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App of the Month

This app brings DSL-R like photography to the iPhone with beautiful effects. Focos allows you to make unlimited changes to your photos after the fact. It allows you to change the aperture repeatedly, and add multiple lights in 3D space.


  • Take photos with shallow depth of field without manually painting or making selection
  • True 3D imaging
  • Import existing photos and customize the bokeh effect
  • Re-focus photos that have already been taken
  • Options to simulate lens characteristics
  • Check the portrait picture in the real world with augmented reality technique
  • more.....

Read a review of Focos

iOS (Note: some features require an in-app purchase)



Evernote Scannable
A scanner app for documents, receipts and whiteboards. Scannable automatically rotates, crops, and adjusts images to make scans clear and easy to read. iOS
Google Docs
Create, edit and collaborate on the go. Share documents with your team Docs opens a variety of files including Microsoft Word files. The app converts and exports files seamlessly. Android | iOS
Google Drive
Have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. Android | iOS
Google Sheets
Create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the free Google Sheets app.It can open, edit, and save Excel files. Android | iOS
Microsoft Excel
Create, view, edit, and share files with others quickly. View and edit workbooks attached to email messages. Insert common charts to bring data to life. Make notes, highlight portions of a worksheet, create shapes, or write math equations using the draw tab feature in Excel on devices with touch capabilities. Android | iOS
Microsoft Word
Make impactful text documents, scripts, blogs, write-ups, or resumes. Jump-start your project with modern templates. Use rich formatting and layout options to note ideas and express them in writing. Share thoughts by commenting in your document right next to the text you are discussing. Others can add input and stay on top of changes to the document. Android | iOS
A powerful yet simple note-taking and PDF annotation app. Notability allows one to streamline workflow, handwrite and sketch with beautiful ink, search and convert handwritten notes, important from different file types, record and playback audio, and has auto-backup and iCloud syncing features. iOS $9.99.
This is a scanning app that provides high-quality PDF and JPG scans. It is like having a desktop scanner at your fingertips. Feature include scan at 200 dpi and higher, scan QR codes, automatic edge detection, single and multi page scanning, and the ability to scan in color, grayscale, or black and white filters. Android | iOS
WeTransfer is a cloud-based computer file transfer service. The free plan allows users to send files up to 2GB while the premium plan allows for up to 20GB and includes features such as password protection. Web

Note: Descriptions are based on iOS features. The features in the Android version may be different.

News and Reviews

All About Android
This show is available on the Netcast Network. It covers the latest Android news, hardware, and apps.

This site is a good resource for discovering new iOS apps. AppAdvice provides news on apps and provides detailed reviews of apps.

iOS Today
This show is available on the Netcast Network. It highlights best new apps, helpful tools, tricks, and news about iOS.

A good site for finding out what apps have gone free, what are on sale, and what is new. I check it out daily.

Tech Advisor - App Reviews
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This netcast provides over 30 hours of programming each week covering digital technology. Popular shows include: All About Android, This Week in Technology, iOS Today, MacBreak Weekly, The Tech Guy, and Windows Weekly.

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