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.

Chrome - web browser by Google

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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Podcasts

Apple Podcasts App

As Apple starts to break out the functionality of the “Music” App, they have provided a New Apple Podcasts App. This makes it easy to go right to the Podcasts App, search, subscribe, and play the audio and video podcasts that you want without having to find them in the Music App. I downloaded this free App and was pleasantly surprised to see that two of my downloaded podcasts were there and ready to play. Like the iBooks App the App is designed to allow you to see your existing content or flip it over to see the “Catalog” of available podcasts. You can either stream an episode right in the App, download it for later viewing or subscribe so that future episodes are automatically downloaded.

The App is pretty basic, and does exactly what it describes. It’s a Universal App that works natively on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. I’d love to see a “genius” feature that would recommend new podcasts based on the ones that I’m already subscribed to.

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Chrome Sync Pro - visit your Chrome Browser's bookmark,history and tab

Chrome Sync Pro – Bring your Google Chrome Bookmarks, History & Tabs to iOS

Google Chrome is my default browser on the desktop. While I like Safari’s features, I’ve just found Chrome to be more stable for me over the years. The one problem with not using Safari as my default browser is when it comes to having access to my bookmarks on iOS devices. iOS of course syncs bookmarks between iOS devices and the desktop version via iCloud. If there is an important bookmark that I want to have on iOS I’ve found myself in the past launching Safari just to bookmark it. Just the other day I was wishing that Google would make Chrome available as an iOS App. However, with Chrome Sync Pro I don’t have to wait.

Chrome Sync Pro is a Universal App for iOS that syncs your Bookmarks, History and even currently open Tabs from your desktop version of Chrome to iOS. I installed the App on my iPhone and then the browser extension in Chrome on my Mac. Once I relaunched the App it was all there. My bookmarks, browsing history and even the two tabs that where currently open on my MacBook Pro. When you tap on a bookmark it will either open in Safari or if you have multiple browsers (I have iCab too) it will ask you which browser do you want to be your default?

The Bottom Line

This is a GREAT way of always having your current bookmarks, history and tabs from Google Chrome on your iOS devices. I do wish that the App would actually sync them directly to Safari on iOS, but I can certainly live with the current implementation of having them live within the App. If Google Chrome is your default browswer, you’re gonna want this App. I have to thank my colleague Paul Trani for turning me on to this app.

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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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BT Journal

BT Journal – Moose Peterson’s Journal for Photographers

One of the photographers that inspires me is Moose Peterson. When it comes to wildlife photography, his name is the only one that comes to my mind. Moose also has an amazing skills when it comes to aerial photography. Needless to say I not only have an interest in photography, but I’m always looking to learn more and to be inspired. Moose Peterson’s New BT journal iPad App provides just the learning experience and inspiration that I’m looking for. Moose teaches by stories, videos and of course exceptional photography. This app (magazine) comes with at least 30 minutes of video with each issue as well as great written instruction. You can either buy single issues or subscribe. As a special bonus you get a step-by-step tutorial on how one of the key photographs was finished.

Best of all you can check out the Premiere Issue detailing the wonders of Yosemite in winter for free! If you’re into wildlife, landscapes or aerial photography then you’ll definitely want to check out Moose’s BT Journal.

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