Opera Mini Web browser (free) was hugely popular right from its first launch. And now a new version has just been released that supports both iPad models as well as the retina display on the iPhone 4. Like many people, I prefer alternates to Safari mainly because of their superior implementation of tabbed browsing. Opera Mini not only offers that but is also notable because it greatly speeds browsing — as much as 6 times faster.
ShakerApps has announced the release and immediate availability of new application OnePass. OnePass offers you a safe and convenient way to store important information on your iPhone or iPodTouch.
Internet logins, passwords, email accounts, bank cards, account numbers, important notes and contacts, number of different personal cards and other things that you are afraid of losing or forgetting. All this will be always at your fingertips, on your iPhone or iPodTouch! Your data will always be protected from unauthorized access or loss by setting a password to run applications and backup / restore data.
Soonr announced today the first cloud service with integrated editing for the iPad via their Soonr - Workplace app (free). Of course, there are other options, such as using an app such as Office2 to directly edit Microsoft Office documents stored in Dropbox. But Soonr goes much further. You can store, share, access, and sync files, as well as edit Microsoft Office files both online and offline from within the Soonr app.
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.