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Im sure most of you have thought about how fast 2012 flew by and what you did (and didnt) accomplish. Obviously, now is the time when we all start planning and resolving to do better in 2013. To lend a handbecause thats what we doweve got an entire section of apps geared toward helping you meet your 2013 goals. Fitness, health, time management, organization its all in here. Good luck! We know you can do it! Many of you have the goal of spending more time with the family. (Well, I guess that depends on your family, doesnt it?) Not surprisingly, there are apps for that. In this issue, we introduce a new series that Im very excited about: the Senior Tech Series. Its designed to help you get your favorite senior citizensor, as I like to call them, Silver Surferscomfortable with the latest smartphone and tablet technology. Granted, its a daunting task, but well make it much easier for you and for them. We promise. Soon theyll be rocking out to internet radio and video chatting like pros. They might even teach YOU a thing or two! And finally, Id like to present you with our magazines new look for the New Year. Its mean, clean and streamlined, and we hope you like it as much as we do. Ive really enjoyed seeing the growth and change in the app market over the past year, and the growth and change of our magazine as well. I look forward to a fun-filled 2013 with you!

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5 Health and Fitness in 2013 8 Manage Time & Organize Your Life 11 4 Steps to Keep Your Devices Sanitary 14 Organize Your Smartphone 16 5 Ways to Use the iCloud 19 Safely Back Up Your Phones Data 22 Get Your Brainpower On 25 New Year, New You 28 Get Control of Your Financial Planning

Ultimate App Buyers Guide

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32 34 38 68 Do You Need a Phablet? Tablet Showdown iPhone 5 Q&A Getting Grandpa on the Grid 74 Xbox SmartGlass Shines 85 How to Move to a New Smartphone

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72 76 79 82 88 91 94 96 The Top 5 Survival Apps 7 Apps for Car Enthusiasts The 10 Best Apps for Home Repair The 10 Best Apps for Babysitters The Hottest New Game Apps The Best Spring Gardening Apps Top 8 Apps to Rock Your Spring Break App Laughs

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Apps to Manage Your Time and Organize Your Life


Get more done in the New Year

Germ Warfare You Wont Believe Whats on Your Phone


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Get Your Apps in Order


Effective ways to organize your smartphone

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Five Innovative Ways to Use the iCloud


Theres so much more than synching your iTunes

Backup Guide for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones


Safely back up your phones data

Get Your Brainpower On


Fun ways to sharpen your mind

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New Year, New You


Time for a change

Get Control of Your Financial Planning


Take charge of your money management

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MARCH 2013 EDITORIAL Erin Lang Masercola - Editorial Director Margaret Kavanagh - Editor William Bonin, Andy Broome, Becky Ermer Buczek, Sean Cooper, Simon Hill, Kara Hiltz, Bob Hulsy, Sean Kavanagh, Garrett Kim, Robert Kim, Torrey Kim, Carolyn Koh, Suzanne Leder, Sarah Terry - Contributing Writers Paul Graff - Art Director Eric Knagg - Cover Design

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32 34 38 68 74 85 Do You Need a Phablet?
Whether theyre worth your time and money

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Tablet Showdown
A look at the latest full-sized and mini tablets

iPhone 5 Q&A
More masterful tips from our Apple guru

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Getting Grandpa on the Grid


Seniors and smartphones and tablets, oh my!

Xbox SmartGlass Shines


Microsofts mobile maneuver

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How to Move Your Old Data to a Shiny New Smartphone


Just upgrading or switching teams altogether?

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72 76 79 82 88 91 94 96 The Top 5 Survival Apps
Dont leave home without them!

7 Apps that Car Enthusiasts Cant Live Without


Auto buffs have new tech tools to fuel their fun

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The 10 Best Apps for Home Repair


Who knew your smartphone could hold a toolbox?

The 10 Best Apps for Babysitters


Keep kids safe, secure and sleeping tight
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The Hottest New Game Apps


Enjoy the best new games and new twists on old favorites

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The Best Spring Gardening Apps


No matter where you live or what you love to grow

Top 8 Apps to Rock Your Spring Break


Must-have apps for your ultimate vacation

App Laughs
Enjoy a few giggles from Andy Broome
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Make & Keep Your Resolutions with Apps
The parties are over, its a brand new year, and you start thinking about all those things you want to accomplish over the next 365 days. This year, you really ARE going to lose weight and get healthy! And youre going to start saving money for retirement and clean out your closets. Really! Youre even going to raise your IQ and raise your own vegetables. Really! And were going to help you. Weve got pages and pages of apps to help you help yourself make and keep your resolutions this year. Really!

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Its the New Year and while we all make promises to ourselves to make some changes each time one of these rolls around, why not make this the year to make it happen? After all, there is no time like the present and with so many great tools out there to help, it looks like 2013 could be the year to set and reach those health and fitness goals that can only make you feel better.

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Daily Yoga (All-in-One)


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Discover your inner yogi this year with the Daily Yoga (All-inOne) app. Through video and voice instruction, this app guides you through various durations and difficulty levels of 36 yoga sessions and over 300 poses. Relaxing yet effective, this app provides you with all you need to keep up weight loss, body toning and the therapeutic benefits that come from practicing yoga.

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Strengthen and tone your abs in just 5 minutes a day! Does that sound too good to be true? Why not test it out with the Daily Ab Workout? This app offers 5- to 1 0minute abdominal routines for men and women that step you through 1 0 of the best ab-sculpting exercises out there. A certified personal trainer demonstrates the exercises to help you achieve that e b by six-pack in no time. BlackBerry users try: NickelBuddy LLC, $2.99.
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If you could use a little help managing your diabetes, then check out Glucose Buddy: Diabetes Log. This app is a data storage utility for people with diabetes that allows users to log their blood glucose, carbs, medication, activities, A1 C, blood pressure and weight. It also provides great visuals such as graphs and calendars, as well as convenient reminders so you wont forget to test. This tool is a by MobiDala, great way to take control of your diabetes and move on to better health. BlackBerry users try: G $3.99.

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Use this app to turn your phone into a heart rate monitor. By placing the tip of your index finger on the phones camera, your phone quickly and accurately registers your heart rate and a real-time chart shows your every heartbeat. Use it for optimizing your exercise, tracking progress and managing your stress levels... the fitter you get, the lower your heart rate will be.

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If you are feeling like a couch potato and want to get up and get moving, try the Couch-to-5K app. This beginner program starts slow and lets you challenge yourself as you progress. You choose your own interactive coach who will motivate you and keep you on track. This training plan gives you all you need to get motivated and inspired, get connected with others and track your progress. Its the perfect app for anyone looking to get into shape.

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Sometimes you might find yourself pulling that paper a little closer or squinting to read a road sign, but you just havent made it to the eye doctor for whatever reason. If you are one of those people who havent had your eyes tested in a couple of years, this app could help you keep things in check. It contains a number of eye tests and questions to evaluate your eyes for a variety of things including visual acuity, astigmatism, and color tests. While it isnt a replacement for an eye doctor visit, it certainly can be a good place to start.

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If you are looking for a way to make exercise fun, then look no further. By utilizing the addicting leveling system of games and combining it with your workouts, Fitocracy motivates and empowers you to succeed at fitness. Track your workouts, earn points, unlock achievements, beat quests, and slay the lazy dragon all while getting fit and healthy. An on-line community also offers the opportunity to get daily inspiration and join in on conversations with fellow users. The creators of this app had a mission to make exercise and fitness more addictive and accessible for everyone and they have succeeded!

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Want to learn more about what is going into your body and how to make better choices? This is an app that can do that for you. Fooducate grades your groceries on nutrition from an A to D, explains whats really inside each product, and then suggests healthier alternatives. Use the barcode scanner to learn about a particular product, search for products from the library, or submit a new product for analysis. Fooducate is like a nutritionist at your fingertips and by utilizing this helpful information, you can lose weight, eat real food, and get healthy.

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Burn more calories than you take in losing weight really comes down to that simple fact. The Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker helps with this task by making it fast and easy to obtain nutritional information for over 2 million foods in its database. This app allows for easy and fast food entry, it remembers your favorites, and it allows you to add foods and even save entire meals. In addition to tracking calories, you can also track exercise and customize your own goals. Overall, its a great app to help you keep things on track, and its available for most phones and tablets.

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LIVESTRONG MyQuitCoach Dare to Quit Smoking


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LIVESTRONG MyQuitCoach is there to help you drop the smoking habit. This physician-approved, interactive and easy-to-use app creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. Evaluate your current status, set attainable goals, and adjust preferences according to your needs. You have the option to choose to quit smoking right away or gradually decrease your nicotine intake tracking the times you smoke and have nicotine cravings along the way. With the help of motivational tips, progress charts, and achievement badges, this app can help you reach your goal of being smoke free. BlackBerry users try: Q Sm r by Vimukti Technologies, $1 .99.
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Get more done in the New Year with these powerful apps
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If your New Years resolution is to get more organized or improve your time management, youre not alone. And with the busy nature of the modern hustle-and-bustle lifestyle, staying on-task and getting everything done is a huge challenge. Although it may seem like an extra few hours added into the day is the only solution, you might be surprised at how these apps can enhance your organizational skills and help you accomplish more in your daily grind.

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Considered one of the top task-management apps, this app is easy-to-use and effective at helping you manage your time and stay organized. Sort your tasks between your Today list and other dates, and then check them off as you complete the tasks. You can organize your tasks by various categories, including Projects and Areas of Responsibility, as well as by tags to assign priorities and personal workflow. Add to-do items quickly and easily, and then store all your to-dos in the Things Cloud. The app is made for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, so you can use it on all your Apple devices.

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Capture and organize all your tasks and to-do items in one place, compiling tasks and ideas from voice recordings and notes with integrated data from your Outlook or Google Calendar. Get reminders and alerts based on location and time. This app automatically organizes your to-do tasks by date, time, location and keywords. You can even make your own categories and tags in the app.

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Toodledo is a mobile to-do list on steroids. The app filters and prioritizes your most important tasks, creating an automatic smart list, analyzes your tasks to configure the best use of your time, and generates alarms for tasks that are due soon. Customize the many features of the app to match your productivity style, and sort your lists using various different fields like Due Date, Goal, or alphabetically. You can even upload and attach files to your tasks, create subtasks and share your tasks for collaborative projects or family tasks. More than 50 third-party tools make Toodledo compatible with Android, BlackBerry and other platforms (visit the Toodledo website for more info).

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If there was ever an app that could make you into a Super Mom, this is the one. With the 2012 Appy Award for best family/parenting app, Cozi can whip your family organization into shape! Organize your calendar, grocery list and to-do lists, and much more in a shared format that the whole family can access and modify. The shared calendar, shopping lists, to-do lists and family journal syncs with all family members and generates timely reminders via text or email messages. Youll never forget the toilet paper or a soccer practice again.

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Family Organizer: Shared To-Do+Calendar+Grocery Lists


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This three-in-one app incorporates your grocery lists, to-do lists and calendar in one handy, shareable space. Create multiple grocery and to-do lists, get email reminders of pending tasks and calendar items, and even sync your lists with your calendar with pop-up reminders. Access your Family Organizer account from your computer or mobile device any time. Share lists and calendars with your family members, friends or roommates. The app even has a shared message board and offline back-up functions.

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Organize your daily life with simple to-do lists and basic task-management. You can add a task manually or directly from your email, collaborate with others to share your lists via email or social media, and synchronize your tasks on both your computer and mobile device. Drag and drop tasks to rearrange their order in a list or move them to a different list. Click on the star icon to track your most important tasks. Set reminders, add notes to your tasks, and enjoy high-level data protection and security.

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One of the most popular task-management apps, Remember The Milk allows you to track, prioritize and check off tasks quickly and easily. You can set time estimates, deadlines, tags and a whole lot more. Back up your tasks and notes by synching with Remember The Milk online, and set up reminders via text, email or instant message. You wont forget a thingincluding the milkever again.

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Employing high-level data security, eWallet is a one-stop app to organize and remember all your various passwords. Protect all your passwordsfrom online banking to personal identification (PIN) numbers to email passwords. This password manager helps you to remember all your passwords while keeping them safe and secure. Using eWallet, you can create stronger passwords, instead of resorting to easy-to-remember weak ones. The app even has a built-in password generator to help you create super strong passwords. Android and iOS users who dont want to pay for this type of app can try the free c B x app by GEE! Technologies.

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This fairly pricey but multifunctional app can make you into a timemanagement and organizational superstar, even when nothing else seems to work. One of the many great features is the ability to organize your tasks by different contexts, such as by goal instead of calendar date. You can plan out your errands using a map mode to save time. Break up large tasks or projects into smaller steps that you can track and check off individually. You can attach pictures, audio and notes to your tasks as well, so you can capture your thoughts and turn them into actionable to-do items. For iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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STEPS TO KEEP YOUR DEVICES SANITARY

You wont believe whats on your phone but well tell you how to get it off.

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Your touchscreen could have more germs on it than a toilet seat. So the next time youre down-and-out with a nasty stomach bug or home from work for a week with the flu, you can blame your illness on your smartphone or tablet. A 2010 Stanford University study published in the Journal of Microbiology found that a smartphone can carry more germs than a toilet in a subway bathroom. In fact, screens on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are so great at harboring and spreading germs that sharing the device is tantamount to sneezing in someones face, the study revealed. Why are these devices so particularly adept at harboring germs? Because theyre warm (microbes love warmth) and they come into contact with lots of surfacesespecially hands. Here are the best ways you can prevent your mobile devices from becoming hotbeds of germs:
1. Wash Your Hands! Most germs on your devices surfaces come from your own hands. In fact, a 2009 study published in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials found that about 30% of the bacteria on smartphones ends up on your hands. Another study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology discovered that up to 30% of viruses can transfer from your fingertips to a touchscreen surface. You can prevent germs from getting onto your smartphone or tablet by washing your hands often, especially after using the bathroom. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and antibacterial soap, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever possible. 2. Keep It Close Your smartphone doesnt pick up germs from only your handsevery time you set your device down on a surface, its picking up any bacteria or viruses that are on that surface. Keep your smartphone in your pocket, bag or purse when youre not using it. And whatever you do, dont set your phone down on any surface in a public restroom.

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E. coli - Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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Sharing your smartphone or tablet is also asking for trouble. If you want to show your friends a photo on your device, hold it yourself instead of handing it over. 3. Clean It Effectively cleaning smartphones and tablets is like a high-wire balancing actyou need to kill as many germs as possible (preferably 100%), but at the same time you dont want to damage your touchscreen or other device components. Although highly effective, alcohol isnt an ideal cleaner for touchscreen devices and can seriously damage your screen over time. Apple warns against using alcohol, ammonia and other solvent-natured chemicals on touchscreens.

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HML Labs in Muncie, Indiana tested eight randomly chosen smartphones for how well general and coliform bacteria stood up to various cleaning methods. Swabbing with isopropyl alcohol was by far the most germ-destroying method, with 99.9% to 100% killing power. Windex killed up to 98.9% of germs, while Nice N Clean Electronic Cleaning Wipes killed only 96% of germs at most. A wipe-down with water killed only 20%. Despite the multitude of smartphone and tablet cleaning products, very few actually provide any disinfecting power. But there are a few products on the market that may offer a comparable germ-killing power to alcohol:

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Although most of the germs on your smartphone or tablet are relatively harmless and not extremely likely to cause illness, there are a specific few that are especially scary. In fact, the most dangerous bacteria are those that typically come from fecal matter. And according to a recent study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London, theres a lot of poop on your phone. The researchers discovered that of the swab samples from 390 smartphones, about 1 in 6 contained bacteria associated with fecal matterspecifically, E. coli. Here are some of the most prevalent types of germs found on mobile devices: E. coli This infectious bacterium is frighteningly common because it naturally lives in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. Certain types of E. coli are especially harmful and can be fatal.

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Campylobacter This bacterium causes the infectious disease called campylobacteriosis, which is among the most common diarrheal illnesses in the U.S. Salmonella Infants, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems can become hospitalized or even die from the infection caused by this bacterium. Viruses Numerous types of viruses can live on your touchscreen, including those that cause the flu and other illnesses. Novovirus is among the most common virus in the U.S. and most people who believe they have the stomach flu or food poisoning actually have this virus. Staphylococcus aureus About one-quarter of phones contained this bacterium, which commonly lives on the skin peacefully until it enters the bloodstream, where it can cause illness.

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Monster CleanTouch Made by Sony and retailing for $19.99, Monster CleanTouch comes with a bottle of CleanTouch cleaning solution and a microfiber Clean Cloth. The product is made especially to clean and disinfect touchscreens. Sony boasts that this kit will remove fingerprints, smudges, dirt, grime and grease without harming the delicate screen. Also, the microfiber Clean Cloth purportedly eradicates bacteria, germs and other microbes using antimicrobial AEGIS technology. ZAGGfoam Gadget Cleaning Kit Retailing for $9.99, this cleaning kit kills bacteria and other microorganisms on contact and is safe for touchscreens. The kit comes with a foam canister and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

4. Best Bet: Case It Protective cases are one of the best ways to protect your devices delicate screen and other surfaces while still allowing total sanitation. Cases allow you to completely disinfect your device with more effective cleaners, such as alcohol or bleach-based solutions, which can eradicate all bacteria and viruses. OtterBox OtterBox makes cases for nearly every brand and model of smartphone, as well as most tablets. You can also choose from a range of different types of cases, such as the Defender, Reflex and Commuter Series. OtterBox makes cases for most types of tablets and e-readers, such as iPads, Kindles, Nooks and others. Case-Mate Case-Mate makes protective cases for iPhone 5, iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy S III. The cases come in a wide range of colors, patterns and styles. You can even go on Case-Mates website to Match-a-Case, allowing you to connect your Facebook profile to find cases that match with your personal style or even your favorite outfit. Pexagon Pexagon makes custom cases for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Specifically, you can find cases for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, as well as cases for BlackBerry, HTC and Samsung smartphones. Pexagon even has custom cases for the Amazon Kindle.

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Fellowes Touch Screen Cleaning Sachets Interestingly, this particular product consists of antibacterial wet and dry cleaning sachets that do contain alcohol. But the product has just 1% alcohol content, yet still claims to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

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Simple and effective ways to organize your smartphone screens


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When a new year begins, many people get motivated to organize their lives. In fact, you may have already de-cluttered your home and cleaned out your car. Maybe youve even organized those thousands of pictures on your computer. But dont overlook the area of your daily life that you probably touch on even more than your home, your car, and your computeryour smartphone. Here are a few tips for organizing your smartphone apps so that you can work faster and smarter.

