In the wake of Google Reader’s impending demise, many RSS services have stepped forward to take its place, by offering a back-end service to gather news feeds to deliver to their existing clients. One such app is NewsBlur. As with Feedly, NewsBlur is offering an API for other RSS clients to use, in addition to, its fully featured app.
iPhone Apps Review
Digg is back in the wake of Google Reader’s closure. Under new management, the all-new Digg stepped up to be one of the services to replace the much used RSS service provided by Google. Since Digg’s redesign, it’s already had an app on iOS, but it has now been updated to import your feeds from Google Reader, where you can read and digg stories from all of your feeds.
Anyone who uses Google Reader to follow the news needs to find a replacement within the week. Google is pulling the plug on this perennial service on the first of July. Fear not though, there are replacements for both the client and the backend feed gathering service. We take you through the six best options for your iPhone and iPad.
The built-in camera app of the iPhone does a good job. We have tap to focus and intelligent exposure. If you want to focus manually and change exposure levels, then you’re out of luck. A camera app, which includes those features, could understandably end up with a pretty complicated user interface. Fortunately, that isn’t the case with Analog Camera, from the makers of the popular to-do app Clear. Manual focusing and exposure levels are only a few swipes away.
It has been a long time coming, but Microsoft Office is finally available on the iPhone. Strangely, it is not available on the iPad, and for both iOS and Android tablets Microsoft still recommends using the web-based apps for free SkyDrive accounts. The iPhone client can only be used by those with an Office 365 subscription, which costs $100 for an annual subscription. If you are a subscriber, you download and sign in or create an account. What you get is an application which is practically a direct port of the Office suite found on Windows Phones.
Watching videos on the iPhone and iPad has never been an easy process. What with having to wait for iTunes to transcode and then copy videos from your desktop to your mobile device. Yawn. It all takes too much time. Playable Pro is a third party video player, which you can add videos to via iFunBox, and happily watch without conversion. Read on to find out more.
In the UK, we have a TV streaming service called TVCatchup. Despite the name, it is not a catch up service, but instead allows the streaming of live broadcasts of free-to-air (known here as Freeview) channels. This means it’s possible to watch live UK television on your iPad or iPhone. Here’s our review of the iOS app for TVCatchup.
Using a smartphone, e.g. the iPhone, as a Dictaphone isn’t a new trick. I’m sure you have done it from time to time, and there are many times we’ve seen impromptu press conferences on the TV news with journalists increasingly holding their phone aloft much more often than we see a tape recorder or standalone digital recorder. Besides such glamorous occasions, there’s also the increasing trend of students recording their lectures. All of this is great, but leaves the tricky question of in-situ editing and remembering where the most interesting parts of a recording are. Recordium steps in to answer these problems by providing the ability to not just edit, but annotate your audio recordings. Read on to find out more.
Weather apps are a dime a dozen on any smartphone platforms, iOS even has a built-in Weather app. They can try too hard to show you what’s going to come from the skies above, though. Sometimes you just want a clear message of what’s happening now and in the immediate future, that’s what Dark Sky offers. Now that, the application has been updated to give weather forecasts in the UK, we take a look at test it against the English weather.
Smartphones have become have replaced our address books and as such inputting information has become a new challenge. For those of us who move in circles where people exchange business cards, the task of input has been reduced to an issue of scanning. CamCard is a popular business card scanner for iOS, here’s our review.