3 Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be My Last iPhone

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Over a span of 3 to 5 years, I have been the proud and happy owner of an iPhone. I owned an iPhone 4, 5, and now 6. But, lately, I have been noticing something. There’s a whole world out there full of great smartphones and operating systems that are just as pleasing (if not more) as the iOS. And sometimes, as far as technology goes, you just get tired of the “same ‘ole thing.” With that, here are my 3 reasons as to why I will likely leave the iPhone universe once I’ve got my fill of the ... Continue Reading

Verses: An iOS Bible Memory Verses App [App Review]

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Verses is an iOS app with a noble mission: To help us memorize Scripture. I'll be honest that I'm not nearly as focussed on memorizing Scripture as I was when I was a kid. Part of that is a natural pendulum swing from being pushed to memorize, but not necessarily understand Scripture, but that's a post for another time. When you open the app up, you're greeted by a list of verses ("My Verses"), a button that takes you to your "Collections," and then every single book of the Bible! Clearly, ... Continue Reading

NueBible: A Design Centric iOS Bible App

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We’ve covered a lot of Bible apps here at ChurchMag and too often we focus heavily on the functionality built into these tools. Features like Bible reading plans, the ability to add notes, export notes, commentaries, sharing verses and so on. These are all great and we’ve seen some huge steps forward there, but sometimes I wonder if this has lead to a neglect of the design of these tools. Well NeuBible is a new (pun not intended) Bible app from a small indie development team that takes a ... Continue Reading

Echo Prayer Manager [App Review]

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Prayer is a vital—can we say most vital?—element of the Christian life, and yet so many of us would probably confess that we're not as consistent in our prayer life as we should be/would like to be. That's why, for the past year, I've been using a great app to help me organize my prayer time, and it actually helped! And then my lead pastor showed me Echo. ... Continue Reading

My Dream Frankenstein Smartphone

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I love all smartphones. Money and time aside, I'd collect smartphones for a living if I could. I just love seeing how these pocket computer do what they do, and how they compare to each other. While I tend to dabble in Android the most, I am truly intrigued by every mobile platform out there. I enjoy seeing what's out there, what may or may not be on the horizon, and all in between. I'm the guy that cheers on Tizen and still whines about the demise of WebOS. The more the merrier, and ... Continue Reading

Facebook Groups for iOS: Deleted

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I have never been so excited to review an app in my life. "Why are you so excited, Phil?" you ask. Because I can finally deleted this stupid app. Strong words, I know, but certainly deserved. I'm not sure what Zuckerberg's strategy is exactly, but he's continually taking up more of my phone's real estate with frustratingly mediocre apps. ... Continue Reading

13 Essential iOS Apps for Pastors in 2015

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A pastor rarely has one job in a church and often has to wear many hats at different times. Sometimes it’s mentoring people, other times it’s preaching, and sometimes it’s plain old organizing members of the staff. Obviously, this can require a wide range of tools to make sure you can get everything done. Although this is not a complete list of apps, you may need something very specific, it is a good starting point. Here are 13 essential iOS apps for pastors: ... Continue Reading

A Case for Church Mobile Donations

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This past Black Friday revealed some interesting statistics about mobile Internet use and the effects it had on the giant retailer, Walmart. Again, we see the case for church's to leverage mobile technology . At the very least, your church website needs to be mobile ready, and you should strongly consider setting up mobile donations. When it comes to a dedicated app, while I would only recommend this for larger churches, the time may come sooner than later when this will be as vital as having ... Continue Reading

What’s New with iOS 8? [Infographic]

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It feels like every time you turn around a new version of something is being released. And to make matters worse, sometimes apps and devices fail to operate well when they become impossible to update. When I was stuck on iOS 6, it was frustrating to find common apps—like Evernote—that could not be installed because their were optimized for a newer OS. It's starting to feel like our hands are getting forced—into our wallets—more and more often. Setting this soapbox aside, what exactly is new ... Continue Reading

Top Revenue Making iOS Apps [Infographic]

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I've been really enjoying my iOS gaming apps lately. Things have been really busy and I haven't had a lot of time to play longer games, so these little apps have been a lot of fun. You get a quick gaming fix—like a cup of coffee for your mind. A little something to do between things. I particularly like more causal iOS games for when I am thinking and planning. Here's a list of the top revenue making iOS games—proof that the biggest money makers are not always the best games... ... Continue Reading