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Trouble Waking up? Try Carrot Talking Alarm Clock

Total Score:  27.5

Carrot Alarm LogoHave you always wanted an assistant who would see that you wake up in the morning.  Essentially giving the responsibility to someone else.  Well, this app goes a long way to granting that wish.  You set the alarm, and believe me, getting the darn thing to stop ringing is a challenge.  There won’t be any oversleeping when you use this app.  Give Carrot Alarm – Talking Alarm Clock a try.

 

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Five Reasons to Read Release Notes

Total Score:  28.5

Update jpegBack in the day (a year ago?) you had to go into the app store and purposefully update any apps.  That gave you the opportunity to read the release notes and see what was new.   It wasn’t exactly a burden, but Apple improved iOS and made those updates automatic.  Now, you have to go to the App Store, tap updates, and then read.   It’s a couple of steps, but should you do it?  I think so, read on if you want to know why.

 

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Track Your Time With HoursTracker Pro

Total Score:  27.5

HoursTracker logoHoursTracker Pro can assist you with tracking time you spend on tasks/jobs.  You may need it to document billable hours, or you may just want to know how long you spend on each task to better manage your time.  If you need a record of your time, then this app is invaluable, if you are just interested in time tracking, then it is helpful.   It is easy to understand what you need to do with no complicated functions.  I have been experimenting with time tracking for about six weeks.  This is the first app that I found to meet my needs.  I’m not saying there aren’t others out there – just that this one clicked with me.

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Sleep Better With the Sleep Machine App

Total Score:  28.5

Sleep Machine logoThere is so much noise in the world we all need a little help to shut it out.  Sleep Machine app provides you with ample functionality to create white noise, show a digital clock, set an alarm and generally meet all your sleep time needs.  Give it a try to see if you get a better night’s sleep.

 

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PumpUp – Training, Social Sharing, Motivation – A fitness trifecta

Total Score:  29.5

PumpUp logoPumpUp – Health & Fitness Community is the social networking equivalent of Instagram.  But that’s not all it does, you can build workouts as well!  You share your fitness photos and successes with your friends and get the opportunity to brag a little, along with being inspired by others.   I usually share the photos I created in FitSnap.

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It’s a Snap with FitSnap

Total Score:  28.5

FitSnap iconFitSnap is a great app to capture your fitness event photos.  It is motivational and sharable.  It has a lot of sports options and is really easy to use. This app captions and frames your fitness photo and makes it easy to save the image and/or share it through mail, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Start Journaling with Day One

Total Score:  28.5

Day One iconDay One is an app that lets you capture the special moments in your life – one memory at a time.  You can do one a day, or capture all the special moments of your day.   You can add your thoughts and your photos.   What could be easier.  You have your phone or iPad close by most of the time – you just take a few minutes to journal those special moments.

 

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Taking A Break to Take A Class

I’m taking a computer programming class (CS50) and I won’t be posting reviews as often as I have before.  I will still continue to add them and will certainly keep testing apps for future reviews.  In the meantime I’ll be juggling my day job, the class and the website.

If you are interested in additional information about the class.  Here’s a link to an article by Lifehacker.  I read it and signed up the same day!  I have to admit that I’m hooked already.  Wish me luck.

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FastCalc – Easy and Quick Calculator

Total Score:  27.5

If you are looking for a calculator that is loaded with features, FastCalc is the one for you and is available for both the iPhone and iPad.  With touch functionality, you can add numbers and change from multiplication, to division to addition easily.   Not only that, you can change the display from the plain gray and white shown in the photos to vivid and interesting colors.

 

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Generosity App – Because Cancer Hurts and Generosity Heals

Total Score:  29

An app about cancer or other life threatening illnesses isn’t sexy.  It isn’t something you want to think about – but perhaps something we should remember to keep in our lives.  Reading the Generosity app magazine for iPhone or iPad, reminds us that giving of our time and/or money can make a difference in the lives of others.  In our technology filled lives, adding an app to our iPhone or iPad can remind us to take a minute to remember that giving helps others and to be present in our lives and enjoy each moment.  The magazine was created by a Florida hospital, but contains content that can be informative or inspiring to all.

 

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Explore Timeline World War 1 with Robert MacNeil

Total Score:  28

History can teach and inspire us.  Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace.   This app allows you to walk through the whole experience from Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination to the Treaty of Versailles.   You explore both military and personal documents.  It is quite an experience.

 

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ARGUS – Motion and Fitness Tracker by Azumio

Total Score:  29

Azumio has brought themselves to the forefront of fitness apps with their latest version of the Argus – Motion and Fitness Tracker.  Working with the new M7 motion sensor, it captures a significant amount of data.  Whether you have the latest iPhone or not, you’ll find a lot to like with this app.

 

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Piikki: Receipt Scanner & Expense Reports – Scan and Store

Total Score:  27.5

Piikki: Receipt Scanner & Expense Report app for iPad and iPhone is a cross between a scanner and a money management app.  Through scanning your receipts you can create files by expense type and view expense charts.  Not only can you save your receipts, but you can organize them for future IRS filings, company expenses, or by member of the family.

 

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Timeline Civil War – Explore and Learn

Total Score:  29

History is a part of American culture and no event is more central to the early history of our country than the Civil War.  States were called upon to take sides – even at times, families.  This iPad app, Timeline American Civil War helps tell that story in a compelling way through audio, video, images and maps.

 

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Wearable Devices – Which one is best? Shine or UP?

First, let me say that both the Misfitwearables SHINE and the Jawbone UP and their accompanying apps are very good.  Each accomplishes the assigned purpose – movement tracking. The ability to quantify how you are progressing in your exercise program can be an incentive to improve your health.

Now that I’ve said that, let’s get down to the detail of why, for me, the SHINE is the best product.

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