Try This Amazing Web App

2012-12-31 14_25_37-Sun — simple weather app

Some things just shouldn’t need to be in the App Store. Designer Jakob Henner of Yahoo! has released an amazingly simple iOS web app that acts and feels like a full-blown, hard-coded Objective-C application. The app is called “Sun” and aims to provide a very Clear-esque weather experience, taking advantage of creative gestures to make the app feel even more polished.

What’s simply astounding though, is that Sun is a web app. The app was coded exclusively in web languages, and finely exhibits the true power of HTML5 and CSS3. To really understand what I’m trying to say you have to try the app yourself. Simply go to on your iOS device and follow the instructions. Once installed, remember to try pinching, sliding, and swiping because the app doesn’t make very clear which gestures do what. (more…)

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Official Google Voice App Now Available

The long-awaited official Google Voice application has finally made its way to the App Store, just two months after the first batch of unofficial Voice apps were approved. Google has been working on getting this app approved for over a year, and after its initial rejection, decided to remake it as an HTML5 web app to bypass Apple’s strict rules.

In September, Apple decided to relax their guidelines in effort to please the EU, who had begun an antitrust investigation into Apple’s policies. These changes have since allowed a number of previously reject-able apps into the App Store, such as Opera Mini, Skyfire, VLC, and more.

Google Voice is free, and uses data for SMS and calls, which makes it a great choice for budget-conscious users. The email-esque voicemail feature is especially handy (and doesn’t require you to change numbers).

  • Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone.
  • Receive push notifications for new text or voicemail messages.
  • Send free text messages to U.S. numbers and make international calls at cheap rates.
  • Listen to your voicemail, read transcripts and manage your Google Voice inbox.
  • Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls.
  • Call contacts from your iPhone Address Book or enter new numbers on the dialpad.
  • A Google Voice account is required to use this app. To sign up go to
  • Google Voice is only available in the United States.


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Official Google Voice App Coming Soon?

Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile + app has received a ton of attention and praise lately, but if TechCrunch’s sources are correct, it’s about to meet some fierce competition. According to a “source close to Google”, an official voice application has already been approved by Apple, and is awaiting an iOS 4-ready update to be released to the public. GV Mobile + does the job nicely, but being a 3rd party application, may never be able to offer every Voice feature that a 1st party application could provide.

At the moment, Google’s work-around to the App Store’s (previously) tight restrictions is an in-browser HTML5 web app, which gets the job done, but isn’t anywhere as nice as a native client. If Google’s official Voice application is approved into the App Store, it will be a complete 180* turn for Apple – and may open the flood gates for other border-line apps.


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Google Voice to be remade as a web app


It’s no surprise that the Google Voice/Apple/AT&T controversy is still being talked about.

As many expected, Google will be redoing their Google Voice application in response to the ongoing predicament. No, Google isn’t submitting the app again, but you will have the same experience. Google is taking their rejected app, and recreating it as a Web app that looks and functions the same as their original Google Voice application.


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