Man, iTunes really got a kick in the shins when it updated to its latest iteration. The music library software totally took a beating--or, at least, a berating--from its faithful fans when it changed its icon, changed the way it displays album covers and launched it's own social network. Well, I went out in search of ways that you can beef up iTunes a bit and get it doing what you want it to do with these wonderful free apps. Maybe they'll change your mind about that blue iTunes icon, or maybe--just maybe--they'll remind you how wonderful iTunes is because it takes care of all your iOS devices.
And since you need iTunes to sync your iOS devices, I found two applications that will allow you to bypass that whole iTunes mess and deal with your devices all on their own. Psch, we don't need no middle man!
Android users have already had the pleasure of making this app a staple in their mobile lives, and now iPhone users can, too! Google Googles is now available on the iPhone in the Google Mobile app. The application lets you search the world around you by snapping photos, and it also delivers relevant search results to you based on your location so that if you're taking a picture of the foggy Golden Gate Bridge, it will not show you a photo of a landmark on the other side of the country.
Pardon me for perpetuating stereotypes here, but I love shopping. Sometimes, I like to keep a browser window open with a pair of good looking designer shoes, or perhaps a page full of sale items, just so that I can dream about having enough disposable cash to blow through a whole rack at Bloomingdale's. But that's just a dream, and most of my shopping is done inside a grocery store, at a farmer's market, or at the drug store down the street from where I live. Fortunately, there are a ton of apps, both online and on a variety of mobile devices, that can aid in finding the best deals, so that I'm always getting more bang for my buck. That, my friends, is the true reward of shopping.
Calling all students of engineering! And, anyone who just loves sharing the things they've created. AutoCAD WS has just hit the App Store, and it's totally free! The application enables you to view, edit, and share your DWG files from anywhere, and it allows you to view and work with AutoCAD drawings directly on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Dang, talk about mobility.
Do you like open source video? Does it make you especially happy to know that said open source video is cross-platform? Are you not really sure why we're asking these questions that you're obviously answering yes to? Alright, we'll budge. It's because we're excited that VLC is now available in the App Store.
There are some applications that you might not need, but the fact remains that they're free and they can make your life simpler. Well, what we really find that we're lacking in these days is virtual sticky notes. It's hard to get things clipped sometimes without having to install a browser extension or open up another application and paste what we've copied, but we've found some utilitarian clipping apps that are free and help us live our day to day lives by the post it note. Just as we wanted it.
They say that home is where the heart is. So then, if your heart isn't in your home, where is it? Sure, decorating a home is a pricey endeavor, not to mention a stressful one. But when all is said and done, a house that fits your style will only make you feel more comfortable. So, take out those tools, put on your overalls, and use these apps to help you turn your home (or in this editor's case, small studio apartment) into the dwelling of your dreams.
It's back to school time and you know what that means--sales across all department stores nationwide (might we suggest you consider a wardrobe update during this time?), and adorable kids crossing the street with over-sized backpacks, and plenty of gridlock in front of your school. Well, we're not too thrilled about that last part, but what's better than sending your kid off to school with a MacBook, iPhone and iPad loaded with useful apps?
Staying organized is difficult when life gives you lemons. Fortunately, there are a whirlwind of applications that can help you keep tabs of all that is going on around you. If you're prone to doing more than three things at once, it's also nice to have your computer or mobile device keep you on top of everything. Read on for a list of the best free apps that will help you keep all of your eggs in one basket. It's better late than never.
Thank goodness it's Friday, and we just got paaaaaaaaaaaid (actually, next weekend is moreso pay day, but at least we're preparing for it beforehand!). Bust out those iPhones, iPads, and whatever else to party on down for the weekend. But don't forget to stop by the bank and get some cash, and maybe take a moment to peruse your iOS device and see what is hip and happening in your town. Read on for more suggestions to enjoy the heck out of your weekend, and don't blow that paycheck all in one place!