iPhone App Review 7 Minute Workout Challenge


7 Minute Workout Challenge! There is an app name in the Top Ten of paid apps of the App Store that caught my eye. Even better it has 344 reviews with a five star rating. So I downloaded it to give it a shot. Everyone wants to exercise more, but who has the time. The app has a long introduction explaining the science behind why this is the best way to stay fit. The next section shows the 12 exercises in each 7 minute workout. They are in order jumping jacks, wall sit, push-ups, abdominal crunch, chair step-ups, squats, chair triceps dips, plank, high knees running in place, lunges, push-ups with rotation and side planks. You get ten seconds to rest in-between each exercise. The app also has sections for tracking your results and achievements. So how did it go? Continue Reading…

Apple Earnings Good iPad Sales Fine

Apple released earnings yesterday and I’m not even going to bother getting into the details. Apple made over $7 billion blah blah, iPhone sales were tremendous blah blah. The one thing that did catch my eye in my Twitter feed was people saying how poor iPad sales were. As you can see Global iPad sales were at their lowest level since the second quarter of 2012. While true, they really haven’t dropped off that much. Frankly I’m surprised the drop off hasn’t been greater. While I get a new iPhone regularly, I still use the iPad 2 from March 2011. While the display isn’t as good and it’s noticeably heavier my nine year old doesn’t care. I did get an iPad Air because the price of the iPad 2 hasn’t dropped that much in over 3 years which is quite amazing. The iPad is still the best tablet on the market and sales will spike with a new release even though unlike the iPhone there aren’t that many compelling reasons to buy a new one compared to the one that came out over three years ago. Continue Reading…

Fat Wallet Be Gone Coin Almost Ready to Ship

Back in November I pre ordered and wrote about Coin. Basically it’s a credit card that solves the fat wallet problem. Credit cards, bank cards, debit cards, gift cards, library cards, membership cards. In today’s tech world why do I have so many stupid cards? Coin is essentially one credit card to replace all (or most) of your cards. In theory any card with a magnetic strip on the back can be replaced by one coin card! They promised a summer release and today’s update says it is really close! Continue Reading…

Most Popular App of 2014 Clearly Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Candy Crush look out, there is a new Queen in town. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, free Glu Games, has quickly become the most popular and successful app of 2014. It is all due to a smart business move by the maker Glu Games who has seen its stock price rise by over 70% this year. They took an existing game called Stardom Hollywood which had a history of retaining and monetizing users and made the decision to re-brand it with a star name attached. Adding the Kardashian name has given it a stunning 40,000 plus five star reviews and the popularity is growing. Continue Reading…

Cydia Tweak Icon Resizer

Icon Resizer is a Cydia tweak that allows you to resize your iPhone’s icons. Icon Resizer installs directly into the Settings app. Within the preferences you’ll find a toggle to enable the tweak and a list of every icon on your device. You can resize each icon from 20 (really small) to 120. The normal icon size is 62 and I see no reason why you would go with any bigger size. While this is a simple app it has one big problem in that the text underneath the icon doesn’t shrink as well (or disappear). Plus, there are other Cydia tweaks that do the same thing and more such as Springtomize. Heck Poof would hide the icons and it’s been around for over five years. If you still want to try this tweak out you can find it after adding this source to Cydia http://evilgoldfish.github.io/repo/ Continue Reading…

iPhone App Review Stickman Soccer

Stickman Soccer 2014, Robert Szeleney $0.99, is the sequel to the popular game of the same name. While the games graphics aren’t as good as other soccer apps, it excels on two fronts. First, is the fast paced action but more importantly are the simple and smooth controls. The game has a simple circular joystick in the bottom left of the screen with which you control your player. It is perfect for using your thumb to control your player running forwards, backwards, cutting, spinning and more. In addition to the joystick are just two other buttons. Shoot and pass when on offense and switch defender and slide tackle when on defense. It takes no time to learn how to play and the controls are natural and smooth. Options include manual and automatic running and difficulty levels of easy, medium, hard and pro. Set to easy, you should win your matches on the first time playing. Matchtimes can be set to 4, 6, 8 and 16 minutes. You can play full seasons, European Cups or the 2014 World Cup complete with all the teams. However, the Groups are picked randomly as I chose the USA and was placed in Group 7 with Brazil, Germany and Costa Rica. Continue Reading…

Insert Email Address On iPhone With One Tap With Cydia TapTheAt

Have a long email address and are tired of having to type in on your iPhone? Then TapTheAt in Cydia BigBoss repo, free, is for you. All this tweak does is insert your email address every time you press and hold the @ symbol for a second. It installs directly into your Settings and all you have to do is enable it and enter your email address. Here’s a one minute video of the tweak in action.
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iPhone4idiots App Review Grub

Grub, Pixowl Inc. free, is an interesting game that doesn’t quite hit the mark. In the game you must manage your snake through 15 levels of gameplay filled with obstacles, enemies, coins and apples. The concept is simple. Move the snake around collecting coins and apples while avoiding enemies (I think they are hedgehogs). You can pickup spikes and other weapons to kill the hedgehogs making collecting the coins easier. You control your snake by tilting your iPhone or iPad. As you rotate, the snake changes directions or picks up speed based on those movements. I didn’t find it too natural and would have preferred and keypad option. You grow one length after each apple you eat making the hedgehogs harder to avoid. Hit one and you shrink. You use the coins to strengthen your snake. For example, you can make the spikes last longer or increase the area at which a magnet picks up your coins and apples. The game is OK, but I’d prefer a keypad and more boards that you have to navigate though obstacles. Then again, it’s free so give it try and see what you think. Continue Reading…

New Ad From Apple Focuses on Parenthood

Apple released a new commercial for the iPhone 5s called Parenthood which shows parents and children learning, playing, laughing, and coming together better because of the iPhone. It shows a video baby monitor playing through the iPhone, an app that teaches kids how to brush their teeth, a map to a lost dog, fitness tracking while pushing twins around, the LED as a flashlight to find lost toys and more. Give it a watch as advertising is something Apple does really well. Continue Reading…

Lyft And Uber Better Than Calling a Taxi

I’m sure you must be familiar with Lyft and Uber. They are the two companies trying to put taxi cabs out of business by having screened individuals use their own cars to pickup riders. I’ve used both and I have to say I prefer them to a yellow cab. They are faster, cheaper and nicer vehicles so what more could you want? Yes, the lobbiest for the taxi industry are trying to shut them down saying drivers aren’t properly screened, but that is ridiculous. What’s really cool is when you open the apps on your iPhone you can see how many cars are near you when you request one. Continue Reading…