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App Review: PGA Tour (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

Tiger Woods has won a tournament for the first time since 2009 and is looking good heading into the Masters in just two weeks. You, being the golf fanatic which you are, HAVE to be able to follow Tiger, Phil, Rory, and all of your favorite golfers no matter where you are. Fortunately, the PGA has your back with excellent apps for both the iPhone and iPad chock full of features you can use to stay on top of their games.

The iPhone app (link) is your pocket PGA friend. You can check the leaderboard of the current tournament, marking players as favorites so their scores show at the top regardless of placement. The Media section offers video highlights, photo albums, and player interviews, as well as live video of certain tournaments. Push notifications are available for end of round and tournament alerts, live video availability, and standings updates. There are also customizable push notifications for up to three players. Information about players, tournaments, and the FedEx Cup are also available.

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Upgrade Your iOS Home Screen: Messages

One of the great things about the various iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) is that, out of the box, there is a ton of functionality built in, allowing you to utilize the many functions of a cell phone, personal information manager, camera, and multimedia player in just one screen. While this is a lot of power in a user’s hand, there is room for improvement. To that end, I am going to take a look at each of the apps on the iOS home screen and offer alternatives which can either replace or augment what Apple offers.

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App Review: March Madness (iOS)

I don’t normally follow the NCAA tournament outside of the championship game, but this app makes it hard not to. The NCAA has released their own official March Madness app for iOS and it is chock full of awesomeness. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you could conceivably follow the entire tournament from your device. Even the casual college basketball fan will find this app useful.

The app is very informative, as one would expect from the NCAA. you get a full bracket of matchups, including seedings, game times, and TV channels for each game. When you first set up the app, in fact, you also choose who your cable provider is so you can see what channel number to turn to for each game. There is also the option for taking part in the CBSsports.com Bracket Challenge, although that was closed before I could join. If you already signed up, you can log into your account and see how your bracket is doing.

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App Review: Evernote (iOS/Android)

In the past, when I focused on iOS apps which added Outlook functionality to my iPhone, the one area I neglected to cover was that of note taking. The iPhone and iPod Touch both are able to sync with your notes in Outlook when you plug the device into your PC and perform an iTunes sync. My overarching goal, however, is to cut the cable, regardless of what device I’m using. While using the iPhone, I came across a free service called Evernote which fulfilled this goal while also adding functionality which Outlook notes just don’t do. Now that I’m working with both iOS and Android devices, it is definitely time to take a close look at the Evernote service and the corresponding mobile apps which sync with Evernote.

First, let’s look at the Evernote website, which can be found at http://www.evernote.com/. The site serves as a central repository for information. The premise is simple – Anytime you need to make note of something, whether it be text, audio, or visual, you create a note in your Evernote account and put the information there. With these notes stored in the cloud, you can access them from any computer with a web browser and an Internet connection, which is pretty much any computer on the planet you’ll touch. The free account has a set amount of monthly usage, based on the size of your notes, but I’ve yet to get anywhere near the maximum data cap for a month. You can also download and install a desktop app for your PC which gives you instant access to your notes as well as the ability to format them much like you would a Word doc.

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App Review: Got To Do (Android)

Got To DoLike the iPhone, Android phones do not have a built in task management system. If you are a power Outlook user or a proponent of the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, a task manager is important. I have been using both Outlook and the web-based Toodledo service to track my tasks, which is a big reason why I’m able to keep track of what I need to take care of, both at home and at work. On the iPhone, I’ve been using Toodledo’s app, which syncs with their service and gives me the same functionality as the site, but they do not make an Android version. There are a number of Toodledo-compatible apps for Android, some of which are free. One I’ve found which gives me many of the same options as Toodledo’s website is Got To Do (note the initials), an app available in both free (ad supported) and paid versions.