I was at the barbershop the other day, getting my hair cut as I do every few weeks, when my barber says to the room, “Isn’t the new iPhone supposed to be coming out soon?” I’m about to open my mouth when a guy sitting in a chair to my left peeks up from his phone to say, “Beginning of October. Who cares anyways, Apple doesn’t have anything for me anymore.” Then he went back to playing with his HTC One.

Surly and inaccurate statements aside, I’ve heard similar thoughts voiced amongst the Apple community. The feeling seems to be that Apple’s already pulled out all of its magic tricks, what could they show us tomorrow that would really wow the crowd? What’s the big feature this year? Do they have one more thing in them or have we seen all the magic left to offer?

Who knows. But more importantly, why do you care? (more…)

Waking up in the morning can be difficult, and no one knows that better than me. Not because I have difficulties waking promptly to my alarm, but due to witnessing what occurs every time my fiancée’s alarm goes off in the morning. For starters, she sets multiple alarms that go off in five minute intervals, which she snoozes several times over the course of 30+ minutes. Afterwards, she transitions to the second stage of her wake up routine, which includes sitting up in bed for several minutes with a look of severe pain on her face, which I imagine includes an internal monologue of her cursing the world. Eventually she stumbles out of bed and begins preparing for her day.

To say she’s the only person goes through such pains just to get out of bed is a bold face inaccuracy. Several people find themselves in a similar experience on a daily basis, while others go to far more extreme lengths. Perhaps what these individuals really need is a bit of motivation, which CARROT Alarm is more than happy to offer. (more…)

Meeting new people can be intimidating, especially for wallflowers such as myself. I’ve got the gift of gab, but I can only really open up after I’ve known you for a few decades or so. Until then, my social anxiety keeps my lips shut and my feet firmly planted in the corner at parties, making friends with the host’s cat.

Sometimes being taciturn just isn’t an option, especially if I’m meeting a new business contact. I have to find my voice somewhere, but how can I break the ice and put myself at ease? Maybe Refresh can help. It finds all of your new contacts for you and gives you lots of tidbits of info, so you’re never going into a meeting unprepared again. (more…)

Happy September, friends! Luckily, we’ve seen a great influx of new titles to help assuage the pain of returning to school, so come on in and pick out some games to keep you occupied in the downtime between classes … (more…)

I’ve noticed that my files are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. It seems to me that every time there’s a great “new” way to sync or share files between devices, it just adds another step to the problem instead of providing an easier solution. (And no matter what Apple says about iCloud, it’s not helping the problem.)

The solution gets worse once you add in email, because those attachments are just sitting there in storage. Thankfully, though, there are some small mercies: Peoplematics has developed a real solution with FindIt, a beautiful and easy-to-use app that should make life a lot simpler for file hoarders. Read on to find out more. (more…)

How do you keep your life balanced? You might use an app to track self-improvement items or maybe even by writing these items in your journal. The items I am referring to are typically not found on a GTD (Getting Things Done) list, but rather these are items which build yourself up daily. While I do not manage to complete all of the items on my list daily, I enjoy reflecting on this list and changing it as my desires and life goals change.

Many people reflect on self-improvement items at the turn of the New Year. The ongoing change forces reflection on the past and the future but the ability to re-focus and reflect might get lost in the daily hustle. Daily items can include something as simple as exercise, but if we really become honest with ourselves, there might special and private goals which might bring happiness everyday as we work toward them. I think becoming a better person is innate inside each one of us but the desire might get pushed under the daily stress. This is where Balanced proves its’ usefulness, because it offers gentle reminders to work on yourself throughout the day. (more…)

Whether you run a small business or are self-employed, being able to take a credit card as a form of payment is usually a necessity, as many of us rarely carry cash anymore and prefer the level of security that using plastic brings.

IZettle is a mobile payment service that combines an iOS app and credit card reader into a complete Point of Sale system. Using iZettle, anyone can set up an iPhone to take payments for any goods and services quickly and easily. Whilst this sounds like an almost perfect solution, can you really replace your checkout counter with just your iPhone? (more…)

With the end of Google Reader, the playing field for RSS feeds and apps has really levelled out. I’ve been in the open market ever since. I’ve got a Feedly account and a Feed Wrangler account. I’m not extremely impressed with either at this point, and I’m considering moving over to Feedbin. But I want to use apps that integrate with my preferred solution.

On the iPhone, that’s left me with the official Feed Wrangler app, the Feedly app, Reeder and Slow Feeds. I’ve been using Reeder for well over a year now, but Silvio Rizzi has been slower and slower to update it as time has gone on. I decided to try out a new experience and I’ve been test driving Slow Feeds. If you’re curious about what a different take on RSS feed reading on the iPhone can be like, hit up my review after the break. (more…)

To be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve been truly excited about what’s on offer in the iPhone section of the App Store. Sure, I’ve found some neat apps, but nothing that really gave me butterflies and the overwhelming urge to share it with the world, shouting from the rooftops. It’s like being in a long-term relationship where the magic has worn off. Or, it was like that, until I discovered something new, something exciting. This is big, and it’s going to change everything in the same way Instagram did.

Ok Foodies, it’s time to meet your new favorite thing: Cookbooth.

Keep reading to find out more about an app that’s going to revolutionize the way you record and share recipes. (more…)

It’s official: Apple has announced an event for September 10 at 10 am. So what will we find out?

Well the rumors currently are on a new iPhone, available in gold and a low-cost version, plus maybe we’ll see Mavericks come out and play. Oh, and of course there’s iOS 7, which should come out just before the rumored new device. Also, there’s talk of a new iPad of some kind, and there’s the usual “Apple TV and iWatch” stuff, but nothing concrete.

Are you excited about the event next week? Stay tuned, because we’ll be covering it here!

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