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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Support a Good Cause and Get Some Great Games in the Process

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"The popular Humble Indie Bundle for the Mac has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and has become an inspiration for other indie developers looking to follow their lead. In that spirit, six independent iPhone game developers have banded together and are offering their games at a US$2-$3 discount. The devs will give 1/3 of the sale proceeds to Child's Play, a charity that provides toys and video games to children's hospitals across the U.S."

Because you can't set up bundles in the iOS app store, if you want all of the games, you have to buy them separately. But they're all 99 cents each, and Child's Play sounds like a great charity. You can give yourself an early Christmas present and help a child receive one of their own. Sounds like a win-win scenario to me.

Tags: software, bundle, ios

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Clever Interface for iOS Devices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:46 AM

"M.I.C. Gadget today is advertising a new triple interface 30-pin connector for iOS devices. Instead of swapping out the USB and SD card slot with the iPad camera connection kit, this adapter puts it all together."

And not only that, they added an SD card reader, for $29.90 pre-order at MCI Gadget (unfortunately a little more than the story says but still great little device).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

VoodooPad for iPhone and iPad

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

"VoodooPad gets its share of TUAW screen space, and it's one of the few apps that's always open on my desktop. As one of the original "personal" wikis, VoodooPad has a simple aesthetic and a great feature set for organizing and linking your important information, notes and everything from bookmarks to movies. It's a great desktop information manager, and as of last week, a great iPhone app, too."

VoodooPad is a nifty program, available for $39.95 USD for the desktop version, that acts as a repository for all those bits of information you just aren't sure where to keep. Now they have a version for the iPad and iPhone that syncs with your desktop version, making it more useful. The VoodooPad for iPhone and iPad is a universal app [affiliate link] runs $9.99 USD.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CNBC Releases iPad App To Track Your Portfolio

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"CNBC released a brand new iPad app late Monday, delivering the first truly useful, real-time market updates dashboard for the device."

This free app for iPad [link] and iPhone [link] is very well done, and it gives you all the information you need to follow the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. You can also see articles and videos from using this app. The dashboard can be customized and you can also keep track of your stocks and individual portfolios, as well as save stuff for viewing later offline. The app is pretty feature-rich and well done, and doesn't appear to have the delay for stock quotes that other apps have such as Bloomberg.

Printopia Makes AirPrint Useful

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

AirPrint is a great idea, but currently it only works with 12 printers. (You can find a list of compatible printers at Gizmodo). Printopia from ecamm takes the concept of AirPrint and turns it into something useful.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Gowalla for iPhone Adds Integration with Foursquare and Facebook Places

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Released Thursday morning, Gowalla 3.0 for iPhone takes a big step towards ending the location-based services battle. The new version can link your Foursquare and Facebook accounts to your Gowalla account so you can check in to all three services at once. Plus, you can also use Gowalla 3.0 as a dashboard to view your friends's check-ins from all three services, though as far as I can tell, things like Facebook Deals (coupons offered when you check into specific businesses) are not displayed"

As a Gowalla fan, I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, it makes Gowalla more attractive as a place to do all of your check-ins, since you can do them all at once. On the other hand, it's generally not a good sign when companies start integrating their services with direct competitors. To me, it seems like an admission of defeat. So far, these features are only available on the iPhone version. The iPad version is an entirely separate app and it has yet to be updated. What do you think: is check-in integration a good choice for Gowalla?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

360 Panorama On Sale Today Only, $0.99

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:42 AM

"Great news, guys: the popular iOS app, 360 Panorama, is on sale ($0.99) for today only. This clever application, which has recently been updated, allows iPhone 3GS, 4, and iPod touch (4G) users to take breathtaking panoramic shots with ease."

It's about 70% off the normal price for this popular panoramic photo app, but it is for today only so if you have been holding back, today is the day to pick it up in the iTunes store [affiliate link]. This is version 3, and they have updated it to include Twitter integration, better motion tracking, GPS tagging and Retina Display support.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Note Taking on the iPad, So Many Choices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:18 PM

"Let's say you're off to a lecture at college, or a meeting at work. You'll need to take notes, but you've got a busy day, and you'll be running around a lot. You could take your laptop, though its weight may drag you down, or you could save your back some strain and bring your iPad instead. (The heaviest iPad weighs only 1.6 pounds compared to lightest laptop ever, the 2.3-pound MacBook Air.)"

