore

  • Multiple language support

  • Request additional apps via our request form

  • And so much more…

Goat Simulator


Normally $4.99.

Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your mobile dreams have finally come true!

Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you’re a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. more! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.


Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat.


  • You can be a goat

  • Get points for wrecking stuff – brag to your friends that you’re the alpha goat

  • MILLIONS OF BUGS! We’re only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we’re keeping it

  • In-game physics that bug out all the time

  • Seriously look at that goat’s neck

  • You can be a goat

Done & Done


Normally $0.99.

That thing you just did – nice job! Crossing it off your to-do list always feels good but we’re going to make it much better. Let’s take that pesky task, rig it with half a tonne of TNT and blow it sky high with an earth shattering explosion!

Done and Done – light a fire under your to-do list.

You’ll find yourself getting things done just so you can bring them to an explosive end. It’s immensely satisfying and slightly addictive. Goodbye procrastination, hello productivity.

As well as a never ending stock pile of cinematic explosives you’ll get a cutting edge task manager that’s been designed to be more gratifying at every turn.

With our unique carousel you arrange your to-do’s by color, perhaps blues for work, reds for urgent, greens for groceries – you decide. With all your tasks just a spin away it’s a highly visual and fun way to keep track.

Set reminders for any or all of them.

Then when you’ve finished something just hit the detonator and stand back. It’s big bang time!

The task may be done but it’s never forgotten. You’ll have a complete history of everything so you can admire how much you’ve achieved.

This is a universal app for iPhone and iPad.

Context Camera


Normally $4.99.

Context Camera helps you to collect critical information by stamping your photos with direction, location, time and address information, as well as user comments. Never question where/when/why a photo was taken again.


Open the app and take a photo – it’s that simple. The overlay shown on screen is exactly what will appear in the photo itself.


  • Capture photos using the built in camera of your device.

  • Focus,zoom and flash settings are supported on compatible devices.

  • Variety of photo overlays available, photos can be stamped with:

  1. location (latitude/longitude, UTM or MGRS)

  2. direction (degrees or mils)

  3. user comments

  4. date and time (variety of formats)

  5. address

  • Information is also written to the image file as metadata.


  • View photos taken with the app in the built in gallery

  • Draw arrows, rectangles, ellipses and lines on your photos


  • Share photos via email/SMS/social media

  • Share multiple photos as zip files

  • Quick email feature lets you define email recipients for your photos in advance. When you choose a quick email option from the sharing menu, the recipients are automatically filled in.

Money Focus Pro


Normally $0.99.

A simple but comprehensive, brief and clear personal & business finance management app.
Be good at managing money matters will make your life relaxed and well-organized.

Check your Accounts transactions and balance;
Check Transactions under a Category;
Create Budgets and track transactions under them;
Track income and expense Bills and make sure they are paid on time.
View Transactions by date.

It supports multiple profiles; you can track yours, family members or business finance separately.
It can list your transaction by daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, and generate kinds of reports, so you can see clearly about your earnings and spending.

Key Features:

  • Add a transaction with photo of receipt, payees, account, category, budget, check number, and date.

  • Track total accounts balance and balance of each account.

  • Check transactions of each account.

  • Create categories and sub-categories.

  • Check transactions and amounts under a category.

  • Create budgets and transaction their transactions.

  • Calendar and list view of bills.

  • Mark bills as fully or partially paid.

  • Create bills reminders to make sure they are paid on time.

  • Calendar and list view of Bills.

  • Track income and expense bills with or without a repeat cycle.

  • Show all transactions by daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.

  • Copy transaction to quick add a new one.

  • Hide or show cleared transactions.

  • Add repeat and one time transactions.

  • Mark transaction as cleared or not.

  • Built-in calculator or default keyboard to enter amount.

  • Check total accounts balance chart view.

  • Supports multiple currencies.

  • Search transactions by payee, category, account, amount or note.

  • Over view of recently finance status.
  • Nine finance reports.

  • Supports multiple groups, manage your personal, family member and business finance separately.

  • Passcode protection.

  • Share data by email.

  • Supports AirPrint.

  • iCloud backup and restore.

  • Dropbox backup and restore.

  • Create multiple reminders.

  • Refresh exchange rate or change them manually.



Normally $0.99.

Choose a photo, write a short maxim to create a world unique elegant photo card.The design is inspired by Pantone, which is a company provides colors.

Magical Objects


Normally $0.99.

A sticker pack containing magical objects – hats, wands, wizards. Now you can take your mysterious conversation to the next level!



Normally $0.99.

Transfer tool for sharing files without any mobile data, which is the choice of over 600 million users.

SHAREit is a cross platform sharing tool which requires no mobile data. It’s over 200 times faster than Bluetooth. Share the photos, videos, audios and files of any formats with your friends at any time on your phone or computer.

