Software Reviews

Mac OS X Lion Review

Mac OS X Lion Review

What you're about to experience is a trip down the rabbit hole with Mac OS X Lion, Apple's newest desktop operating system. With yours truly you'll be both exploring and judging the way this nearly radical new system is set up and what it means to you, the consumer and me, the tech news publisher. What you're going to find is Apple's most innovative release since the original Mac OS X, the first big departure from the known paradigm inside the Mac world. In one gesture, (literally one gesture, as seen in section 2 of this exploration,) Apple has both bridged a gap between what's been called mobile OS, (or in their case, iOS), and desktop OS, further turning what it means to own a computer into what owning a computer will or does mean to you.

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SwiftKey Tablet X Review

SwiftKey Tablet X Review

Today we're privileged to get to take a peek at the newest offering from the 3rd party on-screen keyboard developers SwiftKey in an app made specifically for Android tablets, that being SwiftKey Tablet X. This is the first time SwiftKey has offered a tablet-specific keyboard in such a form as this, excitement abound as the handset version is, without a doubt, one of the more amazing non-stock keyboards on the market. This is a keyboard that predicts your text, gives you all the options a pro user like you could want, and is out in the Android Market right this second. Let's take a look and see what we're rolling with here.

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Swiftkey X Review for Android Handsets

Swiftkey X Review for Android Handsets

We had a vision, a great vision of the future, a future where everyone, great and small, had one keyboard on their mobile device to rule them all. Or, on the other hand, to have you rule it. This is a keyboard with predictive text, the ability to change the way it looks, and the ability to take in gestures to affect the text. Sounds fun already? Let's have a look for all you not using it already (shouldn't be too many, right? Right!) This is SwiftKey X, one half of the two-app review sent out today by the makers of the original SwiftKey keyboard!

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Spotify Premium Mobile App and Service Review [USA]

Spotify Premium Mobile App and Service Review [USA]

What we've got right here today is the PREMIUM version of the BETA release of Spotify for Android as it exists right now, here, today, in the United States of America, and we've gotta show it to you. Spotify is a music streaming service that's been active for right around 2 years in the UK and is now blasting forth in the USA with a BETA trial. They'll have their full service live SOON and what you're going to find here is the sweetness you'll be experiencing if you grab the $10 a month Premium service, that is, working on Mobile. Spotify has an app for Apple's iOS and for Android and they're very similar - the one you're seeing here is on an Android.

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Android Market 3.0.26 Hands-On and Review

Android Market 3.0.26 Hands-On and Review

We've got our fingers a tap tap tapping away already at the Android Market version 3.0.26 just announced a couple hours ago via Google, and what do you know? We'd love to give you a full look. This newest version of the Android Market has a full facelift and opens the Movie and Book doors to the world for full rental and purchase options. You'll have to update your Videos and Books apps to gain access to these new bits of media - but all the new versions work today!

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webOS 3.0 Review

webOS 3.0 Review

July 1 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of HP buying Palm, and it's celebrating with the launch of webOS 3.0. Making its debut on the HP TouchPad, the company's big push for the consumer tablet market, but then headed to HP smartphones too, webOS 3.0 promises to take the simplicity, elegance and flexibility we've been praising in previous iterations of the platform, and bring it bang up to speed when compared to Android Honeycomb and the imminent iOS 5. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Google+ Mobile App Review and Hands-On [BETA]

Google+ Mobile App Review and Hands-On [BETA]

We've been given the opportunity to take a look at the newest and greatest effort by Google to access the social landscape. Not that they weren't there before, but now we're fully dunked, if you know what I mean, in the ability to share directly with friends our photos, thoughts, and eventually our video and literally our faces talking back and forth. For now, though, we've got Google+ the mobile app and the app version of Huddle, a project that's also set inside the Google+ app if you prefer. What the following consists of is the mobile embodiment of Google+, the web-based application of the project we'll be talking about next. For now though, mobile!

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Swype 3.0 for Android 3.0 Honeycomb BETA Review

Swype 3.0 for Android 3.0 Honeycomb BETA Review

It's that time again, time to take a look at an app so large in scale that it's only got a few elements we can even talk about. It's Swype 3.0 and we're going hands on with the Beta of it as it's being offered to each and every one of you today for testing. Swype, as you know, is a keyboard system in which you're able to either peck away as you normally would or slide your finger around the keyboard in a manner that will allow the system to predict and understand the words you're typing. Pretty cool, yes? Now it's about to be available for Android tablets, and everybody's celebratin'!

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Android Honeycomb Review

Android Honeycomb Review

Google doesn't mince its words: the search giant told us that smartphone versions of Android weren't ready for tablets, and that we should wait for its slate-specific build, and boy have they delivered. Android 3.0 Honeycomb marks a significant shift from the Android 2.x we're familiar with on handsets, with a refreshed UI and functionality to make the most of tablets' expansive touchscreens. It debuts on the Motorola XOOM but we're already expecting it on the imminent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG G-Slate; check out the full Android 3.0 Honeycomb review after the cut.

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Google Voice for iPhone Review

Google Voice for iPhone Review

Thanks to Google, we now have an official Google Voice application available in Apple's App Store. The day that many thought would never come, finally has, and so we needed to find out if the wait was really worth it. After all, with something that has been longed for this long, it's only right that we dig into it right off the bat, and find out if the official version was something we've really been wanting all along. So, does Google Voice for iPhone really stack up? Find out after the cut.

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