The all-new Foursquare

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Foursquare, the location sharing social network had a complete make over today.

The app’s core feature, checking-in, was recently moved to its new now app, Swarm (which is good by the way). Now after that the check-in feature is out of the main app. Foursquare is focusing on local search and recommendations.

The best thing about it is that you can finally search for places, read tips, and write reviews in no time. The app suggest locations based on your recent check-in history and your chosen tastes.

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The app got a complete overhaul. Now when you launch the app, you won’t see a check-in button. You’ll be greeted with some suggestions based on your location and tastes. Instead of badges. The app now awards with expertise points for each type of place you write a tip about. As you can see, I’m close to earning the expertise medal for Burgers.

The new Foursquare is really good, and I can’t wait to see what’s coming in future updates.

My Favorite iOS 7 Apps

Last year, I made a post about my favorite iOS apps. So now, I decided it’s time for me to update it.

iOS 7 was a complete facelift for iOS. That’s why many apps were forced to be redesigned from the ground up. Some of the apps in this post were already mentioned in last year’s post and some of them weren’t. Here we go.

 

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Tweetbot: My favorite Twitter client. Tweetbot was and will always be the only way I use Twitter. I got it on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. The iOS 7 update was a complete overhaul for the app. It became faster and a lot of great features were added, alongside the existing features of course. Now I’m just waiting for the iOS 7 redesign of the iPad app. Get Tweetbot here.

Reeder: I was a bit worried when Google announced that it was shutting down Google Reader, but when Silvio Rizzi announced that Reeder will add support for Feedly, Feedbin, Feed Wrangler, and local RSS reading, I was worried no more. Reeder for iOS 7 is a remake of the same good old Reeder, but with new gestures and features, plus it’s now a universal app. Get Reeder here.

Pocket Casts / Instacast: Before iOS 7, Instacast was my favorite podcast client, and Pocket Casts was just an app that I regretted buying. But after both of these apps were updated for iOS 7, Pocket Casts became my favorite, although Instacast is still as great as it ever was. Both of these apps are rich with features, and they both look great. As for which one to use, it’s just a matter of personal opinions. Get Pocket Casts here, and Instacast here.

Vesper: An elegant, simple note taking app. Vesper allows you to create notes quickly. You can add photos to your notes, sort your notes by tags, share your notes, and archive them. Vesper is a must for every iOS user. The app is missing two key features though. The first one is iPad support and the second one is the ability to sync notes between devices. Both of these missing features are coming in future updates. Get Vesper from here.

iShows: The best TV shows tracking app for iOS. A simple app with a beautiful UI and a lot of features. You can track all your favorite shows, mark the episodes that you’ve seen, and even discover new trending shows. You can customize the app with different themes and colors, and you can also change shows’ posters. Get the app here.

Fantastical: Ever since I got Fantastical 2, I started to use it daily. I also stopped using Clear (a great todo lists app) because of the built in reminders feature in Fantastical. It’s hands down the best calendar app I’ve ever used. The only missing thing is the iPad app (which is coming btw). Get it here.

Weather Line: An extremely useful, yet simple, weather app. Weather Line is full of many useful weather information all presented in a great, smart way. You can get hourly, daily, and monthly forecasts for everyday and for up to 8 locations. The app uses Forecast.io, which means that you’ll get the most accurate weather forecasts and predictions. Get Weather Line here.

Instapaper / Pocket: Both of these apps are great for reading articles later. I didn’t choose one because they’re both great, and I honestly don’t care which one I use. I have both of them in all my iOS devices. I also use this IFTTT recipe to save articles automatically between them, which means I have all the articles in both of them. Get Pocket here, or Instapaper from here.

Day One: A great journaling app with a lot of features. Day One allows you to write about everything you want on any device. It provides you with weather and location data for all of your entries. You can also attach photos to your entries and enable password protection for the app. The app is universal and also available for OS X. It also supports sync. Get Day One from here.

