I may have gushed a bit too much about Jasmine, a free YouTube app for the iPad, when I wrote about it last month. The app is unquestionably slick and packed with features, but the more I've used it the past couple of weeks, the more annoyed I've grown by the number of videos that it can't play. It feels like a game of Russian roulette anytime I try to play a music video with Jasmine: sometimes I win when it plays the video, and sometimes I lose when I get a black screen with a message … Read more
With iOS 6, you are given more granular control over your various e-mail accounts. Just as you can set up a custom signature for each of your e-mail accounts, you can adjust notifications on a per account basis.
To get started, go to Settings > Notifications > Mail and you'll see your e-mail accounts listed along with a line for iOS 6's new VIP feature.… Read more
Web sites can look busy with distractions that prevent you from focusing on what you're actually trying to read. Seth Rosenblatt detailed the changes in version 16 of Firefox, including a new feature in the Android version called Reader Mode, which can display easy-to-read versions of Web sites.
Reader Mode in Firefox is similar to Safari Reader and Reading View on the Kindle Fire's Silk browser. It basically strips out all the ads, menus, and other Web page elements and reformats the page for easy readability.
To enable Reader Mode, wait for the Web page to load, then … Read more
Remember when you could hide the Newsstand icon in a folder on your iOS device as long as you were fast enough? Good times. When Apple fixed the bug that allowed us to hide the folder, it was only a matter of time before a non-jailbreak method made its way to the Internet.
As iDownloadBlog pointed out this morning, the solution is StifleStand, a Mac app (a Windows version is in the works) that creates a magical folder on your iOS device with Newsstand conveniently placed inside it. The best part is you don't have to worry about jailbreaking … Read more
Passbook is a new Apple iOS 6 feature that lets you keep tickets, gift cards, coupons, and loyalty cards on your phone for easy access. The feature is officially only supported in iOS 6. However, a new Android app allows Passbook passes to be used on Android devices.
With PassWallet, you can download and add Passbook PKPass files to your Android device from e-mail attachments or Web links. Since Passbook is an iOS feature, you're not likely to find Android apps with integrated passes, like you would in iOS 6.
When you select a live pass, the front is … Read more
Going somewhere remote? Or perhaps you are looking for a little entertainment on the subway? If you are going to be without the Internet and would like Web videos to get you through such a difficult passage, Video Downloader can help. This universal app works on both the iPhone and iPad. The free version (Super Lite, it's called) lets you store up to 10 videos, while the $3.99 Pro version gives you an unlimited number. Here's a quick look at Video Downloader Super Lite on the iPad.… Read more
Penultimate is a 99-cent handwriting app from Evernote for the iPad. It's like Paper without artistic aspiration. You won't find any pencils or watercolor brushes here -- just pen and paper. But like Paper, Penultimate is simple and intuitive.
Penultimate organizes your notes into notebooks. When you first launch the app, you'll see a Welcome notebook that steps you through the app's various features. Tap the New Notebook button in the upper-left corner to create a new notebook. At the bottom of the screen are three buttons to share a notebook (via e-mail or send to … Read more
Note: This post was updated on November 15, 2012 to reflect changes introduced with the app's most recent update.
Google better hurry up. A YouTube app does not come preinstalled with iOS 6, and while Google has released a YouTube app for the iPhone, it has yet to release such an app for the iPad, arguably the better device for watching videos. Google says a YouTube app optimized for the iPad will be out in the coming months, but by then it might be too late because it shouldn't take more than a day for you to come … Read more
As we've already discussed, the new Panorama feature on iOS 6 for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 is extremely easy to use. But, my biggest issue when first using it was always being forced to go from left to right while taking a photo. This may not be a big deal in most situations, but there are times when being able to pan from right to left would be ideal.
It took me a few times using the new feature before I accidentally discovered you're able to switch the direction by tapping on the … Read more
The Music app received a mostly cosmetic makeover with iOS 6, but there are a couple of items under the hood that have changed. If you use Apple's Podcasts and iTunes U apps, you'll soon discover that content for those apps are now directed to those apps and no longer available in the Music app. The bigger change has to do with iTunes Match.
Before, when you played a song stored in iCloud via iTunes Match, the song would be downloaded to your device as you listened to it. And next to each track stored in iCloud was … Read more