NuScribe 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen
Review

On December 5, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NuScribe 2-in-1 Touch Screen Stylus and Pen
Company: Newer Technology
Price: MSRP $19.99, available at Other World Computing for $10.00

I hear you out there. You’re thinking, “Another stylus review. Whoopee.” But not every stylus is the same; some work better than others. Where does the NuScribe 2-in-1 Touch Screen Stylus and Pen fit in? Let’s take a look.

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Alphabet – Learn and Play
Review

On November 11, 2011, in Apps, Game, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, by Steve Hammond

Alphabet – Learn and Play
Company: Aquafadas
Platform: This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Price: $1.99 U.S.

Alphabet – Learn and Play is a learning program for children on iOS devices. The premise of the game is to help young kids learn their alphabet. The application is designed to work in both English and French languages from the application itself. To switch language, simply use the French or British flag buttons on the main screen of the application.  

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The Mysteries of iOS 5 Wi-Fi Syncing

On October 18, 2011, in Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Opinion, by Scott Willsey

One of the many promises of iOS 5 was that it would lead us out of the wired wilderness and into the modern world of over the air updates, syncing, and backups. Anyone with iPhones and iPads knows the pain of constantly having to tether their devices to their computer just to update things like podcasts, and to make sure apps and settings are backed up. Now those things can be done over Wi-Fi, provided a few conditions are met.

Two of those elements, syncing and backups, do or can involve iTunes running on a Mac or PC. Unfortunately, how this works isn’t immediately clear. I noticed another person in my Twitter stream who was equally confused about the backup portion of the equation, specifically as to when backups would occur when syncing an iDevice over Wi-Fi. I’d also seen some comments that Wi-Fi sync would only happen when the device was connected to power, which I personally knew wasn’t true. So I decided to do some testing to figure out exactly what the requirements for Wi-Fi syncing and backups were.


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Jetsetter
App Review

On October 5, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Jetsetter
Company: Gilt Travel, Inc
Version: 1.1.1 for iPad
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Price: Free
Version 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Price: Free

Do you like to travel? Do you find it difficult to navigate through web sites, looking for honest and unbiased reviews of hotels and destinations? Do you want to travel somewhere interesting, somewhere that you may not have thought of? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want to take a look at Jetsetter.

Jetsetter is a travel app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that’s more than just a simple app that shows vacation spots. Jetsetter uses photos, reviews, insider tips, and intuitive site navigation to make searching for a new adventure, well, an adventure! I used the iPad version of Jetsetter for this review.

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FileMaker Go
App Review

On June 13, 2011, in Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Go
Company: FileMaker
$39.99 for iPad
Version 1.2.1
$19.99 for iPhone and iPod touch
Version 1.2.1
Both apps require iOS 4.2 or later

If you use a database for your job, chances are it’s a FileMaker database. And, chances are, you access the information from your desk. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the pertinent databases with you when you’re conducting business outside the office? FileMaker thought so too, and created FileMaker Go.

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Finally!

On June 7, 2011, in Apple, Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Opinion, by Scott Willsey


It’s hard to express the sense of relief I feel after the 2011 WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs today. FINALLY. Apple does get it.

For months (years?), many of us have been increasingly impatient for untethered syncing for our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. We’ve seen tantalizing glimpses of the potential that iOS devices that do not require a computer for full functionality could provide. For years, many people have been wishing for an easier way to manage our media and make it easier to get it on the devices that we are going to take with us, whether that be our laptops, iPods, iPhones, or iPads.

