App of the day: Google

I used to use Safari’s search field or Siri up until Google introduced Google Now and it  caught my attention.

Google app provides voice search, which understands my pronunciation better than Siri and now you can view cards related to the things you recently searched for. From the main window you can also view the local weather and set reminders.

Let’s view the screenshots.

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You can also see access all other Google apps from this window.

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App of the day: RxmindMe

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Vitamin Packaging (Photo credit: colindunn)

RxminMe is an app that can help you track the medicine / vitamins you’re taking and with helpful reminders.

It is easy-to-use and is very useful to keep all your medications history in one place. You can also extract the data from the app and send it to your doctor. App also allows you to take pictures of the medicine / vitamins / supplements.

You can also order refills from Walgreens.

It’s my savior as I always tend to forget to take my vitamins, especially if I need to take them at different times of the day.

iTunes link

And here is a walk-through the app.

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App of the day: Baku Airport

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Azerbaijan Airlines ATR-72 (4K-AZ64) at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baku Airport is a good app to get the information about arrivals, departures, delays and cancellations, terminal and other useful things.

It comes in very handy if you’re planning to pick someone up from  GYD airport.

You can also subscribe to notifications and then you’ll get the info right on your phone once the selected flight has landed, entered the baggage claim, etc., but I wouldn’t solely rely on this info as they tend to come a bit later than in reality. Hopefully, app developers will fix it soon.

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App of the day: Ringtones

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English: symbol for mobile ringtone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re using an iPhone, you probably came across the problem with custom ringtones. On all my earlier phones, it was quite easy – I just selected the music from my library as a ringtone.

Unfortunately, Apple made it quite painful to do that. One way to do it is to buy the ringtone from iTunes Store. But, as much as I respect copyright and paying artists for the music and so on, paying $1.29 for 30 second ringtone (the same amount you pay for the track) is a bit too much. Especially, if you have different ringtones for different contacts + you like to change them often, as I do, cause I get annoyed with the same melody after short time.

Luckily, there is another way to fix this problem. It is not very short, but it works. There are several apps that cut the song from your library and turn it into a ringtone. I prefer Ringtones app for it’s easy interface and video with understandable instructions.

This is the main window when you open the app.

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After you tap the button, it takes you to your music library.

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After you selected the song you would like to turn into a ringtone, you have 2 options -> you can create Ringtone or Text message tone.

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Then you slide your finger over a sound-wave to capture the best part of the song. Touch Play to make sure you’re happy with the result and then touch the Save button.

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On  the next screen you see your ringtone being saved.

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That’s it!

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Now you have to do annoying part on the computer, but it’s not difficult. See the video below.

Hope the info was useful for you and have a great day!

 

 

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Cool Wallpapers HD & Retina

If you’re looking for an app with beautiful HD wallpapers + ability to create collages and add effects using your own photos, this app is just for you.

I love its easy-to-use interface and that it suits so many needs – you can use it as a photo manager to enhance your photos, you can create collages, you can customize the skins for your wallpaper.

App is free to download from the AppStore and you can upgrade to VIP for $1.99 to remove the ads.

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You can also start a slide show, sit back and enjoy 🙂

 

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Photo Manager is truly awesome and has tons of options.

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iBooks

 

Nothing can substitute the excitement of purchasing a new book for me. I love going to a good book store, going through my favorite sections like art, design and self-enrichment, picking up a book, flipping through the pages and taking the time to select the next book to read. If I order the books online, then there is an excitement of getting the package, opening it and that fresh smell of paper and ink.

 

 

 

But it is time to take advantage of the technological era and enjoy the ability to read on the go. I like to use my time efficiently while traveling or waiting somewhere and having iBooks on my iPhone or iPad makes the reading experience convenient and easy-to-use.

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The store holds thousands of titles to choose from.

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You can also create collections of books and organize your library.

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Drawing of the day – Chillin’ with an iPad

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iPhoneography 101

About two years ago an iPhone (my first Apple product) entered my life and ever since I’ve been thankful to Steve Jobs and the Apple company for changing my life in so many ways. This may sound exaggerated, but it truly made my life so much easier and simpler and every interaction with this piece of technology is a wonderful experience.  One of the features I use and admire the most is the iPhone camera. It takes such great pictures that it eliminated for me the need to carry around the usual camera. Mine wasn’t professional and very heavy, but it still took a lot of space in my bag. Now iPhone does it all for me. The indoor pictures aren’t that great, but the ones done outdoors and with a good light are truly colorful and amazing.

I love taking pictures and as an artist I must take great pictures. You don’t always get an opportunity to paint outdoors, so by capturing a great moment on a camera, I can later use it as a reference for my drawings and paintings. Additionally, the chance of using the same reference picture with another artist is close to zero.

I like my photography skills, but there’s always a room for improvement. I made my research on the subject and found some great tips and advice. I’ve looked specifically at iPhone photography tips, but most of these advice can apply to taking pictures with any kind of camera. In this post, I will make a list and continue to add separate posts on each advice together with my own pictures using that advice. Let’s start!

1. Use “rule of thirds” for your images – Set your camera settings to show the grid or imagine your screen split into 3×3 squares and try to place the object of your shot closer to the intersection of these lines rather than in the center of the picture. Not always, but most of the times this makes the picture compositionally more interesting. The same rule also applies in drawing and painting, by the way.

If you never used you iPhone camera, this post will help you to get started. It was written before ios 7 been introduced, but you still can get the idea. http://www.imore.com/iphone-photography-starters-guide

Hope you have a great time taking pictures and would love if you share your tips and views on the subject!

Daily Weather is a weather forecast app that shows weather in a magazine style. You can add different cities + the app can show the weather in accordance with the current location. The app is free in the App Store. Pro version removes the ads.

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Converter+

Converter+ is a really cool app for converting just about anything. Length, mass, temperature, time, whatever it is, the app will convert it. And it even has tip and mortgage calculator. There is a short list of favorites which can be expanded further to any value you may require. For a person like me, who travels all around the world, this is a must have app. Converter+ is a free app, however if you want to get rid of the ads, you can upgrade to a pro version.

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