iLog Student Driving Is a Must-Have App for Parents and Driving Instructors

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Price: $4.99
Rating:
iLog Student Driving
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Teaching someone how to drive can be quite the experience for both the teacher and the student. Even when it’s done right, however, one thing that tends to be neglected is actual logging of time spent instructing and driving.

iLog Student Driving is a well designed app that lets parents and driving instructors easily keep track of instruction times, conditions, and more.

Concept and Functionality:

The primary goal of iLog Student Driving, an iPhone app by Daniel Steward, is to help driving instructors keep track of a student’s driving time along with associated road and weather conditions.

To use the app, you have to set up profiles for instructor and student. This is incredibly easy, though, and only requires a name and license or permit number.

Once profiles are set up, iLog Student Driving shows you a handy screen that has a timer. To begin a session, all you have to do is tap the little clock underneath the timer. Once the session is complete, tap the clock again and optionally save the session.

This is where iLog Student Driving really comes in handy. The app not only lets you log time, but it lets you keep track of weather and traffic conditions, as well as the time of day. Personally I think this is fantastic because it’s easy to forget to take these conditions into account when teaching a student driver, especially when logging instruction time.

iLog Student Driving iPhone App

iLog Student Driving iPhone App

When it comes to ease of use, iLog Student Driving will only take a couple minutes to figure out at most. The app is incredibly easy to navigate and you don’t have to worry about fiddling around with complicated menus and interfaces while logging.

Features:

iLog Student Driving is loaded with great features. For example, there’s an extensive checklist that covers every aspect of driving, from making sure the vehicle is safe to suggestions for where to practice different skills.

One thing I noticed is that all checklists are on the same page and it’s pretty long, so a recommendation is to add a table of contents at the top or split checklists up individually for quicker and easier access to each one.

iLog Student Driving also features support for multiple drivers and instructors, which is perfect for professional instructors, school Driver’s Ed instructors and even families with multiple new drivers. The app even supports extensively detailed log exports.

Value:

iLog Student Driving is available to download from the the App Store for $4.99 and is designed for iPhone. The price might seem steep, but this is an incredibly valuable learning tool that will help both instructors and students.

It’s easy to use, detailed, and great for everyone who needs to log driving instruction time.

ilog_student_driving.jpgiLog Student Driving requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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UrbanDenoiser: Making Sense of a Loud World

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Price: Free
Rating:
UrbanDenoiser Player
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

If you’re like us, you spend a lot of time in coffee shops. Whether for work or just to get out and relax a bit, it seems like we’re constantly sitting in front of a wooden table while a pack of hipsters talks about . . . well, whatever.

This is all well and good, but there are times when you need to block out the third Mumford and Sons song today, or that conversation happening next door.

To improve your focus, or to let the world in when you absolutely need to, consider using UrbanDenoiser Player. With this free app from IT ForYou, you really can’t go wrong.

Considering how effectively UrbanDenoiser blocks or receives input from the audible world around you, we guarantee it’s worth your time.

Concept and Functionality

UrbanDenoiser for iPhoneThe example we gave you a second ago is actually the premier focus for UrbanDenoiser.

Essentially, the app tries to help you block out the rest of the world, or choose to let it through the door when the opportunity arises.

How does it do this? Through magic of automatic noise cancellation!

To start the process, boot the app, plug in your headphones, and then let it do a bit of calibration.

UrbanDenoiser will “listen” to your surroundings using the information it gathers to determine a base level for activity. Then, once you’re ready, just start playing music!

Pick the listening mode you want, and UrbanDenoiser will do the rest. Use the “denoiser” mode to totally cancel out the interference.

As the flagship service here, noise cancellation works surprisingly well. We found it very effective, no matter how loud our surroundings might be.

The other two modes are just as useful, though perhaps less so than the former. “Natural” will temporarily return the world to normal, while “Noise Around” will let you dig into your immediate bubble for audio support.