Now, thanks to some much overdue and needed features coming in OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud, my daughter will never know a time when media was cumbersome to move around, or when a portable computing device required a less portable computing device for activation, backups, and updates. And that’s good. I have experienced all that, and can’t see why anyone else should. There’s no way that a forward looking computing future could continue on such a clunky, outdated model.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 4

On April 21, 2011, in iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Four

Remember The Milk
iTunes link
Developer Web Site
Version 1.5.0
Free; Upgrade to Pro $24.99/year or $2.99/month
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Remember The Milk (RTM) is a popular note and to-do app for iPhone that, surprisingly, doesn’t have a dedicated iPad app. An online account is needed to use the app.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 3

On April 20, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Three

Wunderlist
iTunes link iPhone
Version 1.2.1
Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
iTunes link iPad
Version 1.01
Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Developer Web Site
Free

Wunderlist is a list/task manager available for Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It’s clean and streamlined user interface makes it easy to learn and easy to keep your life in order.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 1

On April 18, 2011, in iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

The iTunes app store is loaded with note apps, almost as many as fart apps. But unlike fart apps, note apps serve a real purpose: they help keep us organized. Yet how do you know which note app is worth your time and money? Over the next four days I’ll be reviewing four different note apps that offer different features that appeal to different users.

This is by no means an exhaustive or “best-of” list; it’s just four apps I’ve recently been using. If you’ve been using a note app that you just can’t live without, please share it by leaving a comment below.

And now, without any further ado…

Day One

RainbowNote Lite
iTunes link
Developer Web Site
Version 2.3
Free
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

RainbowNote Lite is a great note app if you need a lot of customization in your note organization. With each note created you can change the background, font size, style and color, and text size.

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Bento for Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Review

On March 21, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Bento 4 for Mac
Company: FileMaker
Cost: $49 individual, $99 family pack of 5 licenses, $20 instant upgrade rebate for existing Bento users
Requires: Mac OS 10.5.7 or higher; support goes back as far as Power PC G4 Macs
Mac App Store link

If you ask a Mac user about database software, most will reference FileMaker, the standard for creating business databases. However, FileMaker may be more than what’s necessary for a small business or home user. That’s where Bento 4 comes in.

Bento 4 is an easy-to-use, dare I say fun, database application for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Recently upgraded, Bento 4 includes many new features users have asked for that make creating libraries in Bento 4 easier than ever.

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Adobe Photoshop Express
App Review

On February 15, 2011, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Express
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later
Version 1.5
FREE
Web site
iTunes Store link

Adobe Photoshop has been the de facto photography/image editing program for many years. However, for many people, Photoshop is either too expensive, too great of a learning curve, too overwhelming, or any combination of the above. Sometimes, all a photo needs to go from good to great is a little tweaking. Adobe heard the cries, and has developed Adobe Photoshop Express, an app that lets users edit and share images quickly and easily.

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One Feature iOS is Missing

On December 14, 2010, in Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

I love my iPad and I use it for many tasks that I would normally do on my computer. However, there is still one task I always have to go to the computer for. I can’t upload a file from my iPad to a website.

For example, I am typing this post on my iPad right now. If I want to upload an image to the article I can’t unless I go to my iMac. There are many times I need to upload something to a website and can’t do it because I am on my iPad. This might be for an article I am writing or another project I am working on.

Wouldn’t it be nice for those browse buttons on webpages could work and access the file system on the iPad? Or Dropbox?

I can’t think of many new features for the next version of iOS, but this is definitely on my wish list.

What features do you want in the iOS?

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MobileMe and You: Finding Your iPhone

On November 29, 2010, in Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Opinion, by Scott Willsey

Yesterday Apple announced that anyone with an iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) that is running iOS 4.2 can sign up for the Find My iPhone service for free without having to have a MobileMe subscription. You can register for the service through the Find My iPhone app available in the app store.

People with a MobileMe account already have this functionality as part of what they are paying for.Those who don’t can sign into the Find My iPhone app using your Apple ID (the same account you log into your iTunes account with) and get set up. Once you’ve done that, you can either log into the MobileMe web site using your Apple ID, or use the Find My iPhone app to find any of your iOS devices wherever they might be.

Unfortunately, getting set up initially requires an iPad, iPhone 4, or 4th generation iPod touch. People with an iPhone 3gs and no iPad, for example, will be out of luck. People who do have a qualifying device can register, and then once registered, find any of their iOS devices, regardless of revision, using the service.

