Monday, April 25, 2011

Get your own Royal Apps

Prince William and Kate Middleton
(official engagement photo by Mario Testino)
Are you ready for April 29 when Prince William weds his modern-day princess, Kate Middleton?

I plan to watch the live feed on TV - probably switching from BBC to other channels to see which ones are giving the better coverage. But my iPad is ready as well. I've downloaded quite a number of free (and paid) royal apps to give myself a good idea of the royal couple, pre-wedding plans, and the program for the day.

If you're looking for some apps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, here are some I found:


1. The Royal Wedding by Hello! (Hello Ltd), iPad and iPhone - best app so far in my collection -- clean UI, comprehensive information

2. Royal Wedding Video App (ITN), iPhone and Android - the video content is linked to ITN's 'Royal Wedding Channel' on YouTube.

3. A Royal Wedding Celebration: William and Kate (Onteca), iOS Universal - also has impressive content on how the couple met to the guest list. There is an 'iPad only' version of the app but it is priced at $0.99.


1. Royal Weddings (Royal Collection), iOS Universal and Android, $2.99 - This is the official royal wedding app from the Royal Collection. It tells the story of 7 royal weddings, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.

2. Royal Wedding Essential Guide (BlueYellow Media Ltd), iOS Universal, $0.99 - Has a wide range of content and features an interactive map using GPS showing locations relevant to the wedding. It has a lot of trivia about the couple as well as a Royal Personality Test to show which royal person has the same personality as you. Right now, this price is 50% off so I don't know how long it will be on sale.

3. Royal Wedding Invite (Ryan Stevens), $0.99 - you have a "pretend" invite to the royal wedding.It used to be a free app but having seen its content on my iPad just now, I won't spend to buy the app.

4. Royal Wedding - The Wills and Kate Story (Trinity Mirror Digital Media Ltd), iPhone and iPad, $1.99 - This is a hefty 183MB download because it contains video and audio narratives from James Whitaker, world's foremost Royal Correspondent.

Why a Tech Blog

Yes, I finally did it.

After including tech-related blog posts in my lifestyle blog, The Philippine Beat, I felt that it was time to give it a home of its own where I can write about anything I discover about apps or gadgets in my world.

Just a bit of background.

I grew up a left-brainer.  Accounting and IT Consulting formed the better part of my entire working life. Even when I gave all that up to be a full-time Mom who eventually discovered the joys of blogging, the love of tech never left me. I'd read up on the latest gadgets, software, and computer accessories available. Not as if I could afford to buy them all the time.....

As a full-time blogger now, I've armed myself with what I call the "tools of my trade". I use a Macbook for hardcore writing, an iPad (my shoulders' savior as I need not lug my heavier Macbook around when I need to go to blogger events and fora where all I need is to access social network sites & do minimal typing), a Xacti videocam and a Canon S95 digicam. My phones are all 3G-capable. My home is entirely wireless. And yes, two of my kids are more computer-literate than me.

Welcome to my tech world! I hope to be able to share what I discover in terms of gadgets and apps (and a bit of other techie stuff) through this blog.