CloudBeats App

iTunes Match works fine (most of the time), but what if you already have a large collection of audio content in Dropbox or Google Drive? CloudBeats allows you to turn your Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, MediaFire or OneDrive account into an iOS music player.


Our sister site, The Sweet Setup, recently picked Wunderlist as their favorite app for shared lists. Wunderlist was picked because it syncs fast, it’s easy to share lists, and it’s accessible from multiple platforms (web, Mac, PC, Android, etc). Wunderlist is free, but you can upgrade to a pro account for $49.99/year.

MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter

One of my goals for 2015 was to lose about 15 pounds and get down to 170. I’ve realized over the years the losing weight is 90% diet and 10% exercise. I get plenty of exercise, but I mindlessly eat more than I should. I decided to start tracking my calories to help me be more mindful of what I am eating. I had typically used Lose It!, but I decided to give MyFitnessPal a try based on a recommendation from a friend.

Vigil Website Monitoring

There are a ton of website monitoring tools out there, but Vigil is probably my favorite. It’s an iPhone app that has been recently redesigned with a modern iOS 7/8 look. While the app is certainly beautiful, there is a whole lot going on behind the scenes. Once you get your websites added, Vigil will monitor them 24/7.

Mailbox for Mac

Our sister site, The Sweet Setup, recently picked Mailbox as their favorite third-party email app for the Mac. Jason Snell points out that Mac users have a love-hate relationship with Apple Mail. While it’s built in to every Mac, it’s gone through periods of major instability (particularly with Gmail IMAP). After reading the article, I downloaded it to give it a trial run. While it only works with iCloud and Gmail, it’s a very powerful app.


I love news, and I love audio content. Umano is an app that is aiming to be at the center of those mediums. A few months ago, Instapaper added the ability to have your iOS device read your saved articles to you. It’s a nice feature, but it’s a computerized voice that is reading. Umano is news from around the web that is narrated by the people. Imagine if you had someone reading your Instapaper backlog to you? That is Umano.


I’ll admit it: I’m a home screen junkie. I love to look at other people’s iPhones. Do they use folders, what’s on their dock, which email app do they use? I also believe that looking at other people’s home screens is a great way to discover new apps. The folks at Betaworks agree with me. They have released #Homescreen for iOS.

ScreenFlow 5

ScreenFlow for the Mac is one of the best screencasting tools around. With ScreenFlow 5, Telestream has delivered some great new features. My favorite one is the built in iPhone or iPad screen recording (lighting connections with iOS 8 and Yosemite only). While QuickTime can do this, having it built right into ScreenFlow greatly simplifies my workflow.

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