Almost all carriers in the United States offer support for Visual Voicemail, a service introduced with the original iPhone that provides a more flexible way to manage your voicemail messages. No more dialling in to listen to a stream of messages in chronological order, instead the messages are downloaded to your iPhone automatically.
For the rest of the world, however, it’s a different story. Most carriers across mainland Europe don’t support the service, with only two carriers here in the UK (O2 and EE) officially supporting Visual Voicemail, but even then it’s not available on all price plans. In fact, more US carriers support Visual Voicemail than the rest of the world combined! HulloMail not only restores much of the functionality of Visual Voicemail to those without carrier support but it offers features that take it to a whole new level.
I like listening to podcasts on occasion, but I am by no means an avid listener like some people. And while I appreciate stunning design and I love a powerful app with tons of great functionality (think Pocket Casts), I start to fall asleep once somebody starts yammering on about the amazing things their favourite podcast app do. I get it — I’m the same way with my RSS apps. But my podcast needs are pretty simple: I just want to quickly find what I want to listen to, hit play, and enjoy.
This is why I was really intrigued by David Smith’s Pod Wrangler. It’s a podcast app that uses David Smith’s Feed Wrangler API as a backend sync. (If you don’t know, Feed Wrangler is an RSS service David built with its own vibrant and open API. It’s what I’ve been using in the wake of Google Reader’s demise.) Pod Wrangler is incredibly simple and straightforward. Instead of being loaded with functionality that makes the experience feel convoluted, its barebones nature helps me get in and out of the app as quickly as possible. It’s a perfect fit for the way I listen to podcasts. Read on to find out if Pod Wrangler is perfect for you too. (more…)
Like many people, I’ve been saying for a while that iOS 7 really opens up the floodgates for old app categories to be reinvigorated with smartly-designed new contenders. That being said, I hadn’t really thought about the diary app. I’m a huge fan of Day One, but see opportunities for other apps to do something really unique.
This is one of the reasons I immediately signed up for the queue to get access to Memoir, a really unique diary and memories app that’s at once private and incredibly social. This is a diary app built on social networks you already use, and it’s got some cool tricks up its sleeves. Read on to find out whether or not Memoir is worth investing in. (more…)
I love to photograph food, but I don’t love my food going cold while I upload, edit and share mouthwatering images. Over a year ago I stopped using Instagram to edit images as other apps like VSCO Cam provided enhanced editing capabilities and more beautiful filters. With increased functionality came complexity and frustration — sometimes I just want to snap a quick pick of my tower of flapjacks and be done with it so I can enjoy my meal. Leave it to a food blogger to come up with a solution to a problem many foodies face.
Stephanie Quilao of Noshtopia blog founded Vibrantly to help foodies create “stunning food photos in one tap.” She has lofty goals: to make iPhone food photos look “Pinterest-level” good and simplify the process. The lady walks her talk and every photo on her blog is taken with the iPhone. She’s a great example of the adage that a beautiful photo can be captured with any camera, not just a DSLR.
So, can Stephanie deliver on her promise that, “in one tap, your ice cream shots will look bright and creamy,” and “your friends will be able to see the details in your beautiful Dragon Sushi Roll?”
Keep reading to find out.
Conversion apps are ten a penny on the App Store and are one of the most popular types of app available today. Each app that can convert feet to inches will do so in the exact same way, so developers have to come up with other ways of trying to make their app stand out above the rest.
The developers behind Camera+, tap tap tap, have released a significant update to their Convert app which, whilst containing more units of measurement than I ever realised existed, it does so in an easy to navigate way while offering some additional functionality that goes beyond simple conversions and really enhances the app.
While some radio and television networks have firmly cemented themselves in the past, opposing digital distribution of media, the BBC has been quite the opposite, embracing digital distribution with their award-winning iPlayer service. More recently, the BBC has been quietly revolutionising radio in the same way they did with television by making almost every radio show broadcast available through iPlayer, with a select number even distributed as podcasts.
To make BBC radio as accessible as possible, the company have released the BBC iPlayer Radio app, which has recently been updated with podcast support. It’s an app we’ve not looked at so far, but with the golden age of podcasting upon us, it’s high-time we check out the latest app from the Beeb.
Apple really went above and beyond with most of the stock apps on iPhone. As much as we hate to admit it, the stock apps are all a lot of people will ever need. Notes, Compass (now with a built-in level!), Weather, Calendar, Camera, and even the Maps app are actually pretty good. Apart from the occasional app I recommend for their specific needs, many of my friends are really content leaving their home screen exactly how Apple set it up.
That being said, there are some apps that Apple neglected to include. They have a Stocks app and a Calculator, but they didn’t include a unit or currency converter to match the World Clock. Vert rectifies this with a beautiful interface that not only matches iOS 7 very well, but also does its own thing with great panache. Many other developers should start taking notes. Read on to find out what Vert does and why it’s so beautiful.
The first version of Skitch brought along with it a different approach to image editing. It came with great tools that allowed you to take screenshots of any size and quickly annotate them, yet it could also handle any image you threw at it. Skitch has always been straightforward and effortless — an image tool for human beings. After its acquisition by Evernote, the company entered into a battle to contain the uproar caused by the drastic overhaul to ensure Skitch would fit into its service and yet still remain a simple image editor.
Skitch 3.0 is a fresh take on the controversial app, built from scratch with a brand-new interface based on iOS 7 guidelines, as well as boasting a gorgeous new icon. Did the Evernote team recover the early praise of Skitch with this update or will it just be another stain on the history of a once beloved application? Let’s find out.
If you’ve ever taken a trip on the London Underground (or any subway service for that matter) then you’ll no doubt notice that each train is littered with small ads, providing both an effective means of marketing whilst giving us commuters something to read when we’ve accidentally left our headphones at home.
Sandwiched between the various online dating sites (apparently everyone in London is lonely) and cosmetic surgery boutiques was an ad for a new online music service called Bloom.fm. The ad, promising features such as 22 million tracks, offline playback and a radio service similar to that of Spotify and Rdio, was enough to pique my interest. After spending a few days with the iPhone app and service, I can honestly say it is making me think twice about continuing my Spotify Premium subscription.