As quickly as it came, January has now passed. It's been quite an eventful year for me, so far. 2014 was a huge year for my home life, because my beautiful daughter came into my life.
So far, however, 2015 has been a big year for my nerd life. After years of threatening to do it, I've finally started a podcast, with my co-host Will Fanguy and even joined a new podcasting network, Nerd Uprising. Should you be interested, you can find our tech-based podcast, Bipolar on iTunes. Let me know what you think!
Now that the self promotion is out of the way, let's move straight into this months homescreen. There are some apps there this month I'd have told you a few months ago would never be anywhere near my phone, let alone my homescreen.
For starters, I've added a slew of apps from Microsoft of all companies. First up is the rather excellent Outlook for iOS. Yes, that's right, that Mail client that I absolutely a hate having to use at work is now my preferred mail client, and on my homescreen. The app is, to be fair, essentially a retuned version of Acompli, which Microsoft purchased last year. That doesn't detract from how great the app is, however. Microsoft has been smart, and didn't limit the app to only accepting Outlook accounts. You can also link up iCloud, Yahoo, Gmail and Exchange accounts. The app has a great built in calendar as well, which means I've now been able to drop Sunrise also. If you haven't already, this is well worth checking out.
Next up I have another Microsoft app I didn't give the time of day to until recently, and that's the OneDrive app. I recently let my love of playing with new gadgets get the better of me,yet again, and I picked up an HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet. My thoughts about the tablet aside (I quite like it actually), it came complete with 1TB of OneDrive storage, so I thought I'd try it over Dropbox for a while. So far, once again, I'm impressed. The OneDrive app was recently updated to allow you to view your photos in a nicer interface and I like the fact the app lets you view full metadata for your photos, so the aperture, focal length, originating camera, location the photo was taken etc. which was a nice touch. Photo storage is, by far, my biggest use cloud storage, so this is a big plus. I'll stick with it for a while, at least, though I do have a penchant for moving these things around quite a bit.
I have also moved SoundCloud onto my Homescreen. I was recently accepted into the SoundCloud podcast beta, which allows me to host podcasts on the service, if I choose to. Having joined the Nerd Uprising Network recently I've been bitten by the podcasting bug, so I'm considering trying some solo projects, with an eye to using SoundCloud as my hosting platform, so I'm taking it for a spin. It's also a great place to find some Chap-Hop, which is always welcome.
The rest of the screen is full of some old faithful apps like the official Twitter app, which won't be going anywhere fast.
This month, strangely, I have been very impressed with things that are happening at Microsoft. Windows 10 looks impressive, which is, again, odd for me to say, and their iOS apps are blowing my mind a little. Will I be sharing a Surface Pro 3 homescreen next month? Well, probably not, but who knows?