Google Maps Becomes Top Free iOS App

Google Maps Tops iOS Chart

Well, this is another kick in the teeth for Apple. Just hours after the re-release of Google Maps, it’s sitting right a the top of Apple’s free downloads section in the App Store. Despite Apple’s best efforts to keep it under wraps by not including it in the maps section, Google Maps has made a huge impact in the App Store. However it may not be all bad for Apple, as reported by TechCrunch, the safety of having a working maps application will prompt many users to finally make the jump to iOS 6.

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iOS: StatNut, Beautifully Track Your Social Stats

StatNut Homepage

StatNut is a brilliantly designed application for iPhone which allows you to track the stats of your social network accounts in a colourful and easy to read user interface. StatNut currently supports Dribbble, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter and Facebook, so you can keep of how many followers, views and friends you have on the appropriate platforms.

StatNut is available on iTunes for just 69p, or $0.99 in the US.

FLUD 3.0, Available To Download Now

Today you can download an update to FLUD, the social news reader. But the update isn’t just speed improvements and a complete UI overhaul, it’s a complete change in how the application works. FLUD now focuses on sharing stories throughout teams and workplaces, meaning you can share articles with your colleagues. The stories can be managed on an online dashboard which is just as well designed as the applications on iPad and iPhone. The newly designed FLUD is smoother and tidier to use than any of the previous versions, each article’s images are stored at the top of the page in a scrollable gallery making the entire reading experience clean.

Flud is the Science Behind Company Intelligence from Bobby Ghoshal on Vimeo.

For people who have been using FLUD since it’s early days, it’s still just as easy to use for people who aren’t wanting to share information throughout teams. Reading your favourite sources and sharing the stories with your friends is as simple as ever, with the added option to share content throughout teams.

Remember to add us to your FLUD stream!

WordPress for iOS Receives UI Overhaul

20120809-213815.jpgWordPress have updated their iOS application for both iPhone and iPad. The update is a welcome change for bloggers who up until now have had to put up with the annoyingly boring and difficult to use UI of the previous application.

The main change is the sidebar, which contains each of the sections of a blog or website. The sidebar is brought up by swiping to the right, similar to that of the Facebook app. There are loads of changes including a new icon, here is the full list below.

★ Major UI Refresh!
– New sidebar menu for quick navigation.
– Sliding panels on the iPad for greatly improved navigation and ease of use.
– Updated colors and graphics.
– Improved sign up experience.
– New app icon.
★ Support for Post Formats.
★ WordPress.com Reader and Quick Photo added for the iPad.
★ New Simple post preview feature for the iPad.
★ All-new WordPress.com stats.
★ New WordPress.com Friend Finder feature helps you find your friends blogging on WordPress.com.
★ Landscape orientation support throughout the app.
★ Easy access to your site – view it and access the web dashboard right from the app.
★ Last but not least – many reliability improvements and performance tweaks.

You can now also access the dashboard and view previews of posts and your homepage directly from the application. I have never completed a full post using either the Android or iOS applications of WordPress, simply because it wasn’t good enough and it was easier to log onto the actual website using the device’s web browser. However that has changed now, in fact this entire post was created and published using the new iPad update.

 

Google Chrome for iPad and iPhone

Google Chrome is the world’s most popular desktop web browser. It recently launched on Android tablets and phones leading iOS owners to ask the question, ‘what about us?’.

Well, Google Chrome will launch on iOS today as announced at Google I/O today. The new browser will look and work the same as the Android counterpart, including incognito mode.

Finally, I can include my iPad in the web browsing sync I have going between my phone and laptop.

Update: I type this update from Chrome on iPad, available in iTunes with a quick search for ‘chrome’. Just as expected, it’s brilliant.

iOS 6 Announced At WWDC, 200 New Features

The long awaited 2012 WWDC conference has just finished, and there has been a few interesting releases by Apple. Notably, and the topic of this article, is the release of iOS 6.

The sixth mobile OS released by the company yearly since launching the iPhone back in 2007. The new operating system comes with 200 new features, some small and some big. Here are some of the notable changes.

Release Date: Beta is out today, Full release in Autumn.

iOS 6 (Developing)

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Facebook

Last year, as part of iOS 5, Apple released deeper Twitter integration. Meaning that you could tweet a website or image directly  from an app. Now, in iOS 6, the same idea has been transferred to Facebook. Now you can update a status, post a picture or website from just about anywhere on the operating system. You can also now update a status directly from Siri.

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Siri

Well, Siri is no longer an iPhone 4S only product. The voice assistant has now officially been ported to the New iPad, meaning sadly older versions of the iPad or iPhone are still left in the dark. Nevertheless, i’m sure in  no time at all, older iPad users will be able to get the new version of Siri on their tablets. What is this new version of Siri? Well, in iOS 6, Siri has learnt a lot more than in the last update. Now Siri can give updates on sports scores, film times and locations a lot better than it ever could before. It can also do things a lot smoother and life-like than it has been able to in previous versions.

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Okay, this is Android. But it's the same kind of idea.

Better Call Screen

In iOS 6 you can now send a text message or iMessage directly from the call screen. This means that if somebody tries calling you in a time where you just can’t answer, you can send a pre-stored message which explains that you can’t take the call, rather than hanging up and coming across as rude. This is one of my favourite features in Ice Cream Sandwich and while they may be accused of copying Android, this will certainly be a welcome addition to iOS.

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Browser

There hasn’t been a huge amount of changes to Safari on iOS 6. The only differences being you can now save pages on iCloud for offline reading, and landscape mode supports full screen on iPhone and iPad.

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Maps

As expected, iOS 6 has dropped Apple’s inclusion of Google Maps. Instead, Apple have opted for their own mapping system, which includes the greatly rumoured 3D maps, as well as a brand new turn-by-turn navigation system.

It’s also worth noting that the slides mentioned a re-designed app store. However there has not been much focus on this as of yet so there aren’t many details. I will update the app when more details surface.

Keep an eye on Geeks Have Landed for a review of iOS 6 Beta!

What’s your favourite feature of iOS 6? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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