Did you enter to win a copy of Write for Dropbox? Well we’ve contacted all of the randomly selected winners via Twitter DM, so check your inbox. In the meantime, the winners are:

  • @papabearpyatt
  • @ElBatzilla
  • @schraboe
  • @jeffrhind
  • @DonCarlo2863
  • @robcio
  • @Manfredi_S

Thanks to all that entered! (more…)

I have a huge thing for writing apps. It’s not that I want to write on the iPhone all the time; it’s just that I do. My iPhone is always with me and I’m always writing with it because it’s insanely convenient. And I have a core group of apps I always use to get the job done, but always feel there could be room to grow.

My feature list is admittedly pretty basic: I want great Dropbox support. I like a good font and I don’t need a lot of choice. I want to keep it simple, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to complicated functionality presented in simple ways. I just want something that works well and, most importantly, makes me want to write. Write for Dropbox is an app that promises me just that. (more…)

If you have a passion for food, wine and travel then you need to know Katie Parla, author of the popular blog, Parla Food. An American living in Rome for the past decade, Katie has established herself as an expert in Roman food culture. Her food journalism and restaurant reviews have been featured in the New York Times, Saveur, Travel + Leisure magazine and many others.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Rome or just dreaming of one, Katie Parla’s Rome is an essential guide to help you avoid tourist traps and revel in the most authentic experiences of Rome. More than just great restaurant recommendations, the app features tools to help travelers get around, plan based on location and search for food and beverage experiences based on filters like budget, distance or type of food. Looking for a cozy wine bar to end your evening? Want to know where to find the best gelato in your neighborhood? Or maybe you’d like a to find a tour of the bustling market? It’s all there in Katie Parla’s Rome.

Ready to hop on a plane to Rome? Read this first. (more…)

I love to keep fit. I’ve been a fitness enthusiast nearly all my life, and after scouting around the app store, I managed to find this awesome app that we previously reviewed and found a bunch of awesome fitness routines that you can do. I praise the app often, so I thought I could show the potentially gym-shy users out there how to use your iPhone to help you start keeping fit.

This article will serve as a guide to resistance training you can do with your iPhone using a few apps that I’ve selected. Be aware that you should do about three sessions of moderate cardio a week for general fitness and flexibility. This can be as simple as going for a brisk walk to playing an intense game of basketball! (more…)

The standard Music app on my iPhone has always been one of my favourite iPhone apps. It does what it does really well. Let’s be honest, for many of us, it was likely the reason we got an iPhone or iPod Touch to begin with in the early days. Over the years though, there have been a lot of changes to the app. With iOS 6, Apple gave the Music app a huge visual overhaul with a lot of chrome (which, for the record, looks terrible on anything smaller than the iPhone 5′s taller display). But there’s not a lot of new functionality to go with it.

iTunes for Mac, on the other hand, got a ton of new functionality last year. There’s absolutely no comparison. For all of its flaws, iTunes is still the best music player I know of for OS X. It’s a powerful jukebox. One of my favourite features from last year’s massive update was Up Next, a feature that lets you add any song and play it next before returning to your current playlist. I can’t tell you how handy this feature has been at my house parties. The iOS Music app still doesn’t have this feature (or many others). Party Monster aims to fix that. (more…)

An application programming interface — or API — isn’t something everyday tech users need to think about. At least not until Twitter announced the version 1.1 of its API in late 2012, which included a host of restrictions that essentially killed off development of new third-party Twitter apps. Already released third-party apps, such as Tweetbot, fortunately were given a stay of execution, but developers were required to make changes to their apps based on the new API.

When that news hit, I downloaded and toyed around with the official Twitter app for iOS and I was far from impressed. The overall usability was fair, but nowhere as impressive as the other third-party Twitter apps that I had come to know and love. But, being of a curious mind I kept Twitter on my phone so that I could check out future updates. Recently, the app was updated to version 5.7 and I decided to give it a trial run as my default Twitter app. Has it changed for the better? (more…)

I’ve watched the Dumb Ways to Die music video, hilarious and disturbing all at once, maybe a million times, so I was elated when I saw there was a companion game for iOS. Preserving all of the dark humor of the original video, Dumb Ways to Die gives you the power to save all of the characters. Or if you’re of a darker sensibility, see what happens when luck isn’t on their side. (more…)

June is upon us friends, and while the summer months offer plenty of opportunities to venture out into the great outdoors, sometimes you still just want to unwind with a bit of gaming.

This week’s iOS game picks cover a wide range of play styles, from strategy to FPS, to arcade mayhem — even a bit of law practice! Dive in and find your favourite … (more…)

If you have been following along with the App Store you have probably seen email apps in the headlines a lot lately. It seems, with the App Store becoming five this year, developers are making strides in the seemingly impossible task of helping alleviate the pain of email, and I think we are on the forefront of new email applications. In more time, I think they will become very similar to task or notes applications where the choices seem endless. Just a few days ago at WWDC, Tim Cook said,

… over 93% of applications are downloaded at least once a month.

Which means there are plenty of users looking for plenty of choices when it comes to choosing applications.

One option for managing email is Dispatch, which integrates with other iOS apps nicely. Can Dispatch’s features separate itself enough in a growing market? Read on to find out. (more…)

One of the perks of this job is seeing some amazing apps come into the App Store put together by incredible developers. At first, Vesper seemed to be in that category. An app built by a team of industry insiders? It’s got to be awesome, right?

Well, it is quite pretty, and it’s also meticulously well thought out and executed. But it doesn’t have all the features that the competition has, which leaves it prone to scrutiny, no matter how much clout the developers have on hand. Is Vesper able to live up to its lofty praise? Let’s find out. (more…)

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