TouchMyApps » Edwin Sallan http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.7 Microsoft OneNote makes its way onto the iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/24/microsoft-onenote-makes-its-way-onto-the-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/24/microsoft-onenote-makes-its-way-onto-the-iphone/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:52:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46911 Although the iPhone already has a built-in notetaking software in Notes, it’s really nothing more than a digital notebook to store whatever comes to mind, be it a list of shopping items, or something you wanted to be reminded of at a later time. Given the inability of Notes to properly organize such random thoughts, … Read more]]>

Although the iPhone already has a built-in notetaking software in Notes, it’s really nothing more than a digital notebook to store whatever comes to mind, be it a list of shopping items, or something you wanted to be reminded of at a later time.

Given the inability of Notes to properly organize such random thoughts, those who have upgraded to iOS 4.2 (or higher) will be glad to know that Microsoft OneNote, a little-used but feature-laden app that allows people to jot down their notes and yes, effectively organize them in their own PCs and Windows Live online storage, is now available for a limited time for free.

Similar to an earlier mobile release for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft says that one great feature of OneNote is that it backs up “all tidbits of information and syncs them on Windows Live SkyDrive for access online, from a PC or on the phone.”

Describing it as “digital file cabinet,” Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group and admitted OneNote user himself says there is more to the app than just collect and organize notes and ideas, “it can also link to websites and pictures as well as capture handwriting, audio recordings and video clips.”

“From my PC, the easy-to-search format means any of these tidbits of information are always at hand,” he recently posted on the Microsoft Office blog at blogs.office.com. “Online or on my phone, my lists are always up to date and accessible for reference.”

Those of you who wish to try something more robust than the default Notes app (especially if you already rely on Windows Live SkyDrive to store your data online), be sure to grab OneNote for free and give it a test drive.

Microsoft OneNote Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft OneNote, 3.9 MB – Free

App Description

**Free for a limited time**

Microsoft OneNote Mobile is the easy-to-use, powerful note-taking application for all of your ideas, brought to you by Microsoft Office. OneNote Mobile lets you create and view notes and lists whenever you need them. Sync your notes with free Windows Live online storage and access them from virtually anywhere using your phone, PC, or almost any web browser.

With OneNote Mobile, you can:

▪ Create flexible notes that can include text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes
▪ Check To Do items off on the go
▪ Save time with quick access to your most recent notes
▪ Work with confidence—OneNote Mobile automatically syncs your notes with Windows Live in the background
▪ Organize your notes into sections or create new notebooks using OneNote 2010 or OneNote Web App and access them from your iPhone

Requirements:

▪ iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4.2 or higher
▪ A free Windows Live ID is required to use OneNote Mobile —use an existing one or let OneNote Mobile help you sign up
▪ Web functionality uses the free OneNote Web App available on Windows Live, which requires a supported web browser
▪ OneNote Mobile opens notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App
▪ Customizing section colors requires Microsoft OneNote 2010

Access your notes online at http://office.live.com.

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Blazing fast chip powers iPhone 5 and iPad 2 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/24/blazing-fast-chip-powers-iphone-5-and-ipad-2/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/24/blazing-fast-chip-powers-iphone-5-and-ipad-2/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 18:48:42 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46904 Apple is pulling a fast one on us again. As if the current incarnations of the iPhone and the less than a year old iPad aren’t next generation enough, Apple recently announced that the next versions of these much sought after gizmos are going to be, yes, even better. Both due for release in the … Read more]]>

Apple is pulling a fast one on us again.

As if the current incarnations of the iPhone and the less than a year old iPad aren’t next generation enough, Apple recently announced that the next versions of these much sought after gizmos are going to be, yes, even better.

Both due for release in the first half of 2011, the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will sport a new, dual core version of Apple’s custom A4 chip, allowing for faster graphics capable of supporting a Retina Display iPad and possibly 1080p HD support for iOS devices, including Apple TV, across the board.

As reported by AppleInsider, the A4 chip replacement is expected to have around twice the processing power at the same clock speed. Faster video processing also means that Apple can now upgrade the iPad and iPhone 4 from its present VGA-style component video output to the more modern HDMI supported by high-end smartphones, tablet devices and LCD TVs, including the iOS-based Apple TV.

There’s more. AppleInsider also reports that the company will not only be upgrading its video core, but also going to multiple cores, which graphics capabilities aside, will be used by Apple for general purpose processing. The next custom chip, known as the SGX543MP2, pairs two SGX543 cores that will work as one and offers around four times the capability of the previous A4 in graphics and video tasks.

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White iPhone 4 available sooner than later? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/24/white-iphone-4-available-sooner-than-later/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/24/white-iphone-4-available-sooner-than-later/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 18:25:41 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46895 It seems like the long wait for the much anticipated white iPhone 4 is finally over. Or is it? The online rumor mills certainly believe so. One of them, MacRumors recently reported that the immaculate-colored hardware is not included in the database of consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy. And they even have the screenshots to prove … Read more]]>

It seems like the long wait for the much anticipated white iPhone 4 is finally over. Or is it? The online rumor mills certainly believe so. One of them, MacRumors recently reported that the immaculate-colored hardware is not included in the database of consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy. And they even have the screenshots to prove it. The model name and SKU posted on the Best Buy screenshot are also the same ones “cancelled” by Apple last year shortly before the latter went on to announce that the white iPhone is scheduled for a Spring 2011 release.

