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Google Chrome Comes To iOS At Last

If you use Google Chrome on the desktop instead of Safari, you’ve probably been at a slight disadvantage when it comes to syncing your bookmarks, history, etc. to iOS devices. It was just last week that I reviewed “Chrome Sync Pro“, an app dedicated to syncing your Google Chrome bookmarks, history, tabs, etc. from your desktop to your iOS devices. While this utility is good, it’s a one way sync and the bookmarks open up in Safari. I was able to delete this App yesterday.

Google Chrome comes to iOS

While Apple allows developers to create web browsers, these browsers are really just skins on top of the iOS native browser. Apple is still pretty strict about letting developers truly create full blown browsers on iOS. This is why you won’t see Adobe Flash in a browser on iOS like it is in Chrome on the desktop. Nonetheless, I still appreciate having a Chrome look and feel and more importantly Chrome SYNCING between iOS and my desktop Chrome. Once you install the App you are prompted to log in with your Gmail user name and password. This is what ties it to your desktop version similar to how Apple uses your Apple ID to sync things. My bookmarks came over immediately, but more importantly so did my saved passwords! I went to hilton.com and my user name and password was already keyed in and ready to go (be sure to passcode protect your iOS device). Chrome also syncs your browsing history and open tabs. Speaking of tabbed browsing there is no limit to the number tabs you can have open. I’ll admit it’s kind of confusing in appearance on iPhone, but on iPad it looks and works great! Overall the browsing experience has been great so far. While it is fast, it will never be as fast as Safari on iOS because developers are prevented from using the Nitro Javascript Engine. I’ll accept this trade off for the other benefits though. Before Chrome for iOS, iCab was my favorite iOS browser offering what I think is most full featured browser for iOS. However, the one thing iCab doesn’t do is sync with Google Chrome. Even with iCab or Chrome the bigger problem is that Apple doesn’t allow you to change the default browser in iOS. This means that when you tap a link in another App, it’s still going to open up in Safari. Additional effort will always be necessary to use a different browser. Hopefully one day Apple will allow users to pick a different default browser for iOS just like they do for Mac OS. In the mean time I’ll be using Chrome as much as I can. It’s great having Chrome on both my iPad and MacBook Pro dock!

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Dropbox

Dropbox for iOS Adds Automatic Photo & Video Uploads and Gives you 3GB of Extra Space

Dropbox.com has updated their FREE iOS App to allow for automatic picture and video uploads. This is similar to what they had already done on the desktop side. If you enable this setting in the App you can now just snap away with your iDevice’s camera and know that those images/videos are being uploaded to the cloud as a backup and for sharing. Since dropbox syncs with your desktop those images/videos are going to be available to you on all your devices. When you enable automatic uploads you’ll have to option to upload all existing photos/videos on your Camera Roll or not.  This feature creates a new “Camera Uploads” folder right in the root of your Dropbox folder. As a side benefit Dropbox will give you up to 3GB of extra space (in 500MB increments as needed) for all these extra images/videos going into your Dropbox folder. They added 500MB of space to my account the minute I turned it on and snapped one shot.

I love Dropbox! They are facing stiff competition from Google and Microsoft. I pay for this service (100GB plan) and although the price is fine, I’m starting to feel like they should offer more space for the money to remain competitive. I do like how they continue to offer additional space perks for doing simple things like following them on twitter, referring people and telling them why you like the service. To date I’ve earned over 33GB’s of Free space!

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Travisa Passport and Visa Service

Travisa Passport and Visa Service App

I travel internationally for a living and therefore I need to know which countries require a Visa and more importantly the requirements. Keeping up with this information is next to impossible because it changes without notice. Luckily there’s a great App called Travisa Passport and Visa Service. Travisa is a company that specializes in Visa and Passport services and while you can certainly use their service, you don’t have to just to use the App. Recently I traveled to Brazil and I already had my Brazil Visa, but then I wondered if I’d need one for Argentina or Chile. A quick check of the App revealed that I didn’t. However, in the case that I did need one the complete information would be there including the necessary items required to apply and how to apply. If you do use Travisa’s services then you can also use the App to track the status of your Application. The App automatically checks for updates when you launch it and if there is an update it downloads right into the App so that you always have the latest requirement information.

It’s also good for US Passport info. If you are about to renew or add passport pages to an existing passport, the Travisa App can show you those requirements as well.

The App allows you to review requirements directly within the App or email them to yourself or anyone else that needs them.

If you travel internationally, this is a must have App! It’s a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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adoberevel

Adobe Revel Gets New Features

Adobe Revel allows you to automatically sync your photos to/from your iOS devices, Android devices and your desktop computer. The iOS App has just gotten a nice update to include:

  • Support for the Retina Display on the new iPad (3rd gen).
  • Tag photos with an Event name.
  • Photos from multiple dates can be tagged as a single Event.
  • Share, export, and delete multiple photos at once.
  • Faster editing performance on iPad and iPhone.
  • View photos from a single day or event using Grid View.
  • View only your favorite photos.
  • View photos by events.
  • Adjust photo date and time.

Adobe Revel is a paid service at $5.99/month. You can do a 30 day Free trial to check it out right within the app.

You can get Adobe Revel for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch for free here from the iTunes

seatguru

Seat Guru comes to iOS

Anyone that travels regularly by air is probably already using SeatGuru.com. However, now you can have the great benefits of this free service right on your iPhone. SeatGuru allows you to search for your flights and then see seat maps with color coded advice on which seats are good, which ones are bad, which ones have power, etc. If you see green then you know you’ve got a good seat. However, if you see red, then you should probably select a different seat as soon as possible. This App also allows you to search for and book flights as well as check the flight status of flights for friends, colleagues or family.

The App works well. It can utilize your location to search for airports near you as this will speed up your search criteria input. I also like to see which flights have on board WiFi. While we’re at it, how about meal service menus, snacks and prices. In other words the more info we could have before heading to the airport the better. I wish that it was a Universal App taking advantage of iPad as well.

You can get SeatGuru for iPhone or iPod touch for Free here from the iTunes

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