Sunday, 11 November 2012

iPhone 5 in the house

I have just bought an iPhone 5. I am still having some issues to get the nano-SIM card working, as I have a company card, so I expect to have it fully working on Monday. I opted for the black 32GB model. So far feels speedy and light compared with my previous iPhone 4. Expect a review coming up soon!


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

New Instagram profiles

As you might know, Instagram was acquired by Facebook a while ago. Now we start to see the results: Instagram online profiles. I really like it and recommend you to go and check yours. It is very easy to access: just type instagram.com/ and your username. In my case instagram.com/gadgetero.


Check out and enjoy!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

eXPlayer HD for iPad review

Here I am after a long time with a new review. I have been quite busy and had no time to write anything but here I am this time with eXPlayer HD for iPad. This is a special video player with very interesting options for your iPad. Let's dive in.


Monday, 8 October 2012

Two weeks with Nokia Lumia 900

Hi all,

Here it is a summary of my two weeks with Nokia Lumia 900 and my observations:

Software

  • Not all big services have native apps for Windows Phone. Only Facebook and Twitter (and I heard they were developed by Microsoft itself). For ohter services like Instapaper, Pinterest or Instagram there are only paid options or no option at all.
  • Good personal management features: calendar alarm snooze, tasks (although not recurring tasks allowed), contact synergy is great. SkyDrive and Office are very well integrated. Email is very good
  • Notifications for Twitter and Facebook are great, although you cannot "like" a comment in Facebook from the built in notification system
  • Live tile concept is very good
  • Background app handling is not so good. Maps for instance needs to be reopen again if you send it to the background. Specially using it as a car GPS can be very unconvenient.
  • Keyboard is the best I've tried in a mobile device although positioning the cursor is sometimes tricky
  • No built in dictionary like iOS
  • Lock screen is very useful as it always contains info about your next appointment (user configurable) and notifications for missed calls, text messages and emails.
  • No over the air podcast support in music app


Hardware

  • Camera is not so good. Picture colours were always kind of yellowish and different from what I saw in the view fidner
  • Good size screen with good contrast and crispy colours
  • Feels nice to hold in your hand
  • No led alerts for instance when a new mail, miss call, sms, etc. For instance, the Windows icon could blink when a notification arrives


My summary

  • Great for personal information management
  • Lacking of some important apps
  • Fast and fresh

I really recommend you to try one before buying any new phone. I hope Windows Phone and specially Nokia succeeds with the new upcoming Nokia Lumia 820 and 920. I would really like to see them back as a big player in the market!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Gadgetero at Facebook

I have finally got an easy facebook address for my fan page. Feel free to like it https://www.facebook.com/gadgetero

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Meeting Myriam Joire, from Engadget mobile

Today I had the great chance to meet Myriam Joire, Senior Editor form Engadget Mobile.

She was here in Finland for some days as you might have seen in http://mobile.engadget.com. I contacted her through twitter and she was really nice to agree to meet me and other geeks on her last evening before flying back to San Francisco.

It was really a pleasure. She is a humble and great character, worth listening and at the same time she gives a feeling of closeness, like if you had met her before. A great person!

Thanks Myriam for your time.




Bye bye Lumia

The trial period for Lumia has ended and it is already back from where it came. It has been a great experience and has changed my view on mobiles (I was too fixed with iOS). I am planning to write a longer post with the two weeks experience whenever I get some spare time.

Stay tuned!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 first impressions

Hi again. After 4 days with the Nokia Lumia 900 here are my first impressions:

Friday, 14 September 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 unboxing

Hi all,
Here it is my first unboxing post ever. As you might know yesterday evening I got by DHL my test Nokia Lumia 900. I have been looking forward to giving a try to new Nokia and Windows Phone 7, so as you can imagine I was really excited :)

Phone came in a nice Nokia blue box

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 on the way

Yes, you have heard it right. Nokia has been so kind to send me a Lumia 900 for a two week trial as part of their NokiaConnects Go! This means that I will be able to use the Lumia to take pictures, videos, etc., and tell you about it. I could even get a free Lumia 900 if I am selected in their monthly contest. And you can guess I am really ready to do anything to get one of them!

Nokia is sending the phone via DHL and it should be arriving very very soon!

More coming in the next days!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Staccal calendar app for iPhone review

It has been a long time but here I am again with another calendar app review. This time I have been trying for the last week Staccal calendar app for iPhone by MobileAndDesign.com

This is a really nice app, one of the best ones I have tried so far. Let's dive in and see why.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 thoughts

As you all know, I am a big fan of Apple products. However, with the coming launch of Windows 8 together with Windows Phone 8 I am starting to reconsider my gadget life.

