iOS App

  1. Freezer Burned

    Freezer Burned

    Attention iTunes App developers, I need help, again.  As I continue my Pinterest inspired assault on our disorganized home, I delved into the freezer in search of an idea for Wednesday’s supper.  Having a few extra minutes, it seemed an opportune time to initiate and archeological type dig to the bottom, hoping the history of my purchases ceased somewhere in mid 2013.  Having passed into the third Costco layer, I discovered a beautifully shrink wrapped pork tenderloin.   As I’d already unearthed another package marked “beef for stew or other” I retired from my work and returned to the kitchen to commence thawing my discoveries in a sink of hot water.  (Hint: infinitely better then microwaving).  With a mid April snow falling softly by the windows, I consulted with Tyler Florence to discover a means of heating up the evening and the tenderloin.

    Tyler Florence Chimmichurri

    Chimmichurri warms you up just by saying the word repeatedly, all the more so if you salsa while repeating.  Some time mid-morning I went to check on the thawing status only to discover the product label attached to my pristine pink loins.  “Sell by 07/02/2011”.  2011?  How in the world is there something in my freezer that almost predates iPad 2?  Oh the humanity, if it’s pink is it still edible?  Not according to Mr. PQ, so the dogs will be dining on pork for the next several weeks and we got “other”  “Other” was a delicious Irish Stew,

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  2. Tech Savvy? Heck yeah.

    Tech Savvy? Heck yeah.

    “You should plan to be at the Pad & Quill headquarters by 11 on Friday, we are filming so you need to look cute?  What?  Don’t I always look cute?  Here I thought Mr. PQ was a fan of flannels and jeans.  But I digress.  We are shooting some video footage as introduction to our new line of leather goods and iPhone cases, very exciting.   Now back to cute, here’s where I need help, comprehensive, someone raids my closet and takes me shopping help.  Help which assures me that 7 gray t-shirts and 3 pairs of jeans does not a wardrobe make.  Don’t get me wrong, I do own other clothes.  Mr. PQ is an amazing shopper, he buys me things.  He even buys me outfits.  I just don’t know what to do with the clothes on a day-to-day basis, and jeans and a t-shirt are seamless, especially when I can throw in my old leather kicks as an accessory.  Solid, until the filming of a video arises.  So, here is where my million-dollar idea kicks in.


    Attention app developers, I need help.  I want someone to write me an app that allows me to enter all of my clothes into a virtual closest, it needs a function where I can move the clothes to a dirty laundry bin so as to take them from “inventory” until I do a load of wash.  Then I want to enter what I am doing that day, e.g. bookkeeping, personal training, trail running, house cleaning, or date night with hubby.  I also want to be able to enter my mood, e.g. “a little crabby, it’s that time of the month” or “spring baby!”  Or “be at the warehouse at 11 and look cute and don’t be nervous” The app would compile that data and shoot me out a few possible options.  Like this on my Pintrest page.


    Retailers could make a fortune as they could post little ads

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  3. The 12 Days of Pad and Quill’s Christmas: Part I

    The 12 Days of Pad and Quill’s Christmas: Part I
    Although Christmas is just over a week away, it’s never too late for a 12 Days of Christmas-styled post—until the day itself, that is. Here is Part I of the 12 most awesome things Pad and Quill likes about Apple and their products.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Thanksgiving will be here in only a few short days, and it's a time of year to reflect on everything good in our lives that we're thankful for. But with this post, there's a small twist: instead of giving thanks for the good things in life, we'll be looking at the good things about Apple.

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  5. Reviewing iOS 7 for Apple - Part III

    Reviewing iOS 7 for Apple - Part III

    Welcome to the last part in this three-part review on Apple's latest software update, iOS 7. In the time span between the last review and this one, Apple's already gone ahead with a tweak...that adds up to absolutely nothing at all.

    But, this blog post isn't about that! Rather, it'll be showcasing the last round of hits and misses in some of the new features.

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  6. A Week Later: Reviewing iOS 7 for Apple - Part I

    A Week Later: Reviewing iOS 7 for Apple - Part I

    With bated breath, Apple users everywhere have finally been handed a new software update- ioS 7. But is it any good? Or is it just another case of Apple playing the "carrot and stick" game, giving its users just a couple of useful, new features at a time? Let's dive in and take a look!

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  7. 5 iOS Apps Every College Student Needs

    5 iOS Apps Every College Student Needs

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
    It hasn't been that long since I was in college, but the dinosaur of a computer that I used to type up research papers in my dorm room would be a laughingstock on today's college campus. iPhones and iPads were still just a twinkle in Apple's eye. Today, though, most college students can't imagine living without an iPhone or iPad—and for good reason! They help you stay organized, keep in touch with friends and family, share photos, and communicate. They can also help you stay sane during your college years. Here's a roundup of 5 of our favorite iOS apps that we think every college student needs. Know of one we didn't list? Share it in the comments!

