iOS App

  • 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, which we inexplicably ate standing huddled in the kitchen.

     

    I need an app akin to my clothing app idea that allows me to inventory my pantry and freezers, constructing a week of menus for breakfasts and dinners.  I’d like a shopping list and a QR code reader or UPC code reader that uploads the product data and adds it to my virtual pantry and refrigerator.  The app would have an alert when I am out of something or running low on an essential ingredient, say rice (which we eat at least twice a week).   I also need to be able to set preparation time, for the days I leave home at 7am and return at 6:30pm with an “emaciated” crew.  Above all else, I need a nuclear bomb type alarm that warns me a prior purchase is seeping slowly into the Mesozoic Era and she be branded extinct.

     

    I’d pay an enhancement fee if the app linked to the Chore-inator an intuitive app I discovered at iWorld that works amazingly well at distributing household responsibility.

     

    Realizing this request for life enhancing technology threatens my identity as Mrs. Quill, I’ll cut this post short enabling the youngster and I adequate time to snowshoe to school.

    Kari

  • 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 to my app that would suggest things for me to buy, and give me coupon love that is oh so hard to turn down.  (An aside, Gap I love your clothes, but please stop showcasing new arrivals on models that weigh about 47 pounds.)

     

    This of course brings me to a few other techie devices I’d actually buy, hint to Apple, I’m a terrific product tester.

     

    Lifeprinter, a new kickstarter campaign, which looks so simply wonderful that we backed it.    The Star Wars shirt under the suit coat should sell you, if nothing else does.

     

    iBracelet with wireless headphones.  For those long runs when, inevitably the sounds of your own breathing is going to drive you nutty.  Hello Apple, product tester here!

     

    So, let it not be said that Mrs PQ doesn’t have just a little tech saavy.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. Continue reading

  • 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! Continue reading

  • 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 Amazon.com. 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.
     

    ihomework assignments Keep track of assignments with iHomework.

     

    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 track of what your report card might look like at the end of the semester. Plus, you'll never miss class again, unless it's on purpose, with the built-in alerts for when class is about to begin.
     

    3. Dictionary & Thesaurus (free)

     
    No need to add a dictionary and thesaurus to your list of textbooks. Just download the Dictionary.com app for instant access to definitions and synonyms. Look up words while you're reading for class or listening to a lecture.
     

    4. Mint.com (free)

     
    Managing your finances is part of becoming an adult. But without some help, it can make your life more stressful. Mint.com is here to help you stick to your budget, avoid overdraft fees, and pay your bills on time. You can manage multiple financial accounts (including your checking, savings, and credit card accounts) all in one place.
     

    5. AroundMe (free)

     
    Unless you go to college in the town where you grew up, you'll need some help learning your way around a new city. AroundMe shows you where the nearest banks, hospitals, restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, and grocery stores are so that you can find your way around with as few U-turns and scenic routes as possible.
     

    iPhone Cases

     
    Step onto campus in style this fall with an iPhone case from Pad & Quill. Our iPhone cases and iPad cases protect your device, disguise it to prevent theft, and make it easy to access all ports and buttons on the outside of your device. Get free shipping when you purchase any other case or accessory!

  • 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 Apple's products for more than a decade."
     
    Ive's title shifted from Senior Vice President of Industrial Design to a broader description: Senior Vice President of Design. By dropping "Industrial," Ives is now in charge of all design at Apple, including the software.
     

    Coming Soon: iOS 7

     
    Ive's first major accomplishment as head of design at Apple will be big news soon, when the new iOS 7 platform is available on all consumer devices created by Apple. Besides being installed on all new devices going forward, iOS 7 will also be available for software updates on older models, such as the iPhone 4S.
     

    Handcrafted iPhone Cases

     
    Protecting your iPhone shouldn't have to mean settling for mediocre design. At Pad & Quill, each iPhone case we make is meticulously designed and crafted by hand for a perfect marriage of function and aesthetics. Get free shipping when you purchase any other case or accessory!
     
    Image Credit: Screenshot of Apple YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ErUMeT7uE

  • 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.
     

    iTunes Radio

     
    iTunes Radio is new for the iOS 7 music player. It's Apple's new streaming music service that makes it easy to buy songs you love in iTunes with one click. If you're using iTunes Match, you can listen without any ad interruptions. Otherwise, expect a quick ad commercial every 7 to 10 songs.
     

    iOS in the Car

     
    One more thing to look forward to? Starting in 2014, iOS in the car will be available for select vehicles. That means you'll be able to connect your iPhone to the car display so that you can view and navigate your iPhone right from the car controls. Siri will integrate with your car's audio system, along with navigation, text messaging, phone calls, music, iTunes radio, and more.
     

    The Missing Elements

     
    So what's not to love? The lack of an open file system, for one. And if you're a social networking addict, the limited 3rd party social media integration is a bummer. But for the most part, we'd say the iOS 7 is a big step in the right direction, with the opportunity for even more revolution in future iOS versions.
     

    Case for iPhone and iPad

     
    Need a case for your iPhone, iPad, or iOS device? Pad & Quill's iPhone cases and iPad cases keep your device looking and working like new, with access to all ports and functions. Style, function, and theft protection all in one case! Get free shipping when you purchase any other case or accessory.
     

    Photo Credit: www.GSMArena.com

  • 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 keep up with new software releases for Android, Windows, and other competitors.
     

    Cases for iPhone

     
    Keep your iPhone protected with an iPhone case from Pad & Quill. Access to all features and ports, plus theft protection with an unassuming notebook-like appearance. Get free shipping when you order any other case or accessory!
     
    Image Credit: Video screenshot courtesy of ABCNews.com

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