I met with Guido Kovalskys, CEO of Panarea Digital, last week for a demo of their new education app Nearpod. Panarea designed Nearpod not as an education revolution, but as an education evolution.
Last week, as I was walking through my local Safeway, a louder-than-usual announcement came over the internal sound system, informing shoppers of the new Safeway app. I downloaded it immediately using the store’s WiFi, but didn’t know which e-mail address was tied to my phone number. So I had to wait until I got home to explore.
Sign-up for the service required the web (unless you are new to the Safeway rewards program, and then you can sign-up on the app). I linked a new e-mail address to my phone, registered on the web and started browsing.
I love books. When I acquire a classic and it ships to me, I wait patiently, but attentively, sometimes with speculative anticipation. This time was no different. I have looked longingly at this book more than once, in small shops in San Francisco’s SOMA and in Cambridge’s Central Square. And now it is to be mine.
Evernote continues to expand their horizons and increase their value. This week they acquired Cocoa Box Design’s Penultimate, one of the best apps on the iPad for capturing handwritten notes and annotating images, and one of the top paid apps of all time.
I’ve switched recently from a single function power charger in my car to the Qmadix Vehicle Power Charger with Auxiliary USB Port. The white product with blue glow (from the internal LED indicating the unit has power) is well made and offer good utility. I evaluate different phones and different cases all the time. Some of the cases actually hide the Apple connector, and of course, on other phones, they range from proprietary to mini-and-micro USB. And if you have two devices, like an iPhone or iPad, then you usually need two chargers. Not so with this charger.
Bag manufacturers spend much of their design budgets guessing what enough people will like in a bag so that a particular bag will sell well enough to make a profit. People want specific things from their bags. In a world of 7 Billion people, you need a lot of bag designs.
Dropbox and Box have made file access on iOS a pleasure, much more so than iCloud, though in a very different way (you can’t beat, or even use, iWork apps without iCloud on iOS). As speculation about a more integrated cloud-based file system in Mountain Lion tantalizes the Apple Technorati, Microsoft dropped a new version of SkyDrive that delivers a high capacity, cross-platform file storage solutions that works right now.
Incipio sent me a few cases to look at recently and here are my thoughts.
I'm off to Las Vegas today for fun this time, not a conference. That means that once I leave my hotel room, finding a plug may be possible, but sitting in a casino tethered to a wall just doesn't seem right. And I don't think you get free drinks for increasing your place on the Angry Birds Game Center Leaderboard .
I want to wander Vegas all day (and all night) without worrying about my iPhone 4s withering its battery away in my pocket. So i'm bringing the Incipio 1450mAh offGRID Backup Battery Case which offers good protection for the phone, including a screen protector–and extra power without too much extra weight.
PowerPoint is the perfect application for an iPad. Graphical in orientation with messages simplified to the point of contention and very photographic in its organization. But Microsoft's ambivalence toward the platform meant it was left to third parties to create the PowerPoint experience for the iPad. With version 4.5 of Quickoffice Pro HD, Quickoffice users can now edit native PowerPoint files. Well, sort of.