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  Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace.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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High School Spanish – Best All-In-One App

Total Score:  29

HS Spanish iconWhether you are in high school or just trying to brush up on your language skills, you’ll find the High School Spanish app for iPhone and iPad just what you need.  It has flash cards, pronounces the words and has extensive information to help build your skills. Why wouldn’t you want it, it was developed by Spanish teachers for students and provides you with the information you need to study efficiently and with some work, get that A you were hoping for.

 

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Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie! Is As Easy As Pie

Total Score:  28.5

Buy me a Pie - iconThere are a lot of list making apps and even specific grocery list apps on the app store.  I’ve tried a number of them and have used a few for years, but Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie!  for iPhone and iPad is my new favorite.  Probably because it is so easy to prepare a list.  And, it is equally easy to prepare a list and share it with friends and family.  Give it a try and see what you think.

 

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Peterson Birds – A Field Guide to Birds of North America

Total Score:  29

Perhaps the best known name in Bird Watching is Roger Tory Peterson.  Peterson Birds—A Field Guide to Birds of North America for iPhone and iPad is easy to use and a great start for new birdwatchers. This app allows you to quickly identify birds you see through illustrations.  You can read about them, see a map of their habit and upload your photos.  And, of course, build a life list of bird sightings.   Over 50 million people enjoy this sport – give it a try.

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IFTTT App – Create If This, Then That Scenarios

Total Score:  29.5

IFTTT app allows you to create recipes for actions.  The recipes are “if this, then that” scenarios.  If breaking news happens about your favorite sports team, you can set up a text message.You can set up text messages to warn you about weather alerts.  Since IFTTT connects to email, social media, sports, health and other apps there are a fair number of options to create “recipes” for actions for you.  I wasn’t sure I would like this, but I am getting regular emails about free Kindle books and have downloaded a fair number of them.  I’ve also passed on a number of them – but I wouldn’t have found the books without IFTTT.  And, I’m sure Amazon would appreciate this, liked the books so much that I purchased additional books by the author.

 

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Well, Swell Radio App is Well… Swell!

Total Score: 30

I am a huge NPR fan and didn’t think anything could woo me away from my local station.  But then, I found the Swell Radio app.  I get the best of NPR, TED talks and intelligent stories from comedy, sports and news channels.  This app provides unlimited streaming audio.  It learns what you like and, over time, delivers radio-like content that matches your interests.  But, in addition to that you can decide to focus on business, comedy, sports, etc.  Continue reading

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Black and White Scanner – Your Personal Scanner

Total Score:  28.5

In our technological world the need to scan a document seems to be common.   Scanners as desk top devices are available at times, but wouldn’t it be handy if you can scan from your iPhone or iPad?  Well, many apps do it, but Black and White Scanner or iPhone or iPad makes it really easy.  Easy, to do standard documents, standard optional choices and even custom options. Give it a try and see what you think.   Continue reading

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Ultimate Trivia App: The Quiz – Challenge Yourself

Total Score:  30

The Ultimate Trivia: The Quiz App challenges your knowledge of current events, music, science and the arts.  It has a similar format to the popular game show, "So You Want to Be a Millionaire."  You earn (digital) money for correct answers and have a few options to get some help.  It's a bit addictive and plenty of fun.

 

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