SHAREit Professional is the advanced SHAREit App. You will experience the purest form of SHAREit without ads by paying a tiny amount for this professional edition. Also, all new features developed by SHAREit team will first be available to experience in this edition


[No ads]

We provide you purest transfer experience without ads.

[No need for internet]

No need for a Wi-Fi network or a mobile data plan. Share at anytime and anywhere.

[10 seconds to transfer a film]

Over 200 times faster than Bluetooth. The fastest speed can exceed 20Mb/s.

[Enjoy music]

Enjoy the pleasant experience of listening music on SHAREit music player.
[SHAREit Vault]

Integrated tool for photos and videos helps you protect privacy.

[Cross platform sharing]

Transfer between laptops & mobiles of different kinds without obstacles.

[Powerful functions]

Support sending files of any format.

No more cables or internet needed to transfer. Easily sharing between various devices.

SomaFM Radio Player


Normally $7.99.

SomaFM’s official app, giving you access to over 30 year-round channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio, with all music hand-picked our award-winning DJs and music directors.

Lifehacker.com calls SomaFM one of the “Five Best Internet Radio Services” and says “completely user and listener-supported, which means no ads or commercials during your broadcasts, and the channels and programs aired at SomaFM are rarely heard anywhere else.”

Features include:

  • No registration required; no additional purchases required!

  • View stations by Popularity, Genre or your favorites

  • Shows name and artist of currently playing song and history of songs played.

  • Bookmark, Share title and search iTunes for the playing song

  • Background streaming: use other apps while listening.

  • Stream to AppleTV & Airplay devices; Qualcomm® AllPlay™ compatible speakers; Chromecast

  • Integration with many car stereo units via Dock Connector or Bluetooth

  • Remote control: Pause and restart playing as well as skip between favorite channels from your headphone remote, lock screen controls.

  • High and low bandwidth streaming: 128k MP3 and 64-80kb AAC-HE (high); great-sounding 32kb AAC-HE and good-quality 40kb MP3 (low).

  • AAC-HE support for highest quality audio even at the lowest bitrates.

Never listened to SomaFM before? Here’s our lineup, which are all commercial free:

Groove Salad: A nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
Downtempo electronica, mostly instrumental. Great for work.

Secret Agent: The soundtrack for your stylish, mysterious, dangerous life. For Spies and P.I.s too!
An eclectic blend of cinematic downtempo, stylish lounge, sambas and easy-tempo with an adventurous flair.

Drone Zone: Served best chilled, safe with most medications. Atmospheric textures with minimal beats.

Fluid: Drown in the electronic sound of instrumental hiphop, future soul and liquid trap.

Indie Pop Rocks!: New and classic favorite indie pop tracks.

Left Coast 70s: NEW! Mellow album rock from the Seventies. Yacht friendly.
The mid/late 70s sound that blossomed out of Los Angeles and spread up and down the west coast.

cliqhop idm: Blips’n’beeps backed mostly w/beats. Intelligent Dance Music.

Beat Blender: A late night blend of deep-house and downtempo chill.

Dub Step Beyond: Dubstep, Dub and Deep Bass. The place for Bass Music!

The Trip: Progressive house / trance. Tip top tunes.

Illinois Street Lounge: Classic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.

Space Station Soma: Tune in, turn on, space out. Spaced-out ambient and mid-tempo electronica.

Doomed: Dark industrial/ambient music for tortured souls.

Boot Liquor: Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers

Lush: Sensuous and mellow vocals, mostly female, with an electronic influence.

Digitalis: Digitally affected analog rock to calm the agitated heart.

Suburbs of Goa: Desi-influenced Asian world beats and beyond.

ThistleRadio: Exploring music from Celtic roots and branches
Crafted by Fiona Ritchie, award-winning host and curator of NPR’s syndicated Thistle and Shamrock radio show.

Underground 80s: Early 80s UK Synthpop and a bit of New Wave, with rarities you forgot you remembered.

Sonic Universe: Transcending the world of jazz with eclectic, avant-garde takes on tradition.
NuJazz/Avant Garde/Euro-jazz.

PopTron: Electropop and indie dance rock with sparkle and pop.
Less guitars, more synths.

Metal Detector: From black to doom, prog to sludge, thrash to post, stoner to crossover, punk to industrial.

Mission Control: Ambient and experimental music mixed with the historical sounds of the space program.

SomaFM SF 10-33: Live San Francisco Fire and Police radio with an electronic music soundtrack.

Cloud Hub


Normally $0.99.

Cloud Hub is a simple documents reader and manager for iOS platform.

It allows to download or upload files from clouds services like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Drive, iCloud. Built-in FTP client. Import media files from Photo Albums. Manage all local files stored in the app; change name, move, copy, delete, create directories, view the content of the most common file types like PDF, PNG, JPG, MP4, iWork, MS Office files. Share files using social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter etc.