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dock at the bottom of your screen. These apps display no Before you begin the task of organizing your smartmatter what home screen youre viewing, so theyre phone, take a few minutes to think about which apps you always available. Another option is to simply place these use at least two or three times a day. Those apps are the apps outside of a folder on your main home screen. ones that youll want to access quickly and easily without too much swiping or tapping. How you choose to keep these apps accessible depends on what kind of phone you have and the apps functionality. d remember that widgets are a good way to view app data without having to launch an app. Keep widgets in mind as an option for frequently used apps. They wont work for every app, but they minimize clutter while keeping apps at your fingertips. Shortcuts are another good way for Android users to organize their screens. Shortcuts are more specific than apps and can really get to the heart of what you do most frequently. For instance, you can add a shortcut to a specific person from your contacts or a bookmark from your browser. o e s you might want to keep frequently used apps in the Apps organized by category Apps organized by action

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The most common way to organize your phones apps is to group them by category. Depending on what kind of phone you have, these groups may be folders or home screens that you can scroll through. Put the Act Back in Action The key is that youre lumping Categories are great, but another together apps with similar content. organization method may make more i , Your groups may include sense to some smartphone users. This ,S i l P d c i i , Fi method is based on the actions you N i , etc. take with your smartphone. What is For iPhone users, this process is your thought process when you select simplified by each apps genre. an app to open? You want an end Basically, apps already have a group result: You want to read the news, play assigned to them. You can choose to music, connect with friends, or shop for use Apples groups or you can define gifts. These verbs might make better your own. The easiest way to get a groups than categories do. birds-eye look at all of your apps and Whether youre sorting apps by their pre-assigned genres is to plug folder or by screen, try grouping them Sorting apps by category in iTunes your iPhone into your computer and based on what they can accomplish for do some organizing through iTunes. folder may you. For instance, a Not only can you see every app youve downloaded (even include your music apps and audiobooks. Whereas sorting by those youve deleted), but you can also sort them. category lumps audiobooks with other books and reading Viewing apps by genre can give you a head start on material, grouping apps by action puts them in the organizing your apps, and it can also show you what catefolder. And when youre going out for your jog, youll have gories to scrap if they dont make sense to you. For every option for listening in the same location. instance, I wouldnt know what to put in a folder labeled Organizing apps by action may not work for everyone, i . Youll also see which categories to break down but its a second option for those who get frustrated by catfurther. (You can only have 12 apps in a folder.) For instance, egories that seem to have some gray area. you may need two folders for games. You might use more and R i specific game categories, like W rd G Or you might organize them by who uses them, like Theres an App for That and . Kid G Youre probably shocked to learn that there are apps that To view apps by genre, select App in the left sidebar in can help streamline your smartphones organization. Android at the top. This view tells you iTunes, and then click P ,P r p, and users should check out m B , all of which can give you more home screen interface options. BlackBerry users may want to think about 2 to consolidate several social networkusing S c ing apps and save screen space. Organizing your smartphone is half science and half art. While youre sorting apps, dont be afraid to clean Its extremely personal because everyones mind works a house at the same time. If you havent launched an app little differently. Weve given you the tools to get started, in two months, odds are that you dont need it on your but you should organize based on your own habits and phone. In cases where you want to keep an app around workflow. Need some inspiration? Check out firstand20.com even if you dont use it often, it might be a good idea to for a collection of iPhone and iPad screens from designers, keep these in case apps in a separate folder or on developers, and tech writers. your last home screen. In short, tuck these apps away.

exactly how many apps of each genre you own. You can also select your iPhone device in iTunes and click at the top to go to your organization screen. Sort your list of apps by category (the same as genre) to view specific apps.

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Theres so much more than synching your iTunes


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You may know by now that Apples iCloud storage system can back up your files and store your music, but it has myriad other uses as well, many of which integrate seamlessly with your favorite apps. Check out our five inventive techniques to maximize the potential of your iCloud youll be over the moon with all the possibilities.

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1. GarageBand
($4.99, Apple Inc.) You may see yourself as a budding Jay-Z or NeYo, mixing and editing music until youve added all of the sounds in your arsenal to create something original. Wondering what others might think of your creation? GarageBand allows you to do just that. As many longtime Mac users know, GarageBand gives you the ability to record your own music and mix it with your bandmates sounds to create a solid digital recording. However, because most people mix their GarageBand music directly on a desktop or laptop computer, it can be tough to share those tunes with friends. Thats where the iCloud comes in. When you create a song on your computer, you can upload it to the iCloud. Then when you run into a friend or better yet, you happen to come across a music producer in a restaurant you can access your account through your mobile device such as an iPod or iPhone, and play it out loud for them. Keep in mind that like all music, your own GarageBand songs take up space on your iCloud Forgot a friends mailing account, which you typically pay for based on how address but dont have your phone much storage youre using. So be sure to delete songs handy? Use your computer to sign into if you export them to a different format or you no longer need to access them on the iCloud account. the iCloud at www.iCloud.com, and view

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($6.99, Readdle Inc.) Youre in the store trying to return a broken blender that you just bought the day before, but the clerk refuses to accept it without a receipt and you dont have it in your wallet. If you had scanned the receipt with Scanner Pro, youd have access to it from iCloud. Scanner Pro allows you to scan documents by taking screenshots with your iPhone or iPad, then upload them to the iCloud and access them from your other devices. For instance, you can bring up your scanned documents using your iPad, even if you scanned them on your phone. The concept isnt exclusively for receipts. Ive used it to make copies of documents on my iPhone and bring them up later via the iCloud on my desktop at home.

3. Find My iPhone
(Free, Apple Inc.) You may already be aware of the benefits of this amazing app, which allows you to pinpoint the exact location of your iPhone, iPod or iPad by accessing an app on a different device. What many people dont realize, however, is that if you dont have two devices (one thats lost and another with a Find My iPhone app), you can still locate your phone using iCloud. To do so, just log into your account via the internet at www.icloud.com/ #find and the site does the work for you. Youll see the locations of all of your partner devices, marked by name. You can also tell the iCloud to play a sound on your lost device so you can locate it via sound if its nearby. The only caveat is that you must have location services turned to the on position on your devices, or the iCloud wont be able to locate them. To do this, go to C oud, then toggle d My iP one to O . Se t

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account by ensuring that youre file sharing with family members when applicable, and accessing the iCloud every time you need it.

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($4.99, Appigo) Youve got a to-do list, but you arent sure how to share the items on it with your family members, friends, and other people in your group. If youre using the ToDo app, you can manage your lists and share them using the iCloud. Once youre in the app, youll add tasks to your list or check off tasks youve completed, and then sync with the iCloud. That way, if other people who share the account go into the app, theyll see which tasks youve revised. In addition, youll always have a backup of your running list in case anything should happen to your mobile device.

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($1 .99, SVT Software) Forget about collecting receipts from your family members a few times a week and manually entering them into the paper checkbook. Now each family member can update the checkbook in real-time using this app, and you can access each others data using the iCloud. You can see everything your fellow account users deposited into your account, what they spent, and updates to your balance. To use the feature, go to your app settings and select the iCloud Sync option. Interestingly, with the iCloud option you can also access all of your old data. That way, you can figure out what you spent at each location useful at tax time or if youre creating a budget.

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Way back when, many iTunes users got a default iCloud account for free and then forgot about it. However, the accounts that offered 20 GB of free storage expired in October 2012, and users had to either upgrade to the paid version or downgrade to the free option. In other words, pay an annual fee or keep it to under 5 GB for free. But the benefit of iCloud goes beyond iPod backups. You can share documents with everyone who shares your iCloud account, and you can upload documents to the service that you dont want on your device but you want to access later. Plus, thanks to iClouds storage capability, many people have been able to backup, restore, and re-access their documents after a crash. Basically, iCloud is a wireless data storage AND synchronization system thats built into your Apple devices, and iTunes. Everything goes there, gets synchronized, and then gets shot back out to your devices. So, email, calendars, and contacts are synched across devices. To control what else is synched on your device, go to Settings > iCloud and toggle the listed items On or Off. Tip: Your backed up documents, data, mail and so on take up space in the iCloud, but stuff you purchase from the iTunes store doesntits streamed to your other devices when needed.

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You dont need an iPhone to safely back up your phones data
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Vowing to back up your data on a regular basis is the second most frequently broken New Years Resolution, only edged out by pledges to lose weight. But backing up your smartphones data is a lot easier than losing weight, so theres no reason for you to break that resolution this year. When it comes to automatic backup, Apple certainly spoiled its users with iClouds easy backup of settings, contacts, photos, messages and more. But what if you dont use an iPhone? Worry not: options are available to you. Were here to help you learn exactly how to safely back up your phones information so youre always protected.

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Users of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) have long complained of the inadequacy of the built-in backup features. Backing up your WP7 is like a trip back to the dark ages of smartphones: you connect your phone to your home PC running Zune software (or a Mac running Windows 7 Phone Connector) and sync your data. Zune does allow for wireless sync, but only to your home PC via your homes wireless network; no cloud-based backup functionality is included. Lets face it: hooking up your phone to your PC is a drag. Something seems to go wrong half the timethe phone never stops saying Do Not Disconnect or the required syncing software crashes, your computer fails to recognize your devicethe list goes on and on. Even if you go through the process of connecting to your PC once a week to sync all your data, that still leaves at least six days of material on your phone that you could lose at any time. However, with the recently released Windows Phone 8, you finally have the kind of full-featured and automated cloud-based backup options that youve come to expect from other smartphones. With WP8, youll be able to automatically sync all your device settings, apps, photos, videos and even text messages to the cloud. By integrating SkyDrive into the Windows Phone 8, users can now safely back up all sorts of data directly to the cloud. No more synching with your PC required!

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For fans of the BlackBerry, docking the phone to a PC is the most common backup method. If you are using a BlackBerry in corporate surroundings with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, wireless backup is also an available option. (Whether your system administrator is willing to enable the feature is a different story.) But with Research in Motions release of BlackBerry Protect, with cloud-based storage and find my phone features like that of Apples iCloud, backing up your BlackBerry is about to get a whole lot easier. Schedule your automatic backup of contacts, calendars and text messages to be performed daily or weekly. Monthly is also an option but we did vow to start backing up regularly didnt we? c If youve misplaced your phone, go to the portal and remotely lock your phone. That will prevent snoops from looking at your phones contents. If you think your phone is nearby, you can force it to ring loudly. If you suspect it may have been left in a bar or a taxi, you can use the BlackBerry Protect map tracking page to see your phones location. Should you sadly come to the conclusion that your BlackBerry has run away from home and is never coming back, you do have the ability to invoke a remote data wipe. The BlackBerry Protect portal also allows you to access your data backups via the internet. BlackBerry Protect is available for free on BlackBerry App World.

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mention that enabling the feature requires a trip to the menu d e. titled Reset? Thats a menu I think most people steer clear of when theyre not sure what theyre looking for. But what about your photos, video and text messages? For that you have to look at third-party c is a free apps. S app that syncs your text messages up to your Gmail account. Your archived text messages will appear in your Gmail account with the label SMS. If youre looking at an everything solution, take a e c p from look at Sprite Mobile. At $4.95, Sprite Backup syncs everything on your phonecall logs, ringtones, photos, video, etc. and includes 2GB of storage space on Box.net or Dropbox. Naturally, automatic scheduling options are included.

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c is similar to Sprite Mobile in that it is a complete cloudbased backup and restore app. What makes MyBackup Pro so impressive is that it is available on all three platforms: Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. As a result, you can back data up from one device to the cloud and then restore it to a device running on a different platform. Lets say youve had enough of Windows Phone and have decided to take the plunge and purchase an Android Phone. Back your data up from your Windows Phone using MyBackup Pro and then restore all your data back down to your newly purchased Android device. Pretty slick! m e g e h check out our article How to Move Your Old Data to a Shiny New Smartphone on page 85 in this issue.

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This highly praised app backs up *all* your data in one cloud-based location. Access all of your backed up data via MyBackup Pros web portal. Available on multiple smartphone platforms, this $5.00 app is the ultimate set it and forget it solution.

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Fun ways to sharpen your mind in the New Year
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You walk into a room and forget what you went in there for, youre introduced to someone and moments later you forget her nameall signs that the noggin might need to be sharpened up a bit. In this age of technology and gadgets that do everything for us, our brains have more opportunities to get a little lazy. Add the fact that the years are creeping up on us and it becomes downright necessary to figure out how to exercise our brains. Make this year the one to get that brain back in fighting shape and who knows, you may even find yourself calculating that tip with a plain old pencil and paper.

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Math Workout makes math fun and sharpens your brain all at once. This app is a set of daily brain training exercises and math drills designed to enhance mental arithmetic. Once youve mastered certain skills, you can unlock the next level so you really begin to see the improvement of your math capabilities. Fun and challenging for anyone who would like to build up math skills. BlackBerry users try: by Phone Funda, $0.99.

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Exercise your brain with these 70 logic games and you will be relaxed and challenged at the same time. Whether you choose to plant trees in a park, help campers with their tents, or try your hand at a maze of bricks, each of the games included is sure to get your brain working to figure out the correct solution. Weve heard a few complaints about glitches in one or two games, but overall, the majority of the free 70 games are highly rated and enjoyable.

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No need to stay at home with all those puzzle pieces spread out on your dining room table. With this app you can bring them with you and work on them anytime you want. Use one of the 60 preloaded puzzles or turn one of your own photos into a jigsaw puzzle to solve. Puzzles can have up to 100 pieces that you can move and rotate in your quest to complete your project. Once you do complete it, you even have the 2 by option to share your handiwork with friends. Android users try: z G JeegSoft, Free.

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Memory Fun is a challenging and addictive game to train your memory capacity, focus and concentration. With an easy to use interface, multiple levels of difficulty, and a wide selection of card images, this app will keep you entertained and having fun while exercising your visual memory. Choose between the training, easy, or brainiac levels and stay attentive as concentration is key in this game.

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If you like traditional word searches, this app gives you that experience with a twist. This app provides you with 16 categories of words to search for and in addition, each word list is clickable so that you can learn more about the words. Learn about things such as food and wine all the way to science, sports, and geography. Its the perfect way to learn some trivia while sharpening your word search skills. by Spice, Free. BlackBerry users try:

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If you are looking to expand your vocabulary and be social at the same time, then Words with Friends is a great choice. Based on a familiar format, Words with Friends starts with one player creating a word, then players take turns forming words horizontally or vertically sharing at least one tile with an existing word on the board. With this app you can play with friends or match-make instantly with a random opponent and the turn based design lets you play up to 20 games simultaneously. So get ready to start using that brain (and dictionary) to score i by RJ Softwares, Free. some points! BlackBerry users try: x

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We all like the sense of things being new and each January we get a chance to reflect on our lives and try to find things that we can do to improve in the year to come. Whether its our looks, our health, our homes, or our attitude, theres usually something we can do to take things up a notch and the following apps can help to get things started.

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If you want to try a new look, check out this app. With it, you can download your own photo or choose from a variety of models to try all different combinations of eye makeup, lip colors, hairstyles, hair colors, accessories and more. For a quicker and easier option, try the one-click makeovers for season-specific and special occasion makeovers. Once youve found a look that you like, you can shop on-line for the products and you can even share your new look with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SMS, or email. Windows Phone users try: MagicMirror by Touch Multimedia, $2.49.

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Have you ever wished for an easy way to keep up with the clothes you have in your closet? Stylish Girl Fashion Closet can help with that. This app allows you to photograph each piece of clothing that you own and catalog them so that your entire wardrobe becomes virtualized. You can then use the app to mix and match your own clothes into different outfits without ever having to try anything on. In addition, you can shop online at Shopstyle.com to see how something new might fit into your current collection. With the option to access celebrity fashion styles, selected blogs and magazines, you will not only be organized but youll have new sources of inspiration to try something new.

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If you would like a new look, this app can help you find it. Youll see the latest fashion outfits from around the world through images from street style, fashion blogs, celebrities, fashion editors and runways. You can browse outfits, save your favorites, and then click on the image to see similar items, where to buy them, and even find items that are on sale and which stores offer the cheapest options. With hundreds of fashion ideas for clothing, shoes, accessories, and handbags, this app is sure to inspire your inner fashionista.

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If you are looking for interior or exterior design ideas, look no further than Houzz Interior Design Ideas. It has the largest database of home design ideas on the internet and has a database of over 700,000 photos. You can browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual idea book, which you can then save and search. The app also helps you find local designers, contractors, and architects to help with your project and they can browse your idea book to see your ideas and how they can be implemented. Whether building a house, remodeling or just looking to redecorate, z by this app is a must have! Android users, take heart, theres an app coming! Windows Phone users try: byteNine, Free.

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Whether we know it or not, everyone could probably use a little boost in the area of relationships. Married or dating, relationships can be hard and in order to keep things on the right path, there needs to be patience, communication and a commitment to make things work. The 101 Relationship Tips app is a nice way to read about ideas to build, strengthen, and improve your relationship. While some may seem simple and easy, they will cause you to stop and reflect on how you might do things differently to help overcome obstacles and enhance your connection with your partner. Little steps taken every day can add up to big success.

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Learn valuable tips from the top business motivation pros with this app that helps remind you why you started the job in the first place. Leadership tips right at your fingertips with 90 video clips to demonstrate the principles. Get a Daily Dose of Confidence from this coach in your pocket that can even help you work through departmental conflicts. Dale Carnegie & Assoc. puts its 100 years of experience behind Secrets of Success to help you work out those people issues that are bound to crop up from time to time. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

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Life is busywe get it. Between driving the kids to soccer practice, working overtime and spending quality time with your spouse, managing your finances is probably the last thing on your mind. But dont worry, weve got a host of investing, banking and retirement apps that make financial planning fun and easy (well maybe just the latter).

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It seems like everyone, including your great aunt Florence, has a Facebook account these days. Companies have taken notice, creating Facebook and Twitter accounts of their own. Twitter may limit Tweet length to 140 characters, but its become a hot place for business news, and StockTwits is the place to connect. Find out which stocks are being tweeted about the most and trending worldwide. Connect with traders and join in the conversation. Tracking your top stocks is quick and painlesssearch for stocks by stock symbol and receive real-time stock prices.

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Retirement planning can be a real bore, but it doesnt have to be! In just seconds, enter your financial data and assumptions, and be dazzled as your financial plan instantly appears before your very own eyes! This isnt your average set of bank calculators with so many fields to complete you give up out of sheer frustration. Enter as much or as little information as you like and receive answers to your retirement questions. If youre not on the right track, no worriesfind out how much more money youll need to sock away to meet your retirement goal.

