Beautiful and clean cut reader for feeds such as Google Reader subscriptions and RSS. Google Currents supports sharing articles through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Read It Later, Instapaper, Pinboard and other services. You can read articles offline and the universal app is free! It utilises Google trending to bring you the most recent stories of several categories like world, entertainment, sports and science. You need a Google account for this app though.
So Apple kicked YouTube out of iOS 6. That didn’t stop Google from offering their own app, which you can find over here. It’s pretty well done: You have several categories to browse through and everything feels sweet ‘n’ snappy. Navigation is crisp, while content loads fast. Good job!
If you are into home networking and ultimate file access using your iPhone or iPad, check out Files Connect! It connects to your Mac or PC and network shares like AFP, WebDav, SMB, SFTP, DropBox or Google Docs. If you have a hard drive attached to your Airport Extreme you can set up your own Internet cloud. How cool is that! Of course you may also browse your local network or connect to a Mac via the Internet. The configuration is straight forward. The file exchange could be improved …but works. You can upload and download all sorts of files. All this connectivity costs you $4.99.
Dropbox offers a simple way to exchange files between Macs, PCs and iPhones/iPads, store files in the cloud or back things up. BoxCryptor adds one great feature by offering you a secure, i.e. encrypted folder (well, volume actually) in your Dropbox. There’s a limited free application for Mac, PC and iOS if you use the service for private purposes only. BoxCryptor helps you to create a volume in your Dropbox (looks like a regular folder), set a password and then secures your files with an AES-256 encryption. That way only you can access the volume. This might be handy for storing private documents like a copy of your passport and other travel documents while circling the globe.
The app offers simplified access to over a million public WiFi hotspot around the world. You have to pay several cents per minute but you are online within a few taps. Skype WiFi (iPhone & iPad) uses your Skype account and Skype credit to go online. No need to register with each hotspot provider at airports, hotels, etc. and give them your credit card details. To use the service, click on a supported hotspot network and connect, make sure you have enough Skype credit! After 30 minutes auto disconnect kicks in but you can reconnect. If you want to stop surfing before the 30 minutes are up, you do that manually. Unfortunately not every WiFi provider is supported by the free app.
Haven’t heard of Dropbox? It’s a free online storage. Something like Apple’s iCloud. The cool thing – apart from that lots of people use it already and it’s easy to set up – you can also use it to exchange files between your Mac and iOS device quickly. Just get the app for you iPhone (or iPad) and install the thing on your Mac too. The rest is simple drag-and-drop business and it goes both ways of course.
Stunning – this Fotopedia app delivers the beauty of U.S. National Parks straight to your iPhone/iPad. Browse through hundreds of amazing photographs and plan your next trip to one of the 58 National Parks. They’re all here: from Acadia to Zion, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and the Glacier National Park. Interested in downloading Fotopedia National Parks? Go! By the way, there’s a similar app on European Wild Life.
Interested in transferring your DVD collection to a Mac for easier access and nicer presentation? The open source project – Plex – is the place too start. The free software effortlessly manages your movie library and streams your flicks not only on your home network to other Macs, but to the iPhone and iPad too (there’s an app for that, you know). You can also set up secure film streaming via the Internet. One way to move all your DVDs to your Mac while ensuring flawless streaming and picture quality is MakeMKV. There are many options for ripping and encoding DVDs, however, Plex, the MKV video format (and a Mac Mini) make a great team as a media center!
There are several ways to watch live television on your iPhone. One of them, with a fairly good assortment of channels, is FilmOn. The (free) app delivers BBC One and BBC Two, among many other TV stations from different countries, straight to your iOS devices. Give it a go, if you like. Dude, it even comes with a TV guide!
This note taking app adds a cool “touch” to the digital world of the iPhone by making the Post-it notes seem almost real. You can move ‘em, rotate ‘em, scale ‘em and chose from all sorts of colours, shapes, fonts and backgrounds. abcNotes gives you a total of 15 virtual desktops to organise your notes. Other features include syncing to other iOS devices and export via e-mail). The universal app is yours for $2.99.
Here’s a breathtaking collection of some 2400 wildlife pictures (including short descriptions of what you’re seeing). Thanks to Fotopedia Wild Friends you may enjoy all this animals and plants of the European continent on your iPhone or iPad. At the moment the app is even free. The initiative Wild Wonders of Europe wants to raise awareness for the “conservation of habitats and species for the health of the planet and for our own pleasure.”
Apple is publishing what they consider the “best apps and games of the year.” This includes best iPhone app 2011, best iPhone game 2011 as well as the best iPad apps. The title for the best iPhone app goes to Instagram, the best iPhone game of 2011 is Tiny Tower. The best iPad app according to Apple is Snapseed and Dead Space claims the title of the best iPad game of the year. Check out last year’s winners over here.
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This app brings you the latest and greatest movie trailers right to your iPhone or iPad. Browse them by genre or look for a specific film. The app gives you an overview of current and upcoming movies, sorts them by date, Top 25 or a theatre near you (well, in the United States at least). You can mark your favourite films and theatres. iTunes Movie Trailers is free and provided by Apple. At the moment you find this app in the US App Store only.
retro cute is this! In GoatUp you’re a little pixel-goat trying to “raise a family” by eating lots of grass and kissing the billy goat. While doing that you should keep jumping and be careful not to fall of the screen. Also: be wary of various enemies! It’s fun, not as easy as it sounds and definitely worth the 2 bucks if you are into retro graphics and tacky sound effects.