Cloud Hub reads files:

  • PDF

  • MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint (doc, docxxlsxlsxpptpptx)

  • iWork: Keynote, Pages, Numberstext (txtrtf)

  • images (jpg, png, gif, tiff)

  • MP3, WAV

  • MP4, H.264

  • html, css

Access Services (download/upload):

  • Dropbox

  • Box

  • OneDrive

  • Google Drive

  • iCloud

  • FTP

Local file operations:

  • Copy

  • Move

  • Delete

  • Change name

  • File details

  • Send via e-mail

  • Share using social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.)

  • Upload to server (Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, FTP)

  • View the content of the most common file types

  • Image viewer

  • Video player (MP4, H.264)

  • Music player (MP3)

Local directory operations:

  • Create directory

  • Delete directory

  • List chosen directory

Author:  Zach Epstein

Source:  http://bgr.com/2016/12/14/best-free-iphone-apps-ipad-dec-14-ios/

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Six months after iOS users were given access to Google’s Gboard, the tech giant is finally rolling it out for Android devices.

The keyboard comes as an update to the standard Google Keyboard, and has a Google search bar built right into the app.

Like its iOS counterpart, users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text - and it is designed with Glide Typing.

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Gboard comes as an update to the Google Keyboard, which offers a Google search bar built right into the top row. Like its iOS counterpart, Users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text - and it is designed with Glide Typing

Gboard comes as an update to the Google Keyboard, which offers a Google search bar built right into the top row. Like its iOS counterpart, Users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text - and it is designed with Glide Typing

Google announced the release on iOS back in May and the tech giant said it would eventually hit Android devices.

Although it took six months, the tech giant is keeping to its promises and the search-centric keyboard is now available for the other half.

Its currently available as an separate app from Google, but should make its way over to the Play Store, as it was designed to replace the Google Keyboard altogether.

A Google logo is shown on the keyboard, which represents the search engine for looking up information to send – such as restaurant locations, reports Ars Technica.

There is also the highly anticipated emoji search.

Users simply tap on the emoji button and a search field will appear – allowing you to search terms to find the right emoji.

The keyboard also has a GIF search, which will drop an animated image right into your chat window.

Gboard feels like all of your favorite text apps combined into one location.


Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4027076/Google-finally-launches-Gboard-app-Android-six-MONTHS-iPhone-users-download-smart-keyboard.html

Categorized in Search Engine

Android had an interesting year. From its best flagship literally exploding to Google dropping a set of new phones and a new digital assistant, there was a lot to keep developers on their toes. 

Luckily, the Android community was as reliable as ever at turning out creative, fun and seriously useful apps.

From photo retouching to hopelessly addictive games and new ways to call and message friends, here are all the Android apps we couldn't live without in 2016. 

1. Adobe Photoshop Fix

Adobe's retouching app, Photoshop Fix, brings some of Photoshop's most useful tools to your phone. It offers a suite of retouching tools to fix imperfections in your photos along with standard editing controls to help you make quick lighting adjustments and other tweaks on the fly. 

2. Anchor 

Think of Anchor as podcasting meets the social network. Record one or two-minute audio clips about any topic and other users can join in the conversation by adding their own recording. The result is a nearly endless stream of surprisingly thought-provoking discussions. 

3. CastBox

CastBox is the rare podcast client that not only handles all your subscriptions and playlists, but also puts discovery front and center to make it easier for you to find new shows. The app recommends podcasts based on your interests and makes it easy to browse and search for specific titles. And with features like sleep timers, light and dark themes and mood-based playlists, it will make each podcast feel like it was made for you.

4. Face Changer 2

Thanks in large part to Snapchat, the face swap craze was real this year. Luckily, Face Changer 2 was there to help make all your ridiculous selfie dreams come true. The app lets you transform any photo on your phone with hundreds of crazy effects. Or you can use the in-app camera to face-swap with friends in real time.

5. Giphy Cam

One of Giphy's wackier apps, Giphy Cam lets you create delightful mashups of photos, illustrations, filters and other effects and turn them into endlessly shareable GIFs. The results are hilarious  and dangerously addictive. 

6. Google Allo

We get it — you probably don't need another messaging app in your life, but Google Allo is worth the extra effort. Yes, it has all the standard messaging features — fun sticker packs, voice messaging, doodling on photos — and then some. For one, Google's Assistant is built right in so you can get answers to questions you'd normally need a Google search for right in your chats. Better still, on Android you can chat with Google Assistant to get information about what's on your calendar  and more. 

7. Google Duo

Due, Google's answer to Apple's Face Time, is the dead-simple video calling app Android users have been waiting for. Just find the person you want to call and video calls are one-touch away. The person you're calling can even see your face before they pick up thanks to the "Knock Knock" feature.

