1Password for IPhone Best App of 2011

The Unofficial Apple Weblog reported their Best of 2011, and Agile Bits Solutions’ 1Password took the prize for Best iPhone App. Easily beating out the competition by taking 49.7% of the votes, 1Password is an invaluable utility for anyone who surfs the web on their Mac or iOS device.

I have been using 1Password on my MAC for over a year and find it to be so efficient, easy, and secure that I can’t imagine being without it.

For information about 1Password, click here


Adding Accent Marks on Apple Devices

Do your Apple devices have a foreign accent?

Have you wondered how to type character marks over the vowels of foreign words? Well, thanks to the Small Dog Electronics newsletter, Kibbles & Bytes, you can learn how to add those sexy little accent marks over vowels, if your Mac uses Lion OSX 10.7, and your handheld devices use their new iOS.

For those of you using Lion, the same steps you take on your iPhone (or the like) are now applicable.

To produce an accent on your Mac using 10.7, press and (briefly) hold the letter that needs the accent mark.

Your accent character choices will then appear, and you can navigate to the one you need

Thanks to David Watersun for this tip.

QR Codes

The question of whether people are using QR codes in their business was raised.

There was debate on what they were and how they are being used.

My personal view (stated on the evening)  is that their current application is gimmicky rather than real – and arguably ahead of being ‘ready for prime time’.

I have seen them used on business cards for easy sharing of contact information. Others have observed them in newspapers like Maui Time – but real returns as yet unknown.

I did share this URL on the evening as a truly CREATIVE application of using QR codes, but this is not to be taken as a business case – but does serve to demonstrate that such technology like this can be used in VERY interesting ways – and like so much is really limited by the imagination of the application of the use – rather than the technology.

For raw technology, this article popped into my sphere of interest just this morning. Enjoy.

Why QR Codes are failing.

To Quote Sean Cummings:

People will not adopt a technical solution that serves to replace a manual task, if that solution is less efficient than the manual task it replaces. How could we think that QR codes for marketing would work any better than CueCat? Did we not learn the first time?

To Quote John Gruber:

QR codes are built for machines, not humans.

Collaborative Whiteboard Apps For The iPad

When you follow the link to the article – you will see that it says :

a search for the word “whiteboard” in the App Store returns a whopping 170 iPad apps.

Personally not used any of them – BUT – a rapid peruse of the screen shots – and the first I would try is SyncSpace. Why ? One thing I have observed is that though Apple is trying to guide their third part developers along good standards and practice – at the end of the day – it is up to the developer as to how they design. But it is up to me how I use – and I don’t like steep learning curves – at least if all I am doing is trying something out.

SyncSpace has a recognizable look to it – it feels like other apps I have – so I am feeling it is going to be prretty intuitive.

And at the other end of the spectrum is LucidChart – which looks plain SCARY !!

What do you think ?

All Gadgets Have Superpowers

THis is NOT all about iPhones/Pads, Macs or even Apple.

The article was originally shared by Jared Spurbeck, published on Apr 19, 2011, by Becky Worley on Yahoo News and was in turn picked up by our very own Deborah Pozin. Enjoy.

Our gadgets these days have superpowers. But they also have secret powers: Things you didn’t know they could do.

Becky Worley shows us some hidden features, plus surprising tricks that you can use to get the most out of the gadgets you already own.

iPhone – An App that measures your heart rate with the iPhone’s camera and battery

The free Heart Fitness app from Senscare measures your heart rate, by using your iPhone’s camera and a light source to watch blood pulse through your finger. Just follow the directions, and it’s pretty accurate! It shows your beats per minute, plus the pulsing heart rate graph we all know and love from medical dramas. It even charts your resting heart rate over time, as a measure of overall fitness. Heart Fitness works best with the iPhone 4, since its camera flash lights your finger up nicely, but it can work with the iPod Touch or iPhone 3GS if you hold it up to a bright light. Got an Android device? Try Instant Heart Rate on the Android Market, instead! Both apps are free to download.