Design: The worst thing about the New 3DS XL power button, and how Nintendo could fix it


This week I decided to take the plunge on Nintendo’s New 3DS XL, and I love it! But there’s one small problem: the power button is in precisely the wrong place, and how it works is about the least user-friendly it could be. The position is on the lower right front edge. It’s very close […]

Mac app review: Analytics for Clicky


mac app for clicky

I’ve been trying out Clicky for my website stats tracking for the last month, using their free trial. I wanted something that offered all the important stuff in a nice user-friendly interface – Google Analytics has plenty of power features, but getting to everything I want to see is effort, while Clicky puts all the important stuff up front with at-a-glance ease. Here’s my review of a handsome little app called Analytics for Clicky ($3.99) that puts live Clicky stats in your menubar.

Tube Map Live, a cool new app from the Tube Tracker guy


live tube map app

I’m a big fan of Andy Drizen’s Tube Tracker, one of my three favourite London travel apps I wrote about here. It has some very cool features, one being the ability to track particular trains across the network in real-ish time using TfL data.

Andy’s just released a new app, Tube Map Live (Free), which takes that Tube Tracker feature and applies it to the whole London Underground Map, and it’s pretty damn cool.

iPhone review: Stow – a slick packing checklist app


stow packing app

Stow would be a very useful app for the frequent traveller, but I don’t travel that much. Instead, I got Stow to see if I could use it as an equipment checklist when I’m packing for photography shoots, and it’s working well. I’ve created a template list containing all my kit, and I can remove items to suit each shoot. There’s a few niggles, but nothing to stop me recommending it!

London tube apps: three of the best


london tube apps review

If you live in London or are just visiting as a tourist, chances are you spend a lot of time on the tube. Here’s three London tube apps I use regularly: Tube Tracker and Tube Deluxe both do pretty much the same job of planning your route, finding nearby stations and tracking those pesky delays, and Tube Exits is a genius app that tells you which carriage to get on, shaving minutes off your journey during rush hour.

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My essential Mac, iPhone and iPad apps


Over the years I’ve picked up dozens of Mac apps and hundreds of iOS apps. New software comes and goes but over time the real keepers make themselves indispensable. I’ve now got a core of essential Mac and iOS apps that I turn to regularly, often as part of a workflow, so I thought I’d let you pick over them to see if there’s something cool that’s new to you. There’s also a bit about the hardware I use at the end.