Neato for iOS – A Unique Widget Notification Centre Text Composer

With the introduction of customisable widgets in the notification centre in iOS 8, developers have been prolific in expanding their apps to take advantage of the extra functionality that the Notification Centre can bring and Neato is a dedicated app designed just for the widget/Notification Centre functionality.

From a rules perspective, it’s highly possible that Apple will pull this app from the App Store due to the fact it potentially infringes on the App Store’s guidelines that apps must stay within the boundaries of the API guideline for the Notification Centre and it’s highly likely that any sort of text composing or editing is such one of these guidelines. Due to the recent controversy over the app PCalc and what they were allowed to show in the Notification Centre for their app, it’s possible that Apple is currently reviewing their guidelines and this Neato app has slipped through the net so to speak.

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Having said, the functionality of the app is very useful as once you swipe down to show the Notification Centre widgets and start typing, you can then send that text straight to Evernote or Dropbox. With Evernote’s own widget, you have a link to create a new note which upon tapping, takes you straight to Evernote to start composing your text but with Neato’s widget, I can compose my text right on the Notification Centre and when I am done, I tap send and it will open up Evernote, create a new note and have the text already filled in so I can store it or expand on it more.

With Neato you can:

•Take notes simply and quickly

•Take notes while using other applications

•Save the notes to your Dropbox or Evernote immediately

•Mail, tweet or text the notes rapidly

There is an argument to be made on whether you are actually saving any time typing in the Notification Centre but if you think of other scenarios where you quickly want to write some text, a quick swipe down on your iPhone is going to be quicker, then unlocking your iPhone, navigating to an app then composing.

It’s a simple app overall and it has some issues namely with cursor placement which will be down to the API restrictions but for a free simple, text composing widget, I like it and would suggest downloading it very soon before Apple pulls it from the App Store. You can download it here.

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free

 

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free | 9to5Mac:

Microsoft announced today that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.

Microsoft is also delivering updates for the Office iPad apps that include new features along with the ability to create and edit for free.

Sensible from Microsoft to remove the paid restriction of creating and editing in these apps and change to freemium. Between Microsoft Office, iWork and Google, the 3 big players now have equal footing on the app store.

Arguably, Google’s office-based apps are best for collaboration, Apple’s iWork are best for design and how your documents will look whilst the Microsoft Office suite has the power.

Will.i.am’s Puls smartwatch is Very Underwhelming

 

Will.i.am’s Puls smartwatch is the worst product I’ve touched all year | The Verge:

Musician, producer, and just generally positive dude will.i.am has dipped his toes more than once into the personal technology world. His latest venture is a wearable smartphone called the Puls, sold under his i.am+ company. The Puls is a fully independent smartwatch — it has its own SIM card and doesn’t rely on being connected to a smartphone to work. Will.i.am introduced it to the world on a stage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference last month in front a bunch of devotees to CRM.

I got a chance to use an early production model earlier today. It’s objectively the worst product I’ve touched all year.

Ouch. Sounds like they got an exclusive first use of Beyond Verbal’s mood detecting tech and that was enough to push the watch into production but “an unresponsive interface and frustrating experience is not going to win over the masses.