This week the team talk about the apps and services they use and recommend. What works well, what do we rely on for our own data and which apps don't get the recognition they deserve?
'Things of the week':
- MacLeod: Ewan has bought a new Apple laptop... which has him thinking about mobile working (and how grim shopping in a 'bricks and mortar' Apple store can be).
- Blandford: Rafe was initially impressed with Jeff Bezo's announcement of Amazon Prime deliveries by drone. However, after some thought...
- Smith: Ben is excited about the £30 tablet by Datawind: the Ubislate 7Ci. Apart form being cheap it could have a huge impact in schools and emerging economies.
This week we talk about apps and services - what we use, what we recommend, why we change and how we make our decisions. Products and services mentioned are:
- Fastmail - Ben's preferred email provider
- Connecting to iCloud services on non-Apple platforms (like Blackberry 10).
- Mailbox - Ewan's preferred email app on iOS
- Picturelife - Ewan's preferred picture sharing service which he has no backup for
- Everpix - Ben's preferred picture sharing service (now shutdown)
- Skydrive - Rafe's preferred cloud-storage provider
- Reeder - Ewan's preferred RSS reading app for iOS
- Feedly - Rafe's preferred RSS reading service (which he and Ben have paid for with Feedly Pro)
- Nextgenreader - Rafe's preferred Windows Phone RSS reading app (that connects to Feedly)
- Feedbin - An RSS reader Ben is experimenting with (and likes)
- Podcast Lounge - Rafe's preferred podcast app
- Instacast - One of Ben's preferred podcast apps
- Pocket Casts - Ben's preferred multi-platform podcast app
- Remember The Milk - Ewan's preferred task-management app
- Todoist - Ben's preferred task-management app
- OmniFocus - The most powerful task-management app you can find for OSX / iOS
- Asana - Rafe's preferred task-management app
When Ewan's finished forgetting what Siri is called the team also recommend 3 'Christmas' apps:
- MacLeod: Likes riding home from parties with Hailo and offers a discount code for first-time users: SAFECABHOME
- Blandford: Likes listening to Christmas tunes via Nokia Mix Radio
- Smith: Is thinking about wine - drinking it and then remembering it with Vivino
This week we only have one letter - the winner of another HTC One from O2. Jim Edwards asks (and complains, but mostly asks) about abuse of the term 'industrial design'. The team give their views...
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