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Monday, April 30, 2012

Search iTunes the Easy Way With Tunesque

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"There's plenty to like about the iTunes Store--it's a one-stop shop for DRM-free music, loads of TV shows and movies, and more apps than we could ever want to use."

But searching can be frustrating. Well no more as Tunesque comes to the rescue. The free app is available now, and it actually works quite well. The icon sits in your menu bar and all you have to do is click on it and put in a few letters and it starts searching. The bonus is the search works through not only the iTunes store, but the Mac App Store as well.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Google Search for iPad Updated

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"If you're using the Google Search app for iPad, you'll be glad to know that Google has just pushed a major update to this iPad app, making it more interactive, visual and easier to find what you are searching for."

The cool thing about this is you can do your search, and then go to a result from within the app, using sliding gestures to go back and forth. If I was just looking for information that I might not need to bookmark, this sounds like it would work pretty slick. I'm not sure how much I would use this though, since you can search from Safari too. I guess I'll have to try it out and see what all the fuss is about. What are your thoughts?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Category Home Pages in the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"As pointed out by The Next Web Apple has begun to role out a new redesign for category home pages in the App Store. The redesign follows suit with the home page of the App Store, displaying a large horizontal banner which runs through the category's featured apps. As of now, the redesign is only appearing in the Education and Games sections."

Anything that can be done to make it easier to find worthy apps is a plus for me. With so many applications out there, it was about time they started to refine your search capabilities. I wish they would take it further though, as this change only breaks it down into three subsections: What's Hot, New and Noteworthy and Staff Favorites. What are your thoughts on the change?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tablet Version of Google Search

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:30 PM

"Google has begun testing a new, tablet-oriented version of its search page, reports say. To cope with the limitations of tablets, content has been funneled into a single column. Sidebar options have been moved under the search field, and the "Goooooooooogle" text at the bottom of the site now just shows page numbers from one to 10."

This is only in use for a small percentage of users, randomly chosen from what the article says. However, it does look nice. Very simple and clean. How about you, any thoughts on the new design? And if you are using it, how do you like it?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Find That Movie Via This Mac App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Every now and then, it's nice to have a platform like this blog. A few weeks ago, I was using it to complain: "Do you know how hard it was to find out if a movie is available? Every time I want to show my kids some movie I consider essential to their cultural education, I have to surf every online source, one after another. Netflix. Amazon. Apple TV. iTunes. Vudu. Searching, searching, searching. Why isn't there a central Web site that collates the catalogs of all those online sources?"

Well there is, and it's a free Mac app called MoviesHunt, available now in the Mac App Store. Basically you do a search for the movie you are looking for and the app takes care of the rest, searching Vudu, Netflix, Amazon, Clicker, iTunes and Hulu. If you get the upgraded Pro version for $0.99 [affiliate link], it will give you four more sites, plus let you add your own sites to the search list. Once it finds the movie it opens a webpage with information regarding the movie from the site where it's located.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Microsoft Releases Bing App Specifically for iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Microsoft today (on Thursday) released their free Bing for iPad app."

The app is free [link], and there is also one for the iPhone [link]. Interestingly enough these aren't universal apps, there is one for the iPhone and one for the iPad, so the results and images for this app are iPad optimized. With the iPad app, you get touch enabled movie listings, articles, local business as well as traffic and weather news for the local area. You can also use voice activated search with this new app.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Better Search Tool for the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:02 AM

Thanks to Joe Johaneman for the tip on this, great way to search the App Store. I think it works much better than the search function of the App Store itself.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Search Filters Now on the iPad App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"According to macstories, the iPad's App Store app just gained a very useful new feature: search filters. There are now five different filters you can assign to app searches: Category, Release Date, Customer Rating, Price, and Device. Popovers allow users to adjust or clear filters."

This is a useful feature and it needs to be added to the other stores. Currently it is only on the iPad App Store, but I doubt it will take very long for it to get to the other ones. Until then, the iPad is the go-to device for searching!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So How Do You Find The Good Apps?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:57 PM

"App stores are fine if you trust the store's recommendations on big categories like music or games. But one of the best things about owning a smartphone is the apps for your personal hobbies."

