I overheard a painful Studiomates conversation this morning about how bad the iOS 6 Maps app is and how everyone that upgraded to iOS 6 misses Google Maps. Apparently Google has promised to come to the rescue by releasing a standalone iPhone app. But until then there’s a work-around that will tie you over:
If you have iOS 6 on your phone, point your Safari browser to maps.google.com and click the export button in the middle of the menu bar to save the app to your homescreen. Once installed, you’ll now see “Google Maps” on your homescreen complete with its own appropriately designed app icon.
Ever notice that your smartphone dies JUST when you need it most? Everpurse is about to solve that problem, elegantly: To charge, all you have to do is slip your phone into the special charging pocket inside the purse! Whether you’re at work or out on the town, your Everpurse will keep your phone charged all day long. You can carry your Everpurse inside a bigger bag, or by itself. When you get home, simply drop your Everpurse on the white charging mat for wireless charging!
I am totally backing this Kickstarter. Congrats to the Everpurse folks for a wonderful idea and a beautifully designed execution!
I recently got myself the STM Grip iPad Case. It is fairly slim and comes with two kickstand settings for typing and viewing. My iPad feels well protected from my rambunctious 2 year old, so I’d say mission accomplished. Two swissmiss thumbs up.
(If you’re looking for an extra fun kids proof iPad case, there’s no better one than the iGuy)
I am so happy to have discovered Pixable: It aggregates photos and videos shared by my friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Think of it as your unified photo inbox.
I admit, the only reason why I log into Facebook is to look at my friend’s photos, but I really don’t like the experience. Pixable fixes that for me. Their iPhone App is now part of my daily routine. No more login into Facebook. Yay!
TED just launched TED Books, short original electronic books produced every two weeks by TED Conferences.
Like the best TEDTalks, they’re personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.
Gabi claims to have reinvented the way we use Facebook. The iPhone app lets you visualize and interact with the social network giant. Gabi filters your content according to what’s popular, controversial, and relevant to you. Instead of displaying everything in your news feed, it only shows you what’s best: the best pictures, videos, statuses, groups, links, interests, etc. I’ll give it whirl, currently downloading.
I haven’t seen an app that made me go “wowwweee” in a long time. Stilla just did.
Stilla’s photo results resemble a crystal, a 3D object made of facets blending into each other as you turn it in your hand. You can share these fully interactive 3D objects with everyone online, in the browser, full screen. It works best with the latest versions of Chrome, Safari or Firefox. (Yes, in this order.)
Stilla is a modern interpretation of the photo you keep in your wallet. A moment to hold in your hand. See for yourself, go to stil.la and rotate the example photo.
DIY.org is a new project by Zach Klein that is trying to create a safe place on the web to foster kids’ creativity. As a mother of two, and creativity being a huge part of my work life, I couldn’t be more excited.
Here’s how it works: Let your kid sign up and create an account where they can safely publish what they make. They can upload videos and pictures of their projects using the DIY website or iphone/iPod Touch app. Kids’ projects are online for everone to see, and parents can add stickers to show support. Parents also have their own control panel to follow their activity and also to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.
Consider it a tool that lets kids collect everything they make as they grow up. I love this idea!
LaLa Lunchbox is a brandnew iphone app that lets your kids plan their own lunches and teaches them to make smarter food choices!
Kids get to personalize and design their lunchboxes with fun monsters and colors, and then plan their lunches for a whole week at a time. They simply swipe their choices into their lunchbox from a large selection of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and snacks. Along the way, they learn that a balanced lunch includes items from each category. Parents can easily personalize and edit the items available to their kids.
G and I have been trying to teach our 6 year old, Ella, about the importance of a balanced diet. I am pretty sure she’ll enjoy playing with this app and feeling in control over what goes in her lunchbox. I’ll give LaLa Lunchbox a try, hoping it will not overcomplicate things!
Pocket Doorbell is a magical, portable doorbell (app) that knows where you are and who to ring. When you arrive at your friends house, just press the doorbell and it will text or call your friend. No need look them up and tap out ‘hey, i’m here, can you let me in?’ #b-r-i-l-l-i-a-n-t