The battle for dominance between iOS and Android is not diminishing. Since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and Android the year following, a back and forth struggle between the two operating systems continues to endure, with Android clearly winning the numbers game with a 75% worldwide market share. While not a very big threat at the moment, Microsoft has thrown their proverbial hat into the ring with the recent release of Windows Phone 8 and the Surface.
With all three mobile operating systems striving to become the clear choice for would-be smartphone buyers, I find it rather interesting that Google and Microsoft continue to build their presence on iOS, while Apple seems content to playing in their own backyard (so to speak). Why is this important? Hit the jump to find out. (more…)
Just a few days ago, iTunes 11 was released into the wild with all of its fancy new features. Although the paint is still drying on this new version of the often maligned software, we wanted to know what you think about it. Does iTunes 11 finally make iTunes work for you? Is it still too unwieldy and complicated? Ultimately, do you like iTunes 11? Let us know in the poll to the right!
Last month, I reviewed Final Draft Writer for iPad. I thought it was a great application that was creating a new standard for Hollywood screenwriters on the go — it lets them write screenplays on the go in an app almost exactly like what they already used on their computers, while still getting an experience optimized for the unique interface of the iPad. If you want to write screenplays, that’s the app for you.
Final Draft Reader (FDR) is different. Before Final Draft Writer was released, FDR was a pricey app that only let you do two things: read screenplays written in the Final Draft file format and add notes to them. Now, it’s a universal app for both the iPad and iPhone (and it’s optimized for the iPhone 5, too), the bugs have been ironed out and the price has been dropped down to a cool five-finger discount. And if all you need is a competent script reader on the go, the value here is tremendous. (more…)
With the lack of widgets built into iOS, the desire to perform actions quicker is usually requested. Some people turn to jailbreaking to achieve quicker access to apps and settings, but I believe most users would rather not deal with the extra work. URL schemes have become more popular with launcher apps which allow for apps to communicate with each other in a certain way. Whether if it is to open the app or to perform an action in the app, url schemes can make sharing data easier.
Launch+ aims to help alleviate some of the troubles of sharing data across apps. By using url schemes, apps can be opened and data can be shared across iOS. Launch+ also includes reminders which can remind you to launch an app or send a text message to someone. Does the iPad need a launcher app since there is a considerable amount of more room for more apps? Read on after the break to see. (more…)
I had an interesting discussion with my wife the other day. When I picked out my iPad mini, I went with white. Although I love the black for my full sized iPad, I didn’t like the black back on the mini, so I bought one in white. For her, black is the only option, no question asked.
What about you? Do you have/want a black iPad or a white one? Let us know in the poll to the right!
iTunes Match is an offering from Apple where you pay a fixed fee per year($24.99), and using iTunes, it matches the music you have in your library with its own central store. Once matched, these tracks are then available to listen to on all of your Apple devices, or through iTunes on up to five PCs.
Let me say up front that I love iTunes match now, but it hasn’t been an easy start. Like any worthwhile relationship, there has been some learning to do, adjustments to be made here and there and even some compromises made. And there has certainly been a lot of patience needed. Let me explain: (more…)
It’s only been out since 24th October 2012, but Letterpress (the new iOS app from Loren Brichter of Tweetie fame) has taken iOS gaming by storm. The crashing of Game Centre — the weekend following the launch of Letterpress app — has been attributed to its huge success. So what is the appeal of Letterpress, is it really the perfect word game? Following it’s update to version 1.1, on 17th November, is there really any room for improvement? (more…)
The iPad is a pretty great device, as we all know. Now, we’ve got two basic sizes to choose from: the iPad mini, and the iPad, umm, regular? Well whatever you call it, there are still two basic devices out there you can get.
Whether you’re in the market for a new iPad today, or you’re going to wait until another one comes out, here’s the question: will you buy an iPad mini or a regular sized model? Is the size your main preference or is it the available horsepower? Let us know in the poll to the right!
The iPad mini has been out for a week now, and if you were one of the lucky few who got one on launch day or shortly thereafter, it’s been in your hands for about a week, give or take.
In my case, I’m finding the iPad mini more useful than my regular iPad in many different situations. It’s not perfect, and it could be improved, but I find myself using it more and more every day.
What about you? Do you like it? Does it suck? Are you going to utilize Apple’s 14-day return policy? Let us know in the poll to the right!
We’re excited to let you know about the latest addition to the Tuts+ family — Crafttuts+!
Crafttuts+ is focused on teaching everything crafty — fundamental craft skills, decorations, ceramics, crochet, jewellery-making, embroidery, candles, paper-craft, knitting, woodwork, printmaking, as well as how to market, sell, and promote your craft work.
Whether you’ve never even wondered about your crafty side, or consider yourself an expert, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn a little bit more about what we’ll be offering on the site…