Posts Tagged ‘ iPad ’

app recommendation: mr. reader


ever since i bought my first ipad, i’ve been looking for the perfect rss reader app to run my google reader through.  i’ve tried reeder, feeddler, flipboard, and a few others before settling on newsrack.  newsrack did everything i asked it to, but at a snails pace over 3g and wifi.  today it took almost 20 minutes to update my feeds, so i went looking for another app.  luckily, i stumbled upon mr. reader.  it’s everything i’ve been looking for in an rss newsreader app: clean, fast, and fully customizable.  if you’re like me and keep up with a ton of blogs, there’s no better app on the market right now.  it might be the best $3.99 i’ve ever spent.  download it here.


making the transition from book to app

a couple of months ago when my wife was cruising through the hunger games, i got jealous.  she would start telling me what was happening in the book and then stop herself and tell me that i needed to read it.  she said i could borrow her copy when she finished.  well, i have no patience.  i wanted to start it that day, so i bought a copy on my ipad thinking she couldn’t accuse me of being wasteful since we weren’t owners of two physical copies of the book (smart right?).  i read it in three days – partly because it’s a fast read and partly because of the kindle app.  i’ve since read 4 or 5 books on the kindle app and couldn’t be happier.

i can’t explain it, but i read much faster on my ipad.  my eyes don’t get tired as quickly as they do when i’m staring at page after page of a physical book.  i can increase or decrease the font size which helps my eyes adjust and stay fresh.  another thing i love about reading via app is that i can do it from my ipad, iphone or computer and never lose my place.  if i’m waiting on someone at an appointment, i can pull out my phone and catch up on a few pages.  it’s an added bonus not to have something else to carry.  plus, no one can see what you’re reading if you’re apprehensive about reading a book marketed towards “young adults.”

i understand the argument for the physical copy.  we like the look and feel of books.  we also like how they look on our shelves (how else will people know how smart i am?), but as i get older and want to get rid of clutter, it helps to know that my book collection will rest safely and soundly in some cloud somewhere. 

thanks for letting me take a break from menswear.  give the kindle app or ibooks a try and let me know what you think.  i prefer the kindle app over ibooks, but couldn’t tell you why.  they both do the same thing.

steve jobs 1955-2011

your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…stay hungry.  stay foolish.

the quote above is pulled from steve’s commencement speech at stanford university in 2005.  you can read the whole thing here.

i’m an apple fanboy.  i’ll miss steve jobs.  there was comfort in knowing that at every apple product launch he would be there in his black turtleneck, ripped jeans, and new balance 991s.  dude was a total rockstar.