iOS Tip: Alternatives to iOS Stock Apps for iPhone & iPad

hero_frontApple’s core iOS apps are good enough for what they are intended for but there are much better apps out there that can improve your iPhone or iPad experience. A lot of them are free and the others are worth the price tag. Here I will offer a list and short review of each. Continue reading

App Review: Clear – A Beautiful & Simple Gesture-Based To-Do List App

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Clear aims to make your experience of completing tasks as pleasurable as possible. With gesture commands it is a breeze to create, edit, and cross off tasks from your to-do list. Pull down to add a new task, swipe to the right to mark it completed, and long-press and drag up or down to move a task around based on priority. Because of how simple it is to use you will find yourself putting everything that comes to mind that you need to get done. I’ve tried many other to-do list apps, both free and paid, and the one thing I just couldn’t get over was the fact that it felt like a task in itself just to create a to-do list. Clear takes that pain away. No due dates to set, no sharing options, or other settings that become distracting. This is simple and straight-forward. Make your list, get your work done, then cross it off. That’s it.

I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I have to say it is one of my most used apps. I use it daily for both work and personal life and I definitely get a lot more things done. There are also several color themes to choose from and as you can see from the above screenshot Clear uses the idea of a heat index to show priority.

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iOS Tip: How to Use Google Maps Through Siri


Prefer Google Maps over Apple Maps? Love the convenience of Siri? Wish you could have the best of both worlds? Yes, it is true that when you ask Siri for “directions home” it opens Apple Maps by default. However, there is a simple trick that allows you to ask for directions and still use your preferred map application including Google Maps. There are no settings to change and it does not involve jailbreaking or anything complicated like that. All you have to do is say is the magic words, “… via transit.” So the next time you need directions ask Siri how you normally would but follow it with those two magic words. “Directions home via transit.” Siri will then show you a list of map applications you have installed to select from as we’ll as populate a list of other map apps you can download from the App Store. Select Google Maps and it will open it with the directions for you ready to go!

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