Author Archives: David Gilson

About David Gilson

Freelance technology journalist for hire, based in the UK, specializing in mobile platforms. Familiar with Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, and iOS. Windows 8 user and Linux enthusiast. Used to do Quantum Physics. You can find other areas of my work on CNET UK, All About Symbian, and All About Windows Phone. See my website for a full list of publications and contact page.

Track 8 is a Metro-Inspired Music Player for iOS [Review]

Track 8 is a Metro-Inspired Music Player for iOS [Review]

If all this talk of iOS 7 has wet your appetite for a new music app and you can’t wait, then maybe you should have a look at our review of Track 8. It’s a Music app that takes the Windows Phone modern UI design (formally known as Metro) and applies it to your iOS music library. Fancy a change? Then read on.

NewsBlur steps forward to replace Google Reader [Review]

NewsBlur steps forward to replace Google Reader [Review]

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.

Digg Reader steps up to replace Google Reader [Review]

Digg Reader steps up to replace Google Reader [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.

Top 6 Google Reader Alternatives For iOS

Top 6 Google Reader Alternatives For iOS

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.

How to read the iPhone Status Bar Icons

How to read the iPhone Status Bar Icons

The iPhone’s status bar can give you a lot of information from a very small slice of the screen. Sometimes, the icons can be a little tricky to guess, if you haven’t read the manual. How many of us do that? Join us as we relay the manual to you, so you can look up the symbols that have been escaping you.

How to check if your iPhone is Unlocked or Not in 2020

How to check if your iPhone is Unlocked or Not in 2020

Having your iPhone locked to a carrier can be a pain if you need to switch SIMs. Especially while you’re traveling, and you try slipping in another SIM card only to find that you’re blocked from using it. Knowledge is power, and to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Here’s how to find out, in advance, if your iPhone is locked to your carrier or not.

Review: Analog Camera for iPhone

Review: Analog Camera for iPhone

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.

How to set up and use Find My iPhone

How to set up and use Find My iPhone

Losing one’s phone is a common nightmare scenario, and no matter how careful you are, something can always go wrong. That’s why it’s advantageous to have something in place to get your phone back if the worst happens. Fortunately, Apple provides the Find My Phone feature to do just that. Here’s our guide.

Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone [Review]

Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone [Review]

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.

How to get detailed weather information using Siri

How to get detailed weather information using Siri

In addition to all of the other things that Siri can tell you, you can even use the virtual personal assistant to tell you the weather. That may not sound so remarkable, but there are probably a set of weather command that you didn’t know were there too. Join us as we explore the weather.