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Day One, the award winning journaling app for iOS (and Mac) has been updated to version 1.10, adding PDF export and printing support.
With the update, the entirety of your Day One journal can be exported as a single PDF or you can choose custom entries for export based on tags or date range.
TUAW's own Steve Sande did a comprehensive review of Day One for iOS and Mac and had many positive things to say about it. Certainly, if you're in the market for a cross-platform journaling app for Mac and iOS, you should definitely check it out Day One.
Day One for iOS updated to 1.10, adds PDF export option originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
One part of iTunes that many people overlook is iTunes U. Though consumers may not be aware of the educational resources available on iTunes U, educators and students have taken notice. According to Apple, iTunes U student rolls have exceeded 250,000 and its content has now topped one billion downloads.
iTunes U is a section of iTunes that is used by thousands of universities and K-12 schools worldwide to offer both public and private courses. Courses include lectures, assignments, books, and quizzes that are accessible on iOS devices. Leading the way on iTunes U is Stanford University and The Open University, each of which has surpassed 60 million content downloads.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
Leap Wireless took a gamble when it started offering the iPhone at almost full retail prices in a US market that is dominated by inexpensive phones with high carrier subsidies. This is one bet that may not be paying off for the wireless carrier, says a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Leap Wireless, which owns and operates the Cricket brand, confirmed in an annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week that it was struggling to sell the iPhones it had committed to sell.
The carrier is offering the latest model iPhone for $449 without a contract, but customers are not buying it. If sales don't improve, Leap could be left holding the bag on $100 million worth of unsold iPhones. Leap is in discussions with Apple and is working to improve marketing efforts to get people to jump on the Cricket/Leap bandwagon.
It's not a lack of demand for the iPhone that is hurting Leap. It's the lack of demand for an almost $500 iPhone on a network that doesn't have a robust nationwide presence. At least in the US, customers are accustomed to buying a phone for $200 or less along with a two-year contract. It'll be a difficult task to wean customers off that purchasing model and persuade them to spend more money up front on a phone, especially when the ability to switch carriers at the drop of a hat is not valued in the US.
Leap Wireless struggling to sell off-contract iPhones originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Weezic, an iPad app for classical musicians, is a relatively new sheet music app. In essence, Weezic displays sheet music, but with some interesting pedagogic features to help you learn and grown in your music reading and playing.
As is customary with most apps that display sheet music, Weezic utilizes MIDI to illustrate the different instruments in the music with a complete virtual orchestra. A cursor moves through the score as it plays, too, making it easy to follow the music. Instruments can be soloed or muted and volume levels are adjustable. Tempo and pitch are customizable, too. Even the pages will turn automatically for you!
One of Weezic's best features is its Evaluation Mode. When playing through a score, Weezic will "listen" to what you're playing using the iPad's built-in mic. In real time, Weezic will analyze your performance and indicate which notes you got wrong or were out of time -- helping you focus in on areas to practice -- giving you a final score at the end of the piece. It's actually quite fun.
Weezic comes with 14 free demonstration pieces, but their full catalog will be updated to the app in the coming weeks.
Weezic is available now for free on the iOS App Store.
Weezic for iPad, an augmented sheet music app for classical musicians originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
MediaFire has added some interesting features to its Mac- and iOS-friendly cloud storage and collaboration platform.
A new file manager home screen and an online document editor with full support of Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents has been added to the available tools for users. For the Mac, MediaFire provides a menubar dropdown for uploading and managing files.
MediaFire offers a variety of plans for users, including a 50 GB ad supported free plan that lets you upload, share and collaborate on documents. Other plans without ads start at $1.50 a month and ramp up to $24.50 a month for 1 TB of storage.
The company also offers free apps for accessing your files from any iOS device. I've been using one of the basic plans for several months and find it really handy for sharing large files and images that don't work well with email.
MediaFire competes with firms such as Dropbox and SugarSync although MediaFire has more free online storage, but there are some limitations on individual file sizes and how long files are stored. When users upgrade from the free plan, longtime storage is forever.
Competition is always good, and it's nice to see more and more options for people moving and sharing data to the cloud.
MediaFire updates design and features of its Mac and iOS friendly collaboration software originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Horizon is an interesting little app that comes from a very simple idea: To combine your weather report and your calendar in one place. That may not sound like a big innovation, but it's actually not a bad one. Horizon's simple and straightforward design (put together by a young developer named Kyle Rosenbluth) makes browsing through your upcoming schedule very easy, and matching up outside temperatures and weather with what you're doing is more helpful than not.
You can use Horizon as its own calendar app, or sync it up with any of your other shared calendars, including any you have available over iCloud. And you can grab weather from anywhere (Horizon will automatically pull in temperature readings based on your calendar event's location and time), and tweak just how the time and temperature are displayed. There's also a "night mode," which is useful both as a visual indicator of how late it is, and for opening the app up in the dark to check your next day's schedule.
