Google has rolled out a new homepage design for mobile devices. The fresh version of the search engine’s on-the-go layout includes a large menu of various Google services.
As the folks at The Android Soul noted, “[the t]op bar on Google’s mobile homepage is now pretty similar to desktop’s.” Indeed. What brought this harmonization isn’t too hard to guess: the old mobile Google was a touch hard to navigate with normal-sized fingers. In one move, Google has homogenized its user interfaces, and made its chief product easier to use in a mobile environment.
"Keeping one’s digital calendars and address books up to date is no small feat, and, at least until you settle into a nice routine for saving events and filling out virtual contact cards, the process can often end up sapping more time than it saves."
For now, Cue grabs up all events from your different calendars and supplements them with relevant information related to the event or the person. In the future, though, the plan is for Cue to essentially read your mind (based upon your smartphone usage, of course) and create a genius calendar for you, acting like your very own personal assistant.
"For when you temporarily want to “pause” incoming email in Gmail."
The team at Boomerang, a Gmail browser extension, has created a "pause" button for your Gmail inbox. If you use the extension, you will now see a blue Pause button next to your inbox that, when clicked, will prevent any emails from coming in.
All you have to do to start getting emails again is un-pause it.
I can relate to incoming emails being distracting when there are important tasks to be done, but I can't imagine un-pausing my inbox and the stress I would probably feel with the reopening of the email floodgates.
In what is a long-awaited feature addition, Bank of America's iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows phone apps have been updated to allow you to deposit checks by snapping a picture of the front and back of them with the device’s cameras.
"Civo is a beautiful new social discovery app that seeks to break users out of their social or geographic networks without forcing them to leave their comfort zones."Rather than connecting users with people nearby, Civo actually tries to maximize the distance between partners. This way, users have a chance to peek into the life of a complete stranger.
"ShadowMe" is a new app that allows you to "lurk" on Twitter as any user of your choice.
This doesn't mean that you can sign in as anyone and tweet for them, but it does allow you to see the tweets from their followers and what comes up in their timeline. Apparently, it works equally well for celebrities or accounts with 10 followers.
This could be interesting for marketers who want to find out what interests their customers by seeing their custom build Twitter stream, but I somehow feel like it would be used a little more casually than that and is probably just a little useless.
"We are in the midst of a social food revolution, with loads of new food-related apps and services available online and for mobile devices. It makes sense because other than breathing and sleeping, eating is one of the essentials of life. And in the Western world, it’s a major part of how we socialize and celebrate"
Giuseppe Mauriello: Stamped is an iPhone app and a new way to recommend only what you like best - restaurants, books, movies, music and more.
From official website:
"The Guide integrates with third-parties so it’s easy to listen to and download music, buy movie tickets, add movies to your queue, buy books, and even view restaurant menus, all without ever leaving Stamped.
Stamped’s revamped app is integrated with the likes of Spotify, iTunes, Rdio, Netflix, Fandango, Amazon and OpenTable.
It's a visual and personalized way to discover great new things to try.
Follow your friends from Facebook and Twitter, with Stamped, you can discover great content through the people whose tastes you actually respect...."