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Prototyping tools for iPhone apps

I am doing a class project for which I need to create a high-fidelity prototype of a mobile app idea. The final assignment in the class is going to be user testing of the prototype. What I'm looking for is a prototyping tool which will allow me to easily create screens with native iPhone widgets. It needs to be high-fidelity and as interactive as possible. And it needs to be accessible on the web. What are the tools that you use? My full requirements are within. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on Jul 31, 2014 - 2 answers

My iPhone calendar is too smart, help me find something stupider

I am a very frequent traveler and am often in different time zones. I have an iPhone and have been using the native calendar app. Unfortunately, whenever I move between time zones my calendar "helpfully" changes the times of my flights and appointments. Using time zone support does not fix the problem, but makes it "help" in slightly different and still wrong ways. I need a calendar app that does not do this and assumes I entered the information right the first time. Does anything like this exist?
posted by bile and syntax on Jul 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Continuous photo backup on iPhone?

How do I get my photos on my iPhone 5 to be automatically made available online permanently, wirelessly, and SUPER-easy to access? iCloud? Do i need a third party service? I just want every photo I take on my iPhone to be continuously backed up online somewhere, so that even if I delete it on the iPhone, it's still preserved, and I can grab it on a computer without having to sync the phone. Thanks.
posted by shivohum on Jul 29, 2014 - 22 answers

iTunes is the bane of my existence

Is there hope in restoring photos that have not been backed up or synced onto iCloud? [more inside]
posted by hampanda on Jul 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Trying to turn a pet project into a fun and cool app to use...

I've been working on this little project called CheckIn, which is supposed to be a quick and easy to use Foursquare app that let's you check in quickly and adds interesting features like check in reminders (and instant checkins in iOS 8 - currently working on notification actions in my working build). [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jul 21, 2014 - 3 answers

I've Never Wanted To Be At The Front Of The Line Until Now

I hate my awful, auto-dialing, MotoX android with a passion and am counting the days until the introduction and release of iPhone6 in September. Help me come up with a strategy to get one of the early models and not have to wait months until there is a significant amount of product for general distribution. In other words I want to actually have an iPhone 6 in my hands in September. How do I do it?
posted by Xurando on Jul 17, 2014 - 14 answers

If This Then That

I finally installed IFTTT but I feel like I'm not getting as much out of it as I could. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jul 14, 2014 - 13 answers

iPhone game like A Dark Room, but...not A Dark Room?

I’m looking for a game, playable on my iPhone, with probably crazy specific requirements. I fell in love with and completed (twice, once with huts and once without) A Dark Room. If I could erase my memory of playing that game and do it again, that’s basically what I’m after. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Jul 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Side by side video

I have three vertical iPhone videos, each a few seconds long. I need to combine them into one video with the three clips arranged side by side, with no gaps in between, in the quickest and easiest way possible. [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Jul 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Best way to share audio + text content for viewing on iPhone?

I want to create multi-page content consisting of text + spoken-word-audio, viewable on iPhone. Content consumption would work as follows: 1. Page displays text and plays audio (additional tap to launch audio would be okay) 2. User taps something to call up next page. My first thought was Powerpoint, but I haven't found an iPhone app that handles audio embedded in PPT. I'm limited to working on my Windows PC, so I think Keynote is out. Any thoughts on a format to use for the content, and app to use to consume it? [more inside]
posted by bigjoec on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Suggestions on Where to Submit a Non-Game iPhone App for Review

I've recently created an iPhone app that's not a game, but falls more in the "Entertainment" category (it uses Twitter to predict the future). And I'm not sure where I should try to send it for review/exposure, as most review sites are game-oriented. I've tried the usual suspects (MeFi Projects, submitted to BoingBoing, shared on FB and Twitter), but am surprised at how quickly I'm running out of ideas for places to send this guy to. [more inside]
posted by avoision on Jun 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Twitter app for viewing photos (iPhone)

I love Twitter, and it's a big part of my social life, but I loathe all the (iPhone) Twitter apps out there (that I know of so far). There seems to be a lot of great features, but spread across multiple apps - where's my dream app?? [more inside]
posted by Zaire on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Taking my iPhone to Canada -- how to not get burned by fees

I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Jun 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Loaner iPhone for All Repairs?

My wife's iPhone 5 seems to have a hardware failure. I'm going to try taking it to the Apple Store tonight, anticipating they'll have to send it in for repairs. It's out-of-warranty, so we'll likely have to pay for the repair. The question I have: is there a loaner program? She needs something while it's out. I know they had one for a defect--is it available for all repairs?
posted by MrGuilt on Jun 24, 2014 - 8 answers

To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Recommend some iOS games for me

Lately I've found it difficult to find anything new to play on my iPhone (have an iPhone 5 and an iPad, but typically use my iPhone for this sort of thing). I've been playing the same old games for a while now and need some new ones. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jun 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Not another iPhone contacts sync question!

