The stylus is the mousepad of today. You don't really need one, and you can probably get one for free or very little money, but once you've tried a genuinely well designed one, you won't want to do without it. Such is the case with the artfully named and designed Monet stylus from The Joy Factory.
Appolicious, a great website to visit if you're trying to find good apps, recently posted its list of best free apps of 2012 (so far). These are apps that have either been released this year or have received significant updates.
In the good old days, I used to edit photos of the kids, turn them into black and white images, and restore some color in a few select areas. I probably could have made a business of it. Now, you can do it on your iPhone or iPad in a few minutes. But change is a good thing, and so is Color Splash Studio from MacPhun. MacPhun has had a popular app for the Mac for a while, so it's nice to see iOS users get some loving. I just received my new MacBook Pro with Retina display, so I thought I would celebrate by editing this photo from last week's WWDC event when I saw Apple's Phil Schiller introduce the new MacBook.
At first glance many people might think that Tracks is just another social media tool for their smart phone. If, however, you give it a chance and launch this impressive app you’ll quickly see that it is much more than that. To start with, this app was clearly developed by professionals who know not only how to program a mobile app but also how to make sure it looks and functions flawlessly.
The app allows users to store and share all sorts of things with exactly who they want to. This includes anything from music to documents to photos and videos. You can use the easy to understand settings to make sure you’re only allowing your friends to see a specific item, or you can share it with everyone.
The iZON from stem
is a beautiful, functional Wi-Fi enabled security camera / NannyCam. In fact, it looks like it was designed by Apple, which is high praise indeed. It's a small cylinder, reminiscent of Apple's original iSight external camera.
The removable convex base connects to the iZON
via magnets, allowing for some flexible angles.
I've been using (and have written about) the iPole from FastCap, since I first picked it up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The hiking iPole model or the telescoping mini iPole both offer a tripod mount (and optional iPhone case with tripod thread) is a great way to take self portraits and include yourself in videos. But the one downside is you have to stretch to turn on or off the recording mode.
Back in the iPhone 4 times, I very happily reported on the phone having very good video resolution: something very-very-very-very rare in the digital stills camera / camcorder / smartphone world.