It’s hard to love APM: Marketplace Radio, a free app from American Public Media. It does exactly what you’d expect such an app to do—give you podcast versions of the Marketplace Radio segments you might hear on your local NPR station—and not one thing more.
There are five different podcasts collected in this app: Marketplace, Morning Report, Mid-Day Update, Money, and Tech Report. Even the economically illiterate can enjoy the informational-but-wry fashion in which these programs report the day’s business news.
Ah, the end of August—time for those back-to-school trips filled with the fun of long lines, overpriced stationery, and the inevitable feeling that summer is nearly over. Luckily, the impending commencements have not slowed the flow of cases for Apple's mobile devices—which, of course, is why we're back with another of our famous—or is it infamous?—case roundups.
Beyza Cases: The Zero Series (€25) is a slim, thin, pouch-style case made entirely of hand-crafted leather and designed to fit the iPhone tightly and securely. An opening at the bottom makes it easy to remove the iPhone, while the soft interior protects your handset from scratches and minor bumps. The case comes in black, tan, brown, red, and white—each with external stitching in complementary colors.
Lets face it, some photos just look better in black and white. Heck, I think almost everything looks better in black and white. OK, I confess, black-and-white photography is my real passion as a photographer. I first got into it in darkrooms full of stinky chemicals while in college, and it has always held a special place in my heart. I tend to take my black-and-white work pretty seriously, so any iPhone app looking to catch my interest in this space is going to have to work pretty hard.
Simply B&W, by Mr. B Ware, is one of a handful of photography apps that does exactly what it says, and doesn’t try to do anything else. It’s just about making a decent black and white image, with no frills attached.
This week's roundup of iOS accessories lets you take to the air, keep your hands warm, and make sure your iPhone, iPad, and iPod have all the power they need. And if you've got a long car trip planned, we've got a few gadgets to make the trip more enjoyable.
Bracketron: If both your tablet and your phone run low on power during your next car trip, the $25 Dual USB Charger has you covered. The device plugs into any car's 12-volt accessory outlet and, as its name suggests, provides two USB-power jacks—one a high-power 2.1A that can handle an iPad, the other a low-current 1.0A version—for powering your iOS devices, iPods, GPS units, and satellite radios. The charger includes an LED light that signals when when power is being supplied. Also newly available from Bracketron is the $35 Cradle-iT golf cart mount for mobile phones.
Ten One Design started the iOS stylus craze with the Pogo Sketch; now, the company’s attempting to top its previous offerings with the Pogo Sketch Pro.
The Pogo Sketch, released in 2008, allowed users to draw on their iPhone or iPad far more accurately than with their fingers. Since its initial release, the market has been flooded with new offerings, yet, beyond the company's shorter-but-roughly identical Pogo Stylus, Ten One offered no new follow-up until this week.
Voice Brief transforms your iPhone into a talking assistant of sorts. The $4 productivity app from Dong Baik reads content from your iPhone aloud, freeing you from looking at your phone to find out the day’s news, weather or more. Voice Brief is an outstanding, fully featured app that truly can make you more productive.
Voice Brief can read many things aloud—your email, calendar, the weather, blog posts, stock prices, and even your friends’ Facebook and Twitter posts. Once you’ve selected what you’d like Voice Brief to read, you then select how you’d like it to read, too.
Samsung's new line of printers includes two machines that let iPhone and iPad users print directly from their mobile devices.
The new SCX-4729FW and ML-2955DW printers are compatible with Samsung's Mobile Print app, letting iOS users wirelessly print PDFs, pictures, and Web pages. The app lets Samsung bypass iOS’s AirPrint feature, which is currently compatible only with HP’s ePrint printers.