Google Maps Updated Again, Introduces “Hotpot.”

Google Maps Updated Again, Introduces “Hotpot.”

Nov 18, 2010

Man, it seems like just last week Google Maps got an update. Oh wait, it was only last week! Well guess what? Google Maps has been updated once more bringing its current version to 4.7. Those guys over at Google sure like to drive in the fast lane. Now what was so important that they had to go ahead and push another update out? My theory is that they are getting ready for, dare I say it, Gingerbread (gasp)! The truth? Google has been amping up their “Places” features and this update seems to continue that trend bringing some convenience along with some social sauce thrown in.

Rhapsody For Android

Rhapsody For Android

Nov 17, 2010

For those of you with a Rhapsody subscription and an Android powered device you can now go download the Rhapsody app version 2.0 from the Android Market. This newest version is supposed to be a huge step up from the original beta and has some key additions. Rhapsody is a subscription based online music service with a catalog of over 10 million songs available for unlimited listening anytime from any supported device. The Rhapsody app for Android offers the portability and freedom of listening at anytime from anywhere even without having an internet connection.

Kids Alphabet Review

Kids Alphabet Review

Nov 9, 2010

Let’s face it, a lot of us in the Android community are also parents of young children. Sometimes our phones become their little play toys or sometimes a much needed pacifier in times of desperation. It’s amazing to see how quickly young children adapt to technology and their interactions with it can also be rewarding. Developers ElegantBits Team have created a fun and educational game called “Kids Alphabet” which helps to teach young children the English language. I myself am the proud parent of a 4 and 2 year old, who were more than happy to give this game a review.

“Kids Alphabet” comes in both a “Paid” and “Lite” version. They are both the same in terms of features but the “Lite” version can only be used for 10 minutes a day. I would say the target child age for this game would be between 2 and 5 years.

Walk the Line With Google Maps Update

Walk the Line With Google Maps Update

Sep 20, 2010

Google has released a new update for Google Maps which will have us all “Walking the Line.” This new feature merges the already familiar “Navigation” with the “Walking Directions” to create well, umm, you guessed it: “Walking Navigation!”

Walking Navigation can be used by clicking on the “Walking” option of the “Navigation” menu (Keep in mind this is a Beta and may not have the most current information or best routes). Google did a really good job optimizing the features to the environment they will be used in. This includes automatic map rotation to ensure you have a correct point of view while turning. Another new feature is a vibrate notification to let you know when to make a turn. There is an option to mute the voice navigation and use text notifications only. This brings a sigh of relief for those of us who don’t enjoy broadcasting the fact that we’re tourists or that we have a high-end phone worth stealing.