Hands on review: Feedly

For months now I’ve used MobileRSS to satisfy my need for RSS feed reading.. Well, I used it to pull in the contents of my Google Reader account anyway. However, of late its been suffering with a very annoying issue in that it would automatically start googling for code errors in the pages you were reading, making it almost impossible to use. So I decided it was time for a fresh start, I hit the AppStore and almost immediately stumbled upon Feedly.

Unlike MobileRSS Feedly serves its RSS content in a kind of newspapermagazine layout. Making it far more appealing to the eye. Not only that but it pulls in all of the photo’s from the articles too. This makes skimming the news much easier to do when your pushed for time.

Feedly is available from the AppStore for both iPhone and iPad, and packs in some pretty cool features.

20121021-083947.jpgFeedly is a fine example of how HTML5 can be used to create a clean and minimalistic interface. Feedly works best (in my opinion) if you’ve already got a Google Reader account. However it does have some built in news feeds to wet your appetite.

Feedly also features the expected sharing abilities, allowing for quick and easy posting to Facebook and Twitter. It’s also got its own web client built in to make reading the RSS feeds full post a breeze.

All in all I really love Feedly and its features, and I’m yet to find anything which comes close to it. What are you waiting for? Get it downloaded!

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Google+ hits iPhone AppStore

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Apple have just released the Google+ app for download in the iPhone AppStore. The Google+ Android app hit the shelves a few weeks ago, with iPhone users being left in the dark as the iPhone app went through Apple’s stringent App testing and reviews. However, it has now been released, and is available to download.

Click here to view the app in the app store now!

NB: I still have some Google+ invites remaining if you are not lucky enough to already be part of the closed Beta.

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iPhone application must have's.

Below is a list of applications I don’t think I could live without on my iPhone. This list will never be complete, thanks to the fantastic app’s in constant development around the iPhone app store!

  1. Analytics Agent Lite by Global Agent Inc. – Invaluable app for keeping a keen eye on your Google Analytics account. A must have for every serious webmaster.
  2. Blog Press by CLT Studio – Handy little app for posting to your website whilst on the move! Supports most CMS systems
  3. Bump by Bump Technologies LLC – Brilliant little app for sharing via bluetooth, with the added novelty of having to bump hands to initiate the transfer.
  4. Chris Brogan by MotherApp – A fellow bloggers very own app, novel way of delivering a blog site.
  5. CoPilot Live by ALK Technologies – Possibly one of the best tom-tom replacements out there. Fantastic, faultless sat nave app! 
  6. Doodle Jump by Lima Sky – Has to be the most addictive game I have ever played! Really simple concept and design!
  7. eBay Mobile by eBay Inc. – Speaks for it’s self really. But this app is ideal for catching that bargain and bidding whilst on the move!
  8. Engadget by AOL – Technologygadgetry blog from a team of expert columnists all over the world.
  9. Export for Google Docs by Four Meisters System Consulting Inc. – If like me, you are embracing the whole cloud computing lark, Export is ideal for working closely with your google docs.
  10. Facebook by Facebook – I am not a huge fan of the whole facebook concept and the annoying app invites you constantly get, however most of my friends seem to use it as a communications hub, so find myself chatting on it far too often! 
  11. Google Mobile App by Google – Has some excellent search facilities and features, a must have for internet power users!
  12. Gorrilacam by Joby Inc. – A top notch replacement for the featureless built in iPhone camera app.
  13. Green Flag Rescue by Altaine Ltd – for that ‘just in case’ backup.. Handy if you don’t know where you are and have broken down.
  14. Jumsoft Money by Jumsoft – Sync your online bank statements with your desktop PCMac and your iPhone.
  15. LinkedIn by Linkedin – Linkedin is social networking for professionals. The LinkedIn app enables most website features direct from your iPhone.
  16. LogMeIn Ignition by LogMeIn – Access your PCMac direct from your iPhone using the LogMeIn client
  17. MobileMe Gallery by Apple Inc. – Access you MobileMe gallery from your iPhone
  18. MobileMe iDisk by Apple Inc. – Access your MobileMe files on your iPhone
  19. Movies by Flixter – Brilliant little app for keeping an eye on up and coming movie releases and reading peoples ratings and reviews. 
  20. NetAwake by Power of Two Software – Simple little app for remotely waking your networked devices using WoL packets.
  21. Network Ping Lite by MochaSoft – ping entire subnets straight from your iPhone in minutes.
  22. OOFy by Polyideas – control your Microsoft Exchange out of office settings and message from your iPhone.
  23. PAC-Man Lite by Namco – it’s PacMan! Enough said..
  24. Palringo Instant Messenger by Palringo – Instant messenger client 
  25. Paper Toss by BackFlip Studios – A nifty little game, in which the object is to flick balls of paper into a bin
  26. Pastefire App by Sens Digital S.A.S. – Share content from your PC to your iPhone simply by pasting it into a box on a website. Seemless transfer of data, saves emailing your self! Brilliant!
  27. Q Contacts by Addy Mobile Inc. – A powerful alternative to the built in contacts app, which shortcuts to common contact functions.
  28. QR App by Block5 – ReadProcess 2D barcodes on your iPhone
  29. Rally Master Pro 3D by FishLabs – Excellent car rally game for your iPhone with fantastic graphics.
  30. Rightmove App by Rightmove – Brilliant little app for viewing advertised house sales from your iPhone
  31. Rowmote Pro by Evan Schoenberg – No need for a hardware remote for your mac, this is an excellent direct replacement with constant development and improvements!
  32. Shazam by Shazam – Tag unknown music tracks by placing your iPhone near the speaker.
  33. ShopSavvy by Big in Japan – Scan products barcodes and search the web for cheaper prices within minutes
  34. Skype by Skype – Make free skype to skip phone calls, reduced rate skype to normal phone calls and sendreceive instant messages with other Skype users.
  35. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock by Lexware Labs AB – Alarm clock which monitors your sleep cycle and wakes you at the optimum point (inside a specified window)
  36. SPB Wallet by SPB Software – Keep track of passwords, serial numbers, codes, registration details, logon information and more.
  37. Spotify by Spotify Ltd – Stream music direct from the net, to your iPhone
  38. Subnet Calc by Matthew Galloway – an subnetIP Address calculator for your iPhone
  39. Tap Tap Revebge 3 by Tapulous – Guitar hero style game for your iPhone
  40. Traffic Rush by Donut Games – Novel little game in which you essentially act as traffic lights, controlling traffic at a busy crossroads
  41. Direct.Gov Traffic News by Direct.Gov – Up to date traffic and roadworks information on your iPhone
  42. TV Guide by Jersey Productions – A free TV Listings utility for the UK’s “fantastic” TV channel selection.
  43. Tweetdeck by TweetDeck – A powerful and feature rich Twitter client for iPhone
  44. Twitteriffic by The Iconfactory – Yet another powerful Twitter client
  45. Urbanspoon by Urbanspoon – A fantastic little app for finding that place to eat out when you stuck for ideas.
So that’s it.. For now anyway! No doubt I will install more as they come out! I also plan on doing a similar list for Mac OS X. If you have any you would like to add, drop me a line! Or comment using the form below.

