Vivino Wine Scanner App for iPhone Review

I love wine but I fully admit that I’m a bit of a neanderthal when it comes to being able to pick a good wine from a not-so-good wine.  As I have discovered, price isn’t necessarily a reflection of a wine that is good and there is certainly an element of personal tastes that come into the picture.  Compounding my problem is when I go to my local grocer or “bottle store” (AKA Liquor Store), there is a dizzying number of wines of all times and all price ranges.  Regardless of your wine selecting skills, there is a great app that can help you find that perfect wine as you stand there looking at a wall of bottles.  The Vivino Wine Scanner app allows you to scan the label of any wine and instantly get peer ratings, price ranges and reviews of that wine.  It helps eliminate the guess work so you can find wines you like at a price that is right.

The Vivino Wine Scanner app is one of those apps that just makes life easier.  It works amazingly well and I’ve yet to find a bottle of wine that it didn’t recognise.  Literally all you do is snap a photo of the label of the wine bottle and it does all the work of giving you information about that wine.  It has become my favourite app to use while I’m stood in my grocer trying to find that bottle of wine that goes with that meal.

Vivino Wine Scanner – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Vivino Wine Scanner Pro – $4.99 – Download Now

OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Now Available

Apple has released the 2.0 version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta to those who have joined the program.  It appears to mirror the Developer Preview 6 release that was made to the developer community earlier in the week and it is evident that Apple is nearing completion of the OS as it appears to be stable and fully functional.  I’m personally at the point where I have loaded the beta onto one of my Macs which I use heavily to put it through it’s paces and so far, so good.

I’ll remind everyone that it is still beta code so you do use it at your own risk but I think the risks are lower than ever at this point.

For those interested in joining the beta, go to the OS X Beta Program page from Apple.

Vine App for iOS Update Brings Video Imports

Confession time:  I have never really gotten Vine.  Yeah, I get the idea behind it and all that but its just one of those social networks that I’ve just never really got my head around.  That’s fine, my life doesn’t feel any less complete.  When I did try out the Vine app for iOS a few times there was one really annoying issue with the app which was that I could not create a Vine post from any videos that happen to be residing on my iPhone at the time.  I had to shot the Vine video right then, right there and if I didn’t or couldn’t, it couldn’t be published.  Seemed pretty limiting to me.

That seems to have gone away now in the latest update for the Vine app for iOS.  The update, which of course is free and available now in the App Store, allows you to import a video from your iPhone, edit it down to the 6 seconds and post it on Vine.  Finally!

Vine – Free – Download Now

Orderly for iOS Gets Major Update

Tekton Technologies today is thrilled to announce the release of Orderly – Tasks and To-Do Lists 2.5, a major update to their productivity app exclusively designed for iOS7, with nice simple gestures, and auto adjustment of fonts based on the amount of content, adding even more convenience and ease of use for users of this App. Featuring awesome themes and location based reminders, the Orderly for iOS app makes sure that a task never goes unnoticed. 

Once a to-do is created, it is displayed on one of three shelves using Apple’s bookshelf metaphor: High Priority, Medium, and Low. Users can instantly view all their To-Dos, expand and contract them with pinch gestures, edit items, change their priority, mark them as complete, or swipe them to delete. The Orderly for iOS app includes two full-screen bookshelves, Home and Work, allowing users to keep To-Dos posted according to priority and location.

Orderly for iOS – .99 Cents – Download Now

MoviePro for iOS Brings Powerful Videography

Mirage Labs today is pleased to announce a major update version 3.0 to MoviePro for iOS. This update leverages powerful iPhone 5s 64 bit hardware and supports recording at 3072×1728 resolution & capture full resolution images at the same time. This is the only app that supports Bluetooth headset input when recording video on all compatible iOS devices. 


This update makes MoviePro for iOS super powerful video recording and film making app for amateurs as well as professional videographers, and is a universal binary supporting all iOS devices. The app interface is simple and powerful enough for all classes of users, whether a professional videographer looking to capture stunning colours and detail in the scene in 3K resolution, or an amateur videographer who records his kids soccer match, or a musician or journalist who uses bluetooth microphone for audio input while recording video. 