Print to PDF, designed for the iPhone and iPad, is very handy tool when you want to save a web page for later or to read an article offline. Just open the site in Safari and tap the arrow at the bottom to bring up the menu options. Tap “Print” and choose “Print to PDF” as your printer. The app now saves the site and you can access it in Print to PDF. You can do the same with e-mails by the way (saves the whole conversation). Doesn’t work perfectly with all sites, but still a great archiving and offline utility. ($3.99)
Here is a good way to find a close hotel while you’re traveling. The free app Booking.com lets your search a particular city or hotels near your current location. You can sort the results by price, popularity, review score, hotel type and other options. It also shows you the location via Google Maps and lets you mark your favourite hotels. Booking a room via the app is pretty straight forward and you can check current bookings.
This multimedia version of Al Gore’s book “Our Choice” is a sweet adaptation for the iPhone and iPad. It uses video clips, photos, animations, graphics and audio to help you grasp the problem of global warming. The navigation is intuitive and easy to use. The app also gives you an idea what real e-Books can offer contrary to simple digital versions of paper books. Our Choice is $4.99 at the moment.
For travelers and those with contacts in different time zones, the World Clock App is a pretty useful thing. It quickly converts the time between your favourite cities and time zones and you can set different alarms for them too, simply by selecting a city. Two bucks will get you there.
Well, this got to be the easiest way to transfer pictures off your iPhone and onto your Mac or another iPhone or iPad. Start the app and follow the given IP-address in your browser on the Mac. Now select the pictures and videos on your iPhone you would like to transfer and they appear as full resolution download links in the browser. There is also an option to download the whole bunch as a ZIP-file at once. The thing is universal and sets you back $2.99.
Here is a smart little helper to sync any folder on your Mac you wish through Dropbox. The free tool is called MacDropAny and creates a symbolic link, without actually moving files and folders. Setup is as easy as it can get. Start your download here. To stop syncing a folder, delete the folder inside your Dropbox folder on your Mac.
Are you are looking for home design ideas? Give Houzz a try! This app gives you over 100.000 photos and design ideas (ideabooks) to look at. You can browse this vast selection by style, room or location and mark your favourite pictures. It’s a great resource for inspiration and to develop your own ideas. Or simply enjoy and wipe through thousands of beautiful pictures. Houzz is free.
Looking to connect and control your Mac remotely (VNC)? There are several different ways! One is through another Mac on your local network. Just head over to your “System Preferences” –> “Sharing” and activate “Screen Sharing”. Now select “Computer Settings…” and tick “VNC viewers may control screen with password.” Set a password and you’re done! The Mac now shows up on your network list in the Finder of other Macs and you can control it like your own machine. The second control option is via your iPhone or iPad. For example with Remoter. If you want to connect to your Mac through the Internet (again using another Mac or iPhone) you have to know what you’re doing. There is a pretty detailed guide on this page. The easier road is through Hamachi. In case you need to control your Mac from a Windows machine, give Team Viewer a try! It’s free for private use and works like a charm.
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One of the best ways to control your Mac with your iPhone is Remoter. The app is pleasantly easy to set up. The Remote Desktop app (VNC) teams up with the Screen Sharing function build into Mac OS X (have a look in your system preferences under sharing). You can open/close applications or move files among many other things. Using Bonjour you’ll have your wireless desktop control running in seconds. Connecting through the Internet is slightly more tricky. You can find a tutorial over here. For $1.99 (currently 0.99) it’s a bargain!
…is another cute weather app. It also doubles as a world clock. You get a great high definition globe in 3D and once you add your preferred cities to the list, you see the local time and current weather conditions. The clouds are rendered in real time (with a three hour delay). A tap on the weather icon brings up the forecast for the next few days. Living Earth HD costs 1.99 and runs on the iPad too.
Brings you the weather forecast in beautiful high definition video. With Weather HD even predicted rain doesn’t seem so bad because the video sequences are pretty. The app works on the iPhone and the iPad and is yours for a mere ninety nine cents.
There’s a new way to follow app announcements. Apple just opened a verified Twitter account for the AppStore. It features apps and exclusive offers among other things.
Not only for the iPhone, but for the iPad too did Apple release a ranking of the all-time paid and free apps. SoundHound, FlightTracker, BlocksClassic and GoodReader lead the field when paid iPad apps are concerned. Pandora (again), Movies by Flixster, Fandango Movies and Remote can be found among the top free apps on the iPad.
Our favorite tech company has just released the top apps of 2010 for the iPhone and iPad. You can browse by top free apps, top paid apps and top grossing apps. Hipstamatic, Angry Birds and Facebook are sitting at the top. But check out the hot stuff of each category for yourself in iTunes.
With this app you get a great selection of 80 mostly light (and many Asian) recipes. All ingredients and cooking steps are beautifully photographed. The text is purely a backup. The app also explains the used food ingredients and spices. It looks best on the iPad of course but works on the iPhone too. The Photo Cookbook is well worth $4,99 if your like cooking. Trust me!
Owners of an iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch (4th generation) are now eligible for Apple’s free “Find My iPhone” service. So in case you loose your iPhone you will be able to locate its position, send a text message or wipe out all your data. What you need is the latest iOS 4.2 on your favourite portable device and an Apple ID. You can use any browser or the free Find my iPhone app to access the service. Check out Apple’s step by step guide over here.
Being the master of this harbor is a simple yet fun and addictive job: Just direct the ships with a swipe to the corresponding dock to unload them and send them back to sea. Great time killer on the iPad for two people playing together. It’ll cost you $1.99 or €1,59