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Quotebook 2 offers iCloud, Instapaper support

For the quote lover in all of us, Quotebook 2 is now out with iCloud and Instapaper’s Launch Center support. You can utilize iCloud to sync quotes between your iPhone and iPad, or you can share a quote via email, iMessage, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. You can add quotes to Quotebook using Instapaper’s Launch Center. A neat addition is auto detection. Copy a quote, and Quotebook will recognize it from the clipboard. A search has been added, with connections to Wikipedia to find out more about the source. We really liked Quotebook when it first came out . Since then, an iPad version has been released, and Quotebook looks especially nice on it. It’s available for $2.99 in the App Store . Quotebook 2 offers iCloud, Instapaper support originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 20:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Tech Crunch compares HTC Evo 4G LTE, iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the latest Android handsets to land on Sprint. As the newcomer, it’s only fitting to compare the phone to its competitors which include the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. TechCrunch takes a quick look at each of these handsets. Unfortunately, this spec-to-spec comparison doesn’t consider the overall experience of the platform and actual hands-on usage of the device. As an iPhone 4S owner who has a Galaxy Nexus and has used many Android devices, Android phones might be customizable, but they can’t hold a candle to the iPhone when it comes to usability and build quality. Yes, the Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65-inch display, but the phone has a plastic feel that doesn’t compare to the glass and metal design of the iPhone 4S. There’s also the EVO 4G LTE which is touted for its ability to run on an LTE network that won’t go live until this summer . Looking beyond specific phones, iPhone owners also have the iOS App Store which outshines the Google Play Store (nee Android Market). And whether Android fans like to hear it or not, Android has a little problem with fragmentation . Tech Crunch compares HTC Evo 4G LTE, iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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AllThingsD releases all its D Conference interviews with Steve Jobs

Some of Steve Jobs most memorable clips come from the times he has appeared on stage with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher as part of their annual D: All Things Digital Conference . To honor Jobs’s memory, AllThingsD has released all its recorded interviews with Steve Jobs. The six clips span the years between 2003 and 2010 and include one short, but especially candid interview with Bill Gates. There’s also a highlight video that shows the best of his appearances. It’s a wonderful walk down memory lane that’s worth checking out, especially knowing what we know today about Apple and its climb from a struggling company with a hot music player to one of the top companies in the world. The compilation is available on iTunes for free. AllThingsD releases all its D Conference interviews with Steve Jobs originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Cricket Wireless announces availability of iPhone 4, 4S

Cricket Wireless , which is owned by Leap Wireless , has become the first pre-paid US carrier to offer the iPhone. The company is offering contract-free, “unlimited” voice, text and data for US$55 per month . Note that Cricket defines “unlimited” as a “fair usage” policy of 2.3 GB per month. As for up-front cost, Cricket will sell the iPhone 4S for $499.99 (16 GB) and the iPhone 4 for $399.99 (8 GB). You can make a purchase online or at one of 60 US Cricket Wireless retail stores as of June 22. [Via TNW ] Cricket Wireless announces availability of iPhone 4, 4S originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 10:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Watch free bad movies on your iOS device with PopcornFlix

I admit it. I’m a bad movie fan. Give me something by Ed Wood , or titles like ” Robot Monster ” or ” Invasion of the Bee Girls ” and I’m a happy guy. It’s not that I dislike good movies, but the bad ones are entertaining in a kind of strange way. You wonder how such a train wreck was possible. How did it get produced? Maybe it just makes me feel better about life knowing there are a lot of failures out there. Now, you can bring a terrific (abysmal) collection of bad films to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The app is called Popcornflix , and it is absolutely free, which is what the offered movies are worth. You can search by an actor’s name (you probably never heard of them), title (same problem there) or genre (horror, comedy, etc.). The only downside is the ads. You’ll get an ad when you select a film, then another ad when you get through the first ad. Some of the ads run in portrait mode only. If you pause the movie, you’re sometimes dumped back to the app home screen and you can’t resume where you left off (a terrible feature). There’s no AirPlay support either. Having said all that, if you’re stuck at an airport or have a block of time on your hands that you want to kill, I can’t think of a better app that serves the purpose. With titles like ” Night Junkies ” and “Bride of the Dragon” (can’t find any references for this one) you won’t exactly be in Oscar territory, but you might be entertained and have a good laugh. Popcornflix is a universal app, and can stream movies over WiFi or 3G. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. Gallery: Popcornflix for iOS Watch free bad movies on your iOS device with PopcornFlix originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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AllThingsD posts video highlights of Tim Cooks’ conversation

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Tim Cook during the opening event for its D10 Conference which is in full swing this week. Besides archiving the live blog , AllThingsD also posted several video highlights from the talk. There’s one 16-minute clip and several short clips that present the best of what Tim said during the event. Though the live blog was informative, the video of Cook is much more engrossing and entertaining to watch. It’s definitely well worth your time. AllThingsD posts video highlights of Tim Cooks’ conversation originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Ars looks at 25 years of HyperCard

