Posted in App

Discounted Apps for the Holidays

App Santa

As the end of the year approaches, developers are discounting their apps. You can grab some really good apps at a great value from Many of the apps are at savings up to 80%. Many of the apps are available for iOS devices as well as Macs.

The apps that are part of the special are listed below.

Tweetbot for Mac


An award-winning Twitter client for the Mac.

TextExpander touch


Typing shortcut utility that saves time and keystrokes.



Track all your packages so you never miss a delivery.

Star Walk HD


The interactive astronomy guide for iPad.



Connect back to your computer from anywhere in the world.



Your money. Made simple.

Vee for Video


A whole new way to shoot and edit video.

Calendars 5


Smart calendar client for your iPhone and iPad.



Soulver is a notepad calculator, great for quick calculations.

Launch Center Pro


Launch actions, not just apps.

Day One


Record life as you live it.

Drafts 4


Drafts, where text starts on iOS.

Perfect Weather


A beautifully balanced view of the weather.



Terminology, a browser for the English language.

Star Walk


The interactive astronomy guide for iPhone.



Simplify your life.

Group Text+


Quickly create and send text messages.

Scanner Pro


Turn your iPhone or iPad into a portable scanner.



A powerful scientific calculator.

PDF Expert


Superb PDF viewer and editor.


Posted in Commentary

Why Type Using an iPad?

Jason Snell at MacWorld has written an interesting article about using the iPad to write articles entitled “Why I’m writing on the iPad.”

He suggests being forced to type slower on the iPad has benefits. He explains that although his mind still tries to get the information out quickly, because he types slower on the iPad, he must focus more on what he wants to say. Importantly, because he can not easily jump go back and forth between web pages, email and other “distractions” like he does on a computer, the iPad’s screen and his slower typing pace cause better focus on the task at hand – writing crisply, concisely, and clearly.

There are several minimalist word processing apps to consider. These apps may or may not be compatible with Word or other more popular word processor’s formatting.

The point is simple. It is more important to get the initial content down before spending time formatting.

Nebulous Notes is one writing app mentioned by Mr. Snell.

WIRED magazine reviewed three other minimalist writing apps recently in Prose on the iPad: 3 Dedicated Writing Apps. The apps reviewed are WriteRoom, DraftPad and ensō Writer.

The idea behind these apps and articles that discuss them is simple – you write better with less distraction.

So, if you have thought that the iPad is not a better tool for writing your work or papers, you could be fooling yourself.

As the New Year approaches, consider the benefits of typing slower using minimalist apps to do more.

Posted in App

Top of the Charts

iTunes Charts

Ever want to know what the current top apps are?

The iTunes Charts page is your starting point to finding the week’s top Songs, Albums, TV Shows, Movies, Movie Rentals, Free Apps, Paid Apps and Music Videos.

The page lists the top 5 items in each category. But, if you want to see the top 100 in each category, click on the category. Click to see the top 100 Free Apps or Paid Apps.

Some of this weeks top paid apps are shown below.

Top Paid Apps Page


Posted in App, Specs

How to Organize Your iPad Apps

So you’ve bought a bunch of apps, perhaps its a good time to organize them. There are many ways to do this. A couple include using iTunes or physically dragging apps around on your iPad.

iPad to Organize

To rearrange apps on your iPad, touch an app and hold down until the app icons jiggle. Then, arrange the icons by dragging them. Press the home button to save your arrangement.

If you have many apps, you can arrange and create up to 11 screens or pages. The dots above the Dock show the number of screens you have and the white one shows you the one you are currently viewing.

For apps you use frequently, you can create a shortcut by making those apps available on every page. Tap and hold an app. When they start to jiggle, drag the app or folders of apps to the bottom of the screen (dock). This will allow you to find an app quickly, no matter which page you are on. To drag a folder into the dock, you will have to create it first on the screen, then drag it to the dock.


You can organize your apps via iTunes if you prefer. Launch iTunes and connect your iPad. Select your iPad and tap Apps.

You will see your apps and the different pages on which they appear on your iPad. Select an app and drag it to a different page to move it to that page.

You can create folders the same way by dragging an app into another app. iPad automatically names a folder when you create it based on the icons used to create the folder. You can change the folder name by tapping the x and typing a new folder name. You can put up to 20 icons in a folder.

To get rid of the folder, drag the apps out to the desktop.

Organizational Methods

There are many ways you can arrange your apps including by location, alphabet or categories.


To arrange your apps alphabetically, on your iPad, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout. This will make your first page default to the original Apple apps. Beginning on the second page, your apps will appear alphabetically. You will have to do this each time you add an app to keep it in order or you can rearrange them after buying new apps.


Apple has currently listed 20 categories of apps. Perhaps you can create a folder for each category and arrange your apps accordingly. The 20 categories (in alphabetical order) are: Books, Business, Education, Entertainment, Finance, Games, Healthcare & Fitness, Lifestyle, Medical, Music, Navigation, News, Photography, Productivity, Reference, Social Networking, Sports, Travel, Utilities, Weather.


There are many ways to organize and make your iPad your own. When you have begun accumulating apps, take a little bit of time to organize them. A little time spent organizing can well save time and increase your productivity.

Posted in Review, Specs

New iPad Features

Today, new features became available for iOS devices after the WWDC 2011 keynote by Steve Jobs. Now, when you tap on the App Store icon,  you will see a “purchased” icon.

When you tap on that icon, you will be able to see a list of what items you have purchased, even if they are not on your device. You can even tap to distinguish between iPad apps and iPhone apps.You can even display solely the apps “Not on this iPad.”

If an app is not on your device, a little cloud icon with a down arrow appears indicating you can download that app.

Overall, this improvement is a handy way to remember which apps you may have not loaded onto your iPad or remind you of an app you want to download.

Posted in App, Commentary, Review

iTunes Charts and iTunes U


Feeling like a lemming. Want to download what others think are good apps? Just want to peruse the app store to see what is selling well?

Apple has a site for you to visit. iTunes Charts lets you browse the top apps (paid or free), TV shows, albums, songs, etc. are at the moment.

If you are feeling more intellectual, you can’t go wrong with iTunes U. How else could you sit in on a class at MIT, Harvard, Cambridge, and Stanford the same day?

Posted in App, Commentary

US Senators Ask Apple (and others) to Pull Police Evasion Apps

CNET is reporting that several US Senators have requested Apple to pull some apps designed to alert people where the police have set up check points. A similar letter has been sent to other smartphone developers.

The senators express concern that many Americans are dying in DUI related crashes and that the apps that alert users to DUI checkpoints are harmful to public safety. Senator Schumer’s office has this press release concerning the letter.

Trapster appears to be the kind of app to which the letter refers.