Category Archives: Utilities

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Schedule Your Housework with Tody

Total Score:  29.5

Tody logoI have to admit that I enjoy housework, but tend to procrastinate.   My dream is to commit to a regular schedule of cleaning that doesn’t involve devoting a whole day to the process.  Using the Tody for iPhone or iPad app allows you to plan your long-term and short-term cleaning projects, schedule them and get reminders.   With this app I can balance my work, hobbies and responsibilities and keep a clean house.   I think this is going to become one of my favorite apps.

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Easy Password Maintenance with Passible

Total Score:  29.5
Passible - logoLooking for a way to manage all of your passwords?   Passible (for iPhone or iPad) is an elegant solution. I loaded all my passwords and have used it regularly – if not daily.  I used another password manager for about a year.  I found it easy to add passwords, but hard to find them.  And, my previous app didn’t have the ability to export/import passwords.  So, all my problems are solved and I am an evangelist for this app!

 

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Now Is The Time to Start Your Journal With Day One

Total Score:  29.5

Day One LogoDay One is  the Journal app you have been looking for.  It is super easy to use, combines words and photos, a reminder function and the ability to auto add location and weather.   I admit to having this app installed for a long time.   I just didn’t have the desire to journal or test the app.  One day, after using Loop Journal for a while, I decided to try to use Day One as well.  For about 30 days, I have kept both and find each to have their benefits.  Loop Journal prompts you to enter your thoughts on a specific topic, Day One is more free flowing.

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Capture Your Thoughts With Loop Journal

Total Score:  27
Loop logoLoop Journal is easy to use and makes keeping track of your thoughts and ideas seamless.  I have tried a number of apps with this type of functionality, but none captured my attention like this one.   I look forward to the questions, and often look ahead to see the next day’s question so I can think about it.   I schedule the prompt for early evening when I sit down to relax.   It helps me put my day in context.   I have used it for about two months.  I can’t wait until it circles back next year.

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Photo Reminders Using Voice, Photo, Text

Total Score:  29.5

Photo Reminders_logoThere are certainly many ways to create a reminder.  Photo Reminders uses all the best ways to remind yourself to do something – voice, image and text.  Need peanut butter, snap a photo and send yourself a reminder when you know you are going to the grocery store.   See a great pair of shoes at store.  Snap a photo and send yourself a note to remind you to do an online search.   You’ll think of all kinds of ways to use this app—phone calls to make, classes to attend, medicine to take, etc.

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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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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