One of the greatest pleasures I have found with iOS is incorporating it into my everyday life. So far, iOS has incorporated itself into my kitchen and security system, and I am looking forward to its continued movements thoughout my house. The latest addition is through the Belkin WeMo Light Switch and the WeMo Switch.

The Belkin WeMo Switch plugs into an outlet and allows you to plug in a device which then can be controlled through the WeMo app. Recently, Belkin also introduced the WeMo Light Switch which replaces a light switch to allow control of the switch from the WeMo app. This type of home automation has been around for some time but never has it been this easy or affordable. Keep reading on to see if the Belkin WeMo is truly a contender for a home-automation solution. (more…)

How do you keep your life balanced? You might use an app to track self-improvement items or maybe even by writing these items in your journal. The items I am referring to are typically not found on a GTD (Getting Things Done) list, but rather these are items which build yourself up daily. While I do not manage to complete all of the items on my list daily, I enjoy reflecting on this list and changing it as my desires and life goals change.

Many people reflect on self-improvement items at the turn of the New Year. The ongoing change forces reflection on the past and the future but the ability to re-focus and reflect might get lost in the daily hustle. Daily items can include something as simple as exercise, but if we really become honest with ourselves, there might special and private goals which might bring happiness everyday as we work toward them. I think becoming a better person is innate inside each one of us but the desire might get pushed under the daily stress. This is where Balanced proves its’ usefulness, because it offers gentle reminders to work on yourself throughout the day. (more…)

The desire to keep coming back after one good shot is innate within the player. The better shots hit on the course will provide a quicker and more enjoyable round. Can an iPhone increase the chances of hitting a good shot? I definitely think so. About a year ago, I looked at Golfshot GPS and gave it high marks. It was an app which I had used for over three years and definitely earned my payment of $30.00.

Well, the Shotzoom team is back with a new app called PGA TOUR Caddie. The team used their inner core of Golfshot GPS and added a new user interface with new features to make it a true golfer’s companion. By using the PGA TOUR in the name of the app surely it must be good, right? Keep reading on to find out if it measures up to par.

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If you have been following along with the App Store you have probably seen email apps in the headlines a lot lately. It seems, with the App Store becoming five this year, developers are making strides in the seemingly impossible task of helping alleviate the pain of email, and I think we are on the forefront of new email applications. In more time, I think they will become very similar to task or notes applications where the choices seem endless. Just a few days ago at WWDC, Tim Cook said,

… over 93% of applications are downloaded at least once a month.

Which means there are plenty of users looking for plenty of choices when it comes to choosing applications.

One option for managing email is Dispatch, which integrates with other iOS apps nicely. Can Dispatch’s features separate itself enough in a growing market? Read on to find out. (more…)

Email. What thought just went through your head? Did a sick feeling enter into the pit of your stomach because the unread count has become too overbearing? While the usefulness and proper technique to handle email are debatable, the fact is that email is still a necessary evil. It is definitely worth investigating to find the best way email works for you. If you have been struggling to keep tabs on your inbox then using email similar to a task system might be beneficial.

Attempting to help fix email is no easy task, but Mail Pilot wants to change how you think of email. Instead of seeing an inbox and folders, Mail Pilot sees email as either incomplete or complete. By utilizing review times and lists, Mail Pilot wants to remove the stress from email and help you process your email quicker. If dominating email sounds attractive, then keep reading on to see if Mail Pilot is the answer to a new email workflow. (more…)

Individual task management can be hard enough to tackle, but trying to get tasks done within teams can be a nightmare. With the recent interest in getting tasks done, a lot of collaborative task management software and web services have come to market. One of the more popular options is Basecamp. The AppStorm team of writers started using Basecamp several months ago, and it has been a nice way to bring everyone into one area for collaboration and team discussion. It works great when a person needs some ideas to include in an article or if an editor needs to communicate with everyone. The other alternative is through email, which can be a disaster to organize. Thankfully, Basecamp makes it easy to keep everything in one place.

Since Basecamp is based on the web, the main access is through their website. While it is accessible on your iPhone, it is not ideal. Recently, the team at Basecamp released an iOS app to access all of your projects and discussions. Customers have been requesting an app for a long time, but can the app live up to the same features as using the website? Let’s dive in and see. (more…)

New year’s resolutions about improving your health are very popular, but most fall flat. People will start off strong by attending the gym and eating right, but unfortunately, it is easy to fall back into the same bad habits after just a few weeks. I did not want to become a statistic of giving up on being more healthy this new year, so I stared to look into how to track healthy habits.

Activity trackers have become more popular within recent months and definitely peaked my interest. Previously, the Jawbone Up band was released and failed. In fact, Jawbone allowed users to receive a full refund for the band, which is something unheard of in the technology market. Recently, Jawbone released a new version of their Up band with some app updates. They claim to have fixed the numerous problems and bricking that users were experiencing. Can the new Jawbone Up band stand up to the competition? Let’s dive in and find out. (more…)

It seems that everywhere you look someone has a suggestion on how to handle email. Unfortunately, a lot of people talk about email but few decide to actually change how email works. Mailbox is a new app which aims for users to rethink email and how it fits into your life. If you have researched ways to handle your email better you might have heard of Inbox Zero. It’s the ultimate clean slate when you reach zero emails in your inbox. Having no emails that beg for your attention helps free your mind to think clear and maybe even relax.

The release of the Mailbox app has been hyped on the tech news scene a lot since February. You even might be on the waiting list for the app. Are you currently struggling with email? Then keep reading to see if Mailbox really does put email in its place. (more…)

The way television is delivered to customers is slowly becoming archaic. Previously, in my old apartment, I was forced to use a small cable company to deliver my television entertainment. The company provided high definition but that was about all of the extra features it offered. They did not provide any extra features like viewing content on my iPhone or scheduling digital video recordings(DVR) through a website. Recently I moved into a house and I decided to try satellite. After comparing services I decided on Dish Network and their Hopper DVR

While Dish Network may not be perfect, I have been happy with their service and the Dish Anywhere app. It allows Dish Network subscribers to view featured content, browse the guide to see what is on, schedule and maintain DVR events, and also view live TV and DVR events with the optional Sling Adapter. Keep reading past the break to see if the Dish Anywhere app has been a welcome addition to my change in TV providers. (more…)

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re close to throwing in the towel, it might be worth taking a look at why the resolution is close to failing. Is it reasonable? Is it actually what you wanted or is it an inspiration from others? Is it trackable? While the first two questions need to be answered and reflected upon by you, I might have a solution to the trackable item.

A lot of self-help articles concur that tracking progress can be a better way to reach a successful habit. Checking an item off a list can provide enough support to keep going on the hard days. Also, seeing a non-completed item for enough days in a row might provide enough motivation to get back into the habit. Most articles might suggest keeping an Excel worksheet in order to track everything. While I see the benefit of using Excel, there is something better that is always available, which is my iPhone and Habit List. (more…)

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