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Update: Square for the iPad gets Shelves and other improvements

Square gets Reworked

This week Square announced some improvements to it's iPad App that are a welcome addition. They have added "shelves" and different customizable "sizes" for each product. These additions might not sound like much, but they can make your life a lot easier, especially if you're selling multiple products or multiple levels of service for through Square.



Shelves are something that I've been hoping for since day one with Square. Before, you were able to add items to your App that you sold over and over again. The problem was, you couldn't effectively group your items in any way. Shelves has fixed that. Now when you add items to Square that you use on a repetitive basis, you are given the option to add to a new or existing shelve. For me this means that I can add prints on one shelve, and photo sessions on a separate shelve. Or a bakery can add all of the breads on one shelve, and all the different muffins on a different shelve. The possibilities are endless.


Different Sizes

Before if you wanted to add the same item but in different sizes or price points, you would have to add two separate items. Now Square offers the ability to have three prices under each item. We'll use the bakery example again. If you have a sandwich that you offer in three different lengths, you can now place the small, medium, and large prices all under one item on your shelve.

Great for Us

The new shelves, different sizes, coupled with the ability to add images to each item makes square a real competitor, and viable option to replace traditional registers for many businesses. Try out the new options for Square, they're sure to make charging for items and services easier.


You can get Square for the iPad from the iTunes store for free here: iTunes
You can get Square for the iPhone from the iTunes store for free here: iTunes


Gogo Inflight Internet App

I fly quite a bit! My last couple of years of air travel could make the Up the in Air (George Clooney) character envious. One of the ways I stay on top of things while flying is to use the Gogo inflight internet whenever it's available. Luckily I fly Delta 99.9% of time domestically and they have outfitted the majority of their fleet with Gogo. While I'm usually connecting via my MacBook Pro, there are times when I've taken trips with just my iPad. Their new Gogo Inflight App makes logging on so much easier. While you could certainly log on from your web browser, having their App means that your user name and password is saved and then you're just one tap away from connecting each time. With the Gogo App getting on is less taps. Just fire up the App and connect! That's it. Even though your browser can save your user name and password, logging on from your browser requires additional steps to connect such as entering the 6 random characters to verify that you're a human. This is a universal App and therefore it's native to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. If you are a frequent Gogo user this free app will get you connected the fastest. While the App is FREE, the Inflight internet is not. 

You can get the Gogo Inflight Internet App here from the iTunes


Fatbooth makes you look comically large!

It's Friday… Why not talk about something light and fun?! A few months ago my brother sent me a picture of himself from a trip with his fiance to her home town. This particular brother is 6'0 tall and 175-180lbs soaking wet, but in the picture he looked 300lbs! I was hooked. I thought how funny it would be to take pictures of my friends, kids, and myself stretching the faces to cartoonish size.


It's A Novelty but it's Fun

Let's be honest. Fatbooth is a novelty. It's not something that has any real practical use, but it's a lot of fun. The really great thing about this App being a novelty though, is that the designers could spend a lot of time making it do the one thing that it was built for really, really well. Loading an image into the App is really, easy. You can either use the built in camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and take a picture with the built in camera App, or you can choose an image from your image gallery. The developers recommend a front facial image for the feature recognition algorithm to work correctly.  Let's talk about that algorithm for a minute. It works remarkably well. The App places feature markers where it thinks these features are. You of course are able to move the feature markers if they haven't been placed in the correct spot, but I have found that the App does a pretty good job of locating the points on it's own. It looks for the eyes, mouth and chin, so these aren't too difficult to find. 

If you don't like what the image looks like after the transformation, you can shake your iOS device to return to the original image and start over. Of course there are multiple ways to share your newly created image with the world. You can save it to your camera roll, post it on Twitter, Facebook, or email it.

I have to tell you, this app does a pretty good job of making your image look like you only a lot heavier. I posted the image of myself from the top of this review on my Facebook Page   and had people that have known me for years believing that I was stung by a bee. For the cheap price of $.99 it's worth it just to see what you would look like +300lbs.