8. Hound

You might know SoundHound for its music recognition app, but this year the company put its voice recognizing powers to new use with this new digital assistant app. Hound is able to answer complex questions and links to other services (like Yelp and Uber) to help with tasks like finding a restaurant or hailing a car. It gets even more useful on Android as you can set Hound as your default search app.

9. Identity

Getting a new credit card pretty much sucks when you have to spend hours updating your information on every service. LifeLock's Identity keeps track of all your accounts, so when you get a new card or address all you have to do is tell the app which accounts to update. It even connects to your password manager and email so you don't need to remember what information you need for each account.

10. Merged

Maybe the most addictive puzzle game we played this year, Merged seems simple at first: you match up similar colors to form combos of increasingly higher numbers. Match up three "M" tiles to explode the surrounding pieces. There's more than meets the eye though as you quickly learn you need to figure out the right strategy to get to a new high score.

11. Opera Free VPN

From the company behind the browser of the same name, Opera VPN is a fast, unlimited and free VPN service. Perfect for getting around location-based content restrictions, the app allows you to choose between five regions — the United States, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the Netherlands — to use as your location.

12. Slash Keyboard

One of the best third-party keyboard apps finally landed on Android with Slash Keyboard. A multitasker's dream come true, the app allows you to access dozens of services right from your keyboard so you can search Google, share a location or file, and search your contacts without leaving your chats. 


Source:  http://mashable.com/2016/12/10/best-android-apps-of-2016/?utm_cid=mash-prod-nav-sub-st#M.gSpIlr8sqr

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The company hopes to address historical quality problems with a matching algorithm.

There was a time that “answer engines” or “social search” appeared poised to be a viable alternative to traditional Google search. That never happened. Some sites faded and a few have soldiered on, offering occasional value (and entertainment) to users with esoteric or specific questions.

Somewhat ironically, discovery of those answers typically happens through conventional search results and SEO.

Yahoo Answers is one of the early players and a survivor of the “answer wars” of several years ago. The company just introduced a new mobile version called Yahoo Answers Now. Aside from an onerous sign-up and sign-in process, it offers a relatively nice UX and searchable content.


The promise of sites like Yahoo Answers and newer sites such as Jelly (from Biz Stone) is that you’ll get a very specific response to your very specific question. The expectation created is (near) real-time responses from knowledgeable humans.

Sometimes that happens. More often, however, there’s a meaningful delay between the submission of the question and the receipt of the answer. And often the quality of answers is less than desirable.

Yahoo Answers has the benefit of a huge content archive and a large community. It has tried to address quality issues in various ways over time, including through voting. In Answers Now, it’s using a matching algorithm to send questions to “qualified responders who have the experiences and expertise to provide a high-quality answer.”

At one time, Google, Amazon and Facebook were all playing in this segment. All have since exited the space. Quora still exists, and so do Answers.com and ChaCha, among some other stragglers. There are other Q&A communities that remain as well, such as Stack Exchange.

The promise of these “answer engines,” however, has never really been fulfilled. Perhaps a messaging-based app will one day deliver.

Source : http://searchengineland.com/

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Categorized in Internet Technology

Google’s flagship mobile application is getting a big makeover today, with a focus on making it easier to separate the things you need to know about – like upcoming appointments or flights -from the things you’re interested in, like news, sports, and entertainment. The app still maintains its previous card-style design, but it now offers two different sections to better organize its content: your feed, and the “upcoming” section.

In the upcoming section, which is accessed by tapping on the bottom-right icon, Google will present you with information about your day, like your schedule, travel time for your commute, package delivery details, flight info, boarding passes, and more. This is the same sort of information that the intelligent assistant Google Now has been pulling into the app for years by leveraging data pulled from other Google services you use, like your Gmail, Calendar, or Google Maps, for example.

Interestingly, Google has decided to make the news feed the default feed instead of the ‘upcoming’ feed with your personal agenda. With the revamped app, this personal feed now becomes the app’s main section, and will be filled with info on your favorite sports teams, people of interest, music and other news stories. This means that more mission-critical information is now no longer buried in the same feed where you’re keeping up with the other things you care about, but it’s also not visible by default either. You have to tap into the ‘upcoming’ feed now and it doesn’t look like there’s a way to change this.

You can continue to customize this feed as before, by heading into the app’s settings. Here, you can tell the app which stocks to track, which sports teams you like, and so on. In addition, Google says that this feed will become more personalized and relevant over time, the more you use Google and the app.

The idea here is clearly to make the feed feel more organized and ensure that vital information doesn’t get lost in what could at times be a messy list of disparate items. It’s easy enough to toggle between the two section, but the choice of defaulting to the news feed seems odd.


