Our featured deal of the day is one for all of you hard-core fitness fans and runners out there, or those aspiring to up their fitness game. It’s the MOOV Wearable Fitness Coach, on offer for $69 – a big 42% off its standard price of $119.
It’s touted as a fitness coach on your wrist. Here’s a little of its Intro and key features:
Moov doesn’t just track your distance and calories, its intelligent motion detectors reconstruct your movements in 3D to give real-time performance insights. The Moov tells you what you’re doing wrong, and how to correct it while giving you the inspiration to get in in the best shape of your life.
- 9-axis precision motion sensors (used in aerospace technology) to capture exact athletic movement
- Scientifically-designed hyper-intelligent coaching programs
- Settings for specific workout variations such as: run, walk, cardio boxing, swimming, body weight, etc.
You can see more details and demo videos, and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.
After concluding that Evernote wasn’t the task management solution for me, I decided to check out OmniFocus 2 for task and project management. I’d heard a lot about OmniFocus as a productivity suite from other Apple die-hards. In fact, our very own Patrick Jordan used to swear by OmniFocus a few years ago.
I’ve tried a number of systems over the years, including Things, TeuxDeux, 2Do (previewed here), Clear, Wunderlist, Todoist, and even Evernote. These apps are all wonderful, but because I’ve gone from freelance writing to exec assistant work, and now into digital marketing, my needs have changed quite drastically in the past three years, and so the systems have changed with them.
One of the very first barriers to using OmniFocus is its price: it’s positioned as a premium solution for productivity needs. The OmniFocus 2 iPhone app is $20, the iPad app is $30 (with a $20 optional in-app purchase), and the Mac app is $40 (with an optional $40 in-app purchase). If you’re just looking to add grocery items to a list alongside household chores, then you’ll want to something like Clear. However, anything more than that and OmniFocus 2 can become a legitimate candidate for your task-management needs.
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You may remember last year I wrote a post about the excellent note taking app Notes Plus. My opinion was that it was a really well thought out app with plenty of options and excellent handwriting recognition, which at the time was an in-app purchase. You can read the full review here, and you can read my 3 way handwriting recognition app shootout here, in which Notes Plus came out as clear winner.
The developers have released a new version of the app with the headline feature being that handwriting recognition is no longer an in-app purchase, which is great news if you want to find a pretty accurate handwriting recognition app. The developers have also kindly given our readers 5 promo codes for Notes Plus which you can get by being one of the first 5 people to reply to this post in answer to this question:
What is the productivity app that you simply could not do without on your iPad? (mine would have to be Google Drive I think).
Your reply needs to have a valid email address, or I won’t be able to send the code to you and the contest will close on Sunday February 15 at 3:00 US Central.
In the meantime, here’s an App Store link for Notes Plus; it’s priced at $9.99.
USA Today has a great report up on Ethan Och, a High School student with a muscle atrophy disease that was making it impossible for him to keep up as a drummer in his High School band.
With the help of a wonderful music teacher and the iPad, he’s managed to stay in the band and thrive.
I’ve always thought there were a lot of impressive iPad apps for making music, but this story is by far the one that’s most likely to put a smile on your face when seeing what the iPad can do. Check the video story out at this USA Today page.
One of the computing classes that I teach at school is HTML, and being a 1:1 iPad school I wanted to refresh my scheme of work to take advantage of using the iPad. Now, let’s get one thing out of the way, coding on the iPad may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, the fact that I can work on it in class and get the students to take the same software home and continue working is a real bonus for me. I had a good look around for an app which would fit my needs and zeroed in on Koder. My reasons for choosing this were mainly because it offered a browser preview of your code and it also wasn’t rated 17+ (Apple rates pretty much any app with a browser 17+ for unrestricted web access unfortunately). It is worth noting that it offers other coding languages, but for the purposes of this review I’m going to concentrate on HTML. [click to continue reading…]