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bentoforipad

Bento for iPhone/iPad gets Better

Bento is my favorite personal information manager for iOS. This new update works with the newly released Bento 4 for Mac OS. In addition to working with the new desktop version you now get:

  • The ability to record and store Voice Memos in the media fields
  • Location field support (tag records with your current location automatically)
  • iOS 4 multi-tasking support and printing PDFs stored in media fields
  • Address Book and iCal Tasks library synchronization can now be turned off in device settings
  • Additional language localizations.

Of these new features the one that I'm most looking forward to is the Voice Memo feature. I plan to use Beno for iPad to do my Trip Reports and with voice memos I'll now be able to not only enter the details about the trip/conference but also record sound bytes from customers to provide feedback to the product teams at corporate.

You can get Bento for iPad for $4.99 here from the iTunes

You can get Bento for iPhone/iPod touch for $4.99 here from the iTunes

Adobe Photoshop Express for iOS

Photoshop Express 2.0 is here for iOS

One of my favorite iOS image editing Apps, Photoshop Express has just been updated to version 2.0 

Photoshop Express 2.0 remains a free App that now has more support for iPhone 4's retina display as well as multitasking.

New Adobe Camera Pack

If you want to go further Photoshop Express 2.0 now offers an in-app purchase of the Adobe Camera Pack. This in-app purchase gives you additional features like an instant Review feature that is similar to what you find on traditional point and shoot and DSLR cameras. For example, when I take a photo on any of my other cameras, I see the photo for a few seconds on the LCD to make sure I got the shot. However, after you take a photo with the built-in iDevice cameras the photo goes directly to the camera roll without showing you what it looks like first. Granted you can tap to see the photo that you've just taken, but then you're missing out on taking more photos while the action is still going on. With Photoshop Express you can now set a 2 second or 5 second review that will show you the photo AND allow you to delete it, right after you take the shot to make sure it's what you want. You can just keep right on shooting without any additional navigation. You also get a timer for taking shots that you want to get into or have the iDevice be totally steady on a tripod. You can also take advantage of Adobe legendary Noise Reduction features:

You can download Photoshop Express 2.0 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for free here from the iTunes

Google_Search

Major Update to Google Search iOS App

 

Just fire up Mobile Safari and do a Google search right? Yes you could do that, but then you'd be missing out on quite a few cool features of this newly updated Google Search App. The Google Search App does allow you to do text based searches, but it also allows you to search in more ways. Like the original version you can search via your voice. Just fire up the app and tap the mic icon. Then you can just speak your search phrase. Now you can also use your iOS device's camera (yes, even on the 5 day old iPad 2) to take a picture of an object that you want to search for. The App warns you that it image searches work best on Books & DVDs, Landmarks, logos, barcodes, etc. The new UI (user interface) also let's you swipe right to see your results in a more Google like manner. You can now easily narrow your results down to Places, Images, News, Shopping, Videos, Updates, Blogs and Discussions.

If you use an iOS device and you do searches this App rocks! You can get Google Search for Free here from the iTunes

Mr.Number

Mr. Number Reverse Phone Number Lookup

Do you ever get a phone call from a number that isn’t in your phone book and wonder if it’s a telemarketer, or possibly a crazy ex friend from the past? For better or worse, my number is all over the internet which causes me to get lots of phone calls both from telemarketers, as well as people with Photoshop, tech, or Photography questions. If I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer it. With that said, I still like to know who it was that called, especially if they don’t leave a voicemail. There are other services and Apps out there that offer reverse number lookup either as their primary function or as one of the services built into their phonebook App but Mr. Number is by far the best I have tried yet. It is a dedicated reverse lookup App with a great UI (user interface) and a large directory of numbers. Even though it is touted as a “one purpose” App, it still has a nice extra little feature that I use on a regular basis.
 

How it works

The functionality of Mr. Number is pretty strait forward. You input the number (including area code) that you want to look up and hit GO. The App will search its database of numbers and brings back your results. The developer claims 50% return rate on cell phone numbers, and 90% return rate for landlines. I have no way of verifying this claim, but I can tell you that there have been very few numbers that I have searched that weren’t in there. Once it finds the number, you will get an information screen showing you the person, or business’ name, how many times that particular number has been looked up, as well as how many times it has been reported as spam. It really works well.

From the main screen you have four options, first is to look up a number, second is your search history, both of which do exactly what you would expect. Next you will see a “ME” tab which is optional. From this tab you can add and manage your cell phone and personal information on the Mr. Number database. The last option at the bottom of the screen is the settings tab. This tab contains you’re my account, and the backup and restore option. The last of which is the little extra feature that I like and use often.
 

Backup and Restore

Just as it sounds, this section lets you backup and restore your entire contact list from the cloud. I backup my iPhone through iTunes but it’s always nice to have another option for added security.
 

Cost

Normally we just list the price right by the download button at the bottom of the review, but with this App there is a continual charge so I thought it should have its own section. The initial cost of the App is $.99. Your first 20 lookups are FREE! After that, each lookup is $.05. Not too expensive. If you have looked the number up in the past, there is no charge; If Mr. Number doesn’t have the number in their database, again no charge.
 

Conclusion

When it comes to doing reverse lookups, there are plenty of options in the iTunes store but none work as well as Mr. Number. It’s a must have App for anyone that receives calls from lots of strange, unknown numbers.

You can get Mr. Number for the iPhone for $0.99 here from the iTunes

 

iphoneos4

iOS 4.3 is Here!

 

No surprises here as it's been rumored and covered to death in the media. iOS 4.3 is here! However, there is one feature that many may overlook or take for granted and that is the integrated Home Sharing. While I feel that Home Share could use a LOT OF WORK for sharing between computers, it's actually quite cool to use to stream content from your iTunes library directly and wirelessly to your iOS device. This goes a long way for the limited storage space on iOS Devices. This way you could sync just your favorite media to your device, but still have access to ALL of your media while you're at home. The first thing you'll need to do of course is plug in your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and update to iOS 4.3 via iTunes. Then just go to your iPod preferences in Settings and enter your Home Sharing (iTunes) account email and password. It probably goes without saying that Home Sharing needs to be turned on in iTunes and iTunes needs to be open/running. Also this needs to be the SAME email and password that you use in both places. Now when you launch your iPod app you should also see your various Home Sharing libraries on the network. From there you can chose anything that you want to play and stream it wirelessly over your WiFi Network. On the iPad your libraries will show at the top of your left hand panel. On the iPhone you'll need to tap on the "Shared" icon under "More" to see your Libraries.

The New Features of iOS 4.3

This update contains new features and improvements, including the following:

 

  • Personal Hotspot*
    • Share iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)
  • iTunes Home Sharing
    • Play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)
  • New AirPlay features**
    • Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
    • Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using  transitions available on Apple TV
  • Faster Safari performance with Apple Nitro JavaScript engine
  • HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter***
    • View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display
  • Ping features
    • Push notifications for comments and follow requests
    • Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
    • Parental controls
  • New Settings
    • Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert
    • iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects <-Thanks for bring this back!
  • Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send a passcode
  • Bug fixes

*Requires iPhone 4 with tethering data plan

**Requires Apple TV (2nd generation) running software version 4.2 or later

***iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation)

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