Apple’s death-grip like control of the App Store has became quite legendary since it was launched in 2008. Some of you may remember in 2009 when Apple rejected the official Google Voice app, which was eventually admitted, but not without a probe first being launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Or perhaps you remember in 2010, when Apple took its sweet time (25 days) to finally approve the Opera Mini browser app, which, at the time, seemed as if it would never happen.
Well, 25 days is nothing in comparison to what SkyDrive — Microsoft’s cloud based storage service — users have had to endure. Having not received an update since June 1st last year, version 3.0 of SkyDrive for iOS was finally given the okay from Apple on April 3rd (the delay was caused by a disagreement regarding the 30 percent cut from revenue Apple would receive from in-app purchases). Now that the bickering has stopped, it’s time to take a look at what the newest version of SkyDrive has to offer. (more…)
There are many cloud storage services available these days (SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box and even Apple’s iCloud), but in my mind, Dropbox reigns supreme. I love the file management system, the ease of syncing content between devices, and the manner in which I can share files with others. Simply put, I’m a Dropbox fanboy.
Just before the holidays version 2.0 of Dropbox was released, bringing with it a brand spanking new design and new features geared towards uploading and managing photos. Having put away my ugly sweaters and wiping the eggnog from my chin, I’m ready to let you know if version 2.0 is a winner. All you have to do is hit the jump. (more…)
Podcast are an incredibly beneficial way to either gain entertainment or information. News, cooking, sports, and technology are amongst some of the common areas which are popular for podcasters but there is most likely a category to suit most users.
Instacast came on the market to help alleviate the troubles most users were experiencing when having to manually sync their podcasts using iTunes. After podcast clients started to gain in popularity, Apple split podcast out of the music app on iOS and created their own podcast app. Although many users are still not happy with the experience due to a lack of syncing between the iOS apps. Instacast version 3.0 was released recently which includes an update to the syncing mechanism and also an upgraded design. The app is universal now and changed away from the in-app purchase model which was in version 2.0. Let’s find out more after the jump.
When it comes to note taking and writing apps, it seems like there are a million different options to choose from, all of them with their own little perks and quirks. One popular option for the iPhone was Drafts, a “simple,” yet very usable app that made it quick and easy to do whatever you wanted with your text. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available for the iPad. Not until now.
With Apple’s announcement that the features in iCloud will be open to third party developers I thought now would be the perfect time to ask what apps you most want to see integrated with iCloud when it launches alongside iOS 5 this fall.
Some apps have already begun using syncing features by storing your information on their servers for use across multiple devices, but there are still a number of them that could greatly benefit from taking advantage of what iCloud offers.
I’ve put together a short list of apps that I think should take advantage of the wireless syncing service when it’s released.
Ever since I can remember, the internet has given us the promise of a unified system where the documents, photos, and files we use on our home computer can be easily accessible from anywhere. I create a file on my home computer, and it magically appears on my home computer, my laptop, my iPad or any other device you can think of.
Dropbox and apps of its kin have delivered to a reasonable extent, but for me, as a budding todo list organiser, as a blogger, and as someone who enjoys writing, the process wasn’t nearly as smooth as I’d have liked it to be when it comes to writing.
Although there are a range of writing applications that can sync over Dropbox, I found them all lacking for one reason or another – the syncing sometimes wouldn’t work, the interfaces were cluttered or just poorly designed, and the whole experience was frankly quite frustrating.
After a long (Google) quest, I discovered a tool that looked to satisfy all of my needs quite wonderfully, and was beautiful and minimalistic to boot. Simplenote.