Favorite practical iPhone apps

Favorite practical iPhone apps

I realise that I cannot function without my phone and its now replacing a lot of the items I used to carry – camera, book, game boy or Nintendo, wallet.

On my ferry ride to work I read all my news updates via Zite

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I used to have Flipboard but prefer Zite because its easier to use and you can Favourite items and topics of interest as you go.

Dropbox

For sharing any types of files and being able to attach them to any email and send and download from any email. Awesome! I can’t think of a better design, ease of use and just 110% operational all the time. It does everything you need it to do and I manage 4 inboxes so this works really well for when I need to store all my files in one location. Google docs or Drive (whatever it’s called now) does this too but I find Dropbox comes without all those annoying updates and google + notifications.

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Keyring

Stop carrying all your cards around in your wallet. It’s about time this madness was over. I join every single points program there is because I can’t say no when they ask me in store, so it’s now easy to takea photo of the barcode on any card and it recreates the image in the app and all your shopping points and discounts can be stores in your phone. You also won’t be fumbling to find the right card at the register when it comes to it at the shops. Some registered can’t scan the barcode from the phone but it can always be entered manually.

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Instagram

I feel like I shouldn’t even be mentioning this one but seeing as I’m writing about favourite apps, I think this one gets used more than most. I am on instagram a lot and prefer it over Facebook, which at the moment is a pain and I’ve stopped referring to it other than to manage business pages. I prefer having an Instagram community over Facebook but at one stage they will probably merge (somehow).

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What are your favourite apps?

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Come on Get ‘Appy!

Come on Get ‘Appy!

TV1 Trivia App is here !!!

An exciting project which I was a part of for the past 3 months!

Let me tell you, you’re lucky if you have a fantastic developer – and in our case – we were lucky indeed :)

So here it is folks, an app filled with trivia from all the hit shows.

My favourites: 30 Rock, The Nanny, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Seinfeld.

There are three different levels and if you prefer a bit of everything, there is an ‘Ask Me Anything’ category in there, which seems to be the most popular of them all.

Join the thousands who are already a part of the trivia fun – challenge friends and see who is the true trivia wizz in the TV business! I personally like to share my wins and achievements on FB and Twitter and you can too !

What’s your favourite TV show that you’d like to see in the trivia app?

Whose market is it anyway?

Whose market is it anyway?

Found an interesting post the other day on Store Wars – Close knit with Star Wars -

Encourage you to pay attention, especially if you are in the App market…

Android – the smart platform launched by Google. Purchased by Google in 2005, Android Inc (developed by the Open Handset Alliance), has a community of developers writing Apps to extend device usability.

This platform unlike iOS ( managed by Apple), which doesn’t allow installation to third-party hardware, is available under a free and open source software license which means it can be installed and run on any hardware. (Google certifies compatibility when it comes to trademarking Android)

I remember last year – attending one of Google’s training sessions at our media agency and listening to our account manager present the Android handset, explaining its functionality and extended user friendliness similar to Apple hardware. Back then I thought I’d get into it sooner, but its been a year and I am on iPhone 4 and just recently had a first approval from Apple for a TV1 Trivia app.

Having said that – with a personal preference for Apple and thinking it is more main stream, I am not surprised that Android have grown 500% YOY vs Apple at 100%, considering the open source software licensing (very smart thinking Google!)

This change didn’t hit  until 3-6 months ago, where Apple started losing some serious share to Android (Android now holds 36% of all smartphones in comparison to Apple’s 26% and Blackberry’s 23%). More apps on average are used with iOS devices: 48 for Apple and 35 for Android.

More apps in the Android market are available for FREE – another clever share steal tactic.

If Google continues to innovate and plan as they have, we might be seeing a new market in the next couple of years – and the Saga, as they say, Continues!

Courtesy of Digitalbuzzblog and WebPageFx

News in Apps

News in Apps

If you’re developing an app for iPhone and iPad, there’s never been an easier way to test it, adjust it, improve it – before it goes live!

The platform is called TestFlight and is downloadable to an iPhone/iPad you’d like to test the new app on before it is submitted for approval to Apple.

This is how this simple design process works:

1. Track down your device’s UDID (unique id code) and send to the developer

2. A test copy of the app is emailed to you along with the provisioning file (license for the app – temporary!) You drag both onto your iTunes before syncing the device.

TestFlight acts as a bridge between the developer and the tester and you can see the app come to live without going through a lot of manual user interface work and back and forth communication. The apps under construction are simply uploaded onto TestFlight therefore eliminating any manual handling between users and developers what so ever!

This app helps developers enhance and polish their apps and you the end user gives their most honest feedback almost in real time.

System requirements: at least iOS 4.0 installed on your device.

To test flight on the fly, click here