MoviePro for iOS (Universal) – $4.99 – Download Now

My Data Manager for iOS App Review

There was a point not so many years ago that there were data plans from mobile providers that were unlimited data consumption.  Then the Internet got big and apps came into being and suddenly the mobile providers were having their networks crushed under the onslaught of data being pushed to mobile devices.  The solution was to limit the amount of included data or, in some cases, cap at a certain level.  That is where an app like My Data Manager for iOS comes in handy for iPhone or iPad users.

My Data Manager is an app that allows you to set your weekly or monthly thresholds on your data plan and keeps track of how much data you are using.  But it even smart enough to monitor how much WiFi you are using (because there are places you still have to pay for that for some reason – you reading this airports and hotels of the world?) and even your roaming amounts which can be really expensive if you over use while abroad.  It’s an impressive little app that is easy to use and configure and gives you alerts when you are getting close to your data limit.  If you have a limited amount of data you can use each month, My Data Manager for iOS should be an app on your iPhone.

OneFootball for iOS Review

This weekend here in England has been the start of the 2014-2015 football season.  All the leagues, most notably the Premier League and the Champions League, start in earnest as do many of the European leagues across the continent.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking for a good app for my iPhone and iPad to follow my favourite teams along with keeping up with news from around the various leagues.  I think I’ve found it in OneFootball for iOS.

OneFootball for iOS allows you to select your favourite team and follow them in detail as well as get push notifications during matches (when you can’t find your way to the pub to watch for some reason) and detailed information on each match and the season.  Further, you get a great news feed of all the information from across all the various national leagues and can even go into another league and setup notifications for a particular team.  All this in an app that is free.

QR Codes For Downloads Starting This Week

Hi everyone!  Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on ClintonFitch.com, my Windows Phone focused site (it’s been dormant a few years).  While most of you don’t really care about that part, some of you do and have provided me a little feedback of what you would like to see here on AlliOSNews.  That is QR Codes.

Starting this week QR codes will start appearing here on AlliOSNews on reviews and app announcements.  The links to these will continue to be on the posts as well but for those who want to use a QR scanner on their iPhone or iPad to immediately get taken to that app in the App Store, you will now have that option.

Nifty MiniDrive Pro Review

I love my 13″ MacBook Pro.  It is great for travel – which I do a fair amount of – yet is powerful enough to do everything I need to do on a day-to-day basis.  But there are two things that are highly under-utilised on my Mac:  The DVD Drive and the SD Card Reader. I can easily solve this problem.  In the case of the DVD drive, I can crack the case, rip out the drive and replace it with a SSD Drive.  Easy but expensive and absolutely a warranty voiding exercise.

Then there is the SD slot.  I can stick a SD Card in it and use it as extra storage but it sticks out.  Which means it can get caught

Nifty MiniDrive Pro

Nifty MiniDrive Pro

shoving it into my case and potentially broken.  Now I know that Apple never intended the SD slot to be used for full time storage needs but someone has turned this rarely used part of my Mac into something useful.  That is Nifty and the Nifty MiniDrive Pro.

The Nifty MiniDrive Pro is a SD sized Micro SD card reader that slides perfectly into the SD slot on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.  It sits flush with the chassis meaning that it doesn’t stick out.  At. All.  And your Mac simply sees that Micro SD card as just another drive in Finder.  Brilliantly simple and stunningly powerful.  For less than $50 I added 64GB of storage to My MacBook Pro all without ever turning a screwdriver.  I’ve reviewed a lot of great things here at AlliOSNews but this may be one of the simplest, coolest things ever.

Night Cam App Updates and Free This Week

The Night Cam app from Lucky Clan has been updated this week and for a limited time you can get this great, low-light photo taking app for free.  It is normally $1.99 for the universal app.  Having tried many of these types of apps in the app store, I have to say that this one from Lucky Clan is one of the best.  It does exceptionally well, especially when I use it on my iPad Air.

Night Cam app (Universal App) – SALE! Free This Week – Download Now