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Our lives can get so busy at times. We need to take one of the kids to soccer practice, the other one needs to go to ballet, then the whole family needs to meet for dinner afterwards and it is crucial that you are all on time. Between my wife and I, we can try and text or call each other to stay in touch to make sure we arrive on time or to see where the other one is, but that can take up a lot of time, and to do this on the road is definitely not safe.

Now there is an alternative that can help, with an app named Twist. It gives you the opportunity to let someone know where you are and how long it will take to reach your destination without having to risk texting while you are driving. If this sounds intriguing, then follow along after the jump. (more…)

The App Store does not have a shortage of weather apps. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of good weather apps in the App Store. It is also apparent that weather apps go through trends. First there were the expected apps from The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. These apps provide a one-stop shop and a lot of detail, but will include ads and usually will have usability problems. Next, powerful radar apps starting to make more of an appearance. Now it seems the minimal weather app is making the trend through the App Store with the release of Kelvin and others.

One app that bucked the trend of how apps are developed is Dark Sky, which started out as a KickStarter project. The developers presented their idea and met their funding goal to finish the app and bring their idea to completion. The developers also decided to only focus on one aspect for their weather app: precipitation. Sound interesting? Read on to find out if DarkSky can help keep you dry. (more…)

When it comes down to the weather, everyone has a different opinion. What is perfectly relaxing to one person is tropical heat to another or chilly to the next.

Weather apps for the iPhone don’t usually mix emotional interpretations with factual data, but swackett X is different. It’s not just about giving you the facts, it’s about making it fun. After the break, we’ll take a look at how well this approach works. (more…)

One of the dilemmas I am constantly faced with is deciding whether to use my cell phone for business related phone calls. I don’t mind using it and not getting compensated for doing so, but I’m more worried about people having my number. Yet there are times when I need to get back to someone right away and I am not necessarily at my work phone or even at the office. Being that I don’t have a landline at home and my cell phone is the only means of calling someone back, I am sometimes forced to use it.

But, now there is an alternative for situations like this with an app named Burner. Somewhat similar to Google Voice, it provides you with a separate phone number that can be used from your iPhone. So now you have two numbers, which can be very handy for a variety of situations, especially with using your iPhone for work and personal calls. That, and it helps you feel like Jason Bourne. Find out more after the jump. (more…)

One built-in feature that has been a glaring omission from the iOS ecosystem is turn-by-turn navigation. In the keynote at WWDC, Apple unveiled that a new feature in iOS 6.0 is a redesigned map application. This will include turn-by-turn navigation.

That said, the turn-by-turn navigation will only be available on the iPhone 4S and above. Even though the iPhone 4S only supports turn by turn navigation, iOS 6.0 will run on iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, as well. Motion X – GPS Drive brings turn-by-turn navigation to any iOS device running at least iOS 3.0. Let’s go deeper into it after the jump. (more…)

One of the Mac apps I could never live without is Alfred. It just makes everything so much quicker and easier to do — just a press of a keyboard shortcut and the action I want to carry out is just a few letters away. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen an iOS app that can streamline our actions just like Alfred.

That is, until now. App Cubby’s newest release, Launch Center Pro, is the Alfred that iOS has been missing ever since its debut. Launch Center Pro will completely revolutionize the way you use your iPhone by bringing several features into one place. Learn more about how this app can make your iPhone that much more efficient after the break. (more…)

There are many apps for sharing photos across devices and screens, but most depend on Wi-Fi connections, Bluetooth or pre-installed desktop applications to function. These apps work well, but the complicated setups may be too much for someone simply looking to share an impromptu slideshow. Sites like Flickr can be used for slideshows, but users still have to upload photos and login. There are very few ways to share without some sort of installation, physical transport device, or login. Fortunately, Scalado is trying to change this.

Scalado PhotoBeamer makes it easy to share photos on a foreign computer, or any device with access to a modern web browser. There are no applications to install, files to download or images to upload. Users simply select the photo that they wish to project from their iPhone, visit the PhotoBeamer site on the target machine and scan the QR code. The image is displayed within the browser window, and the user is free to flick back and forth between images. Find out more after the jump.  (more…)

At first glance, TinyVox Pro is a voice recorder with a pretty interface and that’s it. With closer investigation though, there are some useful features that will suit certain types of user.

For example, journalists might find the app useful for recording interviews, musicians might find it useful for recording demos or samples, and ordinary users might develop a preference for recording notes rather than typing them. Let’s get into it after the jump.  (more…)

One of the things that I love to customize on my iPhone is the ringtone. Call me cheap, but I don’t necessarily like to pay for them on iTunes. Not only that, but you are locked into using the section of the song that iTunes picks for that particular ringtone. Where is the fun in that if you have to pay for something you don’t necessarily want?

That is why I like to use a very handy app named Dring, which lets you make your own custom ringtones. It is very easy to use and best of all, it saves you money from having to pay for those tones. Let me show you more of the app and how it works after the jump. (more…)

A lot of us rely heavily on email throughout each and every day. I know I am constantly checking mine and always making sure to respond in a timely manner. One thing about email that I always wish was more customizable was my signature. I know that you can customize it, but I have always wanted an easier way to do this.

Then an iPhone app called Signatures came along a little while back and it intrigued me because it gave you the capability to create your own signature right on your iPhone. Once I saw the app, I knew I had to try it out and see if it could actually help me solve my problem of customizing my email signature. Did it? Let’s find out after the break. (more…)

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