As someone who works with apps daily, researching, reading, testing and writing about them, I sometimes lose sight of what’s important: apps are personal, customizable, and adaptable. Your choice of apps on your device, the different settings you pick to personalize them, and how and when you use them remains a very individually-oriented experience.
Then I remember Todoist, and how I took a seemingly simple task management app and transformed it into the most efficient inventory and order system for my pharmacy. The adaptation to my needs is so complete that I forget, almost all the time, that this was a task app to begin with. Below is my story with Todoist, told as a reminder that when you take a powerful app and use your imagination a little, you can make it work any way you want it to.
Traveling can be a stressful experience, even if you fly often. Indeed, packing your suitcase, printing your boarding pass, checking your flight status, finding your way to the right gate and hailing a cab is a hassle and can quickly lead to hectic situations. We’ve all forgotten our suitcase back at home, or even sent our passport with our checked bags, but all these will just be bad memories thanks to our selections of apps for travellers.
Whether you fly often or are traveling for the first time, you’ll be able to book a trip from A to Z, check-in and track your flight directly from your phone. You’ll still be at ease after your land, as we’ve also looked at apps to help you find your way at your destination, and communicate with locals without much effort.
School is upon us and as much as we’d hate to admit that summer is almost over, it’s time to start the preparations. Whether you’re headed to school or college, you’re probably looking for the most efficient ways to get ready for your new schedules and courses.
If you have an Android tablet, be it a new Nexus 7, an old Nexus 7, or any tablet from Samsung, Asus, or other companies, you already own one of the best tools for managing your school life. In this roundup, I will look at some of the best free apps for students — and teachers — to help you make the most of your Android tablet.
If you’ve been having trouble with your Nexus 7′s multitouch display or have a hankering for comparison shopping while you’re wearing Google Glass, this week might have brought you some answers and solutions. Let’s jump in and take a look at the week’s best news in Android! (more…)
One of our basic necessities in life is food. And in this digital age, many people have sought to share the meals they’re eating across social networking apps such as Instagram. Personally, I can’t go one day on Instagram without seeing someone tag #foodporn on one of their uploaded pictures.
However, there are apps dedicated to food and nothing but food. In this article, I’m going to look at three different applications that will help you chronicle your culinary journeys and share your love of beautiful food. The apps concerned are Foodspotting, Evernote Food and Burpple. Read on to find out which one of these is for you.
I think I speak for all of us here when I say that it always feels great when you can pick any product for a lot less than what it normally costs. That’s why people rush to stores on Black Friday, and why many items always run out of stock when they’re discounted.
But what if you wanted that Black Friday experience all year long? Sure, you could install coupon apps, you could hunt around Amazon, Best Buy or eBay for deals, or you could simply install Slickdeals. It’s a community-driven deal site, with a nice Android app to help you stay on top of the best offers, even when you’re away from your computer.
Since Need for Speed: Underground revolutionized racing games a decade ago, many copycats have come into the market. I’m a big fan of the genre and have dozens of racing games on my tablet, however, to my detriment, it’s very easy to develop and publish on Android, so many of the games that I find are barely playable and most seem to sing from the same hymn sheet — zero innovation.
But now that devices are getting more powerful and the OS can handle more complex graphics and processes, things are certainly getting interesting. Games that would have been impossible just a couple of years ago are easily developed and supported on Android. CSR Racing is such a game. Judging by its appearance, this drag racer has very little to offer. But looks can be deceiving; let’s check it out.
A couple of months ago, an interesting project appeared on Indiegogo promising a new take on touchscreen keyboards: Minuum. While other keyboards were losing screen estate by adding more functions and buttons, or were trying to revolutionize input by changing the QWERTY input method, Minuum took a more simplistic and minimalist approach. It kept the QWERTY arrangement that everyone is used to, but squished it in height and used smart predictions to correctly insert words despite the lack of precision typing.
Given that my biggest gripe with onscreen keyboards is that they block most of the phone’s screen estate, I liked the premise of Minuum and decided to pledge for it. The first beta was made available a few weeks ago and I’ve been using it on and off ever since. In the following article, I’ll look at the most important questions I asked myself about Minuum before I tried it and answer them for you. Now that you can all buy Minuum for $3.99 in the Play Store, it’s crucial to know whether it’s worth the financial — and learning curve — investment or not.
I’m really absurdly picky about my Twitter experience, and Twitter’s app has never quite done it for me. I want access to a couple of different Twitter accounts, and I want the myriad of features that most AppStorm authors have probably begged for.
But what I really want is a beautiful Holo-themed design that’s both simple enough to immediately grasp and interesting enough to pleasantly surprise me with its intricacies. On iOS, I like apps like Tweetbot or Twitterrific. On Android, I originally liked Falcon Pro. The community treated it like the second coming and everybody got it, so now it’s degenerated to a terrible user experience and a fight to make it work. I searched for another client for a while, and finally found Carbon.
Since the demise of Google Reader, RSS has seriously entered the spotlight. Some Reader clients have died away, whilst others have been upgraded, improved and have become immensely popular as a result. An app that has made it into the latter camp is Press, the first, and only, product of two-man development team, TwentyFiveSquares.
To accompany our review of the latest version of Press, I recently managed to quiz Jordan Beck, one of the co-founders of TwentyFiveSquares, on Press, RSS and future plans….