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

Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 Podcasts Fix

Apple has quietly released a minor update to iTunes aimed at helping resolve some lingering problems with Podcasts for some users.  The new iTunes 11.3.1 update is available now for Mac through the Mac App Store (check under Updates) or you can download it from the iTunes site.  If you are a iTunes user on PC, you can use the Apple Software update app to get the latest update.

NFL Now App Launches for iOS

The National Football League pre-season is underway and the NFL wants fans to have a great experience no matter where they happen to be:  Home, Work, Stadium or on-the-go.  Today the NFL Now app has launched in the app store and it brings all the action of the NFL and your favourite team to your iPhone or iPad.  The app isn’t a streaming app but rather a repository of content and video to help you enjoy the NFL experience more than just simply watching the game itself.  But, with the NFL Now Plus in-app purchase you can get real time highlights of games in progress.

NFL Now App (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchase) – Download Now

Foursquare App Undergoes Radical Change

We can debate on direction that Foursquare is trying to take but make no mistake:  Foursquare wants to be the app you use to discover places and things no matter where you are in the world.  The updated Foursquare app for iPhone reflects that in a dramatic, new user experience that will take long time Foursquare users a while to get use to using.  In fact if you are anything like me, you may find it a bit frustrating.

When you update or install the new Foursquare app you will be prompted by the app to let it know your tastes and preferences.  You do this by tapping provided keywords that reflect things around you or things that you have rated in the past.  These keywords help Foursquare determine what discoveries to provide to you when you use the app.  These can be very broad in nature (like “Spanish Food”) to very specific (“Chicken Paella”).  Once you have tapped in these keywords, the Foursquare app then presents its new and radically different user experience.

Foursquare for iPhone – Free – Download Now

ABC News App Now Streams Live Video

The American broadcaster ABC has one of the better news apps available for iPhone from an easy-of-use and content perspective.  Now the ABC News app has another great new feature: Live streaming video content.  The ability to stream video content has actually been in the iPad version of the app since July but has now made its way to the iPhone version of the app.

To view a live stream simply tap on the Live bar at the top of the display and then slide this bar left and right to select the video stream you wish to view.  The great thing is that all of these streams provided in the ABC News app are free and don’t require any registration or login to view.  Just tap to view and watch.

ABC News app for iPhone – Free – Download Now

ABC News app for iPad – Free – Download Now

iPhone 6 Launch Event Anticipated for September 9th

The anticipation around a new iPhone launch every year is always a big news maker and this year is no exception and if anything it is bigger this year.  With anticipation around larger displays, the iPhone 6 launch event is likely going to prove to be one of the biggest news makers for Apple in the last few years.  I know I’m eager to see the new iPhone 6 but I’m not sure if I’m as excited as my partner in arms Tricia.

iMessage with Tricia on iPhone 6

iMessage with Tricia on iPhone 6

All indications, from multiple sources, are pointing out that the iPhone 6 launch date is going to be Tuesday, September 9th.  Those sources include Bloomberg which stated:

The Cupertino, California-based company is set to introduce two new models: one with a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a 5.5-inch screen, people with knowledge of the plans have said.

And not to be outdone, the Wall Street Journal is also saying September 9th is the date:

Apple is expected to hold an event to introduce its new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The timing of Apple’s announcement would fall in line with its recent track record of announcing the new phones in early- to mid-September and then starting sales a few weeks later.

These are two credible sources who, in the past, have been accurate on these types of things.  I would recommend we call circle September 9th in our diaries now.

MyFitnessPal App for iOS Updated with Improved Navigation

The universal MyFitnessPal app has been updated with several improvements around navigation and entering food into your daily food diary.  I am a big fan of MyFitnessPal (my current daily diary logging streak is now at day 510) and it is one of the apps that has helped me lose and keep off 100lbs (45kg) over the course of the last 4 years.  If you want to follow me on MyFitnessPal, you will find me as ClintonAlliOSNews (original, I know).

The biggest change in this update of the MyFitnessPal app is around navigation.  Gone are the menu driven entries and navigation and in comes a more icon-based menu with a large, in-the-centre, Add button so you can quickly and easily track food, exercise, weight and water consumption (did you know that you should consume 2L of water per day?  Water consumption can aid weight loss and improve stamina).  This change makes it far easier to add information to the app to help you keep track of things.

MyFitnessPal (Universal App) – Free – Download Now