Design and Graphics

UrbanDenoiser for iPhoneUrbanDenoiser is a very simple application, which tends to work in its favor. The interface actually reminds us a lot of Robinhood—our current Best Designed Application (patent pending). It’s pleasing to the eye, and presents you with all the necessaries at no time delay.

In fact, our only real complaint with UrbanDenoiser is the fact that it only works with your iTunes library.

For those that use the service, this is fantastic. For guys like me who are heavy into Spotify, this is a bit of a bummer. One solution for this would be for Spotify to support Apple’s Inter-App Audio.

The app also provides a “hearing test” mode that lets you, according to the developers, “get the high quality of sound perfectly adapted to your hearing abilities.”

Aside from all the audio magic, it’s incredibly well-designed, and we can hardly knock it for looks.

Overall Value

If this sounds like something you would use often, then by all means: go ahead and snag it today. You won’t be disappointed—pretty far from it, in fact.

All together, UrbanDenoiser represents a unique and functional solution to a common problem.

If this is something you’ve been hankering for, but have yet to discover, UrbanDenoiser is your guy. With sleek looks, a fair price-tag (free) and incredible features, there’s really no downside.

qrcode.30006727UrbanDenoiser requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Top 10 Apps for Your Summer Vacation

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Here at TiAR we are constantly surprised and amazed at how technology, especially of the mobile kind, has improved so many mundane tasks and impacted our lives. One of the areas where it has added convenience and efficiency is in the way we travel, and prepare to travel.

With the summer of 2015 upon us, it is certainly worth some time to see what apps can help us in our quest to make the process easier and, hopefully, make the actual vacation more enjoyable.

It’s no secret that you can use Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo to get an almost endless supply of information on vacation destinations, flights and accommodation practically anywhere in the world — it’s hard to imagine how anyone managed to travel back in the bygone days prior to the mid-1990s. Can you say maps, pamphlets and travel books?

Sure search engines are great but the next step is to use the right assortment of mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. These little wonders make checking out your neck of the woods, or a foreign country, as simple as planning a weekend getaway.

Of all our favorite apps for traveling, here are the top 10 that we think will make planning for, and taking, your next vacation easier and more enjoyable. You’ll find more app suggestions by checking out our popular Travel Category.

 

Hipmunk – Free, iPhone & iPad

hipmunkHipmunk has been around for awhile and, while not as well known for its travel booking service as say, Travelocity, Priceline, Trivago, or Orbitz, its app has a clean modern design and is extremely easy to use to book flights and hotels.

You can use it to find hotel deals near you, browse hotels by city, and search for flights, and easily find those flights with wifi.

What we love about the app is the ability to sort results based on the least amount of hassle involved.

When hunting for flights you can sort your search results with a its Agony filter that lets you see itineraries with the least amount of layovers and hassles first, followed by longer trips that may be less expensive.

You can also create fare alerts for a particular search and the app will let you know when there’s a deal on flights.

 

Last Minute Travel Deals – Free, iPhone, iPad

Last Minute Travel Deals, an incredibly handy travel app for iPhone and iPad, is perfect for last minute plans or that quick get-away and features deals on airfare, car rentals, hotels, and attractions. It’s incredibly easy to navigate and works very quickly.

While there certainly isn’t a shortage of travel apps on the App Store, many of them tend to be hit or miss. Plus, quite a few of them don’t even include deals; they’re only meant for finding accommodations.

This app goes above and beyond what you get with most travel apps by not just showing listings, but by sifting through accommodations to provide users with great deals.

Flight finders, hotel apps, and car rental apps are all over the place, but it’s rare to find a travel app that also includes attractions. Last Minute Travel Deals features a database of over 10,000 activities and over 4,500 cities.

 

Packing Pro – $2.99, iPhone and iPad

packingThere’s no doubt that when planning a vacation, or any trip for that matter, having all the right lists all set up is a great help, and this app is all about lists.

