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Calcbot for iPhone and iPad ➝

I’ve been looking for a good calculator app for the iPad ever since I received mine in late April. I originally settled on PCalc because it was the only for-pay calculator app I could find for the iPad. But, it didn’t really do it for me. PCalc is ugly, and it’s interface is a little too overwhelming for my taste.

Enter Calcbot. There’s not a whole lot you can say about a calculator app. Calcbot works well and looks great. It has all of the features I need and several that I never will. Luckily it keeps all of its functions hidden in a second pane which keeps the interface clean.

I like that all of your history gets “printed to tape” so that it’s all saved if you need to recall it for a later calculation. And even better, Calcbot is a universal app that runs at native resolution on both the iPad and iPhone. If you’re looking for a great calculator app for the iPad or a replacement for your iPhone’s calculator app, Calcbot is a great inexpensive choice.

Turbo.264 HD ➝


For my birthday this year I received an Elgato Turbo.264 HD. I’ve been using the non-HD version for over a year and have enjoyed it’s ability to quickly convert video to an Apple TV or iPhone-friendly format. The older Turbo.264 was fast but the HD version blows it out of the water.

With the Turbo.264 HD I’ve been able to convert a full two hour TV show into the “iPod High” preset in under 40 minutes. That’s about three times faster than the non-HD Turbo.264 and even faster than converting it without either.

I have an interesting media setup in my house and plan on doing a full rundown of all of my gear and how they work together. But, for now I simply wanted to recommend the Turbo.264 HD to anybody who converts a lot of video. It’s a vital part of my setup and gets nearly as much use as my HDTV does.

The Turbo.264 HD goes for $149.95 on Elgato’s online store but it’s currently priced at $130 on Amazon.