While Google’s app has excelled at being a stepping off point to the larger web, and a useful utility when it comes to things like planning your commute or checking your schedule, it hasn’t been as successful as a personal assistant that knows what you care about.

Unless you’ve explicitly programmed in things in the settings (e.g. your stocks, your teams, etc.), the app seems to rely too much on your prior Google Search history when presenting news articles to read.

With the redesign, Google’s aim, apparently, is to put the “interests” section front-and-center, which could increase users’ interactions with its content. This, in turn, could better personalize the feed and increase its relevancy, when before it seemed to be more of an echo of past searches.

In addition, Google is releasing another new feature that will help to program the feed better.

Starting in the U.S. it will show a card right within the feed that lets you select from topics of interest that you want to see more stories or information about. This helps to solve the “cold start” problem for those who haven’t spent as much time using the app or placing relevant searches on Google.

The update is rolling out, starting today with the Google app on Android and iOS.

Source : https://techcrunch.com

Auhtor : Sarah Perez

Categorized in Internet Technology

What are the hottest new apps and games on the App Store right now? These!

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps and games waiting for you!

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This week, find your perfect credit card, get a streamlined Old Navy shopping experience, explore your artistic side, and tune in to AT&T's new streaming service.

New apps

  • NerdWallet - Find the credit card that's right for you based on what matters to you. Do value cash back more, or travel points? NerdWallet will find the perfect card and give you your credit score to help make a match. - Free - Download Now
  • Old Navy - With its latest update, Old Navy's app lets you shop its online store faster and easier than ever. - Free - Download Now
  • Patternshop - Put your own design on products that you buy, including throw pillows, tote bags, and phone cases. You can even use Apple Pay to pay for your customized item right in the app. - Free - Download Now
  • DirecTV Now - AT&T has at last launched its TV streaming service, offering live and on-demand access to over 120 channels. You can sign up now for a free 7-day trial, after which you'll need to pay for a package starting at $35 per month. - Free - Download Now

Best new games

This week, you can fly around the galaxy, command a massive army, take to the boxing ring, and fight to save the internet.

New games

  • Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore - Fly off into the stars once again in the latest Galaxy on Fire title. Get into accept combat contracts, engage in thrilling dogfights, and explore a rich galaxy. - Free - Download Now

  • Dawn of Titans - This strategy game puts you in control not only of massive armies, but giant titan characters can turn the tide of battles. Boasting interesting gameplay and impressive graphics, Dawn of Titans should be on any strategy fan's to-play list. - Free - Download Now

  • Rocky - Take to the ring with the iconic characters of the Rocky franchise, boxing your way to glory with the likes of Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, and Rocky himself. - Free - Download Now

  • Glitch Fixers: The Powerpuff Girls - Save the internet and learn basic programming skills while you solve puzzles and fight off monsters with the Powerpuff Girls. Battle against the creations of the Amoeba Boys, which are trying to take over the web, with all of the skills at your disposal. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

This week on the App Store, Apple is highlighting its favorite apps of the year, including apps for productivity.

Featured apps

  • PDF Viewer - Quickly view, annotate, and sign documents on the go. You can even create and edit PDFs, and easily share them across a number of services. - Free - Download Now

  • Notebook - This simple, yet stylish, notes app lets you take rich notes and sync them across your devices. You can add checklists, photos, and even audio recordings to your notes. - Free - Download Now

  • Scrivener - The popular Mac app for writers made its way to the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, offering a full-featured composition experience for everyone from the beginner to the veteran novelist. - $19.99 - Download Now

Free app of the week


Linia - This puzzle game offers a unique mix of relaxation and challenge. Create a color sequence by tracing a line to connect the various shapes on the screen. The shapes are constantly on the move and changing, though, so you'll need to be able to outsmart them.

Here's what you can expect from Linia:

  • Original gameplay
  • More than 80 unique and colorful levels and...
  • ...new levels released with future updates
  • Game progress saved to the cloud
  • Achievements!
  • A little surprise if you complete all levels

You can get Linia for free from the App Store until December 15.

Source : http://www.imore.com/


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Extra, Extra, read all about it with these great Android apps.

Keeping informed on the go is one of the many things that our smartphones are incredible tools for. During the everyday hustle and bustle it's easy to ignore the world around you, but the news is everywhere. Including on your phone.

Android has a plethora of great apps to choose from thanks to the massive selection in the Google Play Store. But if you're looking to get your daily news fix, we recommend you check out this little lot.



For many, Flipboard is the default news app for Android. It's been around for a while and was one of the first apps to make reading the news less boring with its image-heavy, magazine-style layout.

One of the other merits to Flipboard is its customization. It's your news, your way. So beyond selecting topic areas of interest, you can also add in your own feeds so you're missing out on nothing.

Flipboard to this day makes reading the news a pleasure.

