Relax and Enjoy 3 Minute Mindfulness

Total Score:  28.5

3 Minute Mindfulness - logoThe 3 Minute Mindfulness app offers you the opportunity to carve out three minutes of relaxation in your busy schedule.  You could do this at work, at home, or while waiting in line to pick up your kids from school.

This is one of those apps that doesn’t do a lot, but does what is promised well.
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Save Precious Photos with Heirloom

Total Score:  29.5
Heirloom - LogoThe Heirloom app came along at just the right time for me.  I am pruning what I store and keep and planned to scan all my photos.  Yes, I have a scanner, but after testing Heirloom, it works much faster and as some reviewers noted, improves the quality of the photo.  I am completely sold on this app!
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Tripcase – Easy Travel Organizer

Total Score:  29

Tripcase iconI love to travel and having an app that organizes all my information is essential.  Tripcase has been my go-to app since 2012.   I’ve looked at others, but this one meets all my needs and addresses some of my privacy concerns.  I use this app whether I am traveling or when family sends me their itinerary so that I can arrange airport pickups.

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Seven Apps That Make The Apple Watch Worthwhile

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Are you considering an Apple Watch but can’t quite decide whether it is for you?   The following is a list of apps that make it a necessity for me, and perhaps worth the money for you.  I am sure the next version of the Watch will introduce a lot of cool new features, but as for me, it’s very useful now.

 

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Apple Maps is a Killer App for the Apple Watch

Total Score:  29.5
Apple Maps LogoI’ve had an Apple Watch for about five months and find a lot to like about it, but when I tried the Apple Maps app, I realized this was a feature I could not live without.   I was able to keep my eyes on the road and get prompts for upcoming turns.  Combined with the phone, I heard audio prompts as well.  If you have a watch and haven’t tried this app, do.  If you don’t have a Watch, you can either use this as a reason to get one – or enjoy the features on your iPhone.

 

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Google Keep Makes Keeping Notes, Lists and Checklists a Breeze

Total Score:  29.5

GoogleKeep LogoI am a big fan of productivity apps and have tried most of the popular ones.  Once I download the app, I begin by being enthused, but eventually they don’t keep me interested.  I think the features and functions of the Google Keep can keep me invested in this one.  The user interface is clean, the learning curve minimal and the functionality is varied to meet many needs.

 

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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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