All posts tagged “iphone

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Fantastical reigns supreme when it comes to mobile calendars

As much as I love the Apple ecosystem, I despise their poor excuse for a calendar app. It is bulky, confusing and just plain ugly. I need my calendar. I need it to work but I also need it to get out-of-the-way. Calendaring should be easy, not a chore.

In a world filled with calendar app options it is easy to get lost. There are some really nice options that are free but like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Fantastical is different. It understands its role and executes it perfectly. It doesn’t want to over power you but rather allow you and that all comes by being minimal.

On iOS the app is just gorgeous. From the minimal design to the light font the app is in a class of its own. Fantastical displays a running list of what you have going on and offers the option to integrate your iOS based reminders to that list. The top of the app gives you a week ticker and simple swipe down displays your monthly view. No confusing layouts, no condensed views, just your week or month with an easy to navigate list below it.

If that was all Fantastical for iOS was it would still be my favorite, but luckily it doesn’t end there. Fantastical offers the easiest and fastest way to input events and that is true across all platforms. Typing in something like “Write a review for Fantastical for The Trendaholic on November 7th at 10:21am” creates an event with all the information put in the right places. No wonky sliders, not searching for days and times only to find out you put it as an AM task when it was a PM task. It just works and it has forever ruined me for all other Calendar apps.

The Mac app lives in your menu bar and is always a click away. It gets out-of-the-way and yet is always accessible. When the app is opened it displays your month view and a list just like the iOS apps. I cannot stress enough how incredible it is to have this information quickly available without it overwhelming your screen . Again, the natural language input only takes it to the next level.

Fantastical for iPhone is $2.99, the iPad version is $7.99 and the Mac version is $9.99

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Women read more eBooks than Men, both like Kindle and iPhone more [Infographic]

Everyone knows that technology is taking the world by storm, changing the way we do things day-to-day. Nothing represents that change more than mobile technology such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and etc. A survey conducted by Publishing Technology, an Infographic shows the way women and men satisfy their e-book appetites.

The infographic shows that women read far more e-books than men, and that the preferred devices of choice is Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPhone. Samsung smartphones came in second behind Apple.

What’s your go to device to read on?

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Feature Image: Karin M (Flickr)

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Duet by Protag: a simplistic answer to an everyday annoyance

Are you one of those people who seems to always remember your phone and not your keys, or vise versa? Well, a little device named the Duet by Protag can help solve that annoying lapse in memory for you.

I’ve tested this bad boy for some weeks now, and I walked away with a very positive experience with the small devices’ overall functionality.

Basics

Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Chip CSR 1010
Compatibility iOS and Android
Number of pairing per phone Up to 10
Battery CR2016
Battery life Up to 6 months
Range Up to 100 feet (30 metres)
Dimensions 28 x 28 x 6 mm
Weight 6g with battery
Warranty 1 year
Compliance CE standards
FCC standards

Before you can even get started with protecting your phone, you must first download Protag’s mobile application. When you connect your Duet to your iPhone or Android device, the app then prompts you to add your item of choice, with options like ‘Bag’, ‘Keys’, etc.

Once that’s done you’ll be able to see the device on your phone’s  screen by way of a map using tracking location — it’s pretty accurate too (in the latest update the Duet gained better WiFi connectivity when disconnected).

The tracking device is simple. Walk away about 30 feet and your Duet will start beeping along with an alert tone to tell you on your handset. The alert can be seen on your lock screen as well. Of course multiple Duets can be used for other valuables and all tracked through the mobile app.

The thing I like most about Protag’s Duet is its simplicity. It carries only one job, and it does it well. It’s small, light, and easily portable. I’d definitely recommend this device to those who have a habit of leaving their valuables home such as a wallet, purse, or phone.

And for just 20 bucks, why not?

 

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The Trendaholic App of the Week: Animoto

The great thing about today’s smartphones is how developers of impressive apps utilize powerful hardware on the inside. Both Android and iOS have close to a 1 million apps respectively — so digging for gems isn’t easy. Sifting through a bunch of apps, I landed with Animoto as app of the week. Read More

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SteelSeries’ iOS game controller to work for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

If you’re an iPhone user out there who loves to game, then you’d know how incredibly frustrating it is to play with touch controls on such a small display. Many manufacturers have tried to deliver a better gaming experience with controllers made for the iPhone. Unfortunately, many of those efforts have failed miserably. Hopefully that narrative changes today as SteelSeries, a company known for its range of PC gaming peripherals, announced its newest iOS controller called the Stratus. The Stratus is the first wireless pad to work with iOS 7’s game controller API, and the first Made for iPhone controller to support the iPad.

The controller isn’t some ridiculous hybrid-charging case that happens to also play games, instead it’s average looking. You get the same kind of look seen on major gaming console controllers found on the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo, or Sony PlayStation. It rocks a pair of analog sticks, a D-pad, four face buttons, two pairs of triggers, and a battery that’s good for 10 hours of gameplay. In addition the Stratus uses LEDs to tell gamers who’s in control.

Once it becomes available, the SteelSeries’ Stratus will set you back a whopping $99. That’s a hefty price for price for a controller, no?

Source: The Verge