Solve Camera makes taking photos in public a lot less embarassing

July 28, 2014
Photography on smartphones has improved a lot over the past few years. We can now take HDR photos with a high resolution and maintaining a good quality. However one big problem with taking photos is when you want to take a photo without other people knowing that you're taking a photo.

Thankfully, iOS developer Ravi has addressed the issue with his latest app Solve. Ravi is the developer of many great iPhone tweaks such as Addial, Torch & Pluck 2. His app Solve Camera is very similar to his tweaks: remarkably simple and very useful.
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Strides app review- track your goals and habits beautifully

July 24, 2014
The problem with setting goals and working towards making an activity a habit is that it's very easy to procrastinate them both. We tend to leave things for "tomorrow" and never actually making a start. If you're able to completely achieve your goals without procrastinating then this app isn't for you, but for the majority of people like me, we need something that works.

I've been using an app called Strides for a week now. The app promises that it'll help me achieve my goals. From the app's website:
Strides is the easiest way to track all your goals and habits in one place, with flexible reminders and beautiful charts to keep you motivated and on track.
 So I gave Strides a go by testing it with two trackers, the first is doing push ups and the second is to minimize my swearing. Strides features four different types of trackers depending on the activity, more on that later.
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Top 5 Alternatives to the Twitter app on iPhone

July 17, 2014
Twitter is the world's most used micro-blogging service. It is accessible by almost all devices with an internet connection using the web version, Twitter's official smart phone app and third party apps. Being a huge Twitter user I decided to spend some time looking for the top alternatives to the Twitter app on iPhone.

The results of my research and experimenting with each app for a few days lead to this blog post. For each app I'll state the pros and cons of the app as well as a paragraph with any more information. I hope this helps.

Keep in mind that the apps are not all necessarily in any order.
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Whatsapp vs Telegram

June 28, 2014

Whatsapp is an extremely popular instant messaging application with a user base of 500 million users all across the world. It gained fame since it provided free messaging between people regardless of where they live. Telegram is a less popular app, and could be seen as a Whatsapp clone. However, the app has a much larger focus on privacy than Whatsapp and also does better in other comparisons as seen below. Ellis Hamburger from The Verge wrote an article titled: Why Telegram has become the hottest messaging app in the world.

I'm going to compare both Whatsapp and Telegram in five different challenges, and we'll see who wins overall. Keep in mind that some features which I consider important to me may not be important to you, and vice-versa.
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iOS 8 is for the developers .. then the users

June 13, 2014
On June 2nd, Apple announced iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite at it's World Wide Developer Conference. In this post I'll be focusing more on iOS 8.

Considering that just last year Apple redeisgned iOS 7 from the ground up, it wasn't expected that we see any major redesigns this year. Additionally a Mac redesign took place this year. When Apple redesigned iOS last summer the Mac got a very small upgrade so I wasn't hoping for much to begin with.

Although I am pleased with some of the user-end upgrades in iOS 8 I'll admit that I was disappointed by having no major breakthroughs. That's the case for now. But what most people aren't aware of is that iOS 8 is an update that empowered developers to do much more so that in return the users are happy.

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Insight into the Role of Technology in Academic Achievements

June 13, 2014
This is a guest post by Ebin Mathew. He gives us insight into the role of technology in academic achievements. More details about Ebin at the end of the post.

Nearly every aspect of our life involves technology to a certain extent and academics certainly aren’t an exception… and, it should not be either, since it has proven to help the field in all the imaginable ways. In fact, the application and use largely depends upon the creativity of the academicians and students. 

A decade and a half back, when it was initially introduced in schools, it was very limited and was used mostly to learn the subject of computers; today the scene has changed, students hardly carry paper and pens in many cases. Why has it taken over the education system so largely? Well, here are a few factors explaining the same:
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My Ultimate iOS 8 Wishlist- 5 Things I Would Like to See In Apple's Upcoming Version of iOS

May 23, 2014
With iOS 8 just over a week away, it's time for me to publish my ultimate wishlist for what I want to see in the brand new version of iOS. iOS 7 brought a huge redesign to iOS, the biggest redesign ever, making the software flatter and simpler. So it's highly unlikely that we'll see any major redesigns in iOS 8, but perhaps the Mac OS X will receive a refresh.

Apple is expected to announce iOS 8 on June 2nd, it'll initially roll out to developers only, and then become available to everyone in September. If you're not a developer but would like to get iOS 8 early then email me as I'm considering to sell licenses for a very low price if enough people are interested.

Anyway, back to the wishlist. Below are 5 things I would like to see in iOS 8:
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CARROT Fit app threatens you into losing weight

May 17, 2014
From defeating communism to running away from ostriches, CARROT Fit will do whatever it takes to ensure you lose weight. Unlike other apps which motivate you by showing pictures of extremely fit people, Carrot fit threatens you and forces you into working out.

The app is third in the series of Carrot apps by Brian Mueller. The first app is a to-do list that unlocks features as you complete tasks, or gets really mad at you if you start slacking off. The second app is an alarm clock that also rewards you for waking up and gets upset if you sleep in. So you know what to expect from the third one.

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5 Trending Apps You Should Try

May 16, 2014
This is a guest post by Blaine Kelton. Blaine shares 5 trending apps that you should try if you haven't already done so.

The iTunes Store and Google Play are both beyond-brimming with new and notable apps, many of which can be yours on the cheap—or just the cost of your bandwidth (aka free). And with so many choices comes the eventual quandary, especially for newcomers to smartphones: Where do I even start?! It's a good question and one that I myself have struggled with as I continue to get more interested in tech, particularly mobile phones. So in trying to help out readers with the same issue, I've put together a list of five recent apps that are well worth your time.
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Apple acquiring Beats for $3.2 billion

May 12, 2014
Apple is acquiring Beats for a large $3.2 billion, making this Apple's most expensive acquisition ever. The news comes in after reports of Apple wanting to make a music streaming service that competes directly with services such as Pandora, Spotify & Rdio. There are several reports confirming this deal, and even a video embedded below where Dr Dre confirms it himself.

Joining the family soon

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