Rego for iPhone, a traveler’s companion

regoforiphoneBig thanks to Rego for iPhone (free for the first 10 places, $2.99 for unlimited use) for sponsoring the site this week. I’ve been using Rego since launch day and it’s earned a spot on my iPhone’s home screen. It lets me create a record of my favorite places, both those I have seen and those I hope to visit someday. With a few taps I can mark it on a map, write some notes, take photos and add useful, searchable categories.

Rego is like a contacts app, but for locations. It has become the place where I store the places I care about. But Rego is more than storage. Before your trip begins, create a new collection and add all the places you want to visit — either by positioning pins on a map, or by searching on names or addresses. Rego searches Apple and Foursquare location databases, and your Contacts. Plan your itinerary by re-centering the map on any pin. For example, set your hotel as the “Active Location” and watch all your places sort by distance to that pin.

While traveling, use Rego to visit the places you planned, and add new places you discover along the way. Rego uses the iPhone’s GPS, so you don’t need Internet coverage to capture new places. Also, in most cases, your maps will have been cached during your planning, so they’ll still be available when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Rego is private by default, but you can selectively choose to share places. This creates a web page for your place on the Rego server, that you can show the world. Other Rego users can directly add that place to their Rego, by visiting the page. I actually like keeping it private, as I use Rego is my personal travel log and wish list.

Don’t take my word for it, Apple loved Rego so much they featured it in the New & Noteworthy list on the App Store home page in 127 countries, and gave it a big banner in the Travel section. It’s truly one of my favorite travel apps.

By the way, see “Catalano’s” in the screen shot above? That’s one of the greatest places on earth, baby.

Here’s how you can sponsor the site. It’s a great month for those with travel apps.

Thanks to Twitterrific 5.2

ad_52TigerI’d like to thank Twitterriffic 5.2 with push notifications for sponsoring the site this week. I’ve been using it for several days now and it’s great. In fact, I’ve finally been able to delete the app I was using just for push. 

If you want to get in on this, act fast. The Iconfactory is releasing this feature as a public beta, and the first 1,000 users who download the app and enable push will be able to try it out. So download Twitterrific 5.2. now, flick that setting to the on position and enjoy.

Each type of notification has an accompanying, color-coded symbol (below) so you can know exactly what has come in (DM, reply, mention, favorite, retweet or new follower) at a glance. If you dislike the color symbols, they can be turned off (I like them).

Push isn’t the only nice change in this update. Others include:

  • Profiles redesigned to display user banners
  • Discussions can now be shared via email & Storify
  • Droplr thumbnails now display in the timeline
  • The timeline can now display up to 600 tweets (was 400)
  • Various changes to make VoiceOver less verbose
  • Bug fixes, UI tweaks and much more

I’ve used Twitterrific since the beginning and I still believe it’s the way to go. From great new features like push to little niceties like the pull-to-refresh animation, it’s the iOS Twitter app for me. Get it now.

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SpotQueue and SpotQueue Remote

Big thanks to SpotQueue (free) and SpotQueue Remote by Blue Atlas Technology, LLC for sponsoring the site this week.

SpotQueue is a music player for your Spotify playlists. It offers features that the Spotify app doesn’t. Advanced Queueing lets you create and edit playlists on the fly. You can add a new track or album with one tap. Insert a track, album or whole playlist into any existing playlist with two taps. Create new playlist and re-arrange the queue during playback, and save a playlist that turned out especially well.

It’s easy to skip back and forth, control steam quality and manage playlists.

SpotQueue Remote lets you control SpotQueue from your pocket. Connect an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running SpotQueue to a stereo or powered speakers. Then, use SpotQueue Remote to control it from anywhere on the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. Now you can manage your radio stations and SpotQueue’s Advanced Queueing from wherever you are. Control playback, mark favorites, and adjust stream quality. All from the iPhone in your pocket.

Grab them both and enjoy Spotify in a whole new way.

52 Tiger Sponsorship Sale

I’m happy to announce that 52 Tiger is having a sponsorship sale for the month of July. My regular weekly fee of $149 is now $99 for the rest of the month. Here’s how it works.

Each Monday, I’ll post a link and description of your product or service, which is also pushed to my RSS feed. I’ll mention it again on the following Friday. Additionally, those posts will be published to my Twitter followers at @52tiger and @davidcaolo as well as my Google Plus followers. Finally, a text link will appear on the sidebar for the full week.

“We were looking to increase our marketing to tech-savvy users and 52 Tiger was just what we were looking for.  Our sales have increased since we began our sponsorship and we are excited about our continued sponsorship on 52 Tiger.” – Blue Atlas Technology, LLC, developers of Tango Remote Control Media Player HD

52 Tiger currently has over 4,000 RSS subscribers, more than 3,400 Twitter followers and about 1,500 Google Plus followers. Finally, 52 Tiger averages over 46,000 page views per month, and it’s already broken that number several times this year.

The following dates are available at the special sale price of $99/week:

  • July 23 – 29 – Available
  • July 30 – Aug 5 – Available Sold

Here’s a great opportunity to advertise to my engaged audience at a great price. Sign up now.

Treehouse

Thanks to Treehouse for sponsoring the site this week.

