Mobile Apps

Upgrade Your iOS Home Screen: Calendar

When the iPhone first came out, the¬†functionality¬†of the Calendar app was limited. You could track your calendar on the iPhone, but, since the iPhone couldn’t sync with an Exchange calendar at the time and, even if it could, Google wouldn’t release Google Exchange Sync for two more years, you could not sync your iPhone calendars over the air. Your only option was to plug your iPhone into your PC and sync with a desktop application like Outlook. Much has changed since then. Now you can not only sync your calendar wirelessly, you can do so with multiple calendars, whether they are with your work’s Exchange calendar, with MobileMe (now iCloud), or with Google. Still, there’s some room for improvement. For example, you can only look at your calendar in Portrait mode, not Landscape (this may change in iOS5). You also only have three calendar views in the default app. Fortunately, there are many iOS apps out there which can turn you calendar into the full fledged powerhouse that you need to keep organized. I’ve reviewed three of the best, although, in my opinion, one stands out above the others.

Geeks to Peeps

Geeks to Peeps: Going Gaga Over Google

Google LogoShow me somebody who has not performed a Google search at least once in their lives and I’ll show you somebody who has never touched a computer in their lives. Google has become a mainstay in our everyday lives. Students Google potential topics for their studies. Sports fans Google their favorite players to find out more about them. Movie lovers Google films before they’re released in hopes of finding even the tiniest tidbits of information about the plot and the stars. Heck, people like me even Google our own names to see what’s on the Internet about us (this isn’t always vanity as this is a great way to discover if you’re a victim of identity theft). Google is on our PCs and our cell phones, in our homes and our jobs, at our fingertips and in our pockets. With how much Google is in our lives, it still surprises people that Google offers so much more than web search.