You never know when Google will drop an update to a major component of Android or their online services. Yesterday, Google posted an update to their showcase service Google Maps app and you can read about it here. Also, NY Convergence, a news site focused on NYC tech, and the always-friendly IRS have both delivered their first Android apps.
Google Maps update (Free)
This fresh update to Google Maps adds the ever-popular “check-in” feature to Google’s Latitude service. You may already use, or at least have heard of “checking in” from services like Foursquare and Facebook’s Places. It allows you to alert your friends that you are physically present in a retail business or other geographical place.
Google’s version of check-in delivers some cool elements. If you are currently in a business that offers a “check in” feature, your Android phone will ask you if you want to check-in to that location. You can also set your phone to automatically check you in to specific places without asking you whenever your GPS shows you have arrived. Perhaps best of all, Latitude will automatically check you out of a place after you leave.
NY Convergence (Free)
This new online site covers digital media and the tech industry specifically for the New York Tri-state area. But, as you’ll see if you download their news feed app, what happens in NYC’s high tech sector matters to us all.
The app delivers a straightforward feed of the latest postings which could be industry developments, events, or people updates. You can drill down for more info or follow links back to the source or the entities mentioned in the story. In the About page, you can sign up for an e-newsletter or follow NY Convergence on Twitter.
Who wants to help you save money? Bet you didn’t guess the IRS. That’s right, the Internal Revenue Service has joined the 21st century by delivering an Android app. Need to check when your tax refund is scheduled to arrive? This app will tell you.
Additionally, the app allows you to sign-up for tax tips sent via email or to follow the IRS on Twitter. A contact page lets you call in directly to the agency with different numbers for individuals and businesses.