If you read RSS feeds, chances are that you have downloaded at least one or two different iOS apps of this type. I’ve tried at least ten of them, and every time I see a review of a new app, I’m inclined to check it out just to see if it does a better job than any of the others. Until very recently, I’ve been using Reeder on both iPhone and iPad, and have been very satisfied with both versions of the app.
What’s changed recently is not my choice of app, but rather my behaviour: I’ve come to question how many short-form articles I’ve been reading – I think my attention span has shrunk! Consequently, I’ve actually stopped reading my RSS feeds this week to see how it feels. I just opened up Google Reader and saw that I have a little over 800 unread items since Monday – that’s a lot of information my brain has not needed to process!
In other words, you won’t be seeing Firefox for iPad anytime soon, but browsers that—to appropriate the ever-relevant car metaphor—use the same engine as MobileSafari with a different chassis and paint job—are now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Apple insists that browsing the web on an iPad is already pretty magical, but there’s always someone ready to step up and demonstrate stronger magic. Atomic Web Browser is one such contestant.
Today we’re going to look at an iPad application that has received quite a bit of hype over the past few weeks – Flipboard. Aiming to be your “personalised social magazine”, Flipboard comes with a gorgeous interface, and a wonderful concept.
Although there are plenty of RSS, Twitter, PDF and eBook readers available for the iPad, there hasn’t yet been anything along these specific lines. Flipboard sets a lofty target in terms of functionality – one that was never going to be easy to meet. Read on to find out how well I think they pulled it off!
When it comes to webmail, everyone and their grandma knows that Gmail is the best. A lot of us power users have felt let down with the iPhone mail app that does not support brilliant Gmail features like conversation threads, labels, and so on.
With Mailroom, it is now possible to handle multiple Gmail and Google Apps email accounts with almost all of the goodness and glory of their desktop browser based features. Mailroom costs $2.99, so let’s investigate further to see whether it’s worth the price.
Reeder for iPhone hit the App Store in September of 2009. Although it initially lacked some key features, it quickly became popular and is now one of the best RSS readers for the iPhone. Since the iPad’s release, many Reeder users have been waiting with bated breath for an iPad version. They’re finally in luck; the developer submitted Reeder for iPad last week, and it should be available soon.
For those not familiar with Reeder, it’s an RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account. Since it’s obviously not the first app of its kind on the iPad—NetNewsWire is the big-name competition—I’m going to talk a little bit first about what separates Reeder from all the apps already in the App Store.
Twitter recently shocked the developer world by abandoning their own lackluster iPhone app and acquiring Atebits in order to get their hands on Tweetie, an award winning app that has received incredibly high acclaim.
Users rejoiced, developers felt threatened, and Atebits founder Loren Brichter landed a job on the Twitter mobile team. Now the dust has settled and Tweetie has been rebranded and relaunched as simply “Twitter.” The biggest upside is that the app is now free and rumor has it, the upcoming update to the Mac app will follow suit.
Today we’ll go over Twitter for iPhone from the ground up for those not familiar with Tweetie. For those that are, we’ll point out the changes and upgrades along the way.
Since the original iPhone launched in 2007, users have been browsing the Web with Mobile Safari, Apple’s built-in browser. Now, for the first time iPhone users have the option to choose another browser: Opera Mini.
Opera brings a different browsing perspective to the iPhone with more emphasis on tabbed browsing and, not surprisingly, placing more importance on Web content with features such as Saved Pages.
Services like Favstar.FM, Tweeteorites, and (the now defunct) Farvd, brought about a new dimension to using Twitter. The drive to get favorited. Now, I’m going to break something to you. You know those hilarious guys you follow, cranking out one-liners all day long? This is going to be shocking, but most of those tweets aren’t off the top of their head.
The raw material needs to be revised, perfected, and crafted into the perfect message. Let me introduce you to Birdhouse – a notepad for your not-quite-ready tweets!
Today’s review is for the all the technicians and geeks in the audience. You’re iPhone is convenient because it’s always with you, and iNet Pro will make it even more convenient, by bringing dozens of technical tidbits to your fingertips in only a few taps.
As you’ll see in this review, iNet Pro not only offers a wide set of networking features; it also provides excellent flexibility and many options. Read on to see why iNet Pro should be in any geek’s toolbox!
Stephen Fry—British writer, actor, and geek extraordinaire—recently wrote of the iPad, “One melancholy thought occurs as my fingers glide and flow over the surface of this astonishing object: Douglas Adams is not alive to see the closest thing to his Hitchhiker’s Guide that humankind has yet devised.”
That is a sad fact indeed; apps like Articles and Wikipanion have essentially made The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a reality, and Douglas Adams, who died in 2001, missed seeing the fantastic mesh of software, hardware, and network that made his dream real by only a few years.
Human ingenuity being what it is, though, the capabilities of the iPhone and the iPad have already begun to overtake the capabilities of The Hitchhiker’s Guide, and WolframAlpha is a great example of that. Today we’ll be looking at how this knowledge and functionality is packed into a simple iPhone app.