Do you ever have a moment in which you thought you really liked something, but then over time you started to feel the opposite? This sometimes happens to me with apps. I’ll write a raving review, and a few weeks later I’ll start to notice issues that didn’t make themselves known early on, or they were noticeable but weren’t annoying just yet. Luckily, I’m often given a chance to review apps a second time when they’ve received a major update, which provides me the opportunity to provide are more impactful analysis on whether the app is worth its weight in gold.
On this occasion, I’m taking a second look at noidentity’s Next, which enables you to track day-to-day expenses to get a big picture of your spending habits. In my initial review, I stated that Next was really fun to use, and that “between the design eye candy and extremely enjoyable sound effects, I actually look forward to entering an expense.” In September, version 2.0 of Next was released, giving me a chance to reassess what makes the app good and no so good. Read on to find out how my opinions have changed. (more…)
Holiday cheer or holiday hell– that is the question. November has arrived, and with it, the season of holiday entertaining. It’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving dinner menu and buying supplies for Christmas cookie baking. Doe the very idea of preparing your first Thanksgiving dinner terrify you? Or maybe you’ve been having the same people over for the same Christmas menu every year and you need to shake things up a bit?
Food52 is here to help. The founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, have combined their own recipes and kitchen wisdom with that of their online community of home cooks to make the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52. A treasure trove of 127 recipes, 25 video tutorials and 800 step-by-step food photos and demonstration slide shows, this app aims to help you plan a party from start to finish.
Is the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52 the ultimate guide to holiday entertaining? Keep reading to find out.
Today is a big day. On this first day of Movember (the month formerly known as November) millions of men around the world will shave their faces and begin to grow a moustache. They grow their Mo’s to change the face of men’s health and bring awareness to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues like depression. Through the independent global charity, Movember, these Mo Bros (and supportive Mo Sistas) raise funds for research and support programs for men’s health.
In 2012 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the globe raised $147 million for Movember. This year, I’ve joined the movement as a Mo Sista and you can join too with the Movember app.
Keep reading to learn more about moustaches and joining the Mo Generation.
Alongside the deluge of Halloween updates we’ve seen this week, there have also been some remarkable new titles released.
Let’s work off that candy hangover with some gaming, shall we?
There’s been a lot of hullaballoo over the changes made to Pages for Mac, specifically in regard to making the app simpler and less powerful. But I haven’t heard much about the Pages update for iOS, which is exactly why we decided to jump into it here at AppStorm. Apple has promised not just to change the design of the iOS versions of Pages to bring it more in line with Pages for Mac, but they’ve also promised to get rid of some of the problems Pages used to suffer previously.
These changes amount from little things, like under-the-hood improvements that positively affect mobile devices (but negatively affect Mac users), to big things like a complete design overhaul. Not only that, but the app is now free if you’re buying a new iPhone or iPad. Let’s take a look and see whether or not the new Pages is truly a welcome improvement.
Among the (many) announcements at Apple’s October 2013 event was the updating of iWork for iOS, now free for any existing users and those who purchase a new iOS device. One of the last bastilles of leather and wood effects, iWork was completely revamped and brought in line with iOS 7.
For PowerPoint refugees and anyone wanting to easily create slick presentations that are gorgeous to watch, as well as build, Keynote is a great example of how Apple can really push the boundaries of what is possible with iOS.
Maybe I’m old school, but I depend on my RSS feed every day. It’s partially about work — I keep track of which articles are mine are published on various web publications with RSS — but it’s also about relaxing. My long morning coffee is spent catching up with my RSS feed. I usually read long form articles on my iPad, but for quick skims and shorter articles, I’m the first person to pull my iPhone out of my pocket.
I’ve been using Reeder 2 since it came out, and while it’s certainly no slouch of an RSS app, I get the occasional hankering for something new. That’s why I thought I’d give NewsFeeds a spin. NewsFeeds is an RSS Reader built for iOS 7. It supports FeedBin and FeedWrangler. Read on to find out whether or not it’s worth making NewsFeeds an important part of your reading habits.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m thinking about something that I have to do, the thoughts floating about my head don’t appear in logically placed chunks of data. Usually, it’s something like, “Oh crap, I have to meet Tom at 8:15 tonight to watch the game,” and not “Meet Tom. 8:15pm. 10/30/13.” It’s a hurdle that I have to cross every time I type a new entry into my calendar; a little brain tweak that causes the slightest bit of friction in my day — or it did, anyway.
Fantastical 2 — the sequel to the amazing Fantastical — uses natural language parsing to create your calendar entries. Meaning, you can write what you think and Fantastical 2 sorts it out for you. Last year, I reviewed Fantastical and gave it a 10/10. Will the latest version live up to the hype?
Spoiler alert: Yup. (more…)
I’m a sucker for sticker apps. If you like it, then you should’ve put a stamp on it. That’s my motto. I can never really have enough photo apps, because my thirst for stickers will never be satiated.
If there’s one genre of app that takes advantage of almost every sensor that the iPhone contains, it’s fitness apps. By monitoring and tracking our progress, they can be a key motivational tool to power through and keep up the exercise regime, and I see more people than ever with an iPhone strapped to their arm.
Nike has long been at the forefront of blurring the lines between fitness and technology, having started with their Nike+iPod sensor over seven years ago and continues to do so with Nike+ Running. It’s been some time since we initially published our Nike+ GPS review (over two and a half years ago, to be precise) and, since then, both the app and the Nike+ running service have undergone some fundamental changes.