I really have come to enjoy taking notes on my iPad in meetings or even during work projects. There are several note taking apps out there, as I'm sure you are all aware, so you really have to find the ones that fit into what you are trying to accomplish. For me, I use several, some of which are mentioned in this article, such as SimpleNote [itunes link]. I use SimpleNote for notes that I want to share among devices such as my iPad and iPhone. Mainly they are notes that I am adding to frequently, some work related and some for personal use. If I want a combo program that lets me combine typing with writing (in certain meetings you just have to doodle don't you?), then I use Notes Plus [affiliate link]. Combine that with the Hard Candy stylus and you have a winner. You could also make your own stylus, but it doesn't look as good as the Hard Candy stylus.

So what note taking apps do you use?

Multiple User Web Browsing on Your iPad With Switch

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

"Ever get nervous leaving your iPad around with your email account logged in? With Switch, your browser is protected by one password, automatically enabled when the screen is locked."

Interesting concept, but according to some of the comments it is a little buggy. But the iTunes page [link] has some info that they are waiting for Apple to approve the bug fix. If it works as it says, and some of the comments lead me to believe it does for the most part, then I think this would be a great way to use your iPad and not worry about things changing on it the next time you use it. At $4.99 USD it is a bit on the pricey side. Have any of you used this? If so, how has it worked for you?

Air Display, Not Such an Easy Install

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:49 PM

"The ability to use your iPad as a second display sure sounds enticing. Granted, it was more when I was working with a 13" MacBook instead of a 27" iMac, but still, it's handy to have. Avatron claims their Air Display app for iPad (compatible with iPhone and iPod touch) is a simple, powerful way to do it. I suppose that's true...when it works."

If the instructions above go as planned, you will be up and running in no time, but if they don't, the reviewer states that "you will be in for a long night." Instead of just happening to me, it appears that not all installs go according to plan for others too. It's bittersweet for me, makes me feel not so alone but I feel their pain. If you were considering Air Display, this is worth a read.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Best iPhone Shopping Apps

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Black Friday, Schmack Schmriday: here are the best iPhone apps for shopping all year round."

Gizmodo rated their top three favorite shopping Apps for the iPhone. Personally, my favorite iOS shopping apps are Windowshop for iPad and Amazon for iPhone. What's your favorite shopping app?

Tags: software, iphone, ios

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Readdle is Having a Black Friday Sale and iPad Giveaway

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:44 AM

"Up To 90% Off For Any App at Readdle's Black Friday Salestarting on November 24. Readdle produces great apps for the iPhone and iPad, however they're never been discounted like this before. Until November 30, (12:00pm PT) you could grab yourself some fabulous bargains, as we have reduced the price Up To 90% Off!"

Some pretty good deals (starting tomorrow) on the apps that Readdle produces, such as:

  • ReaddleDocs for iPad $ 1.99ReaddleDocs is a revolutionary document viewer, file manager and attachment saver for iPad;
  • ReaddleDocs for iPhone $ 0.99ReaddleDocs is all-in-one document reader for iPhone and iPod Touch;
  • PDF Expert $1.99PDF Expert is the ultimate solution for all your PDF needs;
  • Scanner Pro for iPhone $0.99Scanner Pro transforms iPhone into portable scanner in your pocket;
  • Calendars for iPad/iPhone $ 1.99Calendars is the most elegant and easy to use Google calendar client for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store;
  • Printer Pro $ 1.99Printer Pro is the application that lets you wirelessly print from the iPad. Print attachments, documents, web pages and more right from the iPad.

The deals last until November 30th, and don't forget to enter the iPad giveaway!

Monday, November 22, 2010

PDF Expert From Readdle Updated to v1.5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"PDF Expert is the ultimate solution for all your PDF needs. It lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat!"