Ars Technica has a wonderful writeup today about Apple’s HyperCard , which would be celebrating its 25th birthday if it was still around. HyperCard was a wonderful tool; it provided a way for non-programmers to link “cards” of information with simple scripts and a variety of common Mac user interface elements. A button could play a sound, link to another card, or even perform calculations, so it was everyman’s way of creating “stacks” of cards that could do amazing things. How important was HyperCard to the world? Although we don’t hear much about it today, it was the first implementation of what Ted Nelson proposed as early as 1960 as “hypertext.” Many of the early Web browsers borrowed heavily from the design and functionality of HyperCard, with Mosaic and Netscape being the progenitors of today’s modern browsers. HyperCard was developed by original Mac team member Bill Atkinson and made it to market in 1987. Reading blogger Matthew Lasar’s writeup on HyperCard brought back many memories for me. I can recall attending a seminar at an Apple office in Denver about HyperCard and its core scripting language, HyperTalk, shortly after its release. Author Danny Goodman ran the seminar and copies of his “Complete HyperCard Handbook” were handed out to everyone in attendance. That quickly became my favorite reference, and I began to create HyperCard stacks by the dozen. I actually made money selling HyperCard stacks through Heizer Software’s “Stack Exchange,” where I sold a variety of reference stacks I had created. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, I gave a number of talks at the Institute of Gas Technology’s annual Chicago IT conference talking about the use of hypertext and HyperCard in business. While HyperCard hasn’t been included with Macs for quite a long time (it used to come on a set of three floppies with every new machine), its descendants live on. The World Wide Web, SuperCard , and RunRev all owe a lot to Bill Atkinson’s brainchild. Ars looks at 25 years of HyperCard originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Yocto Alarm Clock for iOS is free, full featured and very nice

There must be hundreds of alarm clock apps available for iOS. I’ve reviewed several, both good and bad. The free ones are usually not so great, the paid ones are usually a step up. So along comes the Yocto Clock . It’s free, has oodles of features, looks great and works well. The Yocto clock can wake you up to any of a set of pre-selected sounds, or anything in your iTunes library. It can put you to sleep with ambient loops like the sounds of a forest at night. You can even use external audio, like Internet radio, as a music source. The display offers the time, natch, and you can add a weather forecast or change the text color. There are several background pictures available, too, or your can add your own. You can even set images to refresh every time you launch the app, or on a timed rotation. Screen brightness is controlled with a gesture, and a built-in help file explains the details. The universal Yocto Clock supports the Retina display, and looks great on the iPhone and the iPad. Note that the app must be in the foreground for alarms to work, and requires iOS 5.0 or greater. My hat is off to developer David Mandell who has created a useful, attractive and full-featured app. If you are really happy with the app, you can donate $0.99 as a “tip” for the author. Darn well worth it. Check the gallery for some screen grabs. Gallery: Yocto Clock for iOS Yocto Alarm Clock for iOS is free, full featured and very nice originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Life Goals and Life Audit offer introspection and planning tools

Looking for meaning in your life? A pair of apps from Reefwing Software may help you narrow down your focus. Life Audit ( free ) has you rate yourself on a spectrum of life elements. It asks questions like, “Are you doing work you love?” and “Do you work less than 50 hours per week?” at your primary job. It then scores your answers in a variety of categories, namely artistic, attitude, career, education, relationship, financial, health, pleasure, public service, travel. You’ll see graphically which areas show strength, and which items you want to address for change. Enter Life Goals ( US$3.99 ). Built to explore the same category spectrum as Life Audit, Life Goals allows you to add specific targets and due dates. You can promise yourself to set up a date with your spouse, to focus on your relationship. Or you can plan to send out some query letters to boost your career. An enhanced to-do app, Life Goals reorganizes a standard reminders approach around focused categories. As you add and accomplish tasks, your Life Chart updates to show you which areas you’re excelling in, and which you’re neglecting, through an expanded system of graphs and statistics. Each goal breaks down into individual tasks. You can rate the task based on the effort involved and the impact it has. Then you can review your things-to-do list by these axes. Got a couple of quick wins you can check off your backlog? Life Goals points those out. Some “Thankless Tasks” that need doing? The app collects those as well, so you can pick one to work on during down-time. A lot of thought has gone into its design, to help users prioritize and review task management. If you like visual and statistical goal feedback, this app has it in bunches. The graphics are a little on the low-end “designed-by-engineer” side, but it’s really the methodology, not the interface, that sells this app. Life Goals and Life Audit offer introspection and planning tools originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Poll: What kind of app reviewer are you?

As part of our duties here on TUAW, we often read App Store reviews for apps that we’ll be covering. We find it particularly interesting how app reviews break down, especially for one- and five-star reviews. For some, reviews seem to be personal — not about the product’s merits, but how well it fits (or doesn’t) into a user’s lifestyle. For others, people feel an obligation to help promote an app they liked or to warn purchasers against an app that’s unstable or a poor value. A lot of people buy apps and later are “meh” about ‘em, and delete them. For the price of a coffee or less, many customers can’t be bothered to write a bad in-store review about a mediocre app that gets tossed. What kind of reviewer are you? Here’s a poll for you to vote in. Then join in the comments and tell us what motivates you to leave a review. We’re also interested in hearing what each of the star ratings means to you. Is a three-star review “weak” or “average” for you? Let us know! View Poll Poll: What kind of app reviewer are you? originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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