They say you can't take it with you. The "it" in that saying originally referred to your personal wealth, but until recently, it also referred to personal information stored on your computer. For most of my life, data was a nearly immovable object, as heavy as your computer. Today, with mobile devices and the steadily improving effectiveness of cloud computing, it is easier than ever to back up, sync, and access important data without filling up your storage drive or adding a single ounce to your gear bag.
I like to gather novel uses of the iPhone and recently did an article for the magazine on a couple dozen apps that let you use the camera for doing things other than taking pictures or videos. Now I'm starting to be fascinated by the various ways the motion sensor can be used. A new app called Move'n Call ($1.99) lets you make a call with just a wave of your hand. As the video shows, first you train your iPhone to recognize a gesture and then you associate that gesture with a contact. Then to call the person, you simply make that gesture and your iPhone dials the contact.
I finally got around to signing up for Carbonite, and am amazed at how well this backup service works and how easy it is. In my mind, everyone who uses a computer should use Carbonite. The service costs $59 a year for unlimited storage. You install it, and it automatically backs up the files and settings on your desktop computer. Then if you like, you can use their Carbonite Access iPhone or iPad app to access your files anywhere, anytime. The iPad app was just released in March.
Daniel Ethier has announced the release of Gradekeeper for iPad 1.0. Gradekeeper for iPad is a companion app to Gradekeeper for Windows and Mac OS X. Thousands of teachers use Gradekeeper, and now they can work with their Gradekeeper classes on the iPad. With Gradekeeper for iPad, teachers can:
* Copy their existing classes to the iPad using iTunes file sharing
* Create new classes directly on the iPad
* View student progress reports, including category and term summaries
* Add new assignments and scores
* Take attendance
* Make a new seating chart
* Set up their school year to use semesters, trimesters, quarters, or six terms
* Set up their own assignment categories
* Set up their grade computation using total points or category weights
I can't live without tabs. When I browse my personalized Yahoo news page, I click on links to items of interest and have them load in a background tab. That way I don't have to wait for pages to load when I'm ready to read specific news stories or blog posts. Terra is a free web browser for the iPad that offers tabs. It has an unusually high rating in the App Store and was recently ranked as the top free iPad app in the U.S. App Store. The new version 1.2 now adds importing of bookmarks from Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.
Home Design 3D by Livecad, might be amongst the coolest (and useful) apps for iOS I have found (if only it had Visio integration). The app works well in too many ways to count. If you are planning on redecorating, redesigning a part of your home/apartment, or want to plan your ultimate dream pad, you will want to grab this app.
Sliced-Pi announces the availability of WhiteNote 3.3.3, the premiere notebook application for the iPad and now the iPhone too! WhiteNote is an easy to use digital notebook application for the iOS device family that supports free-form text positioning and basic free-hand drawing as well as support for images and sound. It is designed to replace a physical notebook but applies technological advantages such as searching, real-time collaborative white boarding and content sharing. With WhiteNote, like a real notebook, you can create books and subjects to categorize your work. Then insert as many pages as you need using one of the many optional paper styles.
Monica (free) is a fun personal assistant that not only gives you voice control but also speaks. You can ask Monica to read aloud your email, news articles, horoscope, or Google Docs, or to access Facebook. You can also ask Monica questions, but you do have to enter text. Monica will, however, read the answer to you. A nice feature is that you don’t need to tap any buttons or anything; you get Monica’s attention by simply saying, “Monica,” and then Monica responds by giving you menu of options, from which you speak your choice.
Vestal, New York - RafSoftware today is pleased to announce Remoter VNC 2.02 for iOS, their productivity app that enables users to remotely control Mac, Windows, or Linux computers from their iOS device using the platform-independent VNC protocol version 3.8. The app uses Bonjour and NetBIOS to make setup a cinch, and it features a novel "virtual trackpad" that allows to control the mouse cursor intuitively. Telnet and SSH support are available as in-app purchases. SSH also allows for secure VNC over SSH.