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Handy apps to complete your “Rest of the Year” resolutions


Who made a New Year’s resolutions list on the 1st January 2011 and totally forgot about most of them by the 4th January 2011? Well it’s not too late to put those great intentions back into practice. As Rodney Chester states in his Radar story in today’s Courier Mail, “Today is the 186th day of the year and since the weekend, we have been closer to the end of the year than we were to the beginning”. Well that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. You are either halfway through completing your resolutions or running out of time to put them off.

Radar is introducing a new tradition – the mid-year resolutions, otherwise know as the new year resolutions that you forgot about, but they are also offering some assistance to help you complete the year with ease. Yes, they have offered information on 10 handy apps on almost every topic to help you get your life back on track. It even includes a Bucket List app.

The list below is courtesy of the Radar section in the Brisbane Courier Mail.

1. MyFitnessPal (www.myfitnesspal.com)
The idea behind this is simple. Record everything you eat, and all the exercise you can do and see if your input outweighs your output. What probably makes the system so popular is that it has free apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phone, so wherever you are you can log your food and drink intake as you go.

2. SmartCoach Mobile
The popular running magazine Runner’s World has launched an app (Android, iPhone) to help you set out a training schedule that could have you making the distance in your first fun run.

3. Livestrong Myquit Coach
Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong anti-cancer group is behind this physician-approved way of decreasing your cigarettes. This app (iPhone, iPad) has lots of positive reviews from people who say it has helped them kick the habit.

4. iXpenslt
It’s not only the start of the second half of the year, it’s also a new financial year. If keeping track of your spending is a problem, this (iPhone, iPad) app could help. Just tap it in every time you spend something, indicate what category, and come tax time it will generate a report.

5. 52 Organising Missions
Sometimes the simple act of tidying your desk can help you focus on the job at hand. So how focused could you be if you tidied your life? This iPad-only app takes you through various tidying challenges (like how to declutter 50 items from your home, five steps to detoxing your car) which could transform you.

6. My Christmas Gift List
Remember last Christmas when you got to the week before and it was a hectic rush, you vowed never to do again? This app (iPhone, iPad) will help you count down to Christmas by letting you list what gifts you want for those special people in your life. All you’ve got to do is buy them and tick them off.

7. Bucket List
This app (iPhone, iPad) gives you a template for your “Things to do before I kick the bucket” list. The examples are “buy a house” and “climb Everest”.

8. Mr Positive
Sometimes you can have trouble recognising your good points. This app (iPhone, iPad) presents you with one of 20 positive phrases to get you through the day. Of course the irony is if an app is the only thing telling you positive things, then you really need this app. Cost:

9. Communication skills to improve your relationship
This app (iPhone, iPad) is just a very simple list of tips, from “tone of voice is key” to “respond properly”. Seems like common sense but maybe not to everyone.

10. Conversation Starters – iTopics2:

Well it seems they have covered EVERYTHING. I am now armed with everything I need to revisit the hopes, dreams and wishes I set in motion at the beginning of the year and make some sweeping lifestyle changes just in time for 2012.

Yours in Rest of the Year Resolutions

Angie Rapisarda.


iCloud? What is it?

Apple have, in my opinion, created one of the best things for people on the go and even the everyday person: iCloud.

iCloud stores your music, photos, calendars, documents and more! It then pushes all of them to all your devices, enabling you to view anything created on your iPhone, on your iPad the next day at work. You don’t need to tell it to sync – instead, it just works!

For the photo-lovers out there, as soon as you take a photo, iCloud will automatically send it to all your devices over any available Wi-Fi network including Apple TV so you can share the memories with your friends with ease.

Currently, there is a Beta version for iTunes music where you can download all purchases to all devices. And you can even download previous purchases! However, this nifty device is only available in the US at the moment.

I can’t wait for this to happen. I reckon it will be the best thing Apple have done in many years.

Yours in iCloud,

iPhone gadget goodness!

Just when I thought that I’d seen the best of the iPhone gadgets available, I’m forced to think again with the impending release of the Wow-Keys Keyboard.

