Need a great task manager app for your iPad? Well, one of the very best, Things, is available for free right now as Apple’s Free App of the Week. Both Things for iPad and Things for iPhone are free until November 28.
Things is one of the very best iPad (and iPhone and Mac) task management apps around. It sports a gorgeous design and it’s easy to use and full of powerful features. Although it’s well worth the price, it’s also a relatively expensive app on iOS and the Mac – so this a nice opportunity to grab up this top-notch app for zero dollars.
Even the Things Mac app is part of the discount fun this week – on offer at 30% off its standard price.
Here’s more detail on the promotion, straight from the good people who make Things:
- Apple are promoting both our iOS apps as “Free App of the Week” (normally US$19.99 iPad + $9.99 iPhone).
- The promotion is global, and will last from November 20-28.
- Apple have intentionally chosen Things as a great app for Thanksgiving.
- We have never given Things away for free before, so this is a rare opportunity.
- To compliment the free iOS apps, we have also dropped the Mac app by 30% during the same time (normally US$49.99, now $34.99).
- All three apps were recently redesigned for iOS 8 & Yosemite—and they received a bunch of great new features, including an “Add to Things” Extension, Handoff between all devices, Background Refresh on iOS, a new iOS app icon, support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, and a Today Widget on OS X.
- These free iOS apps are fully functional—there are no in-app purchases.
- Our Things Cloud sync service is also free.
And here’s an App Store link for Things for iPad.
I’ve honestly forgotten where I heard about this app. I found a note in my Drafts app with just one word, “PhotInfo”, and decided to look it up on Google.
Boy, am I glad I did!
PhotInfo and its iOS 8 extension help bring metadata to the Photos app, which is really quite handy for figuring out the resolution of pictures I’ve stored or received on my iPad. Doing this on a Mac or PC is pretty simple, since most desktop photo viewing applications will list the resolution and file size in some sort of dialog window. Apple’s own Photos app, however, can be pretty sparse on those kinds of details. Before PhotInfo, my best way of quickly finding out the file size of a given picture was to insert that photo into an e-mail to myself, and tapping on “Actual Size” in the sizing options. It worked, but it was silly that I even had to do that.
Once enabled, PhotInfo’s extension makes things so much simpler. All I have to do is select a photo in the Photos app, tap on the Share button, and tap on PhotInfo. The resulting dialog box is detailed in the screenshot above, and this added capability was totally worth the $0.99 purchase.
There’s actually an entire interface within PhotInfo that shows EXIF and TIFF metadata, but the extension is really all I need. If you frequently need to check the file sizes and resolutions of images on your iOS device, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of PhotInfo.
Today’s featured iPad deal is the MIGHTY Bluetooth speaker. This little guy is waterproof, sand proof, and is even able to float. Pretty handy to have around when you’re camping or hitting the pool or the beach. It’s available at $35 – 56% off its standard price of $80.
Here’s the intro for the MIGHTY:
MIGHTY is a waterproof, sand proof and even floating bluetooth speaker. No more worrying about whether your audio device can survive the activity of choice, MIGHTY is a tough minimal speaker provides booming sound with all the functionality you desire.
The crystal clear sound is not just for your music, you can also answer and make calls with the built in speakerphone. To make it even better, the removable suction cup lets you stick this durable speaker to nearly any flat surface like shower walls or kayak lids.
And a few of its key features:
- Easily pairs with any bluetooth enabled device
- Durable build that is waterproof, sand proof and dust proof, perfect for outdoor activities
- Can be submerged for up to 30 minutes at 1 meter
- Added floatation for worry free aquatic activities and listening
- Suction cup for flat surface application (showers, kayaks and just about any other flat surface)
- Small and portable design that provides the powerful sound you desire
- Speakerphone capabilities for answering and making calls
- 6 hour audio runtime
- Weighs only 4.8 ounces
- 33 foot range
You can see more details and place an order on this iPad Insight Deals page.
iOS allows apps to refresh their content in the background. So even when you don’t have your favorite emil or news app open, it is updating its content and ready for your next use. This is a very helpful feature, but perhaps not so much when it’s used by all your installed apps, or by apps that you really don’t need to be refreshed in the background.
Turning off the background refresh feature for some of your apps may also help to preserve battery life on the iPad. And it is very simple to do. Here’s how:
– Open the Settings app
– Select the ‘General’ section on the left sidebar
– Select ‘Background App Refresh’ towards the bottom of the General screen
This will show a listing of all of your installed apps that are set to use background app refresh. You simply tap the button to the right of an individual app to toggle the feature on or off for that app.
So this is a feature that’s very easy to manage, and it’s also interesting just to see some of the apps that show up in the listing that you wouldn’t necessarily expect or want to be making use of it.
One of the absolute most exciting things about iOS 8 was its announced support for third-party keyboards in almost all areas of the OS. There are some limitations. Every time you reach a password field, the default Apple keyboard pops up just to make sure users enjoy maximum privacy. Voice dictation through Siri, which got a lot better and more responsive with iOS 8, is only allowed on the default keyboard as well. Then there’s the lack of any ability to split the keyboard up for quick thumb typing, as is possible with Apple’s keyboard.
However, with all that said, I think there’s a lot of room for growth, innovation, and amazing utility in the third-party keyboard space on iOS. Fleksy was one of my favourites in the first few weeks after iOS 8’s launch in September, but for the past few weeks, I’ve stopped bothering with any third party keyboards at all. Unfortunately, every single keyboard I’ve tried is just too buggy. It’s hard to say how much of that is on keyboard app developers and how much is due to bugs in iOS 8 (though I’d bet more on the latter), the fact of the matter is that keyboards tend to crash a lot on a daily basis. I can launch Safari, type in a URL, return to Messages, and have no keyboard. I can swipe down on a notification to respond to something, start to type a word, and have the keyboard literally disappear from underneath my fingertips.
Then there’s the level of inconsistency on an app-to-app basis. I might have Fleksy active in a chat with my girlfriend in Messages, but then have Apple’s keyboard show up when I respond to my sister (without even leaving the app).
All in all, it’s been a very frustrating experience trying to use third-party keyboards. I’ve spent most of my time with Fleksy, Swiftkey, and Swype, and as of a few weeks ago, I gave up trying to use them full time. Even on the latest iOS 8.1.1 beta, keyboards are still buggy and crashy on a daily basis. I’ll inevitably try Fleksy out with each of its updates and with every new iOS update, but I have to say, the reality of third-party keyboards nearly two months after the release of iOS 8 is disappointing.
Oh, and thank God for Bluetooth keyboards!