mem:o – The Easy Way To Visualize Everyday Data

It would seem to me that we are in an age of numbers. Data is heralded as the solution to virtually any problem, whether the task being tackled is website optimization with Google Analytics, or the effective tracking of personal finance using Mint. Thanks to Nike+, you can even chart your progress towards being an Olympic athlete…or not.

Along with the obvious shared subject of data, these leaders in their respective fields also share a particular attribute — a heavy bias towards data visualization. Numerous studies have shown that when figures are presented in a more graphical, comprehensible form, they become more engaging and instructive. The success of services like, and the ubiquitousness of the infographics created with them, is surely testament to this.

So why, then, isn’t there a service, a platform, or an app which provides visualizations of the measurable data we create every day? You know — stuff like work done and money spent. A new, $1.99 app called mem:o is hoping to fill this apparent gap in the data marketplace with a mixture of simplicity and beauty. Whether it is worth spending the time logging hours of sleep or grocery bill totals just to get some geeky graphics is a conundrum I’m hoping to solve….

Pinner: A No Nonsense Pinboard Client

Pinboard is a simple social bookmarking service with a strong focus on speed, discovery and organisation (using tags). With a powerful API, a vast number of ways in which you can add bookmarks to it and blazing fast search, Pinboard is well worth the price of admission and has quickly become the home for the bookmarks of thousands of users.

Pinner is a universal app that leverages Pinboard’s API to bring its benefits and power to the comfort of your device. After having used it as my main Pinboard client for a couple of weeks now, I’ve found it to be of great value and can honestly say that the more popular and mainstream apps are in for some competition. Here’s why.


I can hardly wait for the release of iOS 7, but it’s true that I’ve been seeking out apps that embrace flatter design for a while. While I’m certainly excited for all of the iOS default apps and the rest of the environment to catch up, my iPad is already chock full of apps that are moving on from skeuomorphism. I’m going to run through some of my favorites that are already good to go for iOS 7. (more…)

Turn Your iPad into a Personal Workout Coach With Workout Trainer

Aren’t you sometimes reluctant to go to the gym on a weekday after a long day at work? But of course, you’ll feel guilty if you don’t work out, because you won’t burn the calories from that desert your ate at lunch!

What if I told you there’s a way to work out at home with the help of your iPad? Thanks to Workout Trainer, you can turn your tablet into a personal coach and do the right exercises based on your needs.

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.


Get Lost in Limbo

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I spend a lot of time trying out new iPad apps, and it’s hard to surprise me. It’s hard to grab my attention and make me take notice, especially with a game. The App Store is filled with endless runners and Infinity Blade clones.

But sometimes an indie game knocks my socks off and completely surprises me. Sometimes, I can’t put my iPad down and play on it way later than I should at night, and then miss out on a good night’s sleep.

That’s a small lie, because I never used to get sucked into an iPad game all hours into the night. But then I played Limbo.


Recommended Reading From July

If you missed these fantastic articles from iPad.AppStorm this month, then here’s another chance to catch up on some of my favourite writing from the site in July. And remember, if you have any suggestions or you would like to share your favourite article with our readers then please feel free to post them in the Comments section below.



Back in June, we ran a series of 4 tutorials designed to give you a really simple introduction to Pythonista, the wonderful programming tool available on iOS. We’re really pleased to announce that we’re running the second part of this course, which started yesterday, throughout August and September to give you a deeper knowledge of Pythonista and to help you solve problems within Python.

In the meantime, we’d really like to get your feedback on what you thought of the first part of our Pythonista tutorial! Go ahead and cast your votes in the poll box on the right, and please feel free to include any additional comments in the section below!

Welcome to Secondary Pythonista

We’re back! As promised at the conclusion of Pythonista 101, we’re back with a new series detailing Pythonista and the process of building useful utilities in the Python language.

Before you’re introduced to the course material for Secondary Pythonista, let us briefly review what was covered in Pythonista 101.

Getting the Most Out of Paprika Recipe Organization System

How many productivity apps have you downloaded but don’t really use? Productivity apps are meant to make our lives easier, but it can take a bit of work to put a new planning and organization system in place. Many of us are using our iPads like printed books, failing to take advantage of all the useful features that can make our lives more organized and efficient. I downloaded the Paprika desktop app for Mac months ago, but it wasn’t until I purchased the iPad version that I truly utilized the capabilities of this cloud-based system for recipe collection, meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking in the kitchen.

Are you tired of being disorganized in the kitchen? Does poor meal planning result in eating out more often than you’d like? Have you been using Paprika to collect recipes that you never end up cooking?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading to learn how to use Paprika for iPad to make cooking at home more organized, efficient and enjoyable.


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