Once you’ve created you trip entry, the rest just falls into place. Add everything from pre-trip preps to meds to every item of clothing you’re going to need, just by choosing each item from an exhaustive list they provide.

If the item you want to add is not already on the master list, you simply add items to the database it will be there for you to use on every subsequent list.

We like how it works so well whispering in your ear not to forget things. Attributes such as “Priority” and “Need to Buy” really help you get everything organized and done.

It provides over 800 items and keeps things organized by category so for example, the pre-trip planning section reminds you that you might need to get or update your passport and other things that you might forget if you weren’t checking your trip list.

 

TripIt – $0.99, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Making sure your precious 2 week vacation goes off without a hitch is about a lot more than just packing all the right stuff. It’s also about managing all the information and receipts associated with your trip.

TripIt organizes all that information into an interactive itinerary that you can pull up on your iPhone or iPad during your trip, when you need it most. What’s great is how simple it is. Just forward your confirmation emails from airlines, hotels, car rentals, and other travel services to TripIt and the app takes care of keeping you abreast of what’s going on.

The app has been around since 2006 and at this point it is quite a robust and mature service providing tons of valuable information in one place. From flight and rental car reservations, to directions to your hotel or items on your itinerary, such as Universal Studios, it’s all there.

 

ShutterBee – Free, iPhone

shutterbeeWhile traveling is enjoyable in and of itself, the enjoyment doesn’t end when the trip ends. ShutterBee gives you a great way to create your personal trip diary and share it with your friends. It’s the perfect app for any adventurer traveling around who wants to keep friends and family in the loop, providing you with a convenient way to keep a record of your journey and update friends/fellow users on your travel adventures.

Travel updates can be made with just tapping a few buttons, and an automated check in option also exists for added convenience. Four different styles of posts can be made; these options feature different combinations of different sizes/styles of photographs with various styles of captions.

Local weather and current location information can also be posted to your updates as well, allowing fellow travelers and friends alike to keep updated on your current conditions.

 

Google Translate – Free, iPhone, iPad

We loved this service when it first appeared online and love it even more as a standalone app.

This app covers you across 90 different languages and 4 modalities; voice, camera, typing and handwriting. If you’re in a foreign country and are struggling with the language, Google Translate can make you feel much more at home.

All you have to do is speak what you want translated, select the language to translate to, and touch the microphone icon. The app will show you in your language what it heard and then very quickly (immediately?) begin speaking your phrase in the other language.

This lets you and someone speaking another language freely converse with Google Translate instantly speaking the text in the other language. Just place your iPhone or iPad on the table, fire up Google Translate, set the languages and begin talking. It stays on listening for each language and translates what it hears. Truly amazing.

As if that’s not enough, the Word Lens feature lets you use the camera to take a picture of a road sign, menu, document or whatever and have it instantly translated, even without a data connection.

 

Roadtrippers – Free, iPhone, Apple Watch, Web

roadtripIf you like to explore your surroundings when traveling, Roadtrippers is definitely an app to check out. For U.S. travelers, it lets you type in your starting point and your destination, then suggests places to eat and awesome things to do along the way. With over one million points of interest, it has plenty to offer including diners, scenic spots, attractions, and hotels.

You can filter if you just want nature or entertainment or historical sites. You can filter for hotels and add unique places to your trip on the go. It’ll even give you driving directions. Best of all they have a section on their site for ready to go trips such as classic USA roadtrips, Route 66, RV Roadtrip, Roadside Attractions USA, Filming Locations, and more.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration you won’t be at a loss.

 

XE Currency – Free, iPhone, iPad

If your travles include going to a country with a different currency, this app is a “gotta have”. Simple and straight forward, you know you need, so make sure you have it.

Sure you can ask Siri or do a web search but having the exchange rate right there in the app, even if you don’t have internet access, is priceless. Knowing the exchange rate on foreign soil is almost as necessary as knowing how to order a beer in the local language. This app allows you to quickly calculate prices on your device and stores the last updated rates, so it even works when you’re offline.