The latest update to this program for the iPad adds the ability to put in your signature as well as fill in the fields of a scanned PDF. You can also modify documents from iDisk, Google Doc and Dropbox. You can find out more about it at the Readdle site, or go to iTunes [affiliate link]. There is also a similar app that works as a universal app for iPhone and iPad [affiliate link], however it doesn't have the ability to fill in the forms.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Mac is Back: Was it Ever Missing?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"Last month, Steve Jobs took to the stage, most likely for the final time this year, to launch a new version of iLife and new updates to the MacBook Air line. More importantly, he spent a lot of time talking about the product line as a whole, how the Mac and iOS platforms relate to each other and what the future of the Mac might look like with the next generation of OS X, now known as Lion. There's been a lot of speculation as to what the ramifications of all this are. Here's my take on what it all means."

An interesting view on where Apple may (or may not) be heading with hardware and software. The author makes several points:

  • The Mac is a not a hobby, it's a business. The Mac isn't going to go away anytime soon. There are things that need a computer and not an appliance. It's all about content creating and/or consuming. Photoshop on a iPad? I don't think so. Creating a video? Please, no.
  • Don't expect hardware convergence. The author thinks that a touchscreen Mac would be no better than a comparable Windows system. It's also about maintaining a true user experience and meeting expectations.
  • Don't expect platforms to converge either. Functionality will converge that make sense, otherwise not. Think again about content creation versus content consuming. It's all about the content - the end result.
  • Expect MacBook Air designs to sneak into other hardware. Specifically spinning hard drives will disappear slowly as the price of solid state storage drops. This enables simpler "state management." The computer is on or off. No more suspended, sleeping, resuming. Close the lid, open the lid. Desktops may be slower to converge.

Bottom line is (in the author's opinion) that the Mac is back. Personally I don't think that it was ever gone. Hardware and software will converge, somewhat, but I still expect the hardware will be classified as either "consuming" or "creating and consuming." As Apple has often stated, the user experience remains a priority. Imagine a 17-inch MacBook (or a Windows laptop) with a terabyte of SSD and 32GB RAM and the physical footprint of a MacBook Air! I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Will iOS Merge with OS X?

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 07:00 AM

"Jean-Louis Gassée is back, making his predictions for the future of Apple's operating system plans, which he sees as heading inexorably to a combined form of iOS becoming Apple's OS inside all Apple devices."

It seems inevitable that some of the ideas that Apple created for the iPhone and iPad would make their way over to OS X. I think it is unlikely, however, that there will be one universal Apple OS running on all of their devices. A laptop/desktop OS has to be different than a slate/phone OS. Much of that has to do with user interface issues. It's much harder, for example, to use a touch screen all day if it is sitting vertically in front of you. It's easier to use a touch screen if you can look down at it and it is almost horizontal. And Apple can't possibly lock down OS X in the same way they lock down iOS. For one thing, they need developers to be able to compile code on OS X. That fact alone makes it impossible to lock down. I think there will be cross pollination between both platforms, but they will remain distinct.

Tags: software, rumor, osx, ios

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Boxcar, For All of Your Push Notifications

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:36 PM

"Currently, Boxcar is a most excellent app for that straightforwardly pushes notifications from services like Twitter and Facebook to the iPhone. Boxcar 4.0 is going to make your iPhone feel like it has a million, constantly connected tentacles."

I really like how they have updated the UI for this app, and that they added a bunch more services. You can also reply from within the app to your notifications. You get ads with the free version, and I haven't found them to be all that bad, but if you get annoyed easily you can use in-app purchasing to get rid of them for $4.99 USD. There is also a free version for the iPad.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Should Your Next Mobile OS Cost You Money?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 06:00 PM

"All too often, the question isn't whether a particular device is great, it's whether the manufacturer and carrier have committed to upgrading it -- quite often to a version of its operating system that hasn't officially been announced. It's a recipe for confusion and paralysis among consumers that really don't have a great reason to be putting off their purchases -- they just want a reasonable assurance that their new phones aren't going to be regarded as "obsolete" in six or nine months. And why shouldn't they?"

