I spent about two weeks making my initial decision to use Byword or iA Writer. I sound like a typical writer making the typical choice between two predictably minimalist apps, which is very true. But the reason I took so long is because I wanted something that fit my life perfectly. When your life involves writing online and your personal device is an iPhone, using a minimalist tool makes sense. I’m not writing for print here.

Originally, I chose iA Writer. I liked the blue cursor and the way the app felt when I used it. I loved the animations, and I liked its colour scheme. Today, thanks to Byword’s 2.0 update, positions have reversed and I now use Byword for all my writing needs. Read on to find out what made me switch.

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Whether you’re looking to start running, or looking to run your fastest race ever, Gipis Running can deliver a plan specifically for you. Just set your running goal and the app will handle it from there. Gipis will provide you with a training regimen to complement your running experience (if applicable), your goals and your schedule.

Then all you have to do is … run! Log your runs using the app, upload your workouts and then kill it out there on the track. That’s all there is to it. Come on, click “more” and I’ll show you how it all works. (more…)

The desire to keep coming back after one good shot is innate within the player. The better shots hit on the course will provide a quicker and more enjoyable round. Can an iPhone increase the chances of hitting a good shot? I definitely think so. About a year ago, I looked at Golfshot GPS and gave it high marks. It was an app which I had used for over three years and definitely earned my payment of $30.00.

Well, the Shotzoom team is back with a new app called PGA TOUR Caddie. The team used their inner core of Golfshot GPS and added a new user interface with new features to make it a true golfer’s companion. By using the PGA TOUR in the name of the app surely it must be good, right? Keep reading on to find out if it measures up to par.

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Last week on Foodie Tuesday I reviewed LaLa Lunchbox, a fun app that makes planning lunches into a game, engaging kids in the process and helping parents plan ahead for meals. This week I take a look at the company’s newest app, LaLa Breakfast, which promises to help families “Wake up to stress-free mornings” and make “planning healthy breakfast for your kids hassle-free and fun, while saving you time and money.” After a stellar 9/10 rating for LaLa Lunchbox, I’ve got big expectations for LaLa Breakfast.

Will this app satisfy your my appetite or leave me hungry for enhanced features? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

It’s been mentioned rather frequently how popular the iPhone’s camera is. On Flickr, it’s the first, second, and third most popular cameras. And so it’s no surprise there are myriads and myriads of camera apps available on the App Store. Today we’re going to take a look at one called Camera Noir, designed to deliver you the highest quality black and white photos in the simplest package. (more…)

Little-known fact about me: Back in my high school days, I used to be the frontman for a hard rock band. The band fell apart, as most high school rock bands do, shortly after we all started going to university and college. I didn’t play guitar for a while, but I’ve been flirting with the idea of starting up a solo indie project with just me and my acoustic. The real problem, apart from no possibility of success and the utter likelihood of failure, is that I often have trouble cracking down the whip and writing music.

Jamn aims to fix that problem. I’ve tried a lot of apps meant to help floundering musicians, but none of them work on either a visual or musical level. Most of them are ripoffs sold based on empty promises. Initially, I was worried Jamn would be the same way. I was wrong. Read on to see what makes this app so compelling for musicians. (more…)

I often buy stuff. In fact, you might call it a hobby of mine. Depending on the type of stuff I buy, I’m typically entitled to some type of manufacturer warranty. This applies to obvious items such as the computer I’m using right now to write this review, or the iPhone I’m using to try out the app for review. But warranties, limited as they may be, are often awarded for many items such as small appliances, video games or automobile parts.

Another item I deal with from time to time are serial numbers for software purchases. Buying items from the App Store and Mac App Store have all but eliminated the need for tracking serial numbers, but there are definitely exceptions on occasion. Keeping tabs on warranty items and serial numbers is rather important, but isn’t a task I want to think twice about. Serial+ by Enabled Apps aims to keep me from having to do so. (more…)

In the transition from Google Reader (which happens Monday, FYI), I’ve been looking for a great alternative I can replace my RSS reading habits with. I wasn’t pleased with any of the free options that I saw — most of their designs didn’t appeal to me, and I wasn’t interested in supporting another service that could go away without a solid financial plan.

At that point, I ended up looking for my paid options and settled on Feed Wrangler. It’s developed by David Smith, a trusted developer in the Apple community. The service itself is $19 per year, but the app is free. And now that I’ve been using the app (and service) for a few weeks, what do I think of it? Read on to find out. (more…)

Instagram recently released a major update, finally adding video to the popular photo sharing service. Coming months behind Twitter’s Vine app, Facebook’s Instagram is trying to gain some lost momentum.

There are some pretty striking differences between Instagram and Vine, though. Is it enough to claw back ground swallowed up by Vine? We’ll have a look after the jump. (more…)

Summers are always kind to gamers, and as June draws to a close we have the opportunity to play a number of huge new iOS titles that are sure to delight, frighten and frustrate in all the right ways.

With everything from indie darlings to studio blockbusters to look forward to, click through and get ready for a weekend of gaming! (more…)

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