Consider this app to be one of your essential traveling tools.

 

Perfect Traveller Tours – Free, iPhone, Web

travellertoursIf your travels include Italy, and we’re so jealous if they do, this app will make you get the most out of your time there.

The Perfect Traveller website has been around for years providing audio tours for four Italian locations; Florence, Rome, Venice, and Tuscany with a focus on arts, culture, food and wine, and just walking around. You can now take their tours with you with their new app. It’s a new virtual tour guide app on iOS, featuring audio tours, museum guides, and more.

The app not only gives you access to the audio tours but also includes a “Stories” section and an “Art Guide” section. The latter one is quite expansive covering Europe, Americas, Asia Pac, and Africa. We like how it makes it so east to bring up-to-date information and news with you to listen to as you walk around various key tourist attractions.

Their tagline, “Making you the Perfect Traveler”, seems to sum up well what they’re all about.

 

TripAdvisor – Free, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Let’s face it, when you’re traveling you need as much information as possible about flights, hotels and restaurants that you might need to use. And certainly not just what the company who runs the service provides. You want the skinny on these things from others who have actually been there and done that.

With millions of traveler reviews, you can be sure that you’re not being scammed by one, or even a handful, of bogus or paid reviews. What’s great is that it’s for more than just flights, hotels and restaurants. It’s also for fun things to do in just about any destination.

It’ll work regardless where you’re at so this is a great one to have on your iPhone or iPad for virtually any type of trip. And now with the addition of support for the Apple Watch, this app remains one of the top travel apps around.

Just remember, all the benefit you derived from it was based other travelers taking the time to write reviews. So after you’ve experienced something great, crappy or in between, pass the word to other travelers so they can benefit from your experience.

 

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Winee Is a Great Way to Keep Track of Favorite Wines

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Price: Free
Rating:
Winee — Wine Scanner and Ratings
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you have an occasional glass at gatherings, keeping track of wines you’ve tasted can be troublesome.

Winee is a cool app that helps wine drinkers learn more about what they’re drinking, as well as discover new wines to try.

Concept and Functionality:

Winee, by Winee Inc. is much more than an app that takes photos of wine labels and stores them for future reference.

When you first open the app, you have to create an account using either your email address or Facebook. Once you’re in, you can begin browsing the wine database or snapping photos.

To take a picture of a label, simply tap the camera button at the bottom of the screen. Line the label up with the box on the screen and take the photo.

Winee will match the photo to a recognized label in the database and present you with information about the wine such as price, ratings, vintages, and more.

Though I’m not a wine fanatic myself, I can definitely see where an app like Winee would come in handy.

This is especially true seeing as it automatically keeps track of all wines you’ve scanned. You can even submit your own ratings and add tasting notes.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

It’s pretty impressive just how much Winee offers in the way of extras and features.

For example, you can easily search through the wine database and discover something new to check out. With over 400,000 wines in the database, you’ll definitely find wines of interest.

The one drawback to the search function is lack of a filter, which is a bit of a necessity with such a large database.

Being able to filter wines by color, location, rating, price, and more would make Winee a truly stellar wine app.

Another suggestion I have is to add a small bit in the wine detail page that notes what kind of food would pair well with it.

This would be perfect for those who are searching for a wine that would go well with a meal.

Value:

Winee is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. There are no in-app purchases to worry about, so what you see is what you get.

When it comes to overall experience, Winee is a great app for learning more about the wine you’re drinking.

It’s a great way to keep track of wines you’ve tasted, as well as give feedback. Once the search function is updated to include filters, this will be a must-have app for anyone who enjoys wine.

winee.jpgWinee — Wine Scanner and Ratings requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Color Compass Challenges Your Focus and Reflexes

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Price: Free
Rating:
Color Compass – Test Your Brain Reflex and Improve Mental Focus
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Color Compass is an interesting game that challenges everyone from 4 to 104 years of age.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, this app falls under the category of “easy to learn, difficult to master.”

