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Jesse Virgil

Jesse is a freelance writer that's passionate about about technology, apps and various forms of entertainment. When he's not busy trying to find the next great app to review, he enjoys writing on his own blog, recapps. You can follow Jesse on Twitter and Google+.

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Most iPad owners I meet are content with using the apps provided by Apple. Whether it’s from lack of interest or uncertainty about what’s available in the App Store, they stick with what’s provided to them and go about their business. I, on the other hand, only use a few of Apple’s apps for which alternatives are available and stash the rest away in a folder. There are many reasons why I opt for third-party apps, but anyone that visits an app review blog, such as yourself, probably doesn’t need must explanation why they’re often much better.

With iOS 7’s release, a few of Apple’s apps that I abandoned long ago got a reprieve; mainly due each app’s stark redesign from their iOS 6 predecessor. Of those apps, iTunes Movie Trailers is by far one of my favorites. Beforehand, I was using a combination Wigglehop, Fandango and Google for all my theater going excursions, but now Apple’s all-in-one movie app offers nearly all the information and features I’ll ever need. (more…)

I may not speak for everyone–and judging by a bevy of social media comments I’ve see, I don’t–but I’ve really enjoyed iOS 7 thus far. From the moment the update install finished, I was captivated by an experience that was both new and familiar. Even now, I still find myself unlocking my iPad and iPhone just to play with the new OS. To say iOS 7 is a major change is an understatement, and I know it’s easy to feel lost or confused about how certain functions now work. Also, there’s quite a number of new features to tinker with.

That’s where I come in. I’ve perused iOS 7 in order to compile a list of useful tips and tricks, which I hope will be of great use to you. So, journey forth and discover! (more…)

As an fan of Apple, I’m sometimes bestowed the label of “fanboy” by some individuals. I often find these incidents to be humorous, as most of the individuals bestowing me the title could in fact be labeled fanboys as well — but for another tech company. I have zero qualms being called an Apple fanboy, as I’m proud to support a company that creates stellar software and hardware. Likewise, I’ve often touted my love for Pocket Casts over all other podcast apps, and could very well be branded a Pockets Casts fanboy.

Since my initial review of Pockets Casts for the iPhone way back in August 2011, I’ve continued to utilize it for all my podcasting needs. During that time I’d hear rumors of a iPad version in development, and eventually learned it would finally make its way with the release of Pocket Casts 4. So, when Pocket Casts 4 was initially released for Android over iOS, I was disappointed. When the new app was delayed after the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC, I was disappointed even more so. With the arrival of iOS 7, Pockets Casts 4 has finally found its way to my iPad. The question is, was it worth the wait? (more…)

Apple’s death-grip like control of the App Store has became quite legendary since it was launched in 2008. Some of you may remember in 2009 when Apple rejected the official Google Voice app, which was eventually admitted, but not without a probe first being launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Or perhaps you remember in 2010, when Apple took its sweet time (25 days) to finally approve the Opera Mini browser app, which, at the time, seemed as if it would never happen.

Well, 25 days is nothing in comparison to what SkyDrive — Microsoft’s cloud based storage service — users have had to endure. Having not received an update since June 1st last year, version 3.0 of SkyDrive for iOS was finally given the okay from Apple on April 3rd (the delay was caused by a disagreement regarding the 30 percent cut from revenue Apple would receive from in-app purchases). Now that the bickering has stopped, it’s time to take a look at what the newest version of SkyDrive has to offer. (more…)

For many people, the iPad has become their everyday computer. Browsing the web, checking email and watching videos are all tasks that the iPad is incredibly suited for. However, one of the features missing from iOS that is readily available on Android is a file management system. Though, with the introduction of iCloud and Versions in OS X, it’s obvious that Apple doesn’t think too highly of deep folder systems, and doesn’t wish to include any form of file system in iOS.

However, there are times when it would be nice to access all of your files in one convenient place, and developers Sonico Mobile felt strongly enough about this concept that they created Files App. Hit to jump to see if Files App can make file management work in iOS. (more…)

When I take a moment to think about the number of devices my iPad and iPhone have replaced, it’s quite impressive. With these two devices I no longer need an MP3 player, camera, camcorder, GPS device, voice recorder, flashlight, calendar, calculator, dictionary, notepad, address book or guitar tuner. Another device that my iPad has replaced is nearly everyone’s least favorite device — the alarm clock.

I’ve tried third-party alarm clock apps like Alarm Clock HD and iHome+Sleep, but found the first-party Clock app provided a better overall experience. With that said, Rise Alarm Clock by Simplebots recently caught my eye with its gorgeous design and intuitive interface, and I wondered if it could be my go to alarm clock app. Find out the answer to that question after the jump. (more…)

One of the merits of mobile technology is its ability to be used as a source of information, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. In the era of mobile technology we currently find ourselves in, there’s so much information to digest that it becomes rather overwhelming. Lucky for us then, that there are some very intelligent app developers that create methods in which to control the information overflow.

Between Reeder, Instapaper and Flipboard, it’s easy to find an content delivery app that’s best suited to your personality. Another option to consider is Google Currents, which was introduced in September 2011. The app has been a somewhat popular choice amongst iPad users (currently the 81st most popular free News app in the App Store), but a recent update to version 2.0 aims to bring Google Currents on par with the aforementioned apps. Hit to jump to learn if Google Currents is now in fact one of the best news consumption apps for the iPad. (more…)

If you’ve ever used the Internet and like movies, I’m sure you’ve heard of IMDb. Since it’s launch in 1990, IMDb has been the de facto place to go when you’re trying to figure out where you’ve seen that one actor before (tip, it’s always Spaceballs). When smartphones became a thing, IMDb was a must have bookmark so you could also settle debates with your friends on the go. In short, IMDb is simply part of the small percentage of websites that’s ingrained into society.

One of the few shortcomings of IMDb’s iPad app in the past is a lack of user friendliness. When you launch the app, there’s simply a lot of noise to overcome and it takes more than a few seconds to figure out the navigation setup. But the developers behind IMDb’s iPad app looked to rectify this issue with the release of version 3.0, which offers up a complete redesign. So, does this mean that IMDb now offers up a great service in an easy-to-use package? Hit to jump to find this answer and more! (more…)

When it comes to buying things online, there are definitely a lot of options. One of the most popular websites to purchase new swag, without a doubt, is eBay. There are people that spend most of their day combing the online auction website (even when they’re supposed to be working), trying to place the winning bid, while trying to avoid those pesky snipers. With the popularity of the iPad, it comes as no surprise that an online seller of goods would want to provide their service in the form of an app.

EBay for iPad has been around since August 2010, and since it’s release the app has been able to maintain a four star rating (out of five) with over 35,000 ratings, which is no small feat when it comes to App Store reviews. With such high praise from users, it’s high time that eBay for iPad received the AppStorm treatment. All you need to do is hit the jump. (more…)

Passwords are a giant pain in the behind (pardon my language). First and foremost, passwords need need to be secure, and in order for them to be secure they have to be a long string of letters (random mix of uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols (for good measure). When you create a strong password they’re nearly impossible to remember, the theory being that if you can’t remember it how will anyone trying to hack your account crack the barrage of characters you created.

So, when you create these 15+ character passwords, how are you to keep track of them? There are certainly a number of options available (I know some opt for a good old-fashioned spreadsheet), but if you want a secure, user friendly experience 1Password has been to the go-to choice for quite some time. In December 2012, AgileBit released version 4 of 1Password, which includes an impressive list of new features. Hit the jump to take a peek at what the new 1Password has to offer. (more…)

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