Our iPhones collect all sorts of information about our lives. Head over to your privacy settings and you'll find a list of your recent locations. Check out your cellular settings and you can see a running tally of how much time you've spent talking. Reporter, a new tracking app, looks to make your statistics even more personal. Through a series of pop quizzes, it collects information about your life and presents a graphical analysis of your routine — for better or worse.
The Apple TV and iPad work beautifully together. While we all wish the Apple TV had more apps and features, pairing it with an iPad 2 makes the device infinitely more feature rich. By turning on AirPlay Mirroring, anything you can do with your iPad 2, you can do on your television. Here are 10 ways to put that perfect pairing to good use.
We love spending quality time indoors with our gadgets, but sometimes we just want to take things outside. We're all for leaving the iPhone at home while out for a run, but these iOS and Mac gadgets just help you run faster, bike harder, and burn more calories all around. Best of all, they make fitness even more fun!
Stressed out? We feel you. Stress is the worst. Fortunately, the iTunes Store has tons of solutions. Podcasts are free, and searching for “stress” yields dozens of results. Since different people will respond to different techniques, download a few episodes and listen to them on your commute or in a quiet corner with headphones. A couple of our favorites are Dr. Harry Henshaw’s Enhanced Healing Podcast, which features relaxation music and binaural tones at five minutes an episode, and The Meditation Coach Podcast’s episodes “8-minute Guided Breath Meditation with Theta Rain” and “4-minute Mini Vacation Guided Meditation.”
Part of every stereotypical tourist vacation is planning out itineraries, which generally can require a lot of time and research, and possibly cash spent on guidebooks to exotic locales. SpotWorld aims to take all -- or at least most -- of the hassle of planning expeditions by compiling all the information you need into a combo GPS, hotspot guide, encyclopedia, and light community networking app.
Remember when you were little and your bed was made each day and your clothes magically washed and folded themselves? Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore. But with a little help from your Apple products, it’ll feel like your mom’s living with you all over again (with 100 percent less nagging).
Sometimes there's an iOS app that comes out that reflects a great, unique idea. And sometimes that great, unique idea gets thoroughly trashed in the implementation by whatever consulting company was assigned to create the iOS app and make sure it found its way to the App Store. We can't say for certain that's exactly how it went, but this seems to be the case with Cooktorial, a cooking utility for the iOS.
When your furry friend acts up, first make sure it isn’t a health-related issue. Nothing beats professional vet care if you think something’s wrong, but iOS apps like Pet First Aid ($0.99, iPhone) can help you tell what’s normal, what needs attention, and even what to do in case of emergencies.
Luckily, there are plenty of recipe apps for iOS to get you started. New York Times food guy Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything ($4.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad) can teach you -- well, how to cook everything. Instructions are clear, and the recipes are simple enough for beginners, and delicious enough that you’ll keep coming back to them as your skills grow. Ratio ($4.99, iPhone) is based on Michael Ruhlman’s book of the same name, but it focuses on the building blocks of cooking.