Twitter – a Mobile Way to Keep up With Your Feeds

Total Score:  28

Twitter  is a must have for frequent Twitter users.   You have most of the functionality of Twitter available on your  PC – wherever you go.   For those of you who haven’t tried Twitter, it can be a fun way to keep connected to the world.  The iPad version has the same logo.


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Facebook – Anytime, Anywhere

Total Score:  27

Facebook app is a must have for frequent Facebook users.   That’s not just me saying it – there are over 1.5 million reviews of the app.  Who knows how many people have downloaded it.  You have most of the functionality of Facebook on your PC – wherever you go.



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Concert Vault – A Treasure Trove of Music

Total Score:  24

Concert Vault logoConcert Vault – the name says it all.  This is a vault of live musical performances in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  This can be a sweet reminder of the concerts you attended or a chance to hear the ones you missed. You may know this app as Wolfgang’s Vault.  They modernized the icon and simplified the name.  You can listen on your iPhone or iPad


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Shazam App – Name that Tune

Total Score:  24

Shazam is a handy app to have when you hear a song and cannot remember the name or artist.  The app listens to the radio or music source (not your singing), identifies the song, album (with cover art), and offers you a link to iTunes in case you want to buy it.  The main purpose is to identify the name of a song – not to listen to music.  The iPad app icon has a silver band around it and the background color is a slightly darker blue. Continue reading “Shazam App – Name that Tune”

Pandora App – Music Your Way

Total Score:  28

   Pandora Radio app is a must-have for music lovers.   You can select any artist, song or composer and the app will play your selected choice first and then other artists/composers/songs with a similar sound.   Many of you are already familiar with the PC version of Pandora. The one difference is the music will play longer before checking to make sure you are still “in the room.”  You might still fill your iPod with personal music, but will find you use this app more than your own tunes.  The icons are identical, but there is a specific app for the iPad.


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Tap & Track App – Lose Weight by Tracking Calories

Total Score:  26.5

Tap & Track is an excellent app for anyone who is serious about taking a positive step towards a healthy weight.   You can log your food, keep track of exercise and weight, and view easy to read charts that show your nutritional info.  There are a number of apps of this type.  Read on to see why this one stands out as one of the best. Continue reading “Tap & Track App – Lose Weight by Tracking Calories”

Online Banking At Your Fingertips

Total Score:  27.5

Having a banking app on your iPhone is extremely helpful.   This, of course, relates to your personal choice of bank.   All of the major banks have an iPhone app, three are shown above – Chase, SunTrust and Bank of America.  Two of the three, Chase and Bank of America also have iPad apps.

They have small differences in functionality, but in this instance you have to choose one to match your bank instead of the features you want.

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TV Guide – No Need for a Printed Book

Total Score:  27

TV Guide app is a great substitute for the printed TV Guide.   The app provides you with a listing of all the channel options in your area.  It has all the functionality of the old TV Guides and features that make it hard to pass up. There is an iPad version of this app. The icon is identical. Continue reading “TV Guide – No Need for a Printed Book”

Kindle App – Books on the go

Total Score: 28

The Kindle App is an enjoyable addition to your iPhone.  Instead of carrying a book with you everywhere, you can always have one handy on your phone.   You download Kindle books through and, if you have one,  sync with your Kindle device.   You can customize your reading experience by changing the background, font or changing from portrait to landscape. The icon for the iPad version of this app is identical to the one above. Continue reading “Kindle App – Books on the go”