iPad

All of the apps that we have reviewed that have iPad support and are available to use natively on the iPad. If an app is in this index, you won’t have the 2x iPhone app interface.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet

5 iOS 8 Features You Don’t Want to Miss

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Now that iOS 8 is out in the wild, I thought I’d share 5 features that are really cool and make iOS that much better. So in no particular order, here we go with 5 iOS 8 features that you don’t want to miss:

 

Turn on “Hey Siri”

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Up until now if you wanted to use Siri, you had to hold down the home button to activate her. Now you can turn on the “Hey Siri” feature in the General Settings. If your iDevice is plugged into power (such as your car), you can just say “Hey Siri” and use Siri as you always do while keeping your hands where they are.

 

See which Apps are using up your battery

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Now in iOS 8 you can go to Settings->General->Usage->Battery Usage and see which apps are using your battery life and the worst offenders.

 

3rd Party Apps can Now use Touch ID

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If you have an iPhone 5s or iPhone 6/iPhone 6 plus then your home button is also a fingerprint scanner (Touch ID). In iOS 7 this could only be used to unlock your iPhone or allow you to download content from the iTunes store without having to enter a password. Now 3rd party apps can take advantage of this very secure “unlocking” method. On of my Favorite Apps, 1Password can now be unlocked with the touch of a finger! I couldn’t be happier.

Get 1Password here iTunes.

 

Attach multiple pics to a SMS/iMessage much easier

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Now you can tap the camera button when composing a text message/iMessage and choose more than one picture from your camera roll without having to go back and forth between the message and the insert command. Bonus Tip: Sending an iMessage? If you hold down the Camera icon you can instantly record a video to send.

 

Keyboard Suggestions

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This is probably the feature I’ll use the most. Keyboard suggestions are awesome and more importantly iOS 8 learns and offer better suggestions based upon who you’re talking to.

 BONUS

Here are 8 Tips and Tricks for iOS 8:

 



Ruler Pro +

Ruler Pro + for iPhone and iPad “rules!”

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I moved into my new place and needed to measure a window. Sure I have a very nice tape measure that was packed away in a box somewhere, but I needed to measure this window right now. I thought that there must be an app for that. Sure enough there are a few of them. However, the 1st ones I tried were only geared to measuring things that were no bigger than the screen on your iDevice. I needed an app that would allow me to measure several inches. Ruler Pro + fit the bill nicely. The app has a simple UI (user interface). Once you launch it, it displays a ruler on screen that is as long as your screen. However, once you line up your screen with the top of whatever it is you need to measure, just put one finger on your display and slide the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The ruler will scroll. Lift your finger once you get the iDevice as far down as you can go for the next measurement and put your finger down again. Just keep doing this until you get to the end of whatever it is you’re trying to measure and you’ll have the measurement. The app worked perfectly! However, I do have one complaint. You’re limited to 50″. I can’t for the life of me figure out why it would be limited at all, let alone at 50″? I needed to measure about 80″, so I had to mark it at 50″ and start again to get the rest. Other than this one limit the app does exactly what it’s supposed to. If I could suggest a feature, it would be nice to tap and be able to have the app jot down the measurements as you take them. This would save me from having to switch to a different app to actually write down the measurements or use pen and paper.

You can get Ruler Pro + here from the iTunes



Hyperlapse from Instagram

3 Must Have Apps for Posting Videos to Instagram

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When Instagram opened up the door to allowing people to post short 15 second videos, all of a sudden you were able to see a little more into the lives of the people that you follow. The Instagram app itself allows you to record and post videos directly complete with trimming and effects. Sometimes you need a little more! So here are my top 3 picks for apps to have in your toolkit when it comes to posting videos on Instagram.

Hyperlapse from Instagram

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This is Instagram’s newest app and it’s pretty cool. It let’s you record a longer video, but keep it to the 15 second max by allowing you to speed up the video. This is great for time-lapse, but without having to record for hours. Simply bring up the Hyperlapse app, press the record button to capture the motion in front of you and then once you’re done it will allow you to pick the speed. It will auto adjust the speed to keep it down to 15 seconds or less.
You can get it here as a Universal App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch iTunes

 

Crop Video Square Free

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While Instragram now lets you post videos from other sources, unfortunately it offers nothing in terms of making the video fit the square aspect ratio of Instagram. Luckily there is this very cool app called Crop Video Square Free. It allows you to crop/size your videos down to fit perfectly on Instagram.

You can get it here for free iTunes

 

Instaweather Pro

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Instaweather Pro is a great app for posting nice weather information overlays over the pics you take and share. However, the latest version also lets you do this with videos too! You can create some cool weather broadcasts from your favorite spots and let Instaweather Pro do all the work of gathering the information and overlaying it on your video either in real time or afterwards. This is one of my favorite apps for Instagram and with the video feature it’s even more awesome.

