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Every day you have the same 24 hours as the rest of us to get what is likely a crushing amount of work done and out of your way so you can spend some time relaxing. Or, as one author has framed it, you have 168 hours in a week to accomplish what you want and move forward toward your goals. How do some people manage this while others are constantly rushing around late to everything? I was certainly guilty of this until I started minding my time in small chunks. Here are some ways to get those tactical moments — the day-to-day stuff — managed and under your control.
Twitter’s Vine app has only been available since late January of 2013, but it’s already become a favorite app for folks who love shooting, editing, and sharing six-second videos of just about everything. Yesterday, Vine reached the number one spot of the US App Store for free apps, causing Vine app creative director and co-founder Rus Yusupov (@rus) to engage in a little Twitter hyperbole (above).
Who knows? The way Vine’s popularity has been growing steadily since its initial release, perhaps Yusupov will soon be correct in saying that it’s the “No. 1 most popular app in the world.” The app integrates well with Twitter so shared videos show up frequently in the tweet timeline — it’s a perfect way to market Vine without spending a dime.
One of the big stories yesterday was about the AppGratis app discovery and deals app being pulled from the App Store. As the story developed, there was confusion about what exactly caused Apple to yank the popular app (it has over twelve million users) — was it something simple like instability and crashes that forced Apple’s hand, or was Apple making a statement about apps that are violating certain guidelines? Today AppGratis CEO Simon Dawlat published a long statement on the company blog telling his side of the story.
Dawlat started by relating how he first heard about the app being pulled when he got off of an airplane in São Paulo, Brazil and received notifications for “over 75 missed calls, and an seemingly infinite flow of unread text messages.” Next, he reassured the millions of users of the app that even though the app is “momentarily unavailable,” anyone who downloaded the app prior to last Friday will still receive continued information about free apps and “cool discounts.”
Some speculation came out yesterday that the company may have used questionable tactics to grab more than 5 percent of the US iOS marketshare. Several developers I talked with about the AppGratis situation were critical of the company’s business model, in which app developers pay for placement to drive up the rank of their apps. A Forbes article from February highlights this practice, where Dawlat himself describes how AppGratis moves developers up the charts and then grabs the app revenue for a set amount of time as payment. In other words, it’s more of an advertising service than an app recommendation service.
California-based AOptix today announced an iPhone app and sleeve to perform biometric scanning for verifying the identity of people. The AOptix Stratus system turns an iPhone 4/4S into an iris, face, fingerprint, and voice scanner that can be easily used by anyone who has used an iPhone before.
The AOptix Stratus App for iOS costs US$199 and is available in the App Store today in a first public release. The app uses the AOptix Stratus MX iris and fingerprint accessory (available directly from the company), a sleeve that cradles the iPhone and provides standards-compliant capture of biometric readings.
Actions (US$3.99, with free Mac or Windows client) provides a really nifty tool for anyone who wants to fine tune their work flow. It provides a soundboard of pre-programmed and customizable actions that live on your iPad and work on your computer.
You tap items on your tablet’s screen, they trigger actions on your PC. It’s basically a macro system that lives on your iPad. If you’re familiar with any scripting apps like Keyboard Maestro or Quickeys, Actions will be instantly recognizable. Just install and pair to a desktop app that provides the OS integration.