Why do I think that it’s worth paying for some applications……especially when it comes to Sleeping.

I get to encounter people on a regular basis asking me for the best apps on the app store and when I get to the point that I tell them that they need to pay a certain amount, their eyes seem to grow with surprise and even though I try to argue the fact that some of these applications cost about as much as two or three cups of coffee(some of them will even pay you back with sanity and easier workflow), they still don’t seem to like it.

The price of software we use on a daily basis has actually gone down. We used to pay 50 EUR for the latest game! In fact, I remember that for Fifa 1998, I had paid about 20 Maltese Lira to purchase the game(I was a good boy most of the time, wasn’t really a fan of pirating software) and today, 15 years later you can actually get FIFA for free on the iOs App Store. Of course, they needed to find a way to get the money otherwise they would be unable to pay their staff, and this is done through the in-app purchases which you have the option to make use of to enhance or facilitate your game experience.

Great Software is worth the money you pay for and you observe this in the quality of the software you use. And I’d like to take the opportunity to start suggesting some paid applications which are truly worth your investment and which I pretty much use on at least a weekly basis(and some even on a daily basis).

Today I’m going to talk about Sleep Cycle!

I will go to straight to the point, it costs 1.79€ but it saves 1000s of Euros on productive sleep!

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As shown in the picture above, this app works by putting your phone in the corner your bed and connected to your charger, so really and truly you’re hitting two birds with one stone. Good sleep and charging your phone for the next day! And this app has grown to be so specialized over the last two years that it can even provide you with soothing sounds(this features is known as ‘Sleep Aid’) to help you go to sleep(these don’t work with me unfortunately haha). 

Not everyone is the same but it’s usually quite reliable when it comes to helping you wake up as it helps you decide the time interval required for you to sleep which can be modified from 10 to 90 minutes.

The developer who has a Polish name(not sure if he’s living in Poland) has been on top of things when it comes to app, and he updated his app in the early weeks of the release of the new iOs 7 operating system which shows his dedication and commitment to keep on developing this wonderful software.

I can’t stop praising this app enough.

Have a great sleep ;)!

You can download this app for iPhone from here!

 

 

Spotify has arrived to the Maltese Islands! Rejoice!

This week I had the pleasure to finally install Spotify on my iPad and iPhone and I just can’t stop playing all kinds of music playlists. It truly seems that I’ve been missing out quite a lot! 

Luckily, I’ve been able to access Spotify on my Mac from Poland without any hitches and from Malta was using a VPN service to be able to access the service. Having a mobile Spotify experience is truly one of the best music experiences you can get.

And to make things even more interesting,Spotify has decided to provide free unlimited music streaming to mobile devices! CNET covered the announcement in the most unbiased way possible

What are you waiting for? Download Spotify today!

Apple – iOs – Spotify iOs App Link

Google Play – Android – Android App Link

Over the upcoming few weeks will be posting some of my app choices and adventures developing mobile apps!

Choosing the right smartphone, my personal battle revisited : of iOs versus Android and Microsoft versus Apple

During the last few months, I have been pondering about an important choice. More than one important choice actually. And since I’m quite the technology geek, I thought the Samsung Galaxy I9000 with upgraded firmware and running Froyo 2.2 was not making the cut for me. Powered emotionally by the fact that I had just read Steve Jobs Biography. I had to revisit my allegiances and where I stand with regards to Mobile Operating Systems. When I was revisiting this, I realized that this was not just a battle of the mobile operating systems, but it was a battle of values. It was a battle between the philosophy of trying to content everyone and adjusting to their every whim and a philosophy of providing an integrated product which might not so modifiable at first glance, but which provides a user experience which is undeniably effective and lets the user focus on other important issues. The question of focus plays a pivotal role in this battle. I will talk about this later.

I could definitely say that I was a Windows and Android boy. I loved everything which was open and which catered for every kind of hardware. It was years that my older sibling pointed out to me that I should switch to the Apple philosophy which provided me a product which simply worked and even though he recently had to change his MacBook Pro Motherboard for a hefty sum of money, he still won’t go back to Windows. That is saying something.

When I ask around, I go and approach anyone who has an iPhone, and ask him or her, “how long have you had this phone?”. The answer is always on the positive side varying from 2 to 3 years. Now, I know that my sampling techniques might not be so precise and not so representative of whole market. Yet I know,that,owning an Apple mobile phone, is meant to last you for quite a long time, considering that most of us are now changing their mobile phones every 2 years and sometimes even less because they simply break down. Apple’s phone is meant to provide you with an experience of stability. And you know why is that? Because Apple focuses on the why. Which makes the whole bloody difference.

In fact Simon Sinek talks about this in the following legendary talk:

This might sound more like a rant yet dear patient readers, I’m sharing with you a cascade of thoughts, thoughts which come in as a result of months of informing oneself and checking this site and that site, and comparing different phone models and trying to see which phone I should buy and even taking to the point that I posted a public Facebook status about this, asking people which phone should I buy is it the iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime . Of course at that time, I was more inclined towards the pumped-up Android phone but at the end, I decide to go for the more simple phone. The phone which actually works, and proven to work for a long time : iPhone 4S. Of course, I’m still saving up for it yet I’ve made my decision(on a side note: decide.com is a brilliant website to guide you in making better decision when it comes to the timing of buying electronics and price fluctuations).

As I was reading the very honest biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, which in plain terms does not try to give a sweet “candy”  image of Jobs, I was struck by the fact that the iPhone was a product that was not created by the engineers and the designers had to follow suit, but the other way round, that is, the phone was created by the designers and the engineers had to create solutions which make that design work. At this point, I am clearly against the way Jobs treated his employees during his time as Apple CEO, yet he also said something which was the epitome of most of the innovations that he drove into fruition:

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Dear Friends. That in five words sums up my choice.

Disclaimer : This blog post is not meant to make any sense gramatically and is not even meant to be flowing. These are just my thoughts,made digital and this post might be edited as we go along.