A strange mismatch is going on between my Mac Contacts and my iPhone contacts. Even though I'm using a single Apple ID on both machines, certain contacts exist on the iPhone but not the Mac and vice-versa. I haven't been able to find the explanation for this. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Best iPhone app for fitness tracking?

I was using Moves to track my walking and biking, etc, on my iPhone. It was great! Unfortunately, I felt I had to delete it once it decided to send all my data to Facebook. Are there any decent iPhone replacements for Moves? (I don't have a fitbit or anything except the iPhone (5S).)
posted by leahwrenn on Jun 18, 2014 - 6 answers

TuneIn Radio App

Recently having trouble with my TuneIn Radio app and some streams (ESPN) [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 16, 2014 - 2 answers

App for beyond C25K

Training app for faster 5k. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Jun 14, 2014 - 7 answers

iPhone 5s internet restriction solutions for a teenager

Looking for a simpler way to cut-off internet access between specific times at night and morning on an iPhone... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?

I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Email help from Gmail experts; Difficulty - key GTD needs would be nice

I want to fly through my email. GTD/Zero inbox style. Trouble multiple accounts including .Mac, gmail and Gmail for business. I thought I found a desktop client - MailPilot for OSX - but it's just not doing well enough (it's development is too slow.) Meanwhile, I hear that you can be super clever with Gmail - More inside! [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Why can't I rent out high-value goods to people in the UK?

So this may sound dumb, and obvious.... I'm just thrashing out a question that I've been discussing with a couple of friends recently. Let's say I legally purchase a batch of high-value, trendy goods. It doesn't really matter what they are -- let's say the latest iPhone, for the sake of argument. Can I set up a store (online or in the high-street) renting them out to anyone who wants to agree to a contract with me? So let's pretend an iPhone 6 will retail at £500. If I purchase a batch of 100 at £400 each, and rent them out at £25/month for a 2 year contract, I make a good profit. Assume the iPhones are genuine, and that purchasers/renters are happy to arrange their own SIM cards, telecomms contracts, etc. These are working items. What are the reasons I couldn't do this? Is there any legal reason, or trading standards reason, that would prevent me from setting up a business doing this? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Easy Peasy iPhone and Android App Creation. For Dummies.

I'm not looking to create the next Flappy Bird and make $50k a month, I'm just looking to create apps that go with my published books, and man, is there a lot of choices out there. Help me suss them out! [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Jun 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Minimal strategy and puzzle games for iOS

I'm looking for well-designed puzzle and strategy games for my iPhone 5S. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on May 27, 2014 - 27 answers

FIP on iphone not working

Why has the FIP Radio iphone app suddenly stopped working? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on May 27, 2014 - 4 answers

I can't believe I am asking a question about emoji, but I am.

I have an iphone 4S. I imessage with my husband and son a lot, they using an iPhone 3 and an iPad and iMac. If I send a message with an emoji in it, the emoji shows on my phone screen as the graphic/picture, and shows on their screen as the graphic/picture. If they send me a message with an emoji it shows on their screen as a graphic/picture, but shows on my screen as letters/symbols (e.g. :) <3 etc.) I know it is a bit silly, but this is driving my crazy. And my nearly 10 year old likes using emoji so I would rather figure it out than just say 'don't send me the damn things'.
posted by Megami on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Found an iPhone. Now what?

Yesterday while on a long bike ride I found an iPhone in the street. Help me return it to its owner. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 26, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I make the date stamp visible in pictures taken with an iPhone?

One year ago, I moved into my current apartment, and found that the dryer vents were clogged with lint, mold spots in the bathroom etc. I took a series of pictures on my move-in day with the camera on my iPhone 4S. Now that I'm leaving, I want to print them for my move-out inspection. However, there is currently no date stamp visible on the photos. How can I make it appear? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on May 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me understand "Camera Roll" vs. "My Photo Stream"

I have an iPhone 4S running IOS7. I do not understand the relationship between the camera roll and the photo stream. Sometimes, it seems like photos are in one or the other. Sometimes it seems like they're in both. Sometimes it seems like deleting one deletes both copies. Sometimes it doesn't. Please help me make sense of it.
posted by DWRoelands on May 21, 2014 - 5 answers

What is the iPhone equivalent of knitting?

I spend a lot of my day in boring but important meetings, or watching boring but important educational training videos. I get distracted and zone out quickly. I need something mindless to occupy that portion of my brain, and I'd prefer it in iPhone app form. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on May 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Why does the iPhone's compass require regular calibration?

Why does the iPhone's compass require regular calibration? [more inside]
posted by enn on May 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Messages on an American iPhone in Greece?

I recently took my Verizon American iPhone 5s outside the country for the first time and installed a Cosmote sim card on it. Immediately all my contacts on the messages app lost their names and only appear as their American phone numbers, e.g. +1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on May 15, 2014 - 4 answers

How can my wife and I keep our iOS and MacOS contacts synchronized

Mrs. Alms and I like to maintain a single contact list for both of us across our iPhones and Macintoshes. How can we do this without abusing my Apple ID and iCloud? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 12, 2014 - 8 answers

iOS app for tracking crunches and pushups

I'm looking for an app with the following: -tracks sets -tracks reps -nice visualizations over time - charts etc. -ad free So far I've found decent trackers for individual activities, and crap trackers (eg FitList) for multiple activities.
posted by chesty_a_arthur on May 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Need to contact the Mac at home.