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Not a financial whiz? No problem. Easy Money is called easy for a good reason. Receive easy-to-understand answers to your financial questions, free from financial mumbo-jumbo. Do the terms rate of return and amortization cause a full blown panic attack? Not with this app. It spells out your financial plan every step of the way. Choose from 12 handy planners: calculate how much to save for retirement, your investment rate of return, and your loan payment amount instantly. Paid version available.

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Mortgage Calculator is your one-stop shop for mortgage and loan repayment calculations! Looking to upsize to your dream house with a nice big garage and a white picket fence? Looking to drive away in style in your dream ride? Mortgage Calculator makes those dreams a reality! Finding out when your mortgage will be paid off is simple, just enter your property value, down payment, mortgage amount and loan terms to see useful amortization tables and charts. Get your financial priorities in orderfind out which loan is most beneficial to pay off first. Theres also a paid version out there.

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Vanguard is a must-have app for serious traders. Not only is it a cinch to keep track of your investments portfolio, instantly receive your latest account activity and market news so youll be the first to know! This isnt just an excellent information source. You can trade investments, review your 401(k), and research stocks all from your smartphone. Viewing your investment performance is a snap thanks to the apps easy-to-use interactive charts and graphs. Are you a financial advisor? Be sure to download Vanguard, Advisors, its an app specifically designed for you.

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If youre tired of playing penny stocks or youre eager to find out if you have what it takes to make it rich in the stock market but lack the funds to invest, read on. iTrade is a great way to increase your knowledge of the stock market without the fear of failing since youre not actually risking real money. Manage your own virtual stock portfolio. Trade with real-time quotes and research stocks in a jiffy. Keen to find out how you match up against the competition? Rank up against traders worldwide or create your own private leaderboard exclusively for family and friends its completely up to you! r e by Android users try: S MobileVirtualGames, Free.

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CNBC: First in Business Worldwide. Enough said. Instantly receive realtime quotes before, during and after market hours straight from the horses mouththe NYSE and NASDAQ. Never miss a breaking news story again, receive the business news that matter most to you first. This is your allin-one stock market app that tracks major U.S. and World indexes, commodities, and currencies, all from the comfort of your smartphone. Tracking your favorite stocks is made easy with the My Stocks feature.

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The sad truth for some people is that their retirement plan consists of hoping to win it big in the lottery. For the rest of us, this app is the perfect financial planning tool for our golden years. If you worry about not having a large enough nest egg to retire, this handy retirement planner app helps puts your worries at ease and makes financial planning a breeze. Find out your Social Security entitlement, the effect inflation will have on your savings and how large your portfolio will grow to be.

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Never miss a bill payment or pay costly overdraft fees again. Pay bills, manage and track your cash, credit cards, bills and investment portfolio all in one app. Overview provides a birds-eye view of your personal finances, and you can click on each category to drill down deeper. Paying bills is quick and easy. For $0.30 (less than the price of a stamp), pay your bills in real-time. Get control of your finances, managing your debt and budgeting has never been so simple. Big banks like Bank of America, Capital One and Chase Bank are some of the many who support this great app.

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If you havent signed up for a Chase account yet, nows a great time. Chase isnt your average mobile banking app. It has two handy features to make your banking life a lot easier. Pay anyone with an email address instantly with Chase QuickPay (and they dont even have to be a Chase customer). Tired of depositing checks the old-fashioned way? Snap a photo of your check and have it instantly deposited into your account with Chase QuickDeposit. Plus, youll find all the great features youd expectmanage your account, make deposits, find the closest ATM and more.

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What they are, the pros and cons, and whether theyre worth your time and money.
By Simon Hill

Theres a new wave of mobile devices hitting the marketthe phablets! We investigate their pros and cons, and pick out the best on the market just in case you decide you have to have one. (Once you find out what they are, that is.)

DO YOU NEED A PHABLET?

hat is a phablet? Its a device that falls somewhere in the no mans land between a tablet and a smartphone. The general trend in smartphones has been larger displays while tablets are getting smaller. Phablets give you some of the benefits of a tablet, but they also function as phones. The idea is that you get the best of both worlds. Generally, phablet displays are around the five-inch mark, sometimes a little bigger, but the range is five to seven inches. They come with contracts for mobile data and cellular service, just like smartphones. Why Buy One? The latest phablets are like super-sized smartphones in every respect. They arent just physically bigger; they also have the latest cutting-edge hardware inside and a feature-set that surpasses most smartphones. That large screen is the biggest temptation. Youve got plenty of real estate for movies and games. The displays are also big enough to make reading more comfortable, whether youre surfing the web or immersed in a book. Phablets also tend to have stylus accessories and special apps that make them ideal for note taking and sketching on the go. If you find normal smartphones difficult to type on then youll also enjoy a much bigger touchscreen keyboard. Why Do Without? If you plan to use your phablet for calls then you might feel a bit silly. They are awkward to handle and they do look strange as phones. You can also forget about one-handed operation unless you happen to be a basketball player. Phablets are simply too big for most people to use without

requiring both hands. Since phablets are so big you may find they wont fit into your designer purse or slide into a jeans pocket comfortably like a smartphone would. When it comes to pricing, phablets are significantly more expensive than your average smartphonebut then they do deliver a lot more for your money.

Fabulous Phablets to Consider

The phone-tablet hybrid is still a relative newcomer on the scene, but some notable Android manufacturers have designed and released some delectable phablets. Check out the current cream of the crop: The original Galaxy Note was a surprise hit for Samsung and the follow up, the Galaxy Note 2, is available on all the major U.S. carriers. It has a crisp 5.5-inch display and offers lightning fast performance courtesy of a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. It runs Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, which is a highly polished version of Googles mobile platform. It boasts all the latest features and connectivity, including support for 4G LTE and NFC. It also sports Samsungs S-Pen which has a number of clever control features and a host of special apps to take full advantage of that huge display. Samsung has done a great job with this phablet so youll want to consider it. Its around $300 for a two-year contract. It doesnt look quite as stylish as the Galaxy Note 2 with those squared edges, but the LG Intuition is a decent phablet option. Youll find it on Verizon and it sports a 5inch display and a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor. It runs

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the slightly older Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich. It also supports the latest 4G LTE network and boasts NFC functionality. Just like the Galaxy Note 2, the Intuition comes with a stylus and some dedicated apps for taking notes. Its a solid device, but it doesnt hit the high standards of Samsungs offering and thats reflected in the price tag. You can pick up the LG Intuition for $150 on a twoyear contract.

DO YOU NEED A PHABLET?

Other Options If you arent quite sure you want to dish out so much money, then G at a you might consider trying out the older price discount, now that there is a next-generation replacement. We also expect that by the time you are reading this there will be , a new phablet from HTC on the market. In fact the C sporting a stunning 5-inch display, has already been released in Japan. The Taiwanese manufacturer is well known for producing high quality products, so when it releases one in the U.S. it will definitely be worth a look. There are strong indications that Sony will be releasing a phablet device in the near future and its liable to be a real contender as well. As the market grows, and demand for this form factor is confirmed, well likely see a number of manufacturers climbing aboard with new releases, so watch this space.

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The race is on. The tablet market caught fire and over 60 million were sold worldwide in 2011 according to reports from Gartner, Inc. and Strategy Analytics. With so many great tablets to choose from, whats a consumer to do? Never fear! Heres our showdown of the latest tablets worth adding to your collection.

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Google Nexus 10 Googles contender in the


full-sized tablet market provides a worthy tablet alternative to iPad. If Samsung Galaxy S3 recently topping iPhone as the worlds top-selling smartphone is any indication, Google Nexus 10 is sure to be smashing success. Nexus 10 is bar none the best 10-inch Android tablet to date. Its sleek, smooth design is ideal for resting comfortably in the palm of your hands. At 10.1 inches, the screen is slightly larger than the 9.7-inch display of iPad 4, and its high-resolution screen is just as impressive as the iPad 4s retina display. With a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 and 300-pixels per inch, Nexus 10s screen is actually better than iPad 4s. A dual-core processor is perfect for enjoying videos, surfing the web and playing games. While 700,000 apps are an impressive offering, only a select few have been optimized for Nexus 10, leaving something to be desired. Prices start at $399.

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iPad Mini Apple officially entered the pocket-sized


tablet market with the release of the iPad Mini. Apples first foray into the 7-inch tablet domain is worth a serious look. Its a perfect ess-expensive tablet for your kids to enjoy. The design is compact and sleek (as youd expect from Apple). Its half the size of the original iPad and boasts the same 7.9-inch screen as the iPad 2 (plus, better internal technology to boot). Mini doesnt mean lessit offers almost the same experience as its bigger brother. One-hand use, typing in landscape mode and gaming are surprisingly made a lot easier. Although watching movies with your friends can be a challenge, daily tasks like emailing, web surfing and social media are a breeze. First-gen iPad owners receive an added bonus because the software is backwards-compatible. The price is the devices only sticking point: $329 is a steep price to pay compared to Amazon and Googles mini tablet offerings ($199).

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Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Surface isnt your typical runof-the-mill tablet. If youre lookng for a family tablet with plenty of apps, stick with iPad 4 or Nexus 10. Designed as a laptop eplacement, Microsofts first ablet is ideal for improving productivity while youre on the go. The line between tablet and lapop is blurred (perhaps we should coin a new phrase lapblet), as it comes equipped with a touch keyboard and built-in mouse pad. Although the touchscreen works great, mouse support is a nice touch. It comes bundled with all your favorite Microsoft Office programsWord, Excel and PowerPointand Desktop Mode to manage your files just like your office PC. Surfaces major drawback is its steep price. At $519 for the 32 GB version, its $20 more expensive than the 16 GB iPad 4. Thats a high price to pay for a device offering less than the new iPad. If Windows software compatibility is important to you, its worth a serious look, although it might just be worth your while to wait for the Surface Pro (or simply go with your trusty laptop instead).

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At first glance, Samsungs latest fullsized tablet looks like any other Android tablet, but with one major exceptiona stylus. But can a stylus really make that much of a difference? Resoundingly, yes! Samsungs S Pen offers a tablet experience like no other. It is, without a doubt, the best integrated stylus out there. It offers the fluidity and the precision the iPad stylus sorely lacks. Surf the web, take notes and check email simultaneously with relative ease. Its handwriting-recognition software makes writing a breeze (although its far from perfectediting can be a real headache). There are some performance hiccups to note: the tablet occasionally lags when switching between apps and settings can be confusing. However, once you get used to the stylus its a decent tablet, just dont expect it to be iPad 4. Priced at around $450 and up.

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Kindle Fire HD Cant get enough of the Amazons popular Kindle Fire?
Then youll want to get your paws on Amazons newest tablet, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. Amazons latest version features a beautiful display with 254 pixels per inch (impressive for a tablet) and a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 (a huge improvement over the 7-inch versions display of 1280 x 800). Amazons goal was to create the best tablet at any price and they made a pretty good go at being the Godfather of tablets. The larger Fire HD sells for $299 (while the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is $199). Its a bargain compared to the iPad at $499. With Amazons online content at your fingertipsmovies, TV shows, music and booksKindle Fire HD might just be an offer you cant refuse.

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i am a beauty that sounds like a beast.


Turn up the volume of your living space with the iHome iD3. Dock your iPad, iPhone or iPod and hear the room come to life. With 50 watts of power and groundbreaking Bongiovi Acoustics DPS technology and a stylish design, the iD3 will let you get in touch with your more expressive side.
www.ihomeaudio.com ihome ihome Apple Online Store

iHome is a registered trademark of SDI Technologies, Inc. iPad, iPhone and iPod are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bongiovi Acoustics, Digital Power Station and the DPS symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bongiovi Acoustics, LLC. All other marks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Were you one of those people waiting in line in the rain to buy the new iPhone 5? And have you found that its everything you could ever want in a phone or, like others, have you discovered that Apples latest offering has a few quirks? Read on for advice on overcoming these obstacles and a few tips to help you get the most out of your new phone.

Q: What happened to Google Maps?

A: For my money, GPS-enabled mapping software is one of the best features ever included in smartphones. No longer do you need a big GPS device mounted on your windshield or to worry about whether its actually up to date just enter your destination in your phone and youre off! But with the release of the iPhone 5, M app has instead been replaced with p , Apples own navithe old gation software. Ill let you decide how wise a decision that was, but you can figure that all is not well when Apple CEO Tim Cook says We blew it with Maps and fires the head of the Apple Maps division. Maps is pretty terrible, with reports of missing landmarks and business and just plain round-Robin-Hoods-barn directions. Choices are: wait for to improve, or look for alternatives. One possibility is the online version of Google Maps through the iPhones browser. While this is a workable solution, you also lose some of the great features of the app version of Google Maps like the integration of your contacts when enterX is ing a destination. M a good choice to eliminate your directional woes. Priced at $0.99 (with a $9 annual fee if you would like turn-by-turn voice navigation), it comes with all the functionality youve become accustomed to with Google Maps. In fact, the latest release includes many features never included in Google Maps, such as lane assist (to help you navigate through complex and confusing interchanges) and speed limit warnings that will gently inform you when youre putting too much pedal to the metal.

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Q: Whats with this adapter?

A: Over the summer, I had a new stereo installed in my car that provided an auxiliary input so I could listen to my iPhone and iPods in the car. The installation technician asked if I wanted the Apple connector installed or just a headphone jack. In a rare bit of good judgment, I went with the headphone adapter because I knew some day Apple would change the connection. Well, the future came sooner that I thought when the iPhone 5 was released with a little surprise: the 30-pin adapter that has been in use on every iPhone, iPod and iPad? Gone! Replaced with Lightning a far smaller connection essential to meeting Apples goal of a thinner and slimmer phone. Yes, Apple will sell you an adapter for $30 so that you can connect your new iPhone to your old accessories a Bose SoundDock system or your car stereo, for example but quantities are currently in short supply. One frustrated customer reported that if he had to buy a new adapter for every Apple product accessory that he owns, it would cost him over $1 ,300! And many have found the adapter to be lacking. As a result of Apples tinkering, the iPod Out functionality is lost meaning that if you used a Bose SoundDock that had iPod controls, those features no longer work. If you want to skip a song, you will have to pick up the iPod itself and go to the next song since the Bose remote would no longer work. Unless you want to replace old accessories with new Lightning adapter versions (And go through the whole process again a few years from now?), that might be something iPhone 5 users are going to have to live with. While connectors should be cheaper in the future as more third-party manufacturers ramp up production, the lost functionality will remain lost. A little tip: if youre just looking for a connector to charge your iPhone, theres Apples Lightning-to-USB cord which sells for $1 9. Plug it in to your computer or your existing car charger if it has a USB input and relax knowing that you at least won a small victory for aggrieved consumers everywhere.

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A: Numerous reports have surfaced, particularly from white iPhone 5 users, of a light leak around the top of their phones. As a result, if youre in a darkened area, it looks as if light is coming out of the phone. This problem plagued earlier iPhone releases and now seems to have resurfaced. Complainants report that Apple has replaced their phones, only to discover that the same problem appears on the replacement. If you decide to make the trip to the Genius Bar for a replacement, be sure to examine the new phone before you leave the store!

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Q: Whats the deal with this battery life?
A: The iPhone 5 touts improved battery life, but many users are finding that their mileage varies, often significantly. Before you become alarmed about your battery plight, ask yourself if youre just using the device more than in the past. Its new and shiny and youre using it a lot, right? Perhaps thats why your battery life isnt to your liking? If youve ruled out that possibility, consider these tips and troubleshooting steps. For starters, turn off the apps you arent using. This is widely unknown by iPhone users, but just because you stop using an app doesnt mean the app stops running and continuing to drain the battery. To turn off apps that are running but arent in use, double-press the Home button to enter multi-tasking mode. All running apps will appear at the bottom of your screen in a list that can scroll though. When you see an app running that youre not using (and youll be surprised how many there are), press and hold the icon until it appears jumpy and then press the red button that appears. This doesnt delete the app from your phone; it only shuts the app down. If youre still finding that battery life isnt what you expected, considapp available on the iTunes store from AMP Lab. Install er the free C Carat and it will begin monitoring how your phone consumes battery power. Carat reports back to its server, and then compiles a report for you outlining which apps are just plain battery hogs and which apps might contain bugs that contribute to battery drain. It also tells you how your iPhone is performing compared to others. The best part is that the Carat app uses almost no battery itself, so you can rest assured that the cure isnt worse than the disease!

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And Now the Good News!

The iPhone 5 is by no means all bad; its slimmer, lighter and faster. In fact, thanks to its new iOS 6, it also includes some great new features that you might not be aware of.
Do Not Disturb: Do you have friends who dont seem to understand that youre asleep at 11:00PM and dont want to receive text messages and phone calls? The new Do Not Disturb feature that comes with iOS 6 will silence all notifications during the hours you set. Create a manual blackout period or schedule a recurring period. You can also set an exception for that certain someone you always want to talk to. Please note that the Do Not Disturb feature does not silence your alarm clock in the morning! Take Dictation Please: Typing on the iPhones keypad can be a bit of a challenge for the ham-handed so instead, just dictate to your iPhone and let it do the typing. When composing a text or email, just click on the microphone that appears on the keyboard and begin dictation. Its a bit like a telegram thoughyoull have to speak the punctuation you want used, as in I will see you next week period. Emoji-cons: Emoji is the new set of emoticons that you can use in both text and email messages. G yboa d boa d. Select mo and You can enable Emoji by going to then when youre typing a message, press the Globe that appears on the keyboard. You switch to the set of emoticons (and there are many). When youre done, press the Globe again to go back to the regular keyboard. Passbook: Passbook stores shopper loyalty cards, coupons, tickets and even boarding passes in one app, providing much needed relief to your overstuffed wallet and cluttered key ring. With Passbook, the next time you go to a concert or sporting event, youll no longer have to print your concert ticketsjust present your phone at the gate and your ticket will be scanned. There are currently over 2,600 locations that accept Passbook tickets. Retail merchants such as Walgreens and Target will send coupons to your phone which can then be scanned at checkout. No more carrying the coupon binder!

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Action Games
Doodle Jump
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PAC-MAN
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Bring the original video game hero to your smartphone today.

Guide a jumping green creature equipped with springs, jet packs and other gear.

Plants vs. Zombies


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Use a variety of weapons, including plants, to protect your home from the Zombie hoard.

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Strap on a jetpack and navigate through countless fun-filled levels. Avoid obstacles like electricity fields, lasers and missiles, completing missions and collecting coins along the way.

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Race Turbo Snail on an intergalactic runway picking up packages for him to deliver.

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In Majesty: The Final Kingdom Sim, you rule your own fairytale kingdom, defeating enemies and conquering new lands in this new, exciting real-time strategy role playing game.

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Youll be testing your golf skill levels by hitting the ball over mountains, bodies of water, down slopes, through trees and so much more.

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Grandmas Garden
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Kids will enjoy helping Grandma in the garden as they match, color, and count vegetables.

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Traffic Rush
$0.99, Donut Games

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss


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Your goal is to get as many vehicles safely through the intersection without a collision as possible.

Children learn picture and word association as animated words are spoken when your child touches each picture of this classic Dr. Seuss tale.

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When Balls Drop


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Kids Numbers and Math


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Keep your kids excited while learning about numbers.

Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games


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Bug Games by Busy Bee Studios
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Your child will learn letters, spelling, shapes and colors, addition and subtraction, figure out puzzles and play memory games.

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Your kids will practice counting, receive positive verbal reinforcement, and encounter fun surprises along the way as they learn to count to 20.

Features dinosaur-related activities and games that teach kids about dinosaurs and their habitats.

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A simple and fun game that will appeal to your preschoolers as they learn to spell the names of familiar animals.

Zoo Train
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Monster Hunt The Memory Game


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Drop7
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Stack dominos and topple them over in 70 fun-filled levels replay levels and try to beat your time.

Hurl birds and pigs through the air.

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Wheres My Water? Angry Birds Space


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Swampy the Alligator wants to take a shower too bad the other alligators have blocked his water!

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Create words from random letters while birds swoop in and try to hinder your progress.

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Tapping and sliding pieces to match tiles, with challenging features to make each of the 50 levels increasingly difficult.

Search for words in a grid of letters.

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Use your crane-mounted water cannon to put out fires, activate traps, and move boulders and ice blocks.

Crossword puzzle-style game with bombs.

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Transports you into the world of the famous game show.

Blackboard Mobile
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Find as many words as you can in a letter scramble.

This app allows students and teachers to view course listings, grades, discussion forums, post announcements, and so on.

Word Seek
Free, Idealix Inc

Britannica Kids
$4.99, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

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A race against the clock as you find words on a four by four grid of letters.

With a wide range of subjects available Britannica Kids is brought to you with the outstanding quality that Encyclopaedia Britannica is known for.

B U Y E R

Hangman Free
Free, Optime Software LLC

Flashcards+
Free, Connor Zwick

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With such a wide variety of choices, the whole family will be learning while having fun playing this classic game.

When youre getting ready for that important exam, you can make your own flashcards and study them while youre on the go, thanks to this flashcard app.

G U I D E

Word Trick Free


Free, Outplay Entertainment LTD

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Free Graphing Calculator


Free, William Jockusch

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Crossword style game with trick tiles to increase your score.

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Wordfeud
Free, Bertheussen IT

With over 1 00 math functions, the graphing calculator is a clone of the TI-83 that lets you input data and make graphs and matrices to your hearts content.

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Play up to 30 games simultaneously, against eight million of your closest opponents.

Math Pack Flashcards


Free, Tititaa

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wurdle
$1 .99, Semi Secret Software LLC

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Flashcards cover beginning skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division all the way to more difficult skills like geometry and algebra.

A fast-paced word game perfect for trips in the

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Math Ref
car or anytime your kids need a little mind-stimulating entertainment. $0.99, Happy Maau Studios LLC

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This app functions as a math and physics formula study guide with figures, tips, graphs, and examples.

MiniMod Reading for Details


$8.99, E Skills Learning LLC

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G U I D E

Read a passage of text based on three different reading levels and answer questions to test your comprehension.

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Molecules
Free, Sunset Lake Software

Tic Tac Math


$1 .99, IPMG Publishing

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G U I D E

This app allows you to view and manipulate three-dimensional models of different molecules.

Combines the fun and familiar strategy game of TicTacToe with solving math equations.

myHomework
Free, Rodrigo Neri/ instin LLC

Today in History
$1 .99, Down-Shift INC

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B U Y E R

Track your classes and assignments with a calendar display and set up homework reminders.

Teaches kids all kinds of interesting facts by showing all of the major events that happened in history on that date.

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NASA App
Free, NASA

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College Research Apps


All College Application Essays
$4.99, All College Essays

U LT I M AT E

Great for kids to explore all things space related.

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Rocket Math
$0.99, Dan Russell-Pinson

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Select one of the 600 colleges listed and youll find out the application essay topic requirements, due date, and word length updated with each application season.

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Kids will have a blast while learning math with Rocket Math as they build their own rockets and fly them to the stars while learning and practicing math skills.

Petersons College Guide


Free, Petersons

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Solar System Explorer


$1 .99, Neil Burlock

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Jump directly to the colleges you want more information about, or enter your search criteria and let the app suggest schools for you.

G U I D E

Solar System Explorer allows you to take an interactive 3D trip through the Solar System.

College Confidential
Free, Hobsons Inc.

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SparkNotes
Free, SparkNotes LLC

B U Y E R

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Get the truth about a college by tapping in to this apps 430,000 member community.

SparkNotes links you to the most popular study guides for literature, Shakespeare, poetry, philosophy, drama, and short stories.

SAT Vocab Challenge by The Princeton Review


$4.99, Modality Inc.

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Spelling Bee
$0.99, Socratica LLC

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This app can help you with the vocab you need to know and uses quick tips to help you remember what the words mean.

Spelling Bee allows you to study a word, read the definition, hear it pronounced using text to speech and take a Spelling Bee Quiz to test your knowledge.

College Score Matcher


Free, Rolzer

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Star Walk
$2.99, Vito Technology INC

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Matches your students SAT scores with schools to which they qualify and saves you from checking each colleges site for requirements.

This astral telescope adapts its view to wherever youre pointing and highlights both constellations and planets.

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SAT Math
$4.99, honeHead

Chordbot
$4.99, Lars Careliusson

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From flash cards to practice tests, SAT Math helps you thoroughly prepare.

Musical accompaniment app that allows you to create and play chord progressions.

GradeWizard
$1 .99, Jarcas Software

Concert Vault
Free, Wolfgang's Vault

U LT I M AT E

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Calculate your own GPA by entering your grades into the GradeWizard app.

iCollege Guide
$0.99, Dorm Mom LLC

Wolfgang's Vault is home to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham's massive collection of live recordings and now offers a free app that allows you to listen to a wide range of streaming concerts.

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MicDroid
Free, intervigil

From the top colleges offering merit-based aid to those with the most students living on campus, this app is loaded with data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Quick Calendar
Free, Jim Blackler

MicDroid offers automatic pitch correction and on-the-fly pitch correction simply hit record, sing into your phone and the app will correct the pitch.

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Mobile Metronome
Free, Gabriel Simes

G U I D E

Between college visits, essay deadlines, SAT testing, and senior year homework, a must-have for staying on top of your deadlines.

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An excellent free metronome for musicians of all levels.

My Majors
Free, Moblico

Pandora
Free, Pandora

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Enter your criteria and take the apps quizzes to discover which schools meet your needs.

Create and listen to personalized radio stations.

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Shazam

MEDIA APPLICATIONS Music Apps


BandNamer
$0.99, Handy Little Apps

Free, Shazam Entertainment

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Music identification service recognizes songs via your smartphones built-in microphone.

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Spotify
Free, Spotify

Select your bands genre (Garage Rock, Emo, Hip-Hop, Metal/ Hardcore, and Electro-Pop) and Band Name does the rest.

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Streaming radio with a library of over 1 5 million songs.

Bloom
$3.99, Opal Limited

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xPiano
Free, cyandroid

From ambient music legend Brian Eno, an app that lets you create your own soundscapes based on any of the 1 2 different available moods by tapping on different areas of the colored screen.

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This basic, free piano app gives you a basic, 4-octave piano keyboard on your touchscreen Android phone.

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News & Magazine Apps


Flipboard
G U I D E
Free, Flipboard Inc.

iScroll
Free, Appsessions LLC

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Perfect for students of any age, use this app to have narration synchronized with your text.

Turn personalized digital "pages" of your favorite publications and social media sites.

Kindle
Free, Amazon Mobile LLC

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PressReader
Free, NewspaperDirect

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Kindle is the crme de la crme of all eReading apps.

Access to 2,1 00 newspapers from 95 countries in 54 languages.

Kobo
Free, Kobo Inc.

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The Week
Free, The Week Publications, Inc.

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Kobo goes the extra mile in adding social networking features to your eReading experience.

Commentary and analysis online from the popular print magazine.

Nook
Free, Barnes and Noble

US Newspapers
Free, Baris Efe

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Barnes & Nobles eReader with a more vibrant interface than others offer.

Read major US newspapers and news sites online.

eReader Apps
Audible
Free, Audible, Inc.

Overdrive Media Console Library eBooks and Audiobooks


Free, OverDrive, Inc.

G U I D E

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On-the-go access to eBooks and audiobooks from your local library.

Allows you to listen to your latest book-great for commuters.

Wattpad
Free, Wattpad.com

B U Y E R

Audiobooks - 2,947 classics for free


Free, Spreadsong, Inc.

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Discover an unlimited amount of FREE stories from new writers that you wont find on Kindle or Nook.

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Thousands of public content classics for free with narration included.

Interactive Storybook Apps


PBS Super WHY
$2.99, PBS Kids and Out of the Blue Enterprises LLC

Goodreads
Free, Goodreads

U LT I M AT E

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Goodreads connects you to your friends to see what theyre reading and what they recommend.

Kids can play using each of the four main characters from the television program as they journey through a story line that kids control.

Google Play Books


Free, Google Inc.

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Finding Nemo - My Puzzle Book


$0.99, Disney

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This is another eReader app that allows you access to your current titles while on the go.

Improve your childs problem-solving skills by completing interactive puzzles while following the adorable Nemo through his undersea adventure.

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The Lorax - Dr. Seuss


$1 .99, Oceanhouse Media

WatchESPN
Free, ESPN Inc.

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Start with an Auto-Play option that plays like a movie for younger kids, and progress to a read-it-aloud option that allows kids to record their own voices for playback.

Live sports programming from ESPN on your mobile device. A cable subscription with ESPN included is required.

My Little Pony- Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day


$3.99, Ruckus Media Group

WNBA Center Court


Free, National Basketball Association

U LT I M AT E

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Whether your child is a brony or a female My Little Pony fan, this interactive app will keep them occupied for hours.

WNBA Center Court offers a host of fantastic features: watch live streaming games, view the latest scores, and check statistics, news and photos of your favorite team.

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Wheels on the Bus


$0.99, Duck Duck Moose Design

TV, Video & Movie Apps


ABC Player
Free, ABC Digital

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B U Y E R

You can read and sing along to the popular Wheels on the Bus song in five languages and even record you and your child singing so you can play it back later.

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Watch your favorite ABC shows.

Sports Media Apps


ESPN Radio
Free, ESPN Inc.

B-Movies
Free, Bubble Pop Software

G U I D E

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Instantly listen live to over 1 7 ESPN radio stations nationwide and 40 exclusive podcasts.

B-Movies connects you to the Internet Archive, the home of free content on the World Wide Web, including such classics as The 39 Steps, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Night of the Living Dead.

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CNN Mobilez ESPN Scorecenter


Free, ESPN Inc. Free, CNN

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Scores and news from TVs leading sports network.

Never miss breaking news again with the CNN Mobile app which offers breaking news notifications as well as CNN Radio.

MLS MatchDay
Free, MLS

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Fandango Movies
Free, Fandango

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MatchDay brings the excitement of Major League Soccer (MLS) to your smartphone.

Pay a small fee to reserve movie theater tickets.

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NHL GameCenter
Free, NHL Interactive Cyberenterprises

GetGlue
Free, AdaptiveBlue

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The ultimate hockey fans dream app watch live games and video highlights so you never miss a moment of the hard-hitting action.

This social network for movies, TV, music, and books allows you to see what your friends like and recommend, while adding in your own ratings.

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HBO Go
Free, Home Box Office, Inc.

Run Pee
Free, polyGeek

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G U I D E

Watch HBOs acclaimed series when youre away from the house so long as your satellite or cable network gives you access to this brand new app.

Run Pee will tell you when its safe to make a dash to the bathroom as in, a boring part is coming up.

Hulu Plus by Hulu


Free, Hulu

SPB TV
Free, SPB TV AG

B U Y E R

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Watch thousands of classic and current TV shows on your smartphone Hulu Plus subscription required.

Watch over 1 50 live TV channels from over 20 countries around the world, including news and sports.

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IMDB
Free, IMDB

TV.com
Free, CBS Interactive, Inc.

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Your favorite shows wherever you go. Exhaustive collection of movie and TV information. Also includes theater times and trailers.

Justin.TV
$299-$4.99, Justin.TV

Photography Apps
LifePics
Free, LifePics Photo App

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The Justin.TV app allows you to view live video streams created by other users.

Movies by Flixster
Free, Flixster

LifePics app allows users to upload photos and order prints from more than 1 3,000 specialty camera and photography stores.

G U I D E

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Pocketbooth
$0.99 - $1 .99, Project Box

Find theater times, watch trailers, and check out reviews from the critics and viewers.

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NBC
Free, NBC Universal, Inc.

Several apps try to re-create the feel of an old-fashioned photo booth, but Pocketbooth is the only one worth paying for.

B U Y E R

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PostalPix
Free, Postal Pix

Watch your favorite NBC shows.

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Netflix
Free, Netflix, Inc.

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When it comes to ordering standard or square prints on your iPhone, you cant do much better than Postal Pix.

U LT I M AT E

Search for movies, update your queue and watching streaming video on your smartphone with this free app.

Snapfish
Free, Hewlett Packard

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Redbox
Free, Redbox Automated Retail LLC

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Upload photos to the website in a snap (heh), give access to others to view your online albums, and view friends albums on your phone.

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Reserve tonights movie from your phone and pick it up at your local Redbox kiosk.

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OUTDOOR LIVING APPLICATIONS Weather Apps


AccuWeather
Free, AccuWeather.com

WeatherEye
Free, The Weather Network

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WeatherEye provides detailed weather conditions, and shortterm, hourly and long-term forecasts as well as severe weather alerts.

U LT I M AT E

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Camping & Hiking Apps


Backpacking Planner Checklist
$0.99, Little Apps

This app provides detailed hourly and 1 5-day forecasts. The Weather Alarms warn you of any potential snow, ice, rain, wind speed/ gusts in your area.

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Living Earth
$0.99, Radiantlabs LLC

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This backpacking checklist/ planner app comes pre-loaded with 250+ backpacking trip related items.

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Observe live sunrise and sunset borders around the world, observe the changing seasons throughout the year, view snow and ice coverage as well as other seasonal changes around the globe.

Cabela's Recon Hunt


$4.99, Trimble Navigation

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Outside - Visual Weather Forecast


$2.99, Robocat

For the serious hunter, this app contains topographical maps, waypoint marking, and journaling.

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Knot Guide
$1 .99, Winkpass Creations Inc.

G U I D E

When you just need to know the basics, this apps weather conditions are color coded, giving you a quick read of whats happening outside. Manual updates are available simply by shaking your phone.

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Hitch, lash and cinch your way through every rope-related task with clear photos in this easy-to-navigate reference of 90+ knots. Knot Guide tells you which knot is useful when.

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Radar Now!
Free, USNaviguide LLC

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Leafsnap
Free, Columbia University

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The most current National Weather Service (NWS) enhanced radar base images along with current weather conditions and storm indicators

U LT I M AT E

Identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

The Weather Channel


Free, The Weather Channel

My Fishing Advisor
Free, MyFishingAdvisor.com

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This hearty weather app has everything you need to stay steps ahead of the weather.

Plug in a few details about your fishing trip and this app presents you with the strategy you need to land the big one.

B U Y E R

WeatherBug/WeatherBug Elite
Free-$1 .99, Earth Networks

MyNature Animal Tracks


$4.99, MyNature Inc.

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Now you can access real-time weather info from around the world using this apps links to 1 0,000 weather stations in North America and thousands of other worldwide locations.

For both hunters and animal lovers, this standalone reference guide identifies what's lurking in your neck of the woods.

S G U I D E

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder


Free, American Park Network

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Enter your location and planned activities and instantly learn about every park nearby.

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Tiny Flashlight + LED


Free, Nikolay Ananiev

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SOCIALIZING APPLICATIONS Social Networking Apps


Facebook
Free, Facebook

Light up your life by using your phone's screen or its LED light. Built-in controls let you change brightness, color, and even display warning- and police-style lights.

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Keep in touch with all your Facebook friends with this free app.

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Cycling Apps
Bike Gears
$1 .99, Bootstrap Apps

Hoot Suite
Free, HootSuite

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This app gets down and dirty with bike gear ratios, gain ratios, sprockets, fixing skid patches, and more lingo for those in the know.

Manage multiple social media sites from one convenient app.

Twitter Bike Repair


$3.99, Atomic Softwares Free, Twitter INC

U LT I M AT E

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Fix a flat, bleed your brakes, or un-chink a chain with this invaluable app.

Keep up with all the latest with this free app from the micro blogging service.

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Cyclemeter GPS Cycling Computer


$1 .99 - $4.99, Abvio Inc.

Dating Apps
Call Faker
Free, Rob Franz

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Customizable audio feedback during your cycle trip fills you in on your stats, and tells you where your competition is when you're in a racing frame of mind.

G U I D E

Escape a bad date with this app set your time for your phone to receive a fake call and then you can say, Im so sorry, but I really have to go. My roommate is locked out of the apartment.

EveryTrail
Free, GlobalMotion Media

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Conversation Starters
Free, SusaSoftX

B U Y E R

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Find new biking trails right around the corner.

MapMyRide GPS Cycling Riding


Free, MapMyFitness Inc.

Youll have all sorts of intriguing conversation starters that will turn any dud of a date into something great.

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Dating Ideas
$0.99, Creative Glance

Set your workout goals and watch your progress as you select preplanned rides, or map your own.

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Ride the City


$1 .99 - $2.99, Ride the City

Never struggle with romantic date ideas: input your zip code, and you get ideas involving cultural, outdoors, adventurous, romantic, and novel categories.

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FlirtMaps
Maps the safest bike route while avoiding highways, busy streets, steep hills, and other dangers. Free, Neo Network

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With this free app you can find all available singles in your area displayed on a map.

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Match.com
Free, Match.com LLC

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Info-Sharing Apps
Blurb Mobile
Free, Blurb

This free application allows you to search for your match with relative ease.

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PickUp Lines
Free, Swiss Codemonkeys

This free app lets you arrange photos, videos and audio into small stories that you can share with others.

U LT I M AT E

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Burst
Free, Burst.it LLC

This app displays pick-up lines, including the AllTime Top based on user votes.

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PlentyOfFish
Free, PlentyOfFish

This free app captures, stores, and organizes videos for you and lets share videos selectively you even get to decide who can reshare a video.

