Student Planner – The Dog Ate It – School Homework Tracker

Total Score:  29
The Dog Ate It _ LogoThe Student Planner – The Dog Ate It – School Homework Tracker app can get your or your student off to a great start.  This app combines a task list, scheduler and grade tracker.  Getting organized is the best way to stay on top of all homework and projects and to make sure you manage your time efficiently.

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Explore with Mahjong Artifacts

Total Score:  27.5

Mahjong Artifacts logoMahjong Artifacts HD combines your standard Mahjong game and a historical story and trek through the world. If you match the two golden tiles you get a piece of an artifact and are directed to the next site to explore.   The game is happily addictive. You’ll experience variety, exploration and story telling. For a casual gamer like me, this one is a hit.


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Find Your Inner Race Driver with Beach Buggy Racing

Total Score:  29.5

Beach Buggy Racing_logoBeach Buggy Racing is playful, colorful and offers plenty of options to test out your inner race driver. I rarely review games as I am not a frequent game player. Having said that, after purchasing Apple TV I went looking for a game and, luckily found this one. It is fun for me (the rookie) and for my son (the gamer). It is not only for Apple TV – this game is a winner on the iPhone as well.

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Love Text Messaging? Quartz is the News App For You

Total Score:  28

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If you are a news junkie like me, you are going to love the Quartz – News in a whole new way app.  It delivers news in text message form and allows you to explore content or move on to the next message.   It’s quick, interesting, and shows up nicely on your iPhone and Apple Watch.  It is like having a friend keep you up-to-date with the news

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RunPee Is Almost a Pause Button At The Theater

Total Score:  27.5
RunPee logoSome movies are just so long that you need a bathroom break in the middle.  But, I hate to miss any of the action.  The RunPee app is what I have been waiting for.  It tells me the ideal time, tells me a synopsis of what I will miss, and gives me a silent vibration.  It’s perfect for parents or just anyone who feels that call during a movie.  You receive silent vibrations on your iPhone, iTouch or Apple Watch and know just when to run out for a little relief.

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Explore and Enjoy The Plunge of Icarus

Total Score:  29.5

The Plunge of Icarus - iconThe Plunge of Icarus is a cinenovel.  If you have never heard of or seen a cinenovel – you are in for a treat.  You can read it like a traditional book, listen to the narrated version and add music. Leave your reality and become part of this new world.   It is a classic hero novel, complete with true love.  It is a cautionary tale about war.  It is a sci-fi story that seems contemporary.  It is hard to imagine you can pack all of that into a novel – but they did.  You are immersed in the story and will not want to leave.

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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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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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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 “Well, Swell Radio App is Well… Swell!”

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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Wake Up WIth Disney – A Can’t Miss Alarm App

Total Score:  28.5

I’m not one of those people who searches for new and different alarm clock apps.  The standard one was fine with me until I discovered Wake Up With Disney for iPhone and iPad.   This app has all the standard functionality of an alarm clock app, but with a Disney twist.  What would be better than to have Donald Duck screaming at you to wake up.  It made me laugh as I was testing it and I really do believe it would make me laugh every morning.  This could be appealing to children, but it’s equally appealing to us grownups.  Why shouldn’t it be, we’ve known Donald for a long time.  Continue reading “Wake Up WIth Disney – A Can’t Miss Alarm App”

Embrace Your Inner Misfit with Misfitopia

Total Score:   26

The folks at Misfit Wearables have created an app, Misfitopia,  that will both inspire and amuse you.  This app is designed to provide you with some interesting content while connecting you to the Misfit community.

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Using the Newsstand App to Support Your Fitness Program

Total Score:  30

Your Newsstand app comes with your iDevice and is one of the handiest around.   It is actually more of a folder, than an app.  You can find magazines to support  any interest, but, for me, it’s a perfect fit for fitness. You can read success stories, see videos of exercises and discover great recipes.   I’ll share a couple of my favorite subscriptions and talk about why I’ve switched from print to digital. Continue reading “Using the Newsstand App to Support Your Fitness Program”

You Have the Perfect Seat With the Orchestra App

Total Score: 29.5

Orchestra by Touch Press is an impressive view of what is possible on an iPad.  On the other hand, maybe it is even beyond what I could have imagined as possible.  It is part theatrical performance, part text, part commentary with music, part musical score and part visual aid showing how musicians combine their talents to play classics.  Most of all it is impressive.  Continue reading “You Have the Perfect Seat With the Orchestra App”