I have a Fitbit, which I love, but I can understand that not everyone wants to make the investment in an activity tracker until they’re sure they’re going to use it and enjoy it. Until you decide to make a commitment, it’s nice to use a free app to help keep track of your activity. Even though I use my Fitbit, I thought I’d test out an app for you iPhone Lifers because I’m a caring guy, and I like to help people (I also have a slight obsession with fitness apps).
According to a news story on CNET, a new family plan bundle from Cricket gives you service for two iPhones for just $80 per month. Plus, it's also just lowered the cost of its individual plan from $55 to $50 per month. Its basic plans come with unlimited calling, text messages, and 1 gigabyte of full-speed data. Cricket is a no-contract carrier, meaning that you pay the full cost of the phone up front, but then aren't locked into a contract.
New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who had previously been a key player at Google, sees mobile devices as central to re-energizing her moribund company. And the new version of the Yahoo app is definitely a positive sign of good things to come. Just released today, the new version lets you quickly scan your favorite news topics, while training it to find those items of greatest interest. If this sounds familiar, it may be because these features characterized the very popular Summly app, which Yahoo purchased less than a month ago. The company has now integrated the features of Summly into Yahoo.
The current issue of iPhone Life (May-June 2013) includes an @Work article I wrote called “The Right Touch,” in which I cover the best stylus products on the market. While researching, I reviewed many innovative styluses, which I rated based upon usability, design, unique features, durability, and price. See the table at the end of this post for details.
Here is a list of the winners from the print edition, and a compresensive guide to the run-over stylus products I enjoyed but couldn't find room for in the magazine.
As a formerly certified weather geek, I like to check out new weather apps. I'm usually drawn to ones with more advanced features, but occasionally I find a simple and elegant weather program I have to mention. YoWindow ($0.99) is one such app. It is not a fancy weather app, which can become cluttered with maps and trend graphs. Instead, it gives you a view of upcoming weather in a serene 2D scene you can animate (e.g. forecast conditions) as you swipe. The app also serves to relax you with realistic outside sights and sounds that match the conditions, and even indicate the season.
Thanks to Everyone Who Entered our Bi-Weekly Weekend Giveaway!
We received entries from 547 people in 29 different countries and gave away 3 accessories!
And the Winners Are…
(drum roll please): Susan G, Anthony U, and James P! Congratulations! If you see your name but didn't receive an email, please check your spam folder.
This is my last official post managing our weekend giveaways! I will be handing the task over to iPhone Life's marketing assistant, Leigh Lester Holmes. She is awesome and very creative. Good Luck Leigh!!
The journey of developing an app can be perilous. As an app owner, you need to manage your risk. The process starts by assessing three app killers all developers should know about.
Once you know what they are, you will know where to find them. And if you know how to find them, you can overcome them.
There’s murder in the App Store, and here is your guide to getting through alive:
Bitcoin has been in the news in recent weeks. The virtual currency was trading for $15 earlier this year and rocketed up to $260 earlier this month. It's now trading at about $120, up from around $50 a few days ago. Now that's volatility.
The first Earth Day arose from an environmental “teach-in” organized by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. The 20 million Americans who joined the demonstration signified the birth of the modern environmental movement. Every year since then, U.S. citizens have celebrated April 22 as a day to raise awareness of our impact on the world and support the protection of our environment.
This year, honor Earth Day with these free eco-friendly iPhone apps designed to celebrate our planet and support healthier, more Earth-friendly choices.
This is the official weekend of the iPhone Life Contest Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iphonelife.com/giveaways! Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE.