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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

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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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Taskboard – Simple Lists and Visual Worklow

Total Score:  29.5

I have a lot of tasks on my plate.  I continue to search for a simple way to keep track of them.  About a year ago someone told me to write my tasks on index cards and prioritize them by color.  I liked the method, but I couldn’t really keep it up because I needed to see all the tasks at once.  This app, Taskboard – Simple Lists and Visual Workflow is just what I needed.  I love the ability to see an overview of what is outstanding and the ease of moving the tasks around.  I think you will too.     Continue reading

Keep Your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad Healthy with Battery Doctor

Total Score:  27.5

Keeping your iDevices happy is something that is certainly important.  Using a battery app like Battery Doctor HD (for iPad), may prolong the life of your battery.  The science is out as to whether it really works or not, but I can tell you that this app offers you a clear display showing your re-charging progress and is organized in a way to keep from overcharging.   FYI – there are a number of apps titled Battery Doctor.  Be sure to check the icon to ensure you are getting this app.  Continue reading

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Get Peace of Mind with the Essential Travel Checklist App

Total Score:  29.5

I am a list maker, and my iPhone and iPad have certainly added to my ability to keep track of things, but when I found this specialized travel checklist I knew I found something that would be a must-have for organizing my travel experiences.   I am not an adventurous traveler, so if I forget anything I can usually replace it at a local store.  All I face is an inconvenience and a loss of time.  But what if the thing I forgot was something that was critical to the experience – like a special dress for a wedding.  That can move forgetting something from an inconvenience to a major disappointment.  Don’t let that happen, let the Essential Travel Checklist for iPhone and iPad help you keep track of everything you want to do before you go and everything you want to take with you.   Continue reading

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Over 40+ Magnifier and Flashlight

Total Score:  28.5

I can’t believe it took me so long to find Over 40+ Magnifier and Flashlight.   It isn’t often when I find an app that makes me say, “I wish I had thought of that.”  This is certainly one of those times.  In a nutshell, this app magnifies text (or objects) and turns on the flashlight to help you see.  How simple is that?  You can easily think of a number of uses like reading fine print on labels or reading menus in dark restaurants.  I can’t wait to find more ways to use it.   Continue reading

iReminder – To Do and Reminder w/Snooze and Alert – Could This Be the Perfect Fit?

Total Score:  28

I am somewhat of a to-do list junkie.   It’s not that I must have all of them.  It’s that I have had trouble finding just the right one.  I know this comes down to very personal tastes, but iReminder for iPhone and iPad seems to have all the things I am looking for.  It’s easy to enter, I can put in dates and times and it comes up on my iPhone reminder screen.  For me it has to be functional first, but it also needs to be colorful and intuitive.  This app is a perfect fit for me. Continue reading

USB Disk for iPad – Document Transfers Made Easy

Total Score:  28

I went shopping on iTunes for a simple document transfer app. There are a lot of good ones that make use of a cloud, but I wanted one that was between my iPad and me.  USB Disk for iPad and USB Disk Pro for iPad were just what I needed.   Using iTunes, you can easily transfer files from your drives to the app.  Once the files are in the app, you can create folders, move them from one folder to the next and view the files.  It is a handy way to store documents you use regularly.

This app (I use the pro version) gets a thumbs up for sustainability.  I’ve had it downloaded for two years and continue to find it valuable.

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Clear Your Mind and Clear Your Task List with the Clear App

Total Score:  29.5

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

Penultimate – Best in Class iPad Handwriting App

Total Score:  29

I have been looking for an app that would allow me to take notes in meetings, annotate photos and generally help me stay organized.  I have tested a couple of apps that met that need, but until now, none that inspired me like Penultimate.   I started out my test enjoying the features offered – ink colors, moving between pages, cutting, erasing and importing photos.  From that point, I decided I needed to create a book of my own.  First I documented my New Year’s resolutions (if you write them down you are more likely to achieve them), then I decided I needed a fitness journal, and then I decided I wanted to create a life journal and I haven’t even gotten to the work uses yet!  I think this app will exceed your expectations and dare I say it, improve your life! Continue reading

Flashlight App – You’ll find it Indispensable

Total Score:  27.5

One of the necessities of life is a flashlight when you need it.  Can you picture yourself in any of these situations?  Have you ever been at a door and the light is unexpectedly out and you need to find the key hole? Have you ever dropped something in the dark and need to search for it? What do you always have with you?  Your cell phone.  Why not add a tool that can help you solve these problems? I can tell you it came in handy on my last vacation when I was trying to work with a lock that was unfamiliar to me.  It just makes sense to add this Flashlight app to your phone.  It provides you with this basic feature (light) and, actually, a whole lot more. Continue reading

RedLaser – Barcode Reader, QR Scanner, Nutrition Info and Food Allergen Scanner (Oh My!)

Total Score:  25.5

  Have you ever found yourself standing in a store, wishing you could find someone who works there to tell you the price of an item?  Or, stood in an aisle wondering if this store had the best price?  RedLaser can be your friend.  You can scan items, discover the price, and determine how the price compares to other outlets – both local and online. Continue reading

Use Your Handwriting Gold – Easy and Fun List Making

Total Score:  28

The Use Your Handwriting app is one of my favorites.  While I am a decent typist on the tiny iPhone keyboard, using my own handwriting is a treat.   I create grocery lists, lists of DVDs I want to watch, gift lists and to do lists.   Whenever someone asks me why I like my iPhone, this app is one of the first that I demo.  It never fails to get a “Wow.”  The icon for the iPad version is identical. Continue reading