A smartphone isn't much without apps. It's where the whole "smart" part of the equation comes from. Without them, we're back in the 1990s again. Nobody wants that—except maybe Dustin Diamond. So exercise some of those smarts and outfit your phone with the best apps of the week.
And yet another one bites the dust: Google has announced that its local recommendation service Alfred, purchased from Clever Sense back in 2011, is shuttering on July 19th.
Alfred will soon be your next BFF. He is a know-it-all that will tell you what you want before you want it. And he will live with you always on your iPhone.
Application launchers are one of the simplest ways to speed up your computing—and certainly faster than hunting for icons in your dock. For ages, Quicksilver set the launch bar bar on Macs. Alfred leaves it in the dust.