1Password: This app is a life saver! It keeps all of your passwords safe and in one place. It also generates passwords for you and it has a built in safe browser. 1Password supports sync using iCloud and Dropbox. It is available for iOS and OS X. Get it here.

Wikipanion: My favorite Wikipedia app, before and after iOS 7. Wikipanion gives you the full Wikipedia experience in all of your iOS devices. Get Wikipanion for iPhone from here, and Wikipanion for iPad from here.

Instashare: A great app with a simple purpose. Instashare allows you to transfer photos video, and files between all your devices in no time! You can use it on iOS, OS X, and Android. Get it from here.

iOS 7, in a nutshell

iOS 7, in a nutshell

It’s that time of the year again. The time for Apple to announce the latest updates to OS X and iOS in the annual WWDC.

This year, all eyes were on iOS. Mainly because Jony Ive took over as the lead designer of iOS, not to mention the hype after Tim Cook’s interview at D11 where he hinted at some huge changes in iOS 7.

When Apple unveiled iOS 7 today, it was met with positive reactions by developers and users alike. Not to mention the standing ovation after the unveiling.

For me. I think that iOS 7 is great. I loved how everything was completely redesigned although it might take some time for people to adjust to the new interface. New features like Control Center and better multitasking were essential in my opinion and I’m glad that these two features are finally coming to iOS. However, the only bad thing in my opinion is the design of some of the icons. But still, Apple has months before iOS 7 is officially released to the public. So that means they plenty of time to make the iOS better in the upcoming betas before the final release.

As for iTunes Radio, dubbed “iRadio” by the media, I think that the idea is great. It obviously serves as a Pandora replacement. The interface is clean and beautiful. And of course, it will allow you to listen to any song you can think of from the huge music database of iTunes. But we can’t actually know how good it is before trying it first.

There is a plethora of great features, but Apple only focused on ten of them. Control Center, Notification Center, Multitasking, Camera, Photos, AirDrop, Safari, iTunes Radio and Siri. But i’m sure that we will hear about the other features as soon as people start to write and blog about their experience with iOS 7 beta (out today).

I was shocked, however, by how Apple “Sherlocked” some apps. Mainly 1Password. They basically copied 1Password’s functions and introduced them as iCloud keychain. Also Mailbox, with the new swipe gestures in the mail app.

iOS 7 is Apple’s answer to Google and Samsung. I think that iOS users now have no excuse to switch to Android. They have no excuse to jailbreak either.

Favorite Apps – iOS 6

Clear: I’ve talked about Clear many times. this app is the best task app in the AppStore. it has many great features like the sync between Mac and iOS and also the smart gesture-based control system. this app will keep you asking for more, it also has many themes that are unlocked after some certain missions.

Honorable Mentions: Things.

Tweetbot: this app is a gem. it is by far the best twitter client i’ve ever used. The design is beautiful. it has many useful features. Tweetbot is the perfect twitter client for you. whether you’re a normal user or a nerd, you’ll love Tweetbot.

Honorable Mentions: Twitterrific.

Instagram: I think you all know this app. I’ve been using it since October 2010 (the date of the release) and Instagram keeps getting better. the only bad thing is that you can no longer view Instagram photos on Twitter.

IntoNow: I use this app everyday, It’s an app that allows you to check-in when you watch TV shows, so if you’re watching a show, just open the app and the app will recognize the show for you. IMHO this app is better than GetGlue and Miso.

Paper by FiftyThree: this app is like a sketch book, it’s elegant, simple, creative and innovative at the same time.

Day One: a journal app, with many great features and a beautiful design.

Reeder: hands down one of the best if not the best RSS readers in the AppStore. the app’s design is simple and it allows you to subscribe to new feeds from within the app. plus, it allows you to share what you read on any social network you could think of.

Honorable Mentions: Byline.

Episodes: I am a TV addict. I watch a LOT of TV shows every week. But it’s really hard to keep track of every new episode. Episodes notifies you whenever a new episode of your favorite show is out. You can also mark episode as seen after you watch them. Plus, it’s free! It’s a great app and I would actually buy it if it wasn’t free.

