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Innovation has stagnated for productivity apps on the web. On the mobile front however, multitouch interfaces have opened up the floodgates of creativity. Productivity apps like Clear, Soonr, Any.DO, Wunderlist and many others push the limits of the platform to make staying productive fun and efficient.

The latest to join the list is Task Player, which is doubly unique. It targets the niche of pomodoro users and lets you play your tasks like music! I’m equally curious to see what that’s all about. Join me after the jump! (more…)

Probably my least favorite thing about creating tasks is scheduling. I always end up with a giant task list filled to the brim with todos all scheduled for tomorrow or, worse yet, yesterday. I never take the time to schedule tasks because all that scrolling and figuring out what day of the week July 30 falls on is such a pain.

Swipes has that sewn up, making scheduling a simple swipe and tap. There’s lots more to this great to-do app though, including tags and task history. All that, and it looks pretty fine, too. (more…)

Does the iPhone really need another weather app? Well, when it comes to the availability of weather apps for the iPhone: it never rains, it pours! If you are having trouble choosing, then the BBC Weather app it’s certainly worth having a look at, especially as it has been made Editor’s Choice in the iPhone app store.

But does it stand up to our scrutiny? Let’s find out after the jump.

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Recently, I have been experiencing some technical issues with Podcasts, so I figured that it was about time I check out some of the other podcast apps to see how they compare. One of them was Stitcher Radio, an on-demand service boasting over 15,000 shows and stations.

Originally released in 2008, Stitcher Radio has since gained quite a following and is now a firm App Store favorite. But is this app worthy of such stature? Let’s find out!

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What’s the first thing you do when planning to travel? I reach out to any friends who might have a restaurant recommendation for the area I’m planning to visit. Usually I end up with a folder full of emails with lengthy lists of restaurant recommendations and never end up visiting them. I’m short on time and it’s just not convenient to research every place and locate it on a map. Or I visit a recommended restaurant and it ends up being a dud. Where Chefs Eat seeks to solve both problems by creating a restaurant guide using the most trustworthy source — chefs — and utilizing interactive mapping to get you there.

The app pulls recommendations for 2000 restaurants in 60 countries from over 400 of the world’s elite chefs. It’s not a definitive list of the world’s best restaurants, rather, a list of the best places to eat, whether it’s a midnight snack or a greasy spoon breakfast, a bargain meal or a special occasion. Today’s chef is a world traveler who visits other restaurants for inspiration. Phaidon Press has tapped into this invaluable resource to bring you an interactive guide that’s easily to access on the go.

Are delicious meals essential to your travel experience? If so, keep reading to learn more about Where Chefs Eat. (more…)

After my PayPal account got hacked a year ago, I didn’t take any more chances. I changed all of the passwords of my most important accounts, making sure they are impossible to remember and predict. The problem now is finding a safe place for all of my usernames, passwords, account numbers and more, and being able to access the list whenever I need to log in.

It didn’t take long for me to purchase a copy of 1Password for both the Mac and iOS. Recently though, I reviewed the desktop version of oneSafe and believe it to be a terrific alternative to the rather pricey 1Password app. What I didn’t mention was how significantly different it was to its iOS version after being able to test both apps together.

Priced at $5.99 on iTunes, oneSafe is a universal app that boasts of unique security features that keep all of your accounts and web logins safe from intruders. Let’s see what oneSafe for iOS can really do and if it also stands as a worthy alternative to 1Password 4. (more…)

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…)

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