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I’ve reviewed more weather apps than I care to count in the past several months, many of which I sincerely believe to be fantastic. They’ve become the new design playground for fledgling iOS developers, and frankly, the weather apps cycling through my home screen have been stunning.

That being said, most of them have the same essential functionality — daily, weekly or, rarely, hourly forecasts. Generally speaking, as weather apps have become more minimalist in design, so too has their data. Solar provides a three-day forecast at most, while Conditions doesn’t have much more information than the current temperature and an icon. That’s what makes SkyMotion interesting. It’s a different take on weather forecasts, featuring real-time data and ground-level data integration. Read on to find out whether or not SkyMotion is for you. (more…)

When it gets to the point that I need assistance to track all of my favorite television shows, I may finally have to admit there’s a problem. That problem, of course, being that show producers need to stop churning out so much quality programming. I currently follow over 20 active shows, and without assistance it’s nearly impossible to keep tabs of when episodes are airing or have aired. Also, since I’m a cord cutter I watch very few shows live, so remembering which episode I streamed last can, at times, be a challenge.

To help with such endeavors I scoured the App Store to find an television show tracking app. Turns out there are a handful of apps that fit this bill, but truth be told, TVShow Time stands out above all others. Find out why after the jump. (more…)

I’m very selective about the way that I privately communicate with friends, family and colleagues. I really like iMessage and I often feel like it’s the best solution for most of my needs, especially since it’s built right into iOS. I don’t like Facebook much, but use Facebook Messenger because of its popularity.

I love Twitter, but I’m not a fan of its implementation of messages or the standalone apps that have tried to take advantage of them. And although a lot of friends of mine use Google Hangouts, I find the app is remarkably inconsistent and try not to rely on it. That’s why I was surprised when I tried Whisper, a fantastic private messaging app for App.net. It’s the first third-party app of its kind to make its way into my daily life. Read on to find out why I’m so excited about it. (more…)

I’ve been looking for apps to help me get in shape. I know at the end of the day that it’s down to me and the effort I put in, but I need a little extra push. I’d feel a lot better about this whole fitness thing if I had a leg up going into it.

That’s what I’m hoping Cody will be for me. With personalized fitness goals, the ability to track my workouts and lots of other users on the same path, Cody may be the support I need. (more…)

I saw Monsters University at the theater with my three-year-old son, and it was a mixed bag. It’s a given that the film is about monsters — it’s right there in the title, after all — but how scary would it be? Turns out, quite a bit. In fact, right near the end of the flick (around the time the scariest scene aired), my son asked to go home. Broke my heart.

Two weeks later, I’m looking for apps to review and I find Monsters University, so I give it a shot. My son walks into my office and says, “What’s that, daddy?” and I show him the screen with a bit of hesitation. “Oooh! Mike Wazowski!” Guess it didn’t do that much damage.

But at the end of the day, he’s not the one playing Monsters University, I am. Was it worth the buy? (more…)

Pinboard is a simple social bookmarking service with a strong focus on speed, discovery and organisation (using tags). With a powerful API, a vast number of ways in which you can add bookmarks to it and blazing fast search, Pinboard is well worth the price of admission and has quickly become the home for the bookmarks of thousands of users.

Pinner is a universal app that leverages Pinboards API to bring its benefits and power to the comfort of your device. After having used it my main Pinboard client for a couple of weeks now, I have found it to be of great value and can honestly say that the more popular and mainstream apps are in for some competition. (more…)

It seems like just about everyone I know could use a little less stress in their lives these days. With all that has to get done on a day-to-day basis it can be hard to find the time — or to make the time — to just relax and catch your breath.

The goal of Stress Doctor by Azumio is to teach you to breathe more deeply, evening out your heart rate and calming you down in just five minutes. It does this by turning your iPhone into a real-time biofeedback device. Click “more” and I’ll show you how it works. (more…)

Information overload is a major headache. With a huge surge in the amount of user generated and professionally created content, it’s getting tougher to find the right type of content that aligns with our interests. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter try to bring some sanity by providing content from the people you know (or want to know).

Relying on a circle of friends and peers isn’t going to solve the problem of content discovery altogether, though. There got to be a better way to curtail the inflow of news from sources that are irrelevant, but at the same time helping us identify new and hidden gems in the rough. App.news tries valiantly to solve the content discovery problem over at the Twitter competitor App.net. (more…)

How many times have you looked to the clock at the end of the day, exhausted, and felt overwhelmed when trying to decide what’s for supper tonight? Your brain is frazzled from work and walking the isles of the grocery store doesn’t inspire any fresh ideas. All you want is something simple and tasty, nothing complicated or cheffy. The app store is full of apps that want to help you solve this problem, including Real Simple: No Time to Cook?

Real Simple magazine is known for their fresh, modern aesthetic and smart ideas that are easy to execute. The magazine covers often feature mouth-watering photos of modern, flavorful dishes. The app boasts 850 easy recipes that can be made in 40 minutes or less, but at $4.99, is it worth the price? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

My business doesn’t just include writing, but also photography. And one of the things I love about my iPhone is that it’s a great opportunity to practice taking photos. It eliminates the need to worry about things such as aperture, soft focus and lots of other technical gibberish. My iPhone tears down the technical walls and helps me focus on taking photos with great composition.

But is there a place for an iPhone app designed to completely replicate the experience of an authentic digital SLR? While I’m a big fan of apps like Analog Camera and Instagram, I can definitely see the market and desire for an app that offers me more control over the technicalities of my photos. In that regard, 645 PRO Mk II wants to be your go-to app. Its tagline states that 645 PRO “feels like a pro camera. Because it is one.” Read on to find out whether or not it lives up to that claim. (more…)

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