Review: Klok (Time Zone Converter Widget for Notification Center)

Review: Klok (Time Zone Converter Widget for Notification Center)

Klok is one of those gems you find in the app store now & again. For someone like me who has to deal with multiple timezones & be able to easily convert across them this app provides all of that in an elegant interface.

When you first download Klok you’ll be able to adjust all settings within the app itself. Here you can add clocks of timezones you want to view & manage. Additionally you have options to adjust what clock you want to see be it digital or analogue. However the app is truly built for iOS’s notification center. Swiping down from anywhere in iOS gives you access to your NC widgets. You can easily add in the Klok widget by hitting the “edit” button at the bottom. Once added in your presented with a simple & clean clock interface.

This at a glance shows you the time across your set clocks.

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However taking it a step further you can then tap on any specific clock to then set a time to convert across all clocks. So lets say someone in the UK asks to schedule a call at 2:00 PM their time. You simply tap on your London clock & then tap on 2:00 PM this will then change all your set clocks to their local time so you know what time it’ll be when its 2 o’clock in London.

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Pros- 

  • Free 
  • Ease of Use
  • Accessible anywhere via Notification Center

Cons-

  • Occasional bug with clock +1/-1 icon
  • iOS only

 

All in all Klok is completely free & definitely worth the download if you deal with timezones at any capacity. Whether you want to know the time somewhere else in the world at a glance or be able to convert timezones on the fly. Grab it free for your iPhone today.

 

Review: Layout from Instagram

Review: Layout from Instagram

Instagram has released yet another app in the photo/video tool space to acommpany their social network. Previously they released Hyperlapse their stop motion tool & today they’ve released Layout. As the name entails its a photo collage based app, making it easy to upload multiple photos in one to your Instagram or across the web.

 

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Focusing on simplicity & ease of use controls.

Download Layout for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

You can view our full video review down below:

The app in itself features a very simple interface thats easy to use & navigate. Compared to other layout based apps I’ve used it has the most inuitive design from swapping photos, adjusting sizes, and more. However it is lacking in some areas as well. To break down here are the pros/cons

 

PROS:

  • Simple Interface
  • Instagram Friendly Resolutions
  • Supports up to 9 Photos
  • Built in Photo Booth

Cons:

  • Lack of “Undo” button

 

These line of apps have been something Instagram/Facebook has been focusing on to keep the tools & experience in-house. Rather than incorporating these features into Instagram they’ve made completley dedicated apps to solve these solutions then tie back into Instagram. As of now this will replace my default collage app based on the UI experience alone. Grab your copy for iOS today for free!

Review: AnyTrans (All-in-One iOS Content Manager)

Review: AnyTrans (All-in-One iOS Content Manager)

Video Review:

 

AnyTrans by iMobie is an all-in-one content manager for your iOS devices be it iPhone, iPods, or an iPad. Allowing you full control over your device & the ability to manage the media from the device to your computer and or vice versa. This is useful in a variety of situations from backing up data, importing content, and or bypassing traditional iTunes sync methods. The app handles all sorts of media from photos, video, contacts and more. Simply plug in the device & get a visual representation of the device & everything on it.

Features:

AnyTrans really spans across so many use cases. Let’s say your upgrading from an older device to a new one & want to migrate specific content or all of it over well AnyTrans can do just that. Have a device that iTunes won’t allow access to or allow import/export of media AnyTrans can handle that and the list goes on. It’s a great way to bypass & completely take over iTunes as a content manager and does so in a easy to use fashion.

The features covered include the following:

  • Entertainment (Music, Podcasts, Photos, Videos, etc)
  • iCloud Content
  • Apps & Docs
  • Personal Info ( SMS, Contacts, etc)
  • File System (Disk Mode)

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Interface:

The best part about the content manager built into AnyTrans is that the interface is clean & simple. Plugging in the device shows you a overview of everything on it & from there you can sort through the media you want to control then choose the method of export. You have the option to move content to iTunes, your mac/pc, and  even another device. Everything is visually showcased & easy to navigate and use depending on your needs. Additionally you have the ability to add in content & as well.

 

Use Cases:

Getting back to the overview of the app & who’d exactly would want this covers a wide range of users.