You can get Fatbooth for your iPhone or iPodtouch for $.99 from the iTunes store here:iTunes
You can get Fatbooth for your iPad for $.99 here: iTunes


XE Currency for iPad (and iPhone too)

While on my most recent international trip there was one App that I realized I didn't have for my iPad. I didn't have an iPad native currency converter. While I happily use Convertbot for all my unit conversion needs on the iPhone, they have yet to make an iPad native version. So I went in search of one for iPad. As you might expect there are several to choose from. Since there was one that caught my eye and it was free I decided to download it right there on the spot in the airport. The problem I have is that when I go to a country for the first time I may not even know what their currency symbol is. This usually means that I have to Google it first before I can even use Convertbot. Then I usually set the conversion to $100 US so that I'll know approximately how much walking around money I may need to withdraw from an ATM for taxis and such. XE Currency so far has fit my needs very nicely. Not only can it display 10 different currencies at once, you can search for the currencies that you wish to display by the name of the country. That ends my need to Google them. As you might expect the App automatically gets the current exchange rates automatically over the internet and you can refresh it as often as you like. You can also use the built-in calculator to figure something out before doing the conversions. You can tap on any of your displayed currencies and enter an amount in that currency and all the other currencies will reflect the conversion.

It's slick and it works! My only minor complaint about the app is one of aesthetics. One thing that bugs me is that while I don't mind the limit of 10 currencies displayed at a time, I do find it a little distracting that those 10 don't fill up the display. There is space left over that you could easily fill with 2 more currencies. This begs the question of either why is there a limit of 10 or why not design the UI so that those 10 take up the whole display? Like I said, it's a very minor complaint. Otherwise I LOVE using this App and best of all it's FREE! I didn't need to look any further. It does all that I needed.

You can get XE Currency for iPad for FREE here from the iTunes

You can also get XE Currency for iPhone/iPod touch for FREE here from the iTunes


Mashable! For iOS

Since 2005 Mashable.com has been the go to news source for me about technology, social media, startups, and gadgets. When I got my first iOS device Mashable! was one of the first Apps I went looking for. I thought I loved Mashable! before, but the iOS App, particularly the iPad version is THE best way to view the content from the site.

The UI is Made With You in Mind

The user interface of the Mashable! App is designed with the end user in mind. The default content view is ALL when you fire up the App. Because the App is iOS4+ compatible it will "remember" what section you were in if the App is just running in the background. I prefer the All view because they have such a wide array of content I'm afraid that I would miss something important if I were constantly viewing content in just one section. The content sections are divided into 11 different tabs. Each well thought out and containing content worthy of it's very own area. The titles range from social media to startups. If it's important in the world of technology, they cover it.

Other Sections

There is an "Other Sections" area of the Mashable! App that I find very useful. The first tab is Trending. This includes just what you would expect, the trending, or popular articles on Mashable!. I like this section because content is constantly being updated on the App and sometimes I miss it. If it was a particularly good article, or something that was really important, it will be in the trending articles.

The Lists tab holds exactly what you would expect. Mashable! is always creating lists for it's viewers. So many in fact that they need their own section. These lists will reside under the main topic that their content places them in, but the Lists tab will house all of them. These lists range from "8 tips for nailing your next startup job interview", to "57 new digital media resources you may have missed".  I love lists. I love this section

We've all read how to articles. Wouldn't it be nice if you could find all of your favorite how to tech articles in one place? With the Mashable App you can! The how to's range from job interviews, App creation, business, etc. Pretty much anything you can think of in the tech or social media world, they have a how to for it.

The next two tabs are great resources. They are Twitter, and Facebook guidebook's. Everything you need to know about Facebook and Twitter is housed in these guidebooks. The best part about these guidebooks is their fluidness. If things change on Facebook or Twitter(they always are) the guides change. Great resources.

The last two sections aren't all that useful to me. The announcements, and Twitter List Directory tabs just don't usually hold a whole lot of content that I'm interested in. The Twitter List Directory didn't even work for me the last time I clicked on it, so I really don't find it useful. ;)



Chances are if you're reading this blog you're a tech person. At the very least you're interested in what's going on in the world of mobile devices. There is so much good content to take in on Mashable! that this a "must have" App. There's a reason it made the Top 100 of the year list.


You can get Mashable! for the iPhone from the iTunes store for free here:  iTunes
You can get Mashable! for the iPad from the iTunes store for free here:  iTunes

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