This week’s top apps brings us back to one of the hot buzzwords in mobile tech right now – cloud storage. Cloud Photos offers users the ability to get their photos off of their iPhone and into the cloud the second they take them. Our other top apps for this week aren’t cloud related, but they’re all unique in their own right.
Cloud Photos ($1.99)
With the emphasis on cloud storage becoming more real each day, Cloud Photos presents a terrific solution to people who don’t want to waste their iPhone memory with their pictures. Cloud Photos lets you save photos directly to your Dropbox account when you take them. Users can also organize their photos into specific albums and later share them via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or email. With Cloud Photos offering 40 times the space of the storage on your iPhone, you won’t have to worry about whether a photo is worth saving ever again.
LinkedIn (iPad) (Free)
iPad users rejoice, the LinkedIn app has finally been optimized for your device. The app has been updated to take full advantage of the iPad Retina display with a snappy, easy to follow interface. It also has a calendar feature that links profiles to the meetings you set up, allowing you to easily take a look at a LinkedIn profile of someone with whom you’re going to be meeting. The app’s news feed has also been optimized so it’s easier to stay up-to-date on the industry news that’s pertinent to you.
Yammer, the app that lets business owner stay connected to their businesses wherever they are, has received a nice update as well. While the app still boasts the solid messaging, news and connection features that let business owners know how their shop is doing at all times, the update has made Yammer much more image- and PDF-friendly. If someone wants to view a PDF or JPEG, it’s now much easier to do so right within the app. That should help out owners who are trying to update menus or brochures that are more easily distributed via PDF.
As far as gimmick apps go, TeleTweet might be the best one yet. The app offers to help you “simplify” your technology by letting you type out all of your tweets in two-character Morse code. Thankfully, for those of us without the proper training, TeleTweet actually comes with a Morse code cheat sheet so you can see how to create each letter. Once you type your Morse tweet, the app converts it into real text that your friends will be able to understand. TeleTweet also does the opposite, turning the letters on your incoming tweets into Morse code. As highly impractical as this whole thing is, it’s a pretty cool idea for an app, especially given the app’s authentic Morse code sound effects and vintage look.
Rick Bayless Mexican Essentials ($2.99)
I don’t want to hear about any Chicago-bias when picking this app. Bayless did win the Top Chef Masters competition a few years ago, after all. The man simply knows authentic Mexican food. Using his app, which features 35 recipes, 40 instructional videos and a list of 32 key ingredients, you can try your hand at some of Bayless’ finest dishes. Mexican Essentials also has a shopping list button so you can keep track of the ingredients you need to add to your kitchen.