Every week, our staff will handpick an app from the past two weeks that we believe is a must-have download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always be from various categories, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and have been using them daily. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy!
The “DO” Trio from IFTTT
Do you love the web service, IFTTT (If This, Then That), for the powerful automation recipes that you can create with various Web-connected services? Then you are going to love our Apps of the Week, which consists of the new “DO” app trio from IFTTT: Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note.
While you can continue to use the original IFTTT app (now renamed IF), these three new apps are designed to make your life easier when it comes to single tasks, images, and text notes. While these are three separate apps, they all deal with singular items and make activating recipes faster than ever.
Do Button will create a virtual button for individual tasks that you can set up via recipes. An example of this is a button that allows you to turn up your Nest thermostat to 68 degrees, and another button for turning on your Philips Hue lights. The app allots up to three buttons at a time, and these can be added to the Today section in Notification Center as a widget.
Do Camera is the second app, and is the same as Do Button, except it is for your images. With this, you can set up a button to post your photos to Blogger, or you can save inspiring image ideas to Evernote.
Do Note is the final app in the trio, and it has a focus on text. The buttons you can create with this one can be used for posting quick tweets, emailing notes, or updating LinkedIn.
All of the mentioned uses are just ideas, and many more can be found when you begin tinkering around with the apps themselves. We are big fans of the IFTTT service, so we are excited to give these new button apps a whirl. If you want to make your life simpler, make sure to give these three apps a try. You can get Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note in the iPhone App Store for free.
For more about these new apps, make sure to check out our original article.
Storm by Weather Underground
It’s been a cold winter in some parts of the world, and I’m sure that many of you could use an awesome new app for keeping an eye on the weather and any upcoming storms. That’s why we picked Storm by Weather Underground as our Honorable Mention this week.
Even if you don’t live in an area that faces severe weather on a frequent basis, Storm is still a fantastic app for well-rounded and detailed weather information. But if you are in a city that has to deal with storms and other hazardous weather conditions, Storm is a great tool for the job too.
Storm gives users a high-resolution radar map that is complete with animations of past, present, and future storm activity. For even more comprehensive data, users can select the nearest radar site from the current position. The Storm Tracks feature informs users with detailed analysis of storms, including precipitation rate and much more. It’s perfect for the storm watcher.
For those who prefer to get their weather info from the widget view, there is a useful widget for Storm, and you can even customize the notifications that the app can send you.
Whether you live in a storm-heavy area or not, Storm is a nifty and comprehensive weather app from the folks at Weather Underground. If you are a weather app junkie like our staff, then this is worth a look for yourself. You can get Storm by Weather Underground on the App Store as a universal download for free with ads. There is a $1.99 purchase to get rid of ads for an entire year.
For more information, don’t miss our full article.