I don't typically write about the same app two or more times; there's only so much time to cover the one million apps out there. But VIPorbit, the Contact Manager deserves mention. VIPorbit was created by Mike Muhney, the co-creator of the original contact manager, ACT!, which took the world by storm in the late 1980s. When I last wrote about VIPorbit, I praised it, but criticized the color scheme. Thankfully, the latest version uses a much more elegant purple color palette.
If you're reading iPhoneLife.com, you already have an iOS device, or plan on getting one for the holidays. But the fun doesn't have to stop there. You will want to leverage some of the great accessories available for the iOS platform, especially iPads. Here are a few to consider:
Black Friday and the holidays are coming, so the odds are you are planning to upgrade your gear. I picked up a two of the iPhone 5s models and am planning to get an iPad mini Retina. This means I have a couple of iPhone 4's and an older iPad mini to do something with, not to mention a Kindle Fire that just collects dust.
It's getting cold outside, so if you're a cyclist and worried about tracking your workout while indoors, technology is coming to the rescue. XSPIN from PAFERS
claims to be "The World’s First Cycling 'Appcessory' for Indoor Fitness Equipment."
Bluetooth held great promise when it first appeared on the scene, but its Achilles Heel has always been long distance. Beyond ten meters, and certainly around 30 meters, the sound can be unreliable. If you're an audiophile, you wouldn't build a whole-house audio solution around Bluetooth. Even AirPlay locks you in to Apple devices and supported apps.
I've written before about the Powermat offerings from Duracell, so I was pleased to see some enhancements to the product line. The Powermat products share a wireless charging mechanism that makes it really convenient to charge your batteries. Simply place the iPhone on a Powermat charging mat and the friendly beep indicates your phone is charging. No more fumbling for cables, especially at night.
I love my new gold iPhone 5s, and I want to keep that gold-tone finish scratch free—but I don't want to hide the phone in a bulky case. Fortunately, there's the ThinShield from HyperShield. The case is available in assorted colors. Naturally, I chose the nearly clear version (technically called "white") so the gold color shows through.
I recently discovered Quingo, a trivia game that offers a bunch of twists. Of course you have to answer trivia questions, but there are also objectives to meet. Each question has five correct answers, and you have to identify them quickly, out of a pool of as many as 25 potential answers. There is also a time element as well as "power ups" or "cheats" that you can earn to build your score.
At iPhone Life, we get the opportunity to review a lot of iPhone cases, and iPad cases, for that matter. But as great as an iPad is, there are times when I need to travel with my MacBook and frankly, that MacBook is more valuable and harder to replace than an iPad. After all, an iPad has easy-to-restore backups in iCloud and with my iTunes ID and password, I can quickly restore to a new device. But as an app developer, my MacBook is my primary means of content creation, so it needs to be protected.