I need to get up and get moving, but when I’m surrounded with so much technology, that can be hard. Everything I want is at my fingertips. Luckily, now even the exercise motivation I need is on my iPad.
FitStar is a slick app that tests your fitness and helps slot you into a fitness plan that’s right for your needs and fitness level. Can FitStar outpace all the discarded exercise DVDs at the back of my closet, or will it lose its place on my home screen? (more…)
I’m terrible at sending greeting cards, but I love receiving them. This makes me a horrible person, and I feel really bad about it. It’s just that scouring those racks and racks of cards during holidays, even the smaller, made up holidays, fills me with such anxiety. Once I’ve got all of my cards, I still have to fill them all out, address them, and ship them off. Let’s hope I have enough stamps!
Felt is taking a lot of the pressure off by taking on a lot of the work of sending greeting cards for you. You just choose the card, write the message, and tell Felt where to send it. I’ll see how Felt stands up to the supermarket aisle when it comes to letting your loved ones know just how loved they are. (more…)
こんにちは！お元気ですか？ At least that’s what you’ll be saying a couple of weeks after using Japanese from MindSnacks – a really fun and easy way to learn basic Japanese on your iPad (the phrase means, “Hello! How are you?”). I’m a real sucker for language learning apps (seeing as I learn German) and any new ones instantly attract my attention. But, most of the offerings out there on the App Store seem to just be either just phrasebooks, offering you the kind of vocabulary that you would only need to get by a tourist, or just flashcard apps where you have to memorise a list of set phrases, without actually understanding the language properly.
Japanese is different, however. It uses a variety of different games and techniques to help you learn a language properly, instead of just repeating it parrot-fashion. MindSnacks, the developers, also offer similar apps for learning either French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Chinese, but what really interested me about Japanese is precisely how the app teaches you to read the language (i.e. how does the user actually learn the Japanese characters), as the Japanese language is not only extremely difficult to learn for native speakers of English, but the many different writing systems (romanji, katakana, kanji and hiragana).
Let’s dive right in and find out if Japanese by MindSnacks is the best way to learn this fantastic and diverse language on your iPad.
Cards on the table, I don’t practice my math skills as much as I should. After years of expensive education, I’ve sort of given up and figure I’ve probably forgotten all of those classes. Can I do multiplication anymore? What is division even? Addtraction is a thing, right?
That’s why I decided to give Sakura Quick Math a go. It’s a great app for brushing up my basic math skills as an adult, and it can even help kids who are still trying to get things figured out. I’ll see if it can set me straight and whether I can get back on track. (more…)
I love reading the news on my iPad, especially because its big screen is very convenient to have a quick glance at the headlines and read them when seating comfortably. While there are a bunch of great news aggregators and RSS readers on the App Store, I wanted an app with a simple interface, great features and, most importantly, one that could sync with Google Reader — or a replacement service. Newsify was exactly what I was looking for: a clean interface, superloaded features and synchronization with Google Reader, which the developers will soon replace with Feedly.
Don’t you hate it when you walk in at work and your colleagues are talking about the latest Game of Thrones episode that aired last night, which you once again forgot to watch? If you’re tired of missing your favorite TV shows, have no fear, Episodes is the app you need. Not only will it remind you about your favorite show airing tonight, it’ll also provide you with additional information on a series or an episode in particular.
I haven’t been on Twitter as long as some people. In fact, I joined Twitter only when Apple integrated it into iOS 5. A little reluctantly (and with more than a hint of trepidation), I signed up. Since then, Twitter has been an on-again/off-again relationship. When it’s good, it’s great, and when it’s bad, Twitter gets neglected. But I do really like Twitter and I love the apps that come along with it.
For a while, I’ve been trying to find the best way to read through my old tweets and conversations with friends and colleagues. Maybe I’d find a joke I made that I thought was hilarious (or not funny at all, on the other hand). Maybe I could find that brief conversation about iTunes I had with Rian Johnson, the writer/director of Looper. Mostly, I wanted a great way to be nostalgic. I tried a few different apps, but finally found what I wanted in Tweet Library.
I’m sure I speak for quite a number of people here when I say that the default video player on the iPad really sucks. I’ve squirrelled it away in an Apple folder somewhere on the third or fourth home screen of my iPad because I don’t want its ugly logo and crappy features clogging up my home screen. Why is this, you are probably wondering? Apple designed the iPad as a multimedia device, yet they make it incredibly difficult to watch your own videos on your device, without having to buy them off the iTunes Store first. On my old Android tablet, I used to whack everything onto a mini SD card, stick it in and press Play on my media player. Sorry to put my loyalties elsewhere, but that experience was a whole lot smoother.
Although there are hundreds of video apps out there on the App Store, a large number of them have horrible, blocky interfaces that look like they’ve been thrown together in a couple of minutes over a cigarette break. What I love in apps is a great design — a clean, crisp interface — as this shows the developers pride themselves both on the looks and functionality of their app. And I think that Infuse ticks both of these boxes. Let’s find out, shall we?