    1. Amazon Student (free)

    After signing your life away on student loans and tuition checks, there are still textbooks left to buy. Save money with Amazon Student, an app that allows you to scan barcodes of the textbooks you need in the campus store and compare prices online at You can also use the app to trade in used textbooks. Need another reason to download Amazon Student? Free two-day shipping for college students. 'Nuff said.
    [caption id="attachment_1093" align="alignright" width="168"]ihomework assignments Keep track of assignments with iHomework.[/caption]

    2. iHomework ($1.99)

    Forget lugging around a planner. Let your iPhone or iPad do the work with iHomework for $1.99. It's an app that lets you coordinate your homework assignments, schedule your workflow, and keep track of deadlines. You can also log your grades so that you keep

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  8. iPhone Software Design and iOS 7 Now Led by Jony Ive

    iPhone Software Design and iOS 7 Now Led by Jony Ive

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
    If you love the smooth, sleek design of the iPhone 5 and the slim, minimalistic appeal of the MacBook Air, Jony Ive is the one to thank for it. As the leader of industrial design at Apple since 1996, Ive is well regarded for his remarkable design aesthetic. And as the man responsible for determining the look and feel of each Apple product, he's known for the household product that he created more than he's known as a household name.

    Apple Leadership Shuffle

    After a recent shift in leadership at Apple, Jony Ive is now head of all design, including software and industrial design. What you see physically when you hold an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, or a MacBook in your hands is all the result of Ive's genius. What you see on your iPhone screen or other device when you actually use it is now also his responsibility.
    The new iOS 7 platform—coming this fall, according to Apple's website—is the brainchild of Ives and the design team under his leadership. The former head of software design, Scott Forstall, was fired by Apple, apparently as a result of his abrasive management style and sharp clashes with other executive leaders, according to a news update on iDownloadBlog.

    Ive Praised by Cook

    The new responsibilities for software design are in addition to Ive's current previous responsibilities as head of Industrial Design. Apple described the change in leadership in a memo sent out to their employees from CEO Tim Cook, saying, "Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design." The email praised Ive's accomplishments at Apple, saying that "His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of

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  9. iOS 7 Review: Love It or Not?

    iOS 7 Review: Love It or Not?

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
    The new iOS 7 is almost here, and there's been plenty of talk from those who love it and those who don't. If you were hoping for a major overhaul to the functionality of Apple's iOS system, prepare to be disappointed. If you were hoping for a fresh design, new functionality, and an intuitive platform, get ready to party.

    Design Facelift

    Although the new iOS 7 looks significantly different from Apple's older operating systems, how it operates is largely the same. With the new iOS, you'll feel like you have a brand new phone, yet at the same time, it should feel intuitively familiar—like meeting a stranger who reminds you of a long-lost friend.
    Probably the first thing you'll notice about iOS 7 is the flat design. Unlike the skeumorphic design Apple held on to for so long, the new iOS 7 is sleek, modern, and flat. The translucent layering of apps and the parallax effect are the most noticeable upgrades in the design department.

    What's New? What's Not?

    The familiar apps on the home screen, folders, and dock with shortcuts are still there, although now you can swipe anywhere on the screen to unlock the device. One of the new features you'll notice on the home screen is the Control Center. Swipe from the bottom of the screen, and you'll get options for Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, volume control, AirDrop, and other shortcuts. Although you can't customize the Control Center for now, at least it's easily accessible and includes most of the shortcuts you need.
    While some features simply got a new redesign (like Messages and Mail), with others you'll notice improvements that go further. The revamped Photos app makes it easier to edit, organize, and share photos. Photo filters are now available, along with multiple ways to organize photos and built-in sharing functionality with AirDrop.

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  10. Apple Unveils iOS 7 at Worldwide Developers Conference

    Apple Unveils iOS 7 at Worldwide Developers Conference

    Rumors about a brand new operating system for Apple devices were confirmed yesterday when Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new software upgrade will make older Apple devices seem like new and put Apple back in the running with its competitors. Apple fans have long complained that the iOS needed a refresh in order to keep up with the rapid advance in technology and design.

    iOS 7 Design Upgrade

    As Tim Cook announced it, "The iOS 7 is the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone." The new iOS 7 interface is simple and clean, with an elegant design and flat icons, rather than the skeumorphic design that Apple is known for currently.
    The iPhone 4 and newer models, iPad 2 and newer, iPad Mini, and 5th generation iPod Touch will all be available with the new iOS 7 starting in the fall of 2013. A beta version is available for developers to experiment with and work on developing new apps for the software.

    iOS 7 Features

    New features on the iOS 7 include a notification center, Safari updates, upgrades to Siri, and the introduction of iTunes Radio. Similar to streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio will allow listeners to stream music on-demand for free across all Apple products. For a small fee, users can opt out of ads. iTunes Radio will guide users to purchase their favorite songs on iTunes, with highly personalized recommendations for new songs and artists based on the user's listening preferences on iTunes Radio.
    Airdrop is another new feature for iOS 7, which will allow users to swap files between Apple devices.
    With more efficient multitasking for apps, longer battery life, and a control center that allows you to easily adjust the screen brightness or switch to Airplane mode, the new iOS 7 is expected to reignite the passion for Apple products and

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