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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

App reviews

Win10 app review - Fedora newsreader .... but will it ever synch?

Fedora News readerFedora –  Newsreader #app for #Windows

App Review   ----   ☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕
Works on: Win desktop/ Surface / Windows tablet / Windows phone

I found Fedora Newsreader by accident not long ago. I’m always poking around looking for something to play with.  I stopped and checked the app out because … well … I’ve worn a Fedora for years and thought it was a cool name for a news app, let’s try it.

Ever since my favourite news reader went the way of the dodo, I’ve been scouting for a new go-to app. I like Lead Story, and use it for exactly that – top trending stories. I wanted a more substantial app that allowed me to throw my considerable RSS list onto and pull the many news sources into one location. I have a number of apps set up for specific work related focuses and wanted to keep them clutter free, but still need a “one ring to rule them all” kind of news feed as an all purpose bucket dump for everything else.

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App Review - LeadStory – fast, nimble and no frills news #app

LeadStory news aggregateLeadStory News aggregate by Movil Mobile Software

App Review   ----   ☕☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕
Works on: Win 10 and Win 8 phones

When I originally looked at LeadStory, I was underwhelmed with it. Actually, I was put off by it’s ugly as sin interface so I put it in my pile to revisit. It’s one of those cases where I’m glad I returned. The clean-up was worth the wait. Behind that modest little icon lies an efficient app for your Windows phone.

I am a news junky and often have up to 5 different news feeds on my phone at any point in time. I have a rule, if the app consistently takes over 40 sec to load, it goes in the garbage heap unless it offers an outstanding feature I can’t live without. That means apps come and go with shocking speed on my humble Windows phone. I just checked, I’ve tested out over 300 apps so far. LeadStory made the cut for two reasons – it’s minimalist design and speed. Oh 3 – ads don’t take over the screen. That’s the kiss of death as far as any app is concerned. Pop up and cover my screen and make it difficult to close the ad, well … let’s just not go there.

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App Review NotePlus – utilitarian #app that deserves it’s solid rating

NotePlus app for WinPhone and iPhoneNote Plus by DreamMatrix ( -- ☕☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕

Works on: Windows phone / iPhone – not available on Android

I went hunting for a simple app that would let me take notes
on the fly. Here’s my list of demands:

  • Small footprint – not interested in downloading a huge app for a simple task
  • Easy to read – clean interface with crisp fonts
  • Customizable to suit my tastes
  • What you see is what you get design – not interested in a steep learning curve just to write out my grocery list or quick note while on the subway
  • Good contrast so writing is viewable without squinting
  • Backup capable – not an essential, but occasionally I write down ideas for future posts and wanted a way of backing them up
  • Fast – if your app takes more than 1 min to load it comes off my phone. Don’t waste my time.
  • Categories – needs a method for organising my notes
  • Piss off with the intrusive ads - ads are ok if it's a free app, but if a pop up ad appears I'm dumping your work.
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App Review - Scanning documents on the go - Vanaia ScanWritr mobile page scanner

Vanaia™ Scanwritr Vanaia™ Scanwritr App Review   ----   ☕☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕
Works on: Win10 / Windows phone / IOS / Android / Blackberry

I have a nice little app for the road warrior. One of the most often requested for apps I’m asked to source is a good mobile scanner that will let a person do basic edits on a document. Vanaia™ Scanwritr ticks all the right boxes for either home or office use. As far as size goes, it's a real feather weight at around 8mb. Don't let the size fool you, it offers more functionality than heftier competitors, with less hassle.

It’s an excellent app to have if you are in the library doing research. You can quickly scan a page and store it to look at later. You can also scan just a section of the page if that’s all you need. If you are in a meeting, ScanWritr will let you take a quick scan of any notes being made, no need to go to the photocopier or scanner and transfer. Just fire up the app, let it scan and Bob’s your uncle!

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No More Voicemail – the latest app to promote obnoxious net behaviour

no more messages I’ve been reading, with a certain wry amusement, a number of sites praising the development of No More Voicemail, an app that sends phone calls to an endless ring tone.

The app is pretty basic. Install the app on your phone and after certain number of rings the caller is forwarded to a number that doesn’t pick up. That’s right, no messages. It will ring until you decide to pick up or the person on the other end hangs up. I’ve been reading articles that claim it will force people to give up and send a text message instead. I have no problem with someone who doesn’t want to use voice mail and turns it off, but this notion that everyone has a cell phone, can text or wants to, is obnoxious.

What’s my beef? Well let’s start with the entire passive aggressive FU tone of this app.

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