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Stay entertained with your favorites through the Relay FM app

By default, the Relay FM app is set to the standard 1x playback speed. If that is not to your own liking, you can tap on the hamburger button in the top right corner to access the settings. From here, you can change the text display size, playback speed (from 0.05 to 2X), toggle updates over cellular, and enable or disable motion effects.

 

Personally, I will always prefer to use my podcast app (Overcast) to listen to episodes, but the Relay FM app serves the same purpose for when you want to get caught up with the latest episode. Or, if you enable notifications for your favorite shows, you not only get notified when the show goes live on the air, but you’ll be able to listen to past episodes of that particular show too. When you are playing an episode from the Relay FM app, a mini-player takes residence at the bottom of the screen, giving users options for play/pause, rewind, and skipping forward. Audio plays in the background, and you can control it directly from your as well.

 

The design of the Relay FM app is beautiful, which is just as I’d expect from the team. It’s organized into three sections: Latest, Notifications, and Support Us. Most of the time spent in the app will be on the Latest view, which is what it opens to by default. Here, you get a gorgeous list of each show on the network that has had a new episode, with the most recent at the top of the list. Each episode shows off the podcast artwork in a large, thick bar, and you can see the name and slogan for each show underneath as well, or expand to get show notes. The buttons for playback, getting notifications for live episodes, and subscribing are all large and easy to spot, making the overall user experience rather friendly. For a special treat, watch the show artwork when you play an episode and have the “Motion effects” setting on.

 

I’ve been listening to podcasts for years now, with my first being MacBreak Weekly shortly after I got my first back in 2008. While I love listening to music when I need to focus on work and projects, I prefer podcasts in the background whenever I have some time to kill. I’ve learned a lot of useful tips, tricks, and new things from podcasts, and over the years, one of my favorite new networks has been Relay, mostly due to the great choices of hosts. I’ve been anticipating this app for a while now, and I’ve been giving it a try since it came out last week. The best thing about the app is the fact that it doesn’t want to replace your current podcast app of choice, but rather just supplement it.

 

Relay FM (Free) by Relay FM, LLC is an app designed to help you keep up-to-date with your favorite shows on the Relay.FM podcast network. If you’re looking for a podcast network that is full of great shows that cover a wide range of topics, then this app is definitely worth checking out.

The Best iPhone and for Time Management

Almost everybody has difficulty with time management–regardless of who they are or what they do for a living. Even the people who try to run their lives by a certain schedule can have a difficult time staying on task, showing up punctually and remembering their daily goals. There are numerous reasons for this. The reason this is true is that there are numerous distractions just sitting at our fingertips daily, which has become even more true since smart phones and tablets got to be popular. In this article we’re going to show you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a tool for time management rather than as a time management unit of destruction.

Instapaper is really worth looking at. Instapaper is an application you can use not just on your smart phone or tablet but on your computer also. It’s one of those “read later” applications that helps you save time. How many times, over the course of your day, do you find fascinating websites or posts that you truly want to read but don’t have time to really look at? How frequently have you thrown a wrench into your schedule because you read or looked into it anyway (because you knew you will not remember it afterwards)? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other apps to enable you to save all of those links so that you can read it later. The links are saved to one central account. This makes it easy to use any device you like (computer, tablet or smartphone) to catch up on those links when you actually have the time for them.

Wunderlist is an incredible application. It’s your basic to-do list application but it doesn’t get bogged down in a lot of heavy graphics or a sophisticated user interface. Each day you can sit down to this app and then enter all of the things that you would like to do throughout the day. It is absolutely free. You’ll be able to synchronize it to different devices and it is simple to operate. If you train yourself to check your application as frequently as you check your email, you’ll find it much easier to keep yourself on task.

Evernote is amazingly useful. It is a centralized location in which you can manage your random thoughts, your pics, your downloads, your emails, and so forth. It syncs between devices (including your desktop computer) and is easy to use with other software, like Wunderlist. The only real problem with this application is that it is not free. Your monthly subscription may be paid either each month at $5 each or every year for $45 annually.

Agenda is an absolute must have calendar app. There are several reasons this is true but the main reason it is true is that it can be synced both to iCalendar (the calendar iPhones and Macs use) and Google Calendar. This makes managing a calendar much simpler for folks with PCs and iPhones because they will just have to type in their information into one place and it is readily available on all their devices. It’s also really pretty.

The variety of time management applications available for downloading is huge. These are the most effective, but you’ll generate lots more with some more research.

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