Category Archives: Lifestyle

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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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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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Use a Photo Instead of a Search Word With CamFind

Total Score:  29.5

CamFind allows you to take a photo of something to find out more about it.  That sounds simple when you try an object like an iPod.  You get the expected results, what it is, where you can buy it (relative to where you are) , product reviews and general info.  That is impressive, but nearly as impressive as taking a picture of a flower or a building around you and having it respond, fairly quickly, with everything you would want to know about it.  CamFind delivers amazing results and is likely to settle a bar bet or two.  Continue reading

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Managing Mail Just Got Easier with the Mailbox App

Total Score:  28.5

I have to admit that I wasn’t searching for a new mailbox and was satisfied with the functionality of the one supplied by Apple.  I know there are a lot of better mailboxes out there, but I need one that combines my Google, Yahoo and POP accounts.  Why would I switch to one that only handled my Google account.  Well, the functionality of the Orchestra, Inc. iPad and iPhone Mailbox looked to be significantly improved and it promises to add other options.  With that promise, I downloaded the app and fell in love.

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Group Photos Are Easy With Wave Cam

Total Score:  25

Tired of holding your camera out in front of you to get group pictures?  Wave Cam allows you to set your iPhone down, step back (or sit back) several feet and take a photo. All you do is wave.   It’s great for group photos or more natural looking selfies.  It’s so easy you’ll want to take more and more photos.  Continue reading

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Add Fun to Your Photos With Halftone

Total Score:  29.5

Photography is not my forte so I have not focused on photo enhancing apps. However, I discovered Halftone and think it has the right balance of ease of use and photo sharing that makes it interesting to me. If you share a lot of photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and want to give them a little oomph then I suggest you give this app a try. Halftone takes your photos and through the use of filers and captions, gives them a vintage comic book look and feel.

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Worldictionary Is a Translation Powerhouse

Total Score:  28

Worldictionary is not just another language learning app.  It is packed with options and is the kind of app that you start telling your friends about. The coolest feature is the ability use your phone's camera for word recognition. I'll explain how that works below.  Continue reading

Personalize your Wallpaper with Wallpapers HD

Total Score:  28.5

If you want to give your wallpaper a personal touch, you should try Wallpapers HD.   It allows you to select a wallpaper that fits your interest, your mood, matches your cover or expresses anything you want to on any given day.  There is an iPad and iPhone version so you can make your devices match or give each one a personality.  Continue reading

A Critical App for an Actor’s ToolKit – Hedshotz Pro!

Total Score:  29

Are you an actor, or have you thought about seeking parts in movies to earn some extra money? If this is your chosen path, you need head shots.  Better yet, you need an app that allows you to capture head shots and your résumé and send them to interested parties.  In today’s environment, making connections is critical.  Having your credentials ready to send the moment someone expresses interest could make the difference between getting a part or missing an opportunity.  Of course, there is an app for this, HedShotz! ProContinue reading

Create Collages and Slide Shows With Photo Table

Total Score:  28.5

One of the delights of having an iPhone or iPad is taking and sharing photos.  You can go through your Photos app to display them, or you can spice up the process by creating photo albums, collages and slide shows using Photo Table.  The process is easy and once you get started, it is a bit addictive.

 

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Instagram – Social Media Through Photos

Total Score:  27.5

Instagram is an enormously popular app.  It has over 80 million users.  I’m a little late to the party here, but decided I would be remiss if I didn’t review it as well.  I’m not of the “take a picture of my buddies at a party” generation, but I do think Instagram offers a lot of potential for the casual user.  You could create an account account for just your family or share your hobby with others (more on this below).  Continue reading