Do you ever wish you could look over the shoulder of your designer/developer heroes and learn from the best? At Treehouse, you can. With a Gold Membership, you get access our entire Projects library. Watch as our crackerjack team take various projects from idea to implementation, then download the source code and get your hands dirty. Finish off by completing quizzes and code challenges and show off what you’ve learned.

Build your own app, launch your own startup, or get that dream gig. At Treehouse, we’re helping you bring your ideas to the light of day. Excuses not included.

Big thanks to BubCap

My thanks to BubCap for sponsoring the site this week. BupCap is a clever and effective way to cover the Home button of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, preventing unwanted presses. There are four variations available: regular, Ultra, Max and Pro. The first three are made of semi-rigid plastic. They’ll resist an accidental (or unwanted) button press from a child, while allowing an adult the activate the button. Think of a teacher in a classroom or a parent.

The BubCap Pro is made of rigid aluminum and can only be activated with a toothpick. It’s difficult to remove by hand. It’s extreme for sure, but perfect for when you absolutely cannot have a user navigating away from a given applicaion. Think museum kiosk, trade show or something similar.

Each model is sold in a 4-pack for $5.99, in addition to an Intro Pack (2 regulars and 2 Ultras) and an Explorer Pack of six (two each regular, Ultra and Max) for $7.99. Finally, the BubCap Pro is available in a two-pack ($9.99) or a 25-pack for mass deployment ($119.99) in black or white.

BubCap Home Button Covers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Big thanks to BubCap Home Button Covers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for being this week’s sponsor. The BubCap is a cover that, when placed over the Home button of your device, prevents it from being pressed. It’s fantastic for trade shows, students, users with special needs and kids. In fact, I recommend the BubCap in my article, “How to child-proof your iPhone.”

Prevent Unwanted Home Key Presses

There are four BubCap models of varying rigidity: regular, Ultra, Max and Pro. The regular, Ultra and Max models are semi-rigid and made of plastic, while the BubCap Pro is rigid and made of aluminum. The plastic models will yield to the firm press of an adult, but most children will not be able to activate the Home button while its in place. Think of how often you’ve given your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to Jr., only to have him navigate away from the initial app and get into something else. This eliminates that issue completely.

Additionally, my wife is a special needs teacher and a BubCap prevents her students from accidentally tapping out of communications apps. Best of all, they remove easily without leaving a residue and are re-usable.

Go Pro

The aluminum BubCap Pro can only be activated with a toothpick and is practically impossible to remove by hand. It’s extreme for sure, but perfect for when you absolutely cannot have a user navigating away from a given applicaion. Think museum kiosk or something similar.

Try It Out

Each model is sold in a 4-pack for $5.99, in addition to an Intro Pack (2 regulars and 2 Ultras) and an Explorer Pack of six (two each regular, Ultra and Max) for $7.99. Finally, the BubCap Pro is available in a two-pack ($9.99) or a 25-pack for mass deployment ($119.99) in black or white.

You’ll find a BubCap iPad photo after the break.

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Big thanks to Chicken Out! for iPhone

Big thanks to Chicken Out! for iPhone for sponsoring the site this week. This fun puzzle game from  Podotree is one of those “just one more try” titles that you can’t put down. You’re presented with a grid and two chickens, and your job is to eliminate all but one. The trick is that you must slide the chickens into each other. They can move horizontally and vertically only, and only once per chicken.

It sounds easy but gets challenging when more chickens appear. As you play, you unlock special chickens with unique moves and abilities plus other bonuses, like chicken-blasting bombs. I had fun playing it as did my kids. For the price of free, you can’t go wrong.

Give Chicken Out! a whirl today.

Here’s how you can become a sponsor.

Sponsorship spots available

Just a reminder that sponsorship spots are available for the end of February and the beginning of March. Each Monday, I post a link and description of your product or service, which is also pushed to my RSS feed. I’ll mention it again on the following Friday. Additionally, those posts will be published to my Twitter followers at @52tiger and @davidcaolo as well as my Google Plus followers. Finally, a text link will appear on the sidebar for the full week.

Here’s what Blue Atlas Technology, LLC, developers of Tango Remote Control Media Player HD had to say about their sponsorship experience:

“We were looking to increase our marketing to tech-savvy users and 52 Tiger was just what we were looking for.   Our sales have increased since we began our sponsorship and we are excited about our continued sponsorship on 52 Tiger.”

Become a sponsor today and reach a focus, highly-engaged audience.

Sponsorships now available

Ten years ago I built a site with Adobe GoLive which I used to write about my brand-new iPod. While publishing those early posts to Blogintosh (as that old site was called) I became enchanted with the idea of earning my living entirely from writing. Enchanted, and then determined. Today I’m nearly there, and over the next few weeks, changes at 52 Tiger will represent big steps towards securing that dream. Today I’m announcing the first.

Sponsorships are now available. Recently, people have asked how they can support me and the site. This is the best way to directly reach my readers. Speaking of my readers, they’re a group of folks as passionate about Apple, technology, design and quality writing as I am. They love this stuff, just as you probably do. If you’ve got a product or service that you’d like to get in front of some Apple nerds, I’ve got  some readers who will like to see it.

You’ll find all the details here. I hope to hear from you soon. Finally, thank you to everyone who reads and encourages me to write. It means so very much.