Coffitivity review: perfect for working from home
Coffitivity is a free app for Mac, iOS & Android that plays coffee shop background noise – great for focussing my mind when working from home.
Mac app review: Analytics 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.
Bike Repair, a useful app that practically pays for itself
Bike Repair is a photographic guide to the 80-odd most common repairs and adjustments you’d need to make on a bike. I picked it up to save myself a bit of money on servicing and repairs and I’ve learned a few things about the art of bicycle maintenance along the way.
Tube Map Live, a cool new app from the Tube Tracker guy
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 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
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.
Vdio review: Rdio’s new video-on-demand service
My hands-on review of Rdio’s new video-on-demand service, Vdio. It’s their version of iTunes, but streaming only and with a few kinks to work out.
Star Command review: let-down in spaaaace
Star Command is a triumph of style and ambition over good design, and ultimately an exercise in frustrating micromanagement; I recommend FTL instead.
Radium 3: an excellent radio app for Macs, with a dumb icon
Radium 3 is undoubtedly the best app available for streaming internet radio on a Mac – just don’t mention the ridiculous new icon.