It all started specially with the launch of Outlook.com when I had more contact with the so called "Metro" user interface that Microsoft is introducing now also to all their online services. I was surprise how responsive, simple but at the same time productive user experience they have achieved. I did also install Windows 8 preview in my MacBook Air using Virtual Box and got a very good impression as well.

From Apple side, iOS is starting to lack behind in some aspects like social network integration for instance, even though in iOS6 some new features will be introduced. Somehow I have the feeling that Apple is not innovating anymore, it is just iterating the operating system without any big changes.

Windows new user interface is so refreshing and I might consider to move to Windows "world" if Apple does not release anything interesting during this autumn.

This is only my opinion and I am welcome to hear all your comments. Please feel free to add comments to the post as well as contact me on twitter.

Until then keep enjoying your gadgets ;-)

Monday, 13 August 2012

Slow summer

Hi all! This has been a slow summer. I haven't had time to do any review nor any CSS3 themes as I have been busy at work and at home. I hope this autumn I am able to take over and start writing again new reviews.
Thanks!
Gadgetero

Friday, 1 June 2012

Newsify for iPhone free for a limited time

I have just found that Newsify is free now for a limited period of time.


This is a great Google Reader app, looks great and has great features! Go and grab it while it is free!!! Just from this link!

Enjoy!

Monday, 21 May 2012

iTranslate Voice for iPhone review

Do you travel often? Do you have to deal with foreign languages all the time? Do you want to say something in another language but you don't even know how it is pronounced? Well, iTranslate by Sonico Mobile does it for you. Let me show you how.



Saturday, 12 May 2012

iExplorer for iPhone/iPad review

Hi all and welcome back. I have been away for a while but here I am back with a new review. This time I have been testing iExplorer, a very nice tool for file management on the cloud and more for iPhone by Opuis.


Let's have a look to it in detail.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Just a break

Hi all,
Sorry I haven't had time to blog lately. I have been on holidays and now extremely busy at work, but I am planning to do a new iPad app review in the near future, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Saturday, 17 March 2012

New Caffeinated Block theme and updates

Caffeinated app seems to be doing very well in the Mac AppStore. To celebrate it here you have an update of my themes Simple, OpenSans, NewsPaper, NewsPaperOne plus a new theme, block. You can download the zip file with all of them from here.

To get the new Block theme visualized on the screenshot you should download and install the following fonts: Entypo from Daniel Bruce, My hands are holding you from Kimberly Geswein and Handvetica by Zetafonts.


Enjoy!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Favs app for Mac review

Here we are with another review. This time Favs app for Mac. Are you like me, who uses Google Reader, Twitter, Dribbble, etc. and has favorites here, starred items there, all around, in each service. At some point you remember something you faved once, but you cannot even remember where or when. Was it in Twitter or Google Reader? Or maybe in Delicious? No worries anymore, Favs app is here to help you.

But let's have a deeper look at it.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Newspaper Caffeinated app themes

Finally I think I am satisfied with my new creation: Newspaper Caffeinated app theme. I have created two versions of it, a two column style (Newspaper) and a single column style (NewspaperOne). You can install them both and decided which one you prefer.

The theme is inspired in newspapers and I have tried to keep it as simple as possible. I have also tried to have the first letter of the article as a capital letter but it does not always work unfortunately. I have also selected special Japanese font to give it a classic look. I think all fonts should be installed by default in your mac, but let me know if you have any issues.

I hope that you like it and please send me your feedback!

Download he themes here: NewsPaper and NewspaperOne.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Caffeinated app for Mac review

Finally I am here with the review of an app I have been using for a while and have seen evolving from the first betas until the final release in the Mac App Store: Caffeinated app by GeekyGoodness. This is in my opinion one of the best Google Reader apps for Mac.


As you might know from other of my blog posts, I have been using Caffeinated app from the very beginning when the first beta started. Before Caffeinated app I have used many other apps, like NetNewsWire, Reeder (when it was in beta), NewsRack, Syndication, Gruml, etc. I am a big fan of Google Reader and I had been trying to find the perfect app for my needs. With Caffeinated app I think I have found it.

Let's have a look in more detail.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Simple and OpenSans Caffeinated themes updated

I have just updated my both Simple and OpenSans Caffeinated themes to correct some small bugs and make it look better. Download here Simple and OpenSans.

