Recent App Reviews
Backdoor (free), which works with Facebook and Google+ sign-in, is a social-messaging app created by Daniel Singer, the teenage co-founder of YouTell. YouTell is an anonymous web service that allows you to invite friends to comment, without revealing their identity, on questions you present to them. The idea is that they can answer your questions truthfully while remaining anonymous.
Backdoor provides a similarly anonymous messaging service that your friends can use to text you. The hook is the unknown identity of your texters, with in-app purchases required to unlock clues to their true identity.
Any comparison of iPhone and Android is bound to generate heat, but I thought David Pogue's smackdown between Siri and Android voice recognition was informative. The bottom line: the iPhone is better for dictation and for voice control of apps. But Android blows Siri away when it comes to web searches.
Siri's dictation gets the edge because it understands a variety of formatting controls, such as "all caps," and all punctuation, such as "dash" and "ellipsis." Android just understands basic punctuation such as "comma," "period," and "exclamation point." Android, however, can do dictation even if you're not online whereas Siri requires an Internet connection. And Android transcribes as you talk, whereas Siri waits until you pause.
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In this smartphone coaching series, learn how to pair your iPhone with simple success principles and create a better life. This is Part 4 in the series. To start at the beginning, click here.
In the last two posts, we touched on the first aspect of a good life: good health, both physical and mental. The second aspect of living a good life is building good relationships. In this post you will learn how to improve your relationships with family and friends.
If you think back on your life, you will probably see that the best moments have involved other people. Sharing experiences with other people multiplies the happiness. Try watching a funny movie by yourself and together with a bunch of friends and you will see what I mean. Humans need other people to be fully happy, it seems.
Great iPad apps help to optimize your social, professional, and personal experiences like never before. These five apps give you the flexibility to access data at your own convenience, anywhere, anytime.
The following workflow explains iPhone apps you can use to create motion effects in images. In my previous two posts, I looked at exposure and depth of field. Within, I discussed the limitations of controlling the aperture of the iPhone and the resulting inability to easily control shutter speed without compromising exposure.
The image at the beginning of this post began as a very static freeze-frame image (shown at right). I thought it was promising but lacked the dynamic quality I wanted to inject.
The following video, which lasts less than 10 minutes, runs through the full process in real time with my own commentary, also in real time.
If I were review this game based solely on its description, it would have been less than favorable. Luckily, that's not what happened. From the moment I opened Avokiddo Emotions ($1.99), it put a smile on my face and I am a 28-year-old man. This app is fun, entertaining, and educational without ever feeling like anything other than a simple, silly game.
Boundless Textbooks (free, $19.99 for in-app upgrade) is an app designed to help college students save money on textbooks and study on the go. Boundless covers more than 20 subjects, including biology, business, chemistry, physics, and sociology. Introductory textbooks are free, while full-course books are $19.99 each. Boundless is something I could have used in college when I spent hundreds of dollars on books every year.
The book I checked out was a psychology textbook, Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind. I always find it a little difficult to read things on my iPhone because of the small screen, but the words were easy to see and nicely formatted.
As a writer, it excites me to see how words are making a comeback in our society through games. This became apparent when Words with Friends (free) started to dominate the app scene and give Angry Birds ($0.99) a run for its money. While these games are both entertaining and offer unlimited gameplay, the general public is always looking for the next big game that will give them a chance to beat their friends in the public arena. A new game called Wordstop ($0.99) is turning traditional word gameplay on its head and forcing you to master the English language in a unique way.
Did you know that your iPhone can earn you money? Sound too good to be true? Check out these five apps that let you turn your iPhone into a money-making machine! Keep in mind, these apps are not going to make you rich, but a few extra bucks never hurt anyone.