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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Best Apps for Your Jailbroken iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"Just jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 on your iPhone and iPad and looking for the very best apps, tweaks, and other enhancements to try out?"

If so, check out their article on the best apps to use with your unrestrictive iPhone!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The iPad Provides Many Options for Magazines

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"With everything tending more and more towards digital consumption, the print world is in trouble."

I have to agree, at least for me personally. I read everything on my iPad now, since what I found hard to find in the early days of the iPad are now readily available on a variety of iPad apps such as Kindle, Newsstand and Zinio. How about you, have you given up on print?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Find That App!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"You can use the Find My iPhone app to locate a wayward iPhone and Find My Friends to find a family member, but what if you want to find an iOS app on one of the many pages of your iOS device's Home screen?"

I run into this problem daily, so I usually just use the spotlight search function on my iPhone. There are some good tips in this article about locating and organizing your apps. I know I need to!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top Free and Paid Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"As it did when the App Store reached 10 billion downloads last year, Apple has revealed the all-time top paid and free apps for the iPhone and iPad."

So, in keeping with tradition, after Apple hit 25 billion downloads they did the same. No big shockers as to the number one iPhone free (Facebook) and paid (Angry Birds) apps. Here is the rest of the list if you are interested.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Best Apps For Jailbroken iPhones

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Now that you've successfully jailbroken your iPhone 4S running iOS 5, what do you install? Whether you're new to Cydia or a jailbreak veteran, we've gathered a list of the best jailbreak apps available for Apple's latest smartphone."

I don't jailbreak anything, but some of you might, so in case you are interested here is a list of the best apps out there for your iPhone. I do wish some of these apps would make it to the regular app store, such as Winterboard that lets you create themes for your iPhone screen. Oh well, someday perhaps. In the meantime, it's just for you jail breakers!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Best of the Best Per Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:39 PM

"In what has become a tradition of sorts, Apple today published iTunes Rewind 2011, an annual list of the best iOS apps and games split across 21 App Store categories."

They also published the best Mac apps and games, located here, along with the iOS list that is located here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Apps from Starbucks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Despite Steve Jobs' crank call to one Seattle-based store for 4,000 lattes during the 2007 MacWorld Expo, Starbucks remains an Apple friend - holding a number of promotions that offer free iTunes downloads. The latest will give you a free iPhone app every time you get your caffeine fix."

Along the same lines as their free iTunes download for music, now you can get a free app for your "Pick of the Week" when you go into Starbucks. Look at the counter for the cards listing the app and redeem to get yours. This week is a very handy app called Shazam Encore, which I use pretty much every day. Normally $5.99 USD in the iTunes store, you get it free this week!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Office 365 or Google Apps, Which Will You Use?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:13 PM

"Microsoft took the beta label off of Office 365 last week, and many consider the cloud-based productivity suite a potshot at Google and Google Apps."

Interesting comparison, but for the casual user I'm going with Google Apps. I don't have to install anything to use it, and while it might not flow as seamlessly, it works pretty well for the limited stuff that I do. Now if I were a business that required more usage, I'd have to seriously consider Office 365, it matches up fairly well with some advantages over Google Apps, namely screen sharing and white boarding. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How Many Apps Do You Actually Use?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 PM

"Here's a great post over at 37 Signals, posing the question: how many of the apps on your iPhone do you actually make frequent use of? David Heinemeier Hansson says that the only third party apps he actually uses on a regular basis are Echofon and Bloomberg."

For me, I have several on my iPhone that I use on a regular basis. Obviously the Apple ones for Messaging, eMail, Calendar, Phone and Camera are the major ones, but a couple more that I use regularly are Shazam, Starbucks Mobile Card, Chase, Wells Fargo, Pageonce and 1Password. After that, they pretty much decline in use and I have them stacked away in folders on back pages on my iPhone. I deleted most of the less used apps at one point, but every now and then I find some of them useful so folders was the way to go for me. On my home screen, I have the four major ones (Phone, Messages, Mail and Calendar) prominently displayed, and the other ones in three folders. So, what are your thoughts? What apps do you use on a regular basis? Do you go the clutter free road or do you stack em in folders on a back page in case you need them like I do?

Tags: software, iphone, apps, ios

Thursday, May 5, 2011

iPad Restore: Someone Please Explain This To Me

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

I admit it: when it comes to the world of Apple devices, there's still a lot I don't know. Some things make intuitive sense, while others I find baffling. This is the latter. Read more...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Why Are Some iOS Apps so Crash-Prone?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

I've been using my iPad 2 now for just over two weeks, and while I've been quite happy with it for the most part, I'm utterly dismayed at how often certain applications will crash. It's not uncommon for me to load up TweetDeck and have it crash three times in a row before it will finally load - and then it will spontaneously crash a few minutes later. I bought my most expensive app yet - FilterStorm Pro for $14.99 - and it crashed immediately the first two times I tried to load an image. The third time, doing exactly the same thing, it worked fine. I've seen similar problems on my iPod Touch - apps crashing, seemingly at random.

Based on my experience, iOS is the most "crashy" experience I've had in years on any operating system. The worst part is that when it happens now, I don't even blink - I just re-start the app. Because that's such a fast process, it's ultimately not a significant problem - yet I know that if the same thing were to happen on one of my Windows 7 computers, I'd be furious about it.

