Today is the first anniversary of the 70 Decibels Network, which hosts some of my favorite podcasts. In honor of this celebration, this week I’m featuring Myke Hurley’s home screen. Myke (Twitter) is the co-founder of 70 Decibels, the host of CMD+Space, and an all around swell guy.
So Myke, show us your home screen.
What are some of favorite apps?
I consider Tweebot to be the best app ever created on iOS. I use it multiple times a day, basically living inside the app when I’m away from home. Even when at home I use Tweetbot on my iPad as my main client. I basically have my iPad set up as a second screen at home. Day One has also become a new favourite of mine, it’s easily one of the most beautfiully designed apps I’ve used and the recent addition of being able to add photos has made the it important enough to replace the phone app in my dock! I’m also a massive fan of Instacast. In my opinion it’s the only way people should listen to Podcasts on iOS. And trust me, I’ve tried every app available.
Which app is your guilty pleasure?
I think Instagram has become a guilty pleasure of mine. It has recently made it’s way to my homescreen as I have been using it more and more every day. I enjoy posting silly pictures of not very important things and I like to see similar updates from my friends.
Other guilty pleasures of mine are games. I have a folder on another screen full of games like Jetpack Joyride, Peggle and Angry Birds (among others). I am always on the lookout for other games to add to this list.
What is the app you are still missing?
I am a Podcaster in my free time, and I’m still on the lookout for an app that will allow me to record, edit, add shownotes and post by FTP to a podcast host—all in one. Garageband can do some of this stuff, but not all of it. Basically, the only person that would be able to create an app like this would be a Podcast producer, as they’ll know exactly all of the steps needed. But it’s such a niche market, that I doubt I’ll ever see it.
How many times a day do you use your iPhone/iPad?
I think I could easily lose count with my iPhone. At my day job I have to use a Windows PC and I have very limited access to what I can install. So my iPhone remains as my connection to the online world. It’s where I’ll check twitter, listen to music or podcasts, read RSS and check email. All day, every day. I dont use my iPad as much as I tend to leave it at home, but it will be in constant use during the evening.
What is your favorite feature of the iPhone/iPad?
The apps available for iOS are what stops me thinking about switching to a competing platform (for any of the reasons there may be). The developers on the iOS platform churn out absolutely top quality apps, that are lovingly designed and often solve problems I didn’t even know I had
If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?
I think I would extend the background capabilities of third-party apps. It would be great if I could have Reeder update itself, or Instacast download all my new shows, without me needing to prompt it. I think it’s about time Apple gave a little more capability to devs and trust that they will implement these features efficiently, practically and transparently.
Anything else you’d like to share?