And he is right, trying to narrow down your search in the Mac App Store or the iOS one is pretty hard to do. I would hope that we are your source for some of them, but of course we aren't a dedicated app review site so where do you go to get your treasures? AppShopper and AppExplorer are Apple only search engines for your mobile device and one that caters to both Apple and Android is called Appolicious. For the new Mac App Store there is a site called "Mac Apps That Rock" that offers examples of, well, apps that rock according to them. So, where do you go to get your app information?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Google to Remain iPhone Default Search Provider

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 PM

"Google recently extended its contract with Apple, making the dominant search provider the default option on devices running iOS, including the iPhone."

image credit: Wired

In the spirit of coopetition, Google has extended its contract with Apple to remain the default search provider on the iPhone (and iOS devices). Interesting to read Eric Schmidt's comments about how Apple and Google are, and will remain, close. Microsoft's Bing, rumored at one point to be in line to replace Google now has to settle for being an option on iOS 4 devices. Anyone have any strong feelings one way or another in the Google vs Bing battle?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

App Store Instant Search from App of the Day

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"You've no doubt noticed that Google recently switched on their instant searching feature to the Google homepage. It's so cool that it's almost compelling me to start searching from instead of the Firefox search bar. If you're equally intrigued by this idea, then I'm certain you'll enjoy App Store Instant from App of the Day."

It actually works pretty well, right along the lines of Google instant, although I don't think it is as quick as the Google feature. You can check it out yourself at App of the Day.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Search for Apps Via Google, USA Only Though

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Google announced a new feature this week that lists apps in mobile search results. When searching for an app by name from your iPhone (it works with Android too, naturally), the top result is a link to the app's home in the App Store. In addition to the link, you get information like rating, publisher and price.


Nice addition to searches I suppose, but if I was on my iPhone anyway, I think I'd just go the App Store and search from there.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Siri Purchased by Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"How do you turn $24 million into $200 million? Become a strategic purchase for either Apple or Google, apparently. Word is Apple has paid between $150 to $250 million for the two and a half year old app start up, according to TechCrunch. The San Jose-based company is listed as having only 19 employees with four venture funders."

Siri is an interesting app, but it never worked for me because the tone of my voice is such that it never registers with these types of programs properly. Calling 411 and trying to work through the voice recognition is the same thing. I want a number in Portland and I get referred to Pendleton. Frustrating. But this does open up a lot of speculation as to why Apple decided to buy them. What does this mean for future versions of the iPhone OS or does it mean anything at all? Is this one of the steps they are taking to rid themselves of Google? Only Apple knows at this point but it sure generates a lot of buzz, just like the purchase announcement yesterday of Intrinsity. Intrinsity is a bit easier to understand, for me anyway, since they are rumored to be part of the design team of the new A4 chip. The only thing I know for sure is the venture capitalists hit the jackpot on Siri.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

No Google in iPhone OS 4.0?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"You know how your iPhone says "Google" on the button you use to search? Not for long."

Apparently iLounge noticed this while they were going through the changes for iPhone OS 4.0. So does this mean Apple is going with their own search or adding some other company? And if you are interested in walk throughs of the new system, besides the iLounge version linked above, 9to5Mac also has posted a version.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Get Help With iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"At one time browsing the iTunes (Music) Store was like visiting a local music shop-pop and rock in the front racks and middle aisles, jazz to the left, classical in the back, and indy releases shuttled off to the side room where you could also purchase bongs and dashikis."

The power search and iTunes alerts have been two things that I use on a regular basis, otherwise it does make it hard to find what you need, or want I suppose is more appropriate. When it was only music it was fairly simple, however now with applications and movies and all the other things you can do with iTunes, it helps to have some tips to make your usage more efficient.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bing Comes to the iPhone App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Microsoft's Bing application rolled out onto Apple's App Store on Wednesday, giving iPhone and iPod touch a native application for using the Redmond-based company's online search engine."

I've only had this app for an hour or so, but I really like it. The main focus is to help you find locations, business and other services, and it lets you do your searches by voice. It is a free app so give it a test drive, you have nothing to lose.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keyword Search Added to App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Earlier this week, Apple took a step towards making iPhone and iPod touch apps easier to find. Specifically, developers can now add comma-separated keywords to their apps, up to 255 characters."

This should certainly help in finding specific applications, especially since there are over 55,000 active apps in the store according to 148apps. But already there are problems according to the guy in charge at App Cubby, David Barnard, based on his two most recent tweets. One says he "can't put in more than 10 characters" in the 255 character box, and his second voices his frustration at not being told about the update and then Apple "botching" it. I guess we shall see soon enough if this is isolated incident or just the beginning of problems with the new feature.

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