After the announcement of Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp, some users may be looking to jump ship. While I have no qualms with using Facebook, or any of their services, there are those that value privacy and don't trust that Facebook will leave WhatsApp's privacy features alone. So, with that in mind, today's Freebies roundup features three free alternative to WhatsApp, as well as Facebook Messenger and iMessage.
I like wallpapers. I mean, what's not to like about wallpapers? Unlike Android, which offers a great deal more customization options (unless you Jailbreak your iOS device), changing your wallpaper is one of most significant ways you can personalize your iPhone or iPad. When I meet someone with either device, one of the first things I check is their wallpaper–partly because I like wallpapers, but also to get a sense for who they are.
Have a photo of your husband, kid or dog? I'll gather that you're sentimental. Still have the default wallpaper? My guess is that you a) don't care about changing your wallpaper or b) you don't know how to (Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper). Now, by this point you may be thinking "this is great and all, but where's the Game of the Week?"
In the interest of mixing things up, and because I like sharing wallpapers, Recapps will alternate Thursday posts. This week's Thursday post will feature a list of neato wallpapers for iPhone and iPad, and next week's Thursday post feature a Game of the Week. Now, if you don't like this change, please let me know in the comments or hit me up on one of the Recapps social network accounts. I know I'm not the only one that likes wallpapers, and I'm hoping that some of you do as well. Happy downloading!
In my place of residence, I typically get the mail more often than not, and when I open my mailbox each time I know I'm going to be disappointed. It's not very often I receive "good" mail–after all, I usually call, FaceTime, email or text people I'm frequently in contact with–so, I know only to expect good mail around birthdays or holidays. Since those occasions are infrequent, that means most of my mail is either bills, which are few in number thanks to paperless billing, and junk mail. Oh, that dastardly junk mail.
Each time I receive mail I have zero interest in, or will never follow-up on, it just makes me cringe. What's even better is when I receive promotions from businesses I already patronize, and thus, can't redeem their offer (my bank keeps sending me free money offers for joining, even though I've banked with them for several years). The worst part about junk mail, for most people, is that it seems all but impossible to stop the increasing flow that arrives in their mailbox–that is, unless you use PaperKarma.
If you used an iPhone and/or iPad before the release of iOS 7, and subsequently, Safari, you may have never known that you could only open up to eight tabs. Those days are over, as you can now open as many tabs as you'd like. But as Spider-Man's Uncle Ben says, "with great power comes great responsibility." Often times I open new tabs without even noticing, and it gets to the point that I don't even realize I have 30+ tabs open.
While there's nothing wrong with having 30+ tabs open, it does seem rather unnecessary. After all, most of the tabs are ones I used once and will never use again. So, it makes sense that every now and then I'd like to start fresh with my tabs, and there's a rather easy to do just that. Join me after the break as I demonstrate how to close all of your Safari tabs in a few, quick steps.
Let me just start out by saying this post won't be for everyone, but chances are that if you saw "file system" in the headline and still decided to read this far into the introduction you may find interest in the following. Last week's Snappshot focused on the first major release of the year from one of my favorite development teams, and this week I'm shining a spotlight on another great team–Readdle.
Documents 5 is the latest version of Readdle's file management app, which I've had on my iPhone for quite some time. It's a great app if you frequently work with and need to manage files, whether they be Word, Excel, PDF or many other common file types. To learn more about what Documents 5 has to offer, all you have to do is hit the jump.
As Rebecca Black once proudly proclaimed, it's Friday (I promise no more Rebecca Black references going forward)! I know I'm excited for the weekend, as I'm sure are most of you. For now, however, let's look at another round of freebies. Today we're focusing on three very different types of apps: one helps you keep your finances in order, another makes it easy to share your favorite tunes, and the the last app offers a rather unique social sharing experience (okay, so the last two are somewhat similar).