Honorable mentions: iShows.

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Instapaper: did you ever start reading an article on your laptop and then had to leave your house? that’s where Instapaper comes. It allows you to save articles and webpages and read them later offline on any of your devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop).

Honorable Mentions: Pocket, Readability.

Solar: the best weather app, great app with minimalist design and a beautiful UI.

Honorable Mentions: Yahoo! Weather.

Mailbox: the best mail client I’ve ever used. It makes reading mail fun and productive. with this app, you’ll definitely reach Inbox Zero. the only downside is the waiting time in line.

Honorable Mentions: Sparrow.

1Password: this app is a LIFE SAVER! it keeps all of your passwords safe and in one place.

Alien Blue: the best reddit client in the AppStore, much better than the official app.

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Instacast: my favorite podcatcher. the latest version (Instacast 3) has a beautiful UI and it’s full of great features.

Honorable Mentions: Downcast.

Songza: forget about Pandora and Spotify, this app is the best music app available, with many great features, like the concierge, which plays songs that are best for your mood.


I drew all the icons by myself using Paper by FiftyThree.

 

UPDATE:

This list of wonderful apps is definitely outdated. The selected apps were definitely the best at the time. I might write a follow-up about my current favorite apps sometime in the future.

App of the week: Paper by FiftyThree

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This week’s app is Paper by FiftyThree. It is an app where you can “capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web”. The app is developed by FiftyThree, a New York/Seattle based company.

The app is like a sketch book, it’s elegant, simple, creative and innovative at the same time. It has six different tools:

Draw: the draw tool is basically a fountain pen, it can track you movement so you can draw thick or thin lines as you like. It’s a basic and essential tool, it’s a free tool that doesn’t require an IAP.

Sketch: the sketch tool is simple and easy, it is basically for doodling and sketching ideas.

Outline: the outline tool is just like a marker, you can use it to outline things but it’s also great for mixing colors together.

Write: I think that this tool speaks for its self, it is a writing tool that is great because it’s precise and perfect for writing notes and ideas.

Color: this tool is my favorite, it is watercolor tool that works perfectly well with touch screens, if you are coloring the sky for example, the more you color it the darker the color will be. it’s simply fantastic.

Mixer: this tool is the newest, it is really great because it allows you to mix colors in a really smart and innovative way, not the old fashioned color mixers we used to see in photoshop and other softwares and apps, it is so good that Phil Schiller previewed it at the iPad Mini event.

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Here’s a video about the app:

The app is free, but all the tools are IAPs except for the Draw tool. Here’s the link to it on the AppStore

I hope you like this week’s app.

App of the week: Clear

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This week’s app is called “Clear”, it’s a great gesture-based to-do list app for iPhone & Mac. The app has been released about a year ago (Mac version released yesterday) by Realmac Software. The app is self-advertised as a simple app for list-keeping. You can create tasks by swiping and pinching. The app is using multi-touch gestures in a great creative way.

Here are some of the features of the app:

  • Themes: my favorite feature, the app has a lot of hidden themes that can be unlocked after doing something like downloading an app, or following the developer.
  • iCloud Sync: the app has been recently updated (yesterday) with this feature, I think it’s great and essential, when you create a list on your iPhone, you can see it on your mac, and vice-versa.

Now I will show you a video about the iPhone version that will describe pretty much everything.

And here’s the video for the Mac version:

You can get the app for the iPhone ($1.99) from the AppStore

And here’s the link for the Mac Version ($14.99) on the Mac AppStore

Hope you like it 🙂

Overall rating: 10/10

 

Stamped

 

So I’ve been using this app for a few months now, and it’s a fun social network.

You should check it out if you have an iPhone. It recently became a top-10-app after Justin Bieber & Ellen Degeneres endorsed it.

Get it from here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stamped/id467924760?mt=8

UPDATE: The startup (Stamped) was recently acquired by Yahoo! It’s Marissa Mayer’s first acquisition as a CEO of Yahoo!, therefore, the app was taken down from the AppStore.