We have a several Macs at home. We want to securely connect to any of them from outside of home, via other Macs or iPhone or iPad and pull off files or use the home computer via the remote Mac/iDevice if needed. Talk to us like we're not tech savy and tell us how to do this. All the macs are running 10.9.2.
posted by sock, the puppet on May 11, 2014 - 9 answers

IFTTT on iOS used 7.5GB of cellular data

I just received a huge cellphone bill due to excessive data usage. I checked my iPhone's cellular data usage, and the IFTTT app has used 7.5GB (yes, gigabytes) of data in the last month. WTF! [more inside]
posted by krunk on May 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Best way for a UK citizen to manage money and cellphones in Europe?

I'm a Canadian/UK citizen living in London and I'm going travelling in Europe for three months. What's the best way for me to manage my money/cell phone plan while I travel? Requirements and details over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on May 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Oddity with Linked Instagram and Twitter posts...

I have my instagram and twitter handles linked. So if someone tweets their own instagram post with my handle included in the text, then it also translates and correctly tags my twitter handle on twitter. My problem follows... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on May 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Probably the answer is to not text so damn much?

My iMessages keep stacking up/not getting delivered to my phone and I don't know how to fix this. On a typical workday my boyfriend and I exchange hundreds of messages (ugh I know), mostly on our computers. The problem: when I check my phone at the end of the work day, the messages are not there (which is no big deal) but they proceed to download over the next hour or so, preventing new messages from being delivered and churning through my battery at an alarming rate. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on May 6, 2014 - 11 answers

How to unsync old calendars from iPhone

I have Gmail old calendars from an old workplace on my iPhone that it all of a sudden revived and seems steadfastly opposed to allowing me to remove. They're no longer there when I open my Gmail calendars in my browser, but I've unlinked and relinked my Gmail account to my iPhone and they're still there, driving me fucking crazy with hourly reminders about shit I will never have to do again. Please help me restore sanity. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on May 1, 2014 - 4 answers

How best to use an iPhone in Europe

I am taking my iPhone to Europe and want to use it wifi-only. I use StraightTalk as a provider. Is there anything in particular I should know before I go? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 30, 2014 - 12 answers

iPhone Recall Loaner: Can I Just Keep It?

I went to get my 16GB iPhone 5 repaired or replaced under the iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program today, and after some testing and such I was issued a loaner phone (also a 16GB iPhone 5) and told that mine will be repaired in about 6-8 days. I think I'd like to just keep the loaner, and it seems like that may not be encouraged but may be possible... [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Apr 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Graphic designer for an iPhone app

I'm currently coding an iPhone messaging client app which could use a designer for the screens and the app icon. I've tried oDesk.com and I'm having doubts about the quality of some of the applicants. Are there any good suggestions for websites that can provide a good designer? I'm looking for high quality work and I'm willing to pay a reasonable rate for it (though I would rather pay per project - currently I set $1000 for the project).
posted by antgly on Apr 28, 2014 - 5 answers

This isn't my music

I normally listen to podcasts streamed from my iPhone 5 to my car over bluetooth or occasionally via USB. A few times, I've plugged in the phone only to have it start playing a random track, one which I have never downloaded and which (I have confirmed by searching on my phone and on a synced computer) is not in my iTunes music library. I don't think it's through iTunes radio, either, as the songs do not appear in my radio history and are unlikely to be generated by the stations I have developed. Where are these songs coming from??? This morning it was something by Of Montreal, if that's helpful.
posted by karbonokapi on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me iMacguyver my broken iPhone!

My iPhone 5 speaker randomly stopped working 18 months after I bought it. I have to use speakerphone or headphones to talk on the phone. I can make it work temporarily if I press on the top right corner where the speaker is (as described here). I found that theres a point about halfway between the speaker and the right edge where, if I clip a binder clip, then the phone works! See here and here The "genius bar" genius solution was that, since I didn't get Apple care, that I dish out another 500$ for a new phone. Help me figure out a better way? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Apr 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Leechblock for iPhone?

I'm trying to cut down on online procrastination and leechblock has been awesome for that, but I end up cheating on my iPhone. Is there any equivalent app? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Apr 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Collecting data via iPhone - regularly, quickly, securely, non-web-based

We're going to have some folks filling out the same simple form on a regular basis. Is there an app-based solution where they can enter the data and upload it securely to a central repository at the end of the day? A web solution may have been easier, but we're worried connectivity might be an issue during parts of the day. We want users to tap an app and be able to fill out a bunch of forms, then upload them all (securely) at the end of the day. A simple, elegant, fast interface would be a real plus. [more inside]
posted by borborygmi on Apr 21, 2014 - 4 answers

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