It seemed forever ago that Google announced their Music Beta service. Upload up to 20,000 songs (for free, albeit at a snail's crawl) to be streamed to and downloadable to any computer. Access to the service on iOS devices was limited, for a while, to a clunky HTML-5-based weblication. Eventually, third parties got in on the act.
A long time ago, typewriter keyboards were laid out alphabetically, but typists got so good and so fast they jammed the keys. The invention of the QWERTY keyboard was designed to slow them down. It's what we all learn in typing classes, but in the age of touch screens does it really make sense anymore? Some app developers are banking on you being interested in something new.
Readers in the Pacific Northwest and certain portions of the midwest will understand: You hear of an awesome celestial event, set your alarm, wake at 3am, run outside, and it's all clouds as far as the eye can see. Galileo saw moons orbiting Jupiter with just his crummy telescope, but you can't even make out Orion with all the light pollution. Where the heck do you look when you want to even try to find a constellation? You look in the App Store, silly.
Your passwords are your essential to living online and you take their security seriously. But there are so many of them and it's hard to keep track of killer, hard-to-crack passwords. After all, no "password123" for you. With hundreds of password keepers in the App Store, we took a look at the top-rated kings of the encryption to see what we could see. Four stars or higher from 80 or more ratings on universal apps need only apply.
The New Year has started and with it, your resolutions. For many of us, every year begins with a promise to write more. Diaries are a great for this but that can itself be a hard habit to keep. But what if your iOS device made things easier for you? What if there were an easy, fun way to digitally document your life? Here are three apps we found that can help make keeping a diary not only a little easier, but a whole lot more fun.
There are only a few days left in 2011 -- and you know what that means. People bugging you asking if you're making any New Year's resolutions. You've tried all that before, but it's harder than it sounds. Well, experts say if you have a partner encouraging you, keeping track of things it helps. And who's there with you more often than your iOS device. Nobody, that's who. So check out these apps for sticking to it.
We're getting close. The Big Guy is putting some last minute touches on the Naughty & Nice list, Dasher and Dancer are going through their checklists, the elves are grumbling about double shifts, and kids everywhere are trying desperately to behave. At least, some of them are. But how do we know what's going on up North? And what can we do to track the travels of that miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer?
RSS is a great way of catching up with news in this fast-paced world. We've taken a look at apps that turn your RSS feeds into magazine layouts, but maybe you don't have an iPad or maybe you want a more stripped down list for your news. Whichever your flavor, there are more than enough to choose from. All three apps this week feature list organization and caching of articles for offline reading, but what sets them apart and turns a good RSS reader into a great one?
We're getting closer to the holiday season (many retailers think we're already in it), and that means it's time to start thinking about what Grandma wants and asking about your nieces' and nephews' clothing sizes. That also means big shopping deals are coming your way. Now how can we find the store with the best deals and not overpay on that LEGO Ninjago set?