Recent App Reviews
IK Multimedia is a company whose products I have been reviewing for several years, and they continue to impress me with their prodigious release of new hardware and software. Their latest batch consists of substantial revisions to their popular iKlip and iMic product lines. This review roundup takes a look at these to see if they are worthy of your purchase consideration.
People live busy lives. Apple understands this, which is why many of their apps are able to interact with one another across multiple platforms. But if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of AirDrop, here is a quick and simple way to begin an iMovie on your iPhone or iPad and continue editing it on your Mac later using Dropbox.
Tired of tossing and turning as you try to fall asleep at night? There are apps out there that can help you get the shut-eye you need and keep your sleep cycle on track.
Millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and a survey shows that more than 40 percent of adults experience tiredness at least a few days each month to the extent that it interferes with daily living, according to the American Psychological Association. A lack of sleep can cause irritability, moodiness and disinhibition (a loss of inhibition) — but those are only the initial signs, psychologist and sleep expert David Dinges says on the APA website. It can also negatively affect your memory and cause apathy, slowed speech and an inability to multitask.
That’s why it might be important for you to start monitoring your sleep patterns, or at least fall asleep more quickly. Here’s a roundup of some apps to get you started.
Your iPhone is a great tool to catalog your outdoor explorations. For an example, check out the image of Longs Peak that I took with my iPhone in Rocky Mountain National Park. Until I acquired a Nikon camera a few weeks ago, I relied solely on my iPhone for outdoor photography. I purchased the 32GB model of the 5s for the extra photo storage. I am no professional photographer, but I travel for work or play about once a month so you can imagine how many photos I have amassed.
Here is some insight into the best apps and tools to use for your adventures:
There are few experiences more enlightening than visiting a renowned art museum and exploring its collection. Art history aficionados can attest that there is nothing cooler than seeing the artwork you’ve studied all semester long in person. No surprise, in this day and age, museums have finally reached the point where a website is simply not enough for visitors. From interactive maps, exclusive videos, and a look at the current exhibits on display, these four museum apps are sure to complement your next museum trip.
How many times have you spotted someone impeccably dressed on the streets of New York, or any stylish city for that matter, and wondered where they snagged their amazing blouse or those undeniably chic flats? Would you flat-out ask the savvy individual where they shop, or would you let the moment pass by and hopelessly yearn for something that will never be? Well wonder no more. Thanks to ASAP54 (Free), the latest fashion-finding app to hit the scene, you never have to miss out on a major fashion moment again.
I'm always scanning for unique and hackable tech, and a news item caught my attention about an app called SimplePi ($1.99) for managing a Raspberry Pi from your iDevice. Since I have been eyeballing similarly geeky tech (for file sharing, etc.), I had to check it out. If you are a Raspberry Pi aficionado, and looking for a nice app experience to help you manage your Pi, today is your lucky day. Not sure what I'm talking about? Read on to learn how a Pi could help round up your stray media!
iPhone Life Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
There are a lot of things we take for granted when it comes to iOS and other mobile devices, including the frankly insane fact that we now have the ability to look up virtually any fact, article, or answer in mere seconds. While the iPhone may have killed the good old-fashioned pub argument, it's also allowed us to research anything we want and read millions of new opinions and stories on the go. But there are only so many hours in the day, and you can't tap on every link you want—after all, you can only really read one thing at a time. Safari has a Reading List option that saves sites for future reference, but there's no cross-platform capabilities; it only syncs up with Safari on your desktop, and it automatically removes pages as soon as you've visited them (even if you're not done with them yet). Bookmarking can work, but things can very quickly become cluttered as you mingle the sites you only mean to revisit once and the more permanent stuff you want to actually have, y'know, bookmarked.
One thing great thing about the iPhone and other iDevices is the ever-improving video recording feature. More and more, smaller design teams and other individual artists are shooting video with iPhones. Of course, shooting on an iPhone or iPad does mean having to shell out extra for accessories to help stabilize your device while shooting. Having witnessed a couple of iPad video shoots myself, I know it can be a process just getting accessory pieces on for a smooth one-take shot. The Horizon app ($1.99) may be a solution to all of that hassle.
Yo. No really, just yo.
Sometimes there are those apps that are so simple, so basic, so mind-blowingly elementary that they take off and rack up thousands of users, leaving you scratching your head and thinking, "Dear God, what have tweens done to this world?" Enter Yo (free), a new social networking app that became popular this week, racking up $1 million in angel funding and gathering over 50,000 users.