We all need reminded of the tasks in our life. Life is way to hectic to keep up at times (well, most times). The problem is that being reminded once is not going to help many of us. I'm that guy who hits snooze on my alarm clock on repeat. If my clock could only take one alarm, I'd be in big trouble.
This week in technology has been dominated by the iPad Pro. It is essentially Apple's response to the Microsoft Surface and an attempt to lay out their idea for the future of computing.
Like the original iPad before it, this device is introduced under a cloud of questions.
I knew Facebook was a battery hog, but this is over the top.
Recently, I have told several friends and family to turn off background refresh for Facebook. It was well known that Facebook drained battery life because it was constantly collecting data and caching the news feed for the next time you launched the app.
The TL;DR version is that this app is a way to create shortcuts to frequently used apps or actions that you perform often. The brilliance is found in the time saving it provides you. If you stop and think, I'm sure there are certain tasks you do repeatedly on your phone. What if you can cut steps out of that process with one button?
I'd bet 90% of iOS users haven't considered replacing the calculator that comes with their iPhone. After using Calcbot, those 90% should at least be using the free version of Calcbot. The stock calculator only lets you do calculations in a one off fashion. There is no account for keeping a running history, the ability to favorite calculations you use often, any scientific calculations, or the simple clarity provided by seeing the current equation for the answer.
Being the guy who is constantly on the prowl for ways to improve my workflows and productivity on my iPhone, I've been through several email apps. Some of my favorites were Inbox, Boxer, and MailBox. Problem was that every one I tried was still missing something. Email is a mess and can so easily become unwieldy and overwhelming to manage. Most of us do good to deal with it because its necessary. I've never thought it had to be that way and Spark may finally give me the tools to maximize email's usefulness.
Most people have some level of trepidation regarding their privacy. They will keep their passwords locked away, they are very careful about who they shop through, and they try not to send or post any information they deem as confidential. Unfortunately, those are a small piece of a much larger picture.
If and when you are ready for a new phone and Android is your preference, the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X are really the only choice.
Yesterday, Google announced their latest Nexus phones. If you're unfamiliar with the Nexus line, these are the phones that get the full blessing of Google. This means that they will not have anything extra installed by the phone manufacturer nor will they have a customized version of the Android software. These phones are released to function as designed by the Android team.
A couple years back every single wireless carrier made you sign a 2 year contract in blood with your first born as collateral. Of course we were cool with that...we need our iPhones afterall.
Along came John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, and the launch of their UnCarrier initiative. In short, over the past couple years T-Mobile has taken every piece of the mobile carrier market and flipped it upside down.
What may be the most talked about feature in iOS 9 is a new class of application called a Content Blocker. These apps work within Safari to block ads, tracking scripts, comments, adult sites, etc... Generally all the crud that slows down and gums up our web browsing experience. I won't try to tackle the ethical implications of blocking legitimate ads that pay the bills for many of our favorite blogs. Everyone else can determine that for themselves. Instead, I'll focus on the positive aspects for all us parents.