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Path
Join over 25-million users looking for their soul mate with this popular dating app. Free, Path Inc.

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Phone Call Blocking Apps


Bad Decision Blocker
$0.99, John Genest

Path has photo- and video-sharing capabilities but Path limits you to 1 50 social connections making it a more intimate network.

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NextCall
Free, Nazori

G U I D E

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Prevents you from making outgoing calls that you might later regret.

You decide how often you want to call someone and NextCall sets up a schedule and reminders.

BlackList
Free, AntTek Inc.

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Red Stamp Cards


Free - $1 .99, Red Stamp Cards LLC

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Create a blacklist to block unwanted calls and text messages.

U LT I M AT E

Call Blocker
Free, embware

The go-to app for sending e-cards with 400 card designs with customizable features.

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Find My Friends
Free, Apple Inc.

Block unwanted calls and text messages.

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Extreme Call Blocker


$5.99, GreyThinker

Send a request to a friend or relative and once they accept the request, you can track their location and view it on a map.

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Holiday Card Tracker


Hangs up an unwanted call, sends it straight to voicemail or mutes the call so it will ring as normal for the caller and then goes to voicemail. $2.99, Hamburgers and Toast

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Hide a Caller
$0.99, Smash Software LLC

Track when you send and receive cards from people in your phone's Contacts list, and view your card mailing history from past years.

S G U I D E

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Touchnote Postcards
Hide numbers that you don't want seen in your iPhone $1 .49/ printed postcard, Touchnote LTD

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Touchnote Postcards takes your digital image and turns it into a custom printed postcard that the app will send anywhere.

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Postagram
$0.99/ printed postcard, Sincerely Inc.

K-9 Mail
Free, K-9 Dog Walkers

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G U I D E

Postagram is similar to Touchnote Postcards in that you can create a printed postcard from images on your phone but each postcard is slightly less expensive.

K-9 Mail is the kingpin of Android email and has all the features youd ever want in an email.

MailDroid Cards
$2.99 - $4.99/ printed postcard, Apple Inc. Free, Flipdog Solutions LLC

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For those special occasions when quality matters, this app will create and mail letterpress greeting cards (not just postcards).

Spellchecking, custom signatures, and a powerful search engine to quickly locate important email.

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Yahoo! Mail
Free, Yahoo! Inc.

Text Messaging Apps


GO SMS Pro
Free, GO Dev Team

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Your Yahoo! Address Book, your phone contacts, and Yahoo! Messenger in one convenient app.

Not only does it make texting more fun through the use of emoticons, GO SMS Pro can be fully integrated with social networking websites like Facebook, letting you chat instantly with friends through Facebook chat.

SHOPPING APPLICATIONS Digital Wallet Apps


PayPal Mobile
Free, PayPal

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Handcent SMS
Free, Handcent

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G U I D E

Handcent offers Android users enhanced text messaging that lets you send and receive SMS and MMS in style.

Make online purchases, instantly transfer money and locate nearby businesses that accept PayPal.

Google Wallet Tango


Free, Tango Free, Google

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B U Y E R

Offers free text messaging, phone calls, and video chat between other Tango members.

Keep all your credit cards, debit cards, offers, and rewards cards at your fingertips.

Pay with Square

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Email Apps
Gmail
Free, Google Inc.

Free, Square

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U LT I M AT E

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Enter all your credit card information and youre ready to go shopping.

Gmails convenience and robust design for the smartphone.

LevelUp
Free, SCVNGR

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iPriorityMail
Free, Ahlquist Software

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Converts your credit card information to QR codes, which merchants scan with their own smartphones to accept payment.

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Manage your incoming mail and social networking messages all from one convenient smartphone app.

Lemon
Free, Lemon

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A different kind of digital wallet not only does it keep track of the contents of your wallet, it also tracks your spending.

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CardStar
Free, CardStar

Yoox.com
Free, Yoox.com

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This app allows you to store your reward card numbers and have cashiers scan your bar codes directly from your phones screen.

An app to help you find and buy fashions for every family member.

Zappos

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Fashion & Clothing Apps


eBay Fashion
Free, eBay Inc.

Free, Zappos.com

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Zappos sells clothing, bags, beauty products and, of course, shoes.

Peruse designer trends and then tap an item to find similar listings on eBay.

FastMall
Free, MindSmack LLC

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Feather Report
$0.99, MEDL Mobile

B U Y E R

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The app can help you find your way around the shopping mall and even find parking.

Short for Fashion + Weather use your locations weather report to offer randomized outfit suggestions complete with links to buy.

Product & Gift Research Apps


ESRB Rating Search App
Free, Entertainment Software Rating Board

S G U I D E

Fashion Sense
$1 .99, Eighteen Twenty Consulting

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Recommends particular looks based on your body type, and tells you when you shouldnt waste your cash on an outfit that wont flatter you.

Feel safe when giving video game gifts to children snap a photo of the game package or enter the game title into the app, and ESRB Rating Search will give you the rating summaries you need.

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MagicMirror Hair Styler


$2.99 - $3.24, Touch Multimedia

GoodGuide
Free, GoodGuide

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This app gives you the opportunity to find out how youd look in a particular hairstyle before you plunk down your money.

If you have eco-conscious people in your life, the GoodGuide mobile app will make gift-giving simpler by identifying, rating and reviewing products for eco-friendliness.

shopkick
Free, shopkick A very handy app for sale-savvy shoppers, shopkick lets you get exclusive deals at your favorite stores.

Grocery IQ
Free, Coupons.com

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Make grocery lists by keyboard, voice or barcode scans. App instantly organizes your list into aisles.

B U Y E R

ShopStyle
Free, Sugar Inc.

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ShopSavvy
Free, ShopSavvy Inc.

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One-stop shopping for clothing, home decor, and kids & baby categories from over 300 of retailers.

S G U I D E

Scans barcodes, providing reviews and price comparisons among 20,000 different retailers as well as real-time pricing and availability among thousands of online merchants.

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SnapTell
Free, SnapTell Inc.

BeerCloud
Free, INsReady Inc.

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G U I D E

Take a picture of the cover of a CD, DVD, book or video game, and the app will give you the products ratings, reviews and pricing.

BeerCloud is the essential app for beer lovers.

Cor.kz
$2.99, Applied Ambiguities LLC

GiftGen
Free, BornToThink

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A smartphone sommelier.

The app allows you to select a price range, age range, gender and other details to search a huge database gift ideas range from free to pricey, but always personalized and appropriate.

Drinkspiration By Absolut
Free, The Absolut Company

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Gift Ideas
$0.99, Rosu Gabriel

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Drinkspiration provides drink recommendations using classifications such as weather, location, time and the type of bar.

U LT I M AT E

With a constantly growing database of gift ideas, this app offers you personalized presents for every occasion.

Harvest - Select the Best Produce


$1 .99, Sean Murphy

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El Gifto - Gift Ideas Guru


Free, IBKR Analytics LLC

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Harvest contains extensive guidelines to help you select the best produce available.

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Enter the gift recipient's personality type, their relationship to you and other details to get creative, appropriate gift ideas from this app.

How to Cook Everything


$9.99, Culinate Inc.

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G U I D E

Giftmeister
Free, Iron Horse Interactive

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Contains over 2,000 recipes, menu ideas and how-to illustrations with built-in timers included in the recipe steps to guide you as you go.

Input the giftees age, gender, lifestyle and other demographic information, and Giftmeister suggests technology gifts based on the details you provided.

Mise En Place
$2.99, Derrick Schneider

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FOOD & PARTY APPLICATIONS Food & Drink Apps


AG Wine
$0.99, Approach Guides LLC

Plan your dinner party prepping and cooking tasks to the minute so you can make sure that your 6:00 p.m. dinner doesn't end up more like a 7:00 p.m. dinner.

Mixology Drink Recipes


$0.99, Digital Outcrop

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Your complete wine store companion.

The Mixology app claims its the ultimate drink recipe and bartending guide and with almost 8,000 drinks recipes and over 1 ,300 ingredients included, its hard to disagree.

Beer Match: Beer, Food and Cheese Pairings


$0.99, StoneRaven LLC

Pair It
$4.99, Bandar Interactive

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Beer Match pairs 31 beer styles with over 500 foods to help you select a beer that always complements your food.

Comprehensive food and wine pairing guide.

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Sushipedia
Free, Tokiolabs LLC

Party Planner
$0.99, PartyPlannerApp.com

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Sushipedia contains an encyclopedia with over 200 sushi entries, including full color photographs and detailed descriptions.

Enter basic information about the type of party, and the app tells you how much to purchase of each supply item from ice and cups to garnishes.

U LT I M AT E

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner


Free, Allrecipes.com

Event Planning Tools 2.0


$0.99, Party Aficionado

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Click on what type of meal youre making (dessert, main dish, etc.), the ingredients you have, and how much time you want to spend cooking, and the app will show you the matching recipes.

Packed with loads of useful functions, this app keeps your budget in check while planning your partys design.

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Camp Recipes!
$1 .99, The App Sack

Bar & Restaurant Apps


Citysearch
Free, Citysearch Mobile

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Whatever you can think of to cook on a campfire, Camp Recipes! has 1 0 ways to cook it.

Citysearch has local listings and reviews of restaurants, bars, and just about any other business you can think of.

Party Planning Apps


Evite
Free, Evite

Drink Owl
Free, Great Owl Technologies

G U I D E

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DrinkOwl currently offers drink specials for 75 cities (and counting).

This popular website brings its invitation finesse to your smartphone so you can manage guest lists on the go.

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LocalEats
$0.99, Magellan Press Inc.

Phrase Party! (Catch It)


$1 .99, iParty Mobile

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Split your guests into two teams and play a game of hot potato. The team who has the phone when the time runs out loses.

Points you to the best local restaurants in over 50 major US cities, as well as other local favorites in smaller cities and towns. Over 1 5,000 restaurants included.

Goby SeatingPlanner+
$4.99, Gobee Labs Free, Goby Technologies

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SeatingPlanner+ allows you to virtually plan your big party's table seating so that everyone has a place to park and those mortal enemies won't have to glare at each other from across the table.

With more than 350 categories of things to do, and more than 6 million events across the U.S., the Goby goldfish will simply not allow you to be bored.

B U Y E R

Happy Houred
Free, Appsolute Media

Party Planning List


$0.99, Jimbl

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The search interface lets you look for nearby drink deals or search by picking your poison, whether its wine, beer, cocktails, or pubs with grub.

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The Party Planning List is pre-loaded with tasks that apply to virtually all types of parties, so you dont have to type out every single task.

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Karaoke Loop
Free, Entourage Entertainment

GasBuddy
Free, GasBuddy Organization Inc.

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G U I D E

Find Karaoke shows in your area.

Find the cheapest gas prices wherever you happen to be. Beloved by cab drivers.

Thrillist
Free, Thrillist

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INRIX Traffic
Free, INRIX Inc.

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Thrillist brings you hand-picked local restaurants, bars, clubs, and stores in 1 4 US cities.

INRIX Traffic gives you real time traffic conditions, complete with information on wrecks, construction and other delays.

UrbanDaddy
Free, UrbanDaddy

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iWrecked - Auto Accident Assistant


Free, Vurgood Applications

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A self-billed concierge app that lets users select which area of the city they prefer, the companion (clients, mistress), personality type (old and stodgy, from out of town) and the desired atmosphere (next to a fireplace, around hipsters).

Record all crash information and add photos to create an accident report.

Urbanspoon
Free, Urbanspoon

PhantomALERT
Free + $29.99 for 1 Year Subscription, PhantomALERT Inc.

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Urbanspoon is fantastic for folks who cant make up their minds where to eat and the slot machine-style Shake feature is perfect for selecting restaurants at random.

With the use of driver generated databases, this app alerts you to red light cameras, speed traps and DUI checkpoints.

G U I D E

Yelp
Free, Yelp

RepairPal: Auto Repair Expert


Free, RepairPal

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The granddaddy of plan-making apps with super-detailed search and sorting categories and a massive reviewer network.

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Helps you get accurate repair estimates based on your location and includes customer reviews of repair shops in the area.

B U Y E R

Speedbump

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TRAVEL & NAVIGATION APPLICATIONS Automobile Apps


Car Locator
$3.99, Edward Kim

Free ($9.99 monthly subscription required), WirelessESP

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Monitor your teens driving habits and location and youll receive an email or text notification if the speed limits you set are exceeded.

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Navigation Apps
Beat the Traffic
Free, Triangle Software LLC

Photograph the location of your car when you park and when you return, look at a satellite image that shows your current location and your cars location.

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DriveSafe.ly
Free, iSpeech Inc.

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View traffic maps and click on roads to see speeds and any incidents. Up to two hours of traffic predictions, weather information, and even traffic camera images in over 34 cities.

Uses text-to-speech functionality so your incoming text messages and emails are read to you aloud while you drive.

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Garmin StreetPilot
$0.99, Garmin

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Travel Apps
Gate Guru
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Free, Mobility Apps LLC

Turn-by-turn directions spoken aloud and offline maps youll also find 3D landscapes to help you orient yourself.

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Magellan RoadMate North America


$59.99, Magellan

Whether youre looking for a hot meal, a memorable souvenir or the closest restroom, Gate Guru has you covered.

U LT I M AT E

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FlightView
The same turn-by-turn guidance as other navigation apps, but youll have three voice options, in-app music control, and connectivity to Yelp! Free, FlightView

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MotionX GPS Drive


$0.99, MotionX

Instant updates to your mobile device when theres a flight delay, including a national map with up-to-date weather.

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Airport Life
Free, Airport Life LLC

B U Y E R

Simplified menu interface. You can also purchase a Live Voice Guidance with real-time navigation package for $9.99 (regularly $24.99).

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Navigon North America


$59.99, Garmin

Developed by a seasoned pilot. Terminal maps provide directions to gates, services, shopping and restaurants in over 1 00 airports.

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AirportZoom
Free, Conducive Technology

Precise spoken announcements, live traffic updates, and lane assistance plus quarterly map updates for at least two years.

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TeleNav GPS Navigator


Free, TeleNav INC

Receive flight alerts directly to your mobile device updated flight cancellations, delays, confirmations and arrivals pushed directly to your smartphone.

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Airport GuideiFly
How to get to your destination with vibrant maps, audio alerts, and even some bonuses such as Facebook check-ins, cheap gas searches, local restaurant locations and so on. Free, Red Cirrus LLC

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TomTom US & Mexico


$59.99, TomTom

Information on over 700 airports worldwide with interactive maps, Wi-Fi access locations and ATMs.

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Airport Transit Guide


$4.99, Salk International LLC

Unique to TomTom is the IQ Routes technology, which takes into account rush hour, traffic lights, and even shopping crowds.

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Maverick: GPS Navigation


Free, Code Sector

Plan your travel to and from airports effortlessly provides rates, schedules and pickup locations.

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My TSA
Free, Transportation Security

Use Google, Bing and Open Street Maps to track where you're going and where you've been.

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Its easy to keep track of different airport security requirements and exactly what you can bring on a flight.

G U I D E

AllSubway
$0.99, carmat

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Instead of standing in front of maps in the busy corridors like an obvious tourist, study the multi-colored lines ahead of time.

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FlightTrack
$4.99, Mobiata

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FlightTrack can not only show you offline the flight path to your destination but how much longer you have to go.

HEALTH & FITNESS APPLICATIONS Medical Apps


Cures A-Z
Free, Plum Amazing

Globetipping
$0.99, Ivan Karpan & Evgeniy Lebed

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Medical conditions are presented in an easy-to-navigate A to Z format and include both natural and prescriptive remedies.

Before you pay too much or too little, turn to this helpful app.

Kayak
Free, Kayak.com

Doximity
Free, Doximity

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Compare flight, hotel, and car rentals from multiple sites in one app.

Doximitys free social networking software gives you the ability to connect with other medical professionals and colleagues.

Packing Pro
$2.99, Quinn Genzel

iChemoDiary
Free, Merck & Co

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Youll never forget anything again with Packing Pro.

With iChemoDiary, you can keep track of your treatment schedule and record your symptoms and side effects.

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SitOrSquat
Free, P&G Productions

iHealthTrax
$4.99, Winkpass Creations INC

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A travelers bathroom finder SitOrSquat lists toilets by location and gives them user ratings.

Give your doctor complete and accurate information with this calendar based iPhone application that stores your medical history.

Trip Journal
$2.99, iQapps

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iManage Migraine
Free, Merck & Co

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Document your vacation experiences and share them with friends and family.

TripAdvisor
Free, TripAdvisor

Tracking and analysis features allow migraine sufferers to create journal entries documenting when their migraine occurred, the location of the pain, the severity of the pain as well as the type of pain.

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MedicalRadio
Free, ReachMD

U LT I M AT E

Reviews of hotels, restaurants, and attractions from real travelers.

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TripIt
Free, TripIt

MedicalRadio delivers top-flight streaming content through their exclusive XM-Radio satellite channel as well as access to over 5,000 podcasts. Pandora Radio for Doctors!

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Prognosis: Your Diagnosis


This app stores your itineraries and gives you the option of dialing numbers straight from these itineraries on your phone. Free, Medical Joyworks

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This free app presents clinical cases in an interactive format that you investigate and diagnose.

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The Merck Manual - Home Edition


$9.99, Agile Partners

Stress Check
Free, Azumio

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Learn about medical conditions and procedures, medical terms, and how to handle emergency situations.

This high-tech app measures your heart rate through your smartphones camera and light features to determine your level of physical and mental stress.

Total Baby
$4.99, ANDESigned

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Relax and Sleep


Free, Mizu Software Solutions

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Designed to document multiple aspects of your childs care and development.

Track Your Weight


$0.99, Concrete Software

The app offers over 30 relaxing sounds that can help you get your beauty sleep and includes an alarm feature to ensure that youre awake right on time.

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Stress Tracker
Free, AboveStress

A simple and fun way to chart your weight loss goals and progress.

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WebMD Mobile
Free, WebMD LLC

Created by leading clinical psychologists and researchers, this app uses cognitive behavioral therapy and Mindfulness principles to help you identify and manage your stress.

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StressPile
$0.99, StressPile

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The famous WebMD website is now available for smartphones.

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Fitness Apps
Endomondo Sports Tracker
Free, Endomondo.com

Rate your anxiety levels and add stressors to customizable categories and receive daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reports on your stress.

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iStress
$0.99, PSI Apps

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Track times and GPS distances for running, cycling, swimming, hiking and even fitness walking.

U LT I M AT E

iStress teaches you stress-management skills using humor and positive thinking to reduce stress and promote a relaxed lifestyle.

RunKeeper - GPS Track Run Walk


Free, FitnessKeeper Inc.

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Anti-Stress Exercise
Free, QUO?TE Developers

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Keep track of your runs and share with friends.

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Stress Relief Apps


Pocket Yoga
$2.99, Rainfrog LLC

Guides you through breathing exercises to reduce your stress levels.

B U Y E R

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SECURITY APPLICATIONS Home Security Apps


Alarm.com
Free, Alarm.com Inc.

Pocket Yoga has detailed instructions for each yoga pose, including both audio and visual descriptions.

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Arm and disarm your system, adjust your homes temperature, and see live video feed from your home security cameras.

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Life360 Family Locator


Free, Life360

ME911
$2.99/ mo., ME91 1

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Use GPS to locate family members and includes a panic button that sends your location and a cry for help to everyone on your contact list.

One-stop access to your familys medical and emergency contact information, including allergies, insurance information, and medications.

Sex Offenders Search


$3.99, LogSat Software LLC

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Smartphone Security Apps


eyeD Biometric Password Manager
$1 7.99, Winkpass Creations Inc.

Updates every day with a list of names, addresses, and pictures of registered sex offenders nearby.

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IP Cam Viewer
Free - $3.99, Robert Chou

Uses iris scanning based on a picture that you take of your eye to create an unbreakable password.

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Kryptos
Free ($1 0/ month subscription required), Kryptos Communications

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View any camera for which you have the IP address, including DVRs and web cams.

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Guardian Watch
Free, Guardian Watch LLC

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Encrypts all of your phone calls with military-grade encryption to prevent unwanted eavesdropping.

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Report an emergency quickly or stream video and audio to public officials using your smartphone to assist them with response efforts.

NQ Mobile Security
Free, NQ Mobile

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SpotCrime Lite
Free, Popvox LLC

G U I D E

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NetQin Mobile Security is a complete security solution with the ability to remotely locate, lock or erase a lost phone as well as real-time virus protection and scanning.

Real-time information about crimes based on your location, including the type of crime, where it occurred, and when it happened.

TouchDown for Smartphones


Free, $1 9.99 license purchase required, NitroDesk

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K9 Web Protection Browser


Free, Blue Coat Systems INC

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TouchDown provides a full-featured email experience with all of the functionality you are accustomed to when using email on a PC.

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A free iPhone or iPad browser that blocks inappropriate content, including material related to pornography, hate/ violence, gambling, and drugs.

U LT I M AT E

OnCall Defender Advanced Mobile Protection


Free (with paid subscription plan), AMP LLC

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS Writers Apps


Dropbox
Free, Dropbox Inc.

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Sends an emergency call to local public authorities on your behalf that provides critical information to first responders.

The all-in-one file sharing app youve been looking for! Never worry about losing your files again.

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FastPencil
Free, FastPencil.com

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FastPencil helps make reading, writing and working on books a lot easier wherever you are.

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iA Writer
$0.99, Information Architects Inc.

TaxACT Central
Free, 2nd Story Software

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Let the ideas flow freely onto the virtual pages with iA Writer without distractions: no spellchecking, auto-correction, toolbars only concentrate on what matters, writing.

Tax preparation, filing, and return status tracking in one app.

TaxCaster by TurboTax
Free, Intuit Inc.

U LT I M AT E

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Free, MerriamWebster Inc.

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Enter some basic personal information and watch as your tax refund is instantly calculated.

The MerriamWebster Dictionary app thousands of words and definitions at your fingertips and you can conveniently look up words with voice search.

TurboTax SnapTax
Free to try ($1 9.99 to file), Intuit Inc.

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Productivity Apps
Dragon Dictation
Free, Nuance Communications

Tax prep app from the leader in tax prep software.

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Turn talk into type from short text messages to longer email messages

HOME & LIFESTYLE APPLICATIONS Pets Apps


All Pets Radio
Free, Quick Bridge Solutions

S G U I D E

Evernote
Free, Evernote

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Archive text, photo, webpage and voice notes. Search for them later.

This app streams an Internet radio station devoted completely to pets of all kinds and includes pet news, pet care tips, pet stories, and more.

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Producteev
Free, Producteev

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ASPCA Action
Free, BlueToad

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To-do-list app that lets you mark priorities, set deadlines, and receive email reminders. With paid upgrade, this app becomes a project management system.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) free quarterly magazine, ASPCA Action, on your iPhone.

Tax Preparation Apps


H&R Block Mobile App
Free, H&R Block

HungryPet
Free, OhmzTech

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HungryPet offers a database of "people" food and details on whether these foods are safe for your dog or cat to eat.

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An income tax encyclopedia from H&R Block.

IRS2Go
Free, IRS

Pet First Aid


$1 .99 - $2.99, Jive Media Inc.

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Track the status of your income tax return.

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Pet First Aid offers instructional videos and how-to's with illustrations for a variety of cat and dog first aid needs.

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Pet Master
$4.99, GF Media Apps

Makeover
Free, ModiFace

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Pet Master helps you keep track of all the maintenance that goes into your pets.

Take a photo of yourself, and then use this app to see how you would look with a different hair style, a change in my makeup, tan, anti-aging procedures, plastic surgery.

Petcentric
Free, Purina

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Natural Beauty Recipe


Free, Kiumiu Soft

B U Y E R

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Petcentric will find pet-friendly establishments for your animals, such as hotels, restaurants, and parks.

Shares beauty techniques using ingredients you have around the house.

A P P

Petfinder.com: Adopt Pets


Free, Phunware

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Stylebook
$3.99, left brain/ right brain

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Petfinder.com has a mobile app that can put their expansive pet adoption database at your fingertips.

Log the clothes you have in your closet, and then create different looks in the outfit editor to test them out.

PetRescuers
Free, HomeAgain PetRescuers

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Trendstop.com Fashion Trendtracker


Free, Amoja LTD

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PetRescuer lets mobile users search for local missing animals and will alert you when a pet has gone missing in your area so you can remain vigilant in helping to find the animal.

Watch slideshows of the work from specific designers, view runway videos sorted by collection, or look through a series of hip street fashions.

G U I D E

Lifestyle Apps
Beauty Product Reviews
Free, Total Beauty Media

TriMirror Fashion Closets


Free, Quakeup Media Production INC

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Post outfits to your social network for comments.

B U Y E R

Beauty Product Reviews app shows you actual user feedback on various products, from anti-aging lotions to hair gel to bath salts.

Home Dcor Apps


3D Room Design Udesignit
$4.99, HB Conception Virtuelle Inc.

Chore Pad
$1 .99, Nannek

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Set chores so they come up automatically every time they need someone to do them.

This app gives you a 3D animated image of layout you customize from the rooms size, paint and wallpaper, down to the materials and area rugs.

U LT I M AT E

Clorox myStain
Free, Clorox

Budget Shopping Locator


$2.99, MapMuse

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Look it up on myStain to find both on-the-go and at-home stainlifting solutions.

With this bargain locator, unearth consignment shops, flea markets, swap meets and thrift stores nearby, anywhere in the country.

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Hair Cast
Free, Studio One

Christies
Free, Christies Inc.

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This app will ease your hairstyling tension by telling you the temperature, level of humidity, chance of rain, and projected wind speed for your area.

Participate in an auction to bid on an antique luxury armchair, 20th century chandelier, mahogany armoire or other extravagant furnishings without stepping foot outside.

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DcOrganizer
$2.99, Aisling Apps

Photo Measures
$4.99, Big Blue Pixel

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Now you can get organized by keeping track of furniture to purchase, favorite stores and websites, contacts, notes, prices, photos and a wish list all in easy-to-file folders categorized by room.

Photo Measures easily stores your rooms measurements in an orderly fashion.

Remodelista
$2.99, Remodelista LLC

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Dream Home
$0.99, Apalon

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Explore the interiors of homes across the globe, while snuggled comfortable in yours.

Leaf through hundreds of home dcor photos, arranged by room type, color, style or whats popular. Theyre easy to upload, rate and share.

Stylizimo
Free, Stylizimo

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Fab
Free, Fab.com

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This app will give you tons of ways to innovatively display items on an inexpensive budget with handy DIY projects.

The app version of Fab.com, the website that sells urban designer goods and art at an on-sale price tag.

Spiritual Apps
Atheist Pocket Debater
$2.99, JAY-ROC Investments

iHandy Level
Free, iHandySoft Inc.

G U I D E

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No need to purchase a leveling tool when you have this free app.

An app to assist you the next time you enter a religious debate.

iQila Interior Design Community


Free, Pyronyx LTD

Bible
Free, LifeChurch.tv

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Are you searching for the perfect coffee table? Post pics or browse in a virtual interior design community that gives you feedback.

This bible app includes over 1 00 versions, including the King James Version, the New American Bible, The Message, and more.

U LT I M AT E

Mark On Call
$1 .99, M.O.C. Interior Designer LLC

Book of Shadows
$3.99, Shadowink Designs Technology

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Mark, named after interior designer Mark Lewison, is your personal design assistant and shopping guide in the palm of your hand.

Book of Shadows is a personal spell recipe book of sorts for pagans and features rituals, rites, spells, traditions, holidays and much more.

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paintingWalls Pro
$2.99, Enginy Studios

Daily Buddhist Prayers


$1 .99, Buddhist Apps

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Upload a photo and start finger-painting the walls (on your screen) so you can visualize what a color would look like in your house.

For the practicing or just-learning Buddhist, the app provides inspirational daily prayers.

eVotions
Free, Little i Apps LLC

G U I D E

Palettes
Free, Rick Maddy

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Just take a picture, highlight a shade and youve got a whole color palette on your hands for endless design fun.

Billed as a series of digital devotions for modern Catholics" and includes images, videos, prayers and writings, plus push reminders for praying novenas.

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LDS Gospel Library


Free, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tip Junkie
Free, Mitchell Applications

G U I D E

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The Mormon Churchs Gospel Library allows users to access lesson manuals, general conference addresses and scriptures from just about any phone platform.

Tutorials on how to make homemade gifts, holiday crafts, home dcor, parties, delicious recipes and more.

Prayer Time PRO


Free, NextWorldMobile

Gardening Apps
Botany Buddy
$9.99, AVAI Ventures

B U Y E R

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An app to calculate the correct prayer times and proper direction to face for Muslim worshippers.

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Use advanced search filters to describe unknown tree and plant appearances, and within seconds, likely candidates appear.

Crafts Apps
Blockfab
Free, Mary Kay Podlecki

Bugs in the Garden


$0.99, Justin Davidson

U LT I M AT E

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Ever found fabric that you just know would make a beautiful quilt but you have no idea how much to buy? This app will help you with that task.

This app lists many of the most common North American garden bugs both detrimental and beneficial with great pictures and easy-to-understand information.

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ColdSnap! Frost Alarm Craftgawker


Free, gawkerverse $1 .58, Antony Cook

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G U I D E

A photo gallery that allows you to visually search and discover handmade arts and crafts to inspire your own projects.

This set-it-and-forget-it app does one thing and one thing only warns you when the temperature is forecasted to fall below the temperature you set.

Crafty Gemini
Free, Vanessa Wilson

Garden Buddy
$2.99, Island Apps

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B U Y E R

This app helps users learn about cooking, sewing, crafting and more through blog posts and video tutorials

A "garden math" app that calculates your supply needs for you: compute cubic yards of gravel, how much fertilizer you need, or select materials for the perfect pond size.

Easy Stitch
$2.99, Technical Made Easy LLC

iVeggieGarden
$9.99, Moorit Software

A P P

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Tutorials with step-by- step instructions and pictures to get you started knitting, crocheting, or embroidering.

iVeggieGarden includes everything you'll need to plan, track, and troubleshoot your vegetable patch (or farm) from pre-seeding to post-harvest.

Knit Counter Lite


Free, Cordless Dog

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Landscaper's Companion
$4.99, Stevenson Software

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Store stitch counters and project information for multiple knitting projects

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QuiltingCalc
Free, Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Great photos and an extensive search tool that lets you look for planting characteristics (like sun/ shade) and ensure you'll find what you're looking for.

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Numerous quilting calculations-- how much fabric is needed for backing, batting and borders, and many more.

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WHAT DO OUR ICONS MEAN?


ICON THIS APP IS FOR
iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch devices Android smartphones BlackBerry smartphones Windows smartphones Kindle Fire tablets (They use the Android OS) Nokia Symbian smartphones Palm OS devices

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GETTING ON THE GRID


Seniors and smartphones and tablets, oh my!
By Carolyn Koh

G R A N D P A O N T H E

So the family got together and bought grandma and grandpa a matching pair of smartphones for Christmas. First the excited grandkids confuse them with all the games. Next, you dutifully transfer all the phone numbers from their old cellphones and set up their security, but now what? How do you get them comfortable with the new phones? The latest mobile devices can be a convenience and a comfort when paired with the right apps and gadgets. However, new technology can be intimidating to those born many years before todays digital natives (i.e., anyone under 30). The trick to getting grandpa on the grid is picking and introducing the right accessories and apps to himapps he will actually use without getting overwhelmed. Stick to the old acronym K.I.S.S. and keep it simple. Get seniors familiar with the basics by introducing a few apps at a time until they are comfortable with using the mobile device. Here are our tricks and tips to help you get those silver surfers on their way.

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First things firstyou need to get your senior interested in using the device on her own. And one of the easiest ways is to load apps she can explore on her own time. Reading books and magazines on an electronic device is the perfect way to bridge the gap. Most newspapers and print magazines have mobile editions that subscribers can access through their apps. Start by loading apps for your seniors favorite magazines. For instance, the AARP has several different apps available. Not only can seniors read the AARP The Magazine, but also subscribe to health bulletins and watch video clips from their library.

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Bluefire Reader
Free, Bluefire Productions

Aldiko Book Reader


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Free, AARP

Calibre
Free www.calibre-ebook.com

Project Gutenberg

Free www.gutenberg.org Speaking of reading, the beauty of eReader apps is the ability to adjust font sizes and change background lighting for better visibility. Forget your glasses? No problem! Just make the print larger. A real plus for aging eyes. comes with the Apple operating system, but installing a universal eReader app such as B i for iOS and iB ldi for Android can let you read books in many different formats. Show your folks how they can download books n and theyll never have to read a two-year-old copy of People Magazine from linked databases such as P j at the dentists office again. Pair the apps up with an eBook management program like C ib for the Mac and PC and you can set up your own library and lending system for the whole family.

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Dance the day away


Youll also want to introduce the golden ager in your life to internet radio. There are hundreds of stations on the web R . By plugging in just one song title or artist and letting the logarithm and they can be found with tools like R which remembers your find other similar songs, your senior creates a personalized radio station. Or try favorite stations and songs. These two apps are not just for the smartphone either, but can be installed on some eBook readers as well.

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Pandora Radio
Free, Pandora

TuneIn Radio
Free- $0.99, TuneIn

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N o c d o (N R) has not been slow in releasing an app for their news nor their music. There are apps for both and if dad or grandma enjoys the NPR station on their radio, they can tune in on their smartphones as well. The news app also allows users to search their web archives.

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NPR News & NPR Music


Free, NPR

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Calling all generations


Dont forget that the smartphone is actually a phone! Many seniors are tickled pink by the ability to do video calls. And honestly, who among us isnt? Its so futuristic! Its also a great way for you to share quality time between you, your kids and your parents when you cant all be together. comes with Many newer tablets and all smartphones have cameras which allow users to use video call apps. c the iOS operating system, so its on most iPhones and iPads. Each person creates an account with an email addressenter that email addresses into the app and voil, Grandma has instant video phone. or . Both are free, If the family has a mix of Apple and Android users, you might want to download and install g boasts the ability to handle conference calls, a feature which neither k e nor ce e support. but

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FaceTime
Free-$0.99

Skype
Free, Skype Communications S.a.r.l.

Fring
Free, Fringland

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Recharge your batteries


Every smartphone or tablet needs recharging, so its a great way to end the day and make sure the phone is in a secure location. Make it a nightly ritual with a bedside charger that doubles as an alarm clock, as shown on page 69. for Android phone has a small footprint that will fit on the smallest bedside The sleek modern design of the ID will accommodate and hold any of your table and is surprisingly affordable ($39.99 from iHomeaudio.com). The i-devices (iPhone, iPad). This sleek device boasts four speakers for great sounding audio and is portable as well ($79.99 from iHomeaudio.com). Pair these with iHomes sleep apps and youve got the perfect do-it-all nightstand companion. Or, try these alternative apps:

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Nightstand Central
Free-$1.99, Thomas Huntington

Alarm Clock Plus


Free- $0.99, Binary Tactics, LLC

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Easily one of the best looking alarm clocks around, this award winning app has built in auto-location weather and all the functionality you might want in an alarm clock including setting snooze length and multiple alarms.

Easy to use, pleasant to look at and all the features youd ever need in an alarm clock, including the weather, you can even set it to give you a mathematical puzzle when you dismiss an alarm, to make sure you are awake!

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Getting the folks to help themselves isnt a bad idea, especially if you arent going to be available 24/7. Mobile devices come with web browsers. Bookmark a few favorites like the Help and Support sections of their favorite apps and the librarys eBook lending section for them. Make sure you show your favorite senior exactly how to access that help, probably more than once. But, be ready for that call, anyway.

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Dont leave home without them!
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Whether youre a survivalist or a camping fan, youll want to download these essential apps that could make the difference between having a warm and safe shelter and getting lost in a freezing cold forest.

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AllTrails Hiking and Biking


Free, AllTrails, Inc.

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A common misconception is that you shouldnt bother with smartphone apps for wooded trails, since most phones lose their signals once youre out in the wilderness. But with this app, no signal is no problem, since you can save a trail to your phone ahead of time and make your way safely through it even if your phone is in offline mode. Not only do you see all the features of the trails nearest you, you can also see photographs that other users have snapped so you know what to expect ahead of time. AllTrails shows you the nearest body of water for hydration, and you can check out user photos for food source locations along the way. Whether youre hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or fishing, this app has everything you need. ck by SWM-Soft, $4.99 Windows Phone users try:

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$1.99, Double Dog Studios

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Where can you find better survival tips than from the U.S. Army? You get all the tips from the U.S. Army Field Manual 21-76, including how to find water, make a shelter, survive in the heat, follow a compass, signal for help, and perform first aid. In addition, the app offers photographs with step-by-step instructions on such tasks as how to make your own fire and how to purify water. Hungry? The app helps you identify which insects, animals, and plants are safe to eat, and which you should avoid. u by USBMIS, $4.99 BlackBerry users try:

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The American Survivalist


Free, Failsafe Productions

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Anyone new to the survivalist lifestyle will tell you that it can be overwhelming to determine how much food and water you need, what to pack in a bug-out bag, and how to get the latest news on which areas might be targeted by terrorists. This app packs all of that information neatly into one go-to guide. Featuring the latest survivalist news, from terrorist attacks to homeland security alerts, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to pack a survival bag, youll get all of the information you need to become a survivalist. Plus, convenient photos and videos will show you how to fish, hunt, and secure your weapons to keep you safe and confident that you are operating according to a set plan.

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Disaster Readiness
$1.99, Phoneflips

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Maybe you know exactly what you would do if an earthquake hits your home, and you have a complete plan in place for that possibility. But have you considered other disasters? Fortunately, this app does that work for you by anticipating various events and showing you what you should do if they head your way. Youll first want to check out the apps Emergency Checklist so you know that youll be prepared for anything. Plus, the app guides you on how to shelter in place if you cant leave your house, and evacuation procedure guidelines if you can. Want to know what to do in a landslide, wildfire, or blizzard? Its all in here, with the knowledge of a survival encyclopedia right at your fingertips.

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SAS Survival Guide


$3.99, Trellisys

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The SAS Survival Guide has long been perceived as the gold standard when it comes to staying alive in any situation, and now you can lighten your load by getting all of the guides information in one simple app. Based on the teachings of the Special Air Service (SAS), part of the UKs Special Forces, this guide will show you how to survive on land, at sea, in the desert, or in the arctic. With how-to videos, several handy checklists, information on how to signal using Morse code, and a compass that can guide you using the sun as a benchmark, youll stay alive and find your way home with this essential app.

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XBOX SHINES
Microsofts mobile maneuver to become your living room media hub.
By Sean Kavanagh

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You may not think much about it, but chances are that when you sit down to relax with the TV, youve also got a mobile device within reachand youre using it. Smartphones and tablets make it easy to search for an elusive actor name during a TV show, check sports scores during a time-out, or find walkthroughs to overcome tricky segments in video games. The Xbox SmartGlass app transforms such activities by integrating mobile devices and the Xbox 360 game console to let you interact with games, media, and web content in a seamless multiscreen environment. Part remote control, part gaming peripheral, and part reference companion, the app is an elegant extension of the Xbox platform. The real beauty is that Xbox SmartGlass leverages the touchscreen devices you already have. Simply download the free app for your tablet or smartphone, log in with an Xbox Live account, and youre good to go without having to buy new hardware or a dedicated controller. Plus, multiple devices can be wirelessly connected to an Xbox at once.

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SmartGlass integration with Microsofts Bing search engine streamlines finding content on the game console along with matches in the Xbox Live Arcade store and supported media providers like Xbox Music, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and more. A quick tap is all it takes to launch the related content or service. As songs stream through the Xbox Music service, the SmartGlass app displays supporting information in real time through the Xbox Music Experience feature. When songs change, the appropriate song details, artist photo and performer bio pops up. You can also discover and play similar artists using the apps suggestion list. The apps Video Guide feature offers comparable functionality for Xbox Video streaming content, showing actor and movie details on mobile devices linked to a console. Although Amazon stole a bit of Microsofts thunder with Kindle Fires similar X-Ray for Movies feature, SmartGlass has the advantage of letting you browse the related information without requiring you to pause what youre watching. Plus, the Video Guide information updates in sync with what youre watching. As people enter and leave scenes, tiles appear with the

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actor and character information, letting you drill down to more details. In addition to Xbox Video, content providers including ESPN and HBO are incorporating SmartGlass functionality in unique ways. For instance, HBOs sprawling and complex series Game of Thrones will use SmartGlass to display a dynamic map and interactive family tree that viewers can reference as they watch the show. SmartGlass is even being used to complement live events streamed over the Xbox 360, ranging from election night coverage to the Miss Teen USA pageant.

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Video Games
Microsofts ultimate Xbox goal may be to shape how you consume media in the living room, but first and foremost the console is a game system. While SmartGlass initially seemed like a potential competitor to the Wii Us touchpad controller, its better suited for serving companion content to the core game action taking place on the TV. For instance, racing game Forza Horizon turns your device into a virtual GPS, Halo 4 lets you browse stats on your phone, and the upcoming Ascend: New Gods turns your tablet into a dungeon map. Using a second screen gives gamers key information without disrupting the gameplay with annoying pauses and menu digging. Likewise, Dance Central 3 and Microsofts in-development karaoke game use SmartGlass to let players queue up songs while their friends are performing a perfect way to keep the party going without missing a beat. Xbox SmartGlass also replaces Microsofts Xbox Companion app, absorbing its features. Players can manage their avatars, exchange messages with their Xbox Live friends, and check game achievements using any mobile device linked to the Xbox Live account.

left. The opposite is true when you activate the apps virtual controller and try to change dashboard screens on your TV. Instead, you must drag toward the right side of your device screen, mimicking how youd press a game controllers thumbstick. I initially found switching between app and controller activities in quick succession cumbersome, but eventually got to the point where I could switch gears without stumbling. Despite the occasionally kludgey controls, SmartGlass shines with its touchscreen keyboard that pops up when a user encounters text fields. Anyone whos gone through the pain of entering information using a game controller will especially appreciate being able to fill in forms or write messages as if texting. Sometimes its impossible to access the keyboard at convenient times, such as when I placed an Xbox Live Points order during a paused game. Its also annoying that it isnt compatible with the YouTube and Netflix console apps, but for the most part its a great enhancement.

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Web Browsing
The usability and control benefits that a touchscreen provide are especially evident when using SmartGlass to control Internet Explorer on the Xbox 360. Microsoft may be late to the party, as Sony and Nintendo have offered console web browsing for years, but SmartGlass integration unquestionably provides the best TV web browsing experience. Familiar gesture controls like swipe scrolling and pinch-zooming, combined with the previously mentioned keyboard, make browsing feel like a natural activity instead of an irritating novelty.

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SmartGlass Smudges
As you might expect, Windows 8/ RT users enjoy the richest SmartGlass experience. For instance, web pages can be sent back and forth between an Xbox and Windows tablet like the Surface. However, iPad users can only receive web pages. Likewise, only Windows users can swap video and music playback between devices.

Remote Control
SmartGlass offers simple media playback controls and is also fine for navigating menus or the Xbox 360 dashboard. The touchscreen is actually a natural fit, as the Metro interface introduced in late 201 1 was clearly meant as an early indoctrination to Windows 8s new tablet-friendly style. However, many users may find the apps behavior counterintuitive at first. When switching between SmartGlass app screens on a mobile device, everything works as expected to see the page to the right of the current page, swipe right-to-

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Auto buffs have new tech tools to fuel their fun
By Robert Kim

True automotive fans who like to keep their engines at peak performance and their car finishes pristine usually go beyond the standard car apps like turn-by-turn direction guides or gas finders. Fortunately, there are apps for every type of car buffbut the following options are for the real hardcore car lovers.

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If your check engine light is on, Rev can give you the information you need before you see that greedy mechanic. The app monitors real-time vehicle data and can tell you vital details about how your car is operating, including your engine temperature and your actual speed and RPMs, revealing any inaccuracies in your instruments The app operates with a wireless or Bluetooth ODBII reader. All cars sold in the U.S. after 1996 are required to have the ODBII port, which allows you to plug in an ODBII reader to tell you how your engine vital functions are running. In most cases, your cars computer uses Diagnostic Trouble Codes, which can be translated by apps like Rev. (A wide range of ODBII readers are available, and some are designed for specific smart phones, costing anywhere from $15 to several hundreds of dollars.) Although the Rev app is incredibly useful, its also pricey, so consider downloading the Lite version for free, and if you like it, purchase the full version.

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Free, SocialNav, LLC

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Theres nothing auto enthusiasts enjoy more than taking a scenic drive in their favorite car, and this app will help you do just that. Based on your location, it offers advice and recommendations from other Greatest Drive users, such as Motorcyclists shouldnt miss this mountain loop. If you dont like the route that Greatest Drive suggests, the app will ask for your review. This gives you plenty of user reviews to read, making certain that the route you pick is the best trek for the kind of driving you hope to do. The developers have included maps from the U.S., Canada, and 50+ other countries at no additional charge.

Harrys Lap Timer


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Ideal for the automotive enthusiast who enjoys participating in autocross or track events, this app will give you great information on its own, including data on where you drove fastest, where you slowed down, and how quickly you completed your fastest lap. In addition, the app can be paired with an ODBII reader, which can give you even more information about your engines performance. Harrys Lap Timer will also give you the option of recording the data you capture, either in a spreadsheet or in a video of your drive.

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If youve ever regretted missing the routine maintenance on your car, then you need EZCare. This handy app tells you when the recommended service intervals are for your specific make and model, including when to change your oil, when your brake pads should be evaluated, and how often you should have your air filters replaced. EZCare will also show you on a map where local service providers are located. The developers included phone numbers that you can call with a click to schedule your appointment.

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Free, Autogeek.net

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You may be the type of person who runs your car through the carwash once a month, or you may be the person who performs a hardcore detailing every weekend. Although useful for both types of car buffs, this app is absolutely essential for the latter. Autogeek is known for providing expert advice on its website (www.autogeek.net) about detailing your car inside and out, as well as the best products to use on your cars paint, leather seats, wheels, and windows. The app takes it a step further, giving you the information you need to maintain your cars finish, even when youre on the go. Using this app, you can even sign up for classes where an enthusiast can teach you the proper way to use buffers, microfibers, cleaners and polishes. There are many varieties of cleaners and equipment that give you the best results, and AutoGeek takes the guesswork out of how to use them.

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Free, Waze, Inc.

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Waze is an improved variation on the standard GPS app. The developers have created an online community for people who want to know the best route, but also want to know where there are delays or road hazards along the way. In addition, Waze users are identified on your screen, and you can see where they are as you travel. Want to meet fellow travelers? Join a group that follows the same routes that you use, in case you want to communicate or set up a carpool. Customize routing on Waze to fit your personal preferences. Choose routes that eliminate the use of dirt roads if youre worried about damaging your cars finish. Link your Waze account to Facebook or Twitter so you can easily find your friends. If you need a gas station along your route, Waze can find it. Particularly helpful: Use voice commands to tell the app what you want to do so you can use it without tying up your hands.

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Any car enthusiast will tell you that they hear unsubstantiated rumors about the introduction of a new car model or news about a potential car recallbut its frustrating when you have no way to verify the information. Thats where CarBuzz comes into play. Download this app and youll get nonstop news about the latest in the automotive field. With previews of potential new models, a steady stream of news, photos of upcoming introductions, and technical specifications of various car styles, this app is quite addictive. But your time will be well-spent on CarBuzz, since its a one-stop-shop for all the information youre seeking.

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Who knew your smartphone could hold a toolbox, a handyman, and a paint store?
By Torrey Kim

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As you enter the New Year, its a good time to tackle those home improvement projects that youve repeatedly put on the back burner. If you need a little help with your amateur plumbing, cabinet making, or flooring installation, these apps can help you immeasurably, making you a home improvement specialist with just a few screen swipes.

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You may not have room for a toolbox in your pocket, but you probably have enough space for your smartphoneand thats all youll need to measure any construction area, thanks to this handy app. With five great tools on board, including a plumb bob, a surface level, a steel protractor, a steel ruler, and my favoritea bubble level baryou can calibrate your measurements quickly and easily. I used this app to measure several angles in a room with a dormer so I could calculate the appropriate amount of wallpaper Id need, and it worked like a charm. No more need to lug various tools around my house with me. e by Mobigloo, LLC, $4.99 BlackBerry users try: S

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If youve ever found yourself in the home improvement store trying fruitlessly to remember your rooms measurements so you can buy paint, trim, or moulding, this app is for you. Input your room details, and the app stores that info for later. At the home store, tell the app how much a can of paint costs, and it will tell you exactly how much youll expect to spend. The video tutorials are great, because they give you instructions on home improvement projects and see what materials you need before you get started. You can even start a honey-do list on the app and check off items as you complete them. r e by Project Management Services, $0.99 BlackBerry users try: Y

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Unless youre a mathmetician, youve no doubt been stymied by the measurements for various home improvement projects, which often test the mettle of even the most confident word problem masters. Thanks to Carpenters Helper, you can calculate simple solutions like a rooms area, as well as tougher measurements such as roof pitch and stair rise. The app also keeps your measurements stored for later use, in case you ever need to decorate the same spot that youve already measured, saving time down the road. po by M Millenia, Free Windows Phone users try:

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Benjamin Moore Color Capture


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Weve all been there. You visit a friends house and you fall in love with the paint color on her wall. Youre already planning to paint your living room the same color, but the friend cant remember whether its periwinkle or violet-blue. Thanks to this app, youll know straight away. Just snap a photo of a particular paint color, and the app will tell you the color it matches in the companys 3,300-plus paint spectrum. The app worked well on most of my colors, but it was off in matching one of them, so be sure to take your photos in natural light that isnt too bright and isnt too dim. That will give you the most accurate reading. by Sherwin-Williams, Free BlackBerry users try:

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You cant buy 15 individual toolsincluding a metal detectorfor $2.50 at your local home improvement store, but you can with this app. Smart Tools ruler allows you to calculate length, angle, slope, level, and thread. Then its measurement tools give you a way to measure distance, height, width, and area. The Smart Compass feature offers a compass, metal detector, and GPS, which would be worth well over $2.50 alone. I found that the metal detector was accurate in helping me find studs in the wall so I could hang a picture. The app also has a Sound Meter capability, allowing you to measure vibrations and sound level, as well as a flashlight and magnifier in its Smart Light category. You wont want to execute your next home improvement project without this fantastic buy.

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Yes, this app can show you where your nearest Home Depot is and how to get there, but it has a whole lot of other features that make it invaluable to the handyman. You can look up a product that youre interested in buying, then find out which store has it and whether its available in the store inventory, saving you from making unnecessary trips. In addition, scan a barcode directly from your phone to find out more information or to read reviews from other users. Want to buy an item directly from the app? No problem. You can even purchase and deliver gift cards to your friends and family, straight from the app.

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Eden Garden Designer


$1.99, Herbaceous Software, Inc.

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Those of us with a not-so-green thumb may need a bit of help in the landscaping department, and this app delivers. If youre new to the gardening scene, you may want to click on the apps pre-created gardens, to find exactly which plants are in it, how and when to sow the seeds, and where the plants are best acclimated to the weather. More advanced landscapers may want to browse through the apps design solutions that go beyond flowers, allowing you to see different layouts of ponds, stones, and bushes. My only complaint was that the app crashed on me the first few times I used it, but after upgrading my iOS, it worked like a charm.

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Homeowners, it can be daunting to keep up with the maintenance schedule and know when to service the furnace, replace the A/C filters, or clean the chimney. The HomeSavvy app allows you to keep track of your maintenance needs, and even alerts you if youre overdue. The pre-screened directory of vendors is a great feature on this app. I wanted to get my lawn aerated but wasnt sure who to call, so the HomeSavvy app led me in the right direction based on my zip code, and I was very happy with the pro who ended up doing the work for me.

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Our favorite HGTV programs are inspiring, but the experts often move so quickly through a project that its hard to remember the products they used and the tips they offered. This app eliminates that issue, letting you recall your favorite episodes right from your phone. In addition to watching the full shows, you can also access photo galleries that offer tips and ideas for re-creating a design theme in your house. The app also shows you photo essays of simple ways to decorate that can help everyone from beginners to interior designers.

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Handy Construction Calculators


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This app goes to calculatorsand beyond. The average home improvement buff may only need to measure the area of a room, but the expert handyman will need to calculate everything from amps, watts, and volts to excavation and backfill. This app can perform all of those measurements, even helping you calculate rebar weight and volume. One of the things I love about it is an unadvertised feature. When I was redoing my attic, I had to calculate how much insulation Id need, and the app quickly led the way. However, I wasnt sure if Id have room in my car for everything Id need, and thanks to the app I was able to figure out the size of each roll and the number of rolls I required, letting me know that I had just the space in my car to get it home. U C cu o r c o by ConstructionKnowledge.net, $2.99 BlackBerry users try: C ver
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Keep kids safe, secure and sleeping tight.


By Garrett Kim

When you're taking care of young children, you shouldn't be spending much time on your mobile device, unless it's to use these helpful apps, which can make babysitting a breeze. If youre a parent, youll want your sitter to have access to these essential guidance tools, and if youre a babysitter, you wont want to go a day without them either.

iSitter
Free, Dorada Software

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You may have a video baby monitor set up in your childs room, but what if baby falls asleep in his stroller or elsewhere? You can head to the kitchen to make lunch without worrying about whether hes still asleep when you set up iSitter, a handy substitute for the baby monitor. Just place your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch near the baby, and then use a second device on your end so you can check on the child. Although the acoustics seemed to work fine on my iPod Touch, youll benefit from a speaker dock if you want better sound quality.

For new sitters, its the little things that can throw you off, and this app not only addresses those issues, but helps you overcome them. The app offers advice on what to do if a child gets upset when his mom leaves the house, how to swaddle a baby, what to expect during diaper changes, and much more. Would-be sitters get insight into how to find a babysitting job, how much money to charge, and when to call the parents home from their night out. Youll find simple first aid tips and entertainment suggestions on how to keep the kids happy all evening long.

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225 Kid Outdoor Games


$1.99, Paidotribo

First Aid
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Sometimes, entertaining a child inside the house just isnt enough to wear off the incredible amount of energy that kids have. Thats where this app comes in, allowing you to search based on the materials you have on-hand and the time you want to spend playing. I used this app to entertain 15 kindergarteners at the YMCA and we were able to find several games that entertained everyone. Id highly recommend allowing the kids to pick the games country of originletting the children to call out the country name makes it more fun, and gives them an opportunity to discover games from other cultures.

Nothing is scarier to a babysitter than having the child fall ill or get injured. This First Aid app is among the very best, leading you through any type of problem with simple, easy-to-follow instructions on how to treat everything from a burn to a seizure. Because the app has built-in features that arent locationdependent, you wont be lost without a phone signal. Tip: Scroll through this app in your free time so youll be prepared for any emergency, before it happens.

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This app may not be made especially for kids, but it sure can help get them into nap mode. Simply select one of the 46 included sounds and youll have an instant soundtrack to relax and calm your charges so theyre prepped and ready for sleep time. It also features a timer, so you can play it for a short period of time until the child falls asleep, and then the phone automatically stops playing. This saves your phones battery life and keeps you from having to sneak into the roompotentially waking a sleeping childto retrieve it.

Baby Connect is as helpful for the parent as it is for the babysitter, giving it dualpurpose that benefits everyone. The old days of writing in a childs activity journal are overnow you can log everything the child does in this simple app, which the parents can access in real-time anywhere, keeping close tabs on their child while the babysitter records it. The sitter can also upload photos of babys first tooth or first steps so parents can see the images immediately. Plus, it acts as a baby book, recording milestones, height, weight, and other important facts.

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NearMe
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Free, Yeerp, Inc.

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Another app that may not have specifically had babysitters in mind, NearMe definitely comes through for babysitters. You might need to find a grocery store to buy some emergency baby food, or just check out the local fast food joint to find a play place. This app can do all of that in minutes and even lead you there with directions. Hidden bonus: Locate scores of places with restrooms for those last-minute potty breaks that kids (and sometimes sitters) seem to often have.

When a baby starts solid foods, it can be daunting for a parentso its understandable that the babysitter has trepidation. Its tough to figure out whats acceptable, what the baby has already tried, and what didnt work wellbut this app simplifies the process. You can track when a baby ate a certain food, if it caused a reaction, and how much of the food the baby wanted. That can help with future meal planning, and the forbidden foods list can be a real lifesaver.

Quick Homework Help


Free, Brightstorm

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You may struggle with helping kids with their homework, but this app doesnt have any trouble at all. Bring up almost any subject and the app shows tips, videos, and sample problems to help lead students on their way to success. I found the tutorials very easy to follow and the app is incredibly handy. The only downside is that although the app is free, it requires a Brightstorm membership, which can cost over $20 per month. Many parents feel this is well worth it, much less expensive than a tutor, and more convenient. Id recommend the free, three-day trial to help you decide whether you want to pay for the membership.

If youre sitting for a child with food allergies, any potential snack could result in an emergency. ScanAvert is a literal lifesaving tool, with the ability to preprogram a childs dietary requirements, then scan the barcode of a food product to determine if the ingredients contain anything harmful. In addition, if you scan a product and its later recalled, the app lets you know immediately with an alert. If the child youre watching has any dietary restrictions, you wont want to go without this app. Although it includes a monthly charge, youll find its well worth it to keep children safe.

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By Suzanne Leder

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Youve got your hands on a brand new smartphonebut now you realize, Oh no. Now I have to move everything from my old phone to my new one. Thankfully, technology has taken this issue into account. Check out our tips and well help you get it done in just a few minutes.
Scenario 1: From iPhone to iPhone
Fortunately, Apple makes this process relatively painless. You can easily transfer saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings to your brand new iPhone following a few simple steps. Using iCloud: If both your iPhones have iOS 5 or later and you have an n o B ck . Switch C o iCloud account, then go to S p to O . iCloud backs up your device once a day. If your device needs to be backed up in S C S e k to before migrating, tap B ck Up view the status of your backup. Watch out: Dont start the migration before you finish the backup to ensure youve got all your data saved. When the backup of your old device is finished, turn on your new device and complete the setup assistant. Youll select your language and country, and then choose whether to enable Location Services. When prompted, choose your WiFi o C B c p, tap network. When prompted to set up, choose x , and enter your Apple ID and Password. o . Wait until the device Select the backup of your old device and tap has finished restoring from the backup. When the restore process is complete, your device will restart. Now youre ready to use your new iPhone! Using iTunes: If your devices use an iOS earlier than iOS 5 or if you dont have an iCloud account, you will use iTunes to transfer information from your old phone. First of all, make sure you have the latest iTunes version and your iOS is as up to date as possible. Transfer your data from your device to your computer, using iTunes. Turn on your new iPhone. Complete the Setup Assistant by selecting your language and country. When prompted, choose your WiFi network. Note: If you dont . have a WiFi connection, you can also activate by tapping nn c

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When prompted to set up your device, select m c . Connect your new device to iTunes (on the same computer you used to back up your current iPhone). iTunes will ask whether you want to restore from backup or set up as new. Select the backup of your old device and choose .

Scenario 2: From Android to Android


When you have an Android phone, youre required to have a Google Account, which is separate from your old phone and ready for your new one. This means transferring information from one phone to another is easy to accomplish. Google Store: Just log onto your Google account on your new phone, and youre ready to continue where you left off. Just go to the Google Market, and grab everything youve already purchased, only this time, download it on your new phone. SD card: Much of your data (music, pictures, and so on) are stored on your existing phone's SD card, which is easy to switch out. Copy data to a backup: If you want to copy data over to your new Android phone, the easiest and b x (Free by safest way is probably to use Dropbox, Inc.) to make backups. Once you have your new phone, retrieve data from the backup by installing Dropbox (or whichever backup app you used) on your new phone and using it to restore your information. n m ro n Check out our article Backup Guide for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones on page19 of this issue.

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Suppose youve been an iPhone or Android user for years, and now youre making the switch to see how the other half lives. How do you transfer all your information? Data: When moving from Android to iPhone, be sure to have your Android data synched with your Google account, and then simply add the Gmail account to your iPhone. Select S C c C l d c o G l. Then, simply enter your Gmail information. Once you access Gmail on your iPhone, you can import your contacts or just use them through Gmail. Same goes for your Google calendar. When moving from iPhone to Android, the trick is to sync your iPhone account with your Google account using iTunes on your computer first, and then move it to your Android. Media: For media file transfer, the simplest method is to use iTunes. You can do that manually by connecting to your computer. Apps: If youve already paid for an app on one operating system, then you can call customer service and explain youve already paid for this app once. Tell them, you dont want to stop the using the app just because of a few dollars. If you are polite, then you may be in luck.

If your device uses a SIM card, Use the SIM-extractor tool or a paper clip to remove the SIM from your old device and insert it into your new one. If your carrier provided you with a new SIM card, use that instead.

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The last thing you want to do is add a lot of unnecessary junk to from your old phone to your new one, so nows the time to clean up your apps. If you have a few you used once or twice and never used again, then delete them. De-clutter all the things you dont need, because that means setting up your new phone will be a lot faster. Also, do you have pictures or music you are afraid of accidentally deleting? Connect your phone to your computer or pop the micro SD card into an adapter. Then, copy your music, downloads, and whatever else you want over to the computer.

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THE HOTTEST NEW GAME APPS

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Enjoy the best new games and new twists on old favorites
By Sean Cooper

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A new year brings a host of fantastic games to enjoy. Whether youre a casual gamer looking for five minutes of enjoyment or a hardcore gamer ready to settle in for hours of gaming, theres something for everyone. Here are our picks for the best new games on the market, as well as some great installments to older game favorites like the beloved Angry Birds series.

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Bad Piggies
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Poor little piggies. What did the ill-fated green pigs ever do to deserve the abuse by the Angry Birds? Now its time for the pigs to shine. Bad Piggies offers a fresh take on the Angry Bird franchise, while still delivering an addicting experience. Each puzzle is innovative and brilliant. Youll rack your brains trying to solve over 87 fun-filled levels. The Bad Piggies are after their beloved eggs and need your help. Launch the pigs airborne, roll, spin or crash them, as long as they get their precious eggs. A great puzzler everyone can enjoy. Windows Phone version coming soon.

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Angry Birds Star Wars


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Star Wars fans will have a blast as the Angry Birds travel to a galaxy far, far away. Join the red birds and battle alongside the Force with Luke Skywalker. Or give in to the Dark Side and join the Galactic Empire beside Darth Vader. Have a hoot reliving your favorite moments from the iconic sci-fi series Angry Bird-style. There are over 80 challenges, packed with everything youd expect from Star Warsepic lightsaber battles, Pig Troopers and the Pig Star. Can you become a Jedi master and stop Darth Vader before its too late?

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Rayman Jungle
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Welcome to the jungle we've got fun and games. Guns N Roses couldnt have said it any better. Rayman makes his long-awaited app debut in stunning fashion. Enjoy classic platforming action with some of the best looking graphics seen in any smartphone game. Rayman is fun for beginners, while offering plenty for longtime fans to enjoy. Explore new words, unlock new powers and battle new enemies on your way to victory. The smooth touch-based controls make gameplay a breeze. Theres plenty of replay valueunlock the Land of the Livid Dead levels and test your skills. o by Centurion Games LLC, $2.99. BlackBerry users enjoy:

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Fans of classic beat em up games are sure to have a blast in Punch Quest. This free app game is popular for a good reason: its simple, yet addictive gameplay has players going toe-to-toe with skeletons, zombies, cyclops and riding dinosaursyikes! RPG fans will feel at home. Upgrade attacks with in-game currency and by successfully accomplishing specific goals. The controls are easy to learn, but hard to master. Uppercut, jab and punch your way through many challenging dungeons. Customize your character and show it off to your friends on leaderboards.

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Prince of Persia Classic


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The classic 1980s sidescroller has been given a facelift and looks spectacular on your mobile device. Relive the adventures of a young Persian hero, who traverses castles and battles swordsmen, in search of the young princess. The controls are tight and easy to learn. Explore 14 levels of action and mazes. Combat is similar to the Legend of Zeldaaction buttons appear in battleattack, block and counter enemies. BlackBerry version by Gameloft Inc. Windows Phone users try: o by Cosmos Interactive Inc., $1.99.

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Sonic spins back into action and hes not alone. Episode I was a great game, but it was empty without Sonics trusty sidekick, Tails. Tails makes his welcomed return this time and the gameplay is a major improvement. The controls are tighter, the zones are longer and more detailed, and the new co-op mode adds to replay value. Team with a friend as Sonic and Tails, and youll go toe-totoe with Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic. As an added bonus, downloading both episodes unlocks a very special scenario featuring Metal Sonic. Windows Phone users enjoy: S by SEGA, $4.99.

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Three games for the price of one, what a bargain! Based on the hit Disney movie, Wreck-it Ralph offers players three challenging arcade games to enjoy. In Fix-it Felix Jr., play as Felix and fix the destruction of Ralph. Achieve your highest score with your trusty magic hammer in hand. In Heros Duty, as Sergeant Calhoun you must grab various weapons to clear the cy-bugs in each level. In the third game, Sweet Climber, its Ralphs time to shine. Reach new heights with his trusty jetpack and scale candy stalks, while avoiding weak branches. BlackBerry users enjoy: E i R b by BlackMoon Design, $0.99.

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Dont let its cutesy graphics fool you. Nutty Fluffies is one tough puzzler! Your goal is simplesafely deliver a bunch of stuffed animals from the beginning to the end of a wild rollercoaster ride. This is especially challenging when youre going at high speed around loops and down sudden drops. Strategy is key. Swipe the coaster to speed it up and collect hearts along the way. There are 26 coasters S ung to ride, each with its own unique powers. Windows Phone users enjoy: r d by Simon Johnson, Free.

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THE BEST SPRING GARDENING APPS

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No matter where you live or what you love to grow, theres a gardening app for you
By Kara Hiltz

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The snow is piled high and your back is sore from shoveling. The kids just tracked mud on your clean floors. The car wont start in the freezing cold temperatures. What better way to get through a dreary, gray winter than to start planning your spring garden? Imagine all of those beautiful spring flowers and yummy vegetables! Its a surefire way to beat your winter blues. Weve rounded up the best apps for planning your spring garden. As soon as that snow melts, youll be armed with a plan for your garden.

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Landscapers Companion
$4.99-$5.99, AgileTrack/Stevenson Software LLC

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This is the kind of app that covers all of your bases. It includes a plant database specific to North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Youll find over 25,000 kinds of plantseverything from house plants to cacti to ornamental grasses and moreand the Landscapers Companion provides plant care information, pictures, cultivation information, and even common problems that gardeners experience. Mark your favorite plants, search for plants based on several criteria (USDA zone, water requirements, height, width, deer resistance, etc.), and even email your list of favorite plants to friends and family. For an extra fee, you can upgrade to the Pro version and add your own plants, pictures, and notes. BlackBerry users g try: G r c by Daniel Chukwuma Anyamene, $0.99.

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Home Outside Palette


$1.99, Advanced Data Design, Inc.

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Gardening is often about aesthetics, a refuge, an escape from our hectic, plugged-in lives. Home Outside Palette offers you a blank canvas that you can use to build your dream landscape. The app includes 280 hand-drawn color elements that you can rearrange to create a blueprint for your springtime haven. Beyond trees and plants, the app also lets you design with hammocks, patios, driveways, sheds, and other outdoor elements so that you can truly create your outdoor area based on your existing landscaping. After youve created the perfect garden and landscape, share your dream with others through Twitter.

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If youre into eating what you grow, this app is for you. It gives you all of the information you need to plant and harvest your own vegetable garden. Choose the most popular plants for your area (covers North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa). The app offers detailed planting and care information for over 90 vegetables, herbs, and soft fruits. A planting calendar helps you get the most from your garden so you can sow and reap at the correct times. Gardenate also allows you to keep your own notes so that you can learn from your mistakes or just jot down your favorite plant varieties.

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If you would rather save your money for buying seeds rather than smartphone apps, this app might be a good option. Its free and provides planting information for 20 popular fruits and vegetables. Besides just providing detailed information for its plants, Grow Your Own recommends plants based on your expertise level, and your available time and space. And while the app has a planting calendar based on your location, its alerts set it apart from other plant calendars. If you find the basic version helpful but want to expand your database, check out in-app content. For a few bucks you can add about 80 more plants, including some common herbs.

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Who says that gardening is a solo hobby? MyGarden.org allows gardeners to connect with one another and share their failures and successes. Once you sign up for a free membership, this sister app offers a personalized planting calendar function, gardening social communities, and an encyclopedia of gardening and plant information. MyGardenApp is the mobile complement to the website. Members can use the app to send messages to other members, manage their personal gardens, look up plant information, search for other members, and customize their gardening to-do lists.

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Garden 360
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Keeping your garden organized is a great way to learn from your gardening experiences. Garden 360 allows you to record and organize information about your plants. You can update your garden journal with both text and pictures. Find out more about the plants youve put in your garden using the apps Plant Information Log. Finally, once you harvest your garden plants, record a rating in Garden 360 that will help you decide whether to plant the crop again in future years.

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Not everyone has the space to plant intricate gardens, and when space is at a premium, herbs are the solution. If herbs are your specialty, this app will make your day. This reference app provides pictures and information about 40 common herbs and spices. In addition to planting tips, this database also includes culinary ideas and medicinal uses for the herbs, along with a link to each herbs Wikipedia website. An Herb Garden section offers everything you need to know about starting and maintaining an herb garden. As you expand your herb gardening prowess, take notes right in the app.

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The Gardeners Calendar


$1.60, Deraign Solutions

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This comprehensive app gives vegetable gardeners of any expertise level valuable information. Not only will you find a database of plant information, but the app also provides useful gardening guides on composting, gardening techniques, fertilizer, crop rotation, and soil composition. What really sets it apart from other gardening apps is its Moon Planting Guide, which is updated daily. Moon planting techniques are said to help you time your sowing, planting, and harvesting to the best advantage.

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When to Plant
$1.99, Growing Interactive Limited

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Knowing when to plant is almost as important as knowing what to plant. Mother Earth News created an app appropriately called When to Plant that helps you set up a planting schedule based on your location and the plants that you want to cultivate. The apps information is based on Zip code instead of USDA zones, which Mother Earth News claims is more accurate. When to Plant has a modest database of about 120 fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other plants. But you can sort plants by sowing month, which is helpful. You can also get advice on soil and sun requirements for your plants, troubleshooting tips, and cultivation and harvesting information.

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Must-have apps for your ultimate vacation


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Ah, Spring Breakthe quintessential rite of passage for college kids everywhere. Whether youre among the legions of collegiate partiers or enjoying Spring Break festivities at any age, you can live it up with the right tools at your fingertips. Planning to hit the beach, the ski slopes and/or the city nightlife? Here are the best apps to maximize your Spring Break fun and budget.

Happy Hour Finder


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You can rack up some serious beverage expenses during Spring Break, so why not get the inside scoop on the best drink deals wherever you are? Happy Hour Finder is a great app for finding all the details on happy hours happening close to your current location. Save your favorites, and get addresses and phone numbers of happy hour locations. You can even plan out your bar-hopping excursion with the interactive map feature.

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Are you traveling with friends for Spring Break? Expertly split all types of expenses for the tripfrom the hotel room, gas or airfare, and even tips. You can add an unlimited number of participants, create even or uneven splits for each bill, categorize expenses, and even convert to different currencies if youre traveling out of country. Also, track your daily and total expenses, as well as individual payments towards IOUs. Want to see IOUs instantly? Simply tilt your by Superwheel Software, Free. iPhone or iPad sideways! Android users try: Ex

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BlackBook City Guides


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While youre on Spring Break, youre likely visiting a city that youre not altogether familiar with. Covering all the major cities within the U.S. and abroad, this app helps you locate the best venues and hottest spots in your location. Search for listings by a wide range of search criteria and read acclaimed reviews on venues. Bookmark your favorite spots, and unlock perks and special offers. You can even check in via Foursquare without exiting the BlackBook app.

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Taxi Magic
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Responsible Spring Break partying usually involves lots of designated drivers and taxi cabs. But if you really dont want to slur your way through a phone conversation with the taxi dispatcher, try this app. You can literally do everything from your smartphonefrom finding and booking a taxi to charging the ride to your credit card. If youre anxious to ditch a lame party and get to the next hot one, you can track your taxis arrival via a map and dispatch updates. The app even offers you an e-receipt, just in case youre expensing your excursion as a business trip.

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GasBuddy
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If your Spring Break involves a road trip, your best bet at saving a lot of dough is to keep your gas expenses in check. Find the cheapest gas prices in any given location along your route and save up to $0.20 or more on the gallon. You can also submit lower gas prices if you find them, earning points and awards. To top it all off, youll have a chance at winning $250 each week.

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Spring Break Live


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From Miami to Maui to Cancun, check out whats going on in all the Spring Break hot spots via live web cams. Watch all the festivities and beach bathing at the best venues and areas. Also check out this app developers Times Square cams, Mardi Gras cam and St. Patricks Day cams. Android for $0.99 (also a free version), which gives you a peek at a whole host of users can try e hot locationsfrom New Orleans to the Thanksgiving Day Parade to many famous city streets.

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If youre planning to spend your Spring Break riding the waves, Surfline will keep you up-to-date on the weather forecast and surf reports for thousands of the best surf spots worldwide. The app also boasts more than 100 live streaming HD cams at the most popular breaks across the U.S., including Hawaii. Save your favorite spots for instant weather and surf info, and get 5-day forecasts in one touch.

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Ski & Snow Report


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Planning to hit the slopes for Spring Break? Keep up with the snow reports and skiing and snowboarding stats, including 5-day forecasts and Powder Points. Find all the ski areas in your location and the slopes with the best snowfall. This app includes live ski cams and reports from skiers and snowboarders on the slopes. It covers more than 2,000 ski resorts worldwide. o h c n R po by The North Face, Free. BlackBerry users try:

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