If you can remember the days of camping out all night in front of the box office for tickets to your favorite band, you also know that those days are long gone. Buying tickets online has taken over for camping out and while you could sit patiently at your computer waiting for the very second tickets go on sale, you’ll likely be disappointed by the experience. If you’re lucky and if the tickets aren’t in too big of a demand you’ll get tickets and maybe even good seats. However, what I have found is that more often than not the “big guys” buy up all the good seats and then resell them at a premium price. It’s just the way it is and although it should be illegal, it seems to be a practice that not many care about. So you can either fight for the few tickets that are left at the regular prices or you can go with the way it’s done and pay more for really really really good seats. I’m too old to sit in the nose bleed section. I’d rather not go to a concert if I can’t be front and center and only a few rows back. That’s where an app like SeatGeek comes in. This App finds the available tickets (concerts, sports, comedy and Broadway shows) from the various vendors and lets you buy them on the spot. The tickets are either delivered to you electronically or via a courier like FedEx. Now keep in mind that not all tickets are over priced. If the event isn’t wildly popular and doesn’t sell out on day one, then you can still get some good pricing and seat selection via this app. I like it because it shows me all the available seats and which vendor is selling them. I can choose by price or seating section since the app has built-in seating charts. You can create an account in the app and have it track your favorite band/team and alert you as to when they are going to perform in your area. This latest version is now a universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. They even have photo views from your seat.
While I don’t like paying more than the ticket price sometimes, I do like being able to get the seats I want even up to the last minute. I also like that you can find bargains and comparison shop right in the same App. If you like live events then you need to check out SeatGeek
I’m happy to see Instagram has finally added 10 editing controls right into the app. This will hopefully lead to better pictures being posted to Instagram as users will no longer have to rely on other apps to make their shots look better. In this latest update they’ve added:
- and you can still do Tilt Shift
- They’ve also made it so the filters are adjustable with a slider. No longer do you have to chose to have all of a given filter or none of it.
This is great and I welcome it, but I’m still not sure why Instagram still won’t letterbox/pillowbox wide/tall photos taken outside the app to a square. It still forces you to crop them or go to another app like Squaready. Nonetheless, you’ll enjoy the editing abilities in this version:
Most of my friends have iPads now and many of them are new to iOS and the iPad. I thought I would help them out and help you out as well by putting together some of my favorite iPad tips in this video 10 iPad Tips and Tricks:
Recently a friend of mine called me with questions about the new iPhone 5s he just got. It reminded me of the little things that we take for granted about how the iPhone works that may not be so obvious. So I put together this video of 10 of my favorite iPhone Tips and Tricks:
On my tech blog I did a quick post about 3 Connected Devices That Monitor My Health. I figured I might as well cover the 3 Apps That Monitor My Health here.
This app allows you to connect your iOS devices wirelessly to your Nike+ Fuelband. It will give your current stats as well as your progress for the week, month or year. You can add your Nike+ friends to see how you’re doing against them as well. The most recent major update added sessions and you can use it to track your sleep if you want. The app also allows you to easily control the settings of your Fuelband like which wrist you will wear it on so that it can rotate the display to the proper orientation. You can check battery status as well as turn on/off features for the Fuelband display such as calories, steps, Fuel points, etc. This animated app displays your trophies and goals in a motivating manner with all the fanfare of people cheering you on!
Withings Health Mate – Steps Tracker and Health Coach
The Withings Health Mate allows you to log into your Withings account and see your progress and stats from your Withings WiFi Scale, Body Analyzer and Blood Pressure Monitor. This latest version also leverages the iPhone 5s to monitor your steps. It also has a fresh new iOS 7 look and feel.
I saved the best for last. Lose It allows me to monitor my daily calories by simply inputing what I had for each meal. It tracks exercise too. It’s constantly being updated with new restaurants and grocery items so that you can simply pick from the built-in lists to simply the input process. What I like most about this app is that it also has built-in support for your Nike+ Fuelband, Withings connected devices as well as the other most common fitness devices. This means that I can track pretty much everything I want to see at a glance in this one app.