Don't ask me why, but I love a good puzzle game. Puzzlejuice, Super-Squares and The Heist are fantastic iOS puzzle games I've spent a great number of hours playing (note that I played eight levels of Candy Crush Saga and decided to go no further because it didn't mesh with me). So, it didn't take long for me to notice several people on my Twitter feed talking about a brand new puzzle game called Threes.
Simply put, they were immediately hooked and frequently posted their new high scores. I obviously needed to check out this game, and quick. After a hasty download, I anxiously played through the tutorial and a few "feeler" rounds, and quickly understood the fascination–Threes is an utterly fantastic puzzler.
Sometimes I feel as if I never stop talking about podcast management apps. Seriously, it's problem and it needs to stop... or does it? I mean, there's nothing wrong with being interested–borderline obsessed–about an individual category of app, is there? Personally, I still use and plan on using Pocket Casts for quite some time. However, that doesn't mean I can't admire other high quality apps that seem to keep popping up left and right.
This week, I'm recommending a podcast management app that's perfect for individuals that don't care about bells and whistles. You simply want an app that keeps a queue of podcast episodes that you can play when the mood strikes you, without needing to mess around with settings. This app should also have a minimalistic design that's devoid of clutter. If this sounds like the type of podcast management app you'd like to use, then you should look no further than Network.
While I personally rock an iPhone 5, I'm currently stuck with a Blackberry Curve for work, and let me tell you, I really hate typing on that thing. Some people, like Ryan Seacrest, absolutely love physical keyboards for their phones. I, on the other hand, love the iPhone's touchscreen keyboard and miss it each time I'm forced to send a text or email to a work colleague. As much as I prefer typing on my iPhone versus any other phone, it doesn't mean I want to constantly write out the same thing (e.g. my home or email address). That's where shortcuts come in handy.
On a different but similar note, when I'm texting someone I often enjoy using emoticons. However, if I'm using iMessage, I like to take advantage of the services ability to use emoji instead. In iOS, you can add alternate keyboards, such as an emoji keyboard and keyboards for other languages. Today, I'm going demonstrate how to add alternate keyboards, and create and use keyboard shortcuts.
I like following the work of quite a few app developer teams, mainly because I'm always anxiously anticipating the next evolution of an app. Of these development teams, noidentity is one of my favorites. In the past I've reviewed and recommended their apps several times (such as this one, this one, and this one again). I've also reviewed the app being featured today twice (once in 2012 and another time in 2013). The reason I keep reviewing noidentity's apps, and usually giving them high praise, is because the team consistently creates quality apps that get the job done, and look good while doing it.
Last week, noidentity unwrapped the packaging off their first major release in 2014–ListBook 4. As the app's name might imply, ListBook allows you to create and manage lists. So why pick ListBook over the many other list app alternatives? Read on the find out.
Greetings everyone! It's Friday, which means another collection of freebies! This week we're focusing on what many consider to be the best weather app on iOS, a handy way to book reservations at restaurants and a unique to-do app to help you get things done.
I wouldn't say that I get swept up in many crazes, but when I do, I get swept up hardcore. A prime example of this occurrence is Flappy Bird. I'd consistently seen it at the top of the free App Store list, and decided to download it one day just to see what it was all about. After a few run, I straight up hated it. It was dumb, and anyone that liked it was dumb as well. So, I deleted it. Fast forward a few hours later and Flappy Bird was reinstalled and I was playing it non-stop.
Since I was fortunate to download Flappy Bird before it was pulled by its developer, Dong Nguyen, I'll always have access to it. For those not as fortunate, you'll have to make do with one of the many clones available at this time. Most clones are merely money grabs by developers attempting to cash in on the Flappy Bird phenomena. While I'm not saying developer Massimo Guareschi doesn't belong in this category with the other developers creating Flappy Bird clones, he has at least created the best clone available in the App Store today–Splashy Fish.