Simple
OpenSans

If you are running the official AppStore release and your themes do not install automatically by open them, just copy them to the following folder:

~/Library/Containers/com.geekygoodness.Caffeinated/Data/Library/Application Support/Caffeinated/Themes


Enjoy!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Caffeinated app for Mac released

This is a quick note to announce that Caffeinated app has been finally released in the Mac AppStore.


Make sure you have a look at it. You can also visit their new official web site here.

And do not forget to check the themes I have created for it, Simple and OpenSans.

Expect my review coming soon!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Heart Rate iPhone app review


Here I am again with a review of another great app. This time is Heart Rate app by Azumio.


I am doing sports regularly and sometimes I want to know what is my heart rate. This app makes use of iPhone hardware like no other: using the built-in camera and flash, it detects the variations of the color of the skin on your fingertip and manages to detect the changes due to blood being pumped. That way, after some seconds, it can detect your heart beat. It is really amazing and I have to say that quite accurate (although it is not the same as a medical device, of course).

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Postcard growl style

Here I am again with a new Growl style based on AirMail style. I have reused some parts of the previous style, like the stamp that was designed by Yuri for AirMail Classic. Please feel free to download it and share it. All comments are welcome of course. Download from this link.


Enjoy

Friday, 3 February 2012

iChat 6 and Growl 1.3 notification script

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I really like Growl notifications and also iChat. Before Lion I was using Chax patch that among other things allowed you to have Growl notifications in iChat. However, after Lion upgrade, the patch did not work anymore. Actually, many of the Chax features were built in the new iChat 6 from Lion.

So, I was researching in the net for a script that would allow me to use Growl notifications with iChat and I actually found this from Scripting OS X. However the script was for older versions of Growl, not the latest 1.3. So with my tiny knowledge of apple script, I managed to modify it to work with Growl 1.3. Also, I modified it the way that I only get Growl notifications if iChat is not the active app. I don't want to receive Growl notifications of messages that I am actually reading if the chat window is the active one.

So if you are interested, please feel free to download it from here

UPDATE: if you do not want message text to show, please try this other script from here.

In order to activate the script, copy it into the Applescript Editor and save it as "Growl iChat" as a script file. Make sure you save or place the file in this directory (create it if it does not exist):
 ~/Library/Scripts/iChat/

To configure it, open iChat, go to Preferences -> Alerts and select the Event “Message Received”, check “Run Applescript” and choose “Growl iChat.scpt”. Actually, the script also reacts to “Buddy Becomes Available,” “Buddy Becomes Unavailable” and “File Transfer Completed.”

Enjoy!

Monday, 23 January 2012

OpenSans theme for Caffeinated app

Here I am with another theme for the upcoming Caffeinated Mac app by GeekyGoodness. In case you are not familiar with it, Caffeinated app is a new RSS reader that syncs with Google Reader. The app is now in the last beta stage and it will be release to the Mac AppStore in a couple of weeks. I have been beta testing the app and also creating my own themes.

This is my latest creation. It is based on Mail app and uses OpenSans Light (you can check it in Google Fonts), one of my favorite fonts.



I hope you like it. Please download it from this link http://cl.ly/DXgR.

Please make sure that you leave your comments here with suggestions, bugs, improvements... anything :)

Enjoy!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

WorldCard Mobile iPhone app review

Welcome back after the new year holidays. This is my first review for 2012. And I am starting the year with WorldCard Mobile app for iPhone from Penpower.


Do you work on the corporate environment? Do you get business cards from people you meet every day? Are you tired of typing in all the data into your iPhone? Then you should have a look at WorldCard Mobile. These guys have been working in all kind of optical character recognition devices and software so they really know how to make good software for it.

Let's have a look at the app.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Simple theme for Caffeinated app updated

You might have heard about Caffeinated app. It is an amazing rss reader under development. You can follow more about the development on twitter @caffeinatedapp or at GeekyGoodness site.

Send to Yorufukurou NetNewsWire Applescript

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If you use NetNewsWire 3.3 in order to read RSS news and YoruFukurou as your twitter reader, you might be interested on this script that I created. Just place the script in the NetNewsWire script folder and use it to send the news item title and URL to YoruFukurou. A growl notification will be shown. After that, just send the tweet using for instance cmd+Enter keys in YoruFukurou.

I am not sure if this script will work with the free NetNewsWire Lite from the app store.

Please download it here.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Monitor for Facebook review

I wanted to write a few lines about Monitor for Facebook. Some years ago, Facebook itself released a notification system for Mac that worked very well. It was a menubar app that would send a growl notification whenever a new facebook notification or message was arriving. For some strange reason the project was left without any update and the app stopped working after facebook was updated. But a solution is now available.