One of the best parts of owning a smart phone has been Google maps. That really is a magical app that’s super useful.
In second place, for me, has been Pulse. It lays out a grid of stories from sources you are following. So if I’m following the Verge, they’ll have their last few stories with associated main image from the story as part of my grid of stories that I’m looking at. It’s completely brilliant, and an even better way of surfing the net than on a desktop,
Unfortunately I got the message this morning in Pulse that they are shutting it down on Dec 31.
The only other app I’ve tried that tries something like this is Google Newstand, and it’s pretty bad in comparison. You have a grid of websites you follow, you need to click on each one to see their stories, and then it lays their headlines out like a blog. There’s no overview grid that lets you see stories from multiple sources at a glance like in Pulse.