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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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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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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ARGUS – Motion and Fitness Tracker by Azumio

Total Score:  29

Azumio has brought themselves to the forefront of fitness apps with their latest version of the Argus – Motion and Fitness Tracker.  Working with the new M7 motion sensor, it captures a significant amount of data.  Whether you have the latest iPhone or not, you’ll find a lot to like with this app.


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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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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!”

Learn Japanese Writing With the Mirai Kana Chart iPad App

Total Score:  29

Japanese handwriting is expressive and beautiful.  Each letter is a small work of art. With the Mirai Kana Chart – Learn the Japanese Hiragana & Katakana Writing System app, you can practice each letter and learn to write in two different language styles.  Hiragana is used when you need to spell out a word, rather than use a kanji or symbol.  Each symbol represents a sound (or mora).  Katakana is used to spell out foreign, technical or scientific words. It is frequently used to spell out the names of Japanese companies.  The app is easy to follow, and I found it quite relaxing to practice the letters.  You can add energy to the process by testing yourself with flashcards.  Continue reading “Learn Japanese Writing With the Mirai Kana Chart iPad App”

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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Time To Go Fishing With the Ultimate Fishing Guide App

Total Score:  27.5

As it says in the app, the best day to go fishing is any day that ends in “Y.”  Is that your motto?  If so, the Ultimate Fishing Guide app will be a good choice for you.   it is feature filled and fun.  Hook up the boat, head out to the lake and explore the app while you wait for a bite.  Continue reading “Time To Go Fishing With the Ultimate Fishing Guide App”

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 “Use a Photo Instead of a Search Word With CamFind”

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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Yahoo! Weather – Beautiful and Accurate

Total Score:   30

If you are interested in an app that offers you varied weather information that is easy to access, then Yahoo! Weather is the app for you.  I’ve reviewed a lot of weather apps, and tried them regularly and I’m finding this new Yahoo! app very appealing. All the information is available by swiping left/right or up/down.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!


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Finish – Stop Procrastinating and Finish Your Tasks

Total Score:  29.5

Finish is a procrastinator’s dream – well, if your dream is to finish things.  This app allows you to see your short-term, mid-term and long-term tasks at a glance.  This app helps you stay focused on what you committed to work on during a certain time and still keeps what’s coming up visible.  You might gather from my app reviews that I have a lot of tasks and I struggle to keep up with them.  That would be completely accurate. I have tried a lot of productivity, to-do type apps and now, Finish is my go to app.

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Winston for iPhone – A Fun Way to Keep Up With News

Total Score:  29

Winston for iPhone is a fun way to keep up with news headlines.  I am a bit of a news junkie, and this app hits a home run for me. It is both informative and fun.

You can enjoy your news narrated by a pleasant voice accompanied by visuals.  As others said, it is kind of like having SIRI read you the headlines.

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