USB Storage Solution for iPhone and iPad

iXpand

With SanDisks new iXpand thumb drive for iOS devices, you can use flash/thumb drives to load and store data on your iPhone and iPad!

The drive is collapsible and has two connectors… a Lightning connector that plugs into your iPhone, or iPad.  The other is a USB 2.0 connector.

To use,  download the iXpand app from the App Store to sync files between the iPhone, iPad and Mac, or PC.  The drive is fast!

You can password protect files when moving between devices.

The drives come in different sizes.

 

Make Gift Buying a Breeze

Giftster

One of our top 10 favorite apps at AppTechnique, Giftster makes buying gifts a breeze.  OK… maybe some will suggest that it takes some of the mystery out of choosing a gift for someone, but the trade off is well worth it.  This is NOT a shopping app, but a way to define and organize who wants what and who gets what for those that are using the app.  Most people probably do this anyway with hand written lists, a collection of emails, or just guessing.  All of these are discrete and more difficult to share.  You know what happens… duplicate gifts, the wrong sizes, something that someone didn’t want anyway,…

The premise is that you set up the app with Groups that contain gift events… birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, graduations,… you name it.  Then you invite people to join these groups.

Each person then creates Lists of what they want.  What’s even cooler is that they can include web links to pages/sites that show exactly what they’re interested in.  This takes that guess work out of getting something for someone, only to find out it wasn’t quite right.  And saves the person getting the gift of having to return it to get what they wanted.  Additionally, each person can also enter details like clothes sizes, favorite colors,…

The lists can be made private, shared (with those that you authorize), or public (anyone can see).

You can also create shopping lists from items from other’s lists that you reserve to indicate that you’re going to get this for someone.  This is really cool because it keeps people from getting duplicate gifts!!  And, when you buy something for someone, you mark it as purchased for others in the group to see.  Ah… but doesn’t this all mean that the person requesting the gifts then knows what they’re getting ahead of time and takes the fun out of gift giving and receiving?  NOPE… the person that asked for the gifts can’t see this activity… only others in the group that are giving the gifts!  Cool.

So, we highly recommend this app for gift giving!

Get it today for FREE on the Apple Store, or Google Play.

And start thinking about what you’re going to do with all the free time you now have that would have been spent mindlessly shopping! 🙂

The App for You If You Like Beer and Wine!!!

Next Glass

If you like beer and wine, this app will be your best friend!

The app allows you to discover new craft beers and wines by using an algorithm to predict which new beverages you might enjoy.  The app accesses your mobile device’s camera so that you can take photos of bottles and enter an associated score.  Next Glass takes a look at beers on a molecular level to determine what you liked about it in order to make recommendations for other beers, or wines you might enjoy.

Darn cool… especially to the beer drinkers on the AppTechnique team!!!

Next Glass is available free in the Apple App Store!

Tracking All Flights, Worldwide?! Very Cool

FlightRadar24

This app is amazing.  In near real time, you can track any airplane in the air, or on the ground anywhere in the world!

Free on the Apple App Store, but also offers a Pro version for a price that allows you to search for flights by number,…  The free version requires you to do it manually… but still very cool.

We’ve used it when traveling, or when others are traveling to confirm when a flight will land.  The free version is accurate to within about 30 seconds in our experience.

You may have no reason to track the flights over any city in the world, but you will end up doing it.  Extremely addictive and you can find yourself lost in time looking at all the aircraft.  Amazing to see how many aircraft there are in the air at any given point!

Check Out “If This Then That” to Harness the Power of Your Mobile Device!

IFTT

A great free app that let’s you set up if this, then that actions with a simple to use interface.  It also provides “recipes” of “if this, then that” actions that others have created, or come with the app.

For example, you can create a recipe that checks the weather each day for rain and, if true, sends you a text message that you should take an umbrella to work.

Darn cool and available on the Apple store.

Carousel from Dropbox

Carousel

If you are a Dropbox user, Carousel will help you reclaim space on your device. The app will also make it easier to browse through your older photos with the new Flashback feature.

Carousel will allow you to free space on your device when it’s running low by removing photos and videos from your device that are already stored in Dropbox.  Tap the app’s notification that warns you about low space, and you’ll be taken to a page that shows you how much space can be regained by deleting photos and videos.  Tap the button to free up space.  This feature will also be available through the app’s settings.

An App that Measures?!

There’s an app for that and it’s free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

EasyMeasure allows you to measure anything from small items to buildings and more. Just point your mobile device’s camera at the object and the app will calculate the size.

Pretty cool if you need to determine the size of something, but don’t have a tape measure with you, or the item is much bigger than something you could measure on your own.