What is it about iOS apps that make some of them so crash prone? Shoddy development? Something about iOS resource allocation that causes problems?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

iOS Apps Better Than The Ones That Come With Your iOS Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:24 PM

"As great as Apple software is, we've all benefited from dozens of iPhone and other iOS applications that overshadow or completely replace some of Apple's default apps on our mobile devices."

I've experimented, as I'm sure you have as well, with various iOS apps that "improve" upon what Apple provides with iOS. At least that is what we are lead to believe, but for the most part, I go with the apps that Apple provides for the basics, such as notes, calculator and calendar. When it comes to the specialty sites, such as Dropbox, I definitely go with the app, as well as for the banking versus going through mobile Safari. The three apps they discuss in this article also look intriguing, however I'm thinking what I will end up doing is going right back to my iPod, iPhoto and iTunes apps that came with iOS after trying these out. Simpler sometimes is better. What are your thoughts about what Apple provides and what you can get at the App Store? Any that standout as must have apps that replace what you can do with the iOS?

Tags: software, apps, ios

Monday, April 11, 2011

Must Have Apps for Jailbreakers

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"If you've jailbroken your device for the first time this week (thanks to the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak being released), chances are that you may not know where to begin. There are thousands of neat things that you can do once jailbroken."

A rundown of six of the most useful (according to the writer) apps for jailbroken iPhones, including LockInfo pictured above. I don't have my iPhone jailbroken although at times I am tempted. How about you? What are your thoughts on these apps and do you have any "must have" apps to add to the list?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Happy Anniversary iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"On April 3, 2010, Apple officially launched its much anticipated tablet: the iPad. It was the most hyped tech product of the year, but for many of us the hype turned out to be justified."

It really is about consumption, and for the one year anniversary of the iPad today, this article lists ten apps that are preferred, or at least preferred by the author. I have a few of my favorites on this list, namely Zinio, Kindle, Instapaper and Evernote. But what are your favorite apps to consume media on the iPad? Any of them on this list?

Tags: software, apps, ipad, ios

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just How Many Apps Are Involved in the Android Versus iOS Battle?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"The mobile OS gods have weighed in today with official app counts. In the lead by a considerable, albeit diminished margin, is OS with "over 350,000 apps" followed by Android with 150,000. With the tremendous number of tablets and smartphones announced during CES and MWC, how much longer until Android takes the crown?"

In case you were wondering, 350,000 versus 150,000 so far.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Going Verizon? Here Are Some Helpful Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM News

"Today, the Verizon iPhone goes on general release. If you're planning on grabbing a CDMA iPhone handset, we'd like to remind you about two important Verizon apps you should definitely download, once you've bought a Verizon iPhone."

My Verizon Mobile is definitely a must have, so you can pay your bill or monitor your minutes and contacts, among other things. Another handy app they mention is the VZ Contract Transfer app, also free, so you can transfer all of your information from your current phone into your fancy new iPhone. These are just a couple they mention, and if you did indeed go to Verizon, they certainly will help.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mobile Apps: Use Once, Discard?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 10:30 PM

"Mobile device users are acquiring ever more discretion about the Apps they use, with 26 percent of Apps only ever getting used once after being downloaded."

Pretty interesting statistic from Localytics, that in Q4 of 2010 (per their numbers), 28% of the apps on Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone were used once, and then never again. This makes a case for having trials available for -every- app, not just limited functionality or lite free versions, that often don't resemble the commercial version. "Try-it/Buy-It" is preferable to "Buy-it/Try-it/Hate-it/Delete-It." A good example from my iPhone is a dozen or so camera apps, of which I regularly use maybe two or three. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Need a Reminder for the Countdown?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"Is that count down or count up? In either case, visit for an unofficial countdown to the likely moment that the 10 billionth app will be downloaded from Apple's App Store. The site is maintained in part by Top Drawer Apps, and features a "guesstimate" as to when the 10 billionth app will be downloaded, based on the current sales rates, among other things."

The time frame above was as of 4:30 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, January 19th. If you want a more current time table, you can visit the website. Then again, perhaps I should delete this post since I entered this contest also. Naw, the more the merrier right? Good luck if you did enter it, and if you haven't, why not? Someone has to win...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Apple Posts Lists for Top Apps, Free and Paid

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"If you had to guess what the top downloaded iOS app of all time was, what would you say? You'll probably get it. It's an obvious one. It's Facebook. Number two is fairly easy too: Pandora. But did you know that number three is the Google Mobile App? I wonder what Apple thinks of that?"

Not surprising that the Facebook app is the number one free app, on the iphone anyway. The number one free app on the iPad is Pandora. How about the paid apps? For the iPhone and iPad, Doodle Jump and SoundHound top the lists respectively. The list is found within iTunes and you can get there here if you want to see what else made the lists.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So How Do You Find The Good Apps?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:57 PM

"App stores are fine if you trust the store's recommendations on big categories like music or games. But one of the best things about owning a smartphone is the apps for your personal hobbies."

And he is right, trying to narrow down your search in the Mac App Store or the iOS one is pretty hard to do. I would hope that we are your source for some of them, but of course we aren't a dedicated app review site so where do you go to get your treasures? AppShopper and AppExplorer are Apple only search engines for your mobile device and one that caters to both Apple and Android is called Appolicious. For the new Mac App Store there is a site called "Mac Apps That Rock" that offers examples of, well, apps that rock according to them. So, where do you go to get your app information?

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