Still, there was another recent sighting of the white iPhone 4 model, this time in Vodafone’s inventory system as recently reported by Engadget. Despite this, many are not holding their breath about this development as Apple is not known to release products well ahead of their scheduled release.

Since the original black iPhone 4 first hit the shelves back in June of last year, there has been a strong clamor for a white version. Apple confirmed that there is such a model but delayed its release, first by a month, then by the end of the year and then by this spring.

The demand for what is shaping up to be the holy grail of mobile phones is quite high that third party companies like the UK-based WhiteiPhone4Me.com has come up with hardware solutions that allows owners of black iPhone 4 to give their smartphones the desired facelift thanks to white iPhone conversion kits that they can assemble on their own (sites like whiteiPhone4Now, one started by a 17 year old high school senior, has since been shut down). Many, in fact, have opted to take this option. For other customers, however, there’s nothing like the real thing though. And the wait continues…

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Asian Cooking for Dummies in Review – Dinner Is Served! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/14/asian-cooking-for-dummies-in-review-dinner-is-served/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/14/asian-cooking-for-dummies-in-review-dinner-is-served/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:27:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46403 Being an Asian myself, I can say with a great deal of certainty that Asian dishes can more than hold their own with what the rest of the world can offer. There’s a reason why a good number of them are very popular in the world’s other six continents. And as I discovered with Asian … Read more]]>

Being an Asian myself, I can say with a great deal of certainty that Asian dishes can more than hold their own with what the rest of the world can offer. There’s a reason why a good number of them are very popular in the world’s other six continents.

And as I discovered with Asian Cooking For Dummies, they’re also fairly easy to cook despite their elaborately-prepared appearances. With 60 traditional video recipes from China, India, Japan and Thailand, this easy-to-use app should make you kitchen-bound in no time.

There are only five menu items presented in a dock under the recipes already categorized by country and in true For Dummies fashion, each one is a no-brainer. Under the default Browse icon, you only need to tap Chinese Cooking for Chinese dishes, Indian Cookingfor Indian fare and so on. A Search icon allows you to search recipes by country, ingredient or preparation time.

Tapping the Tools button reveals three options namely Converter (for converting units of measure), Timer (to aid you with baking time although you probably already have that in your oven) and a Shopping List where all the ingredients that you tap in a given recipe is transferred for future shopping reference. The Share icon allows you to share any recipe with Facebook and Twitter while the Favorites section is well, where your favorite food items in the app are saved.

The meat of the app, pardon the pun, lies in the well-produced videos of the recipes themselves. To Anuman’s credit, the step-by-step presentations that start with showing what the ingredients look like (coriander, anyone?) to the actual cooking are, in the absence of a better term, truly for dummies. Even more impressive is the way they lend an air of authenticity to the actual proceedings. In keeping with the traditional nature of the dishes, an Asian-sounding woman walks you through every step of the way as each country is well-represented by a corresponding cook and background music. The bearded Indian cook, in particular is even wearing a turban while cooking.

Maybe it’s because I’m using an iPhone 3G to review this app but for some reason, some videos can’t be loaded and viewed. Good thing each recipe also comes in text form with clear and detailed instructions so you can still actually cook them even without watching how they’re done.

As for the recipes themselves, most of the dishes presented here are those that are already familiar to most people. Among them, are the Hot and Sour Soup, Sweet and Sour Pork and Fried Rice from China; Chicken Curry, Fish Tandoori and Mutton Biryani from India; Sashimi, Miso Soup and Sushi with Nori Seaweed from Japan; and Chili King Prawns and Lime Soup and Spicy Seafood Salad from Thailand. Entrees dominate the recipes while appetizers and dessert items are quite limited.

Since the app is called Asian Cooking for Dummies, it doesn’t leave much room for something more exotic or adventurous. And I kinda lament the fact that only four Asian countries are represented as there are many other exciting recipes from Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and even my native Philippines. While I can understand that much of the app’s $3.99 price tag can be attributed to its elaborate efforts. I do hope Anuman continues to provide updates that include more recipes from yes, other parts of the region. As it is, Asian Cooking for Dummies already provides a generous sampler of delicious Asian recipes that should keep you busy for a while. Yes, they don’t look like a piece of cake by any means but thanks to this app, preparing them is not exactly rocket science either.
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App Summary
Title: Asian Cooking For Dummies Developer: Anuman
Reviewed Ver: 1.2 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $3.99 App Size: Size: 6.9 MB
  • Easy navigation
  • Well-produced step-by-step videos
  • Recipes in both video and text forms
  • Universal binary
  • Some videos can’t load on older iDevices
  • Limited to only four Asian countries
  • Leaves you wanting for more

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This review was brought to you by TouchMyApps Contributor Edwin Sallan. You can find him on Twitter @edwinsallan.

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