Apps

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In the past, the Google Translate app would allow you to snap a picture of a sign and translate it in 36 languages. But since January 2015, Translate (iOS and Android) now allows you to tap on the camera icon within the app, point your phone at any sign, menu, instruction manual, etc. and instantly [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Travel Gear
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BiasFX, an iOS app from Positive Grid, promises to turn your iPad into a world-class guitar amp and effects processor. With dozens of high-quality amp simulations, stomp boxes, and rack-like processors, this software aims high.  Does it hit the mark?  This review is guest-written by my husband, Butch, who will help us answer this question. Evaluation Setup: I [...]

Posted in: iOS, Music Gear, Reviews
ghostery

While surfing the internet, your data and activities are being tracked by many companies. Some tracking is beneficial and can provide you with a personalized experience on those websites you visit frequently, but some companies collect your data and develop a profile which they then sell. Additionally, others may not safeguard the information they collect [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
red-stripe-app

Well, it doesn't actually distinguish red from green, but it does indicate the amount of redness in red, orange, and purple objects by a series of stripes superimposed over the object.  The Red Stripe app uses the device's camera to view the objects in question and overlays stripes on those objects with a red component. [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, iOS, News
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Now you won't have to pick up your phone to check the status of your Words with Friends games, because you can keep tabs on the status of your games, chat with your friends, and strategize directly from your Apple Watch.  If you already have the iOS version of the Words with Friends app, you'll [...]

Posted in: iOS, News, Watches and Clocks
showtime-streaming-service

If you have an internet connection, you'll be able to subscribe to SHOWTIME's new streaming service.  In the beginning, they'll be partnered exclusively with Apple, so you'll also need an Apple device or an Apple TV until the service expands to other providers.  The new service is simply called SHOWTIME, and subscribers "will have unlimited [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News
Things, Toodledo, and Todoist

Three popular task manager apps, Things, Toodledoo, and Todoist have recently been updated for Apple Watch. Things On the Apple Watch, Things lets you see tasks in the Today folder in Glances. You can create new task from within the Apple Watch app by clicking the Plus button. You can add notes or a due [...]

Posted in: iOS, News
gadgeteer-ios-app

A few weeks ago I told you about the availability of a dedicated Android app for The Gadgeteer. At that time the iOS version of the app wasn't available because it had not yet been approved by Apple. I'm happy to announce that the The Gadgeteer iOS app is now available on iTunes! Just like [...]

Posted in: iOS, News
tinpan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnpsXvSKlCY If you've always wanted to play an instrument but don't have the money to buy a piano, guitar or other instrument or don't have any spare time to invest in learning the ins and outs of playing it, Tin Pan Rhythm is a new iOS app that makes playing music fun and easy. If you're like me, [...]

Posted in: iOS, Music Gear, News
danalock_bluetooth_smartlock

No need to give a friend the key to your home so they can let your precious pets out anymore. The Danalock Bluetooth Smartlock can be programed to lock and unlock at any specified time to allow entry at your digression, AND it logs any entries and exits so you know when someone is coming [...]

Posted in: Android, Home and Kitchen, iOS, News
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As a gadget geek, I find myself using several different devices throughout the day. I often find myself starting a project on one device, only to finish it on another. This often results in having to transfer pictures, videos, and documents from one device to another. Generally this is an easy process, I can attach [...]

Posted in: Android, Computer Gear, iOS, News
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Attention Spotify users:  Engadget recently reported that Spotify has begun to serve up advertisements on their Web site, targeted based on the music you are listening to.  "Playlist targeting" is what Spotify is calling this feature.  With this technology, Spotify can review your listening habits, and what you are currently listening to, in order to [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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The Amazon Echo now works outside its black cylinder. Using the new Amazon Alexa Channel on IFTTT, you can create recipes to send Shopping List or To-do List items to services such as Evernote, Twitter, Gmail, or Google Drive. IFTTT, formerly known as If This Then That, lets unrelated apps or services talk to each [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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AgileBits just updated its popular iOS password keeper, 1Password, to support the Apple Watch. Having 1Password on your Apple Watch gives you fingertip access to your most-used passwords, such as codes to open a garage door, onetime passwords, or credit card numbers. You can decide which passwords you want to send to your Apple Watch. [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News
storehouse

Ever thought of being a legend in your own time? Do you love taking pictures, and the idea of others appreciating your work? Maybe you’re making a new project and you’ve taken pictures along the way to detail the progress. Why not create a story with the myriad of pictures you have on your phone [...]

Posted in: iOS, News
misfit-minute-fitness-coach-app-apple-watch

As you may have heard, the Apple Watch starts being delivered tomorrow.  As the delivery time approached, more and more apps were being announced for the Watch, and one of the latest announcements is the Misfit Minute fitness coaching app.  Yes, it's from the makers of the Misfit trackers, so it should be a welcome [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
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Yesterday we took a quick look at the new HBO Now streaming service on the Apple TV.  With HBO Now, you can access all of HBO's original programming plus a variety of movies without needing an HBO subscription through your cable company.  You only need a broadband connection, and you'll need the iPad connected to [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, Reviews
swifty-app-for-ios

Have you wanted to try your hand at writing a program for the iPhone or iPad, but you don't know how to get started?  One simple, inexpensive way to get your toes wet with Apple's new Swift programming language is with the Swifty app.  You'll learn to program for the iOS platform with Swift right [...]

Posted in: iOS, News
nudge

Fitness trackers are terrific gadgets for helping you monitor your activity and fitness goals, but viewing the data from all your wearables can become a huge hassle since all of them have their own dedicated app. Instead of flipping between apps to check your steps, your sleep, and other data, check out Nudge. Nudge is [...]

Posted in: Android, Health, Fitness, Sports, iOS, News
20 years later

Reporting on CES, NY Times columnist Farad Manjoo, in an article titled In a World of Phones, Gadgets Must Adapt, speaks to a Gadgeteer's greatest fear: getting a gadget that is no longer needed because of being subsumed by your phone. I saw this meme-type photo the other day and this story reminded me of it. I [...]

Posted in: News