Download: Flipboard

The Guardian

The Guardian

The Guardian is one of the most respected brands in journalism, delivering international news as well as a fresh perspective on American politics from across the pond.

Their Android app is simple to navigate and robust, filled with investigative deep dives, commentary, and videos to keep you informed on the latest breaking news around the world. Sign in via your Google or Facebook account to customize your homepage and follow your favorite critics and columnists so you're always in the loop on the news and stories you care most about.

Download: The Guardian



Just as the name implies, the SmartNews app is designed in a very clever way so that you can quickly read all the latest headlines from around the world. News categories are displayed as tabs (referred to in app as "channels") at the top of the screen, giving you the option to swipe through them one by one, or jump straight to the sports section with a tap. When you tap a story, swipe over to SmartView and the whole story loads almost instantaneously.

The news here is curated from both newspapers and online news sources, giving you a well-rounded view on the day's events. You're also able to customize and tweak your experience by adding and reordering channels to suit your needs. There's even a Late Night TV channel for those interested on a humorous take on the news, featuring, monologues, comedy bits, and other highlights from the network's late night programming.

It's a one-stop shop for all your news needs.

Download: SmartNews

USA Today

USA Today

If you like your daily news with an American flavor, then the USA Today app should be right up your street. It's bright and colorful to look at and packed with large images. It grabs your attention, visually, and doesn't let go.

And it's packed with just about everything you could want. News, sports, weather, celebrity gossip, photo galleries, even offline support so you can download your articles before heading out of cellular range. You can even keep up with the day's news without reaching for your phone with Android Wear support.

Download: USA Today

BBC News

BBC News

Britain's national broadcaster delivers the news around the globe through round-the-clock TV broadcasts, but it also has itself a pretty nice Android app to deliver what's going on in the world today.

It'll also deliver that round-the-clock video coverage, though that might be dependent on location. Otherwise you're looking at breaking news, a wide range of topics to follow and an offline mode so you can catch up on a plane or on the morning commute on the London Underground.

Download: BBC News

Google News and Weather

Google News and Weather

If all you want is a simple app to show you the headlines and maybe the daily weather, check out Google News and Weather. It pulls in sources from Google's vast network that includes aggregated 65,000 publications.

It lacks some of the customization available elsewhere but it's a more 'no-frills' approach to serving you the headlines. And it has a nifty looking dark theme, too, if you like those.

Download: Google News and Weather

MSN News

MSN News

Microsoft's news app is actually pretty good, though it may also have slipped your attention so far. If you have a Microsoft account you can sign in and keep your customizations in sync across devices, which includes your Windows 10 PC.

It's got a vast library of sources to pull content from and allows you to follow topics you're most interested in. Whether that's a sports team, a celebrity, a particular subject area of interest, the MSN News app will take good care of you.

Download: MSN News

AP Mobile

AP Mobile

If you want breaking news from one of the most highly-regarded organizations in the business — the Associated Press — then this is the one for you. Real-time updates of breaking events around the globe and a decent looking app and widget await inside. AP Mobile as very few little frills, just the news you want, when you want it.

And it's available in English and Spanish, which is a nice touch.

Download: AP Mobile




If you prefer to get your news delivered in RSS form, Feedly is pretty much the default choice these days. Rising from the ashes of the Google Reader shut down, Feedly has evolved and refined its service and app, and it's a pretty good choice all round.

Feedly also integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Buffer, OneNote, Pinterest and LinkedIn for social sharing of all the things and the app itself is a pretty good reading experience. It's pretty light and snappy these days and it doesn't try to cram too much in.

Download: Feedly



The developers behind Nuzzel believe that in our social media dominated world, the best news aggregators are actually your friends and other influencers. Nuzzel lets you discover the best news stories shared by your friends on Facebook and Twitter without the rest of the noise that goes along with social media feeds. Another key differentiator for Nuzzel is their belief in the power of the email newsletter. You can sign up for newsletters from your favourite influencers or topics, or use Nuzzel to create your own and share the top 5 stories from your Nuzzel feed along with your own personal commentary

It's easy to scroll through the discover page and find topic feeds that interest you organized by topic. Add topics of interest to your favorite and sign up to receive daily email newsletters with the top stories of the day. Nuzzel believes this is a better way to engage with trending news than scrolling through cluttered social media feeds. If you agree, you'll definitely want to check out Nuzzel.

Download: Nuzzel

News Republic

News Republic

One of News Republic's best features is its 'smart' capabilities, meaning it learns your preferences as you use it. Then, in turn, caters more to your individual tastes without you having to set your own preferences.

Apart from that it delivers breaking news headlines in a well-designed, easy-to-use application and can also be used to create your own daily news digest. There's a lot crammed in, like RSS support, and with so much going on it's definitely one for the news junkies out there.

