It’s the most wonderful time of the year--that is, until you have to fight your way through 12 months of knots and brave the cold so that Santa knows to stop at your house for some cookies. Of course, it’s just not Christmas without lights, and it’s just not Mac|Life without a few iPhone apps to help you deck your halls and keep everything calm and bright.
Here at Mac|Life, we really do love free apps. We love loading up our iOS devices with seriously utilitarian apps that live in the cloud, too. Here's a look at some of our favorite cloud applications that work across ALL platforms--Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Very few things will get me out of bed before 5am. Okay, aside from snowboarding, nothing will get me out of bed before 5am. But getting up before the crack of dawn requires a plan. A plan that needs to be mobile and should be as fluid as possible.
Before I even pack my snowboarding bag, I fire up a few snow report apps on the iPhone. Right now my favorite is the North Face Snow Report (free). It’s possible that this is the only nonfleece North Face product I own (further research required). In addition to showing the required weather and snow report, the app also has trail maps and webcams of the resorts. So even if a resort exaggerates its report, you can see the half-inch of snow and decide for yourself if it’s really an “epic powder day.”
Type "Twitter" in the App Store search bar and you will find page after page of apps, apps with integration, apps that convert voice to tweets, apps for image posting and searching, apps that only update your status and don't show you anything else at all, apps for this and apps for that. However, when you break it down, Twitter app users typically fall into one of two categories: users of the official Twitter app and users of popular third party solution, TweetDeck. Which one is the right one for you? Well, we guess that really depends.
After a brief hiatus, GameTime is back and better than ever. This week we’re covering three awesome and supremely polished games. In case you missed it, last week we had an article where users could drop their Game Center IDs to make a few friends; though the contest is over, you can still make some friends here.
Surprise! AT&T isn't making friends with Consumer Reports readers and we wonder once again how come no talks about a Sprint iPhone.
iPad 2 rumors spin up the Internet. The latest rumor involves a shipping date for the next-generation iPad. We still think it'll drop in April instead of February. Listen for our super logical iPad-in-April reasons.
And finally, Flo has an issue with the new ABBA app.
If a day ends in Y, we know it's ripe for a new iPad rumor. Today's rumor involves a lens supplier being picked for the next generation iPad. We're excited about a front-facing camera. A camera on the back, not so much.
Comcast gets in a public spat with backbone ISP Level 3. We try to get all mad at Comcast, but because of lack of information, we end being logical. Damn you logic!
This week on TechRadar, Orange and T-Mobile confirmed that they would be offering cheaper deals on iPad, as long as you take out a longer contract. Also, MySpace joined up with Facebook to take on Ping and first pictures appeared of the HTC Merge. Plus, of course, iOS 4.2 emerged.
With some 40 million-plus Americans expected to hit the roads, skies and rails this Thanksgiving, it won’t be easy to avoid backups of hungry, cranky travelers desperate to get their hands on the last turkey leg. But with an iPhone in your pocket, you can stay one step ahead of your Android-using relatives. (Just make sure you save them a few Gingerbread cookies when they finally show up.)
Meditation and physical exercise are key to keeping a sound mind and a healthy body. So when I purchased my iPad and my iPod touch, I filled them with apps that could help me ease into a meditative Savasana (a relaxation posture) and maybe replace a lesson or two each week. Now, instead of plopping down after work and zoning out with my Netflix instant stream, I’m bettering my body and mind with the help of a few apps.
With Pocket Yoga HD ($3.99), I can get my arms and legs all stretched out with a half hour of Vinyasa Flow (an aerobic form of yoga), and it’s a great substitute if I miss a night or two of yoga class. All I have to do is set the iPad in front of my yoga mat and listen as the app belts out pose instructions. If the verbal instructions aren’t quite good enough, I can watch a virtual yoga teacher show me the pose. The app also lets me choose between 45 minutes or an hour of yoga and three different practices, which I pick depending on how I’m feeling. I turned off the app’s music and added my own soundtrack: “Eye of the Tiger” for the hard parts and “Purple Rain” for the cool-down.