We Browse the new Yahoo! Axis

On May 23, 2012, Yahoo! launched Axis, a web browser looking to make searching the Internet a more visual experience. Axis provides users an instant visual preview of search results and is designed to be more personalized than browsers such as Safari. When searching, users are shown trending searches, just like the trending topics on Twitter. Axis also totes the ability to start browsing on one device and continue browsing on another device. The Gadchick team decided to take a closer look at the browser to see what it is all about.

As a visual person, Axis seemed like a solution to my less-than-steller browsing experience on my iPad. I am able to browse and search without needing to leave the page I'm on or open a new tab. I can personalize a homepage with favorites and the read it later feature, all of which (should) sync across my iPhone, iPad, and desktop. Gadchick readers may be interested to see the built-in 'Pin it!' option that allows users to pin items to Pinterest without an added bookmarklet!


The Facebook Photographer?

Everyone knows by now that our favorite photo sharing app, Instagram, recently achieved the dream of every tech-based startup and was acquired by social media giant, Facebook. There was a lot of speculation as to how Facebook was going to integrate Instagram’s technology into their application. Was Instagram going to go bye-bye as an app and only be available through Facebook, as a photo editing tool? Was Facebook going to start annoying Instagram users with ads popping up every time they tried to share a photo? Neither, as it turned out.
Instagram, as an iPhone and Android app, still holds true to its original functions and users are happily snapping away, ad-free. Facebook has decided to release Facebook Camera for iOS, a camera app for the iPhone with Instagram-like filters. An avid Apple girl myself, I said, “Hey, what the heck,” and downloaded Facebook Camera onto my iPhone. I’m a die-hard Instagrammer (my boyfriend will sarcastically tell you that he that just loves waiting for me to finish up taking a picture every other step when we go anywhere) so as Facebook Camera was downloading into my iPhone, I sort of shrugged it off. Nothing can compete with Instagram, right?

I approached things as I normally do. First, I took a photo using the default camera that comes installed on the iPhone.


My Favorite Women in Video Games: Elena Fisher

Games she appeared in: The Uncharted series

Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: Elena has been known to craft a good rescue plan.

For our video game BFF date, we would: Either go adventuring to find lost treasure or watch RuPaul's Drag Race together, depending if she wants a slow night of reality tv or not.


Classics Going Tech

As I was babysitting my toddler nieces, they were bored with Elmo and needed something a little more sophisticated but not too YA teen novel. I discovered Jennifer Adams under the featured "children's fiction" on iBooks and it was perfect for them. The books are whimsical and eye catching, but told in a new way the adults won't be bored when reading classics. The books are interactive  with sound effects so the kids could touch the screen or the books could read to kids. I really wish I could post screen shots of the books, but I'll show you the covers. There's a copyright infringement on publishing anything from the book but you can use the "look inside" feature from Amazon here. There are no screen shots from the books on iTunes, but it makes the e-book more endearing, it doesn't need any. The artists' work makes you wonder if there's a hard copy for your shelf, it's beautiful. You can check out the author page here and download the books for iOS. You can purchase the hard copies here.


My Favorite Women in Video Games: Anya Stroud

Games she appeared in: The “Gears of War” series

Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: Anya tends to be the voice of reason getting you out of a sticky situation.

For our video game BFF date, we would: Go for target practice. In Anya's world, you have to be an awesome shot.


Introducing Beauty 2.0

Just because I sit at a desk all day doesn't mean I want to look like I sit at a desk all day. At Gadchick, we are going to test out the latest, more popular (and sometimes painful) beauty gadgets. Have you ever been curious of a product but wondered if it's worth the effort, price and the hours of sitting through countless YouTube video reviews? We'll do it for you!


My Favorite Women in Video Games: Samus Aran

Games she appeared in: Primarily in the Metroid series and Super Smash Brothers, but also makes cameo and easter egg appearances in too many video games to list.

Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: In her first appearance, Samus’ gender was kept hidden for most of the game. The series chooses not to focus on her gender but instead to focus on the fact she is awesome.

For our video game BFF date, we would: Have a long discussion about why I need my own Power Suit.