I 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.
I 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.
Total Score: 29.5 Looking 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!
Want to lose weight? Log your food with Lose It. It works – all the time. There are a several top apps to log food, Lose It is one of the best. Once you have a clear idea of what you are eating, you’ll naturally adjust, limit, and then change as needed. It is colorful, easy to use, and has a few social aspects that may help you come back often. Give it a try to see what you think.
Update: Lose it has upped their game by adding Apple Watch functionality to the app. For you Watch users, you can add a complication to your watch face that gives you an indicator of how you are doing each day. You’ll see a number (the number of calories you have left in the day) and an up or down arrow. Up means you are over your mark, down means you have some room for that snack. It made this app worth another try.
Day 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.
Total Score: 27 Loop 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.
There 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.
Is Italy on your bucket list? Or do you look at Italian menus and wonder what kind of sauce is going to be on your pasta? Watch a movie and wonder what they just ordered? If so, Italy Foods, is a handy translation app for translating, and learning to pronounce foods in Italian. And, of course, if you are Italian, and want to translate your favorite foods into English, then this is for you as well. Then, add to that the functionality that makes it part diary— you can capture and share your favorite dishes.
Have 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.
I am constantly searching for a great to-do list app. I have tried and used a number of them. All of them work if I put in the effort to keep them up. So, why didn’t I stay with them? I think it’s because I haven’t found one that easily lets me move tasks around, create multiple lists, and frankly is just great looking. Clear has it all. I have been using it for both my personal and work life for about a week now and have been very pleased. I have already recommended it to my friends – which to me is the best review I can give. Continue reading →
For PBS fans, this app offers you the opportunity to learn more about your favorite shows, set alerts so that you do not miss even a minute and get a sneak peek at upcoming programs. Whether you are using the iPad or iPhone/iTouch, you will find this app helpful. The green icon is for iPhone/iTouch devices and the blue icon is for iPad devices. Continue reading →
The ESPN ScoreCenter app is a must have for every sports fan. It provides you with all the game information any fan needs. You have the option to follow almost every sport – it includes baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and water polo. You can follow both professional and NCAA teams. You can keep up-to-date on your favorite teams all the time.