Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Join me on this adventure and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be!
In my previous post, we finished up the main screen of the iAppsReview iPhone app. In the process, you learned how to configure a table view, how to add images to a project, and how to use them as launch images as well as in the rows of a table view.
Yesterday's quarterly earnings report from Apple was mixed. And, oddly, how one views the news depends a lot on one's biases. The naysayers point to the fact that Apple's earnings per share declined compared to last year's March quarter — the first time in 10 years Apple has seen a decline. Apple boosters, on the other hand, saw a lot to like, including record year-over-year iPhone and iPad sales, and record revenue from the iTunes Store. Apple is clearly still growing and expanding its markets and services. And Tim Cook was resolute. Bully for him.
If you're a football fanatic, chances are you begin watching for the choicest draft picks way in advance of the regular season. It might be hardball time now, but as a dedicated NFL fan, you live and breathe gridiron news, looking ahead to the coming months with anticipation. Today marks the momentous NFL 2013 Draft (as if you could forget!), so I thought you hardcore pigskin lovers could use some apps to stay up-to-date on the action!!
How many backpacks do you own? Some people only see the need for one bag or backpack, which becomes a familiar companion on any trip. Others are bag junkies, and I’m one of those people.
I have a plethora of bags for trips long and short, meetings formal and casual. I recently received two very different backpacks for review. While they're roughly the same size, only the shoulder straps make these bags anything alike. You can’t go wrong with either bag, but each is designed for very different environments and for travelers with different expectations.
Usually Apple announces its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket sale without warning— and sell out within an hour or so! But today Apple preannounced that tickets will go on sale worldwide beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time, tomorrow, April 25. This should theoretically give everyone a chance to buy a ticket. I've been to the last two conferences, and it took quick fingers to get my tickets. Now, with advance warning, I hope Apple's servers are up to the task!
If you own an Apple device and crave any and all accessories for it, you may have a new favorite company. BiteMyApple, founded by Arkansas entrepreneur Chris Johnson, has captivated lovers of all things iOS with an assemblage of products designed for the iPad, iPhone, and even the iPod touch. But the most innovative thing about BiteMyApple lies in how its accessories came to market. Every item for sale in its online store is the result of a successful campaign on the popular crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.
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.