Download: News Republic

Source : http://www.androidcentral.com/

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Well, the weather outside is frightful in many parts of the country this week, but we’ve got a selection of paid apps gone free that could rightly be described as delightful. And if you happened to miss yesterday’s list, some of them might still be free, but you’re going to have to act fast if you want to grab them.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.



Normally $3.99.

Kool is a simple, yet powerful voice to text app that allows you to convert your speech into text in a matter of seconds.


  •  Send emails, texts and WhatsApp messages directly from the app.
  •  Tweet and update your Facebook status.
  •  Copy your text to use in other apps.
  •  Beautiful and minimalistic design.

Download Kool



Normally $3.99.

Linia is a colorful puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain melting challenges.

In Linia, you create color sequences by tracing a line connecting coloured shapes. Sounds easy enough, right? Not quite. Imagine when colors are running around, revolving, hiding, changing shape and doing everything they can to avoid being caught by your line. It will take skill and sense of rhythm to get the sequence right. Are you up for the challenge?


  •  Original gameplay
  •  More than 80 unique and colorful levels and…
  •  …new levels released with future updates
  •  Game progress saved to the cloud
  •  Achievements!
  •  A little surprise if you complete all levels

Download Linia


Normally $0.99.Create Actionable Notifications Quicker than any other reminders app by using 70+ symbols so you don’t need to type all the info every time you create a reminder.Swipe right & tap view/use 3D touch on the reminder notification to perform actions like opening the SMS composer, safari, etc. directly!

Fiete Choice


Normally $2.99.Strap your backpack on and off you go! Your mission: “Which picture is the odd one out?” In this hand-drawn logic game, you accompany sailor Fiete on his journey through 99 levels. A fun and exciting logic game for children from 4 years and over as well as the whole family.You see two sheep and a pig. „Which one is out of place?“ – That’s right! The pig is the odd one out and you have to click on it. The levels in this logic game carefully build upon each other and are sure to make you laugh. After all, it’s not every day that you get to see a sheep wearing wellington boots :)Children will have no end of fun training their concentration levels, logical thinking and above all their visual perception with the help of Fiete in this logic game. This is fundamental for noting, processing and storing information and is also very closely linked with learning to read and write. The app was developed in collaboration with teachers and parents.We wish you loads of fun wondering, puzzling, and thinking in this logic game!

PDF Conversion


Normally $0.99.Simple and easy to use!
Convert your images to a single PDF file with this app.Straight foward.– Support for iPhone, Ipad, optimization iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
– Press on the Camera icon on your Home screen and get access to Scan with Camera.
– Press on the “+” icon on your Home screen and get photos to pdf.
– Photo editor with features (filter, crop, focus, …)
– Pdf viewer gridview
– Export your scans to iMessages, Email, Google Driver, Dropbox, … (under Other Apps).

Spectrum 6


Normally $1.99.Mixing colors and assigning it to a certain place made the Spectrum6 a challenging yet fun experience.From combining 2 primary colors such as Red, Yellow and Blue, you can create any secondary colors like Orange, Green or Violet. A neutral color Black can also be created by combining all the primary colors.Features:
* Color-mixing!
* Different puzzle mechanics
* 60+ Hand-crafted puzzles by experts
* Pay once & Play! No more In-App Purchase
* Supports Game Center

Weather Now


Normally $3.99.Amazingly beautiful 3D images of our planet draws your attention for so long that you may forget that the application has other useful features that allows you easy access to precise, global weather information.Features:
  •  Easily select different cities using the city carousel with national flags
  •  Chic 3D “home screen” with high-quality real-time image of the earth, atmosphere, the stars and the sun
  • 15-day forecast chart with detailed daily weather conditions, independent day and night temperature charts
  • 48-hour hourly forecast with detailed information with real-time changing of chart step
  • Database of 80 000 cities with weather information, quick look-up and automatic detection of location
  • Temperature on the icon badge
  • Customized Weather Widget
  • Weather MapsThe main features of “Weather Now” are the “home screen” and the
forecast page with a unique way of scaling the charts. On the “home screen”, you can get information on the selected location such as local time and current weather with detailed weather conditions, and, of course, an incredibly beautiful three-dimensional image of the globe with realistic-looking atmosphere, the sun and the stars. You can manually turn it, increase and decrease its size, run the slow spinning animation or stop it. Installed in a cradle or dock station, the application can run as a screensaver, attracting your friends and fellows.The weather forecast is provided by CustomWeather, Inc, an American weather provider of global weather information for over 15 years.
CustomWeather is a leader in technology and meteorological innovation, providing local weather information to companies and application developers around the world.The current weather data is gathered from thousands of professionally installed and maintained weather stations installed mostly at airports. WeatherNow only shows current weather from stations that have reported local weather conditions within the past hour. Current weather data is refreshed every 30 minutes; that is twice as frequent as most other weather providers can offer. Unique 48-hour forecasts from over 80,000 locations around the world provide a level of coverage and detail that simply cannot be found elsewhere.Current weather information includes: description, air temperature, wind direction and force, humidity, dew point, pressure, visibility, as well as comfort index with reference to current weather conditions.