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CoPilot Live 8 for iPhone (#CoPilot)

Since the first release of TomTom’s navigation software and hardware I have been a massive fan. Installing the software on nearly every Windows mobile device I have owned. Since progressing unto an iPhone it seemed to make sense to check out the market and see what else was on offer.

I looked at TomTom for the iPhone, but was put off with the price tag. Reviews on iTunes suggested additional hardware would be required. 
Which is where CoPilot took over, CoPilot Live 8 is available on the iTunes store for £29.99 and includes a lot of features which are optional extra’s if you was to purchase the TomTom package.
One main appealing feature being the ‘clearer guidance at junctions’ feature. I have seen TomTom’s offering of this recently – and wasn’t that impressed. I have not yet had the opportunity to properly test the feature on CoPilot due to work commitments. However, no doubt it will be used heavily when I go to London next week.
CoPilot even claims to keep providing faultless directions when travelling through tunnels. Which I know from experience is something TomTom does not do well! One other big feature I love is the way you can control your iPod music without having to quit the CoPilot application. Which makes this plus my music collection and my iTrip the perfect companion for long journeys.
Some of CoPilots other features are:
  • Turn after turn indicator – makes driving more predictable, as you get to see not only the next turn on your journey, but also the one after that!
  • Speed Limit Alerts – Which makes one less thing to worry about on the unknown roads
  • 3D Landmarks – Make’s the maps and directions look a little more like what you can see out of your window
  • Brand Name POI’s – find those commonly known brands in and around your location and destination
  • Full-featured walking mode – for those places your car just cannot reach
  • Photo Navigation – navigate to the geo-tagged location of one of your phone memories pictures
  • Fuel Prices – Don’t just search for a fuel station, search for the cheapest!
  • and many many more!
You can find the full feature list over at CoPilot’s website
CoPilot is available from the iTunes Store however, this should be download via iTunes on your PCMac to prevent issues during download.
But what about TomTom Home? Well CoPilot has an equivalent, CoPilot Live Central offers all of the features you would expect to see in a sat nav’s docking station control app. 
CoPilot is compatible with a massive list of devices, not just the iPhone – if you are wondering if your device is compatible head over to there compatibility matrix.

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Rowmote: Software remote app for iPhones

On Saturday morning I picked up my new mobile phone. Despite my previous ravings about Windows Mobile devices this time I chose to go for the iPhone. Which if you have been following my blog possibly wont come as a surprise to you. As I have recently migrated from a Windows based world (with a little Linux) to a pure Apple Mac world. So it seemed to make sense to get one which worked in harmony with my new MacBook.
As with all new devices I spent countless hours customising it and downloading applications from the millions available. One of the main things I was looking for was remote control applications. My MacBook also acts as my digital streaming solution and dvd player so is often tucked away under my TV. Although I have a hardware remote I wanted something ‘built’ into my iPhone.

Of course there is Apple’s own Remote which is all well and good for controlling iTunes. However I was looking for something with a wider range of application support. 

Which is where Rowmote came in.

Rowmote is perhaps the perfect replacement for a hardware remote. (if you have an iPhone obviously) Rowmote works via your wireless network and connect to a ‘listener’ client (Rowmote Helper) running on your Mac. Once connected you have all the controls over your mac that you would expect from a remote. But wait – if doesn’t stop there! Rowmote is also capable of emulating the touch pad, enabling you to control the mouse curser and scrolling around documentswebpages etc.
The touchpad supports all the things you would hope for, such as landscape mode, two finger scrolling and right clicking, dragging, accented / extended character support, and more.
Rowmote supports a massive collection of applications, with more been developed constantly. You can swap between applications without touching the mac’s keyboard of touchpag, using the simple menu system:
As you can see it’s a straight forward interface, which is easy enough for anyone to use! 
It is available for download in two flavours, a ‘light‘ version which comes in at $0.99/£0.59 or a professional version $4.99/£2.99. I wen’t straight for the pro version, and can’t fault it at all.
To add to the applications fantastic ability and styles the developer of the app was quick to answer a support email and provide guidance on working around an issue I had.
Rowmote received 4.5 out of 5 mouses from Macworld
So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy now! 

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