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It has almost been a full year since the App Store has undergone the most significant transformation since being opened for business. Entering back into the App Store for each new download barely remains a memory these days. Prominent banners are now the norm instead of “new and exciting”. With the new iOS 6.0 App Store becoming more normal with the passage of time, I wanted to look back and see if the redesign has been effective. Is it easier to find apps? Are quality apps still being featured? Let’s dive in and see if the redesign has been a true benefit for consumers and developers.

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Google has slowly been infiltrating Apple’s ecosystem for years now, but their secret weapon has become the Google Search app. While the app used to be just a search engine, it’s become a search engine, a Chrome-like web browser, and even a so-called Siri competitor with its Voice Search function.

Jesse Virgil took a look at the last major incarnation of Google Search with an excellent review that really gets into the grits of what makes the app awesome. Today, Google has released version 3.0, which comes with only a few substantial improvements over the older version, including the much-touted Google Now feature.

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Hipmunk is a young start-up specializing in the travel industry. The company launched in 2010 and has been concentrating on building Web and Mobile applications to help its users find and book flights and hotels. Hipmunk offers a pretty solid web platform, but also applications for iOS and Android.

The start-up has recently raised $15 million in a series B round of funding, which rises its total amount of funding to $20 million. Its CEO, Adam Goldstein, wants to focus the company efforts on building tools and products related to the travel industry.

Hipmunk is free to use. The company makes money once you book a flight or a night in a hotel. In this post, we’ll go through a deep review of Hipmunk for the iPad and learn how to use it. (more…)

Every so often, an app comes along that changes the game in it’s respective category. Shazam revolutionized how people identified songs. Instagram changed the way people capture and share photos. Evernote made it incredible easy to share notes across multiple platforms. While it’s become increasingly difficult for apps to change how people do certain things, it’s all the more impressive when one does.

When it was originally released for the iPad in 2010, Google Search certainly wasn’t a game changer. It provided a easy way to use the world’s favorite search engine, but it definitely wasn’t a replacement for Safari. However, with the release of version 2.5, Google Search now offers a voice search functionality that rivals Apple’s baked in voice function, Siri. Join us after the jump to learn more about Google’s new streaming voice search. (more…)

I’m not ashamed to say that I love apps. In particular, I love searching for new and exciting apps and giving them a try – weighing up whether they deserve a spot on my beloved home screen.

Even so, I probably only actively search for new apps three or four times a week – in a moment of downtime my finger hovers over the App Store, what new gem might I find? I look at the most popular apps of the moment, maybe browse a category I fancy by popularity, take a look at the staff picks and hot new apps.

If I’m really in the mood for some digging, I might even browse a category by the most recent apps – a search which requires patience and consistently good judgement to find any items of worth.

What I’m really intrigued to find out is how often you search for apps? Do you tend to just follow up recommendations, or do you look for new and exciting releases every day?

Are you a casual browser on the odd occasion you’re lured to the App Store by the updates badge, or do you search with purpose, finely tuning your genius recommendations?

Ever since the release of the App Store, a market has clearly existed for “what’s around me” applications. One of the very first was Where To?, an application that proved to be incredibly popular on the original iPhone. We’ve come a long way since then, and this category of apps has plenty to offer!

Today I’m going to be taking a look at a popular free choice at present – AroundMe. AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest anything in your nearby vicinity. It’s a nifty app, and we’ll take a closer look after the break!

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