Disneyland = lines. There, I said it. You know what I mean, you walk from Indian Jones to Space Mountain only to find it’s a 96 hour wait. (Ok, 96 may be an exaggeration, but it sure as hell feels like it.) I was invited to have lunch this past week at the private Club 33 at Disneyland. After lunch we wandered around finding long lines everywhere, and that’s when we realized there was an app for that. In fact, there are a few apps.
Find My iPhone is an app from Apple that allows you find your iOS device via GPS. Think – lost iPhone, lost iPad, or your kid is not home yet. Yep, you can use the GPS of your, or someone else’s, device to find it on a map. So if you are not sure if you left it at work or the restaurant, you simply log into the Find My iPhone (iPad) app and, after a short wait, it will display the location on a map. Super cool, super easy, and super free. That last one is an important note, but I’ll explain that later.
What do you do when you find it? You can display a message on the device like “I’m an idiot and left my phone here, please call me at …”. You can cause the device to emit a sound, which is great when you know the phone is in the house but have no idea where. And, if you think you may have issues getting the device returned to you, you can remotely lock or wipe the device.
I usually do iPhone apps, or apps that exist on both the iPhone and Android, but this week it’s an Android only app. I have not used it, since I’m an iPhone user, but I really hope some of the KCAL crew might try it and comment how they like it. This one sounds too cool.
Most people silent their phones for special events. You’re in a movie theater, at a concert, watching a play, you get the point. But then you are out of touch, even in an emergency. You head to a nice special event, a wedding let’s say, and you mute your phone. But then, your kids, or babysitter can’t easily reach you in an emergency. What we really need is a “Silent for everyone but…” switch. Well, today’s app does just that.
Are you a movie, TV, or celebrity fan? Watching a movie and can’t rememeber an actor’s name, or where you have seen them before? Then today’s app is perfect for you. IMDb, or the The Internet Movie Database, is considered to be the largest collection of movie, TV, and celebrity information. If you are planning on heading out to see a show, IMDb also displays current showtimes.
Not long ago I was trying to explain the movie Memento to someone and they wondered who was in it. IMDb to the rescue. IMDb is available online, but as an app, it has answered a question every time I’ve used it. Oh yeah, it’s freeeeeeee!
For Android users, IMDb is available in the Android Marketplace. It has a 4.5 star rating from 25, 863 votes.
iPhone, or iPad, users will find it in the AppStore. The iPhone version has 3.5 stars from 62,656 ratings.
It seems like everybody owns a website. The problem is that most people, or businesses, don’t really know if the site is doing anything. What are you stats? Do you get 10 visits a day or 10,000? To help website owners know more about their traffic patterns Google offers Google Analytics. It’s a tool every website owner should use. It requires that you add a snippet of code to your site, and then you can see an amazing amount of data related to your visitors. Monitoring those stats can be done via the Google Analytics website, or from your mobile device using one of the many apps. What are the best Analytics Apps? That will depend on your taste, but here are mine.
Today’s app is bit more specialized. If you are looking at moving, you know what a pain it is to find the right house. Either you drive around looking for signs, or your Real Estate Agent takes you to look at house they “think” you’ll like. There are a lot of real estate apps out there, and I’ve tried most of them, Zillow, Trulia, and a lot more. My fav is Redfin.
Today’s app is one I use everyday. In fact, all day, every day. I follow a lot of websites – news, tech blogs, photography blogs & software. I don’t want to constantly visit each site 50 times a day to see if there is a new article, so I use something called RSS (Really Simple Syndication).
…a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—
such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video… (from Wikipedia)
Basically it allow me to subscribe to web sites I like, and see excerpts of any new posts all in one place. VERY handy. To views these “RSS Feeds” you use an RSS Reader, and there is no shortage of them.
My favorite RSS Reader for the iPhone is…
I first heard about Glympse on a podcast, as a Pick of the Week. I didn’t get it right away, but something about it sounded cool. I downloaded it and immediately liked it. Glympse allows you to share you current location in the most creative way. I know, you could just tell somewhere where you are, but how is that cool?
With Glympse you can share your location dynamically by sending someone an email or text message. When they click the link in the message they are taken to the Glympse website, or to the app if it’s installed on their phone, where they will see your location live on a map. Yep, live!
Now that the iPhone is on Verizon everyone I know asks two questions:
Should I buy an iPhone on Verizon?
What apps should I get?
Answering the first question is tough, but the second one is easy. I could give you a list a mile long, but today I decided to focus on an app everyone should use. Evernote is so simple. Capture websites, text, audio, photos, whatever you want as a note for later. All your notes are synchronized between your phone, your online Evernote account, and your Mac or PC – with Evernote installed.
“The best camera is the one you have with you” is a line I have heard many times. It’s true too. It does no good to own a kick-ass DSLR and not have it with when you need it. Now, it seems, we all have great camera’s with us. Cell phone cameras are amazing. 5MP, 8MP, video…. it’s a great time to live. The iPhone 4 camera is so good I use it a ton but, like any camera, sometimes the photos need so work. Today’s app is Filterstorm for the iPhone and iPad. This is a killer app.