We may be well past New Years, but many of us still maintain a commitment to getting fit and losing weight. I've been able to quit many things that are deemed "unhealthy," such as smoking and pop (a.k.a. soda). However, I still struggle with eating healthier. While I feel I'm in a better place than I once was, I struggle to say not to treats and food that's high in fat and calories when they're placed in front of me. So, to combat this I need the proper motivation. Having recently downloaded the third app in the CARROT series—CARROT Fit—I've added another positive influence into my "get fit" artillery.
Samsung likes to tout their phones' ability to share photos and videos with other Samsung phones by tapping the backs of both phones (a.k.a. bumping). This feature is referred to as S Beam, and here's a video that demonstrates how it works. It's a pretty neat feature, and one that was lacking in iOS for quite some time—that it until AirDrop was introduced in iOS 7.
When introducing AirDrop, Craig Federighi famously poked fun at having to physically bump phones to share photos and videos (imagine tapping the back of several phones to share the same photo with a group of people). In contrast, AirDrop shares photos and videos wirelessly (and without bumping) over Bluetooth (the same technology used for talking on your phone with one of those little earpieces). I've found AirDrop to be very useful, and today I'm going to demonstrate how to use it.
Last week's Snappshot featured an alternative Twitter app, which are rather common. For years now, many individuals have relied on apps other than the official Twitter app to do their Twitter related business. In contrast, Facebook users have always been stuck with only the Facebook app with no real alternative. So, when Facebook decides to build an app themselves that offers a new way to experience Facebook, it's going to turn some heads.
After spending a few weeks with Facebook's new app—dubbed Paper—it's made me look at Facebook in a whole new way. Whether that's a good or bad thing, though, is still to be determined. Read on to get my thoughts and feelings on the new way to Facebook.
Friday has arrived once again, which means we're not far away from the weekend. For now, though, settle in for another round of freebies. Today's freebies focus on making it easy to convert units, send money to and request money from people, and a unique note-taking experience.
After two weeks of platformers, today we're going to focus on a much different kind of game. While I'm not a skateboarder myself, I can't seem to get enough skateboarding games. The Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Skate series are ones I enjoyed playing a great deal in my teens and early-to-mid 20's, which I recently started playing again. It wasn't chance that reignited my interest in this particular genre of game—oh no. It was my purchase and incessant playing of this week's featured game—Touchgrind Skate 2.
Warning: This post features some adult language. If you're offended by the f-word, it's best to just move on with your day. On the other hand, if you find humor in certain curse words, like I do, then you'll likely enjoy this week's recommendation.
Do a search for weather apps in the App Store and you'll find a sea of options. Some are very minimal, offering only a few bits of information and a beautiful design, whereas others provide more information that you know what to do with. Authentic Weather definitely falls in with the more minimal weather app category, but it does one thing no other weather app does—tells you the current and future weather conditions in a manner many people use to describe the weather themselves.
Of the many things I’m able to do on my iPhone and iPad, I find that reading is the thing I probably do most often. Not so much books, though I do enjoy quite of few fictional series, but more often I’m reading tweets on Twitter, posts on Facebook, news stories on my RSS feeds—small chunks of reading at a time, really. On occasion, because I’m tired or lazy (or both), I’d prefer it if my phone would read text for me (i.e. narrate) rather than reading the text myself.
Most of the time I’m fully capable, and willing, to read without assistance. However, I’ve been known to stumbleupon a word or name that I have no idea how to pronounce. For either occasion, being able to select chunks of texts or merely a word/name and tapping a button to have it spoken is incredibly handy. For those of you not aware of it, this
When Twitter decided to limit developer’s abilities to create awesome new third-party Twitter apps, I must admit I was saddened. You see, as good as the official Twitter app has become over the years, it’s often pales in comparison to apps like Tweetbot 3 and Twitterrific 5—two fantastic Twitter apps that were around long before Twitter’s refocus on its own offerings.
Another third-party Twitter app that still exists due to its longevity is Osfoora, which received a complete makeover in its version 2.0 release in December 2013. If you’re a Twitter user and are interested in an alternative to your current Twitter app, continue forth and find out what’s good and not so good about Osfoora 2.