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.
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.
If an iPad is Apple’s post-PC platform of choice, it will have to be capable of completing tasks of every type. Certain activities, such as photo and video manipulation, are well-suited to the iPad’s fluid UI and direct interaction methods.
Other areas are something of a different story. For example, there is still no outstanding way to manipulate, organize, and share numerical data. The simplistic extreme of this is something like Calcbot, which makes it easy to do rather trivial mathematical operations, and then copy those to the clipboard to share via iOS’ built-in copy/paste functionality.
Google Maps for iPad has been a long time coming. iOS 6 was introduced ten months ago, and the beta was out even sooner — we’ve been living with Apple Maps on our iPads for quite some time. And it’s not that Apple Maps is a terrible experience – visually, it’s extraordinary — but most of us don’t use our iPads as GPS devices.
Maps on tablets, in that sense, are a bit different than maps on phones. Although GPS is important on them, what I really want is a way to browse my local neighbourhoods as efficiently as possible. In fact, what I want is a fast and accurate way to find cool places I want to go. Let’s see if Google Maps finally fits the bill. (more…)
Ask any system administrator and they’ll tell you that remote access is crucial to their work. Whether it’s to install an update on a computer for their boss at their home office or perform maintenance on a web server in Shanghai, remote access via SSH or Telnet is the foundation of maintaining any IT infrastructure and in times when remote access is required, many sysadmins would instinctively reach for their laptop.
Prompt, by Panic, is an SSH and Telnet client for the iPad that lets users remotely connect to computers. Is it good enough to serve as an alternative to the sysadmin’s trusty laptop? Let’s find out.
We’re all trying to manage various pieces of information on a daily basis. How much do I have on my travel card? Am I nearing my data usage limit on my phone? Has that package I sent yesterday been delivered? To answer these questions we’d normally have to log in to each site and find the information we need.
Trouble is, this can get quite tedious if you’re wanting to quickly a number of different sources. Bjango’s Consume attempts to provide a single, unified place to view all these small bits of usage information and keep them just a tap away.
iOS isn’t the most convenient operating system when it comes to sending files. You could rely on online solutions, such as Dropbox and Skydrive, or a good old cable to share files with your iPad, but these methods are restrictive and inconvenient.
If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably heard of AirDrop, a useful feature built into OS X that lets you wirelessly share files between Macs without any set up. Instashare does just that on several platforms: it’s the easiest way to transfer files from a device to another, no matter what operating system you’re using.
This week, Google made a ton of announcements about new software products, but the one that we spent the most time talking about here at iPad.AppStorm is Google Hangouts. This is the product that makes Google Plus worth having for many of us. We see it as kind of a big deal.
When the opportunity came to review the new Hangouts app for iPad, I jumped at it. I don’t need another way to communicate — in fact, I think we all communicate with each other way too much — but I wanted to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla was about. I’m always looking for a better way to communicate. Let’s find out if Google Hangouts is, in fact, a better way to chat with friends.
Without a doubt one of my favourite ways to use my iPad is as my personal small-screen cinema. Unfortunately, the stock Videos app is incredibly lacklustre in almost every department. This is where CineXPlayer comes in, as it is without a doubt the most powerful video player available for iOS.
Truth be told, up until recently I was fairly impartial about CineXPlayer as my video player, but when it received a new update a few weeks bringing with it a slew of new features and a stunning revamped interface, it cemented itself as my video player of choice. But why bother replacing the stock Videos app with a third-party one, you ask? Eell, along with the extra features that these apps have, the main advantage is being able to directly copy your video over to your iPad — regardless of its format — eliminating basically the need for converting your video files.
Don’t you sometimes wish you had some additional screen space when working on your computer? The easy solution to this would be getting an extra monitor, but these are bulky and costly. Mini Display can easily solve your problem by transforming your iPad into an external display. This way, you can use your iPad as a second screen to display additional content.