I tend to eat a vegetarian diet, and one of the really hard things about traveling is finding good vegetarian food. The $3 app Where to Eat, for both iPhone and iPad, has been indispensable. The app lets you select from 45 different cuisines and 30 different food types, including vegan and vegetarian. When I'm traveling, I simply select one of those two categories, and then the app shows a list of nearby restaurants, the distance, and their location on a map. I can quickly get directions, as well as other information such as the phone number.
NCH Software, a leading provider of audio and telephony tools, has just released Pocket WavePad for the iPhone. (There's not yet an iPad-specific version.) It lets you record audio and edit the recordings, apply audio effects, reduce background noise, and easily email or upload the audio files that you've recorded.
I'm writing an article for the magazine about streaming video for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In addition to the YouTube app, there are several more apps that serve up content from video sharing websites. Dailymotion is probably the best one, since the Dailymotion site has quite a lot of content, and the app serves it up well. The $1.99 version is ad-free.
I want a case for one purpose: toting my iPad wherever I go. And I want that case to be over my shoulder and out of the way. My first solution was the Kensington Sling Bag, which I posted about in early May. It served my needs well, but I wore it out in a few months of heavy use: frayed and coming apart at the seams. Fortunately, just as it was fading, STM sent me their Jacket iPad. And it's just what I was hoping to find.
Whew, I just finished an article for the magazine about all the video streaming options for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A big job. We've covered a number of them, and most entail some sort of cost. Joost, though, is free, and the content is free. It offers a motley assortment of content that can be fun. I enjoyed watching a couple old Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes, and The Lone Ranger. The app streams celebrity news and gossip, music videos, action sports, comedy, and original web content.
Tango Video Calls (free) was just released today and seems another good option in addition to FaceTime and Skype. Calling is free, and you can connect with other iPhone 3GS or 4 users, as well as with Android phones. It works over 3G and Wi-Fi. You can invite friends and others via one-click email or text message. The app automatically imports your iPhone contacts. It lets you easily switch to audio only, and to swap the large and small screens so that you can see more clearly what the other person is seeing.
I'm working on an article for the magazine about streaming video and am surveying apps that stream movies and TV. Let me know your favorites. We've covered Netflix in our blog, the movies app that seems to be the most popular. And it's likely the most cost-effective, with unlimited streaming for $9 per month. Another contender with quite good quality is mSpot Movies. The app is free, and rentals are typically $3 or $4. Many of the movies have free trailers available.
Adam Dachis at Lifehacker has put together a list of the best productivity apps. He covers list apps, task managers, note apps, the amazing (and free) Dragon Dictation (shown at right), Dropbox (for syncing files), and more. Some of these are must-have apps.
One of the really fun things about these gadgets is using them as portable movie players. You have many options for doing that, such as renting in iTunes, using the Netflix app, and more. And if you already have a collection of DVDs, one option you have is to convert them for viewing on your iPad. SimpleMobile Review has a great step-by-step guide, complete with screen shots, that walks you through the steps of converting your DVDs.