If your looking to replace iTunes completely with something that skips the permissions & common syncing issues than this is for you. While on vacation I use the app to transfer music to my new iPhone that was previously synced with an old library & in order to achieve the same thing through iTunes I’d have to sync with my Macbook Air’s library essentially erasing all my data.

Extracting data, transferring between devices, backing up data and so on are all ways to use this as a content manager. The power really lies in what you want done with your iOS devices. Giving you back complete control & transfer rights to your devices.

Pros/Cons:

Pros

Easy to use UI

Full System Control

Video Optimization Tool

Various Usecases

Cons

N/A in my usage

 

Rating/Conclusion:

 

Worth the Download 

It gets my seal of approval & is certainly one of the best iOS content managers available. Allowing the user full control over their devices & the capability to manage the content as they see fit. At this price, its worth having ever in case you’ll need it down the road.

Purchase: 

Download & purchase the app via the links below for either OS X or Windows. Each copy runs for about $40 USD with family licenses available for more.

OS X (aff)

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Mobee Magic Feet Charging Station

Mobee Magic Feet Charging Station

Video Review:

(Originally filmed in December 2012 this review has been revised for my experience with the product up to this point)

Product Rating- 8.5/10

Retail Price- $150 USD (Click Here to Purchase Mobee Magic Feet)

Mobee’s Magic Feet is a charging solution for your magic mouse, trackpad, and Apple wireless keyboard. The charging station uses specially designed rechargeable batteries in line with inductive based charging that can be wirelessly charge input devices on the docking station. Coupled with its sleek aluminum design the charging station nestles well on your desk or on your iMac base station. The advantage being that you can charge your input devices simultaneously without every having to replace batteries. The Magic feet also conveniently adds 4 extra USB ports with its built in hub making plugging in other devices an arms length away.

This all in one solution solves your dead battery issue while making it simple & convenient.

Breaking down the product into 3 categories. Design, functionality, and ease of use.

Design-

The Magic Feet is simply stunning in its design. Going along with the Apple aesthetic of an all aluminum base station. Magic Feet comes with a Magic Mouse battery pack, Apple Wireless/Trackpad battery pack & the base station itself. The station requires one power cord with a pretty big adapter thats interchangeable for specific regions & another mini USB cord to power the hub. The magic mouse charging station at the top can charge up to two mouses (battery packs sold separately) while the front end can mount either an Apple wireless keyboard or magic trackpad. To top it off the product is made of 100% recyclable material.

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Functionality-

The main function of the Magic Feet is to charge. In my testing over extended period of usage the devices held up in great condition only requiring a charge after weeks of usage. In some cases the battery packs would lose connection but nothing a simple on/off couldn’t fix. Charging works efficiently & within an hours time can put great life into your mouse or keyboard. USB ports built into the Magic Feet also act as a convenient location for plugging in small devices such as pen drives, external drives, etc. Seeing as this is typically on your desk or in the front of your iMac its in the perfect location for usage. Charging the Apple Wireless keyboard on the station still allows for use while charging making it all the more convenient. On top of that you save on the cost of constantly replacing batteries for your input devices thus making the product that much more eco-friendly.

Ease of Use-

Mobee did a great job of making the Magic Feet simple to use & setup. Simply replace your old battery packs in the standard devices then set up your charging station & desired and charge when needed. The product features 3 LED lights that are red when the devices aren’t being charged, blinking green when charging, and solid green for a full charge. Allowing you to charge 2 Magic mice and an Apple wireless keyboard or trackpad. The overall design makes it easy to access all USB ports on the hub & charge devices neatly.

PROS:

-Wireless Charging (Inductive based)

-Saves cost of traditional batteries

-Convenient design

-Green Tech

CONS:

-Power Adapter Size

 

Overall the Mobee Magic Feet at its $150 price point really is a great charging solution to invest in. In the near 3 years I’ve been using the product the rechargeable batteries have remained reliable as ever. If anything I’ve made my money back in terms of savings regarding batteries that I tend to have to replace after prolong usage of each input device. Mobee also sells battery packs separately for you to purchase via their site if need be. Having multiple macs myself the convenience of being able to charge two mice at once really helps. As far as wireless charging stations go Mobee has hit the nail on the head with the Magic Feet. It really is a all in one solution for your Apple input devices. If your a mac user & more so a proponent of the Apple input devices than consider investing in the Mobee Magic Feet.