Features:

Developed by Phil Nind, it’s a fun game centered on a colorful compass wheel. Players of the game are challenged to simply tap the screen every time the compass dial is the same color as the region it is pointing to.

Simple enough in concept, but don’t be fooled. The pace of Color Compass actually makes this game quite exciting and addicting.

As advertised, learning how to play the app takes little to no time at all, but actually getting an impressive score on it takes a bit of practice and quick hand-eye coordination.

I appreciated how the pace of Color Compass was challenging enough to keep me interested and yet not so challenging that it would have made it seemingly impossible to master.

Appearance and Layout:

Color Compass iPhone Game

Color Compass iPhone Game

This app is well designed and features a clean, simple interface. There is really nothing cluttering up your screen at any time; in fact, the game screen is so simple that new users won’t find any directions for how to play on there.

You’ll find the simple directions to Color Compass on a separate screen; navigating to this part of the app (and to anywhere else) is also equally simple and straightforward to do.

The colors of Color Compass are soft and subtle and keep the game relaxing to the eyes, even though it is definitely stimulating to the brain. Overall, the appearance of this app matches well with the intriguing simplicity of its gaming concept.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Color Compass is a free app. It’s arguably a great “price” for the game, even though this free version does have in-app advertisements (users who wish to get rid of these ads need only pay a $0.99 fee). These ads do not interrupt gameplay in any way that would detract from the overall appeal of the game.

Color Compass is a simple idea that provides charming entertainment for players of all ages.

colorqrColor Compass requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Maadly Is A New Concept in Social Media

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Price: Free
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Maadly
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Maadly is a fascinating new social networking app that uses “beats” to share life updates.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, Maadly, by Sigma Heed, lets users appreciate other’s content without needing to “friend” or “follow” them first.

Features:

Like many social media platforms, Maadly’s main purpose is to allow users to share videos, pictures, recordings, or text-based messages to provide others with snapshots into their lives.

However, unlike in other social media platforms, others who see your content are not necessarily those who know you; instead, in this app, the popularity of your content generates “karma,” which then determines how many other people around the world might view your postings.

The higher your karma value, the more people who see your post; posts can either receive positive “likes” or negative “dislikes.”

There are options to filter what kind of content you receive, however, so for example users can choose to only view content created by a specific gender.

At the moment, Maadly seems to be a very new social media platform, and as such it really does not appear to have many contributors. Because of this, it’s a bit hard to determine the overall identity or direction that the app might take in the future.

Maadly iPhone App

Maadly iPhone App

Appearance and Layout:

Users of Maadly can expect their experience with the app to include a clean, organized layout with an aesthetically pleasing design overall.

It’s easy to navigate, even for first time users. Setting up your account is fast and simple, and scrolling through other users’ posts is also easily accomplished.

At the moment, it appears that “likes” are only viewable when a user is viewing that particular post; some users might feel that they would prefer to be able to see “like” counts displayed at all times (without having to view a particular post). At the same time, there are also many good subtle details and animations scattered throughout Maadly that help it have the feeling of a more “high end” social platform, similar to Twitter or Instagram.

Value:

There are many ways to share your life through social media today, but Maadly is definitely a unique concept all the same.

As mentioned previously, it’s available for free through the iTunes Store; setting up an account also takes very little investment time. At the moment, Maadly still seems like a fairly small social media platform, but if it does grow in popularity, it could definitely be a fun way to catch glimpses of others lives while sharing shots of your own.

At the moment, Maadly has a lot of potential, but it does not seem to have a ton of direction. The overall “value” of Maadly will be determined by whether or not it can get enough users to contribute an entertaining stream of content.

We suggest you give Maadly a shot and get in on the ground floor of a new innovative social experience.

maadlyqrMaadly requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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