Since my iPhone 3gs is the most recent iOS device I own, I wasn’t able to set myself up to use the free Find My iPhone service. However, I’m still excited about it, and it’s because of the fact that they have made a MobileMe service available to non-MobileMe subscribers using the Apple ID as a login.

I’m hoping this is an indication of things to come. It would be great if we could eventually log into MobileMe without having to register a MobileMe account, just using our Apple ID, and use other services like cloud storage, streaming iTunes music, and data synchronization between devices, just to name a few.

It’s possible that Apple’s new data center is just going to be used to keep iTunes running under ever increasing load, or to provide space for the current and future MobileMe subscribers under the same for pay model that exists today. But it’s also possible that Apple is going to start making these services available to any Apple customer with an Apple ID, which means anyone who has ever logged into the iTunes store to buy music or iOS device apps.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Two Griffin Cases for the Fourth Gen TouchReview

On November 19, 2010, in Cases, iPod Touch, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Reveal
Motif Gloss/Reveal
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $24.99, $19.99

When looking for iPod cases and accessories you can always count on Griffin to be at the front of the pack with products. When the 4th generation iPod Touch was released Griffin was one of the first companies to offer cases. I had the opportunity to try out two of these cases. I tested the Motif Gloss (also available in Diamond pattern) and the Reveal.

Both cases easily protect the iPod from minor falls and items in your purse, bag, or pocket. The cases cover the back and sides of the iPod with openings for the dock connector, speaker, microphone, and camera.

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Learn by Video
Review

On November 11, 2010, in Book Review, Photography, Review, by Suzé Gilbert

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Learn by Video
Presented by Kelly McCathran, Scott Citron, and Ted LoCascio
Produced by video2brain
Peachpit Press
ISBN: 9780321719805
$59.99 US, $71.99 CN

Like many Photoshop users I upgrade to the current version when the need for the newest features becomes too tempting to ignore. The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is CS5. A bevy of extraordinary new improvements such as Content-Aware Fill, Camera Raw 6, Brushes, Puppet Warp, Refine Edge Dialog, amongst others, make this application a creative and more efficient way to process workflow.

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iSkin Cases – The Touch Duo and The Vibe
Company: iSkin
Price: $34.99 USD Touch Duo, $29.99 USD Vibe
Website Links – VibeTouch Duo

If you are like me and can’t afford the latest iPod Touch, or there is nothing wrong with your 2nd/3rd generation iPod Touch, you can help make that iPod last longer with a great case from iSkin. Today we’ll be looking at the iSkin Vibe and the Touch Duo cases.

These cases offer remarkable everyday protection for your iPod Touch, a level of protection you usually don’t find in other products.

The iSkin Vibe:

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PlainText – A Plain Review

On November 4, 2010, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

PlainText
Company: Hog Bay Software
Price: Free
Devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, requires iOS 3.0+
Product page
iTunes link

The iOS devices come with a Notes app, which is good for quickly jotting down items, like a shopping list or a gift idea. But what if you want a little more? Maybe you need to take notes at a meeting, or you have an idea for the next great American novel. PlainText might be just what you’re looking for.

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MOG is a life changing experience for serious and casual music lovers who want to hear precise tracks, albums, and artists — when and where and how they desire to hear them. MOG’s web site and iApp are works in progress, that requires a modest paid monthly subscription for an astonishing quantity of top quality audio selections.

It is tempting to distinguish MOG by comparing it to other established Internet music services, and by concentrating on what MOG is not, instead of what it is. The company rep says that “MOG is not a radio service. MOG is an on-demand service and offers radio, but to compare it to only a radio service such as Pandora which ONLY provides streaming radio is not accurate.”

This MyMac first look and listen will introduce readers to some of MOG’s best features. Subsequent articles and podcasts will go deeper, with additional praise and criticism.

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By guest reviewer Devon Gilbert and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

Devon and Nemo spent hours listening, evaluating, and comparing these three innovative, affordable headphones with microphones, or headsets, if you prefer the term. We will first describe them one at a time before we rate or rank them.

Crossfade LP
Company: v-moda
Price: $200
Web site



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