Our Mobile App of the Day today is Google Maps 5.0 for Android.
Yes, Google Maps has been around for awhile. Their latest build which we covered a couple days ago has some fun new features, and it is now available for download/update.
The biggest addition is three dimensional maps, which gives you a better view of the landscape and can be tilted with a two finger swipe. The new vector graphics being implemented allows for lighter weight maps than before, which ties in with offline navigation now being available for your favorite locations. These two new features are only available on Android 2.0 or later, and of course the app is free. Grab it at the QR code after the break or on the Android Market.
Android, iPhone, and iPod Touch owners have had access to Skyfire for a bit, but iPad owners have been left in the dark. It's hard to believe, considering the Flash-capable browser scored over $1 million in sales in the first weekend it was available and was so highly demanded it shut down Skyfire's servers. It looks like this oversight is going to be corrected soon.
According to Skyfire Labs, their first build for the iPad is complete and in Apple's hand awaiting their almighty approval. Along with the obvious Flash video capability, Skyfire for iPad will bring one touch access to Facebook and Twitter, Fireplace Feed Reader that filters your Facebook down to browsable pages, images, and videos while cutting out status updates, as well as Google Reader access. The app will reportedly sell for $4.99, which is two dollars more than the iPhone app. Android fans still get the app for free.
Our Download of the Day today is AVG Free Edition 10.0.1188.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is trusted antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. In addition, the new included LinkScanner® Active Surf-Shield checks web pages for threats at the only time that matters - when you're about to click that link.
AVG Anti-Virus Free has these following features:
Award-winning antivirus and antispyware
Real-time safe internet surfing and searching
Quality proven by 80 million of users
Easy to download, install and use
Protection against viruses and spyware
Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.
Sony is saying that the official Playstation app for Android and the iPhone/iPod Touch will be available "very soon," but don't start thinking that you'll be able to start playing your favorite Playstation games on your mobile device.
The application will allow PSN users to check out their trophies, keep up with the latest news and new devices for Sony gaming devices, and share their favorite products and trophies via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. While the social networking aspect is nice I suppose, there's really not much here that you can't do from your network connected PS3 or PSP.
The initial launch will be in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands, with no official word when the app will be available to the rest of the world. Maybe the small testbed will allow them some time before Sony puts some actual games into a game-oriented app.
Deal of the Day: 15.6" Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Intel Celeron, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $299.99
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 15.6" Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Intel Celeron, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $299.99.
Offer: $299.99 gets you this 15.6" Toshiba Satellite Laptop with 2.2Ghz Intel Celeron 900 processor, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 10/100 networking, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.
VIZIO is mostly known for making good quality TVs at affordable prices. I've owned a 42" VIZIO for almost four years now and have nothing but good things to say about it. Now VIZIO is making a jump into the big time market with their 65" Theater 3D Razor XVT3D650SV LED set.
Taking the top spot as the largest television in the VIZIO lineup, this edge-lit LED 120Hz 3D TV comes with SRS TruSurround integrated speakers and access to VIZIO internet apps. VIZIO includes four pairs of the cheaper polarized #D glasses with this set, stating that "Theater 3D technology produces clear, flicker-free 3D images that are noticeably brighter than conventional 3D and eliminates costly and bulky 3D eyewear that requires batteries or charging." This big boy will set you back $3,499 when it hits Sam's Club and Costco Wholesale shelves as well as online later this month.
The new Deus Ex prequel was meant to be on shelves/digital distribution by March next year but it has been confirmed by the games publisher, Square Enix that it's pushed into the next fiscal year which begins in April 2011.
The company explained the delay in a written statement:
It's not too often that you see a launch date move to an earlier time instead of later, but Apple has surprised us by making this happened. The Mac App Store has been officially given a launch date of Thursday, January 6th; just in time for CES!
The Mac App Store, hailed as one of the big features of the upcoming Lion OS X refresh, hopes to bring the ease of browsing the original App Store to the OS X platform. Syncing apps across various machines and streamlining the app discovery and installation processes are a few of the goals of the new Mac App Store. Another bonus to the Mac App store is that developers can offer upgrades and variable pricing on their own storefronts.
Google has their eyes on more than the average home computer user when it comes to their upcoming Chrome browser. According to Google's Chromium blog, a business-friendly version of their Chrome internet browser is ready to go. This version of Chrome will include enterprise necessities like an MSI package for offline installation, group policy support, centralized configuration and control over auto-updates.
Other features like whitelists and blacklists for Chrome extensions, Google Chrome Frame for web apps supported only by Internet Explorer 6, and removal of previous Chrome installs to keep everybody up to date will be tied in as well. While there's no phone or email support for the browser just yet, some help can be found via online documentation, help forums, and a FAQ set up by Google.
The final, non-beta release of Opera 11 has hit the interwebs. It promises to deliver big changes and a bucket load of smaller refinements. Amongst the biggest of these is what the team at Opera are calling "tab stacking" - which lets you create groups of taps to manage dozens of open web pages more effectively.
Another addition is "visual mouse gestures" which is kind of like multitouch gestures but, with a mouse. Opera 11 now includes extensions, along with a new and improved address bar. There's also a built-in mail client dubbed "mail-panel".