One of the most exciting aspects with iOS are the possibilities which exist that make our lives easier. I previously said how much I enjoy finding new ways for iOS to make my home life easier. Whether it is cooking or monitoring home temperature, iOS is leading the way in home automation.
One category of items that is becoming increasingly popular is iOS web cameras. One of the companies taking the pain out of monitoring and setting up a wireless camera is Dropcam. Their model of a Cloud Video Recording (CVR) service intrigued me and I have been really happy with it — since having the camera it has made me feel safer and has even caught an attempted break-in on camera! Keep reading on to see why Dropcam is one of the best wireless cameras on the market.
It has almost been a full year since the App Store has undergone the most significant transformation since being opened for business. Entering back into the App Store for each new download barely remains a memory these days. Prominent banners are now the norm instead of “new and exciting”. With the new iOS 6.0 App Store becoming more normal with the passage of time, I wanted to look back and see if the redesign has been effective. Is it easier to find apps? Are quality apps still being featured? Let’s dive in and see if the redesign has been a true benefit for consumers and developers.
There are several different methods and styles to accomplish planning. These methods can differ by the type of project being planned and by the planner’s personal preference. I use outlines and mind mapping to plan writing and personal projects but at work I needed something more. I am a CPA who works in public accounting during the day, and I find planning for audits requires something more than an outline or a mind map. Due to the size and scope of the project, I needed something more.
When searching for something more, Timeband came into my view. It allows you to create professional timelines for projects, which can include groups, milestones, and subset tasks. Once a timeline is created it can be exported to PDF for sharing and viewing. Timeband’s features intrigued me to take a look at it, but keep reading to see if it can handle planning massive projects.
Mailbox made a big splash on the email news scene back in February when version 1.0 was released. I reviewed version 1.01 on iPhone.AppStorm and was really pleased by how the app worked. Probably the most famous item Mailbox is known for was the infamous queue line, which slowly allowed users access to the app. Some people threw negativity toward the app for this style of release, but I felt it was uncharted territory for a developer to release an app along these lines. No matter what your opinion was, it did show the developer cared about the release experience and kept their servers up and running during the initial launch.
Mailbox was not finished making headlines. Just after being on the iPhone for a month, the Mailbox team announced they were joining Dropbox. Soon after joining Dropbox, Mailbox was able to remove the queue and allow anyone to bask in an empty inbox. One common complaint that has been with the app for the past few months is the lack of an iPad app. Well, Mailbox has finally delivered. Let’s look into why the app made headlines and see if the iPad version lives up to the hype.
Are there any areas of your life which are not being changed due to technology? For me, the most mundane areas of my life have suddenly become easier to manage. For example, getting up to turn on a lamp used to be annoying, but now I can just use the Wemo app and turn the lamp on.
With technology moving away from the office and into all parts of our homes, areas previously unaltered with technology are becoming increasingly exciting as technology can aid in mundane task. Checking the temperature of meat can become mundane when cooking for an extended period of time. A good grill or smoker can and should be able to maintain its temperature without much fuss from the cooker, but I am not comfortable yet to leave my grill temperature unchecked for hours. In recent years there has been an improvement and innovation with wireless thermometers but these require the griller to carry around an extra item to check the temperature.
To aid in improving grilling enjoyment the iGrill wants to make grilling or smoking meat easier. By using the iGrill device you can connect your iOS device through Bluetooth and remotely monitor the temperature of your meat or grill￼. While time is a helpful gauge on whether a piece of meat is ready, I am never as confident with that first cut unless I have stuck a temperature probe into the meat. The iGrill is a unique idea but what about the execution? Is it reliable enough to forgo all visual temperature checks during those long cooks? Let’s dive in and see if this device really makes grilling an easier experience.
Upon the thought of email, what thought just went through your head? Did a sick feeling enter into the pit of your stomach because the unread count has become too overbearing? While the usefulness and proper techniques to handle it are debatable, the fact is that email is still a necessary evil and it is definitely worth investigating in order to find the best way that email works for you. If you have been struggling to keep tabs on your inbox then using email similar to a task system might be beneficial.
Attempting to help fix email is no easy task but Mail Pilot wants to change how you think of it. Instead of seeing an inbox and folders, Mail Pilot sees email as either incomplete or complete. By utilizing review times and lists, Mail Pilot wants to remove the stress from email and help you process your inbox a lot quicker. If dominating email sounds attractive, then keep reading on to see if Mail Pilot is the answer to a new productivity workflow!
With the recent trend in the App Store it is surprising to see a weather app which is not following the bandwagon by making the simplest one possible. Seasonality Go breaks this trend by trying to become your weather power station. Instead of finding simple colors with a sliver of weather data and no real grasp of weather predictability, Seasonality Go provides a complete weather solution showcasing weather prediction with current weather conditions. When looking at weather apps there are always questions such as the reliability of the app and its weather data. Keep reading on to see how Seasonality Go stacked up in these crucial features.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a great way for people to stay up to date on the latest updates from their favorite websites. Google Reader has become one of the most popular RSS services available since it is free and easy to set up. Whilst Twitter might have replaced RSS for some users, I find value in knowing that there are certain websites that enable me to not miss any important updates. A quick search of the App Store leads to many app results for RSS apps that utilize Google Reader, including options such as Reeder, Mr. Reader, and Pulse but buried beneath the search results is a nice addition called Ziner.
Ziner’s tagline is “Where the simplicity of RSS returns.” Just one look at the screenshots and it can be hard to argue with that claim. Content is presented in a clean magazine format that can help remove the stress of the unread count. This raises a question which is: do consumers want simplicity with their RSS or would they prefer powerful callback features much like in Mr. Reader? One look at the new Mr. Reader update and the excellent review put together by Viticci makes a valid claim for more powerful RSS. Can simple still win in the RSS competition? Let’s dive in and take a look at Ziner to find out.
The way television is delivered to customers is slowly becoming archaic. Previously in my old apartment I was forced to use a small cable company to deliver my television entertainment. The company provided high definition but that was about all of the extra features it offered. They did not provide any extra features like viewing content on my iPad or scheduling digital video recordings(DVR) through a website. Recently I moved into a house and I decided to try satellite. After comparing services I decided on Dish Network and their Hopper DVR
While Dish Network may not be perfect, I have been happy with their service and the Dish Anywhere app. It allows Dish Network subscribers to view featured content, browse the guide to see what is on, schedule and maintain DVR events, and also view live TV and DVR events with the optional Sling Adapter. Keep reading past the break to see if the Dish Anywhere app has been a welcome addition to my change in TV providers. (more…)
Podcast are an incredibly beneficial way to either gain entertainment or information. News, cooking, sports, and technology are amongst some of the common areas which are popular for podcasters but there is most likely a category to suit most users.
Instacast came on the market to help alleviate the troubles most users were experiencing when having to manually sync their podcasts using iTunes. After podcast clients started to gain in popularity, Apple split podcast out of the music app on iOS and created their own podcast app. Although many users are still not happy with the experience due to a lack of syncing between the iOS apps. Instacast version 3.0 was released recently which includes an update to the syncing mechanism and also an upgraded design. The app is universal now and changed away from the in-app purchase model which was in version 2.0. Let’s find out more after the jump.