Category Archives: Utilities

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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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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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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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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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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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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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NoteSuite Hits a Homerun – Best App for Notes and Tasks

Total Score:  29

NoteSuite may just be the best note-taking, task-management app I have found.  It has amazing functionality and works well on a day-to-day basis.  I know I’ve said this before, but this is my go to app.  I’ve already recommended it to a number of friends and tested in real-world situations.  As you can tell, I’m pretty impressed with this app.  Read on to find out what functionality makes this app special.

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Glasses.com for iPad – Shopping For Frames Is Super Easy

Total Score: 29

This app, Glasses.com, is the perfect companion to help you shop for frames for your lenses.   I don’t know about you, but when I am standing in a store I would prefer to shop for frames with my glasses on!  This app allows you to see how frames look on your face and order them through the app.  With the information provided, you could, of course, find a local store, go try them on and then arrange for your purchase through them.  I happen to be in the market for new frames, so this app came along at a perfect time.

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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

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Keep it Simple With Analog Camera

Total Score:  27

Gestured based and easy to use, Analog Camera is my new “go to” app for photography. Created by the designers of the marvelous task app,  CLEAR, this app pares down the tasks you need to do into simple pieces and allows you to capture moments and share them with only a few easy gestures.

 

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