The keyboard acts not only as a docking station for your iPhone, synching your iTunes and charging your mobile device, but it also allows you to utilise your phone as an input device for your machine. You can use it run programs, type messages, emails and more!

There are a number of benefits to the keyboard, it allows you to utilise your phone as a numeric keypad and enter data from your machine to your phone (for example create notes or type an email).

The keyboard also contains a very handy multimedia selection of buttons for use with any videos or music that you stream from you phone.

The keyboard is provided by CompuExpert and will go on sale on May 24th this year. It’s also compatible with both PC and Mac systems!

Would you use a keyboard like this?

Yours in sweet iPhone gadgets,


Tracing the iPhone’s problem

Ever wondered what a map of EXACTLY where you have been over the last month looked like? Got an iPhone? Well, here’s something you probably didn’t (but should) know!

It may come as a bit of a shock, but you might like to know that your iPhone is actually capable of doing this. The technology is nothing new or special, 3 cell phone towers are used to triangulate your exact co-ordinates which are then stored in a database with a timestamp. Due to the fact that your phone does this without the assistance of its GPS hardware, this is NOT something that can be turned off or that you can opt out of. Though this method of recording your position is potentially less accurate, it is countered by the fact that it stores this information timed to the second. Want to see what this information looks like when its displayed through a program on a computer? Check this out:

Washington DC to New York from Alasdair Allan on Vimeo.

The next interesting (or scary fact), is that it’s been happing since June 2010 with the release of iOS 4. The information is kept in a file that is synced to your computer via iTunes where it can be deleted (along with the rest of your phones back up) but the next time you sync your device a new copy of the file will be created. It is also moved to a new device when the old one is replaced.

Perhaps the most intriguing piece of information about all of this is that it took two security researchers to stumble across it for the information to come to light. Apple have stored all of this without the user’s permission or knowledge through the use of undocumented and seemingly hidden features of its mobile operating system. Telephone service providers are able to record this information however it requires legal documentation and is normally only accessible by the police. It is pretty easy for anyone who has access to your computer to get hold of this information which for some is more worrying than the fact that your phone stores it in the first place. Unfortunately at the moment there is no way of opting out of this either. Discoverers of this information have written a simple program on Mac OS X that is capable of displaying this information on a map which illustrates just how detailed the stored information is. If you’re interested in trying it out visit their website.

As someone who likes to keep my personal information cards close to my chest, I strongly recommend reading the articles that inspired me to write this post, visit:

iPhone Tacker – http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/#1

Gizmodo – Your iPhone is Secretly tracking everywhere you go

The Guardian – iPhone keeps records of everywhere you go

Yours in spying and secretly tracking things,

The rise of mobile marketing in 2011

Mobile phones, it seems everyone has one right? In 2011 people are spending more time on their mobile phones than ever before. A new study by Microsoft Tag has revealed the cold, hard stats in an interesting infograph.

Marketers, did you know that more than 1 billion of the world’s 4+ billion mobile phones are now smartphones? And of these users, more than a third of Facebook users (more than 200 million) access Facebook from their phone.

However the most interesting statistic I stumbled across is that in three years mobile internet usage is set to overtake desktop internet usage … the whole world really is in our hands, already! This proves that mobile marketing is fast becoming an important part of businesses digital marketing plans.

Below are some key highlights from the infographic:

Yours in mobile marketing statistics,


Is your brand a fractal?

Influenced by Lee’s original blog about fractals, I started to think about how fractals can be used for brands. I came to the conclusion that fractals are a good paradigm / framework to model your brand.

The definition of a fractal according to Hyperdictionary is:

A rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a smaller copy of the whole. Fractals are generally self-similar (bits look like the whole) and independent of scale (they look similar, no matter how close you zoom in).

If a brand is the total experience you get from interacting with a product or company, then a good brand will emanate a consistent message or culture both internally and externally. By taking a fractal point of view when creating a brand, we can design total experiences where all aspects, large and small, reinforce each other.

If your brand is a fractal, then any interaction with part of the brand will reflect the interaction with every other part of the brand, as well as the complete brand itself.

An example of a fractal brand is Apple.

