5 Things - Week Ending 3/1/13

This is the 39th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.

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TurboTax 2012 for iPad is an excellent option for filing your personal and small business taxes. As full-featured as both Mac and Windows versions of the same application, TurboTax 2012 for iPad guarantees that you need look no further than you iPad to handle all your tax filing needs.

I just finished doing my taxes on Sunday evening using TurboTax on my Mac. I didn't even consider doing them on my iPad because I have done them on my computer for the past 10 years. I think next year I will give it a try on the iPad.

The reviews in the App Store appear to be quite positive.

You can download TurboTax from the App Store. You can try the app for free, but you will have to pay for it before you file your taxes.


The age of the brag is over: why Facebook might be losing teens

Ellis Hamburger:

At some point, adding these details, like hundreds of photos from a recent vacation and status updates about your new job amounted to bragging — force-feeding Facebook friends information they didn’t ask for. What was once cool was now uncool. Worse yet, it started to feel like work. Maybe the burden of constantly constructing immaculate digital profiles of ourselves is tiring. “I find it boring, and I don’t really care about knowing all my friends’ details anymore,” my fifteen-year-old cousin Neah Bois wrote to me. “I think it’s stupid when people post a lot of pictures about their lives and all that stuff… I go on to talk to family and connect, but really I only go on once a week or so.

I left Facebook in October 2012 and have not missed it one bit. It does not surprise me to hear that teenagers are starting to move on to something different. I have met many high school and college students who are now spending a bunch more time usine Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Tumblr.

What do you use Facebook for? Is it to see what friends and family are up to or do you use it to brag about your life?


Is This the First Commercial for the Apple iWatch?

This video shows what one person thinks an iWatch might do. Some of the stuff in the video looks like it belongs in a science fiction movie. It reminds me of how some of the stuff we are doing on our devices today would have been the work of science fiction just 10 years ago.


The true cost of free-to-play games

Rene Ritchie:

We need to stop bitching that “it should be free” or “$1 is too much”. We need to stop pretending that a game that provides hours of enjoyment is worth less than a movie ticket or a fancy cup of coffee. We need to support the the best and the brightest developers with real money, so that they keep making the kind of games we want to buy.

I think it is great that there is an abundance of free apps available in the App Store. I have quite a few of them on my iPhone and iPad.

I have discovered in the past year that many of the apps that I use on a regular basis are apps that weren't free.

On the first page of my iPhone I have the following apps that cost money:

  • Lighty
  • Due
  • Things
  • Check The Weather
  • Horizon
  • Fantastical
  • 1Password
  • Drafts
  • Notesy
  • Downcast
  • Reeder
  • Instapaper
  • Tweetbot

I use my devices so much that I want to limit the amount of ads that I see (very common in free apps) and I want to support the people that make the apps that make my life easier so that they can make a good living and continue to make great apps.

If you think you are going to use an app on a regular basis, I would encourage you to seek out a high quality app and spend the minimal amount of money it would cost to acquire that app. I found that I use my iPhone and iPad for so many more things after investing a small amount of money to get good apps.


iPhone 5S planned for August, next iPads may debut as soon as April

Rene Ritchie:

iMore has learned that Apple is planning the release of the iPhone 5S for this summer, currently for August. Next generation iPads, presumably the iPad 5 and potentially the iPad mini 2, may also debut as soon as this April.

I believe that the next iPhone will come out this summer. I am not 100% sure about the iPad mini 2 coming out next month though.

I am planning on purchasing the iPhone 5S for myself when it comes out and giving my iPhone 4S to my wife.