You can get it here iTunes

 

Also see 9 Must Have Apps For Instagram Users

Amazon Local Register: Amazon's Mobile Point of Sale - Accept Card Payments

Amazon Local Register Aims To Take on Square and PayPal

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I’ve been a very happy user of Square pretty much sense day one. Square broke down the barriers for individuals and small companies to be able to accept credit/debit card payments right on their smartphones and tablets without the typical monthly fees charged by banks. If you never accept a credit card payment, then you never pay a dime. You’re not locked into any kind of monthly fee or commitment. This has been PERFECT for me. I do accept credit card payments for the occasional photoshoot or when a friend owes me money (you know who you are!). The only time I pay is when I actually accept a credit card payment. Square takes a cut (2.75%) off the top of the transaction and deposits the remainder in my checking account the next business day. PayPal jumped on this bandwagon a little too late for me. I always liked PayPal and still do, but by they time they came out with their solution for accepting credit cards (2.5% per transaction) I was already very comfortable with Square. Also with PayPal Here, even though the money (minus the transaction fee) is credited to your PayPal account almost immediately, PayPal can take up to 3 days before the money is in your bank account after you initiate the transfer “manually!”

Amazon enters the market and significantly undercuts the competition!

When you already have two big players in the field, what can you do to make a dent? Significantly lower the price. That’s exactly what Amazon did. They are offering their service at a mere 1.75% per transaction for anyone that opens an account by October 31, 2015. That rate be in effect until 12/31/2015. On January 1, 2016 you would start paying 2.5%, which is still less than Square’s current rate.

How’s the App?

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Since this is an App site, the focus will be on the Amazon Local Register App itself. I downloaded the App two days before my card reader (cost $10 with a $10 credit towards your transaction fees) arrived. It’s a free app of course and it’s a universal App for iPhone, iPad an iPod touch. I installed it on my iPhone 5s and iPad Air with no issue. Unfortunately you do need to create a NEW Amazon account. Amazon will not let you log in with your existing account for some odd reason. It was easy enough to do right in the App. The only problem I ran into was that after my account was created I wanted to go ahead and add the bank account info so that when I accept cards the money can be transferred. I started the process and needed to switch apps to 1Password to get my bank account numbers and when I switched back I had to start the process all over again. I wasn’t gone that long and it seems that you can’t leave the process once you start it. So I advice you to have your routing, account number and login info handy before you start.

The app lets you enter in transactions with or without item names. You can also create a library of items that you sell on a regular basis. This is very handy as I have a few different photography packages. There were no real surprises here as it had the basic functions that you would expect from this kind of app. You can also enter your cash transactions as well. The app allows you to enter multiple items at different prices and then charge them all with one total when ready. I love the quick “discount” feature as well. If you want to give a customer a percentage discount, just tap the discount button and key in the percentage and the app will do the math. Once you tap the charge button you can then swipe the card and have your customer digitally sign. You can also accept payments by keying in a card number manually, but you’ll pay 2.75% (still cheaper than Square and PayPal here) for those transactions as they are a bigger risk for fraud.

Room for improvement

One of the things that bugs me about this app is the frequent need to sign in while you’re in the app. I understand the need to confirm your identity when you’re asking for a report such as the My Money report. However, once I sign in and then tap to see other “Reports” I’m asked to sign in again. I just signed in two seconds ago. Why do I need to sign in again?

I ran a test transaction and was given the opportunity to email a receipt. Email receipts are the only option at this point. Square offers receipts via SMS and Email.

 

Overall the Amazon Local Register app has the features that most people will need, although the Square app has a few more bells and whistles and looks more like a modern “register”. I’m sure the Amazon app will improve over time, but for right now if you’re just looking to save money on fees, the Amazon Local Register app can’t be beat. We’ll see how Square and PayPal Here respond.

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PDF Expert 5 - Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents

20 iOS Productivity Apps on Sale for A Limited Time

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Apple doing something unexpected or without formal explanation is not a new thing. Here’s yet another example, Apple just put 20 productivity apps on sale for a limited time and without saying how long these apps will be on sale. So grab them while you can:

Clear-Tasks, Reminders & Todos $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
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Notability $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
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Mindnode $4.99 (regularly $9.99)
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Scanner Pro by Readdle $2.99 (regularly $6.99)
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Fantastical 2 for iPhone Calendar $4.99 (regularly $9.99)
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Launch Center Pro $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
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Boxer for Gmail, Outlook and Exchange $4.99 (regularly $9.99)
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Prizmo Scanning OCR Speech $2.99 (regularly $9.99)
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Tydlig Calculator Reimagined $0.99 (regularly $2.99)
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iTranslate Voice Translator $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
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Writer Pro: Note, Write, Edit, Read $4.99 (regularly $19.99)
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Grafio – Diagrams & Ideas $3.99 (regularly $8.99)
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PDF Expert 5 – Fill forms, annotate $4.99 (regularly $9.99)
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PCalc – The Best Calculator $4.99 (regularly $9.99)
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Gneo $3.99 (regularly $9.99)
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Due – Super fast reminders reusable $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
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Todo – To-Do & Task List $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
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TextGrabber + Translator recognize, translate and save your text $6.99 (regularly $14.99)
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MobileFamilyTree 7 $6.99 (regularly $14.99)
iTunes.

Scanbot – PDF & QR Code Scanner $0.99 (regularly $1.99)
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