Granted, I download more apps as a tech writer than the typical iDevice user, but if you've had an iDevice for more than a few months, however, it's likely you have deleted many needless apps and free trials after trying them out. The problem is that if you delete an app from your iDevice, the app remains listed in iTunes. This is good if you might one day want to redownload it, but it creates a rather lengthy and unmanageable list when you go to sync your phone. In my case, I have more apps in the Sync Apps list in iTunes that are no longer installed (unchecked) than those that are, making it a chore to sort and manage the apps on my iPhone and iPad. … Read more
Touchnote is fast, easy to use, and offers an awesome way to make use of those shots that might have otherwise sat untouched in your photo gallery.
Here's how it works:
1. Download and install the app Touchnote (download) is available for free in the Android Market or iTunes App Store. You can play around with it all you want, but when it comes time to actually send a postcard, you'll have to go ahead and create an account.
2. Pick a photo The app gives you the choice of pulling a photo from your gallery, taking a … Read more
Nobody likes to be that person who forgets a friend's birthday.
Facebook is great for avoiding awkward moments like these, but sometimes having a notice on Facebook about a birthday isn't enough. After all, getting a daily reminder of your brother's birthday a week in advance might make you forget about it by the time his big day arrives; or you may not even log on to Facebook to see the reminder. Luckily for Android users, there's an app that can post a birthday message for your Facebook friends automatically. So if you forget, or just … Read more
The home button on Apple's iOS devices not only brings you to the home screen to see your apps, but is also used to bring up the multitasking menu and wake the device from sleep, which makes it one of the most frequently used buttons on the device.
Usually the button is quite responsive and will quit to the main menu after a short period of time, but at times when you press the button there can be a delay or it can even take a couple of tries before it responds.
If the home button on your iPhone, … Read more
Ever tried teaching your child how to draw an animal, but just didn't know where to start? Next time, try starting with a butt. That's right.
Everything Butt Art, a freemium iPad app, wants to teach your child how to draw, a learning process that relies on repetition and familiarity. One where every drawing starts with a butt. It may sound kind of strange, or perhaps even offensive at first, but once you begin using the app and go through the steps of each drawing, your apprehension quickly turns into admiration.
Let's take a look at how … Read more
Cultivating Twitter accounts can be a serious business to some users. If you want to track your Twitter follower stats, there's an easy way to do it on Android.
Check Your Twitter Stats (TwiStats) is a simple widget app for Android that shows your total Twitter followers, total number of Tweets, and follower counts over time (daily, weekly, and monthly).
To use TwiStats, install the app, place the widget on your screen, then enter your Twitter username. No password is required. For the stats over time, you'll need to wait a few days for the data to be … Read more
Free My Apps is giving away promo codes for popular paid iOS apps in exchange for you downloading and using one of the sponsor apps for a minimum of 30 seconds.
While the paid apps end up being free, your time is the real cost here. Downloading and using a sponsor app for 30 seconds adds up fast, especially if you are trying to earn enough points for one of the bigger name apps.
Who knows, maybe during the process you will find some free apps you never knew about, but can no longer live without. After all, that's … Read more
Amazon's Appstore for Android include apps that allow in-app purchases. In-app purchases may include items like premium content, subscriptions and game unlock codes.
To prevent a scenario in which your 3-year-old daughter accidentally makes an in-app purchase of an unlock code while playing Cut The Rope (true story), here's how to set the Amazon Appstore's parental controls :Enable parental controls
Step 1: From within the Amazon Appstore, touch the menu key and select Settings.
Step 2: Select Parental Controls.
Step 3: Check the first box to enable parental controls and enter your Amazon.com password. This will … Read more
One of the most powerful data sets on your iOS device is your list of contacts. Many of the amazing features the iPhone and iPad have are predicated on the information available from your address book. To help get the most out of your iDevice experience, you can use Twitter to beef up your contacts.
iOS 5 added quite a bit of Twitter integration, including the ability to automatically retrieve usernames and profile photos for any of your contacts who have Twitter accounts.
Essentially, if your contact has an e-mail address associated with a Twitter account, you can choose to … Read more
Whether you need to scan a document for signatures or you're prepping for tax season, this app is extremely useful.
There have been many attempts at document scanners on the Android Market. Most of the time these apps will utilize your camera and turn pictures you take into JPEGs or PDFs. Unfortunately, it's really difficult to take pictures of proportional rectangles in real life and have them look the same on your phone.
That's why HandyScanner is so useful; it corrects the common issues with taking photos of documents, and even allows you to … Read more