Apps

Fantastical 2 for Mac

I’ve used every version of Fantastical for every platform since 1.0 was released. I’ve never thought that the stock Apple apps were that great, and Fantastical is built for exactly how I use my calendar. With version 2.0 for the Mac, Flexibits has changed the game once again.

Alfred

Our sister site, The Sweet Setup, picked Alfred as their favorite OS X launcher. They choose Alfred due to is ability to incorporate different features from its competitors and implement them in a distinctive, easy, and understandable way — all while offering more power for advanced users to take things further. It also offers a unique iOS companion app and has features like Workflows that allow you to be more efficient you stay productive.

Blink: Better Affiliate Links

Blink is a new iOS app for making affiliate links from the iTunes Store, App Store, and the iBook store. Blink includes an extension that makes it simple to generate links from within the stores and anywhere else you find links. Blink can also create affiliate links as plain links or using various Markdown formats.

Magzter Gold

Do you love magazines? If so, Magzter Gold might be a service that you want to check out. It’s an all you can eat subscription for magazines. For only $9.99 per month, you can read everything they offer. They have a decent selection (2000+). After telling the app what kind of magazines I liked, I was recommended ESPN, Inc, MacLife and Fast Company. They have compiled a list of what magazines are included in the Gold subscription.

RunKeeper

Our sister site, The Sweet Setup, picked RunKeeper as their favorite running app for the iPhone. While a lot of runners prefer watches with dedicated GPS units — like this one — the iPhone makes for a great alternative. There are a lot of run-tracking apps, but RunKeeper is our favorite running app due to its deep feature set, vibrant community, and strong integration with other services. I’ve tracked over 400 runs with it, and even after spending time with a host of other applications, RunKeeper stands apart.

Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure is a new game for the iPhone and iPad. It’s an endless snowboarding game with incredible lighting, sound, and an ever changing backdrop. To be frank, it’s stunning. After finding out about it on Twitter, I immediately purchased it. I wasn’t prepared for how much fun I’d have. It’s incredibly easy to learn, but it will provide endless hours of fun. It’s the perfect “in the waiting room at the dentist” type game.

Tally 2

Tally 2 is a quick way to count anything on your iPhone. Its design allows you to work without even looking at your phone. It supports multiple tallies, so you can keep to access history (game scores, etc). With Apple Watch support planned, Tally 2 would make a great app to use at the ball field, in the classroom, or on family game night.

AllCast

I mentioned in my cord cutting guide that I switched to Roku last year and sold all my Apple TVs. One of the things I do miss is AirPlay (when it works). AllCast for iOS is helping to bridge the gap, though. It allows you to cast your movies, photos, and music to just about any streaming device. It works with Chromecast, Xbox 360/One, Roku, DLNA compatible TVs, Apple TV, WDTV, and Amazon Fire TV. It’s free with a $4.99 in-app purchase.

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.

Wunderlist

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.

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