Over the past week much has been written about iOS and Mac OS X merging together in features and feel with the release of Lion. A lot between the two operating systems is now the same, but plenty remain different. For this edition of our Weekly Download Recommendations we're going to celebrate the merger by showcasing apps unique to each OS, including options to help you save money while traveling, multi-task while on the phone, and others to help you regain storage space at the touch of a button...
Hotel Tonight: Anything that shakes up the hotel industry is good with us. Hotel Tonight aims to bring users huge discounts and fill empty hotel inventory. They do this by offering 3 (that's right, only 3) hotel options for each city per night. The reason for this is so that they can help offer the lowest possible price to customers. The only catch is this service is for last minute reservations only. So if you don't mind showing up in a city and the figuring out a place to stay the same day, this app could be useful in snagging a great travel deal.
Trover: There are plenty of apps to help you discover services around you. Popular apps such as Foursquare and Gowalla come to mind. But Trover aims to improve local discovery through photography. Instead of just recommending a place to go or eat, Trover taps into the mobile photography phenomena to let users share and discover cool stuff to do through interesting pictures.
Thrutu: Often times when people are on a call they need to hang up to send the other person directions, a photo, or some other type of information. Now with Thrutu, all of that can easily be done while still on a call. Thrutu adds a new dimension to phone calls by allowing users to easily share location, photos, and contacts all without ever having to interrupt the conversation. Great app for always on the phone multi-taskers.
Mac OSX Apps
Daisy Disk: If you're looking to clean up your hard drive, you'll probably want to know what is taking up all of the room. Daisy Disk helps you map out what's on your hard drive using an intuitive interface, displaying visual maps of all your data to help you choose what gets erased and what stays (video below)
AppZapper: Removing programs and their related elements (some visible, others invisible) from your Mac can sometimes be a task, especially since there isn't a simple universal uninstaller. AppZapper - which calls itself the uninstaller Apple forgot - makes removing unwanted programs and files as simple as drag, drop, and zap. AppZapper fixes that problem by finding all of the support files and removing them for a much thorough trashing process.
iRingtones: This app is a one trick pony. But the one trick iRingtones does, it does well. If you have a large collection of music and want to make fun ringtone out of your music, iRingtones does this in a simple and effective manner. Just select the region that you want to make into a ringtone, and iRingtones does the rest, including fading and intros.