Personal history is something most of us hold dear. The heart-warming nostalgia of looking at old family photos, or reading the written-out thoughts of our younger selves, is a special feeling.
In most respects, technology has enhanced the recording, storage and accessibility of these memories. We will have more photos of ourselves than any previous generation — video likewise — and every single image is in a format that can be converted again and again to suit future media standards. But what of written records? Not the social type — that is just airbrushed fakery. The writing down of our innermost feelings and everyday happenings is something few of us find the time for in the always-on world of today — a world which technology has shaped.
At last, though, technology is reversing this trend. Digital journals are gaining popularity, in part, because apps make it easy for us to record our thoughts anywhere, at any time. One such diary app is Narrato Journal, which has just hit version 2.0, complete with a brand new design and several notable extra features. But can it provide a compelling personal archive whilst making life easy to record?
I have always wanted to learn how to make sushi at home, but the sleek knife work and carful rolling associated with this Japanese art form is a bit intimidating. It’s great to get my sushi fix at a Japanese restaurant, but I moved out into the country and there is no sushi to be found. I’ve been looking for a sushi app for a while and finally came across Teach Me Sushi. This app isn’t new and the design looks fairly basic, but I was struck by its four star rating and all the rave reviews. The app boasts tutorial videos for making 15 different types of sushi, and detailed step-by-step photo guides for all but the simples sliced sashimi. Did I learn how to make sushi or was the hype a big fish tale? Keep reading to find out.
Music is often seen as the art-form that most frequently utilizes the cutting edge of modern technology in its performance. Most popular modern-day musicians are as reliant on Logic Studio as they are on a recording studio, and as skilled at operating arpeggiators as they are at playing arpeggios.
But if you are a musician of the more traditional type, the outlook is somewhat different. Instrument design has been adapted only marginally in three hundred years, and most dedicated musicians still go to music shops to buy manuscript in print. Why? Because, as yet, technology simply hasn’t been able to compete with the usability of paper. The opportunity to scribble notes on the music, the ease of page turning, and, of course, the lack of concern over battery life, remain as factors that trump any conveniences technology has to offer.
What if an app could solve some of these issues? That’s what Tonara is aiming to do. Along with a large library of purchasable music, Tonara offers performance recording, automatic page turning and manuscript annotation. But is this enough to outweigh the benefits of the traditional, tried and tested medium?
Microsoft has been a little more forthcoming with developing iOS apps and, although Office for iOS is still but a pipe dream, the folks at Redmond have been busy working on apps such as OneNote, Xbox SmartGlass and SkyDrive.
Their latest release is Microsoft Remote Desktop, providing access to your Windows PC remotely from the comfort of your iOS device. It certainly isn’t the first remote access or screen sharing app for iOS and, up to now, there’s been a rather busy market for apps such as this. Things are about to change as Microsoft’s offering is not only free, it’s very easy to use and provides a great way to access your Windows PC remotely.
When I came across Giada De Laurentis’s latest app, Giada: A Digital Weekly, I was intrigued. A weekly magazine for the iPad—how come no one else in the food scene is doing this? It seems like a fantastic idea, because we all want information in smaller and smaller bites these days. I hold onto digital issues of my favorite magazines, waiting until I have the time to sit down and savor all the stories, recipes and tips (this can take an hour or more). The idea of receiving smaller magazine issues more often sounded appealing. I envisioned reading through a brief foodie zine during those moments sitting on a bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or eating my lunch. It would be nice to have a quick look and come away with a couple of good ideas to inspire that night’s supper or my next weekend getaway destination.
Does the innovative Giada: A Digital Weekly offer subscribers enough to stay interested? Keep reading to find out.
I think everybody needs a dictionary and a thesaurus, regardless of profession. With the advent of our smartphones and tablets, they’re a lot easier to cart around. Much like cameras, the most important dictionary or thesaurus you have isn’t the oversized monster of a medical dictionary you have on your shelf, but the one you have on your person. So apps are important.
Much like camera apps, though, a good app can make a huge difference. Up until recently, I’ve been using the Merriam Webster app, which was sufficient but certainly not impressive. That’s why I’m glad that Greg Pierce, the developer behind the widely acclaimed Drafts, got in touch with me about Terminology 3, the iOS 7 update to his popular — and much-loved — dictionary app. After only a couple days of use, Terminology 3 has earned a permanent place on all my iOS devices. Read on to find out why a dictionary app is worth every bit of your hard-earned cash.
When it launched just over a year and a half ago, Clear received a lot of hype. For good reason: it was like no other task management app out there. However, it only graced the screens of iPhones and iPods. Until now.
With the debut of iOS 7, the world of Clear became available to all the sizes and shapes of Apple devices with Clear+, the new universal installment of the app. Today, I’ll be taking a look at the app’s performance on the iPad. Does it live up to its original ? Find out after the break.
I love Pinboard. Until not long ago, I was doubting whether or not I thought it would be a valuable purchase, but holy cow, do I love Pinboard. My problem is finding an iOS app that I really like using Pinboard with — one that meets high standards in design and functionality. It has to work and do most of what I need it to, but it also has to look stunning. Whether or not that makes me shallow is trivial — nobody wants to use ugly apps.
Until recently, none of the apps I’d seen or tried — and even some of the heavily-endorsed apps like Pushpin — are aesthetically pleasing to me. On iOS 7, all of them seem too textured or too heavy for my liking. That’s why I was insanely excited about Pincase — a Pinboard app exclusively for the new iOS. Read on to find out if Pincase can be your new Pinboard home.
Task and project management apps such as OmniFocus and Things aren’t just popular, they’re a necessity for anyone wanting to keep track of tasks and projects all the way from start to finish. While I probably spend more time trying out new GTD apps than actually getting anything done, I’d be completely lost without any sort of task management app that lets me track individual tasks and projects.
My latest GTD distraction is Firetask, a project-orientated task management app that promises complete and simple control of your tasks so you can spend less time procrastinating and more time, well, getting things done.
I’ve been playing the Infinity Blade games since they were first released a couple years ago. Looking back, it’s stunning how far the iPhone has come since the first one was announced for the iPhone 4. At the time, I hadn’t purchased an iPhone yet and was playing the thing on my trusted third-generation iPod Touch. Then, Infinity Blade was a show-stopping demo. Friends and family were shocked at how incredibly good-looking the game I held in my hand was.
Of course, Infinity Blade has evolved a lot since then. Infinity Blade II tried to ratchet up the storytelling and added some non-linear “choose your own adventure” moments. Much of Infinity Blade III, the most recent instalment in the series, follows the same route, but it also brings some major enhancements to the table. And while we’ve always been talking about Infinity Blade like it was a console game, I’d argue this entry is the first real console game in the series. Except, like always, you can play it on your iOS device. Read on to find out whether or not Infinity Blade III is worth your hard-earned cash.