As a whole, the Apple brand exudes a culture of lifestyle, imagination, innovation, quality, aspirations and empowerment through technology. Apple is a successful brand because they maintain this culture at all contact points. Their TVCs stimulate the imagination and promote the liberation found in their innovative products; the interior design of their stores give the feeling of quality and usability, as does their website; the staff are knowledgable and continue the theme of empowerment as they cheer for you when you’ve bought a product.

Is your brand a fractal? Look at ways to integrate all aspects of your brand, from your logo design through to how the phone is answered.

Yours in fractals,

(Image courtesy of Julia Map)

KPI time!

OK… so it is now officially the end of the working year and I was thinking the other day about a few things I have set for myself to have done by the yearly reviews next year in July.

One of my ‘KPI’s’ was to have an iPhone application submitted to the app store. Now I just remembered this and thought I better get cracking and get an idea together for an app that would be useful to people. In saying that, I have come up with my idea, and I will reveal once we are published in-store!

Something that I came across for the app I am creating, is that the user must have an internet connection to use it. Apple are very kind and have provided a class called ‘Reachability’. This class checks to make sure the user does have a connection and if not, then warns the user the app is not going to work until they manage to get one. Having no internet connection and not warning the user about it, is the (according to Apple) third most reason for an app to be rejected.

The ‘Reachability’ code can be found on the Apple Developer site

Now that I have got this under control… I know what i’ll be doing over my Xmas break!

Yours in iPhone development,

When Facebook becomes a book

When Facebook becomes a book from Siavosh Zabeti on Vimeo.

I think I’ve become a little obsessed with the digital word lately. I’ve pretty much stopped buying newspapers and magazines and get my fill online. I use my iPhone for my shopping lists and to jot down the epiphanies that come to me in the night. I’d rather put all my photos on Facebook than have them printed at a photo lab.

But this campaign for Bouygues Telecom’s Facebook Platform by Perfect Fools & DDB Paris really struck a chord with me. They looked at the way we use Facebook and found that even though we use the social networking site everyday, we forget our favorite moments we share online. It seems that by capturing all of your Facebook status updates, photos and activity in a book, you somehow make it more ‘real’ and ‘permanent’. I’m not sure if the printed Facebook actually exists or of you receive on when you sign up with Bouygues Telecom (would be awesome if you did) but the idea and filming is nice enough.

Maybe it’s time I brought back some ‘real’ and ‘permanent’ things in my life? How about you?

Yours in digital life,

Android’s share of market jumps 600%

In the third quarter of last year, Android accounted for 3.5% of the market, now, they are at 25.5%!

Can you believe it? This puts them ahead of Apple, Microsoft and the makers of Blackberry, with the main takeover prominent in North America.

In the third quarter of 2010 more than 20 million handsets running Android were sold worldwide. In the same time Apple sold 13 and a half million iPhone’s while RIM sold 12 million Blackberry’s.

Google are now in the game with mobiles which started off slow, and is now, the leading OS on Smartphones.

Your in mobile,

Apple MacBook Air’s Next Generation

Apple have now released the new generation of MacBook’s available in an 11 inch and 13 inch screen size. The MacBook Air.

This MacBook runs off a flash drive instead of a hard drive, which, if you already have an iPod, iTouch, iPhone etc… then you already have the experience of using such development. It’s quick and instant.

With a headphone socket, 2 USB connections, SD card slot, and a microphone, this 1.7cm thick computer, weighing 1kg in weight, is definitely one product from Apple I will be picking up in the next couple of weeks! Adding to my question previously about the iPad and Playbook post on what device to get, I now know I would not even bother with an iPad, and would go straight for the new MacBook Air. It runs the standard OSX, so it’s capable of so much more than the iPad and you can connect via Wi-Fi to a nearby computer to run a CD and install software (similar to how the original MacBook Air did). It even has Bluetooth as well!

Apple has stated that: Underneath all that thinness is a full-size, fully capable Mac that can do practically everything its larger siblings can do. Minus a kilogram or two.

Starting from $1,199AUD, and with optional upgrades of up to 4GB in memory and 256GB in flash storage, this will be a big seller. I can’t wait!

Yours in hailing Steve Jobs,