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.
When I first came across a new app PEOPLE CelebFood by Time Inc., the publishers of PEOPLE magazine, I was skeptical. This magazine is famous for paparazzi photos of celebrities and red carpet faux pas. If I want to know what’s happening with Brangelina, I consult PEOPLE. If I need an update on Kanye and Kim’s baby, I consult PEOPLE. If I’m looking for cooking inspiration, I consult PEOPLE?
I’m not a regular reader of the magazine, more of a closet reader — I’ll peruse the celebrity news during a pedicure or waiting in the doctor’s office. PEOPLE magazine is a guilty pleasure, just like a decadent slice of chocolate cake or cream laden fettuccine Alfredo. Maybe I judged too soon, maybe PEOPLE magazine and food are the perfect combination?
Keep reading to find out.
Another week’s worth of wonderful iPhone gaming awaits you, friends.
Robotic puzzles, paper folding, hidden objects, dead pixels, and perhaps the most fascinating bit of storytelling on the App Store are yours to explore after the jump!
Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS has had a somewhat rocky history, first launching in 2012 with an app that was widely criticised for its unreliable functionality and hideous skeuomorphic-heavy interface. A second update, likely started whilst Scott Forstall was still at Apple, was released earlier this year that attempted to resolve many of the original issues and tone down the skeuomorphism, but it was still was far from perfect.
Amongst the huge number of app updates from Apple after their October 2013 event, Podcasts was updated with an all-new iOS 7 look and feel that removes every last trace of tape decks and push-buttons that made Podcasts the eye-sore it was. With some further functionality and refinements, is Podcasts finally an app Apple can be proud of?
Almost all carriers in the United States offer support for Visual Voicemail, a service introduced with the original iPhone that provides a more flexible way to manage your voicemail messages. No more dialling in to listen to a stream of messages in chronological order, instead the messages are downloaded to your iPhone automatically.
For the rest of the world, however, it’s a different story. Most carriers across mainland Europe don’t support the service, with only two carriers here in the UK (O2 and EE) officially supporting Visual Voicemail, but even then it’s not available on all price plans. In fact, more US carriers support Visual Voicemail than the rest of the world combined! HulloMail not only restores much of the functionality of Visual Voicemail to those without carrier support but it offers features that take it to a whole new level.
I like listening to podcasts on occasion, but I am by no means an avid listener like some people. And while I appreciate stunning design and I love a powerful app with tons of great functionality (think Pocket Casts), I start to fall asleep once somebody starts yammering on about the amazing things their favourite podcast app do. I get it — I’m the same way with my RSS apps. But my podcast needs are pretty simple: I just want to quickly find what I want to listen to, hit play, and enjoy.
This is why I was really intrigued by David Smith’s Pod Wrangler. It’s a podcast app that uses David Smith’s Feed Wrangler API as a backend sync. (If you don’t know, Feed Wrangler is an RSS service David built with its own vibrant and open API. It’s what I’ve been using in the wake of Google Reader’s demise.) Pod Wrangler is incredibly simple and straightforward. Instead of being loaded with functionality that makes the experience feel convoluted, its barebones nature helps me get in and out of the app as quickly as possible. It’s a perfect fit for the way I listen to podcasts. Read on to find out if Pod Wrangler is perfect for you too. (more…)