Posts Tagged ‘App’

Ashtanga Yoga – There’s an app for that?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

After a year’s absence from my regular Mysore Ashtanga practice, I was finally able to return yesterday! I had a great practice with my amazing teacher, Amy, at goodyoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. goodyoga is a really lovely, peaceful yoga practice space, and the folks who run it are super friendly and helpful.

During my practice, I realized that I had forgotten some poses and also jumbled up the placement of a few poses in the sequence. In retrospect, I probably should have taken a peek at the primary series sequence before practice. I have a great practice manual by David Swenson, but I would have had to really look at it carefully before I walked out the door because it’s kind of a heavy book to carry around. While I’m not a proponent of yoga apps and DVDs in place of actual practice with an experienced teacher, I feel like an Ashtanga app would have been helpful in this instance — just as a reference guide.

I was surprised to find that there are actually two Ashtanga yoga apps for iPhone and iPad, one of which was created by Richard Freeman, a renowned teacher of Ashtanga. While I would never bring a cheat sheet to practice, I don’t think it would hurt to have an app on my iPhone to help jog my memory when I’m on my way to practice.

The iPad is (almost) here!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Apple “tablet” that has been the subject of much speculation over the past year made its debut last week.

Advertised as “the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video,” the iPad features a 9.7 inch Multi-Touch display, and is only 0.5 inch thin.  With a weigh of only 1.5 pounds, the iPad is incredibly portable.

As of last week, the iPad can run almost 140,000 of the apps on the App Store — even the ones that you’ve already downloaded on your iPhone and iPod touch.  A new app to the iPad is iBooks, which allows users to read and buy books from the built-in iBookstore.

The iPad is reasonably priced, with models starting at $499 for the 16GB + Wi-Fi and topping out at $829 for the 64GB + Wi-Fi + 3G.  The Wi-Fi only models ship in March, with the 3G models following in April.

Engadget published a good hands-on evaluation of the iPad, with the pluses (beautiful screen, super fast CPU, great eBook reading experience) and the minuses (no multi-tasking, no camera and no Adobe Flash).  For all the technical specs and the promo video, visit Apple’s website.

Apps to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Don’t be a scrooge, try out some fun holiday apps.  We’ve collected a few here and they’re all free, so you don’t have to worry about dipping into your Xmas fund:

Mixology: Drink Recipes – a good collection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to get you through the holiday season

Slacker Holiday Radio – Unlimited free holiday tunes from 11 different holiday radio stations.  Everything from classic holiday songs to contemporary anti-holiday tunes can be found here.

Elf Command – Rush hour in Santa’s workshop!  Help the robot elves sort the presents to take to good boys and girls.  Fun for kids (some adults might like it too).

Do Not Press The Red Button – Christmas Edition! – Just get it.  It will make you laugh at least once.  We promise.

Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition – OK.  So this one isn’t free, but it’s a lot of fun.  You can take a photo of yourself and then put your face on the Grinch’s body and send a “Grinchmas Card.”  You don’t have to be a Grinch if you don’t want, though.  You can also choose from other Dr. Seuss characters like Cindy-Lou Who and the Grinch’s dog, Max.

Dropbox Undo History – Policy Change

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Just a note to our clients and readers that use the free version of Dropbox (in case you didn’t get or read the email that came from Dropbox) that the “undo history” feature is going to change as of August 1st.  The new policy will be to keep 30 days of undo history.  If you want to continue to have unlimited undo history, then you have to upgrade to one of the paid accounts.

Also!  Dropbox is releasing a free iPhone App soon that will let you to access your files from your phone.

Mactracker – Now Available for the iPhone

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Mactracker is a fantastic freeware application (big thanks to its creator Ian Page).  It’s a database that contains information about every Macintosh computer ever produced.  It also provides a “Notes” section, where you can keep information regarding a specific model or about your own machine.

Now Mactracker is available as an iPhone app, which is perfect for users who want a quick reference guide to all Apple hardware (and also a very useful tool for our on-site Mac support techs).

Skype for the iPhone

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Skype has finally made it to the iPhone.  You do have to be in a Wi-Fi zone to use it, but the call quality is fantastic.

Skype also offers a monthly subscription service as well as a service called Pay As You Go, which allows you to call landlines and mobiles at a very low cost per minute.  International calls with the Pay As You Go credit start at around two cents per minute.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #10

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I’ll bet a lot of iPhone users out there made a New Year’s resolution to be more organized, more punctual with deadlines and to stop procrastinating.  Things, the final App in our top 10 list of currently loved iPhone Apps, is the perfect tool to help you manage to dos, notes and projects.

Things for the iPhone also syncs wirelessly with the desktop version of Things using Wi-Fi.  It’s easy to use, has a nice, elegant design — just an all-around great GTD App.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #9

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I must admit that as far as games and puzzles go, I am a fan of the paper edition of the New York Times crossword, so I polled our techs at Need Mac Help to get their vote on the best and most addictive game App for the iPhone.  The clear winner is our App #9, Tatomic.

Tatomic is an action puzzle game with great graphics and 3 different game modes: Critical Mass, Radioactive Survival and Puzzle Mode.  It has a good degree of difficulty so even the free version, Tatomic Lite, which has 10 levels instead of 30, will keep you playing for quite a while.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #8

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I love Twitterific for my desktop, and it was doing quite well for me on the iPhone, until I became aware of the two dozen or so other Twitter Apps for the iPhone.  I tried all the freebies and wasn’t that thrilled.  After reading all the positive reviews of Tweetie, I decided to up the $2.99 and give it a shot.

Ergo, Tweetie’s place in our Top 10 iPhone Apps.

The look of this App isn’t amazing, but I can view and use my different Twitter accounts, which I couldn’t with Twitterific.  Also, I can do custom searches, which is helpful.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #7

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Number 7 on our list of the top 10 Apps that we really like right now is Shazam.

Say you’re in a bar (or restaurant, or shop, or any location where music is playing) and you hear a great song, and you want to know who the band is.  All you have to do is hold your iPhone up in the air and Shazam will identify it for you.  No need to bother the bartender.


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