Wdgts →

I stumbled across Wdgts (App Store link, free) last night while looking for different widgets to add to the Notification Center in iOS 8.

Wdgts is a set of beautiful and incredibly useful widgets tailor-made for iOS 8.

Right now, the following widgets are available:

  • Calculator
  • Currency Converter
  • Time Zone
  • Calendar
  • Photo Frame

There is a premium version ($0.99, In-App purchase) that unlocks the following features:

  • Ability to copy and paste result from Calculator and Currency Converter
  • Add up to 5 times zones
  • Add up to 5 photos to phone frame
  • Ability to scroll between months in calendar

I don’t use all the available widgets, but this a great start from developer Tanmay Sonawane, who states that there are plans to add more widgets in future app updates.

Even at $0.99 for the premium version, this app is still a great deal for those that want quick access to commonly used apps such as calendar and calculator. I look forward to seeing what else the developer will add in the future.


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Preparing for iOS 8

Brace yourselves, iOS 8 is coming soon.

But seriously. Before upgrading to iOS 8, make sure you have a complete backup of your device if something goes wrong.

KB on backing up your device with iTunes or iCloud: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

iOS 8 will work on the following devices: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod touch (5th gen), iPad 2, iPad with retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with retina display.

As always with a major upgrade like this, the servers will more than likely be hammered when iOS 8 first appears. Be patient and keep trying throughout the day, or wait until the weekend when you have more time to dedicate to backing your device(s) up before upgrading.

A lot of apps will also be updated either today or in the next few days to take advantage of the new features of iOS 8.

Low-Cost Microsoft Office Alternatives Save money with these apps

At one time, Microsoft Office used to be the must-have suite of productivity apps for both business and home use. Until recently, it was also the most expensive. However, with the release of Microsoft Office 365, the cost has dropped dramatically. From just $7/month for the Personal edition, this allows home users to install and activate one license on their computer, giving access to the full suite of apps.

A lot of people aren’t happy with subscription software, and not everyone can justify spending $10/month or less. For those people, there’s good news out there, as there are plenty of Microsoft Office-compatible alternatives that are either low-cost, or even free to use.
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