National Geographic World Atlas (for iPad)

May27

The Global View

445711-national-geographic-world-atlas-for-ipadThe opening view on the app’s official homepage shows the Earth as a globe. You can rotate it by swiping in either direction, and zoom in or out by stretching or pinching. At the bottom of the screen are two circles with a line joining them. If you slide one circle on top of a city, and the other on top of a second city, the distance between the two points will appear in a popup box along the line, which moves with the points. This only works if there is a city or town near each point.

I tried to measure the distance between New York City and Tristan da Cunha, a South Atlantic island I recently contacted via Ham Radio, but nothing came up. The same was true when the second point was in the Algerian desert. The points also have to be line-of-sight; you can’t measure the distance to a place on the far side of the globe, if you have to swipe to get to it.

Category: Uncategorized

Google Inbox for Gmail (for iPhone)

May27

445913-google-inbox-for-gmail-for-iphoneIf, over the years, you’ve highly customized your Gmail experience by setting up filters and incorporating other services that further optimize your email, such as TripIt! or SaneBox, then the new Inbox for Gmail app (free) isn’t for you. The reason: You already have your own version of it, read more here at the full report.

The new invite-only app, called Inbox for Gmail (available for iOS, Android, and Web) tries and mostly succeeds at making it less painful to manage your Gmail account. But that’s only really true if you’re (how to put this?) an email lightweight as opposed to a power user. No offense intended; most people are basically babes in the wood when it comes to email, and they want, nay, need, some help. In the iPhone version, Inbox for Gmail gives you simple swiping gestures for marking mail as done, a useful snooze tool, intelligent sorting, and a few other neat tools that make managing email a little easier.

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Golden Frog Vypr VPN

May23

315129-golden-frog-vyprvpnBusinesses rely on virtual private network (VPN) services to protect remote employees and their networks; a VPN such as Golden Frog’s VyprVPN (starting at $9.99 per month) extends that protection to end-users. Your computer and mobile devices communicate with websites and other systems like my latest blog post online by sending and receiving data packets. Anyone with a packet sniffer—your Internet Service Provider, the owner of the WiFi network you are using, or someone up to no good—could intercept that data stream and see what you are up to. VyprVPN easily protects your online activity from digital snoops and hides your geographic location.

Category: Health Services

Pacer (for iPhone)

May23

389190-run-tracking-appAs much as I adore activity trackers for fitness, I highly recommend first trying a mobile app that does largely the same thing, especially if you’re unfamiliar with smart pedometers. A mobile fitness app that counts your steps and can track your exercise will give you a decent taste of what those wrist-worn and clip-on trackers can do. Pacer (for iPhone) is a free app available at official website in this space that also helps you keep tabs on your weight and blood pressure. While it has a nice interface and can connect to other health apps (namely MyFitnessPal and Apple Health), it drains the iPhone battery. Part of the problem is you can’t toggle the location privacy setting to “while using app,” a fairly standard option for activity-tracking apps. With Pacer, it’s either on or off, all or nothing.

Category: Health Services

Retro Record Player (for Android)

May21

465887-retro-record-player-for-androidRetro Record Player is compatible with .MP3 and M4A files—and, sadly, nothing more. That’s quite unfortunate, as many albums come bundled with FLAC digital download codes. Audiophiles, a group that overlaps read review with vinyl nerds, long for those lossless files. If you aren’t instantly turned off by this limitation, then you’ll find Retro Record Player an otherwise pretty-functional app.

Category: Traveling

FileSearchy Free 1.4

May20

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FileSearchy is a quick, powerful and easy to use utility to search files on your computer. It provides real-time search by file name. Unlike other search tools with instant file search, it also allows searching by content string, date and size. FileSearchy supports many popular formats and highlights found text in file name and contents, for example houston recording studio.

Category: Other

CrashPlan

May19

Online backup may seem like a pretty drab, dry topic, but CrashPlan ($59.99 per year with unlimited storage) manages to make it cool and innovative. The service’s main twist involves where it stores your files. Most online backup services simply offer remote server storage you pay for, but in addition to that option, CrashPlan lets you use any computer hooked up to the Internet or a local drive—in which case the service is free. The service also boasts one of the slickest and simplest interfaces we’ve seen. That, along with unlimited storage space, good security options, and unlimited version saving, makes CrashPlan one of the most flexible cloud storage solutions around. For all that, CrashPlan joins IDrive and SOS Online Backup$59.99 at SOS Online Backup as a PCMag.com Editors’ Choice for online backup services, more here.

Category: Uncategorized

Exceptional medicines

May17

There are a few unmistakable sorts of government and state energy-related tax credits. There are those which apply to existing essential living arrangements and some renewable energy credits which apply to both existing and new development. The government private energy change tax credits lapse in 2010. The greater part of the renewable energy tax credits are not situated to terminate until 2016. Be that as it may, there are some exceptional medicines for the business renewable energy credits that are accessible just through 2010. State energy-related tax credits differ by state.

Category: Other

Pacer (for iPhone)

May15

389190-run-tracking-appAs much as I adore activity trackers for fitness, I highly recommend first trying a mobile app that does largely the same thing, especially if you’re unfamiliar with smart pedometers. A mobile fitness app that counts your steps and can track your exercise will give you a decent taste of what those wrist-worn and clip-on trackers can do. Pacer (for iPhone) is a free app in this space that also helps you keep tabs on your weight and blood pressure. While it has a nice interface and can connect to other health apps (namely MyFitnessPal or the deaf lottery), it drains the iPhone battery. Part of the problem is you can’t toggle the location privacy setting to “while using app,” a fairly standard option for activity-tracking apps. With Pacer, it’s either on or off, all or nothing.

Category: Uncategorized

VinylPrice (for Android)

May14

VinylPrice (for Android)

Search results are presented in a clean, three-column fashion. Album art lives in the left column, while publisher, release date, and region information lives in the center column. However, it’s the right column that’s of utmost importance; that’s where you’ll find pricing information more here.

Category: Technology