A really thought-provoking piece from Engadget's Chris Ziegler - he proposes that, since smartphone hardware has largely plateaued in terms of baseline features, it's time to for software to take on a larger role in the ecosystem. Part of that is for companies to charge for new versions of an operating system. Myself, I'd have no problem at all with this - assuming, and that's the key word here, that operating system updates were delivered in a reliable manner that would work a variety of hardware...and would be unencumbered by mobile operator bloatware. We pay for new operating systems on our desktops and laptops, so why not on our phones? Vote in the poll that Engadget has set up - and sound off here on why you would, or would not, be willing to pay for a new OS for your phone.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Does the New MacBook Air Worry Microsoft?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 08:00 PM;inTheNewsNow

"Ordinarily, the release of a single ultraportable Mac should not be reason for Redmond to quake in its boots, but yesterday's announcements by Apple should give the Windows team plenty of reason to fear. It's not that the product itself will put that much of a further dent in Microsoft's still-massive share of the PC market. However, the product demonstrates some capabilities that the Mac now can offer that Microsoft would seem to have a tough time matching."

My guess is, no, they're probably a bit sorry that they didn't push harder (and sooner) on the SSD concept, but their market share remains overwhelming, so worry, probably not. The gauntlet has been thrown down. There -are- Windows-based laptops that match-up well with the new MacBook Air, when hardware is compared (the Sony Vaio X is mentioned). But, Mac OS X really gets a boost when run on an SSD. The instant-on (from sleep mode) really is instant. When I'm done with Windows, close the lid. Ditto for the Mac. Open the lid, both come back, the Mac almost immediately, Windows needs a bit more time to awaken.

As for building more 'iPad-like' features into the Mac, it's a good idea as long as the 'old ways' continue to work. Windows has had touch capabilities going way back as well, so as operating systems evolve, we can expect the distinctions to blur a bit. Witness BootCamp and virtualization. Admittedly one-way to this point, but maybe the Hackintosh community will succeed (and/or be commercialized).

The concept of an App Store for the Mac is intriguing. Anyone who has ever searched for software for the Mac or Windows (or Linux) knows how iffy the whole process can be. Bad code, Viruses, Spyware, Keystroke Loggers, ad nauseam, are rampant. A "trusted" source is really the Holy Grail of software, so of course Microsoft will follow. Again, who benefits besides Apple and Microsoft? All of us.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Slate or iPad: Motorcycle or Bicycle

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Slate" @ 07:00 PM

"HP released its Slate 500 tablet this week. Immediately, everyone started comparing it with Apple's iPad. But the two devices have nothing significant in common. They are in entirely different device categories and can even be thought of as opposites."

image credit: uebergizmo / HP

A well-balanced article contrasting HP's new Slate with the iPad. Different tools to get to different end results for very different classes of users. The author describes the Slate as built using technology nearing the end of the line for the WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointing devices) interface, and he thinks that in the future most mobile devices will be built using the new paradigm (as represented by the iPad), and will be predominantly MPG (multitouch, physics, gestures) computers. I do like the motorcycle vs. bicycle vision. But in real life, add an RV to the mix. Today when traveling for business, I pack a "work" laptop (locked-down, no fun stuff), that, with charger weighs say 6-pounds (~2.70 kg) - queue the RV. And quite often also an iPad tags along for down-time. In the near future I'll be able to carry an HP Slate and an iPad, at half the weight, twice the battery life, same amount accomplished - and my back and shoulders will thank me. I'll have the metaphorical motorcycle for work, and the bicycle for fun. And, as the Slate enters the mainstream, I'm sure that "fun" will be available, just as, at some point "work" will sneak onto the iPad. As the old saying goes,"use the right tool for the job."

Tired of Your iPhone Alarm? Here Are Five Options...

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

"Smartphone-based alarm clocks have become increasingly sophisticated and featured-packed, and more and more people are ditching their old-school alarms for alarms of the app variety. Here are five of the most popular mobile alarm apps."

I do ok with the iOS Clock application with the built-in alarm function, but if you are looking for some other options LifeHacker has picked five of the most popular for you.

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