Detailed weather forecast information includes: description, day and night air temperature, wind direction and force, humidity, UV index, probability of precipitation, and comfort index with reference to current weather conditions.

Noogra Nuts


Normally $2.99.Noogra Nuts is a cool arcade game, where you control a cute little squirrel with a unique ability!

He can crack nuts using its head!Control its movement by tilting the device and press anywhere on the screen to make him jump.Use the hats shop to purchase hats for the squirrel, some of them have special powers!While playing the game, nuts will start falling from the sky. Each nut that the squirrel head-butts will start cracking and give you points. Once you crack a nut open, you can eat it and get more points.The game has 3 playing modes:
  • Classic – You have 120 seconds to eat as many nuts as you can, choose them wisely as some will give you more points and you cannot eat them all.
  • Survival – Eat nuts and try to avoid the rocks. There is no time limit here, but you can die if you get hit 3 times. Watch out from the tumbleweed!
  • Jungle – You have 120 seconds, but in the jungle you need to avoid eating rotten nuts and make sure to jump over the rolling stones, otherwise the squirrel will die!Download Noogra Nuts

Awesome Lists


Normally $3.99.Awesome Lists a designed as a simple and elegant solution to all the lists you make. It’s uses are only limited by your imagination. With an emphasis on quick entry, a clean interface, as well as data that syncs to all your devices in real time, the app is simple but very powerful.


  •  Create colorful and fun lists
  •  Cloud syncing to all your devices
  •  A simple and clean interface
  •  Fast data entryWhat could you use Awesome Lists for? Well here’s a list:• To do Lists
  •  Shopping Lists
  •  Packing Lists
  •  Inventories
  •  Bucket Lists
  •  Wish Lists
  •  Needed Items
  •  Projects
  •  Checklists
  •  Goals
  •  Outlines and Points to cover
  •  Places to visit
  •  Your Favorite Things
  •  And Much More!Download Awesome Lists



Normally $2.99.Hexaphone is a musical keyboard for iOS designed for real-time performance and improvisation. It provides a simplified musical scale, background drum loops, a unique Motion Filter, song recording and sharing, and audio export via AudioCopy or WAV file.Hexaphone was created to give musicians a flexible tool that’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to deliver big, expressive musical performances.Most iPhone instruments are hindered by the small screen size.
The keys are too small, which means it’s easy to play a wrong note. Hexaphone embraces the small screen size, solving the space problem by providing a simplified, six-note keyboard. The six notes are selected based on the type of music you want to play. The “wrong notes” are removed from the screen entirely, freeing up room for bigger keys across more octaves.Choose a six-note scale based on the type of music you want to play (Blues, Dance, Trance, and many more), fire up a beat, and off you go!Using samples from a Nord Lead 3, Hexaphone produces a wide range of sounds, including funky 70’s tones, overdriven synth sounds, and modern pads.Hexaphone’s one-of-a-kind Motion Filter is a 24db resonant lowpass filter that you control by tilting the device – producing an effect similar to a wah-wah pedal.Hexaphone allows you to record your melodies, synchronized to the beat.
You can lay down a quick bassline, record it, and then play along with it as you add a melody, chords, etc.Play along with 16+ included drum loops – or play your iPod in the background. (Double-tap home button for iPod Controls)Hexaphone allows you to share your recordings with other users via small data files, or export WAV audio via AudioCopy or iTunes Document Sharing.
Auhtor : Jacob Siegal
Categorized in Internet Technology

Google has released an update to its mobile app which sees the cards reorganized into one section for personal interests, and another section for upcoming information. This update is available now for Android and is coming soon to iOS.

On the personal interests side you’ll find the latest on sports, news, and entertainment — tailored to you based on your search history. On the upcoming information side you’ll find the latest about what’s going on in your day from calendar events, to flight times, to traffic conditions.

Here is a look at how you can seamlessly switch back and forth between the two sections:


The greatest benefit of this update is that you can more easily access the information you need when you need it. If you’re on the go and just need a quick look at what’s coming up next in your day, now all of that information is separated from the other cards.

On your leisure time you can keep up with the things you care about by flipping over to the current topics dashboard. This section contains the latest information about sports teams, people of interest, music, and news stories.

The Google app’s current topics dashboard is personalized based on an individual’s search history. To further assist Google in this process, US searchers will soon see a card where they can select the topics they’d like to see more updates about.

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com

Auhtor : Matt Southern 

Categorized in Internet Technology


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