Horizon is a really impressive app -- it takes a few good ideas, and then really polishes them to a nice shine. Rosenbluth has put a lot of thought into that initial premise of combining the weather and your calendar, and it shows. Horizon Calendar is available in the App Store right now for US$0.99.
Daily iPhone App: Horizon puts a weather report in a calendar app originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The folks at gizmo trade-in site Gazelle see a lot of broken iPhones, and fortunately for those in the blogging biz, they keep a lot of statistics on where those phones come from and what kind of damage they see. Gazelle published a Top 10 Klutziest Cities list based on the percentage of broken or damaged iPhones received, and this year's winner was Tallahassee, Fla. A whopping 21.29 percent of all of the iPhones traded in by people from that city had some sort of damage.
With the exception of Bakersfield, Calif. -- which was number three on the list with 20.63 percent damage rate for trade-ins -- the vast majority of klutzes appeared to be in the US South (six of the top 10!) or clustered around New York City. The Bronx and Staten Island were both in the top 10, which makes me wonder if a lot of iPhones received water damage during Hurricane Sandy last year.
If you've recently fumbled your iPhone and destroyed it, Gazelle's also giving you a chance to win a new phone of your choosing with their "Broken Phone Stories" contest on Facebook.
Tallahassee, Fla., is a bad place to be an iPhone owner originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A group of more than 60 doctors at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina are now sharing procedures, journal articles and conversations through a unique use of Box.net's file-sharing services.
A Wired article states that the system has become a valuable tool for doctors, who count on it for providing immediate access to critical information. Dr. Iltifat Husain (at right), who edits the iMedicalApps website, found the medical center's Box.net system to be a valuable assistant back in October when he was first testing it.
Husain was offsite at an emergency room in Greensboro, North Carolina when he needed to perform a procedure that he hadn't done recently. He pulled out his iPhone, launched Box.net, and received a quick refresher on how to do an abdominal paracentesis.
While the same information is also available on intranet workstations in the hospital emergency rooms, Husain saved valuable time looking it up on his iPhone. He noted that, "In the ER, the faster I can do something, the more time I can spend with other patients."
The system at the medical center also encourages discussion of research articles, so it's been a helpful learning tool for residents. Husain says, "You can literally have free flowing comments using Box, which really has the potential to change the way medical education is done."
Doctors improve usefulness of iOS devices in the ER with Box.net originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Our friend Jeff Scott over at 148Apps has been running the annual Best App Ever awards for five years now, featuring some of the greatest apps on the App Store voted down by popular demand to determine the "Best App Ever." Last year's winners have just been announced, and Telltale's The Walking Dead game has taken the top spot in voting. There's no question at all that it's a great game and a terrific app, though personally I played it on the Xbox 360, and I preferred that platform. But it's a solid choice, and if you don't like that one, there are lots and lots of other categories to go through.
Launch Center Pro, for example (which allows you to launch not just apps, but specific functions within them), won for Most Innovative App, while sync/sharing app Dropbox picked up Most Useful App. One of my favorite games, Punch Quest, won both Best Time Killer and Best Free To Play Game, while the great Junk Jack sandbox adventure game won for Most Addicting Game.
There are tons of great apps in this list -- some are extremely popular, but there are a few choice gems in there that you may not have tried yet. Congrats to Jeff on a fifth successful year of the Best App Ever awards, and the site says they'll be back at the end of this year to reward the best of 2013.
Best App Ever 2012 winners announced, Walking Dead takes top prize originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Another Wednesday, another TUAW TV Live. While Cupertino has been keeping things quiet recently, there's still a lot going on in the world of Apple. If you have some free time this afternoon, join my fellow TUAW blogger Randy Nelson and me for an hour of live chat about what's new.
Below, you'll find a Ustream livestream viewer and a chat tool. The chat tool allows you to participate by asking questions or making comments. A fan of IRC? Join us in the TUAW TV Live chatroom on server chat1.ustream.tv, chatroom #tuaw-tv. You'll be watching the show in glorious HD!
If you're driving somewhere and would like to watch TUAW TV Live while you're stuck in traffic, please don't -- keep your eyes on the road! However, if someone else is doing the driving, you can watch the show on your iPhone and join the chat by downloading the free Ustream App. It's a universal app and is wonderful on an iPad, both for viewing and participating in the chat. In addition, the live stream and chat will be available through our Facebook page. Just point your browser here to watch the show and chat with other viewers while you're on Facebook.
We'll start at about 5 PM ET, so if you're seeing a prerecorded show, be sure to refresh your browser until you see the live stream. For those of you who are not able to join us for the live edition, you'll be able to view it later this evening on our TUAW Video YouTube channel and as part of the TUAW TV Live podcast viewable in iTunes or on any of your Apple devices.
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