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by Christine Chan

Writer and Editor at AppAdvice. Coffee drinking technology addict.

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The Best Journaling App, Day One, Just Got Even Better

I’m a few days late here, but I had to share.

If you are not using Day One yet, you need to do so now.

The update from last week finally added the ability to add photos to your entries. Now it’s not just a text diary, but a place to capture all of your memories, whether they are just you recalling your day, or visual moments you have captured with your camera. It’s perfect. Except for the fact that you can only have one photo per entry. Maybe that’ll change in the future, but I still find it fine for the time being.

Location and weather information is added as well. If you insert a photo from the past, the app will even pull geolocation and time information from the photo and use it for the entry. Nifty!

If you’re still using Foursquare, you can hook up your account in Day One so that the app can automatically check you in when you select a specific...

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Jim Dalrymple’s Laugh As A Ringtone

You know you want it.

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Required OS X Mountain Lion Reading

So the big cat got out of the bag yesterday — Mountain Lion should now be on your Mac, or you should be getting it very soon if you haven’t already. I’ve been using it since last night, and it’s been fantastic so far.

Of course, like all big OS X releases, there are some fantastic reviews of the OS that you absolutely should read.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review by John Siracusa: At 24 pages, you had better prepare yourself for a long, well-written read. Another great OS X review from Siracusa.

MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion: The team at MacStories are some of my favorite writers all around in terms of Apple coverage. And here is their first eBook, which is dedicated to everything that you need to know about Mountain Lion! I have a copy, and have dived in to it today, and love what I am reading so far. Make sure to check it out and get a...

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July 21: Apps I’m Using This Week

It’s another week, which means more apps. There hasn’t been too much that aren’t games, but there are still some goodies to look at. Check out what I’ve been trying out lately…

Checkmark: This is like Reminders Pro. If you are setting up geofence reminders often, then this is definitely the best way to do it. Set up your most frequently visited locations, and then add tasks to them and be reminded when you arrive or depart from the area. The reminder can even be set to go off after a delay, which you can’t do in Apple’s Reminders app. Checkmark even supports normal time-based reminders, so you have all of your bases covered. The app looks gorgeous as well.

Full review at AppAdvice

Scratch — Your Quick-Input Notepad: This is like Drafts, except with a prettier face. The app is incredibly fast to start up, and it features a keyboard extension with...

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Tweetbot for Mac Is Out As Open Alpha

Even when it’s alpha software, it outdoes pretty much every other Twitter client.

Finally, the moment has come.

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Dropbox Doubles the Space for Pro Accounts…For Free

So now, for the price of $9.99 a month or $99 a year, you get 100GB. For $19.99 a month or $199 a year, you will now get 200GB.

Definitely an improvement over the previous 50 and 100GB plans (50GB for $100 was not that great of a deal, personally).

Maybe now I’ll think about upgrading. It’s a great price.

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The iPhone’s Effect on the Phone Industry

Since release of iPhone 5 years ago, market caps of companies most affected: $AAPL +376%; $GOOG +9%; $RIMM -85%; $NOK -89% - Greg Gretsch

Gruber adds two more:

Microsoft +0.6% Samsung +36%

Look at phones nowadays. It’s incredibly difficult to find anything that hasn’t been influenced by the original iPhone that came out five years ago.

it’s definitely a sign of the times — the iPhone put a dent in the universe.

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Apps I’m Using This Week

I love it when there are some great apps that come out during the week. This week is no exception! Some big and fun releases here, so make sure to check them out.

Popsicolor: A truly unique photo editing app — turn your photos into fun and messy watercolors! Get a pic, pick the colors, and choose between three different intensities. Makes some great images that will impress your friends and family.

Chrome: That’s right, it’s finally here! So far I’m enjoying using Google’s browser on my iPhone and iPad. Sync your bookmarks and tabs and omnibox data across devices, go through your tabs in a beautiful and intuitive tab view, go incognito, and more. Definitely pick this one up today if you haven’t already.

Cheddar: Simple and light to-do lists with Markdown support. Sync is incredibly fast, and it’s free to use with the option of upgrading to Plus for...

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Apps I’m Using This Week

What a week it’s been! Some great new releases and stuff I’ve found recently that have become a part of my workflow and playflow. Make sure to check these out.

Launch Center Pro: A much welcomed upgrade over the original Launch Center. Now you can have groups of actions and apps in a grid layout that is much easier to navigate than the list in the previous version. You can also customize the groups with plenty of icons to make it recognizable, and icons for actions can be personalized as well. This is a must-have app for any iPhone. Hopefully an iPad version comes out someday.

Yardsale: This is a beautiful and simple application for finding goods that people are selling in the area. You can also put up your own goods for sale quickly through the app by taking pictures and adding descriptions. You’ll never know what you can end up finding, so give it a try on your...

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Podcasts Will Be Getting Their Own Standalone App in iOS 6

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices.

This is great news for podcasters. I’m fairly certain the average user probably doesn’t know that there is a podcast section in the Music app, and may have missed out on a lot of great programming.

Fortunately, with a move like this, more people will discover podcasts and listen to them.

I am curious to see how Apple does a separate podcast app, and I wonder if it will be better than third-party apps such as Instacast and Downcast.

Hopefully more about this will show up in the beta releases of iOS 6.

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