Google Play reaches 25 billion downloads, 675,000 apps

Google Play is now up to 25 billion app downloads, a little behind the pace of Apple’s App Store which hit that mark in March of this year. Google Play also has 675,000 apps overall compared to 700,000 for the App Store.

App discovery: the challenge that keeps beckoning

The market for app discovery has gotten increasingly crowded with all kinds of competitors and yet, the rush to solve the problem continues. The latest example is App-o-Day, a new free app of the day service from former Outfit7 CEO Andrej Nabergoj.

Lion 101: How to know more about your Mac

New Mac owners don’t often know things about their computers that might prove otherwise helpful, like exactly which model they have. Luckily, OS X Lion organizes system info in a better way than its predecessor. Plus, there are two other great free tools that help, too.

Finally: Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.

Apple surpassed Exxon Mobil Corporation to become the company with the highest market cap after trading on Wednesday. It’s an achievement that comes as the result of a long, steady climb for Apple, aided in no small part by the iPhone and the iPad.

How to wirelessly move photos and video from iPhone to Mac

Moving photos from your iPhone to your Mac can actually involve many steps and input from a user. But you can also set up wireless, automatic background syncing to a destination on your Mac of your choice, with a $2 app and some quick initial setup.

Find My Mac is reason enough to sign up for iCloud

Apple is including a tool in iCloud that should make signing up for it a no-brainer for Mac owners: Find My Mac, which went live for iCloud beta users Wednesday. Like Find My iPhone, the service provides an approximate location for all a user’s iCloud-connected Macs.

Can Editions find a place in the iPad news aggregation crowd?

AOL’s new Editions iPad app, billed as a “daily magazine that reads you,” is now available in the App Store. It’s actually remarkably smart and sexy, but can Editions hope to make a significant splash when similar apps like Flipboard already seem so firmly entrenched?

Report: Apple looking for retail chief with international experience

As Apple continues its search for a replacement for outgoing retail chief Ron Johnson, the company is looking to hire someone based outside the U.S., according to a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday. The report says Steve Jobs was “extensively” involved in picking the search firm.